BBC Mixtape: 29 Aug 2016

Melita Dennett

Turning our attention towards BBC Introducing: The South, our free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape is curated this week by Melita Dennett featuring a selection of her favourite artists from the BBC Introducing Uploader: MASSMATIKS, PENELOPE ISLES, DOPEDEMAND ft EWAN HOOZAMI, TEMPLES OF YOUTH, DELTORERS, ALCATRAZ ELECTRO, MONROZE, ANNABEL ALLUM, FOLDED LIKE FABRIC, GRIS-DE-LIN, BENTCOUSIN & PUREGOLD ft NOMAD, MAID OF ACE, KUDU BLUE, ELF AND STACY, MIMILKS and CMYK/strong>

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.

This week’s mixtape is curated by Melita Dennett from who has kindly written the following notes about each of the artists he’s picked. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 29th August at 2am.

MASSMATIKS – 4am [starts 0:16]
Guildford’s Massmatiks recently finished a sold out UK tour supporting Don Broco. They’re heading back to the studio to record their next single, and will be playing a live session in the autumn on BBC Introducing the South.

PENELOPE ISLES – Gnarbone [starts 4:29]
Brighton act Penelope Isles have been making waves since their early demos and they came in for a session on BBC Introducing the South earlier this year before they’d even played a gig. They’ve mutated from off-kilter jangly indie to Krautrocking beasts which is not a bad thing!

DOPEDEMAND ft EWAN HOOZAMI – Indigo Skyfold [starts 8:45]
Sunderland producer Dopedemand teams up with prolific Brighton rapper and musician Ewan Hoozami for this super-cool intergalactic blissout. They’re collaborating again on Dopedemand’s new album, and Ewan is working on his third album, mashing up soul, funk, disco and hip-hop.

TEMPLES OF YOUTH – Churches [starts 12:51]
Winchester two-piece Temples Of Youth played a stunning live session on BBC Introducing the South earlier this year, and they’ve released Churches as a pay-what-you-like track, with proceeds going to Equality Florida following the shooting in an Orlando gay club.

DELTORERS – Time to Evolve [starts 16:23]
Bournemouth’s Deltorers rock like beasts. They played one of the sweatiest sessions we’ve ever had on BBC Introducing the South and they continue to pick up fans with relentless gigging and songwriting.

ALCATRAZ ELECTRO & BENTCOUSIN – Rock N Roll Me [starts 19:55]
From the Isle of Wight and Brighton, this track and a handful of others came together after BBC Introducing the South played both Alcatraz Electro and Bentcousin on the show and they decided to record some tracks together. There’s plenty more sweet music where this came from.

MONROZE – Oculus [starts 23:09]
Godalming five-piece Monroze have just played a session on BBC Introducing: The South. They’ve got an album coming soon and they’re regularly gigging round Surrey and London.

ANNABEL ALLUM – Tricks [starts 26:39]
Guildford’s Annabel Allum creates an unsettling sound on this track, skewing indie on its head. She’s got a session coming up on BBC Introducing the South as well as Festival appearances at Always The Sun and the Southsea Festival. She’s back in the studio at the moment recording a new EP.

FOLDED LIKE FABRIC – I Tried [starts 29:47]
Hastings band Folded Like Fabric played a stunning set at this year’s Great Escape Festival where they gripped the audience with their extraordinary tunesmithery and soulful vibes. They’ll be playing a session on BBC Introducing the South in the autumn.

GRIS-DE-LIN – The Kick [starts 32:59]
Bridport’s Gris-De-Lin is the project of musician Lucy Underhill, currently busy working on new material down in her Dorset hideaway. She has a new single coming out in the autumn followed by the album and a tour of Europe.

BENTCOUSIN ft PUREGOLD & NOMAD – Repulsion [starts 36:10]
Brighton’s Puregold are an enigmatic gang of teenage skater girls who clearly have a taste for the darker side of music. Watch out for when the fuzz kicks into this track. Ooof!

MAID OF ACE – Made in England [starts 40:03]
Four fearsome Hastings sisters – Alison, Anna, Abby and Amy – are collectively Maid of Ace. They’ve played two sessions on BBC Introducing: The South and toured extensively in Europe and the USA with their own brand of no-holds-barred punk. They’re taking a bit of time out to produce a new video and plan their U.S west side tour for November, and their new album Maid In England is out now.

KUDU BLUE – Call Out [starts 42:47]
Brighton’s Kudu Blue meld electronics, dubby beats and Clem’s jazz-inflected vocals to create something much more than the sum of their parts. Solid gigging has picked them up a fan base, and they played a lush session on BBC Introducing the South in the spring.

ELF AND STACY – Digital Business [starts 46:48]
Hastings act Elf and Stacy make delicious off-kilter analogue synth pop with a nod toward post-punk acts like Young Marble Giants. This was one of the standout tracks from their BBC Introducing the South session last year.

MIMILKS – Omen [starts 50:08]
From the small Sussex town of Lewes, Mimilks is the project of producer Eddie Lansley who uses acoustic instruments and manipulates them digitally. Now he’s trying to figure out how on earth to do it all live.

CYMK – I [starts 55:00]
CYMK is the project of Samuel Prentice who describes himself as “a songwriter in the south of England. I’m 19 years old and I’ve been writing for about 6 years. I like to focus on intriguing or challenging topics or feelings that usually dont get talked about. I feel that music is all about the message and the concepts, it should always be accessible.”

29 August 2016

NB from Tom Robinson: In the music industry, as in life, it’s best to treat unsolicited emails asking for money with extreme caution. You may hear from a PR company who have “worked with some of the most original and exciting artists in the UK” who “found you online and after having a listen would be interested in working with you”. Please be aware you haven’t been sent this because you are special – it’s a form email, regularly received by artists who appear on this blog – and it’s from a company who are trying to sell you their services.

There are literally hundreds of plugging and PR companies in the UK – many of whom have equally impressive lists of clients and who would be glad to have your business. You don’t neccessarily have to choose the first company that happens to get in touch with you. See our advice on Sending CDs to Radio and The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers – it’s possible you might not even need professional radio promotion at this point.

And if you do decide to pay for a PR company, don’t take their word for how good they are – get some personal recommendations from their clients. Before parting with your hard-earned cash why not email a few of the indie labels who regularly get their own artists on the radio – and ask which PR companies they use.

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