BBC Mixtape: 20 Apr 2015

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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 19th April (technically 2am on Monday, 20th April 2015…)

TARA PRIYA – Friends Like These [starts 00:17]
Friends Like These is a delicate, echoing melange of falsetto vocals and looped piano riffs, driven by jazz-hip-hop fusion drums. It’s the title track from Tara Priya‘s forthcoming (June 1st) EP, a collection of six compelling, atmospheric songs that meld elements of jazz, soul, and the irresistible head-nod grooves of ’90s hip-hop. Born in San Francisco to a Persian mother, the niece of much-lauded poet and modernist painter Sohrab Sepehri, and an Indian father, Tara left LA in 2014 for the eclecticism of the east London music scene. Her EP launch party show will be at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch on June 3rd.

PECULIAR DISCO MOVES – Breaking News [starts 03:50]
Newcastle Upon Tyne’s snazzy five piece Peculiar Disco Moves continue their quest for pop’s crown of idiosyncrasy with their brand new 3-track EP Hot Off The Press, available through the band’s Bandcamp site from 30th April. Be sure to check out their off-the-wall videos on the band’s YouTube channel and keep up to date with gig dates via the official website.

MACAJEY feat ELLE LEATHAM – Silent Morning [starts 06:19]
Macajey is the brainchild of Jeremy Macachor, a third-generation musician who has married tasty guitar sounds with energetic and ambient production to create an electronic style that holds the rhythm of classic soul and spontaneity and thickness of a live band. Influenced by artists like Gold Panda, Bonobo, and Slow Magic, Macajey has the ability to hook, intrigue, groove, and build his songs. A native of California and a world traveler, his musical background is a cultural amalgam of his life travels through London, Iceland, Scotland and Estonia. With a few years as a guitarist for various bands in California and London under his belt, Macachor began carving his own path in the electronic music world in April 2013, debuting at Estonia’s Papergirl art event. His first release, Water EP, came out in February 2014 to positive reviews. In support of Water EP, Macachor came back to the States for performances throughout California, including 1015 Folsom and Submission in San Francisco, as well as the multi-continental Unfuck the World Festival in Los Angeles. Macajey released his debut album Let’s Go on March 24th 2015 with a performance at Tallinn Music Week.

JAMES MCKEAN AND THE BLUEBERRY MOON – The Redeemer [starts 09:57]
James McKean and The Blueberry Moon consists of James himself (vocals/guitar) with Ross Palmer (various instruments), and various others! James is based between Oxford and London. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his album No Peace For The Wicked.
A Band Called Quinn
A BAND CALLED QUINN – Drive With Your Eyes Closed [starts 12:28]
A Band Called Quinn are an artpop band from Glasgow, Scotland mixing up music, film & theatre like space socks at a psychedelic laundrette. Drive With Your Eyes Closed is a slice of electropop noir from multimedia performance Biding Time (remix) which features Drag King legend Diane Torr & a giant white rabbit. The show was part of the Made In Scotland showcase last year at Edinburgh Fringe & as a result the band are taking the show to the Cultura Inglesa Festival in Brazil this June.

GELATO – Room Service [starts 15:52]
The Gelato boys, fresh from releasing their debut EP in March, are putting the finishing touches on a series of singles, all to be released over the summer months. Their motto is to make the kind of music they’d want to hear on the radio, & while they definitely are kids of the Golden 90’s, they always keep an ear out for the best of the currently understated. They would be delighted to play your living room, basement or warehouse. If you like your rock fast, loud and clear, come in! Check out the new video for Room Service. The full EP is available at The Gelato Bandcamp page.

FROGBELLY & SYMPHONY – Minderbinder [starts 19:51]
Progressive rock echoes through folk landscapes, with urban poetry, pop melodies, repetitive chants and experimental segues. Frogbelly and Symphony are born of the clash and fusion that characterized the late 20th century. Disparate influences from the Old World to New York are brought together in the furnaces of Sheffield and Brooklyn, revealing a stylistic repertoire that injects the indigenous workingman’s soul into the periphery of the bohemian metropolis. Blue Bright Ow Sleep is available on CD and digital formats through Labelship Records. The band’s first radio airplay dates back to last fall’s CMJ festival in NYC where the band was introduced by WFUV radio in NYC. Over the past few weeks, 49 US radio stations have added, played, and/or charted the album. There has been continued CMJ Radio 200 chart support from KSPU and WNCW. In the upcoming week Blue Bright Ow Sleep will supposedly enter the CMJ Radio 200 chart debuts. The band is currently on a promotional concert tour across the UK and Ireland.

QUIET AS A MOUSE – Snowflake [starts 23:54]
Indie/Alternative band Quiet as a Mouse released their 2nd EP Memorybox on Monday 13th April and are playing launch shows to coincide with its release in Glasgow (Broadcast, 23rd April) and Edinburgh (The Wee Red Bar, 8th May).
Katey Brooks
KATEY BROOKS – Only One [starts 27:27]
Katey Brooks is a British folk artist who, we’re told, “combines her gospel choir-esque vocal with a backdrop of haunting but beautiful ethereal folk sounds”.

PLASTIQUE – Quake [starts 30:45]
Plastique formed in 2010 to bring their own flavour of attitude and charisma to the diluted and lacklustre indie scene they saw a lot of bands stuck in. Comprised of singer Anelise Kunz, multi-instrumentalist Fabio Couto and producer Gabriel Ralls. Their self-titled debut album was released worldwide in 2011, with 2013’s follow-up record #SocialScar seeing their industrial, aggressive sound – highlighted by mastering from multi-Grammy winning Tom Baker – and saw them crowned one of Marshall’s top 5 ultimate bands of 2013. Plastique are working on new music in 2015 starting with this single Quake.”

FOURTH AND FOLSOM – Golden Dunes [starts 33:44]
“Making their way in the Indie/Americana scene, having supported Primal Scream, Fourth And Folsom release their new single Golden Dunes with B-Side Iowa on March 30th. The new tracks were recorded by the band themselves and produced at Metropolis Studios in London, mixed by Senior Engineer Xavier Stephenson and mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin. Fourth And Folsom are heavily influenced by West Coast Harmonies and consist of Jamie Davies (Vocals/ guitar/ synth), Theo Byrd (Vocals/ guitar/ synth) and Jack Manser (Vocals/ bass). Since recording their new album Fourth And Folsom have now recruited bass player Kristjan Cavdarovski and drummer Hannah Feenstra. As a band focused on vocal harmony, they cultivate” they tell us “an aura of intimacy, gently reeling the listener in and soothing them into a hushed, intricate atmosphere. Fourth And Folsom’s Instrumental work reflects the sophisticated balladry. The band merge their varied musical influences giving a fresh twist to upbeat indie guitar riffs with an Americana influence. The guitars and drums work together in strong unity to provide solid yet beautifully melodic rhythms, giving their tracks direction whilst the vocals roam freely above. The band work in a seamless harmony, instruments and different vocals come together so smoothly in their songs that it’s hard to believe that Theo, Jack and Jamie write individually and then combine their ideas. Golden Dunes explores the themes of fulfilling potential and dreams. It’s about celebrating this moment of realisation, embracing it with pride and without care.” So now you know.

MATT MEREPORT – Legno Lungo [starts 36:25]
Matt Mereport is a Warrington-dwelling musician, untroubled by the concept of sticking to one particular genre. Instead music seems to emerge with a somewhat scattergun approach – electronic to acoustic, rock to ambient and some strange subterranean dwellings in-between. This is either a result of restless musical exploration or a general misunderstanding of how the music industry actually works. Thus far, releases have only been in a digital form on the exemplary Amazing Tunes but these will hopefully be followed up by something in the physical realm in the not too distant future. Live shows remain a reverie until Matt has amassed enough suitable technology for this to become a reality. Matt Mereport is speaking in the third person.”

FALSEHEADS – Wrap Up [starts 41:04]
“After a number of personnel changes the line up of Falseheads was settled on Luke Griffiths, Daniel Delgaty and Jake Elliott. The first lo-fi singles Where is Your Man and Without a Doubt had positive reviews as well as making New to Q Radio’s single of the week and receiving airplay on BBC and other student raidios. The debut EP Tunnel Vision was released by Hi4Head Records after signing the band in 2014, so far this has gained critical acclaim from Q Magazine and NME. The lead single gained support from BBC Introducing. The second EP Wear and Tear was released on April 13th with support from Clash magazine, BBC Radio 6 and Fred Perry Subculture. We’re heading back into the studio in June to record a double A side so it’s set to be a busy 2015. Try and imagine Elliott Smith writing lyrics for a very slightly less angry Johnny Rotten fronting the Pixies and you get a rough idea. The next shows are on 17th April at Ramsgate Music Hall, 21st April at the Shackewell Arms in London, 22nd April at 93 Feet East at Brick Lane, 30th April at Maidstone Fringe Festival, The Garage in London on 20th May and finally May 29th at the famous Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton.”
Cable Street Collective
CABLE STREET COLLECTIVE – Can’t Take Me Under [starts 44:40]
Cable Street Collective combine catchy tunes with dance-inspired beats that’ll make you dance your arse off. Formed at the same London open mic night that produced Denai Moore, their music mixes African influences (two of the group grew up in Swaziland and Malawi) with UK funky house and a whole host of other sounds from in and around their home bases in East London and Brixton.”

GIZMO VARILLAS – Time Will Tell [starts 47:49]
Gizmo Varillas was born in Santander, grew up in Bilbao and arrived in London by way of Cardiff where he studied media as an aspiring documentary maker. Between leaving Cardiff and moving to London, Gizmo travelled to the South of France with nothing but a backpack and ukulele. While writing on beaches across the region people would continuously gather around to listen to his performance touched by his simple but soulful compositions. Now as delicate brush-strokes on his lyrics notebook, his song Time Will Tell and the most part of The Inca’s Suit EP combines his passion for the vintage and vanguard sounds coming up from Latin America.”

REBEL KITES – The Witnessing [starts 50:26]
Rebel Kites began when Alex Story, previously a globally-touring electronic music artist, decided to call it quits with the dance music scene and go back to his guitar and songwriting roots. In a labyrinthine process of endless trials and tribulations, the next years saw Story reinvent himself as a singer, band leader and producer, taking to stage and studio a band of collaborators whom became the core of the arrangement process. Debut EP The Witnessing is finally out, its songs ranging from moody, introvert arrangements to thundering, vernal Folk-Rock epics. Now Rebel Kites´ music is spreading like wildfire, receiving worldwide attention, blog premieres and amassing thousands of plays within the first weeks of release. Catch them play at Cargo, Shoreditch on April 25th.”

DEATHSTAR CONVERTIBLE – Parallax [starts 54:48]
“Deathstar Convertible is the work of a UK musician applying a wide range of influences (in particular epic post-rock, electronica and alternative rock) to form home-produced, film-score style sounds. A first mini-album release Shadows Smile contains instrumental tracks, written during 2014, which try to encompass musical influences such as Sigur Ros, This Will Destroy You and Oceansize. The lead track Parallax is an early attempt to combine electronica with post-rock guitar elements and is a good distillation of the different sounds/genres represented. After promoting Shadow’s Smile, work will begin at the end of the year on a follow-up release.”

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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...

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