BBC Mixtape: 6 July 2015

Medium Wave


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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, 6th July at 2am.

MEDIUM WAVE – She Turned Us Down [starts 00:17]
“Little is known of the enigmatic Medium Wave apart from that they are a six-piece synth-pop/sophisti-pop crossover band from London. Nobody has ever seen their faces – yet it is known that they are all very good-looking. The Medium Wave EP will be released on 6th July 2015 followed by The Pleasure Album sometime after that.”

SISTER KATE – Wash It Away [starts 04:23]
Sister Kate are the creative trio – Kate, Laurel and Ged. They play hooky twangy, country blues with guitars, banjos, fiddles, accordion, bass and drums, not forgetting Kate’s sublime vocals!”

DEAD SEEM OLD – This Mess Won’t Make Itself [starts 07:35]
Dead Seem Old is an indie-pop project created by songwriter/performer Thom Wicks, who frequently collaborates with Producer Javier Weyler (Stereophonics/Phil Manzanera). Influenced by Grimm Fairytales and Boogaloo music, Wicks writes everything on an old 4 track recorder and even older Spanish guitar wherever in the world he is, stating that ‘If it sounds good on that piece of junk, I’m usually on to something…” Debut single They Won’t Find Us received wide coverage on international radio and blogs and featured on many UK and US television shows. Dead Seem Old headline The Old Queens Head in Angel on July 15th and the single This Mess Won’t Make Itself will be out this summer.”

JACK DAW BAND – Patricia [starts 10:35]
“I am in the studio at the moment” says Jack Daw “recording tracks for my debut album with some of my mates borrowed from another ‘better known’ local band. This track, Patricia was really an experimental side-project for me just to see if i could actually write & record a summer sounding track with a Spanish feel to it (during the cold UK months of Jan/Feb this year) I found it hard not to record using my usual electric guitars with a full drum kit etc, hopefully the song will make a nice album filler track. PS: I even placed a mic at my shoe heels to get that Spanish dancer sound.”

SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY – Like, Constantly [starts 14:07]
Sweet Deals On Surgery are three noise pop urchins from the north west of England who drink too much. They are Alex, Rob and Timble. Their songs are fast, raucous, rowdy and noisy, whllst also being tuneful, melodic and very catchy. SDOS released their DIY debut EP Total Reek Hole’last December, via Manchester indie label Sister 9 records, which can be found here. They have just recorded their 10 track debut album The Snake And The Snoozer, scheduled for release this year. Like, Constantly is the first track from that album, which the band have made free to download at this page forever. SDOS are playing live on the following dates at the following places: 25th July – Homespun Festival, Billabong Club, Rochester; 8th August – Distorted Tapes All Dayer, The Haygate, Telford; 22nd August – Picture Sound 35th Birthday, The Ferret, Preston; 26th September – The Fulford Arms, York”

SYKES – Anybody Out There [starts 16:21]
“South London three-piece Sykes make alternative pop that blends upbeat guitar music with infectious pop melodies and soft female vocals. Praised for having a ‘unique sound that pours from each member’ by Indie Licks, the spectrum of Sykes collective influences are as far ranging as Daft Punk through to Fleetwood Mac.”

DAVE GRANEY – Everything Was Legendary With Robert [starts 19:24]
Dave Graney played with the Moodists 1978-86, then fronted the White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes from 1987-97; followed by the Royal Dave Graney Show and Lurid Yellow Mist. His 90s albums with the Coral Snakes were re-released in 2013 as a 4 disc box set through Universal Music Australia. His live band is the mistLY: Graney and drummer Clare Moore joined by Stuart Perera (guitar since 1998) and Stu Thomas (bass since 2004). Dave has published two books, writes a monthly column for the Adelaide Review and has a weekly show on Melbourne’s Triple R community radio station. This single Everything Was Legendary With Robert features an amputated Bo Diddley beat with guitars and bass xylophone. I started it on acoustic guitar, not thinking of the end shape. Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance she invited me to record some vocals at her studio, saying she had these great mics and pre-amps. ”

PROVINCIALS – Landing On Water [starts 22:54]
Provincials (Hampshire & Dorset) are Polly Perry, Seb Hunter, Steve Gibson and Dan Parkinson. They exist in expanses of darkness, a blackness illuminated by twinkling fairy lights and the deep shadows of their sparse, uncategorisable music. In the two years since the group began, Provincials have released an  album (Muhzik, 2014) and EP (When the Light Changes, 2014), as well as making a silent black-and-white medieval road movie: Dark Is A Long Way, due Autumn 2015. They’ve played London’s Purcell Room, Ronnie Scott’s, the Green Note and Glastonbury 2015. They have been regularly played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Resonance FM and the Arts Desk. Their latest EP Ascending Summer is out now via Itchen Recordings. Forthcoming gigs: July 4th, St John’s Church, Winchester; July 10th, The Railway Inn, Winchester; July 24th, the Others, Stoke Newington (Club Integral).”

THE WOODS – Curly [starts 26:30]
The Woods is the music of Scottish singer/songwriter Johnny McFadzean. Music sung to lift the soul away from the stuff that happens to folk. With a formal training unlearned & self-taught guitar at its centre, the songs are a celebration of the rawness, tragedy & brilliance of what we do & see every day. It’s taken a while to get this right, comfortable in its skin, but now that it fits this is just the start… Debut EP The Start out end August 2015.”

BANGERS – Don’t Feel Like I’ll Ever Be Clean Again [starts 30:25]
“Bangers are a punk rock band from Cornwall, England. “I Don’t Feel Like I’ll Ever Be Clean Again” is the first track released from their forthcoming third album ‘Bird’ coming out in August on their own label, Specialist Subject. Recorded with Lee Smith & Jamie Lockhart at Greenmount Studios in Leeds the new album takes Bangers catchy punk rock sound and puts a harder emphasis on the ‘rock’, slower and darker than before. The album runs deep with dissatisfaction with modern life, questioning reality and focusing on where the lines blur between non-fiction and science fiction.”

SOPHIE L. – You [starts 34:17]
“French-born Cambridge-based Sophie L loves music from Bach to Bjork and many things in between. Lately, she has found enough time to sit down at the piano and write some songs. Some of them have been previously included in the Listening Post, Fresh Faves and the Introducing mixtape ( It…, At Last and Regarde-moi). She also sings in a Jazz inspired Trio called ‘Dr D and Friends’ and hopes the future brings more musical collaborations.”

SABATTA – Politician (I’m Not A) [starts 37:21]
“People tell us our music sounds like the Stooges meets Sly Stone.” say Sabatta. “We’ve been called ‘real punk for real people’. We just call what we do Grunge Soul. We live in London. Our music has been featured on BBC Introducing London with Gary Crowley. Our influences include The Stooges, QOTSA, Talking Heads, Dead kennedys, Parliament, Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, Elvis Costello, Bad Brains, Band of Gypsys. Sabatta are Yinka (vox, guitar), Komla (bass), M (drums). Sabatta are readying an album entitled Middle Of The Night for Autumn 2015 release. Their next show is at London’s New Cross Inn – Wed 5 Aug.”

AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB – This May Hurt [starts 41:16]
“Zoe and Toby White Chambers with  Perran Tremewanmake up this indie-rock three piece. The BBC and 6Music, NME Radio, XFM, Absolute and Amazing Radio have all backed the band’s past pursuits while Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, Loaded and MTV Hive have all featured them on their sites. Auction For The Promise Club have  played Bestival, Boardmasters, Y Not, Lodestar, Leopallooza, headlined the Emerging Icons stage in the Olympic Park on the opening day of London 2012 and were subsequently asked back to play again the following week. This year the the band have played shows all over the Southwest as well as The Great Escape. Future shows include the BBC Introducing stage at the Looe Music Festival and Exchange in Bristol. The band has more new music to come soon with 2 single releases and the next EP.”

JOHN J PRESLEY – Come Calling [starts 44:16]
John J Presley is an English gent with a penchant for fuzz. Sonically a modern day Tom Waits with a full back catalogue of Kills records, and a nod to the songwriting mastery of Nick Cave. It is a story of breaking the mould, a love affair with tone, a strict discipline and desire to create something a bit different.”

MANDY BINGHAM – Calm Before The Storm [starts 46:44]
Mandy Bingham is based in Belfast. Her father was the late David McWilliams who penned The Days of Pearly Spencer, yet despite growing up in a songwriting household it didn’t occur to her to try her hand at the family business until now. Her six-track debut EP Volume 1 shines with happiness, wrestles with negativity, looks into the eyes of oblivion and unmasks parenting with absolute honesty. Recorded and produced at Millbank Studios by Michael Mormecha, it has been enthusiastically reviewed and had regular airplay on BBC Radio Ulster. Mandy records and performs with her husband Graham, who plays lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar and also sings harmonies. Her regular live shows have included The Belfast Nashville Festival and two live BBC concert broadcasts. She plans to record an album in the near future.”

NONBELIEVER – Live With It A While [starts 50:27]
“The track” says Nonbeliever “is taken from my 2nd album titled A Model of Modern Influence which will be released 6th July 2015. This album, along with my last album Red Flags was written, recorded and produced in my flat in Manchester. Currently I’m continuing to record new music until my money runs out and I have to get a real job again.”

The Madness Of George King
[starts 54:36]
“Cambridge based clarinettist/saxophonist Pete Newman‘s 12 track jazz/funk/world album, Time for Your Bathysphere, explores the use of clarinets in unexpected contexts. Influences include Pete’s liking for the sound and directness of the early New Orleans jazz clarinettists, combined with the groove of contemporary New Orleans funk (eg Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore), an interest in jazz individualists (eg Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carla Bley) and a fascination with excessively low wind instruments (such as the contra-alto clarinet). Encouraging all musicians to consider a broader sound palette, Pete is always keen to find new collaborators: what singer/songwriter wouldn’t benefit from a little clarinet on a track or two?”
The Pete Newman Clarinet Project

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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...


  1. Great show last night Tom, I thought all the tracks were of a very high standard, but my track ‘Patricia’ seems to be missing from the playlist on listen again? Could you please insert it for me (3rd song in, 10:34 after Dead Seem Old)
    Jack Daw

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