BBC Mixtape: 11 May 2015

Toute Chaude


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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.

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 10th May (technically 2am on Monday, 11th May 2015…)

LE GRIND – Toute Chaude [starts 00:17]
“London Pop-Dance trio, Le Grind, return with Toute Chaude. Following on from the success of underground club hit and debut single, I was There (Where Were You?), described by MTV as ‘quite possibly the most flamboyant dance song the world has ever heard’, Le Grind turn up the heat with their next offering to the club scene in the form of Toute Chaude, a sweat-inducing melting pot of funk, disco, rap and electro.”

CHRIS BELSON – The Planets Align [starts 04:00]
Chris Belson is a London based singer-songwriter, with a distinctive low voice and songwriting that swims in a diverse musical pool – finding influence in everything from folk & soul, alt-country & indie-pop, into almost Tin-Pan-Alley-esque ballads and Standards. His debut self-released single The Planets Align is available to download and stream on and his first E.P is currently being recorded.”

MICKY P KERR – Big Bad City [starts 06:40]
Micky P Kerr is a singer/songwriter, stand up comedian and spoken word poet from Leeds (Yorkshire). He has been performing for 10 years both as a solo artist and with his own band of musicians. His live show involves intimate spoken word blended with alternative folk, rock, pop and comedy hip hop. He has been touring the country as a stand up comedian since early 2014.”

MELLOR – I Don’t Know Where You’re Sleeping Tonight [starts 09:55]
“After catching the eye of BBC Introducing after just one gig, Mellor spent their first year sharing stages with Carl Barat, Athlete and The Kooks. Whilst continuing to clock up fans with their unrelenting gig assault on towns across the UK they also officially released their music to increasing demand. Mellor’s energetic indie pop sound with nostalgic jive appeal, catchy choruses and electric guitar riffs has left them being compared with the likes of The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys. The “Pop Smack” lads from Reading – consisting of Gary Kingham on lead vocals and guitar, Sam Igoe on drums, Evert Outen on keys and Josh Woodward on bass – have their new single, I Don’t Know Where You’re Sleeping Tonight coming out on 23rd May. You can catch them at their single launch on 23rd May at the Bowery District in Reading. Advance tickets can be purchased via this following link. You can also keep up to date with the band on Facebook.”

SUB HERO – Lights Down [starts 12:29]
Sub Hero is an East Midlands based solo producer who cites inspiration from Kruder and Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation, Lamb, Nightmares on Wax and King Tubby to create downtempo pieces infused with differing blends of trip-hop, hip-hop, dub and whatever else he’s listening to at the time. Featuring more vocals than his usually instrumental pieces, Lights Down was frustratedly written in a single late night jamming session after repeatedly failing to make inroads on a track he was trying to finish. Created in his signature style of layering several vintage flavoured drums and using copious amounts of delay and reverb, Lights Down will feature on his long overdue debut EP planned for release later in the year, which will also feature a number of remixes from Downstream, a collective on Soundcloud from which he is a member.”

MATHS TIME JOY – Cerulean [starts 15:43]
Maths Time Joy is a producer/singer from Kent. Cerulean is the first track from my new EP Sanctuary, which follows the debut single ‘Atlantis’ and a string of remixes for the likes Ellie Goulding, Bipolar Sunshine, Karma Kid.The EP is going to be released on my own label True Colours on May 25th. iTunes link to Pre-order the EP.”

OLD BOHEMIA – Bitter Together [starts 19:59]
“Otis Ebenhardt and Marie Laveau first met under under a 50ft bi-pedal, anthropomorphic deer man on fire, and, as he burned, together they howled in his wake! It was a normal day. Baked in 2014 after meeting at the Wickerman festival, the well-fired Old Bohemia are cooking up tasty haunting, chewy, chunky, folk, pop music being served up as this weeks saviours of rock and roll. Marie Laveau’s powerhouse vocals and Otis Ebenhardt’s distinctive guitar sound combines traditional song writing with contemporary counter culture to brew an exciting bubbling broth in their sonic soup kitchen. Their debut EP Epoch was recorded in Sound Glasgow Studios and mastered in Abbey Road Studios and the hungry music connoisseurs were left wanting seconds after it sold out its first run in two days following a sold out King Tuts Wah Wah Hut launch night. A second serving is on the menu though, with their second EP due to be given a release date soon. Yum!”

GRANDFATHER BIRDS – Shoes [starts 21:32]
“Autumn 2015 will see Grandfather Birds release a collection of brand new music that so many fans have been dying to hear since their self release of Spithope/Things Beneath The Water. Their blend of infectious Autumnal Indie Pop comes from the band’s sound, which is heavily influenced by the bite of frost and crunch of autumn leaf. In April 2015, Grandfather Birds ended the quiet by self-releasing a Record Store Day single Shoes and hinting toward forthcoming EPs and singles which will see them as one of the North East’s bands to watch in 2016. In addition, Matt has recently learned how to do a Rubik’s Cube in 1min 15 secs.”

LOS+THE DEADLINES – Feel at Ease [starts 26:31]
“In the their new EP, Perfect Holiday the Deadlines have not only made the depiction of absurdities in modern-day’s western society their craft; they made it their mission. With their tongue-in-cheek lyrics, thrashing riffs and thumping rhythms, Los and the Deadlines are a prophet’s voice in a decaying civilisation. Much like the city that they hail from, the Deadlines are the establishment of anti-establishment. Their new EP Perfect Holiday will be released at the end of May supported by regular shows in London and around the UK.”

HEIN COOPER – The Art Of Scape [starts 29:54]
Hein Cooper is an Australian indie musician and songwriter from Milton, New South Wales.”

PONY & TRAP – Sweet Tooth [starts 33:40]
Pony and Trap are a London based punk/house duo from the North. Sally’s unforgettable vocals, Tom’s distinctive guitar riffs and their glitchy house inspired beats and electronics make for a captivating, energetic live performance. This led Pony and Trap to pick up a Marshall Award for Best Live Performance at the National Student Music Awards. They have also supported acts such as; Peace, Charlotte Church, Hazel O’Connor and The Correspondents; and have 3 UK tours under their belts. Their art-pop debut EP Time To Engage received numerous glowing reviews and is now being used by ASOS for a number of online videos. Following the duo’s latest single Sweet Tooth they plan on releasing their second EP in upcoming months. Pony and Trap will be playing at a number of festivals this summer, including Latitude Festival. For all upcoming live dates check out”

MIDAS AND THE GOLDSTREAM – Morning Sun [starts 37:06]
Midas and the Goldstream (formerly The Jacques) are “a group of 19 year olds playing easy listening indie pop for anyone who’ll care to listen. After starting off with 2 acoustic guitars, a Ukulele and a Cajon at the start of last year we’ve come a long way in developing our sound with electric guitars, synths and the occasional saxophone solo. We never attempt to be anything that we are not though and at our core we’re an acoustic band that is playing around with new sounds to enhance the quality of our recordings and live performances alike. We’re set to drop a 3 song EP in Winter 2015, which remains easy going and open to everyone but takes on an unusually mature vibe that we hadn’t quite found before our name change from The Jacques.”

FIREFLY BURNING – Pioneer [starts 41:16]
Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London who create cinematic songs – part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. Drawing on strings, guitar, gamelan, bass synthesizer, piano, gongs and voices, their music has echoes of Beach Boys, Steve Reich and Sufjan Stevens with close vocal harmonies and intricate rhythms. With eclectic tastes and a background in free improvisation they make impressionistic music described as “vital and indefinable”. ”

SI ROXBY – Axiom [starts 46:12]
“Axiom is about our propensity to destroy the planet and ourselves” says Si Roxby. “I wanted to create a more dramatic and harmony driven feel with this song which is a slight departure from my usual, more acoustic style. It was produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, Yann Tiersen, Shed Seven). Noam Chomsky, considered by some to be the world’s greatest living intellectual, personally approved the excerpt used on the track which was taken from his “Surviving the 21st Century” lecture. I’m currently working on an accompanying video for Axiom. I’m also writing my second EP which will feature this song as well as a previous BBC 6 Music mixtape highlight Rivers Underground.”

UOVO – Stretch (Unlocking the Gates) [starts 51:14]
Uovo – pronounced ‘Wovo’ – is the Italian word for ‘egg’. It’s music project made by composer, songwriter and artist Celestino Telera, based in Bristol. Celestino moved to the UK with the intention of working on an album called Mother’s Mud. Then the album turned into an EP, but he added more than a mother in it – so it’s Mothers’ Mud now. CT chose Peter Gabriel’s Realworld Studios and producer Marco Migliari ( Massive Attack, Robert Plant, Elbow, Sigur Ros, Peter Gabriel…) to work on the EP. The EP has been digitally released on 1st May 2015, anticipated by the single Stretch (Unlocking The Gates), and can be listened on . Celestino is currently working as touring musician with international acclaimed company The Paper Cinema for the paper puppet+live music show The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey which is touring internationally during 2015 ( ) and in the meantime he’s setting a live band to be able to perform Mothers’ Mud live and give an official physical birth-release of the work. Celestino is also a clown.”

COCOS LOVERS – The Listening Ear [starts 56:31]
“Formed in early 2008, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Koss), are a 6-8 piece band from Deal on the Kent coast. A close-knit band made of family members and friends who all contribute to the writing and arrangements of the band’s songs.”

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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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