BBC Mixtape: 11 Apr 2016

The Wood Burning Savages


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, 11th April at 2am.

THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – We Love You [starts 00’17]
“Formed in the north-west of Ireland, The Wood Burning Savages are a rock four piece made up of Paul Connolly, Daniel Acheson, Aaron McClelland and Shea Tohill. We Love You was recorded and produced by Rocky O’Reilly of Start Together Studios in Belfast and is the first in a series of singles set to be released this year and is not a love song according to frontman Paul Connolly: ‘it’s a song about youthful dreams and hope being sold off to the highest bidder. It’s a blitzkrieg hymn for our generation. We’re all wide awake and sick and tired of being sick, tired, skint, zero-houred and on the recession shelf.’ The song is currently Hot Press magazine’s Irish Track of the Fortnight. Following Irish dates this Spring the band will hit the UK mainland this Autumn. Meanwhile they play Dublin, Whelans Apr 22; Derry, Sandinos May 11; Belfast, Sub Bar (Queen’s SU) Jun 24.”

CHLOË MARCH – The Orpheus Pavement [starts 02:50]
“The Orpheus Pavement is the title track of Chloë March‘s newly released EP on Hidden Shoal. This song was inspired by the largest Roman mosaic ever found in Britain, which depicts Orpheus charming nymphs, tigers and other creatures with his songs. In addition to the new single, the EP features three new remixes of tracks from Chloë’s album Nights Bright Days – by Lvmark, Sam Atkin and Chloë herself. A producer, singer, pianist and composer, Chloë’s music inhabits territory somewhere between artsong and folk, dream pop and electronica, ambient and cinematic. Since signing with Hidden Shoal in 2014, she has released two EP’s, a remix of a Markus Mehr piece, four videos and three collaborations with electronic artist Liminal Drifter on his recent album Troubled Mystic (August 2015). A new EP is on its way; meanwhile The Orpheus Pavement can be found here on Bandcamp.”

MOTHERTONGUE – Shango [starts 06:12]
Mothertongue describe themselves as “a random collection of musicians from Manchester who fell in love on a Tuesday night. They like terrible jokes and dinosaurs. They make theatrical progressive pop, which sounds a bit like Mansun, Talking Heads and Madonna, but also doesn’t.”

AKA GEORGE – Return Of The Fever v4 [starts 08:49]
AKA George is a 21 year old singer/songwriter currently living in Shropshire. Born in Rugby, George began to record his own music from an early age. In 2014, his EP Animal Keeper debuted on BBC Radio 1. George writes and produces all of his own material, playing most of the instruments.”

YAKIMA – Burn [starts 12:10]
Yakima describe themselves as a “four piece alt-rock group from Glasgow formed by John Houston and Neil McArthur in 2013 under the moniker Franklin. After a short hiatus during the summer of 2015, the band returned to with a new sound and the new name of Yakima and recorded their self-titled EP Yakima last Autumn. Burn is the lead track and was released as a single alongside their EP launch during Feb/March of this year. Upcoming Glasgow shows: Cottiers Theatre Apr 15; Broadcast Apr 28; Box Jun 18; The Record Factory Jul 30.”

ZIEGLER CO. – Tunnels [starts 15:35]
Ziegler Co. continue to release music as free downloads exclusively on Foof Records. In May they are heading to Wolverhampton to record a new EP, with Matt Pinfield, to be released in late 2016. They are currently mixing a self recorded acoustic EP and a third double A side for Foof. They are headlining the Foof birthday gig on July 2nd at an unconfirmed, but no doubt, illustrious London venue. Tunnels has a video they made all by themselves.”

SUGARDRUM – Motorway Song [starts 18:34]
Sugardrum is singer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Bunner, who writes and performs acoustic stories. To date he has self-released 5 EPs, the three most recent receiving airplay at both BBC 6music and BBC South. Sugardrum’s remarkable fingerpicking style and beautiful vocal harmonies have led to comparisons with Sufjan Stevens and Nick Drake. The acoustic backdrop is enriched with touches of electronica on synthesiser, drum machine and Rhodes & acoustic piano. Motorway song is from Sugardrum’s newly released debut album Postcards – a collection of storytelling songs drawn from Nigel’s experiences and imagination. The album is accompanied by a limited edition book of short stories, each one written by Nigel and based on a song from the album.”

PRODBEAR – Superheroes [starts 21:01]
“Rumoured to be seen arriving in a DeLorean with a souped up sound system, Prodbear is here in your time zone – complete with gizmos, gadgets and perfect poetry. A solo artist based in Basingstoke, he takes influence from his own life experiences mixed with a fascination of music and storytelling. You can sign up to the prodbear mailing list on his website. An album of poetry, beats and hooks is in the works.”

SILENCES – There’s A Wolf [starts 24:05]
“We are long term friends who have been playing together from late 2013” say Silences. “We’re delighted to say that Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft and Radio Ulster’s legendary Across The Line have also played this track There’s A Wolf, so airplay on the BBC Introducing Mixtape is the cherry on top – thanks again! On April 15th we will be releasing It’s from our forthcoming third EP Luna, which is released on Decisive Records this coming Friday (April 15). To coincide with the release we will be doing an Irish and UK Tour: Belfast, Bar Sub – Apr 15; Galway, Roisin Dubh – Apr 21; Bristol, The Small Horse – Apr 23; Glasgow, King Tut’s – Apr 24; Manchester, Gulliver’s – Apr 25; London, St Pancras Old Church – Apr 27.”

VIENNA DITTO – Ticks [starts 27:21]
“Female-fronted cosmic gospel / electro blues / analogue bossanova duo Vienna Ditto are currently bouncing off the walls in the excitable manner of tartrazine-toxified preschoolers. Why? Because they’re just like that. But they’re especially hard to manage at the moment as they have a forthcoming single and 7-track EP (both called Ticks) out on Friday May 13. It will be available from their Bandcamp page and if you slip them a fiver they’ll send you a CD already as they’re really quite skint. They bring their chaotic but sometimes beautiful live racket to the following parishes: Leicester, Brewdog Apr 14; Guildford, Boileroom Apr 16; Southampton, Art House Café Apr 30; Swindon, Baila Coffee & Vinyl May 1; Bath, St James Wine Vaults May 6; Oxford, Bullingdon May 12; Reading, Rising Sun (EP launch) May 13; Cardiff, Moon Club May 14; Norwich, Peripheral Festival May 28; Oxford, Common People Festival May 29; Inverness, Brew at the Bog Festival Jun 3; London, New Cross Inn (TBC) Jul 1; Hillsborough, Sunflowerfest Aug 5-7.”

ABLE ARCHER – The Warden [starts 31:01]
Able Archer are a five-piece rock band from Dublin who have been quietly doing the rounds for three years and are likely to be that real hidden gem you’ve been looking to discover – and now you have. After two critically acclaimed experimental EPs, this lively quintet have spent the last twelve months refining their music style into one cohesive sound. Able Archer’s eagerly awaited debut album set to be released in the summer of 2016 and promises to be a pioneering piece of work – placing their unique sound smack bang in the spotlight and marking the move from accomplished musicians to a band that commands your attention.”

SHRINKING VIOLETS – Dust On The Shelf [starts 34:27]
“Creating beautiful chaos in the basement of an old spring factory in Redditch, Shrinking Violets combine Rock and Roll, Soul and Psychedelic Pop. Beginning their life in smoke filled living rooms recording electro blues on a faulty laptop, three founding members moved into a house together and set up a make shift studio in the kitchen. Since then the sound and ethos has developed to reflect a tranquil yet chaotic state of serenity in a truly dead end town, as Shrinking Violet’s were formed as a five piece band in October 2015. The band have been active in the Birmingham scene since then, picking up support slots with various touring bands before taking some time off for two members to become husband and wife in March this year. The band are set to return on Friday May 13th, appearing for ‘Electric Temple; Birmingham’s newest and most exciting psychedelic party hosts.”

EDD DONOVAN & THE WANDERING MOLES – Bowerbird [starts 38:07]
Edd Donovan is a distinctive songwriter with a rare talent. Originally from Merseyside, he is now based in Cheltenham. His début album Something To Take The Edge Off was released in April 2014 to highly positive reviews. A Guardian article on Edd revelealed how his professional experience as a social worker has inspired a number of his songs and an extensive UK tour followed. Edd releases his second album, Making Mountains (Vol. 1), on 3rd June 2016 with his collective of virtuoso musicians, The Wandering Moles. This song Bowerbird is the featured track from the album and will be available as an immediate download when pre-ordering the album through Edd’s website. Live dates for the album tour, 15|04 Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry, 16|04 The Convent – ALBUM LAUNCH, Stroud (live streaming worldwide via NetGig, 18|04 Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, 20|04 Green Note, London, 22|04 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham with Micah P Hinson, 29|04 Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd, 30|04 St George’s, Bristol Folk Festival”

HOO HAs – This Is The New Me [starts 40:58]
“Frontman Jamie started off writing poetry which progressed to working alongside his old friend the late Robb Skipper, helping to write lyrics for his post Holloways projects. After meeting Mark and Adam when they were in the band Hares, jamming at parties lead to sessions above the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park and legendary late night gigs downstairs followed. Hoo Has swiftly evolved from their early incarnation as purveyors of comical blues jams, developing a distinct, and earthy style. Jamie’s deadpan vocal belies his clever off-kilter narratives about the 21st-century experience, which are always brutally honest and entertaining.”

LYON ROAD – Moving [starts 44:10]
“We are Lyon Road, a four piece indie/alternative band from Wigan, UK. We have been together for 18 months now and have been gigging around the north west for 12 of those. Our main influences are funk, indie and 80s pop music. Band members are Tom Byrom, Cameron Gaskell, Sam Birchall and Alex O’Brien. We released the track Moving as a single last monh and we think it’s a clear representation of what kind of band we are. We’re heading into the studio to record a follow up single in May. We’re currently booking gigs for the Summer and hopefully get some great slots.”

ROXANNE DE BASTION – Wasteland [starts 47:23]
“Music with a message may not dominate the charts, but it has found a home in the independent singer songwriter scene, in the shape of Roxanne de Bastion. The Berlin-born singer, who left her homeland and relocated to London in 2008, is a firm believer that songwriters have to have something to say. She says ‘I recorded my debut album live in Berlin with Gordon Raphael and released it in April 2013. I have since been on the road across the UK and Europe and the USA, travelling from show to show via trains and busses. My heart is still in the 1960’s, but I write about my world, my travels and am inspired by genre defying women such as Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor.’ Roxanne is currently on her first headline tour of the UK and is appearing at some major Festivals this summer with her second album coming up later on this year.”

THE FOREVER BEHAVIOURS – This Is Our Town [starts 50:54]
“We are a new 5 piece band from Liverpool” say Gaz, Kev, Nate, Steagles and Neil of The Forever Behaviours “who have many varied influences, ranging from Bernard Herrmann to Wire. We don’t have any gigs as yet because we’ve been spending all our time working on material for our debut album – Growing Pains – which we hope to have ready sometime later in the year….”

OLDTRAMP – Drink [starts 54:14]
“Back with new music for 2016 Old Tramp (aka Colchester songwriter Johnno Casson) delivers dirty beats, crunchy synths & songs choc-full of lyrical character that he describes as Tramp Pop.”

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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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