BBC Mixtape: 27 Apr 2015

Will Joseph Cook


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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 – together with with information about the music that’s been provided by the artists themselves.

Mind you, some of that information isn’t terribly informative. I love every one of the tunes in this mixtape, but – artists – our listeners honestly don’t need to read about how “atmospheric”, “beautifully”, “bitter-sweet”, “crisp”, “curious,”, “delicate”, “distinctively minimalist”, “drenched”, “dynamic”, “electrifying”, “emotional”, “emotive”, “empowering”, “energetic”, “enthused”, “epic”, “ethereal”, “expansive”, “gritty”, “harmonious”, “harrowing”, “hazy”, “ice cool,”, “infectious”, “innocence”, “intimate”, “intricate”, “laden”, “levitating”, “lingering”, “lush”, “melancholy”, “mysterious”, “off-kilter”, “polished”, “remarkable”, “savvy”, “shimmering”, “slick”, “soulful”, “spacious”, “stark”, “sultry”, “superb”, “ultra sexy”, “unique” or “woozy” your music is. They can hear that for themelves. For a more comprehensive list of hilarious PR clichés, see our handy sarcastic guide on How To Speak Press Release.

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 26th April (technically 2am on Monday, 27th April 2015…)

WILL JOSEPH COOK – Streets Of Paris [starts 00:17]
“Kent is home” says Will Joseph Cook “School and A levels til June 2015. Played Kent introducing party last year in Canterbury.” His debut single Catalyst was released in December 2013 while his followup EP You Jump I Run was released on Duly Noted Records last week and is available on iTunes.

ROBYN SHERWELL – Islander [starts 03:18]
“Inspired by popular artists as far ranging as James Blake, Imogen Heap, Bat For Lashes and Stevie Nicks, London-based singer-songwriter Robyn Sherwell is a name that has been on the lips of tastemakers since early 2014. Signing to new label Birdland Records in 2013 after a couple of her YouTube cover videos (Ben Howard’s The Fear and SBTRKT’s Hold On) came to the public’s attention, Sherwell has since been working with producer David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes) on a debut album. Her two EPs to date, Love Somebody and Islander, have received coverage from publications such as DIY, Clash, Noisey, The 405 and The Fader, with her Spotify streams recently surpassing the one million mark. Robyn will be playing at a number of festivals over the summer, including Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and Tramlines”.
Robyn Sherwell
CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM – Outside Things [starts 06:09]
“Using a nylon-stringed guitar, Charlie Cunningham‘s rhythmic and percussive style seems to create a bigger sound than one man with a simple instrument could rightfully claim. It’s a skill that he honed during two years studying guitar in Seville, the birthplace of Flamenco, and it is this time that has afforded him a remarkable understanding of his instrument. His songs, laden with delicate flourishes and intricate melodic turns but also moments of stark introspection, feel both expansive and intimate and leave the listener with a lingering sense of bitter-sweet optimism. His lyrics feel immediate and familiar but reward further listening with a deeper understanding of what his work is striving towards.”

THE SKIPPING FORECAST – Sinking Teeth [starts 10:26]
The Skipping Forecast are an experimental pop duo who blend guitar, vocals, and percussive electronics into harmonised dreamlike songscapes. Formed in Sheffield, within The Audacious Art Experiment collective, Sophia Pettit (Vocals, Guitar) and Luke Twyman (Percussion, Tones, Vocals) first began writing acoustic songs together as a side project to main bands at the time. After a summer of unplugged shows around the USA, the pair continued working on new material in Sheffield as well as their remote mountain dwelling in Italy, utilising Twyman’s range of improvised analogue instruments (dictaphones, walkie talkies, synths, pedals) and Pettit’s shimmering guitar and voice. Upcoming shows: May 9th Brighton, Cowley Club; July 25th Sheffield, Picture House Social Tramlines Festival. We’re also going to be playing a string of shows with Cantaloupe and Elk in June: 26th Nottingham, Venue TBC; 27th Sheffield, Audacious Space; 28th Grimsby, The Matrix.”

CHILDCARE – Diesel Therapy [starts 14:16]
Childcare is the creation of London-based musician Ed Cares. Their music is enthused with the energy of punk, drenched in the off-kilter pop sensibilities of Squeeze, the infectiousness of the Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines era-Graham Coxon. Crafted with wit and skill, his songs are direct and speak with honesty and innocence, a quality that’s spawned from his curious creative set up: Ed writes most of his music whilst working as a nanny, fitting in time between the school runs and roadtesting much of his material on the three children he looks after.”

TEAM MORALE – Ubuntu [starts 16:12]
Team Morale is an instrumental duo comprising of George Cloke and Oli Dewdney from Tunbridge Wells. Their second EP Satori was released last Monday, premiering on The Line of Best Fit and is available now through the band’s Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-like basis. Satori sees the band’s expansive sound of delicate guitars lines, ethereal electronics, and crisp percussion oscillate between melancholy and euphoria, ambient and electro, the organic and the synthetic.”

CHARLIE DANCER – Oh My [starts 20:21]
“Youthful breezy alt-pop artist Charlie Dancer hails from a Northumberland town with a population of 2,000 that’s famous for its real ale brewery and the father of the railways. Over the past 6 months Charlie has played over 40 shows across the UK supporting Racing Glaciers, Shields and Blossoms. Evident on debut EP Oh My (released 11th May 2015 via MALXOLM), Charlie writes spacious songs with harrowing vocal melodies akin to the soulful subjects of his stories. Supported by his band, Charlie will be touring the UK in April and May including an EP release show at the Mining Institute in Newcastle on 1st May. With further releases and plenty of live dates to come this year, follow @CharlieDancerUK on Snapchat.”

AMETHYSTS – Alone [starts 23:55]
Amethysts refers to the semi-precious stone (Amethyst). Alone is the first demo that Amethysts have made public out of a small collection of demos that have been recorded over the last few months. They are aiming to release their next track with an accompanying video in the following months. Bandwise Amethysts are trying to keep their identity hidden (for the moment) in an approach to mirror the likes of Jai Paul and Burial – keeping the focus on the music rather than the appearance and image of the band members.” Good luck with that.

COURTS – Part Of [starts 27:30]
Crackling with life, this is the title track of the new Part Of – EP by our old friends Courts – released last month on Invader Music. “Currently preparing for second proper release. Been away and written an album. Influences/Interests: working towards not working, BFK, The story of Anvil, Basildon Town, LIFE, pretty much ALL music. Genre: Alternative/Disco/Funk/Hip-Hop (guitar-based hip hop/funk influenced music). Next gig: London this Wednesday (April 29th) at The Macbeth. Tickets available online now.”

KYMBERLEY KENNEDY – Glitter & Gold [starts 30:38]
“Leeds born singer Kymberley Kennedy crafts emotive vocals, sultry songwriting and superb melodies to form dark RnB Soul, reminiscent of Banks and Delilah. Her solo career officially began with the release of the distinctively minimalist Blackout EP. It was a unique, mysterious symbol of empowerment. The stripped back percussion, accompanied only by her soulful vocal, caught the attention of national radio, publications and film director Aram Rappaport, who later used the track in the movie Syrup.”
Loyle Carner - photo by Jordan Gregoire-Brown
LOYLE CARNER – October (Ft. Kiko Bun) [starts 34:41]
“October (featuring Kiko Bun) comes from South London MC Loyle Carner‘s debut LP A Little Late. With three successful UK tours now under his belt with Kate Tempest, Joey Bada$$ and Atmosphere, Loyle is set to make some serious moves on the UK circuit and abroad, with strong support coming from all over Europe, the US and Australia. Support in the UK has come from all areas, including Dazed, i-D, Clash and NME, to being championed on Radio 1Xtra by DJ Semtex and by Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens at Radio 1. His previous singles ‘Guts’ with Kate Tempest and ‘Mufasa’ have won him a legion of new fans. ” Upcoming live dates: London Streetfest, Tobacco Dock May 3; Brighton, Great Escape May 14;  Liverpool Sound City May 22; Bristol, Love Saves The Day May 24; Hampshire, Blissfields Festival July 4.

HMS MORRIS – Shipping Forecast [starts 37:42]
HMS Morris is a trio based in Cardiff: Heledd is originally from Carmarthenshire, and Sam and Will are both from Denbighshire. The band appeared in midair between London and Cardiff in 2012, hovered for a good while to get their bearings, and finally descended in 2014 to set down roots in the rich psychedelic soil of Wales. Variously described as “cinematic electro-pop” (A Sound Reaction), ‘”luscious psychedelic indie” (Focus Wales), and a blend of “synthpop, psychedelia and indiepop” (Buzz Magazine), HMSM’s music is made to intrigue, delight and excite in equal measure. Dates: April 24/25: Focus Wales, Wrexham; May 22: De Valence Tenby; May 23: Hay Festival; June 12: X Festival, Bute Park, Cardiff; July 5: Tafwyl, Cardiff; July 15th: Undertone, Cardiff; July 17-19: Gwyl Arall, Caernarfon; July 24-26: Nozstock, Herefordshire; August 29: Crug Mawr, Aberteifi, Cardigan.”

FIELD STUDIES – Mother Tongue [starts 41:12]
Field Studies are an Alternative Rock band from Nottingham formed in the summer of 2012. A combination of ethereal soundscapes, lush harmonies, and epic crescendos give Field Studies their signature sound, complemented by Chris Bailey’s beautifully unique vocals. Having released their debut EP Celestial in January 2014, the band have made a name for themselves as one of the best live acts to see locally Field Studies are planning a few releases, set to come out this summer. See them live: 3rd May – Filthy’s, Nottingham (as part of FilthyFest); 8th May – The Cookie, Leicester (supporting Jagaara; 24th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham; 2nd June – The Social – London”

PRINCESS SLAYER – Passion Alley [starts 45:12]
Princess Slayer are a live electronica band from the UK. Their performances are electrifying and their productions are ‘slick and ultra sexy’. The likes of Bonobo, Phaeleh and The Prodigy inspire Vince Welch’s beats and production, whilst the melodies of Submotion Orchestra, HAIM and Sia echo throughout Casey Lim’s vocals. For their live performances, Vince performs as drummer and Casey fronts the stage with an empowering presence. The pair recruit the help of talented players: Jack Kendrew and Nathan Rasdall, to bring their electronic songs to life, offering an energetic contrast to the group’s polished studio sound. Their debut EP Living was released on iTunes under ILUVLIVE Records on April 12th. Princess Slayer performed in the final 8 (from over 6,000 applicants) at Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition Finals 2015. Although they did not win the competition, they have been booked to play at the festival.”

MIRROR SIGNAL – Clones [starts 48:08]
“I’m a 20 year old singer/songwriter and producer…” says Mirror Signal “…originally from Suffolk, now studying Music Technology at Keele University, Staffordshire. Fusing Soul, Crossover Jazz, Acoustic and Electronic influences to make what is hopefully, a fresh sound…”

MAX COOPER+TOM HODGE – Remnants [starts 53:03]
“An uncompromising and individual musician, Max Cooper has carved out his own artistic space between the worlds of emotional dancefloor experimentation, fine-art sound design, and endlessly varied attempts to examine the scientific world through visuals. Born in 1980 and raised in Belfast, Cooper’s university years saw his first forays into DJing and genetics, leading to a PhD in computational biology while releasing his first work in 2007. Since then, he has left behind his academic career and expanded his musical palette to include psychoacoustics, 3D sound design, field recordings, a focus on melody rare in electronic music circles, and work with artists including noted contemporary classical composers, jazz musicians and pop acts.”

EKKAH – Last Chance To Dance [starts 57:02]
Ekkah is the duo of longtime friends Rebekah Pennington and Rebecca Wilson, a creative partnership ensued when they started writing music together and recording songs of infectious, savvy and thoughtfully soulful sun-kissed funk-addled pop. Ekkah’s first single Last Chance To Dance, an ice cool mirror-ball cut taken off their debut EP of the same name was released last November via Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon (US) and received great love from online and radio and secured itself a spot in the BBC Introducing R1 daytime playlist back in January. The band is currently working on their second EP and will be playing loads of UK summer festivals such as The Great Escape, Bestival and Camp Bestival, BST Hyde Park supporting Kylie and Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Blissfields, Parklike, Secret Garden Party, Live at Leeds, Tramlines etc.”
Max Cooper - image by Monkey
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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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