BBC Mixtape: 01 Sep 2014

The Gorgeous Chans

This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape previews tunes by BBC Introducing artists appearing at Bestival this coming weekend: BLESSA, BROOKLYN, FARROW, GHOST WRITERZ, GO SWIM, LAKE KOMO, MELLA DEE, NIGHT FLOWERS, PHILDEL, PURPLE FERDINAND, RAPHAELLA, SEB WILDBLOOD, SUBCULTURE SAGE, TCTS, THE GORGEOUS CHANS, TRU CONCEPT and WAYWARD.

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The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each programme is then downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the next 30 days. Full tracklists and start times for each track are published here at Fresh On The Net. We also include a brief information supplied by the artists themselves which – in some cases – was very brief indeed. Previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.

I’ve put together this week’s mixtape from artists who are appearing at Bestival 2014 and who have been supported by BBC Introducing in recent years. Some of them are among the acts selected for the BBC Introducing stage at Rob Da Bank’s famous Isle Of Wight music festival (you can see the complete list of those on the BBC Introducing Website) while others are appearing on other stages at Bestival this coming weekend. These listings refer to the BBC Introducing Mixtape broadcast overnight on Sunday 31st August / Monday, 1st September at 2am.

THE GORGEOUS CHANS – By The Highway [starts 00.18]
“Formed in Nottingham in early 2012, The Gorgeous Chans play indie/pop music infused with the rhythms and life of World Music. Having opened Splendour main stage in 2013, they recently took on two new fulltime members to form a permanent horn section, and are set to begin work on their first professionally recorded EP later this year. By The Highway is the first track produced and written in our new arrangement.”

PHILDEL – Moonsea [starts 04.13]
“London artist Phildel creates music inspired by fantasy and driven by imagination. Her music has attracted compliments from producers such as Trevor Horn and Ross Cullum. Phildel’s Moonsea won First Place in the category of Pop/Top 40 of The International Songwriting Competition judged by Tom Waits, Frank Black, Avicii, Keane, Dido, Nas and more…previous winners include Bastille, Passenger and Kimbra.”

TCTS – These Heights [starts 08.16]
TCTS is Sam O’Neill, producer and DJ from Manchester. Sam initially cut his teeth at London club night Church, and has since played with Bondax, Cyril Hahn, Disclosure, Boddika, Dark Sky, Route 94, Chase & Status and Jacques Greene among others. His first EP, Hands landed in at number three in the Juno bass music charts. Support has come from BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing and 6Music. with his track 1997, getting picked up for playlist by Radio 1. Following a summer of festival appearances at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Leeds, TCTS will be releasing his These Heights EP via Greco Roman with shows lined up across Europe, and more music set for release in 2014.”

RAPHAELLA – Parallel Lines [starts 11.29]
Raphaella is the project of North London raised songwriter Raphaella Mazaheri-Asadi with Guy Robin and Hiten Bharadia. She describes her music as “alternative pop with Persian sprinkles on a bed of synths…” After discovering her through the BBC Introducing uploader, DJ Yasser made Raphaella his BBC Introducing Artist Of The Week. Her songwriting successes this year include the Billboard chart-topping Thunder for K -Pop’s EXO K & EXO M and Begin Again for the German Pop Idol winner. Raphaella has recorded live acoustics for Ont’Sofa, Naked Noise and her Reload Sessions have accumulated over 400,000+ YouTube plays to date.”

LAKE KOMO – Ritual [starts 14.53]
Lancaster’s Lake Komo are Jay Nudd, Liam Maxwell, Jess Gould and Peter Bentley, who describe themselves as “North-West music makers”.

Back It Up
[starts 18.53]
Ghost Writerz are the duo of Harry ‘Sleepy Time Ghost’ Metcalfe and Jason ‘Jimmy Screech’ Bradshaw, both hailing from Unit 137 in Lewisham, South East London. Pioneers of the UK’s very-own Sound System Music, the Ghost Writerz’ work fuses Reggae, Hip Hop and Jungle with conscious lyricism, melodic hooks and virtuoso players of instruments to great effect. Their sound is especially designed for broadcast on Clementine – an authentic Reggae Sound System based in their own South London studio at Unit 137.”

PURPLE FERDINAND – Beautiful Anomaly [starts 21.30]
Purple Ferdinand is a singer/songwriter from East London full of striking contradictions: all inked-up with face piercings, she can still soothe your soul with her hauntingly sweet voice. A Spice Girl-loving 23-year-old Tumblr enthusiast, she plays a ukulele as well as singing over any other backing. She says ‘The sound of a ukulele is just happy and simple, but the tone is so sweet and has layers to it. The music that I write has an underlying darkness, which can be kind of heavy at times, so the ukulele gives it a lightness to balance out my message and words with a little more ease.'”

FARROW – Weak [starts 24.35]
Matt Farrow – who used to work under the name Pikcha – makes tropical and deep house music. Forthcoming release on Tigermilk Recordings…

BROOKLYN – Car [starts 28.42]
Jack Bannock, Alex Cowlishaw & Josh Martins of Brooklyn describe themselves as a “Pop Band from Buckfastleigh”.

Go SwimGO SWIM – Off The Trail [starts 31.23]
Go Swim are a Belfast based indie rock band formed in October 2013 by Julianne Shawe, Steve Smith, Des Hesketh and Stefan Malecki. They released their debut 4 track EP – Animal – on 27th June 2014

ENDOR & TRU CONCEPT – Intentions [starts 34.18]
This mixtape may be an exclusive first play for this unreleased track collaboration between Endor (Dan Hardingham) featured vocalist Romany and TRU Concept – who consist of Mike Burns & Cristian Antonio who met through college in 2012. Though still only 18 they have accumulated wide experience working alongside artists such as Disclosure, Breach, Hannah Wants, Mark Knight & Friend Within. As songwriters they have had chart success with their single Take A Shot, while three of Cristian’s own productions have entered the Beatport progressive house chart.

BLESSA – Unfurl [starts 37.42]
Blessa are a “5 piece band based in Sheffield”.

SUBCULTURE SAGE – Overly Dead [starts 42.48]
Subculture Sage is a project that sees the pairing of London based Tropical producer Subculture Sounds and Jungle/Grime MC Hypeman Sage. They’ve cooked up a sound that, whilst giving a nod to Hip Hop’s heritage, is firmly rooted in London’s cultural mosaic, infusing urban grit with tropical and Asian colour. Overly Dead is their debut release and is available to download for free on Soundcloud.”

NIGHT FLOWERS – Neverlands [starts 46.44]
“London five-piece Night Flowers consist of Zeb Budworth, Chris Hardy, Sam Lenthall, Greg Ullyart and Hetty Ullyart. Formed only a year ago, they are connected by their Humberside origins. Since putting debut tracks Single Beds and North online they have been acclaimed by tastemaker blogs and their debut EP – recorded with Adam Jaffrey at Unwound Studios – is available on both vinyl and digital download, evolving their sound into slightly more sombre, dream-like territories. Summer turns to autumn, turns to winter.”

SEB WILDBLOOD – Come Into My House – 4.11 [starts 50.49]
Seb Wildblood is the artist name of James Tittensor. The only information we could find about him was on his page at where it says: “co-founder of Church”. So now you know.

WAYWARD – Belize [starts 54.44]
Having run club nights together for years, old school friends Lawrence Gale Hayes and Louis Greenwood decided to sit down and make some music together under the name Wayward. The result was their two debut releases ‘Only Flaw’ and ‘Marvin’ which went on to receive hundreds of thousands of hits and win support from Radio 1’s Rob da Bank and Annie Mac. Since then they have released their debut single ‘Love Jones’ on Aesop records and have just recently aired the B side to their forthcoming single on Black Butter records.


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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. Liz

    Great to hear the wonderful Gorgeous Chans on here! Absolutely love the new track.

  2. Wow! What a start to the term Tom! Wonderful mixtape – I managed to find the time to listen and did big geek sesh time on all artists. Wrote down for further listening ah Purple Ferdinand blew me away, as much as Night Flowers, Subculture Sub 1=1=1 by them is awesome! Some pretty talented producers as well. Yes this Autumn will satisfy my ears x

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