This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by ULTRAS, THE GLASS CHILDREN, THE HUMDRUM EXPRESS, RAVING WILD, FOREVER CULT, MORTON VALENCE, FUNKYY ELEMENT, THE LONG LOST BAND, YOUEL, THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, FRETT, OH SISTER, CALAN MAI, NOU ENLE, MATILDAZ, MATT STOCKL and FINS A LUMINOUS.
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 in the early morning of Monday, 3rd August at 2am.
ULTRAS – The Path To Getting Paid [starts 00:17]
“Ultras is the moniker of Glasgow based multi-instrumentalist Gav Prentice – at once a solo project and broader collective of supporting musicians and producers. Formerly one half of the now defunct cult pop duo Over the Wall, Prentice describes ULTRAS as “violent pop for the patronised”, moving towards noisier guitars and more abrasive rhythms while retaining OtW’s euphoria and immediacy. ULTRAS recently released The Path To Getting Paid as a postcard download single and are currently working on their multi-producer, hip-hop inspired first album. ”
THE GLASS CHILDREN – Capture [starts 03:38]
“London’s dark yet strangely upbeat electronic duo The Glass Children, featuring David Fairweather and Daniella Kleovoulou, combine lush synth production inspired by 80’s sounds with powerful ethereal vocals. Reminiscent of past but unmistakably now they transport you to a melancholic landscape. Since forming in August 2014, their material has made playlists on a number of different sites and blogs over the last few months, while also earning them a nomination in the Best UK Act category for the Pure M Magazine Awards. The Glass Children are currently working on their debut EP and collaborating with Swedish Dreampop duo The Moonbabies on a remixes album set for release in mid-Autumn.”
THE HUMDRUM EXPRESS – Double Edged Swords [starts 07:24]
“The Humdrum Express is the musical vehicle for Kidderminster based singer / songwriter
Ian Passey. The Humdrum Express is the musical vehicle for Kidderminster based singer/songwriter Ian Passey which he descrbes as “Acerbic acoustic pop. Tongue-in-cheek social commentary. Up-tempo exasperation, poetic put-downs and bitter-sweet tales of delusion”. Live work has included gigs with Half Man Half Biscuit, John Cooper Clarke, Bob Mould, The Wedding Present, and Hugh Cornwell. Upcoming dates: Sat 8th Aug – Lakefest (BBC Introducing stage); Sun 23rd Aug – Kidderminster Fringe Festival; Thurs 27th Aug – The Robin 2, Bilston (supporting John Otway & The Big Band); Sat 5th Sept – The Marr’s Bar, Worcester”
RAVING WILD – Where Quiet Blooms [starts 11:16]
“Raving Wild is a indie and blues singer/songwriter from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He uses a modified PRS custom 24 guitar in conjunction with a Boss RC-300 loop pedal and vocal harmoniser to create an explosive fusion of sounds in live performances larger than a solo musician. The soaring, spacial harmonies of Kitty Roisin have been included in several trancelike compositions with more work currently in progress. His work shall be officially released at the prestigious Pinewood Studios for a launch party this coming September however you can hear the current progress on his Soundcloud page.”
FOREVER CULT – Antonio Banderas [starts 14:22]
“Forever Cult are a fuzzed up grunge-pop three piece from Leeds, signed to Clue Records.Throw your grunge/punk ethic in a mixing pot with depressing Yorkshire cynicism, coupled with one too many pints of cheap imported lager and your finest Pall Mall tobacco. That or imagine a teen novice simply being told to “do one” by a girl on a Friday night down at the local boozer because he’s got long hair. Following appearances at major festivals, and headline UK tours, the band are set to release a 7” double A-side single in November via Beggars Group’s Too Pure Singles Club.”
MORTON VALENCE – A Tear For Every Year [starts 16:52]
“Fronted by Robert ‘Hacker’ Jessett and Anne Gilpin, London based five-piece Morton Valence describe themselves as the first and last family of Urban Country. Urban Country being a hybrid of Punk Country & Western and Lounge, borrowing heavily from the narratives and sentiments of the outlaw ballad and the classic duet, yet put through their own particular left-field filter, with the inner city providing a rich lyrical backdrop, the result being a UK band that play country music that sounds way more Medway than it does Mississippi. They are playing live at London’s 100 club this coming Wednesday July 29th, followed by a show at the Country Soul Sessions at Soho’s Spice of Life in Moor Street on August 2nd.”
FUNKYY ELEMENT – City Lights [starts 19:35]
Funkyy Element is “planning to shoot videos for a 3-track EP this year. He has written lyrics for Rinse fm artists and upcoming UK soul singers. His music has been listened to and heard from London based record labels (BGM) to the BBC and abroad (Europe mainland). He has supported Nas, Ms Dynamite, Wretch 32, Krept and Konan and many more. He has recorded tracks suited from summer BBQ cookouts such as Campus summer to beach vibes Clams & Sandcastles and big city nightclub hits such as City Lights.”
THE LONG LOST BAND – Winter Blues [starts 22:29]
“Formed a band. Made some music. Persuaded people to listen to it…” say The Long Lost Band “…always want more.”
YOUEL – Pour [starts 27:02]
“Youel are an electronica/indie trio (with a side of pop) who got together at Royal Holloway University thanks to (front-woman) Viv’s careful stalking of talented musicians on campus. The band self produce their music, which was helped by synth player and producer Tom nobly selling his ramshackle VW to pay for recording equipment. They are currently recording tracks for another EP, which they are self releasing this September. Catch their music at soundcloud.com/youel Factoid: The band name is Viv’s surname, and pays homage to a notoriously wild Viking clan her family descended from, but she’s decided that rather than wielding an axe, an electric guitar will suffice.”
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME – King William [starts 30:23]
The Beautiful Game describe themselves as “The London based hard dancing funky rockers with attitude. These boys will get you on your dancing feet however hard you are to please, no alibis needed.”
FRETT – Drop Of Starch [starts 33:31]
“Lurking deep in the shire, somewhere on the Essex/ Suffolk border, duo Frett have been producing electronic infused indie for the past year and are starting to get big recognition all over the UK. Frett have a real passion for music and this is what drives them to write and experiment with new sounds. The band has gained support and have had tracks featured by the likes of: i-D magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Indie Shuffle, Its All Indie, BBC 6 Music, XFM and Kerrang! radio. The band have performed all over the UK including Latitude festival, Brownstock.”
OH SISTER – For The Dales [starts 36:41]
Beginning with minimal guitar and sweet but melancholy tunes, Sarah Berresford, better known as Oh Sister has been writing songs for as long as she can remember. After gigging extensively on the London circuit, she has self released her first EP and has pieced together a band to find an understated but expressive sound.
CALAN MAI – Black Box [starts 40:19]
“Australian singer-songwriter Calan Mai (aka Jordan Lawrence) has unveiled new single Black Box, off his debut EP Days on the Rock Face which was released last month. He recently left the sunny shores of the Gold Coast for a new start in Manchester. It’s been a patient build up for the 24-year-old Lawrence who showed his potential years ago, as a teenager, winning the 2006 Australasian Children’s Songwriting Competition. It’s no surprise that his primary focus is still lyrics – often retrospective, grounded in past events. His debut single We’ve Got Love, released early last year has notched up over 100,000 Soundcloud plays while receiving airplay on Triple J, Amazing Radio and debuted at #10 on the KKBB Singles Charts in the US.”
NOU ENLE – What’s The Big Idea [starts 45:10]
“Nou Enle are a five piece alt-folk band from South London. They first started playing together in 2011, weaving together instrumental arrangements and tales of hope and heartbreak to create an eclectic mix of original tracks. Spanning continents and ways to say goodbye, Nou Enle’s music is a distinctive combination of voice, double bass, cajon, violin and guitar, honed over the past three years in live performances around the city. Their debut album, Seasons, is available to download and on CD.”
MATILDAZ – Yes Sir [starts 49:39]
“The powerful duo Matildaz thunder out their new single Yes Sir from their forthcoming EP due for release mid September. They were featured last year on the Introducing Mixtape and have been forging ahead since then. The two are currently on tour around various UK festivals until their EP release party on 18th Sept at Vinyl Records in Deptford South London.”
MATT STOCKL – Mine Is The Ocean [starts 51:45]
“Matt Stockl is a Windsor based singer-songwriter who sings upbeat songs with downbeat lyrics and a dark sense of humour. He plays folk-leaning acoustic music and cheats on demos by adding electronic elements. All songs are home recorded with a lo-fi aesthetic and have been released across various E.P.’s available from mattstockl.bandcamp.com. And a few bits of upcoming: 01/08/15 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell; 15/08/15 The Fire Station, Windsor; 17/08/15 The Pear Tree, Edinburgh; 18/08/15 Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh.”
FINS A LUMINOUS – Are You Sure [starts 55:29]
“Fins a Luminous are musicmakers living between London and Brighton. This track Are You Sure expands on their dark sound in a creeping, dirge-like tract of meticulous percussion and cold cosmic melodies, all of it washed with an tense and looming atmosphere befitting the lyrics, which tell the story of a killer hiding out in a forest waiting for aliens to take him away on a ‘getaway shuttle’. Fins a Luminous have single releases planned for the second half of 2015.”
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