This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by BEHLA HUTCHINSON, BENTCOUSIN, BUNTY, CAMP STAG, CURXES, DAMN VANDALS, DAUGHTERS OF DAVIS, GYMNAST, THE RAMISCO MAKI MAKI ROCKING HORSE, ROADIDENDREN, RUINZ ASON, STUART NEWMAN, SUNS, THE COTTONETTES, THE FLEAS, THE MARIVAUX, THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES and TOMMY MOLOTOV.
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 together with information about the music provided by the artists themselves. Previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.
All tracks are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader. Some are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues while the rest are tunes I’ve discovered here via 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 14th Sept (technically 2am on Monday, 15th Sept 2014…)
CAMP STAG – Paper Houses [starts 0:17]
Camp Stag are a 5-piece band from Stoke-on-Trent. Their debut single quickly caught the ear of Huw Stephens, Greg James and Tom Robinson, earning them a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at 2013’s Glastonbury Festival. During 2013, they were also invited to support The 1975, Liam Fray and Dry The River among others, and appeared at Tramlines, Kendal Calling and Belladrum festivals. In 2014, between gigs supporting the likes of Jimi Goodwin, slots at Liverpool Sound City and a headline appearance at Y Not Festival, they released their third single Hide & Seek (May 2014) and have been preparing their new EP Leviathan ready for release in September 2014.
ROADIDENDREN – Talk About [starts 04:27]
Roadidendren – an articulate, rapper with a quirky Gogglebox style that humorously breaks down popular culture. Her debut track Poptarts was first aired by Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Gary Crowley & Steve Lamacq in December last year. Since then she’s been nominated for the Spotify Artist and Manager Grant; performed at The Social, Pipes Beer Festival; In the Woods Festival and signed a publishing deal with See Monkey Songs Ltd who will be assisting with the release of her first album The Empress’s New Clothes. Her next single Radio will be released mid-September.
TOMMY MOLOTOV – This Says It All [starts 07:05]
Tommy Molotov is a 26-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer, born in Kiev, based in London and travelling around the cities and seashores of the world to perform, collaborate and absorb new sounds. The debut EP Together is a 4-track musical snapshot, citing musical references from Baroque Classical music to the dreamy and introspective late Talk Talk, and is due for release 30th September 2014. Tommy is currently planning a UK/European tour and working on new material, experimenting with a variety of musicians playing in different styles to define the sound for his debut album, due for release in early 2015.
CURXES – Valkyrie [starts 09:45]
Curxes [kurs-iz] are Macaulay Hopwood and Roberta Fidora, who meet at a mid-point between the coastal towns of Brighton and Portsmouth. From the piers, they come brandishing everything from synthesizers to biros to glockenspiels and use them to create what has been described as “blitz-pop”. Valkyrie is released ahead of the debut album VERXES, due late 2014/early 2015. Upcoming gigs: 20th September: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth and
11th November – Club NME, Joiners, Southampton.
THE RAMISCO MAKI MAKI ROCKING HORSE –
Under The Sky [starts 12:42]
The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse is an alternative indie folk artist from the Scottish Highlands, often seen wearing an eagle mask and/or calling himself The Horse. Under the Sky is from the EP Squawk!, released on Ramisco’s very own fake believe record label, Planet Groucho Records. His most recent live show was at the legendary 100 Club in London where he performed a set with his backing hoof, Caliente Mellonhawk, for Living Indie TV’s Road to Santa Maria Final. The show was streamed live on-line and is now available to watch again on the Living Indie TV website (http://www.livingindietv.com). Ramisco is currently working on a new album, Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata, in which he hopes to expand his sound and explore alternative genres.
THE MARIVAUX – All In Good Time [starts 14:14]
The Marivaux (pronounced Ma-Ree-Voe) are four twenty-somethings who refuse to be strangled by the shirt and tie lifestyle, creating a sound that emulates their reason for living, not existing, at a volume that cannot easily be ignored. Naturally restless musicians, gritty ambition has seen four years of shows around the UK, Ireland and Europe. After honing their craft, they’re set to do it all again, condensed into the next three months playing throughout the UK in September/October, then journeying across five countries in Europe, finishing in Amsterdam in November. Keep an eye out for the 2014 tour dates on the bands social media platforms. The Marivaux’s All In Good Time EP is due for release in October 2014 and their debut single Insides is now available on iTunes. The band are: Phil McAdam (lead singer & guitarist), Matt Shields (lead guitarist), Ben Peacock (drums), & Rik Packer (vocals and bass).
RUINZ ASON – Disappearing Planes [starts 17:44]
Accompanied his by brother DJ and producer J Flames, Ruinz Ason has independently released 5 musical projects, including the album Hoodstarz and Villains and the EP Champions Breakfast. The latest release is The Dubtrap Experience – a genre infusing project drawing influence from Dub, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Trap & Reggae.
BENTCOUSIN – Dizzy [starts 20:33]
Bentcousin are twins Patrick & Amelia Murray. A south coast band who blend melancholy lyrics with happy tunes. following their recent collaboration with Keith Levene, (The Clash, PiL), the band have started work on their first full length album due out in 2015 on Team Love Records. Dizzy is a paean to British seaside towns and brings together an unlikely musical hotchpotch of East London grime, cherry red era indie and Dick Dale surf, but somehow gets away with it….how cheeky!
THE COTTONETTES – Stuck In 77 [starts 23:14]
The Cottonettes are a proper modern punk band. In attitude-spirit and of course music. They are not some stuck in the past, longing for the past nonsense. They are proper. Proper punk. They are so punk. One of them is a hairdresser. Now that is punk as fudge. They are so punk. They come from Fleet & Guildford. Now that is punk as fudge. They are so punk. One of them supports Leyton Orient FC. Now that is punk as fudge. Throw in a bit of Oi. They are so punk they have no idea what Oi is. Throw in great less than three minute songs. Then you have a truly wonderful great three piece. They can play on any bill and win over the masses. They have recently shared bills with Hardskin, 999, The Virginmarys and Spear of Destiny. You can experience The Cottonettes supporting Anti Nowhere League in their home town of Guildford on 24th October at The Boileroom.
STUART NEWMAN – One Big F [starts 25:19]
Stuart Newman is a songwriter who varies his vocals and voices – it makes for interesting choices. As the architect of his own creativity – as songwriter, guitarist and singer of all vocals – sometimes seeing the writing process akin to writing a film script in which he can choose to play any role he decides – he freely plays with accent, guitar, song narrative and audio atmosphere to create his tunes. Expect mellow rock and indie stereo sounds. His new single One Big F is released on 16th September.
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – Boom [starts 30:19]
Unbridled creation and an relentless yearning to sing about the things everyone else is too afraid sing about fuel Northern Irish quartet, The Wood Burning Savages. Since returning home from a summer of festivals in the UK and Ireland, including a prestigious slot at Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing stage, The Wood Burning Savages have been busy booking a UK tour in support of their upcoming Boom EP, scheduled for release on 29th September. The band have also been laying the foundations for their first album which is guaranteed to grab listeners by the lapels and shake the build up of mainstream popular culture candyfloss from their heads. September 2014 UK tour dates: ?Liverpool Lomax 11th?, Manchester Eagle Inn 12th, Sheffield Royal Standard 13th?, London Dublin Castle 17th?, Bristol Mother’s Ruin 18th?, Cardiff The Full Moon 19th?
GYMNAST – Up In Arms [starts 33:36]
Gymnast are the Manchester-based duo of Cathy Wilcock (lead vocals, guitar, electronics) and Chris Lyon (synth, cello, vocals, programming). Their music sits somewhere between alt-pop, trip-hop, and electronica and they make a habit of playing it live in unusual places; the top of a skyscraper in Manchester; a mediaeval chapel in Cambridge; inside the ‘shark’s mouth’ in the Olympic Park. Their debut album Wild Fleet is released on 26.09.14. In the ten weeks leading up to this the band have streamed each of the tracks from the album in order, one per week, meaning that in the final week (beginning Friday 19th September) the full album will be available to stream up until its official release on 26.09.14. Gymnast’s next live show is at A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester, 19.10.14, at Soup Kitchen
THE FLEAS – Born To Run [starts 36:41]
Reading-based band The Fleas are a five-piece indie outfit with a hundred different toppings, from pop, to dance, to jazz to dubstep to folk, all with plenty of gainy rock and roll in the mix. They’re the kind of band you stick on when need a lift on a bad day. Their diverse catalogue of songs all share an upbeat spirit of joy and warmth well loved by the fans who’ve come to see them at festivals all over Berkshire and Buckinghamshire this summer. With an EP (Telling Tales) due for release this Autumn, The Fleas will be playing a number of London dates to release each track. Catch The Fleas live and be forever bitten.
DAUGHTERS OF DAVIS – British Soul [starts 40:25]
Daughters of Davis are sisters Adrienne & Fern Davis, who play music with an acoustic Soul/Folk vibe. Currently touring the UK & Europe in their sparkling new Elddis Tourvan with the release of their first album To the Water, their story hasn’t always been one of luxury. In 2011 the girls quit their jobs & devoted all to their music, touring for 2 years in their rusted van, living off of 17p soup & porridge, before their new van-home was bestowed upon them. These sisters have soul and live the folk reverie that it’s possible to turn your life around and live the dream if you’re bold enough. New album British Soul out Sept 1st 2014. Daughters of Davis are fresh back from touring supporting Rebecca Ferguson and the Eels.
SUNS – We Were Kings [starts 43:52]
Hackney based duo Andy McDonnell and Michael Tyrrell – aka Suns – return with We Were Kings, a divine dose of emotional pop laden with the nostalgia of reflecting on a past relationship. Recapturing the unique, hedonistic moments where it seemed the sun would never set. This emotion is brought to life with vigour by Tyrrell’s achingly soulful vocal that transcends over the glistening production. SUNS are set to play their first London headline show, working with promoter Parallel Lines, at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on the 24th September
BUNTY – Congatron [starts 48:45]
Bunty (Beatabet records) is the avant-pop project of conceptual artist and vocal improviser, Kassia Zermon; best known for pioneering underground experimental vocal loop shows and fronting UK leading Dub act Resonators. Bunty’s powerful one woman electro-orchestra combines the rawness of early M.I.A with the lyrical espionage of Tom Waits and a voice that can sound as sweet as Ella Fitzgerald. Live Bunty uses her synths, toys, ukulele, voice, effects pedals and a mash of real and made-up languages. She whispers, bellows, beatboxes, claps and stamps producing impressive vocal harmonies for her hook heavy tunes. New single Congatron will be released on 29th September 2014, with album release in October with AV live show.
DAMN VANDALS – Cities Of A Plastic World [starts 51:56]
The new Damn Vandals double A-side Cities Of A Plastic World/ Too Lazy To Die Too Stoned To Live is unleashed on 22 Sep 2014, and the band will be celebrating with a launch show at the Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG on Sat 20 Sept . The two tracks are taken from their new album Rocket Out Of London. Taut and wired, lyrically breathless, coherently unhinged – the 10 new tracks thunder by. The album is produced by Julian Simmons (Midlake, Ed Sheeran, Guillemots, Goldheart Assembly). Jack Kansas’s fried and frenzied vocals duel with Frank Pick’s equally explosive guitars whilst Adam Kilemore Gardens on bass and Chris Christianson on drums deliver the urgent rhythmic backdrop. The album’s tracks explore psychotic musical obsession, celebrity stalking, hard liquor, lazy stoners, death by dreams, hatred of school (lyrics co-written with a 5 year old child), the crippling hollowness of pornography, late nights, madness and homeland security.
BEHLA HUTCHINSON – To The Sea [starts 54:55]
With inspiration from a childhood spent living in the middle of no-where, climbing to the tops of tall trees and swimming in cold water, Behla Hutchinson is now based in the heart of land locked Leeds and warming audiences with delicate guitar and vocals, together with cellist Emma Coleman. Her debut album To The Sea, released on the 9th September 2014, is a collection of songs written over the past 9 years, dedicated to the North Sea at her hometown of Scarborough.
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