BBC Mixtape: 21 Dec 2015



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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 our final BBC Introducing Mixtape of 2015 – broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 21st December at 2am.

SHIELDS – Face to Face [starts 00:17]
“2015 proved to be a big year for Shields, with appearances at Glastonbury, a headline slot at Evolution Emerging, and an electric performance at BBC 6Music Festival. 2016 will see the long awaited release of their debut album How Can We Fix This, which is available to pre-order now, official release date 26th Feb 2016 and was produced by double Grammy Award winning Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Everything Everything). This is the first single to be released from the album and available now. It captures the kind of innovative alt-pop instrumentation and delicate harmonies that saw their 2012 single Mezzanine featured as iTunes’ single of the week and praised by such diverse figures as Kylie Minogue and Zane Lowe. Lots of live dates will be announced in the New Year: watch this space.”

ORGANISED SCUM – Insane Making Behaviour [starts 04:18]
“The latest Organised Scum EP, Light Headed has just been released on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Work is well underway on the next record – Death To The Liberal Idea – which the band hope to have finished by March 2016. They are unlikely to play before an audience any time in the near future.”

JUMP THE SHARK – Robot Song [starts 08:06]
Jump the Shark are a band based in the Wolverhampton/Birmingham area whose members are currently aged 17-18. They won the lottery-funded Big Music Project Competition in London which gave them a young BRIT award and a session at Abbey Road Studios in September this year to record their new two minute pop song called Hazy Eyes.” We can’t wait…

BIG TASTE – Baby Gull [starts 12:34]
“Born in Laurel Mississippi and a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Big Taste – aka Adrian Terrell – acquired his stage name from his Grandfather who was known as “Little Taste.” Big Taste learned how to whip the keys on a Piano at the young age of three and began singing in his home town Church Choir. Blues has always been Big Taste’s passion; while other children were outside playing, Big Taste was inside playing the piano and singing. Big Taste has more in store for you all, as he shares with the world, the music from his heart. Big Taste has a sound unlike any other; a unique, old fashioned Blues, straight from the heart of Mississippi.There’s no wonder you can feel his vibe! We welcome you to sit back and enjoy the sound of one of Mississippi’s finest… Big Taste.”

KINGSLEY CHAPMAN & THE MURDER – Guillotine [starts 15:19]
Kingsley Chapman and The Murder describe themselves as “Cabaret death songsters from the north of England with a loud band and unfinished business fronted by the former lead singer of angsty artrock band The Chapman Family.”

THE BLACK FEATHERS – Winter Moves In [starts 19:21]
The Black Feathers are an award winning duo from Gloucestershire in England. The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go.”

SAN FELU – Cape Of Good Hope [starts 23:36]
“In 2014 musician PJ Pearson started work on his personal outlet San Felu, primarily a studio based project, exploring his love for old sci-fi and folklore storytelling. His first single Cape of Good Hope pays homage to the novel Sirens of Titan by the American author Kurt Vonnegut, as well as exploring oceanic ideas inspired by his birthplace of Plymouth, UK.”

SUBLIME WIZARDRY – Can She Be Heard [starts 27:31]
“Fresh from supporting Public Enemy for the second time in their hometown of Brighton, the crew are finalising tracks for their next independent release on their own Show & Prove Records, scheduled for spring 2016. Sublime Wizardry have just unleashed a new video/single When The Chaos Comes featuring MC Iceski online also, for more info on releases & videos check out their website.”

FRAGILE CREATURES – Stowaways [starts 31:00]
Fragile Creatures will release their début album ‘…And Other Wild Things’ in January 2016.  They tell us it’s “a beautifully crafted work that recalls the very best of classic American and British pop and rock. Indeed,” they assure us, they are “on a mission to restore Britain’s reputation for original pop. Their catchy melodies, tight harmonies, clever arrangements and storytelling lyrics are encapsulated by this gorgeous song Stowaways, a tune that has already garnered over 120,000 Soundcloud plays, thanks to its infectious sing-a-long qualities and the lyrical sentiments, depicting the possibility of getting away from a fragile, corrupt world.” Blimey.

MADAME CESKI – The Book of David [starts 34:24]
“Madame ?eski is Francesca Simmons, violinist and independent artist from North Wales, who describes her music as ‘freak folk chamber music songs’. In 2014 she shut herself away in a dusty Edwardian house, barricaded the doors with old instruments, and began writing and recording her first album. Her only companions during this time were the mountains, the buzzards, and a fright of ghosts. Performed on instruments such as strings, dulcitone, harpsichord and musical saw, she creates a tapestry of songs in a folk tradition about birds, spinning wheels, and spoons made out of bone – all true stories. Her biography includes performing with Gruff Rhys, Collectress, Marques Toliver, Fiona Bevan and Orphans & Vandals, yet this is her own first step in front of the mirror. Live shows will be announced for Spring 2016, when she has found some fellow ‘Bone-Spooners’ to work with… Physical CDs are available from her Bandcamp, while the official digital release date on iTunes/Apple music etc is January 8th 2016.”  (This fiercely independent and innovative artist currently operates without a studio, engineer, label, manager or PR company and deserves both your support and ours. TR)

JOE BOYD – George [starts 37:15]
Joe Boyd is a London based singer/songwriter who has crafted a reputation as an exciting, energetic live act and recording artist. A strong fanbase has been established this year following performances at venues, such as The Jazz Cafe, The Underbelly and Ronnie Scott’s. Joe has been featured in various press outlets including Q Magazine, acknowledging his music as a unique mix of genres ranging from pop and rock to funk and jazz. The new Strange Fascination EP has just been released on iTunes & Spotify, combining all the elements that have gained Joe so much attention over the last 12 months. Further singles and a tour are currently being planned for 2016.”

ALTAR FLOWERS – So Happy [starts 38:43]
Altar Flowers are an English alternative goth pop band formed in Manchester in 2013 consisting of Jay Gibb, Charlotte Hughes, Paul James and Gaylord Knott. So Happy is the first offering from the forthcoming debut album I.D.S.T which is scheduled for release in early spring 2016. So Happy’ video can be viewed on YouTube here. Upcoming Shows: 4th Feb The Black Heart, London; 6th Feb Night & Day, Manchester.”

ELIZA SHADDAD – Wars [starts 42:36]
“Wars is the new single from London-based artist Eliza Shaddad, taken from her upcoming EP Run, produced by Chris Bond, mixed by Catherine Marks and mastered by John Davis. Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza’s previous EP Waters received widespread support from radio, journalists and the blogosphere. She also contributed  Clean Bandit’s debut album, and performed with them live on Radio 1 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Having sold out several London shows and completed a UK tour – along with some major festivals and support slots – Eliza and her band will be headlining the Sebright Arms on the 31st March 2016.”

DONAL QUINN – Don’t Say [starts 46:08]
“Irish Daily Mirror, Dublins Today FM’s “Homegrown Hero”, BBC introducing & Hotpress tipped up-and-coming Irish artist, Donal Quinn is something fresh, new and exciting. This Drogheda based Indie Dance solo artist has been building a buzz with his music in 2015 and is set for big things in 2016. Don’t Say is the latest release from ‘genre-straddler’ Quinn. This indie club track is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and as a free download on Soundcloud. 2016 will see the release of new material and a show at Dublin’s Retro Revival Indie Club on Jan 2nd.

KIRBY HOWARTH – Streets Talk [starts 48:23]
“In 2015 Kirby Howarth signed a small publishing deal with a Californian music publisher, which will mean 2016 is set for some even more serious songwriting to push their way, along with a three track EP which will include Streets Talk.”

BETH PORTER & THE AVAILABLES – Pylons [starts 50:45]
“Known as the busiest cellist in the South West, Beth Porter finally made time to release her own album Open Doors with her band The Availables on King Bill Records earlier this year. She has spent the last few years as a session cellist and vocalist with Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Newton Faulkner, The Heavy, and The Bookshop Band – for which she also writes. This track Pylons was inspired by train journeys and observations of people and perspective. Upcoming plans include recording with fiddle player Mikey Kenney in Liverpool; plus a few new songs with The Availables; releasing 13 albums with The Bookshop Band; recording an album as part of Eliza Carthy’s The Wayward Band. Upcoming gigs: 12th Jan The Golden Lion, Bristol; 18th Jan The Bedford, London; 11th Feb The Slaughtered Lamb, London; 3rd March The Stables, Milton Keynes; 19th March The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers”

YOURS – Keep You Waiting [starts 54:34]
Yours are London-based electronic two-piece, Joe Edwards and James Melaugh, who create meld synthetic and organic instrumentation, hypnotic vocals and dance-led influences to create unique and disparate soundtracks. Their debut EP, Hard To Speak, has seen support from Amazing Radio, Emerging Indie Bands and London In Stereo, and is available digitally, and as a limited edition screenprint, with download code, on their Bandcamp. Following shows this year with Lemmy Ashton and Alex Banks, Yours are set for more live dates in 2016, as well as releasing a follow-up EP.”
Jump The Shark
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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. Ian Wallace

    Thanks Tom for playing my song “bolko’s beef “, ian

    Cheers Ian – it was one of the many tracks I listened to over the Christmas holiday period – the BBC Introducing server notifies all artists by email anytime one of their tracks gets heard by a member of staff. Although it didn’t make our shortlist for airplay, I did like the groove and thought the title was great for an instrumental. People can listen to it here on Soundcloud.
    Tom Robinson

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