BBC Mixtape 12 May 2014


Artists at a glance


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The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each show is available as a podcast for 30 days at the BBC 6 Music downloads page. The full tracklists and start times are published here at Fresh On The Net together together with biog information supplied by the artists. Previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.

All tracks on the mixtape come from the BBC Introducing Uploader: some are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues – the rest are tunes I’ve discovered here while listening to our Fresh On The Net inbox. For more about how the process works see this post. These are the listings for the episode broadcast overnight on Sunday 11th May (technically 2am on Monday, 12th May 2014…

SLK – Call [starts 00:17]
London based alt-soul singer-songwriter SLK (pronounced ‘Silk’) is set to release her debut EP entitled ‘Form’, on iTunes via the Prism Label on 26th May 2014. This is the lead track – Call – which was a big favourite on our Listening Post at the end of last month, and the same week it was also Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Tip of The Week on Radio One. If you live near London you can catch SLK’s launch party for her debut EP at underground Dalston haunt Birthdays on June 17.

THE HOUSE OF JED – Everybody Lies [starts 03:28]
The House of Jed is the solo project of drummer Jarrod Gollihare. He records his alterna-pop-rock ditties about pretty girls, comet strikes and the end of the world (you know…the usual pop drivel) at his home studio, mostly on cloudy days. No special gear is required to listen to this music, though the artist would greatly appreciate it if you would place a small potted cactus near your left speaker whilst listening to any House of Jed music. Preferably in an unglazed terracotta pot. Just try it.”

COLEY GARRATT – English Gothic [starts 07:16]
“English Gothic was recorded live in one take,” says Coley Garratt “in fact the whole of my first, self-titled, album was recorded live with no overdubs. My band and I are big advocates of capturing a song that way, even if it has a mistakes here and there. The present lineup is Massimo on Bass, Conor on Drums and Olivia on Keys/Piano – we’re currently gigging around London and have recently been offered a residency slot for this winter at The Gladstone, which is one of our favourite places to play. We’ll be doing some recordings this July for an EP and we’re hoping to have guitarist Ady Johnson guesting on a few tracks as he’s a not only a fantastic songwriter and musician but also a good friend.” You may remember that Coley is an avid reader, with a deep love of poetry (Pope, Yeats, Walcott). Also a devotee of of Schopenhauer, Jung and many eastern philosophies – in particular the Tao Te Ching.

RORY WYNNE – Post Party Confusion [starts 10:09]
“Born in 1999. First music influences: The Beatles, Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam, Blondie, The Mamas and the Papas, The Eagles. Then I started listening to that rubbish Auto tune stuff but then I went to secondary school and heard someone on the bus mention the black keys being the best band in the world so I checked them out and that led me on to Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and then BBC R6 and XFM. Then I had guitar lessons from Simon Connor in a band called Yields and started recording songs with the music teacher Chris Vaughton from a band called Onions. And now I’m Here. My biggest fans are my three year old cousin and my sister.” Not so, in fact: Rory Wynn is being modest. His biggest fans are our readers here at Fresh On The Net – who voted for this song in overwhelming numbers on our Listening Post only the other week.

JULIA GRAY – The Architect’s Son [starts 12:48]
Julia Gray is a London-based singer-songwriter and piano player who frequently draws inspiration from contemporary and classical cultures, exploring universal archetypes and stories through the medium of song. Her first album I Am Not The Night was released in 2011 and The Architect’s song come from the followup – her second album Robber Bride, due for release on June 16th.” Julia plays three upcoming shows in London: The Troubadour May 27, an album launch show at Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel on June 9, and Harpicide at Asylum Arts on June 20.

PETITE MORT – Confessions Of Mr Richmond [starts 16:09]
Petite Mort (ie ‘small death’ – the French term for orgasm) are a trio formed three years ago in the small french town of Draguignan. They consist of Henry Facey, Thomas Melograna and Tom Schell, all of whom have played in bands since the age of 14. Influenced by the psychedelic and folk sounds of the 60s and the more recent independent rock scenes they soon realised that playing together was the one and only thing that made sense. After separately making records with other bands they all ended up in Aix en Provence, and Petite Mort was brought to life. Having digitally released their 5 track EP Follow It Home in May 2013 via Bandcamp, Petite Mort are actively looking for local and national gigs around the UK. ”

Martin CaseMARTIN CASE – We Go (la La La La La La) [starts 19:13]
Martin Case is an experienced and creative musician, writer, producer and facilitator, residing in the rural Hertfordshire countryside. Having spent more than half of his life working with music, his sound is distinctive, sometimes provocative and most of all unique. His experience as a guitarist has seen him play with a host of diverse artists and musicians over the years, at some iconic venues and festivals. With writing, performance and production credits on multiple releases from different artists, Martins reputation is growing as a diverse and creative collaborator. Now, he wants to really push his own material. He wants feedback and critique, guidance and exposure. His sound is always evolving. He won’t fit into any pigeon holes and he winces at the pure thought of the word generic. He’s a bit old-school, but that’s just because he’s getting a bit old.” Read more about Martin and hear a selection of his music in his recent interview for Johnno’s Prick’n’Ding #81.

ECHOIC – This Roof [starts 22:46]
Echoic is colour blind music by Finnish musician Otto Nuoranne (b. 1991). Now based in London, UK, Echoic have been performing live concerts since February 2014. Echoic’s music is rich and layered art rock watermarked by a merging of acoustic and electronic elements, and the frequent use of the cello, both on record and live. Echoic is unsigned and, with a growing collection of new, unpublished music, looking for producers to work with towards a future release. Echoic’s debut album Springbook was written and performed by Nuoranne, produced by Markus Vuoristo, and released in April 2013. Springbook is available for a name-your-price download through Bandcamp, and for streaming through YouTube, Spotify, and Soundcloud.”

SHAUNA MACKIN – I’m Altered [starts 26:44]
This track I’m Altered by Shauna Mackin was tipped to me the other week by Michelle Hussey at BBC Introducing In Manchester. The Dublin-born singer’s debut EP Little Blue won rave reviews upon its release in April 2012. Since then, she’s been remixed by Dan Le Sac, supported the likes of Damien Dempsey and To Kill A King, and received national airplay in both the UK and Ireland. Her latest EP Bootleg Sessions, is out now and is available in both limited-edition physical form and digitally via Amazon and iTunes. “Now I don’t know how she got on with her studying,” said Fresh On The Net’s Simon Poole when reviewing this track “but I’m sure you’ll agree when it comes to her music, what she has can’t be taught”

JOINT HONOURS – Coming Together [starts 31:00]
Joint Honours are, they tell us, “a 4 piece band from Derby, UK. Our music is best described as encompassing sounds from across pop rock and rap resulting in an amalgamation of several different genres, from The Streets right through to The Beach Boys. Consisting of members David Jackson, Simon Marles, Adam Stone and Max Chambers. In January 2013, we released our first self made EP and Music Video to Red Sky Lullaby that starred Sky One’s Bendy Kate from Got to Dance. April 2014 sees the release of our second EP Lucky Number 8.”

TROY FAID – Live by Numbers [starts 34:49]
Originally hailing from Lincolnshire, in recent years Troy Faid has travelled and performed regularly throughout the UK. However 2014 sees Troy taking to the road with a new band to promote his latest release, Live by Numbers – from which this is the title track. “Third album now,” muses Troy. “The One-Man-And-His-Guitar feel has been left behind and this record is focused mainly on the development of what seems to have grown into a really unique sounding band. Patrick Bannon on Drums and Percussion, Adam Richards on Double Bass, Keiran O’Malley on Violin and myself on Guitar, Banjo, Kora & Vocals. The songs are mostly focussed on socially and/ or politically oriented lyrics with diverse and varied musical content. There’ll be a new video out very soon for a number called Double Speak, heavily influenced by Orwell and Chomsky’s ideas regarding the manipulation of language in politics and society. I think you’re best having a listen to the album rather than me trying to describe it to you. The feedback so far has been very positiive: I hope your readers and listeners will have the time and inclination to give it a listen…”

LAUREL – To The Hills [starts 37:46]
Laurel Arnell-Cullen – formerly known as Under The Laurels and now trading solely as Laurel – is a songwriter from a small town from the Solent area on the South Coast. Aged 15, she recorded her first EP her school’s music room and had 100 copies printed up, which all sold out at her selforganised launch gig. The following year she uploaded a tune called Next Time to her Soundcloud – simply for her friends to hear. It soon caused a stir in the blogosphere and was heard by the hip and high-flying artist management company Turn First. “The next thing I knew” says Laurel, “Sony were setting me up with a lawyer.” When college was over she moved to London and was sent to co-write with professional song producers both there and in LA. All good experience, but it was only when her label allowed her two months off to chill in her rented London flat without interference that she really hit her songwriting stride.
Laurel: photo by Rebecca Need-Menear
The first tune she wrote, Blue Blood hit No.3 on Hype Machine. It was followed by an official free download called Firebreather which has racked up 160k plays on Soundcloud and caused a further storm among the bloggers. She digitally released a five-track EP on her own label imprint Next Time Recordings last month called To The Hills – from which this is the title track.  With high profile support slots under her belt and now headline shows in LA and London, Laurel’s career to date proves what canny management do for an artist with genuinely gobsmacking material. Inborn talent and a serious work ethic are important – but the hallmark of an outstanding artist is a primary focus on getting the songs right in the first place. Everything else is secondary.

DUCK HOUSE – Blue Hour [starts 41:31]
Duck House is a project by Cardiff musician Stefan Vincent. Blue Hour features on an up-coming EP, heavily influenced by a variety of electro & disco music.

Take Off All Your Clothes
[starts 45:00]
“Fuelled by biscuits and a fear of treble, Ook And The Elephant are a Bolton-based band who have combatted their fear of the recording studio to produce their first 4 track EP Find Yourself Gone – available for download on their Bandcamp page. They will shake your bones and make you want to stomp whilst eating something comforting. A difficult task indeed. The sound they produce comes from the battle of wills between a bass player who has an unhealthy fear of guitar pedals, a lead guitarist who has an unhealthy love of guitar pedals and a drummer who would happily use no more than a vase and his head for percussion, – all mixed with some rather nice male/female harmonies. Next to be spotted playing at Dogstock Festival on 24th May in Bolton and The Dulcimer for Chorlton Arts festival on 25th May.”

NICK DIXON – Cake Mix [starts 49:05]
Many thanks to Bob Fischer at BBC Tees for forwarding me this bizarre gem Cake Mix. “Nick Dixon is an 18yr old singer/songwriter from Hartlepool. He auditioned on the BBC Voice UK in 2013 and 2014. He is currently gigging around the north east with new dates being released soon. He is also recording new material for his upcoming EP, one to watch out for! Nick has a very broad taste in music and has developed some distinctive styles to his own music. He as a very creative nature which spills over into his music as you will hear in ‘Cake Mix’, and he also writes pop and softer acoustic songs that fit very well with his soulful vocals. His live set is either a three piece, Nick plus his very talented guitarist and drummer, or simply Nick and his very talented guitarist playing a mix of soft acoustic and more uptempo songs. Watch out for new gig dates and venues, and also for the release of his EP.”

POSH APE – The Westbury Wey [starts 52:06]
The four-piece Wessex-based simian tonic known as Posh Ape is fronted by Fresh On The Net regular Dan Gmaj. “Originally from Balham in South London” he tells us “I have always loved discovering River navigations, from earliest memories with my Dad in Sunbury Creek on the Thames and in later years navigating the locks and diversions of the River Wey and beyond. So ‘Westbury’ (the town I now live in) and ‘Wey’ are a play on words representing the meandering navigation of life. Nobody really knows what is around the next corner unless they dare to open their eyes to see. Some just stay on the river and miss the best pub in the world – and the person that could have changed their life for ever. As the lyric says, ‘Move on the Westbury Wey, you might decide to stay… Life’s abundant whole or riches of the soul’ The band are taking a short break from performing to experience ‘LSD’ (Latent Simian Development) But big things are in the pipeline for Autumn 2014 with the launch of the Simian Tonic EP in September 2014 with shows to promote.” Keen to fill up their datesheet, Posh Ape would love to hear from promoters, venues, festivals and any other parties interested in putting on a gig. You can reach Dan on Twitter via @PoshApe

The Resurrection (Easter Sunday)
[starts 56:48]
Owen Duff became a four year old music obsessive when his family inherited a piano from a great aunt. “Totally mesmerised by it,” he says “I found that even without lessons I could mimic the pieces my older sister was learning, as well as TV theme tunes, pop songs and advertising jingles. Making up my own tunes quickly followed (the first, about the weather, at age five) and my love affair with music-making was cemented. Growing up I experimented with recording equipment, collected record players and keyboards, took cello and drum lessons, and taught myself guitar. I’ve released four EPs along with music videos, as well as recording the album Twenty Two Minutes, Four Weeks in a month, which, rather than releasing, I decided to hide in secret locations around the world. I’ve performed live around the UK at festivals and venues such as London’s Bush Hall and Manchester Academy, as well as curating my own show at the Rivington Gallery in Shoreditch. My songs have been played on BBC 6 Music and Radio London and my music has also appeared in the films Thirteen Downs, The Falls and its sequel Testament of Love.”Owen Duff

ARTISTS: A Word Of Warning…
There is at least one PR company that sends out an identical email to every single artist who appears on The BBC Introducing Mixtape. The email says that they heard your track on our show, they thought it “sounded fantastic”, and they are wondering if you’re looking for promotion for your releases. But check out The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers. You should always be extremely wary of unsolicited email from anyone who claims to like your music and then suggests that YOU should pay THEM for services of any kind.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...


  1. Thank you for you lovely words Tom 🙂

    The band are honoured to be included in such great company!
    We hope others will enjoy our simian output which is now also
    to be found at:

    Ape Love to fine people everywhere ?

    Posh Ape xo B-)

  2. Very proud to be here, with these artists… thank you.

  3. Absolutely stoked to be included on your latest mixtape, Tom! You’re good people. A lot of great music this time ’round (as ever)…it’s an honor to be included on the list. Cantaloupe. What a great word.

  4. Thank you so much for including my music – it was a wonderful show. Julia x

  5. Hugely thrilled to be included on this list! What great company.

    Im not sure whether it may have been my mistake when sending our blurb through, but the facebook link for us is incomplete, could it possibly be modified?

    All fixed, Emily – sorry about that – my bad! TR x

    Cheers to Posh Ape for getting in contact to tell us!

    And thanks for the opportunity to be on the Mixtape!

  6. Andrew

    Since you introduced The Sound of the Sirens to me on April 7th I have seen them perform 3 times and bought their album. They are even better live. I think they are the female version of “Hudson Taylor”. They release their latest EP at the Cavern Club in Exeter on Saturday 24th May.

    Please can we have more of them?

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