BBC Mixtape: 18 May 2015



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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 17th May (technically 2am on Monday, 18th May 2015…)

MERAKI – Vistas [starts 00:17]
“Newly formed North London quartet Meraki weave together glitchy electronic jams with soulful songwriting, powerful hooks and instrumental prowess. Deep bass, sultry vocals, and grass-roots grooves meet in a kaleidoscopic musical experience falling somewhere between a sweaty underground rave and a smoky late-night vinyl discovery. Their debut single Vistas was described by Chris Hawkins as ‘seriously funky and very fresh’. 2015 live dates including a Sofar Sounds session are to be announced soon.”

TOTEM TERRORS – Narrowman [starts 04:47]
Totem Terrors are a two-piece from Cardiff who ‘write cool minimalist post-punk songs that are sleek and brainy, all drum machine, bass throb, and guitar as texture’. Described as being ‘for fans of Wire, Prinzhorn Dance School and films where the hero dies face down in an icy puddle’, the band are among the leading lights of the burgeoning UK underground DIY scene. Totem Terrors’ second album Hard Science, which features cover art from Adventure Time artist Ghostshrimp, will be released via the band’s own Diet Pops label on June 29th, with the band set to tour the UK in early July.”

THE HAZEL EMPIRE – Clouds [starts 06:57]
The Hazel Empire is Grace, Jo and Nadia who found each other in Liverpool back in the day. After playing together in different constellations for two years, they formed what is now The Hazel Empire in the beginnings of 2014. This January they released their two first singles, Colours and Clouds. Nadia, Jo and Grace write, record and produce everything themselves – and they’re now staying busy recording and planning their first EP release for summer.”

POTENT WHISPER – Brixton First [starts 10:56]
“Rapper and activist Potent Whisper is well known for using his music to create discussion on, and respond artistically to, the most pressing social and political issues of our time. In addition to receiving recent support from BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6, coverage in the Evening Standard, The Guardian and with performances on Russia Today (RT) and London Live TV, Potent Whisper has most recently announced that he will join Lara Lee in supporting Alabama3 and Fat White Family at the Electric Brixton on 11th June.”

ZERVAS & PEPPER – Abstract Heart [starts 13:55]
Zervas & Pepper are a Wales-based folk-rock duo who specialize in creating evocative harmony-heavy folk rock.”

RANGLEKLODS – Lost U (radio edit) [starts 17:10]
“Lost U is taken from Copenhagen-based electronic duo Rangleklods‘ new album Straitjacket (out on June 15th). On ‘Straitjacket’ both Esben and Pernille sing lead vocals adding new colors to Rangleklods’ signature sound – a sound recently described by Jon Pareles (New York Times) as ‘brooding, ratcheting electronic pop.’ With a massive European tour including a UK visit 2015 is looking very exciting for Rangleklods.”

A.P.A.T.T. – Yes…That’s Positive [starts 20:24]
a.P.A.t.T. sound like the best bits of everything you’ve ever/never heard. YOUR favourite mixtape!
File next to ABBA/Zappa and everything in between. Completely original bewildering 2-7 piece (Currently touring as a five) basking in all all the genres possible to create daft yet beautiful experience. a.P.A.t.T. are undeniably unique yet carry on a historical musical lineage that runs deep in U.K. music: Bands with big ideas!…The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Cardiacs, Radiohead, a.P.A.t.T.”

TUSKS – For You [starts 24:27]
Tusks is the alias of 23 year old artist and producer Emily Underhill. Taking inspiration from the likes of James Blake, Daughter & Apparat, she released her debut & self produced EP Ink last summer and has since gigged extensively throughout London and the South East, including being added to the line up at this year’s Great Escape Festival and gaining support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, BBC Introducing & Amazing Radio. Emily’s currently finishing her next EP, due for release in Autumn 2015″

LAZARUS CLAMP – Latch [starts 28:13]
Lazarus Clamp released our 6th LP, The bird is not the metaphor, in April 2015. To find out why the record is called that, a person would need to read the carefully compiled sleevenotes which accompany the record. If a person enjoyed Latch,’and wanted to find out whether they might like the rest of the LP enough to buy it, in order to read those sleevenotes and find out why the bird is really not the metaphor, then a person would simply need to go to our bandcamp page (, where they could listen to whole thing. The next thing on our agenda is a video that we have been making for the song ‘This is how I cut my own throat.’ We made it by posting things to each other and filming them separately. A very patient man called Tom has been patching it all together. That video will be coming out quite soon. We plan to play some shows in the autumn. In the meantime, we’re on the usual social media outlets; drop by, say hello.”

THE HOUSE OF JED – O Caligula [starts 30:47]
The House of Jed is the solo project of drummer Jarrod Gollihare. He records his alterna-pop-rock ditties about pretty girls, comet strikes and the end of the world (you know…the usual pop drivel) at his home studio, mostly on cloudy days. No special gear is required to listen to this music, though the artist would greatly appreciate it if you would place a small potted cactus near your left speaker whilst listening to any House of Jed music. Preferably in an unglazed terracotta pot. Just try it.”

GRANDFATHER BIRDS – Shoes [starts 33:39]
“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.”

JOHN JOSEPH BRILL – Pieces (Radio Edit) [starts 38:34]
John Joseph Brill is an indie-rock musician from London. Uprooting to Liverpool in 2014 (because he eventually wants an airport named after him) he brought with him a catalogue of songs detailing – in his deep, fragile voice – what he describes as his ‘quarter-life crisis’. His debut EP, Pieces, due for release in early 2015 is a selection of the best of those songs. It’s a contemplative affair, with sonic nods to The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Some parts are loud, others almost imperceptibly delicate but Brill’s brandy-warm baritone is always at the centre of proceedings.”

STORM THE PALACE – Popular Science [starts 42:25]
“Described as ‘romantic, literate and thrilling’ by the writer Lorna Scott Fox, Storm the Palace take their inspiration from a wide historical sweep, starting with Bach and the baroque and encompassing European folk, the avant-garde of Kate Bush, the timeless song-crafting of Abba and the filmic grandeur of Scott Walker. Their songs are written by vocalist/guitarist Sophie Dodds and their members include Reuben Taylor, a multi-instrumentallist and producer who also plays with James Yorkston & the Athletes and Supermoon. The band formed in 2014 and their debut EP In Ruins is out now on Seattle’s Abandoned Love Records (available from their Bandcamp page Based across both Edinburgh and London, they will be playing shows throughout the UK for the rest of the year – all of which will be announced on their Facebook page.”

SPEARS – Little White Lights [starts 45:51]
Spears are from Sheffield. Spears are young. Spears lead singer is 16. Don’t let this put you off. Let it put you on. Because they are very good. Seemingly leapfrogging the current brilliant acts in Sheffield right now, their debut single Little White Lights has gathered plaudits from several well respected blogs and has bagged them a slot at 2015’s The Great Escape Festival. Once the band have finished their exams more gigs are planned in July. And another single. But let’s concentrate on this one. Listen! Do you hear a killer single? We do.”

FIREFLY BURNING – We Are A Bomb [starts 49:56]
Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London who create cinematic songs – part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. The band have just released their second album Skeleton Hill, produced by Talk Talk’s Tim Friese-Greene to rave reviews in MOJO Magazine and The Times. Drawing on strings, guitar, gamelan, bass synthesizer, piano, gongs and voices, their music has echoes of Beach Boys, 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’. Firefly Burning have just been touring the UK with support of Arts Council England, and will be playing Nottingham (Nottingham Contemporary, May 16) and Bristol (The Canteen, June 14)”

JAKE HOULSBY – Yannina [starts 54:32]
“Newcastle-based singer songwriter Jake Houlsby will release his indie folk-infused EP Yannina on Monday 8th June. Having previously released material under the guise of Suntrapp, Jake stepped out of the limelight six months ago to consider his artistic direction and is now ready to return and release music under his own name. The folkster has gained widespread acclaim in the last few years with national radio airplay on BBC 6 Music courtesy of Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson as well as considerable blog coverage on The 405, For Folk’s Sake and The Mad Mackerel. In 2013, Jake was also the proud recipient of the Alan Hull Award for Songwriting in addition to being selected for the Roundhouse 3030 Project which saw him perform at the Roundhouse Rising Festival. The talented folk musician has clearly honed his craft on the live scene and is ready to kick off this new phase of his career with a series of live shows dedicated to debut release Yannina. Live shows: 6th June – EP Launch at St Ann’s Church, Newcastle; 8th June – Oporto, Leeds; 7th August – The Ferret, Preston”

GOLDSTAR feat GRACE SARAH – Never Felt Like This [starts 57:00]
“We are pioneering a whole new genre of music called Stadium Dance” say Goldstar. ” This is dance, drum and bass, dubstep and pop mixed with festival choruses. A dance act built by a live band, made for the stage.”

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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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