INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 11/06/2012
In the small hours of a Monday morning from 2-3am you can hear a selection of my favourite new tunes compiled into an hour-long mixtape of nonstop music. All the audio is sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader - some of it recommended by BBC colleagues across the Introducing network, and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.
From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is then available free via the 6 Music Downloads Page - where you'll also find archived episodes from the previous 4 weeks. All the tracklists and start times for each track are published here - together with a link to each artist's website. Below are the listings for Monday, June 11th.
HYSTERICAL INJURY - Cycle One [STARTS 0:14]
Longstanding favourites with Ruth Barnes and - let’s face it - all right-thinking fans of aggressive inyourface lofi Avon-based attackpop, Hysterical Injury (the definite article appears to be optional) consist of siblings Annie and Tom Gardiner. They grew up in Llandeilo, are now based in Bristol and Bath, and released their debut album DEAD WOLF SITUATION on Crystal Fuzz records in February 2012 thanks to part-funding by the Strummerville Foundation for New Music. They make a huge and splendid noise for just two people and you can buy the whole album via thehystericalinjury.co.uk – go on, you know you want to. Annie can also occasionally be found making music under her electronic side project name of Excellent Birds.
VASCO DA GAMA - Them Teeth [STARTS 4:15]
Having been the first to recommend them when he interned with us last Summer, Team Freshnet’s Chris Chadwick will be glad to see Vasco Da Gama on this week’s Fresh Faves. They describe themselves as a "Liverpool four-piece creating a dynamic and unpredictable racket, incorporating Latin rhythm and pop sensibility into the math-rock sound of 1990s Chicago and Washington DC." Personally I wouldn’t know 1990′s math-rock if it bit me in the leg but this track won me over within seconds at the Listening Post. You might imagine on first listen that its appeal lies in the aforementioned racket – all spacious guitar lines and spiky minimal drums, but for me it’s all about the vocals. The strangely memorable melody, peculiarly haunting lyrics and immaculate falsetto harmonies. This band could stand on a stage, sing this acapella and still bring the house down.
WEIRD SHAPES - Help Me To Land [STARTS 7:16]
I like Dan Spooner, I like Weird Shapes (see pic above) and I like this song. In fact I think it’s the finest thing we’ve heard from the band to date and you can hear its wonderful poise and texture for yourself on this week's Mixtape. Best of all was the band blurb Dan sent us to go with the music: "Beeb people!" he cries "We work bloody hard making music in and around our horrific day time jobs. All our relationships are strained to breaking point due to the seemingly endless amounts of money and time we put into this band. We’d be dead, dead chuffed if you played our music as it would go some of the way to excusing our selfish, musicianlike behavior in the eyes of our Wives & Girlfriends!" Sorry to bang on about this but this is a perfect embodiment of Steve Lawson’s maxim for band biogs: don’t waffle on about how GREAT you are, tell people how INTERESTING you are. They'll be much more likely to listen.
TURNPIKE GLOW - The Turn, The Pike And The Glow [STARTS 11:35]
Turnpike Glow are not the first ambitious Italian band to flee the glossy mainstream pop and closed-shop record industry of their homeland for a haven in the UK. Starting life in Rome they soon found themselves in demand as a local support act for the likes of The Futureheads and Cooper Temple Clause. In 2007 they started flying here to do live shows in th UK and core members Sandro Schiena and Giuseppe La Mela soon moved to London fulltime – armed with only their guitars and a bag full of European plug adaptors. They met, talked, laughed and eventually joined up with a UK drummer and guitarist and here they are – making perky upbeat synthy indiepop reminiscent of their fellow countrymen The Banshee. No bad thing in my book.
MUST BLAZE - Thiefs, Drug Dealers & Shooters [STARTS 15:27]
Must Blaze aka Olly Wyman was born and raised in Chigwell, Essex and currently resides in Cambridge. "I don't come from a musical background but did play trumpet as a child - and studied Music Technology at University" he says. Having succeeded as a DJ and producer Olly only recently started songwriting and made MTV's Brand New for 2012 list. "One day" he adds "I would like to just write songs for other artists." We played his first solo single "Made Me Stronger" last year and his first official mixtape and album are planned for release this summer. You'll find him on Facebook at /TheRealMustBlaze
CARPOOL CONVERSATION - Memory Wave [STARTS 19:40]
Originally from Cork City, Carpool Conversation are now based in London. And how lovely – nearly 60 years on from the birth of rock’n’roll – to hear a track that’s not quite like anything one has heard before. Oddly accessible, charmingly eccentric, there’s nothing “radiofriendly” or “mainstream” about this mob. As a result they’re far more likely to produce a huge smash OMFG record in the coming months than all the indie-by-numbers Editors clones still being pushed at us by pluggers and record companies on a daily basis. I really really like this track.
NEON NURSE - Voodoo In The Basement [STARTS 24:09]
A trio from Colchester writing and performing Live Dance music - who consist of Darryl Powis, Nick Thorne and Charlie Hogan. That's all the info they gave us on the BBC Introducing Uploader, and more than you'll find on their Facebook page. Hold on, though - surely their brand new website will have a few facts about them - or at least some kind of biog ? Alas not. You'll have to just listen to this joyously fresh and summery tune of theirs instead. Not at all the kind of sound you'd normally associate with either voodoo or basements, but who cares. Enjoy.
MULATO PINTADO AND N KIDD - Long Time [STARTS 28:04]
Nathaniel Kidd is a London born and bred antifolk artist, musician, and writer. His stage name from 2005 to 2011 was Thee Intolerable Kidd but he’s since reverted for all public purposes to his birth name. In recent months he’s been collaborating via email with Mulato Pintado – aka Craig Louis Higgins Jr. from last week’s Fresh Faves Black Daniel. This is the title track from their forthcoming EP/LP, for which they’d already recorded four tracks at the last count. Senor Pintado meanwhile began his artistic career in a Lower East Side apartment with a core group of friends and even better enemies where he became Baron Von Butterplump "an innocent baby and bystander amongst the chaos. This led me to an unlikely place (London) and lifechanging experience as co-lead man in Black Daniel" where he still stands today "amongst the rubble of music dreams and aspirations. Which" he adds "brings me to now, Mulato Pintado, for now, and the foreseeable future. Hope you enjoy."
CROW ROAD - Panda Season [STARTS 30:42]
Crow Road are three dissertation-free Glasgow musicians, following the recent amicable but unavoidable departure of guitarist Jamie Turner. I’m sure they’d like me to tell you about the buzz that surrounded their early gigs, the record company interest, the fact that Jim Gellatly is a fan, and their forthcoming gig for Tenement TV at The Captain’s Rest. But in fact the reason you need to listen to this is for the assured writing, lovely melancholy Scots-inflected vocal, immaculate shimmering guitar lines, and above all the wonderful crisp drumming of Duncan Kelso – smack in the pocket, unobtrusively driving the song along – the very heartbeat of a band with a very big heart indeed. Find them on Facebook.
FOLD - We Must Speak (feat. Dr Martin Luther King Jr) [STARTS 34:11]
Fold is dedicated to bringing about social change. Weaving humanitarian voices like Martin Luther King, Kurt Vonnegut & poet Mr Gee into world-weary beats, Fold confronts society with an urgent call for change. Fold have committed to giving 3/4 of their profits to two organisations working to help achieve global equality: Kiva and the Tax Justice Network. Every purchase of a Fold record not only funds future Fold releases but also supports concrete steps towards a more equal and sustainable society. Fold’s debut EP We Must Speak is available now on most digital networks
THE GRAND - Giving Me Up [STARTS 37:12]
The Grand come from Wakefield, home of the Cribs and provide the following facts. "We released our first selftitled EP in October 2010 on Louder Than Bombs Records - and our second EP Harbour came out last December. We recently received plays from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and have been asked for permission for our music to be used by Lime Productions. We are looking to release new music this Summer 2012 so watch this space... A mate described us as 'blokes, beards, choruses and skinny jeans heaven'. We practice in a converted barn in York and all drive biscuit tins."
THE BROWN HOUND JAMES BAND - Mary Got Married [STARTS 39:58]
Songwriter Matt Broadbent is also from Wakefield where he’s been writing, recording and performing for 14 years. He began his career in DUGONG. a post-punk band who released 3 albums on the Leeds label Bombed Out Records and extensively toured the UK and Europe. Seeking an outlet for his more acoustic material he then formed the band Nathaniel Green. And if UK-flavoured Americana is your thing you won’t find a more authentic-sounding expression of it than Matt’s latest project The Brown Hound James Band.
KILL MURRAY - Laser [STARTS 44:20]
Kill Murray are a brand new band from Oxford consisting of former members of Dial F for Frankenstein, 50ft Panda and Phantom Theory. Once again, it was Chris Hutchinson’s drumming that grabbed me right from the get-go. I know diddly squat about fashionable dressing, yet am assured by those in the know that it’s much the same with shoes: Get the shoes and/or drums right and sorting out a truly startling outfit from there on is pretty much a breeze. I saw them playing a quite literally acoustic set at the Holywell Music Rooms the other week - Gus Rogers’ lead vocal mic was turned off. However as you can hear on this track, with Kill Murray the precision kicks in and the energy starts crackling once the amps are cranked up to 11.
YANMOLBY - Actress [STARTS 48:20]
I’d always thought these singular noise terrorists Yanmolby were based in Bristol, but their Soundcloud gives their location as Oxford/Taunton, Britain (UK) and they ought to know. Formed in 2005 Beef "resides" while Daniel is – apparently – based "elsewhere". They share their name but almost nothing else with a fat Danish midfielder while admitting they "do like the Carlsberg and the bacon." Actress is so restrained for Yanmolby that you’d hardly know it was them – though they can’t resist getting a bit glitchy towards the end. I’d also recommend downloading more of their free tracks like La Corrida and Are You Awake… It’s just a shame we can no longer hear the first song of theirs that caught our attention back in February 2009: Broken Robo.
NOVA ROBOTICS - Popola [STARTS 53:46]
Nova Robotics are the Bristol based electronica duo of Martin & Tom. "We make noise and we can't stop now we've started." they say. "So far we’ve had the pleasure of playing at these lovely festivals: Secret Garden Party, Brighton Fringe Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival and Aeon Festival." And their biog finishes with an offer that fellow musicians and fans of their music may find hard to refuse. "We will" they add "Will kindly play your venue/supportslot/houseparty for travel expenses or maybe just free beer." The email address is on both their Facebook and Soundcloud pages.