This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by HIGH TIDE 15:47, TYNE, CRESPO & THE REMARKABLE 1, INCA MAPS, LIAM BROWNE & THE LOVE, NICK JONAH DAVIS, SYKES, GITTA DE RIDDER, THE SIGHS OF MONSTERS, BLOXX, STAYING IN, FLORENCE GLEN, CRT CLSSX, UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND, TASHKEZAR and 31HOURS.
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, 19th September at 2am.
HIGH TIDE 15:47 – And The Bubble Burst [starts 00:17]
“High Tide 15:47 are a six piece band from Newcastle formed out of love for noisy reverb drenched indie rock with pop sensibilities.”
TYNE – Somebodies Something [starts 03:26]
Having completed A-Levels, BBC Intro & FOTN favorite GraceSarah (remember Birdaha and Underwater….?) has changed her name and released Somebodies Something.
Tyne says she’s “working with 37 Adventures as part of their Odd Numbers Project. A stripped back version of the track is now also available and is featuring well on the indie blogs. Currently TYNE is in the US performing in Washington, New York and Philadelphia before going in to the studio for a week in New York, to develop new tracks, with a view to more releases before year end”
CRESPO & THE REMARKABLE 1 – Insult To Injury [starts 07:02]
“Producer Crespo & vocalist Remark were both members of Brighton based Indie Hip Hop band Monkey Sons. They released their first collaboration together in 2012 with the Current Affairs Mixtape. A year later the live garageband vibe of It Changes was made.
Now after utilising their creative forces in the Black Wookie Studio, they offer the world… A New Beginning.”
INCA MAPS – Weave [starts 10:10]
“Inca Maps are a four-piece art-rock band based in London consisting of Matt Tilling on vocals & keys, Leo Morgan on guitars & synthesisers, Tim Horne on bass & synthesisers and Toby Archer on drums.
Weave is about feeling foolish. It’s about going through an emotional experience and coming out the other side not knowing how to deal with what’s happened and consequently, doing things you feel embarrassed or ashamed of,” says Matt. “What comes out of that is loads of misplaced emotions and actions. Specifically, Weave is about wanting to rebel against what got you down: going out, having fun, and getting messed up. I’d say it’s an uplifting track, however; the bottom line is that we all go through these things and it’s actually an essential part of the experience.
Their single launch party is at The Waiting Room, London on October 1st, followed by the Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch on 6th October.”
LIAM BROWNE & THE LOVE – Baby Grow [starts 14:28]
“We are Liam Browne & The Love, consisting of Liam Browne and James Fraser. James is a member of the Milltown Brothers and Liam is also an actor who’s has starred in a few British indie films including Brilliant Love (otherwise known as The Orgasm Diaries). Front man Liam was in the Amazon when a shaman convinced him to sing for the first time. Then, strangely enough James and Liam met at a shamanic ceremony 18 months later and started making heartfelt pop music together. The band’s first album is being released on the 2nd of October and Baby Grow is the song on the album that the crowd always start going mad to at our gigs. We are having a big and free party/album launch at Albert’s Schloss in Manchester on 2nd October – more details on the band’s Facebook page. We have a gig in Soho on the 30th of September at the Spice of Life and on the 7th of October we play The Monarch in Camden supporting Frankie Forman. We also just released the video for Baby Grow which you can find on youtube and on our website. Liam also has a great story about yoga saving his life from certain death on the M60 if you ever want to speak to him about it.”
NICK JONAH DAVIS – Zanzibar Chai [starts 17:24]
“Nick Jonah Davis is a solo instrumental guitarist from Nottingham, England. He has released four albums to date: House of Dragons, Split Electric with C Joynes, Of Time and Tides and Guitar Recordings Vol. 1. He was also featured on the fourth volume of Tompkins Square’s ongoing guitar compilation, Imaginational Anthem, and their tribute album to Michael Chapman, Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done. Davis has shared bills with James Blackshaw, Michael Chapman, Richard Dawson and Alasdair Roberts and he also performed at the 10th Annual New York Guitar Festival alongside Max Ochs.”
SYKES – Younger Mind [starts 20:40]
“London trio SYKES make alternative electro-pop championed by Indie Shuffle, NME, Q Magazine and playlisted on national UK radio BBC Radio 1. Their blend of nostalgic synth lines and soaring melodies has got them headlining notable London venues; touring supporting Kodaline, Charli XCX, Bleachers, Andrew McMahon, Against The Current and festival gigs at Glastonbury, Bestival, Isle of Wight, T In The Park and the Vans Warped Tour. Fresh from touring the USA on the 42 date Vans Warped Tour, SYKES release a new 5-track EP called Younger Mind.
Nationwide UK Tour in September – London Borderline gig on 25th.”
GITTA DE RIDDER – Even If [starts 23:34]
“Anglo-Dutch singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder has announced the release of her debut album Feathers on September 21st. New single Even If, coming out ahead of the Album release, is a song about friendship – or loneliness. It shows Gitta’s lyrical ability in an effortlessly catchy chorus with beautiful vocal harmonies.
Originally growing up in the Netherlands, Gitta taught herself to write and play songs on the guitar from a young age, and cites modern folk artists such as Anais Mitchell as her inspiration. Gitta’s folkpop songs, with beautifully poetic but also conversational lyrics, go straight to the heart and are performed on a bed of warm fingerpicked guitar.” [Tasty!]
THE SIGHS OF MONSTERS – I Hear Drums [starts 27:20]
“The Sighs of Monsters is an art-rock band from London who spend a great deal of their time crafting songs in their studio and occasionally venturing out onto the stage. They’re developing a cult following for their offbeat songs and introspective lyrics. Currently they are putting the finishing touches to their new album Lie, a follow up to 2014’s Ground. The single from the forthcoming album, I Hear Drums, is a song about resilience in times of great desperation, and hope when despair is all around, particularly in the face of oppression, poverty and violence.”
BLOXX – Ur Boyfriend [starts 30:47]
“BLOXX are a 4 piece Indie band from West London. Combining the poppy riffs and driven guitars of latest release Ur Boyfriend they create catchy tunes, but also delve into an added depth of emotion as visible in the lyrics and instrumentation of their second release, Curtains.”
STAYING IN – Loose Ends [starts 34:11]
“Staying In is a brand new one-piece indie project from Joe Reeves. Recorded in his bedroom in South London, SoundChips describes the first single Loose Ends as having the ‘sound of the early 00s with more oomph’. Inspired by artists such as The Strokes, The Maccabees and Catfish and the Bottlemen, Staying In will release a full EP early next year, with more singles to come.”
FLORENCE GLEN – Spread Them Eggs [starts 37:45]
“Born in North Yorkshire and raised in Portugal and France, 24-year-old Florence Glen brings her travelling roots into her folksy alternative music, combining acoustic guitar, intimate vocals and emotion-filled performance.”
CRT CLSSX – Habits [starts 40:58]
Producer Jamie Rodigan (son of radio presenter David Rodigan) and singer-songwriter Aaron Horn (son of producer Trevor Horn) Jamie Rodigan released their debut single, Habits on the 9th September via Oatmilk Industries. “Habits came about through a shared love for Dancehall and Bass. We took some of those key elements and built a vibe in the studio over the course of a few months. It’s pop and dancehall merging into blissful island rhythms” explain the duo about their new single.
UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND – My Boots Are Shakin [starts 44:09]
“Unqualified Nurse Band are a 3 piece rock and roll band from Derby. They have been compared to METZ, The Melvins, The Black Lips & Thee Oh Sees amongst others. Their debut album Debasement Tapes was released on September 16th through Reckless Yes Records. It’s available as a limited coloured vinyl which can be ordered here.
Upcoming dates are:
17/09 – Custard Thruster all-dater. London (e3); 18/09 – Hairy Dog. Derby; 24/09 – MK Gallery. Milton Keynes; 06/10 – The Cookie. Leicester; 14/10 – The Finsbury. London; 15/10 – The Underground. Bradford; 03/11 – The Venue. Derby; 26/10 – Fulford Arms, York”
TASHKEZAR – Lamma Bada [starts 47:17]
“Tashkezar are a seven-piece band from across Europe, Asia and Africa, blending a fiery mix of Arabic melodies, Turkish and Greek rhythms, Balkan horns, and funk basslines.”
31HOURS – Confidence Is A Handshake [starts 52:55]
“We started out in Oxford back in 2012, but didn’t properly start writing material/gigging until around 2014. The core of our songwriting is between Jo (frontman/multi instrumentalist) and Jake, the drummer. We also produce the music ourselves.
Over the coming months, we have a show supporting All Tvvins at the Bullingdon in Oxford on October 16th, and are going to be spending time working on our debut album.”
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.
If we’ve featured you on the BBC Introducing Mixtape recently, please do us a favour and wait 12 weeks before sending us another track. That will give us space to help a few other deserving artists in the meantime. But I’d love to hear another great new tune from you in three months’ time.