This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by SNIDE RHYTHMS, KASI JONES, CASTLES, THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT, VULPES VULPES, FISHCLAW, PASSION BEL CANON, ELLIOTT MORRIS, YGHD, KRISTIN McCLEMENT, JAMES BARTHOLOMEW, MERRYM’N, MEGA EMOTION, THE AUGUST SEPTEMBER, NARCSUS PRYE , LUKE LEIGHFIELD and FEASIBILITY STUDY.
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 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 – and if your music is in thie week’s mixtape please see the important warning at the bottom of this page. These are the listings for the episode broadcast overnight on Sunday 1st FEb (technically 2am on Monday, 2nd Feb 2015…)
SNIDE RHYTHMS – Greyed Out & Muted [starts 00:17]
“Edinburgh’s Snide Rhythms consist of Colvin Cruickshank and Olly Ridgewell and come from the mind-your-language school of thought. They were born at night, but not last night. On their first album but they are taking their first step but already planning their next move. Once described in a lost piece as humble/arrogant, Snide Rhythms want you to believe in yourself.”
KASI JONES – Anymore [starts 04:17]
“With big eyes, wild hair, rock, soul and everything in between, Kasi Jones has opened for grammy award winners Robin Thicke, Jamie Foxx, and NeYo respectively. She was a finalist on season one of NBC’s The Voice. Her music has been featured on legendary music engineer Dave Pensado’s groundbreaking programme Pensado’s Place. He calls her “A Star”. She is known for her powerhouse vocals, high energy, dynamic live shows and infectious stage presence. She plays regularly in several major cities in the US. Most recently she completed a sold out tour in Tokyo, Japan, followed up by an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s, Ruby Sings showcase. She returns to Japan this spring for a more expansive tour.”
CASTLES – Nightingale [starts 08:07]
North Wales three-piece CaStLeS consist of brothers Cynyr and Dion Hamer on multiple instruments, plus Calvin Thomas. “Songs inspired by the surrounding wilderness, a musical oddity ensues: their infusion of psychedelic rock, blues and dancy grooves has been lauded by BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio Wales and Radio 1.” Alas though they’ve never been that keen on telling any of us about themselves or their music. The Hamer brothers have been working together under the name of CaStLeS since 2008 and also play in the live lineup of Owain Ginsberg’s WE//ARE//ANIMAL.
THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT – Josephine Grace [starts 11:21]
“To be honest this song was something of a pet project to experiment with my voice and have some fun” says The Skunk-Boy Project “but I’m delighted it’s been so popular. As you know I’m the Skunk-Boy Project and my music career began a few years ago around Leicestershire where I was brought up. It has however recently been localised somewhat to South Wales since I moved here to study psychology. Having graduated I’m now spending some time just writing new material and working in menial employment to pay the bills! However I’m playing the How the Light Gets in Festival this May which is going to be astounding fun!”
VULPES VULPES – Honeybee [starts 14:45]
“Vulpes Vulpes (pronounced Vul-pez Vul-pez) was originally started as a solo project by Christian Popple in January 2014. After the release of two tracks and a live session on BBC radio Stoke, Vulpes Vulpes started to acquire live performing members and began performing live shows in September 2014. The sound of Vulpes Vulpes is rooted in 1980s new-wave/post-punk and 1990s britpop, with elements of Industrial, Pop, Hair Metal, House, Computer Games and Gothic Rock. Next gig is 20th Feb at The Old Brown Jug in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.”
FISHCLAW – Black Crow, White Crow [starts 18:04]
Recommended by Ollie Winberg at BBC Introducing in Essex, Fishclaw are “an instrumental group based in Colchester, with members from Three Beards, Ghost Train Porters and Secret Jane. Fish Claw play post-folk on accordion, guitar, violin, whistles, double bass and percussion… There is a dark side to folk music that is hidden in back alleys and backwaters. It revels in not caring about what is fashionable and instead treads a path that follows unexplored senses. It embraces the powerful possibilities of rhythms and sounds to merge and build, inducing trance-like and hypnotic effects in those who hear it. Fishclaw exists in this murky world. It looks at the world with fresh eyes and helps others to do the same.”
PASSION BEL CANON – Land Of Hope [starts 21:14]
“Since forming in late 2013, Passion Bel Canon have been merging their individual influences to create their own brand of electro-flecked alt folk. Combining soaring vocals, intricate rhythmic guitar, tribal drums and electronic percussion, the London based trio create infectious danceable songs. 2014 was a year of exciting and enjoyable firsts for Passion Bel Canon: playing their first gigs, first festival Nozstock and releasing their first single Land of Hope. This year the band has supported Owlle at the Sebright Arms and is currently writing a soundtrack for Marcus Schroder’s film Ritual. In the next few months, the trio will be back in the studio to write and record their first EP with the help of crowd funding and can be seen headlining Peace In The City Presents at The Good Ship, Kilburn on Thursday 26th February 2015.”
ELLIOTT MORRIS – Let It Out [starts 24:55]
“Danny Kyle Award winner from Celtic Connections 2013, Elliott Morris is currently on tour supporting Paul Carrack across the UK. New EP It Seemed to Make Sense at the Time will be released on iTunes on 2nd March 2015. Features brother Bevan on double bass and Innes Watson (Treacherous Orchestra) on strings. Half English, half Scottish and raised in Wales and Lincolnshire, Elliott has always been one to enjoy travelling, and this is evident in his almost constant touring schedule. He’s played all across the British Isles, from Orkney to Brighton, to Clonakilty in Ireland. The singer-songwriter taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs. See his website for upcoming dates.”
YGHD – Velvet [starts 28:23]
“Curiously titled YGHD (aka Younghood) are a rare South London export to the anthem touting Xplosiv’ Indie-Rock ranks. From Kingston, and still unsigned, the band are keen to spread the YGHD word by playing a number of dates over the length and breadth of the British Isles in the coming months. The routine 4-piece line-up draw their form from pulsating drum beats, which emphasise the catchy choral vocals and guitar melodies. We’re releasing our second single White Eyes on 30/1/15, are sorting out some gigs over the next month and heading back into the studio in March.”
KRISTIN McCLEMENT – No End To The Drum [starts 31:54]
“Kristin McClement‘s debut album The Wild Grips is due for release on 23rd Feb via Brighton’s Willkommen Records. The Wild Grips refers to our wild nature and Kristin’s reaction to it as a songwriter. Hidden behind the glance of every stranger lies the struggle to make sense of these troubling times. “What can we pull from the rubble of our modern world?” she asks. Her songs invoke a sense that there must be something more meaningful beyond the windows of our offices, shopping centres and rented houses. Produced by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, The Wild Grips is a wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside. Album launch (6th March; Heath Street Baptist Church, London) will feature members of The Leisure Society, Eyes & No Eyes and Willkommen favourites Marcus Hamblett and Emma Gatrill. Tickets from the website.”
JAMES BARTHOLOMEW – Far Away [starts 36:15]
“James Bartholomew is a 19 year old modern fingerstyle guitarist based in the south of the UK. With influences ranging from the great innovator Michael Hedges, to folk artists such as Martin Simpson, James brings together a wide variety of styles to create a unique sound. He has recently moved to Bristol where he is building his following while making his way onto the local acoustic scene. He will be recording his first original EP in the coming months.”
MERRYM’N – I Was Born In Stoke-On-Trent [starts starts 39:31]
“Merrym’n are all about Stoke-on-Trent pop song sensibilities; local songs with local inspirations about cow tipping, singing pigs and bottle kiln babies. There’s no fixed line-up and no master plan. It’s all about the songs and the joy of getting them out there… but if, one day, we could be frizbee-ing oatcakes off the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, then we’d be happy potters. We released our debut single on new year’s day, along with a home-made video and it’s been really well received across the six towns of S-O-T. Our follow-up single will hit the digital shelves in February and a mini-album will appear with your Easter eggs. As ever, we’ll be appearing around the area at open mic nights, low-key gigs and any event which tickles our fancy.”
MEGA EMOTION – Uncomfortable [starts 42:09]
“Norwich trio Mega Emotion formed in 2013 – made up of Iain on guitar, and Lisa and Jan on keyboards. They all sing and drum live over electronic beats. Inspired by bands like New Order, Metronomy, Chvrches and Kraftwerk, they wanted to create dance music whilst still retaining the rawness of bands like Sonic Youth or the Pixies. Iain describes their sound as “an alternative soundtrack to the film Tron.” Their first demo Brains won Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable on 6 Music. Uncomfortable is their first label release on London-based Post/Pop. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album.”
THE AUGUST SEPTEMBER – Paint The Future [starts 45:56]
“The August September aim to make raw minimalist rock’n’roll with feuding vocal harmonies and lo-fi attack. The band’s name was taken from a the title of a film concept by LM Kit Carson about a rock n roll suicide, written to star Andy Warhol’s muse Edie Sedgwick. Our new EP Transitions was recorded, mixed and produced by us in our home studio in south London. We poured our hearts and souls into this record and overcame a lot in its creation. Love, loss and one of us now answers to Miss instead of Mr. All this influenced the record and inspired the name of the EP and we hope this journey comes across in the music and you enjoy listening.”
NARCSUS PRYE – Giants [starts 42:28]
“Narcsus Prye (Narc-sus Pry) is a electronic producer based in London. After spending time writing and performing for other artists, he released his debut album in 2012, an EP in 2013 and he has just released his debut single Need Some More (feat Tommy Evans) and instrumental B-side Giants. 2015 will see Narcsus Prye take to the road with his fully live band as well as further studio releases – an EP of songs written and produced in collaboration with another artist and his own follow up EP later in the year.”
LUKE LEIGHFIELD – Fool For Love [starts 51:56]
“In March 2015, Luke Leighfield releases his fifth album, V. A successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter enabled him to make the record in the USA with producer Jim Wirt (Jack’s Mannequin, Incubus, Fiona Apple). This follows recent tours in the USA, Japan and China.”
FEASIBILITY STUDY – Metroland [starts 54:54]
“We are Feasibility Study and we are from Hull” say Rob Barlow and Graham Fialkavicz.
“Our influences are everything from kraftwerk and Eno to Throbbing Gristle,Cabaret Voltaire and more newer bands like Liars and alt-j. We are just finishing off our first album Gateway To Another Place. Our aim is to revive Industrial Music but more in the original form, not like NIN or Marilyn Manson style.We make music with anything we can get our hands on and produce it all in a shed in Graham’s garden.”
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