This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by LET’S AWAY, GOLDEN FABLE, DAN AMOR & HUW OWEN, DEE LIRIOUS, LYING B’S, LAUREN RAY, WHY WE LOVE, URCHIN, JACK AND THE’, THE BUZZARD ORCHESTRAL, JAMES EDGE AND THE MINDSTEP, WREKIT88, JUSTKAY, JACK DAW, ZYGMUNT DAY, DEAMN and MERAQI.
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 downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the next 30 days. Full tracklists and track start times are published here at Fresh On The Net – together with info about the music provided by the artists.
All tracks are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader – some recommended to me by BBC colleagues while the rest are chosen from submissions to our Fresh On The Net inbox. Click here for more info – artists please also see the request at the bottom of this page. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 14th March at 2am.
LET’S AWAY – Control [starts 00:17]
“Let’s Away are a duo originally from the North East of England but now based between London and Manchester. Their new track Control is the third single in their Sky On Fire singles series, which is available to stream and download now via their own Sky On Fire label. With Radio plays from Huw Stephens on Radio 1, it follows recent singles Golden Morning and A Tour Of The Stars, which were praised by DIY Magazine, Clash and BBC Introducing and compared to artists ranging from The National to British Sea Power. Control was recorded between London and Leeds by James Mottershead (British Sea Power, Sundara Karma, SCUM).”
GOLDEN FABLE – Burning Song [starts 04:10]
“Golden Fable are Rebecca Palin and Tim Joy, and together they create haunting, powerful ethereal music. Based in north Wales, Golden Fable are unashamedly linked to the natural world, inspired by the rich and varied landscapes that surround them. They have released two albums, Star Map and Ancient Blue, through their own label, Full of Joy Records. Fiercely independent since their inception, the band have toured the UK and USA extensively, including a trip to SXSW and tours with Field Music, Wave Machines and Cherry Ghost. They have recorded live sessions for Rob Da Bank, Marc Riley and Simon Raymonde, who is a long-time supporter and has played bass on some recordings. In October 2015, Tim and Rebecca announced a new and ambitious project: a series of releases, coming out on the first Monday of each month. Each one comes with extras, including b-sides, videos, remixes and acoustic versions, and will be available digitally on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes.”
DAN AMOR & HUW OWEN – Mothers In DayGlo [starts 07:52]
“Dan Amor and Huw Owen decided when writing together to adopt a slightly different creative approach to their solo projects. They operate a strict “blank canvas” policy – all material is written on the day of recording. Huw appears with his recording equipment at Dan’s old quarry man’s cottage above Tregarth, in North Wales and sets about transforming the lounge into a recording studio. Dan gets up with a mild look of surprise, having forgotten Huw was due to visit. After a cup of herbal tea the two get started. Several cups of herbal tea later the pair pick up instruments and stare blankly at each other for some time. Eventually one of them will come up with an idea and after arguing over who gets to press record, the creative process finally begins. Mothers In Day-Glo was recorded in this fashion during the summer of 2015, and features on the Swooshed compilation album (Cae Gwyn Records).”
DEE LIRIOUS – Way Up North [starts 11:21]
Dee Lirious was first inspired to make music when he heard rap music by 50 Cent. “‘Dee’ means ‘the’ and ‘Lirious’ is the act of being lyrical” he tells us. “My music is currently inspired by Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lemar, J Cole with other RnB artists such as Bryson Tiller. Music is my first love but I am also currently studying Medicine in Newcastle and am in my first year. Currently, I have a new mixtape called Way Way Way Up which features the single Way Up North, available for download on my Soundcloud and facebook page. I have completed 9 projects and various singles from them have received airplay.”
LYING BASTARDS – Head To Tokyo [starts 14:34]
From a Liverpool Echo feature by Peter Guy. “For emerging garage rockers Lying B*st*rds art, music, design and creation is everything. The heart of the band is Michael Bennett – or Henry Pulp as he’s sometimes known – usually found playing in the band Broken Men. A man who’s been embedded into the fabric of Liverpool’s alternative music fringe for many years, he runs indie label Milk:Presents and its new subsidiary called Formula R.C.D.S. Bennett’s latest project is perhaps his best: though the band only formed last summer, their reputation in Liverpool is snowballing.
‘Lying B*st*rds came together out of nowhere really.’ he says. ‘I went through some mad times and the only way to get over it was to expel it the only way I know how. I wrote some stuff that didn’t really fit for Broken Men and needed a band of its own and it just spiralled. Its quite organic. We’ve only been together for a few months but managed to bag a few decent shows supporting The Saints, Son of Dave then FestEVOL at the Kazimier and some shows with Clean Cut Kid. We also did one in London at Red Gallery; an amazing venue. Its been exciting. We’ve built a vibe and an energy between us when we play live that feeds our appetites so we’ll keep eating until it runs out. We’ve got a festival tour in 2016 confirmed. That – coupled with some amazing news for my other band Broken Men – makes for exciting prospects going into next year. Can’t wait.'” Read the whole interview here.
LAUREN RAY – Come To Me [starts 17:12]
“With a Polish/South African father and English/Irish mother Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, Poland, Austria and the UK. This migratory life seeps into Lauren’s song writing, with the kind of complicated love songs that are born of spending life losing and making new friends. Whilst holding down a full time job in the music industry by day, Lauren has spent the last few years performing and writing in her spare time, building a fan base in London, LA and Nashville. In April 2015 she started recording her debut album in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard. Come To Me is Lauren’s first single which came as part of an EP titled Paying For Love in October 2015, which won her critical acclaim and UK regional radio support. She’s now putting the final finishing touches to the album, set for release this summer.”
WHY WE LOVE – Staying Awake [starts 20:54]
“Why We Love are a sibling-fronted alternative indie pop band, based in Bristol & Cardiff. They are instantly recognisable for their charming brand of sparkly guitar pop, bittersweet lyrics and blood harmonies, all showcased in energetic live shows. Music to make you dance and cry.” They band add “Our next single, Surrender, is out March 15th and we’re launching our EP on March 26th at The Cube cinema in Bristol.”
URCHIN – Right Place [starts 23:10]
“Urchin are a band of 8. Fusing the sounds and beats of London Grammar, with a horn section and ambient sounds of Cinematic Orchestra.”
JACK AND THE’ – Melody Cycle 1 [starts 27:18]
“Jack and the’ is a pop project led by Julien Lonchamp, a Frenchman in exile in Edinburgh. On the 22th February 2016 Jack and the’ released their second album Melody Cycle on Folkwit Records (UK), Hot Puma Records (Belgium) and WeWant2Wecord (France). The ambition behind Melody Cycle is to combine catchy melodies influenced by 60s’ pop with rich orchestrations and cascading harmonies, in the tradition of the great orchestral pop records. Written and recorded in Edinburgh, Dublin and Nancy (France) over two years, Melody Cycle features no less than 18 musicians, including a brass quintet and the 7-piece Apostrophe Ensemble. Clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, cello but also banjo or sitar populate the 18 tracks of the album, with the band going full circle between pop, chamber music and jazz. Jack and the’ is currently completing the first leg of their Melody Cycling tour (involving no cycling whatsoever). After Belgium and France, the band is back in Scotland in the next few days for two album launch gigs: 15th March: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh (with Miyagi and Angus Munro); 23rd March: The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (with A New International and Angus Munro).”
THE BUZZARD ORCHESTRAL – Marchioness [starts 30:01]
“The Buzzard Orchestral formed in the big city. Having just moved to London our primary goal had initially been simply to drown out the Wembley sirens (police sirens, not mermaids). We’ve since gone on to write and self-produce the vast majority of an album that we’re itching for the world to hear. Our debut record Songs of Prey is a statement of intent. Set in post-riot London, the narrative here is one of progression through a time of austerity and whilst we may well be the antithesis of the American dream, everyone has a town to put on the map.”
JAMES EDGE+THE MINDSTEP – Where We’re Going To [starts 33:30]
“After studying musical composition to postgraduate level with Joe Duddell and starting to gig in 2006, James Edge formed James Edge and the Mindstep to record 2010 debut album In The Hills, The Cities. From the touring that followed, a core jazz-folk trio of Edge, double bassist Andy Waterworth and drummer Avvon Chambers materialised. Folkstock Records have just released a double A single featuring two tracks from the debut album – Where We’re Going To/ Becoming, which has just gained a spin on Alex Lester’s BBC Radio 2 show. The tracks are joined by some newer material from the forthcoming second album, and will be released on a six track EP in April. James’s sound has now developed into something like a modern day Zappa, channelling his eccentric art through folk arrangements to create something deeply surprising and at times, raw and unnerving, as evidenced on the EP On A Red Horse, released on Folkstock Records April 15th”
WREKIT88 – You’re Here [starts 36:24]
“Wrekit88 are music writers from the UK. We are always trying to evolve and have fun creating original and hopefully enjoyable pieces. :)”
JUSTKAY – Satisfied (Feat. KHALIL MADOVI) [starts 39:12]
“JustKay also known as Kay is a 19 year old music producer based in London. His music his a blend of Soul, Hip Hop, R&B and Jazz. Khalil Madovi is an 18 year old artist and BAFTA winning actor based in Manchester. After his success in the children’s TV industry, he has now taken his focus to his passions of art and music, with the founding of his creative collective and production company: GEN1-3, as well as the release of his debut EP coming later this year.”
JACK DAW – Aurora Borealis [starts 41:24]
“New solo side-project for this Dundee based singer/songwriter, this track – Aurora Borealis – will be on the debut album release by Jack Daw (out July 16). Jack co-produced & played most of the music on this uptempo song, along with some help from friends Anna Chambers & Stu Hanna. He will be adding more tracks from the album on his Soundcloud very soon – at present he is in the recording studio working on the album.”
ZYGMUNT DAY – Red Red Red Red Roses [starts 45:26]
Zygmunt Day describes himself as an “Independent East London musician, who also plays in Echo Pressure. Works in construction, bit of a geezer.”
DEAMN – Only U [starts 49:44]
“Deamn is a house music producer. Starting to perform his music in 2016, he has already received support from Felix Jaehn, Lost Frequencies, Don Diablo and many many more. He released his debut EP Praise on March 13th 2016. 2016 is going to be the year of Deamn.”
MERAQI – Contours [starts 54:05]
“Not shackled to any one sound, Meraqi‘s music begins live in the studio, weaving together glitchy electronics with soulful songwriting, powerful hooks and instrumental prowess. Deep bass, haunting vocals and grass-roots grooves meet in a kaleidoscopic musical experience falling somewhere between a sweaty underground rave and a smoky late-night vinyl discovery.”
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