BBC Mixtape: 28 Mar 2016

Mike Dennis


The 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 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, 28th March at 2am.

MIKE DENNIS – Stuff [starts 00:38]
Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he half-seriously refers to as Violinica. Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation. You won’t have seen an artist like this before. In his previous guise as Fidgital, Mike supported De La Soul, The Bays, J Live and Aesop Rock and toured mainland Europe extensively leaving crowds flabbergasted. In 2015, he released Another Hour on his own label, D-Funk Records. The album was made in the 28 days of February for the RPM Challenge. It’s available now on iTunes.”

DEUX FURIEUSES – Kill Us [starts 04:39]
Deux Furieuses describe themselves as an agit-punk duo from London and Glasgow. They have released three critically acclaimed singles Can We Talk About This?, The Party Of Shaitaan, and Are We Sexy Enough?. Tom Robinson picked the Feral Five remix of Can We Talk About This? for his BBC Introducing Mixtape, and Radio X’s John Kennedy has twice featured Deux Furieuses as his Xposure Big One. The singles have been featured in The Girls Are, Playlouder and Artrocker with radio support from Aaron Phillips, Ruth Barnes, Jim Gellatly and Simon Raymonde on Amazing Radio. Kill Us is the teaser track from their forthcoming album due for release on May 20th.”

ANDTHEMOON&THESTARS&THEEARTH – Beat Generation [starts 08:15]
And The Moon And The Stars And The Earth started at the end of 2015. It is the work of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bloomfield, who mixes a DIY recording approach with songs and influences from Psychedelia, Electronic music, Orchestral and everything in-between, all using a wide array of instruments. The first album is currently being finished at the moment and also putting plans in place to take the live band on the road with dates to be announced soon.”

PROFESSOR YAFFLE – I’ll Be Around [starts 11:34]
“Galactic troubadours Professor Yaffle are an ever-growing collective of friends & musicians on a non-stop journey to the edge of your psyche. Steering the craft through unchartered territories are Lee Rogers, guitar/mandolin/vocals and John Edge, guitar/vocals, whilst Alan Williams, bass/vocals, Dan Brownrigg, guitar/mandolin/harps and Michael Holcroft, percussion/keyboards ensure cabin pressure is maintained. Cosmic hitch-hiker John ‘Johno’ Owens’ duties involve keeping sensibleness to a bare minimum. Past and future explorers include Chris Simpson, Olivia Powis, Phil Stevens and Wayne Fleet.”

ASTRAL CLOUD ASHES – Too Close to the Noise Floor [starts 14:55]
“Music-wise Astral Cloud Ashes started as a project by Antony Walker while living in Cheltenham under the name Alpa in 2008 with guest vocals from Jason Neil.  In 2015 Walker changed the project name to Astral Cloud Ashes since his subject matter takes inspiration from the Astral Plane and Out of Body Travelling (particularly via the non-fiction of authors like Robert Bruce and Ophiel). Now living in Jersey, he wrote and recorded a 10-track album with Jason Neil again singing backing vocals on three of the songs. Too Close to the Noise Floor is the album’s title track and has been mastered by Turan Audio in Oxford. A full-time drummer has just been recruited, and the band is now actively seeking a bassist to complete the line-up before the album comes out on June 1st, followed by a UK tour later this year.”

LYVES – Darkest Hour [starts 18:27]
Lyves is the project of London-based singer/songwriter/producer Francesca Bergami, an artist of Italian and Australian heritage. As a writer Francesca is heavily influenced by the soul legends of every generation, the likes of Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, Seal and Sade. The Lyves’ sound incorporates these soulful influences alongside more downtempo electronic tinges of artists such as Air, Boards of Canada, Portishead and Massive Attack.”

ANIMAL NOISE – Sink Or Swim [starts 22:38]
Sink Or Swim is the latest single from Animal Noise, who describe themselves as ‘an experimental indie outfit, creating moody swamp songs’. The track is released on 8th April ahead of their upcoming EP with the same title on Liquid Records. The EP will include a limited edition run of coloured vinyl as an official Record Store Day release on 15th April 2016. The band describe the track as having ‘a bouncing staggered riff that flips from aggression to reflection. The song runs with a recurring theme of water and helplessness, relating to plaguing negative thoughts and anxieties about taking risks, a fear of jumping into the deep end of something new, which scares a lot of people…’ The EP includes the tracks Bag of Bones and Alright, both songs have previously gained momentum through BBC Introducing support.”

HAWK – The Hunt [starts 25:42]
describe themselves as purveyors of “Post-rock indie with a celestial air. The London four-piece have been dipping into a heavier sound this past year, balancing frustration with delicacy as they taking on subjects from human rights to insomnia. The Hunt is the second second from their self-titled EP which is out this April. Their previous single Once Told tackled the contentious Irish laws on abortion, and their impact on the lives of Irish women. Hawk launch their EP at The Victoria, Dalston on April 26th with The Van T’s and Beach for Tiger.”

ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION – Jesus, Mary & Joseph Talbot [starts 28:53]
The St Pierre Snake Invasion are a 5-piece garage/punk band from Bristol. With live shows infamous for bodily fluids, and lyrics offering a cutting social commentary. April 2016 sees them as touring support with Future Of The Left and Max Raptor on their album launch tours, followed by national festival dates soon to be announced for the summer. TSPSI recently released their debut album – recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios (Black Sabbath/Queen/Oasis) with producer Sean Genockey (Reuben/Jamie Lenman).”

OUR MOTHER – Age of Empirez [starts 31:01]
Our Mother don’t think like other bands. The four-piece – consisting of John Hartley, Paul Kowalewski, Liam Garrett and Joseph Charlton – may have been born out of a Halloween house party in Seven Sisters, but their music transcends typical band formation cliché. Their debut EP, A.O.B. – out 29th April 2016 via Lucky Number – is an idiosyncratic collection that amalgamates everything from mid-to-late 2000s Berlin techno to pristine pop, and deftly defies the trends in the current crop of London-based bands in the process. To celebrate the EP’s release, the band will play a show at London’s The Waiting Room on 3 May.”

BAGPIPE WHISKEY – Tobias [starts 34:57]
Bagpipe Whiskey is a pseudonym of Benjamin Mason. Residing in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, Benjamin is a singer, songwriter and multi-intrumentalist. Here he wears his producer’s hat, creating beat-driven, quirky electronic and organic compositions. Bagpipe Whiskey has made three EPs and one album as well as many contributions to netlabel compilations. A new album is currently in the making and scheduled to come out later in the year.”

FABLE – Human Pretending [starts 38:31]
Fable is a 20 year old artist currently residing in Brighton, looking to challenge the outlook of the mainstream and focus back on music as an art form. She directs all her videos and produces all artwork around the project, and has most recently worked alongside people such as Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Bloc Party and Archive. She has also recently returned back from supporting British rock legends, The Cult, on their sold out UK tour. The track Human Pretending was co-written and produced by one half of Orbital, Paul Hartnoll. Fable has live dates coming up – at the Glastonbury Festival, Secret Garden Party and the new Big Kahoona Festival – and is currently working on her debut album, Sacrilege.”

ZOE ANITA LEONARD – Bluey Greenish [starts 41:32]
“I’m a Popular Music student at Falmouth” says Zoe Anita Leonard “but originally from a tiny village called Bradninch in Devon. I’ve only started producing my own music in the past 3 months, and Bluey Greenish is from my debut EP, called Chrysanthemum, which was all recorded and produced in my bedroom over roughly a month. I take a lot of inspiration from artists like Bonobo and Jon Hopkins, along with Grimes and FKA Twigs, and the Trip Hop genre. I’m currently trying to focus on my studies at University, and increasing my production knowledge, but plan to get another EP out in the coming months.”

LUXO JR feat. KOBE GEORGE – Metal [starts 44:40]
Luxo Jr find themselves scattered across England following the release of their debut mini-album “Fingerpaints”. While drummer and bassist Nick Upton and Mike Sumner continue their studies at the University of York, guitarist Tom Ford is finding work as a sound engineer for multiple exciting projects, while singer Laurence Morgan has moved on to a postgraduate degree in classical composition in London. The band will be working on a follow up to the album later this year, as well as some of their separate projects like Ford, Laure, Sherbet Flies and as yet unnamed others.”

BLAME CLUB – Black Psalms [starts 48:35]
“Toby Keane, Mike Ellis, James Sayer and Ed Hall formed Blame Club in 2012. They write and record in a shack in the remote Devon countryside.  Using any equipment available to them, the band recorded and self produced the album ‘in the box’. No recording took place in a studio, the tape wasn’t sent away to be mastered. No producer was hired. 10 years ago, under a different name, the band dreamed of being able to make a record, and they hung the price tag of a record deal around their own necks, and hung themselves.  The album is a reflection of the great love they have for each other, their growing up, their breaking down, and the joy of making music that matters to them. Everything else is just weather.”

GALLERY 47 – Rising Star [starts 50:12]
Gallery 47 is the stage name of Nottingham-born songwriter, Jack Peachey. Originally a solo songwriter, Jack is currently playing with a small backing band of light drums, double bass and electric guitar. He first received airplay on BBC Radio in 2010 thanks to the support of local hero DJ Dean Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham. His two self-produced albums – Fate Is The Law (2011) and All Will Be Well (2014) were released on local labels Farmyard Records and I’m Not From London Records respectively. Jack has been a Guardian New Band of the Day and joined Paul Weller on European tour dates where he was spotted and signed to a publishing deal by BMG.”

“In his spare time, he’s studying for a masters degree in English Literature and struggling with a 20,000 word dissertation on Postmodernism and Julian Barnes. Rising Star tells the lighthearted story of how difficult it was for a dopey English grad to get a job in 2015. It’s not a single but a taster release from a new EP called Nice due April 29th. The EP will be followed by the new 12 track album Clean due later this year. Upcoming shows in Manchester (Apotheca Bar, April 25th) and London (The Good Ship, Kilburn, April 29th).”

BLEDIG – Find Space Escape the Shoelace [starts 53:08]
Bledig is the music of pianist/composer Richard Brincklow, often featuring the sublime sax playing of Nick Gibson and other friends. Each tune weaves a narrative  sometimes assisted by spoken word samples or simply the journey of the music. In the case of the first album, Bad day for Lupus, this was the story of a lovelorn werewolf. This has been given an airing by Mary Ann Hobbes and Jamie Cullum and was a track of the year in the Quietus. Find Space To Escape The Shoelace is a track from Bledig’s as yet untitled second album. This track talks about how the small things in life can mount up and bite you on the ass. Inspired and featuring excerpts from The Shoelace by Charles Bukowski. Bledig is soon to become a live band and will be gigging in the autumn along the same time as the album’s completion.”

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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...

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