This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by TEN FÉ, HANNAH SANDERS, SWAMI BARACUS, MOXHAM & HALLIDAY, TOY BIRDS, NOVA TWINS, SIÔN RUSSELL JONES, MYLYRICALMIND, THE HEART STRINGS, WE ARE ANIMAL, SUCKER CHUMP, MARA SIMPSON, UNQUIET NIGHTS, TIM MUDDIMAN AND THE STRANGE, FORK AND KNIFE, CHARLOTTE HAYES, SOLID BIRDS FLYING and HOSHINO vs MOLOGON.
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, 24th August at 2am.
TEN FÉ – Make Me Better [starts 00:17]
“Ten Fé consist of Ben and Leo from London. Formerly known as Fé, the band emerged in late 2013 with their impeccable debut single ‘Time’ released on Bad Life (Petite Noir, Mai Kino), earning them a BBC Maida Vale session, a run of festivals including Bestival, The Great Escape and The Reeperbahn Festival and a series of packed-out London show. Make Me Better, their first single under the new name, is a glimpse of the debut album, recorded over a year in Berlin, with producer Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture). It was after this epic spell in Berlin that Fé became Ten Fé. The duo play their homecoming show at St Pancras Old Church with their live band, Rob and Luca, on Wednesday 23rd September, followed on 19 September 2015 by a gig at The Louisiana, Bristol.”
HANNAH SANDERS – Joshuay [starts 04:35]
“Hannah Sanders grew up touring Europe with her family band in a converted school bus, singing folk songs acapella in the street in order to make enough money to move to the next city. Following an extended break from music and a move to the USA, Hannah recently returned to Britain and to singing the folk songs that had kept her family those years before accompanied on baritone dulcimer and guitar. Her debut album “Charms Against Sorrow”, produced by Ben Savage (The Willows) was released in February 2015 on Sungrazing Records with the album’s opener “I’ll Weave My Love A Garland” previewed on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Rapidly becoming known for her captivating, intimate live performances, Hannah is touring the USA through September, and the UK in November.”
SWAMI BARACUS – Return Of The Dragon [starts 06:39]
“Friend of the show Swami Baracus has recently ended his musical hiatus with this track Return Of The Dragon. Prior to this, the West London rapper had released his mixtape The Recipe in 2013 which was extensively supported by the Introducing Mixtape. Up next: further singles in 2015, as well as featuring on the track Holy Smoke alongside Sire Ian McKellen on Tom’s own forthcoming album Only The Now, releasing in October!”
MOXHAM & HALLIDAY – Other Birds [starts 09:51]
“Stuart Moxham (of Young Marble Giants and The G!st) met Derek Halliday (a brilliant guitarist, composer and guitar builder) ten years before they started writing songs together as Moxham & Halliday. There was an instant Wow Factor and they are about to release their first album A Known About Thing.”
TOY BIRDS – Fragile Lives [starts 12:19]
“Toy Birds is a British alternative band formed in 2014 by Ollie Taylor and Nathan Dye with the rhythm section of Jack and Jonathan Ridel. The band soon progressed into a four piece with Jack Ridel and Jonathan Ridel taking charge of drums and bass. Together they create a complex and dynamic mix of alternative rock with atmospheric electronic textures. Today August 24th sees the release of this single Fragile Lives. A self titled EP produced by Nick Kozuch of The October Game will follow soon after. Toy Birds will be performing and extended set at The Red Lion, Stevenage on 27th August.”
NOVA TWINS – Bassline B*tch [starts 15:58]
“Urban punk outfit Nova Twins are set to release their debut single ‘Bassline B*tch’ next month. It’s the first release from the girls – and Rob Hallett’s first signing to his newly formed 360 music company, Robomagic. Set to follow in the recent success of other duos such as Slaves and Royal Blood, Nova Twins are pioneering a sound, bringing edgy vocals, dirty bass and powerful synths into the mainstream. The girls’ next London gig is Club NME at Koko on the 28th August.”
SIÔN RUSSELL JONES – The Great Unknown [starts 18:43]
“Siôn Russell Jones is a singer/songwriter from Cardiff, Wales. Since the release of his debut album And Suddenly, Siôn has had an exciting few years securing an endorsement deal with Stonebridge Guitars and a publishing deal with BDi Music. Sion’s last singles So Long and Best of Me from his second album Lost No More have received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales. In the past two years Siôn has gigged extensively in Europe and he’s played several UK festivals including Greenman, SWN, Liverpool Sound City, How The Light Gets In, Hop Farm Festival and more.”
MYLYRICALMIND – Driven [starts 22:06]
“MyLyricalMind is the Manchester based ambient dream pop project of musician and producer Matthew Wood. His music can be described as ambient haunting and beautiful. Mixing organic, acoustic and electronic sounds MyLyricalMind creates a truly emotional sound and vibe. MyLyricalMind released a Debut EP in April called Kings which got to 60 in the singer songwriter iTunes charts, as well as recently supporting the likes of Rhodes, Frances, Phox, and playing Dot to Dot festival. New single Driven was released on august the 3rd and marks a change in sound and direction, with a collection of new songs on the horizon ready for release.”
THE HEART STRINGS – Beautiful Abyss [starts 25:40]
“The Heart Strings is the alternative pop project of London based producer and songwriter Todd Roache. The first two long players from The Heart Strings were both given Album of the Week nods by Todd’s favourite record shop (Rough Trade), with festival appearances, shows and radio sessions across the UK and Europe following in their wake. The last year has seen Todd producing and co-writing with other artists while continuing to work on new material for his own projects. August 2015 sees the release of The Heart Strings new single Beautiful Abyss on Grandpa Stan Records with a guitar riff courtesy of Berlin based musician Dominic Clarkson. Beautiful Abyss is the first in a string of tracks planned for release from The Heart Strings over the next 12 months, with follow up track Bright Lights due out in September.”
WE ARE ANIMAL – Ideologies [starts 28:12]
I’ve tracked the adventures of wiful musical maverick Owain Ginsberg – the latest instalment of which came only last month with his involvement with French singer Claire Jacquemard in their joint project Pankhabilli. Ows comes from a musical family in a small village just outside Caernarfon in the foothills of Snowdonia – he’s been a member of Masters in France and is brother to Caz Ginsberg of Fennel Seeds and FOTN favourite Mattie Ginsberg. I’ve long wondered whether the genie of his wild and ferocious talent will ever bend the knee or play the game for long enough for his We Are Animal project to swarm its way up the greasy pole of Mainstream Rock Success. But Ows knows what he wants and if he was even trying to get there, he wouldn’t start from here. For an unerringly inventive (and genuinely edgy) re-imagining of rock’n’roll’s long-lost antic spirit, We Are Animal remains an essential band to follow.
SUCKER CHUMP – Creepo [starts 31:08]
“Sucker Chump are a Punk/Pop Punk trio originally from the Worcestershire and Cheltenham area and are now based in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth where they all attend university. A standard Chump day consists of drinking copious amounts of gin, eating rubbish all while listening to old Green Day! Formed in August 2014, by the September they had written and recorded a six-song EP entitled ‘Purple, Monkey, Dishwasher’, available for free download at their bandcamp and to stream on youtube.”
MARA SIMPSON – Fine Lines [starts 33:33]
“British songwriter Mara Simpson has captivated audiences around the world with her soulful melodies, rich lyricism, unassuming charm and wicked laugh. With a style of songwriting equally as eclectic as her background, Mara delivers an old soul voice with a unique perspective, recently quoted by New Zealand Musician Magazine as ‘Soulful, sincere, warm, rich and intimate. The songwriting is stunning.’ Growing up between suburban England and East Africa, she has played stages and festivals around England, Ireland, across Europe, and over to the distant shores of New Zealand. Mara now bases herself in London and Berlin.”
UNQUIET NIGHTS – George Best City [starts 37:46]
“Unquiet Nights are the band of Northern Irish songwriter Luke Mathers. Formed in Belfast city and relocating to mainland Europe, they’ve picked up much radio worldwide, supported million selling artists, recorded with hall of famers, released one record and toured in nine countries.”
TIM MUDDIMAN AND THE STRANGE – Rolling Stones [starts 41:16]
“Rolling Stones is the second single released by Tim Muddiman and The Strange. The band have had global reviews of the single and RawRamp Blog quoted “That this is the blues. But not as we know it”. The Strange is a name given to the band members and also all collaborators whether it be artists, Video makers or Photographers. It’s a co operative of artists. The band also features members of bands by Eliot Sumner, Gary Numan, Baxter Jury and Pop Will Eat Itself. After heavy tour commitments with other bands Tim Muddiman and The Strange have two shows booked in October. The 16th October, headline show at 93FT East, Brick Lane and Gary Numan main support at The Forum Kentish Town. Videos and more information is available at the band website.”
FORK AND KNIFE – Dumfun [starts 44:57]
“Born and raised in the darkest depths of the Devonshire countryside, Andrew Perring has been involved in music since a very young age. Playing in various bands throughout his teens, he later decided to move to London and go it alone. His first solo project was under his post-rock inspired A Egg moniker and saw him release his debut EP Archway on indie label Dedpop. He went on to work for Rage Panda Studios composing the score for the video game Prism Theory whilst also turning his attention to pop music and working with various singers. His new project Fork and Knife pays homage to all of the above, from ambient guitar swells to the sweetest synth melodies.”
CHARLOTTE HAYES – Next To Me [starts 48:41]
“Charlotte Hayes is an avid producer, songwriter, pianist and singer. Currently in her final year studying at Leeds College of Music studying Music Production (Ba), she has written music for a film submitted to the Sundance Film Festival, mastered other students’ material and has been played on BBC Radio Leeds Introducing.”
SOLID BIRDS FLYING – Pictures Of Soldiers [starts 52:09]
“Solid Birds Flying started as the solo project of founder member, musician/film maker, Simon Mclennan. With dark undertones and at time surreal lyrics, the music conjures up images from David Lynch, the minor modes of avant garde classical music and the smell of overheating amplifier valves. The EP Pictures Of Soldiers was recently released on Bandcamp. Currently working as a trio in Brighton, SBF are planning to play live across the South of England. Hear more music at https://solidbirdsflying.bandcamp.com/releases
HOSHINO – Transience (MOLOGON Remix) [starts 55:21]
“Mologon is Cambridge based electronic producer Matt Milligan. Starting out in 2013 with releases on Freak Trix Records, Mologon brings an eclectic mix of electronic music to the table, from lazy Hip-Hop beats through to energetic Drum & Bass. Matt’s recent focus has been with his band Hoshino who have recently self-released their new EP Minds. He remixed Transience from the band’s selftitled EP – which was recommended to Tom Robinson on 6 Music by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire. The band are currently working on their live performance and will be hitting the stage soon.”
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