BBC Mixtape: 29 June 2015

Mourning Birds


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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 in the early morning of Monday, 29th June at 2am.

MOURNING BIRDS – The Last Thing [starts 00:17]
Mourning Birds live shows have seen them gain reviews involving the words ‘genius’, ‘energetic’, ‘awful’ and ‘unpleasant’… A filthy three piece rock ‘n’ roll spectacle wringing the clichés from the genre, leaving the best bits to pack more of a punch than a Keith Richards cocktail.”

JOY ATLAS – Dismount [starts 02:47]
“Singer: Beccy Owen, Keyboard Synth: Adam Kent, Bass: Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson, Drums: Ged Robinson. Like a slap of colour from the North, Joy Atlas have arrived with their debut single offering radiant, angular pop music that owes as much of a debt to gritty American R&B as it does to sunny Scando-Pop. Members of the band have been individually championed by NME, BBC6 Music, Music Week, Radio 4 and The Culture Show. They have shared stages with John Grant, Maximo Park, Elvis Costello, Portico and The Unthanks.”

CRAFT WORK – Car Crash #1 [starts 05:29]
Craft Work is the latest project from Belfast producer and vocalist Chris Ryan. Car Crash #1 is the opening track of the aptly titled 3 Songs release that samples recordings of classical repertoire, overlaid with a sprechgesang vocal that constantly teeters on the edge of control. Sampling recordings from sources as disparate as Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time and the world music album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, the result is a release that sits within the realm of hip-hop, but truly has its own sonic blueprint.”

OFFICIAL BURNT TOAST – Whats In A Word [starts 08:28]
“Adrian Lawrence (MC/Drums), Abrar Hafiz (Bass), Patrick Luke (Bass/BV). Official Burnt Toast eloquently fuses the lethal observational skills of a Raymond Chandler detective with the subtleties and unsurpassed surgical spirit of a Martin Hannett production circa Joy Division / Section 25. The result is an infectious cocktail of American paranoia, Canadian objectivity and a very English obsession with introspection and fly on the wall documentary.”

CRYSTALS – Shadows [starts 10:53]
Crystals are Stephen Thompson and Jasmine Ellen Scott. “We are a brand new duo from Stockton-on-Tees creating emotive and ethereal electronic songs from the soul.”

LAKE MALAWI – Young Blood [starts 15:10]
“When Lake Malawi front man Albert Cerny first heard Calgary by Bon Iver, he knew what the name of his band had to be. It had to be a lake… Lake Malawi (further consisting of Patrick Karpentski on guitar, Jeronym Subrt on bass and Pavel Pilch on drums) are his new indie-pop outfit dividing their time between North London and Prague. Honest, harmony-driven songwriting and ecstatic live shows. Lake Malawi formed in September 2013, went to record at Dean Street Studios in October, did a live session for BBC London in November and opened for Thirty Seconds to Mars (hand-picked by 30STM management) in June of the following year. Citing Phoenix, The Police, early Coldplay, Crowded House and Bombay Bicycle Club as main influences, Lake Malawi just released their self-produced debut EP entitled “We Are Making Love Again” recorded with Matt Lawrence (Foals, Vaccines, Amy Winehouse) and mixed by Mo Hausler (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything, Dog Is Dead). In May, the band played a string of ten UK shows including The Great Escape 2015 (review) finishing off with a headline gig at The Finsbury. They are currently working on new material and music videos.”

BULBS OF HELD – Pulse [starts 18:12]
Bulbs Of Held are a “cerebral fusion of indie, electronica, disco, house, trip-hop and folk, from guitarist / vocalist Chris Plack, and sound designer / mixologist Paul Bardsley”

THE PORTRAITS – Standby [starts 20:54]
“Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, from Bristol and Galway respectively, reached the iTunes Singer Songwriter Top 30 in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, which received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music and many regional BBC and Independent Radio stations across the UK and featured the voices of two thousand people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers. The Portraits’ decade long journey has seen the former secondary school teachers travel from intimate café concerts in western France, where they first honed their storytelling songwriting style, to playing some of the UK’s biggest acoustic music events: 2015 sees the band playing at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival and their new studio album, Lions and Butterflies, is due for release in September preceded by a double A sided single, Walls Of Silence / Monochrome, out as a download and limited edition 7″ vinyl on 23rd August 2015. The Portraits will launch their new album in style with a night of music, food and dance at Cecil Sharp House, London on 24th September 2015.”

INDIA MILL – In Motion [starts 24:16]
India Mill – with their leftfield, individual approach and everyman appeal – are serious contenders to create a new take on forward-looking alternative-rock as pioneered by REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Radiohead and Oasis. In Motion is the third single from the debut album Under Every Sky, which was well received by magazines such as Artrocker, The Vinyl District, Buzzin Music, Hold Up Now, and Louder Than War, and is the third album track to have been selected for the BBC Introducing Mixtape.The band is gaining a reputation as one of the North West’s most exciting emerging live acts, with a recent headline show for BBC Introducing in Lancashire, sell-out shows at The Borderline (London), Club Academy (Manchester), The Castle (Manchester), The Deaf Institute (Manchester), underpinned by strong support in – and around – Blackburn, Preston, Stockport, Lancaster, and of course their hometown Darwen. The band is currently taking some time out from gigging while one of the band celebrates getting married, another two become first-time fathers, and new material continues to be written for a second album. The next show will be at Blackburn Festival on 5th September 2015, with more dates coming soon.”

ORGANISED SCUM – Miswanting [starts 27:49]
Organised Scum are out to put joy into the world. They will be doing this live, in concert, at The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on the 28th June. They are also due back to the studio in the coming months, to work on a new EP that will quite simply vibe. Stay clean and keep away from your me-machine.”

LF – Trying To Get Excited [starts 29:46]
“Despite hailing from Telford, the town famous for its high level of teenage pregnancy, T’pau, and a bridge made of iron, LF‘s journey begins during a chance meeting at a Morrissey concert, where members Nick Robinson (vocals and guitar) and Lyndon Henry Thompson (drums) caught the same sweat drenched shirt thrown into the audience by Morrissey, and both refused to let go. Eventually ejected for fighting throughout the set, the pair waited with black eyes for friends in a nearby pub whilst still clutching to Morrissey’s shirt. Over drinks the pair realised they shared not only an interest in Morrissey/similar bands, but the same town, growing up within a half mile radius of each other. The pair recruited Paul Pugh (bass) after he cut Nicks hair during a house party. They spent the night talking britpop, old football shirts and how Paul had once nearly cut Alex James’ hair at barber college. The trio began rehearsing and writing together, combining 90’s British guitar sounds with catchy hooks and toe tapping grooves to create what they have called Sleaze Pop. LF uploaded SAMPLE – a 4 song example of Sleaze Pop. SAMPLE received many kind words from numerous blogs for its 90s inspired catchy songs and CEEFAX based videos LF are recording the next instalment of Sleaze Pop in July 2015 and will be touring the UK later in the year. They are currently looking for a home to release their debut album.”

KATE DOUBLEDAY – Orchard [starts 32:08]
“Orchard features on Kate Doubleday’s new album release, Flutter. Here she delves beneath the surface of her surrounding landscape to reveal its raw and elemental beauty. Kate exposes also her very human vulnerability, seeing in nature the fragility she feels within herself. She grew up listening to the travelling stories of her late Irish grandfather, Kelso, inspiring her to become both a gardener and singer-songwriter. In 1989 she travelled to West Africa to explore the rich and vibrant musical landscape, drawing many influences, which led her to release her first album, Renewal, in 2003.June 2015 now sees the release of Flutter. Recorded and co-produced by award winning producer Martin Levan (John Martyn, June Tabor) at Red Kite Studio, Kate worked alongside her longstanding friends and musicians Trevor Lines (double bass), Dan Wilkins (guitars/Kora) and Marie Smith (cello). Flutter features the emotive fiddle player, Ruth Angell, accordionist Jamie Smith and the string quartet The Froe (Ruth Angell, Charlie Heys, Helen Lancaster and Emma Capp) with string arrangements by composer Sid Peacock.” Upcoming dates: Fri 26 June RSPB Conwy, North Wales Expressway; Sat 27 June , 7pm Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan; Sun 28th June Ddyfi Osprey Centre, Machynlleth, Powys

JOHNNY SANDS – Arno Arno [starts 35:20]
Johnny Sands is the stuff of legend. Raised by distant relatives who fed him on records, typewriters and Film Noir. Son of a Parisian Jazz Musician and his muse, a psychologist who pioneered talking to animals. Johnny grew up immersed in music and Art & traveled extensively until he beheld the great city of Liverpool. Embedded in the Liverpool music scene, he is acknowledged as a creator of hugely successful Music & Art events.”

All The Way To Rockaway
[starts 39:01]
Motorcycle Display Team is a London based alt-indie-rock trio: Steve Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Matthew Eyre (bass) and Morgan Condon (drums). All The Way To Rockaway is the second single from their latest EP, Letters Of Last Resort. Laden with themes of apocalypse, paranoia, rejection and anxiety, the new EP showcases a dark and heavy side to the band. MDT is a band you must see live. They recently played the iconic Great Escape festival in Brighton and they are set for a UK tour in autumn, including slots supporting The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and My Life Story. They also be played a coveted slot at Dublin’s YouBloom Festival in June and an appearance at Lewisham People’s Day Festival is confirmed. To top that the band have had illustrious residencies in the renowned Dublin Castle and The New Cross Inn in London garnering significant national radio play in the UK, Ireland and beyond. ” Upcoming Dates: 2nd July – Chelsea College of Arts, London; 11th July – Lewisham People’s Day Festival, London; 1st August – Chilled in a Field Festival, East Sussex; 12th Sept – Tamesis Dock, London; 3rd Oct – The Borderline, London; 9th Oct – West End Centre, Aldershot; 17th Oct – Buxton Opera House, Buxton; 6th Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne; 7th Nov – The Tunnels, Aberdeen; 8th Nov -The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds; 12th Nov – The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth.

ZEMMY – Waiting [starts 42:26]
“Anglo-Nigerian singer/songwriter Zemmy puts her own unique twist on the pop genre, writing songs fleshed out with choral type harmonies and filled, textured soundscapes. Drawing influence from hymns, old film scores and African American Spirituals, her songs are atmospheric and melancholic, with her distinctive vocals adding to the individuality of her sound.”

ZURICH – Alone [starts 46:54]
“Adrian Banks, Chris Gillett, Leigh Taylor. Formed in 2014, Zurich are a Rock Band from Oxford who play widescreen post-punk rock with a nod to the darker side of 80’s electronic pop.”

THE LANCASHIRE HUSTLERS – Born Stubborn [starts 50:03]
“Brent Thorley (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards), Ian Pakes (Drums, Vocals, various other instruments).
The Lancashire Hustlers have been making music together since they were teenagers. Originally from Southport but now based in London they continue to follow their own idiosyncratic music path – crafting pop operas, creating music/film montages and setting poetry to music.”

WREKIT88 – Vegas [starts 54:07]
Wrekit-88 are myself (Chris) and my brother in law (Neil) and very simply we’re put just a pair of knuckleheads who like to make music. I play guitar and Neil plays piano/keyboards. We have invested time and effort into learning how to use a studio system (Ableton) to try and capture what we do on a Monday night. Originally we thought we would have a stab at creating dance tracks but have naturally come straight back to a more organic sound as we kind of know that a little better. Ultimately we only do this for fun but would one day love to hear something we create get used as a soundtrack. Neil is probably the most sentient musician I’ve ever played with and has skills that he hides under a very demure exterior. I on the other hand am a little more brash coming at guitar from an influence of blues and new wave punk, whilst not being very good at either! Music is a crucial part of both of our lives and we genuinely laugh as much as anything else when we get together as we enjoy it and each others company a lot. The band name comes from the classic car the “rocket-88″ but we thought we would try and twist it a bit. I wish I had loads of awesome rock and roll facts and anecdotes to give you about us but in all reality we are two mates from Cwmbran in South Wales who enjoy every bit of feedback we get, all of which so far has been worth every late night hour we’ve put in :)”

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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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