INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 18/06/2012
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 18th.
THE HORN THE HUNT - Gold [Starts 0:14]
Formed in West Yorkshire after Clare Carter and Joe Osborne (above) went travelling together in 2008. They returned to Leeds and released the results of their wandering - a first self-titled album - the following year under the group name The Horn The Hunt. They're currently working on a third album with drummer Conor Lawrence as a full member - and are joined by Alice Miller on guitar for live performances.
BARK BARK DISCO - Let's Do This [Starts 4:00]
Bark Bark Disco is a low-Fi pop band, fronted by former inventor Morris Woodcock - who does nothing to discourage rumours that he's the great-grandson of the legendary Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. The songs of Bark Bark Disco aim to create a raw and low-fi immediacy with catchiness befitting a Broadway musical. "Bark Bark Disco believes that music lovers should be able to share music at no cost" they say on their website "So here's our debut album: enjoy & share freely amongst yourselves, good people & we'll see you at our concerts."
DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS - Eyes Wide Shut [Starts 6:13]
Their first album, LOVE SONGS FOR THE CHEMICAL GENERATION was described by Drowned In Sound as "One of the finest records of its time", and was supported on radio by Rob Da Bank at Radio 1, Radcliffe & Maconie on Radio 2, plus Guy Garvey and myself here on 6 Music. Their second album THE SPACE BETWEEN US has just been released on Club AC30 - and you can read a fascinating in-depth interview with Daniel on the So So Gay blog: Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
EMORIE – Change [Starts 10:51]
What do you get when you combine an SP 12 (the classic drum machine & sampler combo made by E-mu), insomnia, violin, coffee, an apartment with no windows, day dreams, a Wurlitzer electric piano, night dreams, rain, love, machines, obsession and the digital audio workstation known as Fruity Loops ? What you get is Emorie - who consist of Adm (a classically trained violinist and beat designer) and Hunter - a selftaught kamikaze pianist and songwriter. They met at a show and formed a band and this first single from their upcoming album is out now.
THE LOW COUNTRIES - Brian Cox's Locks [Starts 14:48]
Nigel Parrington and Els D'hooge - aka The Low Countries - are an Anglo-Flemish duo signed to Nub Country Records. They write and perform harmonious, melancholic, and sometimes uplifting songs wearing an indie-folk-pop-acoustic hat. Their fourth album SUMMER'S LAST HURRAH contains 14 varied songs. The topics range from the weather and hopes of Spring to suicidal dreams and - in this case - the hairstyle of the nation's most famous pop star turned TV scientist.
GOLD ROAD – Madeline [Starts 16:32]
London 9-piece Gold Road describe themselves as "a freshly hatched springling ready to embark on a musical adventure of feelgood pop inspired by dancing around the room to your favourite Motown song. Expect catchy melodies, swooning harmonies, tightly arranged horns and feel-laden, infectious beats" they boast... "that will have you out of your seats and onto the dancefloor from the moment you hit play." Listeners, you can judge for yourselves at the launch party for their debut EP PLANES at Ginglik in London on July 5th. Details on their Facebook page.
FAMILIAR CREATURES - More Than Beasts [Starts 20:13]
We first played Familiar Creatures back in March when their song NoEmma instantly grabbed me with its fresh energy and tight playing and the vocals of their Irish-born frontman Brian Kelly made airplay for their first demo a certainty. Despite having been founded only last October they've further upped their game with this track More Than Beasts - which proved a reader favourite over at Fresh On The Net recently and drew warm praise from reviewer Johnn Casson. Disappointingly for live music fans their Facebook Page "does not have any forthcoming events". Come on, you promoters and venues... give em a few gigs!
CAJITA - The Stars [Starts 29:22]
"I make song. I make song! You pay me for song. You pay now. New video here". The 140 character limit of Twitter tends to produce artist bylines that are succinct and to the point. Cajita is the Bristol-born multi-instrumentalist and one-man-band Jay Chakravorty. Jay's biog is equally pithy and to the point: "I make music with computers, instruments, voices and loop pedals. Then I travel around the world and play that music at people. Sometimes they listen. One review called me a genius. Another one likened my music to cancer. Both reviews were written by fools." I've been loving his music and playing it on the radio since 2007 - and that isn't a review - it's a simple statement of fact.
JKLMNO - Where Sorrow Lays [Starts 27:54]
Named after a random row of letters in the alphabet, JKLMNO was formed in Wrexham by friends Carl Harrison, Daniel Pierce, Daniel Kehlenbeck, Elliot Knox and Nick Roberts. Their first EP was in 2007, their second drew support from BBC Wales and BBC Shropshire's Introducing show The Friday Night Gerbil. In 2008 they were selected to play Benicassim 2008 alongside the likes of Morrissey and Sigur Ros. They've since graced the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park. Where Sorrow Lays is one of two tracks released in April as a Double AA preview from their forthcoming debut album, and available via their Bandcamp.
SHANE BEALES - Sapling and Buds [Starts 31:31]
This song comes from TEL AVIV - a six song "micro-album" inspired by micro-blogging and Springtime, which was favourably reviewed by The Guardian. For myself, as someone who shares Brian Eno's fervent wish that almost all songs were shorter, I warmly applaud the fact that Mr Beales manages to fit six songs (and a heartfelt, season-based narrative about disappointment and new hope) into just 15 minutes. This is an album inspired by - and crafted for - the attention span of today's Twitter generation and well worth three quid of anybody' money. Available from Shane's website.
REBEKAH DELGADO - Trying To Forget [Starts 33:59]
We first came acrosss Rebekah's work in April with a song from her newly-released EP SING YOU THROUGH THE STORM. We included Little Boy Blue in that week's Introducing Mixtape, played it on my Saturday show a week later, and make no excuse for featuring a second taste from said EP this week. It's available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, eMusic and all the usual online download stores, but also via her website as a free download for fans. There's a new single called Menage A Moi on the way this month, to be followed by her debut album in the Autumn. Like the artist herself, her website is tri-lingual with Spanish and Fresnch options. An artist we'll be hearing more from in future months and years.
THE B OF THE BANG - Wander (Through the Night) [Starts 38:02]
"The B of the Bang is a collective of human beings from Portsmouth who use guitars, loops, mandolins, white noise, xylophones, accordions, banjos, feedback, shouting and percussion to conjur up melodies for maladies in the 21st century. The B of the Bang exists in an age of copyists and bandwagon-jumpers. brigands, blaggards and ne'er do wells. Its sole purpose is to sound unlike anything else you've ever heard whilst sounding exactly like everything else you'd ever want to hear. The B of the Bang is really just the sound of 6 people slowly losing their grip on reality. The B of the Bang will cure gout. And tennis elbow. Thank you." Nuff said.
BUILD MUSIC - The Installation Shot (Part 2) [Starts 41:07]
Build Music is just one of various ongoing music projects by renaissance man Paul Carr - MFA Fine Art Painting, The Slade, UCL. BA (hons) Fine Art Painting First Class, University of Newcastle. His practice includes music, performance, writing, publishing and radio. He's currently working on The Fifth Runway, a band and radio series based on a collection of narratives about the fictional London district of Endwell. Collaborators past and present include Jenna Collins (Murphy's Wave), Benedict Drew (Group Hobby), Eddie Farrell (Not Too Hot), Steven Lowery (GB STEAM TRAINS) and Chris Scobie (Murphy's Wave). The venues he's played include 12 Bar Club, The Bull's Head, Cafe Oto, Kentish Town Forum and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
BEAR DRIVER - Big Love [Starts 44:12]
Selfstyled "sunny-slacker pop exponents" Bear Driver have just released their selftitled debut album through Adventure Club Records - from which this single Big Love was a former Record of the Week for Shaun Keaveny. The band originated in Leeds where Oli Deakin and Harry Dean - having played together in other people's bands - finally enacted a longstanding plan to start their own by booking themselves a gig which then forced the group into existence. Fired up by an inspirational visit to New York and SxSW in Austin, they wrote and rehearsed their album in the Lake District before finally recording their it in a disused Bermondsey swimming pool. You can hear and purchase it via their Bandcamp page.
CORONER FOR THE POLICE - A Politician And A Gangster [Starts 47:13]
CFTP describe themselves as "loud: a band of musical reprobates with only one thing on their mind...meaty riffs. Songs that pull you out of peaceful slumber, slap you in the face, drag you into the street, and then give you some whisky to improve the fact that you're now standing in the road in your pyjamas with a stranger." They formed at the start of 2012 in a dingy warehouse. Gigs followed, beer was drunk, friends were made. This song comes from their Swamp Box EP which was released in May and a followup is expected by the end of the year.
GEORGIA RUTH - Through Your Hands [Starts 51:02]
Singer and harpist Georgia Ruth lives in Cardiff. She has appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and at SWN festival. In 2010 she appeared at Green Man and at HMV's Next Big Thing series (opening for Mercury nominees Sweet Billy Pilgrim). She then opened for Seth Lakeman at some of his UK Summer dates and released her selftitled debut EP. This song is the oprning track on her followup EP In Luna - recorded by David Wrench in Snowdonia's Bryn Derwen Studios. It was released in March on limited 10" vinyl (with included download codes) and is also available via iTunes. Her next live appearance is at Dinefwr Literature Festival on June 29th.
NATIVE TONGUE - Read Lips [Starts 55:45]
Greg, Kev, Josh and Nick have been playing music on the London circuit for numerous years and originally came together under the name Jukebox Collective through a shared love of James Murphy and bands like Television and The Rapture. They played a session for us at 6 Music in early 2011 and subsequently caught the attention of The Kaiser Chiefs who booked them on their UK tour a year later. Read Lips - their first single under the new name - is released today (Monday June 18th) with remixes by Death in Vegas, Filthy Dukes and Hermanos Inglesos. They play London's Sebright Arms a week on Saturday (June 30th).