This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by WILLIAM ORAM, FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON, BELLY OF PARIS, AMANDA MERDZAN, SUPER BEST FRIENDS CLUB, LUK, COMRADE HAT, WORST PLACE, ONE LONE BOY, CHERRYADE, OWEN DUFF, KILL THE GIANTS, HOT COPS, TRIPLE LIP GLOSS, SKINNY PELEMBE, L.A. SPRING, BLACKDOGHAT and RYKARD handpicked by Tom Robinson.
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, 3rd October at 2am.
WILLIAM ORAM – Erasing You [starts 00:17]
“William Oram is a singer/musician/producer based in the UK. Born and bred in Shropshire, his music is organically grown from the bass drum up. His original vocal style, deranged guitars and love of the synth pitch wheel all feature in his punchy meadow of pop. William will soon be gigging throughout the nation with his new album which is due for release at the start of 2017.”
FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON – You [starts 04:40]
“Field Trip To The Moon is a music project created in London in 2012 by actress/singer-songwriter Angela Christofilou and guitarist Daniel G Jones. The band self-released their first single Black Room in 2013 and gigged in London.
In 2014 Daniel G Jones moved back to his hometown Colombia and after a one year hiatus, guitarist/songwriter Dan Cross joined Angela for the making of their first album Something Owed featuring early material of the band along with new songs. Cross was lead guitarist of the alternative rock band The Perfect Disaster who toured with bands such as The Pixies, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3. The band is working with Rob Flanagan from Some Velvet Morning on drums and Angelika Low-Beer on violin.
Something Owen is the band’s first self- released album and it is out now. Gigs to be announced soon.”
BELLY OF PARIS – Aristide’s Entry Into Paris [starts 06:32]
“Belly of Paris are a ‘doom cabaret’ Indo-Anglo-Palestino-Hungaro-Argentine sextet who all washed up on the tiny island of Bahrain. We’re releasing our debut album Peste on November 7th on Spooker Rekkids. You can get it on bandcamp and iTunes on CD and vinyl.
We’re about to set off on a Middle East tour of Beirut, Manama, Doha, Muscat and Dubai in November and Daniel will be playing some solo shows in the UK early next year.”
AMANDA MERDZAN – All Of You [starts 09:44]
“Amanda Merdzan is an Australian singer/songwriter/producer based in London. Over the years, Merdzan has performed alongside acts such as The Tallest Man On Earth and Abbe May at The Wave Rock Weekender, as well as supporting Eskimo Joe, Holly Throsby and Thelma Plum in her home town of Perth. She has also showcased at Canada’s largest music festival; Canadian Music Week, alongside Emma Louise and The Falls. Her latest release ‘Commands’, a five track EP marks a step in a new direction for this artist, where she blends lush electronic productions with the style of her earlier folk work.
Show November 5th – The Good Ship (Kilburn) – tickets here.”
SUPER BEST FRIENDS CLUB – Humans [starts 13:16]
“This track was first played as headphones moment by Lauren Laverne a couple of weeks back. It came out last week on whipped cream records and is the second single from the album Loveblows that comes out Feb 2017. The drummer is Mercury nominated Maxwell Hallett (The Comet is Coming). The singer is in the BBC6 playlisted band Loose Meat. The rest of the band are glorious human beings who like to feel alive.”
LUK – Movement [starts 16:36]
“LUK are Lukas Beynon and Manon P Lewis, an up-and-coming electronic duo from South Wales. They have emerged, bright-eyed and curly haired; producing exciting unconventional and experimental electronic music. The music is partly DIY, partly abstract sprinkled with tropical lyrics, bubbling synths, bass- heavy beats and woozy rhythms all fusing into a warm aural trance. LUK are currently, one of ten artists chosen by the Forté Project which is supported by Arts Council Wales. LUK are set to self-release their forthcoming debut single ‘Movement’, produced by Lee House.
Upcoming Live Shows: Hub Festival 2016 – 27th August, The Moon Club, Cardiff”
COMRADE HAT – Old Amsterdam [starts 20:09]
“Comrade Hat is multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/composer Neil Burns, based in Derry, N. Ireland. His current single, Old Amsterdam premiered on The Thin Air earlier this summer, and is now available for download. It comes on the heels of his trip to Toronto for Canadian Music Week, where he was one of a small handful of Irish and UK acts selected to showcase. He is set to showcase at Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival for a second time this October.
It follows a year which saw his star rise considerably, with airplay on national radio North and South (An Taobh Tuathail (RTE RnaG), Electric Mainline (BBC Radio Foyle) and RTE 2XM, acclaim online – he was selected to represent Ireland in the global Music Alliance Pact for May 2015 by James Hendicott (Golden Plec).”
WORST PLACE – The Sun Changed Everything [starts 24:22]
“Formed in early 2016, Worst Place spent the first few months of their short existence locked away in rehearsal rooms and recording studios. Blending dreamy indie-rock and Psychedelia, they made their live debut in March, and have since graced some of East London’s favourite stages, including a triumphant set at Hackney’s Moth Club. This summer saw a return to the recording studio, alongside the release of 3rd tune ‘The Sun Changed Everything’.
Catch Worst Place live at: The Crows Nest, Crystal Palace, 7th October; Birthdays, Dalston, 14th October; The Victoria, Dalston, 16th November”
ONE LONE BOY – Bring It Home [starts 28:30]
“Singer songwriter One Lone Boy whose fanbase includes legendary singer David Crosby has launched his debut EP. The former Guitarist of the Year and critically acclaimed singer has released four tracks from his forthcoming album entitled Hurting For The Both Of Us.
This EP has been a great journey for me, spending time travelling and writing. Bring It Home was written in Marfa Texas, Summer Skies was written in Amsterdam, They All Came Crashing Down was written in Copenhagen whilst Soul Suicide at home in Camden. It was a process I loved and I think you can hear that in the record.”
CHERRYADE – Houdini [starts 30:47]
“Cherryade are Ella and Alex, childhood friends who bonded over their shared love of Lil’ Kim, Britney Spears and M.I.A.. Hailing from a small town and recently moving to London, the duo first started making music before drunken nights out, with a mix of vodka and cherryade inspiring the band’s name. Since then they’ve been developing their sound with the likes of Lewis Gardiner (KLOE, PRIDES), Dimitri Tikovoi (Charli XCX, MNEK), Neil Comber (M.I.A.), Shaun Canning (Atom Tree) and more. Already garnering support from BBC Radio 1, Spotify’s New Music Friday, Apple Music, NYLON, and CLASH, their spiky, colourful, synth-heavy sounds aren’t to be missed.”
OWEN DUFF – You Amaze Me [starts 34:02]
“Owen Duff is an independent singer-songwriter and videomaker, adrift in east-east-London. He has been making music since the age of five and now writes, performs and produces his own songs. He plays piano, self-taught guitar, drums, a little ukulele and an even littler cello. Owen owes his musical ability to a small blue Yamaha keyboard with light-up keys, a Ghanaian piano teacher and a good ear (just the one).”
KILL THE GIANTS – The Exorcist [starts 36:37]
“Kill The Giants are from St Albans and recently had a track, For The Gold which was produced by 50 Cent, featured in the hit US TV series Power. Their debut album is out in October and mixes hard rock with world music and folk. It has also attracted interest from major labels and the band plan to tour in 2017.”
HOT COPS – Dumbbo [starts 38:46]
“Hot Cops is a three piece rock and/or roll band from Belfast. Currently working with independent Dublin label Paper Trail Records on a run of limited 7″ vinyl singles. Dumbbo premiered on DIY as a Neu! Pick and was officially released at the start of September following Passive Passive in February. The band’s first music video is for Dumbbo and will be going out at the start of November ahead of several UK shows to be confirmed.”
TRIPLE LIP GLOSS – Like A Cat [starts 42:49]
“Triple Lip Gloss is a purely studio based project. I am Kevan Windle, and I am a solo artist but I will be working with a number of vocalists as I put together an album entitled God’s Teeth, that will be released in early 2017. This track is just one of my collaborations with Liverpool based vocalist Ashley Colley.”
SKINNY PELEMBE – Mindset Is Fear [starts 46:30]
“Afro-psych flavoured left-field beats for surfers and urban explorers alike, from the Johannesburg born, UK exiled beatmaker, guitarist, singer and MC known as Skinny Pelembe.”
L.A. SPRING – Passerby [starts 48:56]
“L.A. Spring are an exciting London based indie pop band ready to make their mark.
Passerby is a song about venting frustration with the passive London lifestyle and its artwork features Timmy, the house cat where the guys stayed whilst working on the single. Timmy is not a cool guy, he made one hell of mess whilst we were out on the first day – the sleeve isn’t a tribute, it’s a warning.”
BLACKDOGHAT – Down By The Sea [starts 52:18]
“John Sage, aka BlackDogHat is a prolific singer-songwriter and guitarist from London, who creates and performs musical interpretations of everyday life and love. Down By The Sea was initially written, then recorded in Athens. Terry Craig then added her wonderful fiddle playing from her back room in Colchester. The song is about childhood memories of seaside holidays.”
Check out their video here.
RYKARD – Artificial Sunshine [starts 54:50]
“Rykard (a.k.a Rick Wearing) is a solo ambient electronica producer from Preston Lancashire. His new album titled Luminosity has just been released on Hunya Munya Records.”
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.