This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by GREY TAPES, THE CADBURY SISTERS, MATT STOCKL, DAUDI MATSIKO, CUT RIBBONS, EMILIO PINCHI, LEESUN, THE BROKEN ORCHESTRA, PEUR, ELLIE FORD, KYKO, THE WOODS, ANDRE TAJCHMAN, OSHE, THOMAS SEDDON, ABIADE (FEATURING STRAY DOG) and RUNRAIN.
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, 23rd November at 2am.
GREY TAPES – Too Good [starts 00:17]
“More live than most electronic bands, and more electronic than most live bands, Grey Tapes are made up of Mr Blazey, Bert Verso, Bain and Jacana, all held together with live drums by Dan Potter. Combining powers to form Grey Tapes their promise to keep things truly live has pushed them to use methods of sampling, synths and traditional instrumentation to reinvigorate studio versions of their respective tracks without the use of click or backing tracks. Their debut release showcases four original tracks, all self-recorded in a live session before being crafted into finished studio pieces by members of the band. Not a single quantised note or drum beat in sight.You can catch them live over the next couple of months at subLiminal in Leeds (November 19th) or at Smoove and Turrell’s Sage Stuffing at The Sage Gateshead (December 18th)”
THE CADBURY SISTERS – Sleepless Nights [starts 03:56]
The Cadbury Sisters are “an alternative-pop trio who released their brilliant second EP Sarah in June 2015 via Fear of Fiction Records. Recorded at the legendary RAK Studios in London and coming exactly one year after their debut EP Close, the new release is an exciting departure from the melancholic vocal harmonies that defined that record. Expect to hear a broad spectrum of sonic influences, ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush to Bat For Lashes and First Aid Kit, boldly displayed alongside lyrics that disclose the siblings closely shared personal experiences and melodies that echo their pop-songwriting sensibilities. The band have had a busy year so far, including a successful 17 date headline UK tour and playing a debut performance at Glastonbury Festival.”
MATT STOCKL – Waves [starts 07:27]
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 EPs available from his Bandcamp.”
DAUDI MATSIKO – Sandwiches [starts 10:43]
“With roots in Uganda and the UK, Daudi Mastsiko’s love affair with music began at the tender age of 8, and began to flourish during his teenage years when he put pen to paper and began to write his own material. A crucial part of his existence, music has served as a therapeutic outlet, comforting him through the troubles life has thrown his way, and has led to the development of his sincere and heartfelt musical style. His new self release / own label EP The Lingering Effects Of Disconnection is inspired by a range of classic talent, the influence of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and even The Beach Boys can be heard throughout. Tour Dates – supporting Portico: Nov 25 & 26 ICA, London”
CUT RIBBONS – We Want To Watch Something… [starts 14:13]
“We are a five piece indie pop band from South Wales” say Cut Ribbons “who have played numerous festivals this year including Field Day, Bestival, The Great Escape and Festival Number 6. We released our debut album this past summer entitled We Want To Watch Something We Loved Burn, which came out on the Kissability label. We have gained national radio play from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy. We have an upcoming Horizon’s showcase at The Lexington in London on Dec 7th and a live Maida Vale session the following Friday on Dec 11th.”
EMILIO PINCHI – Naps [starts 17:50]
“Singer songwriter Emilio Pinchi carves his own perspective on folk-punk and offers a stark outlook on everyday life, love and the purgatorial phase of moving from adolescence to adulthood with his latest offering, the Trying Man EP. Influenced by Elliott Smith and The Antlers, Pinchi’s Trying Man EP is insightful and effortlessly fresh, yet possesses character and deliberations that are wise beyond his years, only building on the progress and success he had with his title track release in 2014. Naps is the second single taken from the EP, a record produced over the course of a single night in Pinchi’s living room, with the help of friends and fellow musicians. The record was released on 4th November 2015 and is available from all digital outlets.
LEESUN – We’re All Made Of Stars [starts 20:28]
LeeSun (with Toby Noble, guitar) “was born to Korean parents who are fairly bonkers which goes a long way towards explaining my music. I like to write and sing about love and how messed up and crazy beautiful life and people are. I live in Leeds which is an amazing place for creating music and collaborating with other artists. I love it! I’m currently releasing one new song a month, starting with Mother Dear, released on my birthday, September 27th.” All new releases will be available on a pay-what-you-want basis (starting from free!) at http://leesun.bandcamp.com
THE BROKEN ORCHESTRA – Shallow Humour [starts 23:45]
The Broken Orchestra are “a musical collective headed up by producers Pat Dooner & Carl Conway-Davis. Dusty, Laid Back, Groove, Soulful, Broken, Chopped, Horns, Melodic, Percussive, Organic, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Acoustic, Mellow, Eclectic… are all words that can be associated with The Broken Orchestra. The Broken Orchestra are a collection of feelings, a mesh of ideas and an assortment of plans that take numerous detours on the way to fruition. Sounds, noises and melodies blended into one! In 2012 they released their debut album Shibui working with vocalists from across the globe notably Inyang Bassey (Moby’s vocalist) and Natalie Gardiner. The last year has seen a transitional period where they have focused on creating music for film and television whilst still working with talented vocalists and musicians such as Shawn Lee, Jack Conman and Lady Paradox and also having tracks featured on the Cafe Del Mar Vol 21 album.”
PEUR – Intro – They Have Destroyed Everything [starts 27:40]
Peur described themselves as “an outstanding, roaring, strong, alternative rock band hailing from Manchester, England. Ferociously impressive and create rock music that is huge with music talent, massive in sound and very diverse between aggressive yet melodic rock tempo platforms. This is not your everyday hard rock sound. Formed at the beginning of 2013, members Joe Lomax (Guitar/Vocals), Ryan Greenhalgh (Bass) and Sam Tempest (Percussion) bring a captivating and unique vision of music, striking a balance between heavy instruments and the very best elements of hard and alternative rock sounds. With influences ranging from Biffy Clyro to Nine Inch Nails their broad taste allows them to write music with complexity and mainstream appeal.”
ELLIE FORD – July [starts 30:50]
“As a solo performer Ellie Ford is captivating, with her harp and guitar parts underpinning her sultry vocals. She also fronts a five-piece band of multi instrumentalists who play a mix of modern and classical instrumentation, including violin, clarinet, electric guitar, keys and drums. Taking influence from a range of genres the band has an edge and variation that cements their uniqueness in the alt-folk world. July is the first single release from Ellie Ford’s debut album The Other Sun, which will be released on Hidden Trail Records in spring 2016.”
KYKO – Pull Me Up [starts 34:39]
“Singer-songwriter Kyko, otherwise known as Scott Verrill, was raised in the depths of South London and although young, has a talent that is far beyond his years. Fusing melodic guitar rhythms with a soulful vocal tone and a whole lot of spirit, 19 year-old Kyko is creating something special, something fresh that’ll prick up ears everywhere. Having impressed with his debut EP Animals, racking up over 1m plays since its release, Kyko has returned with new track Pull Me Up. Boasting infectious vocal and feel-good guitars, Pull Me Up provides a sound you’ll struggle to rid from your head for some time. Kyko’s sense for making memorable melodies is alluring and his DIY approach to creating his music makes it all that more admirable – 2016 will prove to be a breakout year for this young artist.”
THE WOODS – Curly [starts 38:08]
“They told us we could fly. Then that they’d lied. But we try all the same.” The Woods is the music of Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny McFadzean. “Honest, soaring, his haunting voice strips back the everyday to expose its raw beauty, with songs that hook your ear around corners you didn’t see coming. Authentic new music that must be heard live, The Woods debut EP The Start is out now. The song Curly is my most exotic tune, being inspired by a spot on the Northern Beaches of Sydney where I used lived, though the waves at the start were recorded on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh! The Woods will be supporting C Duncan in December in Aberdeen (3rd Dec) & Edinburgh (4th Dec).”
ANDRE TAJCHMAN – Weird Kid [starts 41:40]
“London based-Belgian indie singer/musician/songwriter Andre Tajchman describes his childhood as being isolated. He would spend time focused on arts and music as an exit from the rigidity of his peer’s perceptions. His solitude reflects on his songs, inspired by artists like James Blake, SBTRKT, but also Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Andre’s debut single Weird Kid is the story of an outcast retracing his own steps, pulling strength out of his isolation.”
SOSHE – XO [starts 45:18]
“SoShe are a 3 piece Alternative RnB band from Newcastle Upon Tyne consisting of vocalist and songwriter Dayna Leadbitter, guitarist and songwriter Alex Campbell and drummer and producer Jaimie Johnson. The band are currently locked away in the studio writing and recording music set for release early 2016.”
THOMAS SEDDON – Over the Cliffs [starts 49:24]
“Influenced by the beautiful surroundings of South Wales’ many coastlines, Thomas Seddon has been producing and writing his captivating folk music since 2012. A music career ignited by winning the HSBC My Money Music Award, he has gone onto performing at many small festivals, including the Halfords FestiHal, and also on television network France 5. Thomas’ unique style of music revolves around his accomplished guitar skills and encompasses the listener in relaxed and melodious acoustics. His enthralling single Over the Cliffs, which combines soothing percussive guitar and warm vocals, has already been played by both BBC Radio and Cardiff Radio. Thomas is currently working on his second EP Open Woods, which has a release date for early 2016.”
ABIADE – The City (Ft Stray Dog) Clean [starts 51:27]
“East London based independent artist artist returns with new single The City, part of a singles package that includes 3 remixes. Abiade, whose independent journey has taken him across the country and Europe gigging, opening for Bruno Mars, Basement Jaxx and Skepta as well as performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival 2013, has sold and recieved downloads in the thousands. The new song is accompanied by a powerful video (shot by Genesis Elijah) about the city of London and its effects on him (a theme for the next set of sounds that will follow).”
RUNRAIN – Time and Tide [starts 55:36]
“Runrain is the music project of 27 year old Nottinghamshire/London based artist, Florence Liggins. Drawing influences from dance, electronica, experimental and jazz music, RunRain uses pure piano to channel honest, sonic projections of love, loss and the Cosmos. Her music has been described as ‘atmospheric’, having ‘shades of Eno’ … and like ‘a disgraced music student, exhiled from Vienna’ (!). With current recordings being the outcome of an uncomfortable encounter between a smartphone and a 150 year old ‘untuneable’ piano, the new year is set to reveal new recordings and collaborative projects as well as upcoming live performances. Get in touch!”
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