BBC Mixtape: 8 FEB 2016

The Fringe - supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

Turning our attention towards Bristol and the West of England ahead of the 6 Music Festival, our free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape is curated this week by BBC Introducing In The West featuring local artists appearing at The Fringe in Bristol next weekend: ROB BRAVERY, BAD SOUNDS, THISISADA, TAMU MASSIF, STEVIE PARKER, SAM BROCKINGTON, KAYLA PAINTER, SIENNA CHORUS, YOLA CARTER, BITE THE BUFFALO, LONELY TOURIST, RACHEL DADD, WASUREMONO, DIVE IN, KEIR and THE SHIMMER BAND.

BBC Introducing Mixtape

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.

In the run-up to the 2016 6 Music Festival, this week’s mixtape is curated by Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt – hosts of BBC Introducing In The West. and features some of their favourite local artists who are playing at The Fringe over Valentine’s weekend. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 8th February at 2am.

ROB BRAVERY – Broom Cupboard [starts 00:16]
“Bristolian singer/songwriter Rob Bravery‘s single Broom Cupboard is the latest track to be taken from his newly released debut album Esque, which came out in Winter 2015. The pulsating beats of Broom Cupboard are matched with uplifting strings and synths providing the perfect juxtaposition of Rob Bravery’s captivating ingenuity and his darkened songwriting. The debut album Esque received a warm welcome upon release and various singles taken from it were championed by the Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, Sam Bonham and Rich Pitt at BBC Introducing In The West and Dermot O’Leary at BBC Radio 2. If you’re attending the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol this February, you’ll be able to catch Rob Bravery performing The Fringe supported by BBC 6 Music on Sunday 14th February at The Fleece. Visit this website for more information.

BAD SOUNDS – Avalanche [starts 03:59]
Bad Sounds are a 5 piece band from Bath. Their debut track Living Alone first appeared online a year ago to online support from the likes of DIY, Line Of Best Fit and Crack In The Road, and radio spins from Zane, Phil and Alice and Huw Stephens at Radio 1. After a busy writing period, the band kickstarted again in Summer 2015 with new online track ‘Banger’, which premiered on Noisey and picked up once again by long term supporters such as The Line of Best Fit, The 405 and Hilly Dilly and gaining new support such as The Hyve Youtube channel. The band’s debut single I Feel, produced by James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) and mixed by Ben Baptie (Mark Ronson, Leanne La Havas) premiered on DIY on 5 October, and is released on 27th Nov on singles label Just Off Pop, and play a run of UK live shows in support including debut headline shows in London and Bath in December.”

THISISDA – Won’t Change (feat. Blu) [starts 07:32]
ThisisDA is no stranger to regular mixtape listeners. He tells us he’s “a 21 year-old Bristol based Hip-hop musician known for harbouring an intensely captivating range of lyrical content marked by hints of vulnerability. The rap singer has recently released his debut EP Based Off Black’ which notably featured a verse from West-Coast Hip-hop veteran, Blu. Upon release, the tracklist was depicted by Complex Magazine as “an inward-looking masterpiece” and cemented ThisisDA as a forerunner within the burgeoning new rap scene in England. Following support and praise from BBC Introducing, Tate Britain, The Needle Drop, Noisey, and MOBO Awards Group; it’s fair to say that the rapper has caught the attention of listeners and respected critics far and wide. Next gig: BBC 6Music Fringe Festival – Attic Bar, Bristol 5pm.”

TAMU MASSIF – Jejune Selene [starts 11:10]
“2016 promises to be big for bedroom producer/songwriter, Tamu Massif. He is currently working on his follow up to the very well-received debut Alba EP. Tamu has just put out a video for his track Delphine which premiered on the Beat. He will be supporting Shakey Graves on his European tour come April / May among other live dates at The Fringe supported by BBC6 Music Fest in Bristol and supporting The Japanese House at the end of February.”

STEVIE PARKER – Never Be [starts 16:58]
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SAM BROCKINGTON – Follow [starts 19:51]
“Over the past year Sam Brockington’s Indie/Folk influenced songwriting and powerful vocal performances have been gaining him much critical acclaim from the likes of Music Week Magazine, Songwriting Magazine and BBC Introducing. The Bristol based singer-songwriter was booked for Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2015 and he is set for a busy 2016, starting with the BBC Introducing Stage at this years 6 Music Festival in Bristol. Gigging solo for the last year, Sam now has a band behind him to recreate the sound he gets on his records, with flowing harmonies and big endings these guys really know how to work a crowd! His debut EP Sleeping In The Wrong Direction’is set to be released this April along with his 2nd official music video.”

KAYLA PAINTER – Ga Ga [starts 22:53]
Kayla Painter is a Bristol based producer. Working in the realms of bass heavy and beat intricate experimental electronic music, her tracks are minimal and downtempo. She was selected as one of 14 female musicians from across the country to work on a all female composition residency in Manchester run by Beth Orton during 2015. Having joined the books of Turnstile Music, Kayla has begun releasing tracks through the label to much acclaim on the Welsh Music scene. She has supported Plaid, Tim Hecker and Hidden Orchestra amongst many other notable artists. Bristol 24/7 named Kayla as one of 16 faces of 2016. Along with a sell out show at the Arnolfini (Howling Owl) already this year, Kayla has released a track with ex-Trwbador member: Accü called Avallaunius. She is due to support Rob Clouth at Bristol’s Colston Hall, Emancipator in the Marble Factory, and the BBC 6 Music Festival (two stages) all in February 2016.”

SIENNA CHORUS – Stay Where You Are [starts 27:27]
Sienna Chorus are a Bristol-based indie gospel band. Always carrying a touch of the cinematic within all that they do, Sienna Chorus captured hearts and minds from the get go with debut release Sideways (see video here). Imagine America when the sun goes down and you’re sitting on an old broken-down river pier in New Jersey watching the long, long skies. Sense all the raw land rolling in one unbelievably huge bulge all the way over to the West Coast, a panoramic, wide screen vision captured by their unique sound. Blending a romantic interior with a contemporary facade, Sienna Chorus are a proverbial house that is too good to not be viewed. They will be playing Bristol’s Fringe Festival on February 14th.”

YOLA CARTER – Fly Away [starts 30:58]
Yola Carter is a soul & country singer-songwriter, pop songwriter, lover of poker and sardonic wit – and the artist/producer behind a forthcoming EP called Orphan Country. Born in Bristol as Yolanda Quartey she made a name as the charismatic frontwoman with the mighty Phantom Limb and Afrobeat-soul collective Bugz In The Attic. In the course of an illustrious career she has also worked with Massive Attack, Duke Dumont, The Graveltones, DJ Fresh and Nitin Sawhney. Over the last two years, Yola turned her hand to songwriting and production resulting in multiple appearances in the UK charts, including her first Top 10 hit with Turn Back Time by Sub Focus. Now she has returned to writing for herself as Yola Carter bringing the sound of Southern soul, and gospel aesthetics to her brand of alt-country music – and collaborating with Kit Hawes from the folk behemoth that is Sheelanagig.
Yola Carter
The Man Don’t Cry For Generation Y
[starts 34:16]
Bite The Buffalo are two brothers from The Copperbelt in Zambia who moved to the UK to steal their women and their gig slots. Having wrapped up their new record Big Blind, the boys teamed up with Stone Foxes (San Francisco CA) for a full UK tour which started last week in Bristol and returns there on Sunday February 14th to play the 6 Music Festival Fringe at The Fleece. Stay tuned.”

LONELY TOURIST- Send In The Clowns [starts 38:38]
Lonely Tourist is me, Paul Tierney… a solo act based in Bristol (though originally from Glasgow). I’ve played hundreds of gigs all over the place in the past few years and I am currently working on new stuff to be released later in the year. My biggest success was probably with my song The Ballad Of Paul Tierney that was played a lot on 6music. My live show is me wearing a suit and playing too fast. So that’s what people can expect when I play The Fleece as part of the 6 Music Festival Fringe. I am also part of Plume of Feathers and we are releasing an album on 5th Feb. Its all about the demise of pubs in the UK. The first single from that has already featured on BBC 6 Music and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland. More stuff is available on our Bandcamp here…”

RACHAEL DADD – Strike Our Scythes [starts 40:53]
“Mother of 2 tiny humans, Rachael Dadd is still writing and performing her highly original songs on piano, banjo and ukulele which are often about collaboration and the sticky subject of human relationships. Since her warmly received album We Resonate in 2014 Rachael is working towards a new show with projected animation by RCA graduate and sister Betsy Dadd. In the meantime she has a few shows around the corner and will be performing with her band at BBC 6 Music Fringe event at The Fleece 14th Feb 9pm”

WASUREMONO – In the Garden [starts 44:15]
“Likened to Wild Beasts, Slowdive and Arcade Fire, Wasuremono’s sound has been described as ‘rich sky-scraping pop with beautiful melancholic lyrics……Bringing together aspects of pop, indie and dreamscape.’ Their ever-developing live show incorporates intricate guitar styles and soundscapes, synths played by both hands and feet, and choral harmonies. They are currently recording their debut album with the Grammy-award winning duo of Ian Dowling and Guy Massie. You can catch Wasuremono live at The Fringe, supported by BBC 6 Music Festival, at The Fleece in Bristol on Sunday 14th February.”

DIVE IN – Eighteen [starts 47:55]
According to their Facebook page, Glastonbury-based trio Dive In consist of Matthew Guttridge, Daniel Hayes and Adam Mason. It tells us their ‘Eighteen’ EP is available May 25th (though it doesn’t say what year). We learn that their general manager is Chris Nenadich at Ignition Management, and their booking agents are Liam Keightley at ITB (World) and Mike Mori at Windish Agency (USA). The band’s official homepage contains tour dates, music, links and ways to sign up to their mailing list, but no factual information about the band whatsoever.

KEIR – I Don’t Need Anybody Else But You [starts 51:21]
Solo songwriter Keir is from Corsham in Wiltshire. He tells us he “loves music that has drama and meaning, intensity and truth. It’s about being in the moment – doing it live, for real, being in the room and singing like everything has led you to that moment every single time. Or not.” We couldn’t find any online presence for Keir or his music apart from the URL above, a four year old newspaper article about how he used to go busking in Bath with his younger brother Kyle, and a disused Soundcloud profile in the name of Keir Krishnamma-Hillier.

THE SHIMMER BAND – Shoot Me (Baby) [starts 54:15]
Bristol’s The Shimmer Band were formed in January 2013 by Tom Newman, Daniel ‘Babsy’ Barry, Tom Smith, Tom Kuras and Willz Hatcher. On Facebook their genre is described as Psychedelic/Pop/Krautrock. Their publicity material tells us “hurtling out of the south of Bristol – and if you know Bristol at all, you’ll know it’s the south that matters – The Shimmer Band channel an explosive mix of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia that sounds at once gratifyingly familiar and yet thrillingly fresh. Oozing attitude like a raw wound seeps blood, the five piece capture the vitality and ferocity of the greats, adding their own triumphant swagger and brash gang mentality to instant anthems like the Suicide-meets-Sly-Stone chaos of this track Shoot Me (Baby). Also the stoned-but-soaring strut of What Is Mine? and the ecstatic victory call that is Freedom. Throw in the scorched fuzz of Freak City and Ya Ya (Uh Oh)’s suitably insouciant savagery and you’ll find a band whose edge is so sharp that you won’t even feel it cut you wide open.” Shoot Me (Baby) is their debut single, which is released this Friday February 12th 2016 on Komplex followed by an appearance on Saturday at The Louisiana as part of the 6 Music Festival Fringe.
Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt
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