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INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 24/09/2012

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 24 September 2012

Newcastle on Tyne quartet Rexine

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 friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.

From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is 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. These are the listings for Monday, September 24th.

REXINE - There And Back Again - [starts 00:13]
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rexine/165381883507472
There And Back Again by REXINE was produced at Polestar studios by Penetration's Rob Blamire and comes out as a single on Monday November 19th. The band consists of Shona Thomas, Graeme Harlow, Stacey Home and Cathy Russell - and was formed three years ago in Newcastle on Tyne. They describe their sound as "alternately jagged and jangly, discordant and catchy. Noisy bittersweet tales of rusting rides and camera slides ...jagged and jangly post-punk mayhem... " They're opening for Japan's legendary Shonen Knife at The Cluny a week on Thursday (October 4th).

LET'S BUY HAPPINESS - Works Better On Paper - [starts 02:11]
http://www.letsbuyhappiness.com
Also from Newcastle are the cqptivating five-piece Let's Buy Happiness - who we first featured on 6 Music Introducing back in August 2009. Siblings Sarah Hall (vocals) and James Hall (guitar/keys)
teamed up with Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums) primarily to play for their own enjoyment, but a slew of wonderful singles resulted in Maida Vale sessions for Radio 1 and 6 Music plus a slot on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury 2010. They've toured extensively and are currently selfproducing a new EP for release in the New Year. If you enjoy this LBH classic on our mixtape this week, you can hear and purchase the rest of their catalogue to date from their Bandcamp page.

KILL THE SOYA - Braille - [starts 06:29]
http://www.killthesoya.com/
Kill The Soya is Slovakian alternative metal band currently based in Britain. The band was formed in 2010 as a studio project consisting of two members: Radovan Dragun and Jozef Mikula. After a few years they formed Kill The Soya, although in its beginnings KTS were meant to stay as a studio band, but are now making efforts to become a stage band. They’re currently working on new material.

LUX LISBON - Get Some Scars - [starts 09:05]
http://www.facebook.com/luxlisbonmusic
Lux Lisbon is Stuart Rook (vocals), Charlotte Austen (bass), Ali Jones (guitar), Karl Watson (guitar), Jamie Shaw (drums). Stu from the band lives in Durham and has worked for years in Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe and plays 5-a-side in Spenny on a Friday. What more would you need to know? Well, their album ‘Your Heart Is A Weapon The Size Of Your Fist‘ is now available.

MILES PROWER feat COLLEEN QUINN - Pneumatic - [starts 13:23]
http://soundcloud.com/milesprowermusic
This is a side project from Miles Prower - one half of Bristol’s Nova Robotics. His debut solo EP will be available Summer 2013. "Electro house/Synth Pop/Sci-Fi straight out Bristol, UK". He says on his Facebook page. Er, that's it.

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER - Get The Horizon Yourself - [starts 17:30]
http://www.facebook.com/weareknuckledragger
Tyneside trio We Are Knuckle Dragger consist of Aran Glover, Peter Currie and Shaun Abbott and played a blinding live hub session for me on 6 Music a year or two ago. They travelled to Chicago to record their debut album with Steve Albini. They start a 16 date tour of the UK in Southampton this Wednesday September 26th. More info and links at weareknuckledragger.com

DEBS McCOY - Black Winged Taker (piano version) - [starts 19:39]
http://www.debsmccoy.com/
More warm and engaging music from an exceptional musician and visual artist. "Played in bands with my brother Jay McCoy and Carl Stafford who played in Elia Drew, KT Tunstall's former band. Also played with Sean Harrington from Mishaped Pearls and Pill Box. Background in Fine Art/art education. Worked as an Art Psychotherapist in the NHS for the past 6 years, resigned from job - awful court/tribunal case (that I won) relating to my Dyslexia - the stress anxiety and isolation from it all propelled me back into music." I recommend checking out debsmccoy.com for more of that music and to check out some of the oustanding visual images in her gallery.

EXPLORERS - Ticket Home - [starts 22:51]
https://www.facebook.com/weareexplorers
Jez and Rob are EXPLORERS and hail from Chesterfield. The duo makes experimental alternative pop with a bit of a melancholy edge standing somewhere in between Phoenix Friendly Fires and Empire Of The Sun. They apparently “throw themselves into the ethereal world of dreams, in the constant desire to escape loneliness, haplessly wandering in the “longest night” that will bring you to the place you lost”.

JACOBEAN RUFF - Desert II - [starts 25:43]
http://www.facebook.com/JacobeanRuff
Desert II by Jacobean Ruff was forwarded to us for this week's mixtape by Jenny Eells at BBC Introducing in York. So - Sophie Pearson, Aaron Collins-Wood, Scott Bulmer, Sophie Elmieh, Jed Timms and Alice Trifunovic - what can you tell us about yourselves on your Facebook page? About: Folk band playing live and recording songs! Biog: We simply lurv to play music! Description: For bookings, contact Sophie Alice Pearson. So, listeners, now you know. They play The Hop in Leeds later today (Monday Sept 24th) and Alwoodley Community Centre on Saturday.

GOAN DOGS - Hold Me Back - [starts 29:53]
http://www.facebook.com/goandogsband
Bristol's Goan Dogs consist of Luke St Leger voc/gtr, Dan Lane drs, Theo Mackie gtr/syn, Bill Sherwood bs and Sam Kynan Powell tpt/gtr/perc. The band strarted out with just Luke and Dan as a musical duo inspired by the lofi Americana music they heard whilst travelling through California before expanding to a full five piece lineup, which draws inspiration as much from cinema as from other recording artists. Their next live show is a hometown gig at The Croft a week on Saturday (October 6th)

CHRISTA VI - Small Way Through - [starts 33:56]
http://www.christavi.com
Christa Vi is an Australian/German songwriter based in East London who lists her inspirations as
"life’s hard knocks, long plane journeys, walking alone in foreign cities, London’s noise pollution, the inner pain and beauty of others, overheard snippets of conversation - and a slight fear of losing that feeling." Her debut album will be produced by George Shilling (Coldcut, Yazz, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream etc) and released next year. Meantime this single Small Way Through came out at the end of last month hard on the heels of - and possibly as a commentary on - her EP Long Way Home in July. You can find a short interview with Christa on my personal blog at Fresh On The Net.

CARNABELLS - Rock ‘n’ Roll Beat
- [starts 37:26]
http://www.facebook.com/carnabells
Leeds five-piece Carnabells was founded by brothers Luke and Mitch Thompson. After years of arguments and threatening to smash their guitars over each other’s heads (aka ‘Brotherly Love’) they finally decided to write music together and form an indie rock n roll group, along with drummer Tom Webster, Pianist Jack Mattison, and Bassist Louis Appleyard. Brought up in an old mining village in the heart of Yorkshire, they fell upon a sound with its heart and soul in traditional rock n roll, that has being described by their friends and followers as Coal Mine Rock. Their new EP She's a Rollercoaster will be released on October 15th.

REBEKAH DELGADO - Scoundrelle
- [starts 40:14]
http://www.rebekah-delgado.com
We first came acrosss the work of Rebekah Delgado in April with a song from her newly-released EP Sing You Through The Storm, from which we included Trying To Forget on the mixtape in June.
Like the artist herself, her website is tri-lingual with Castillian Spanish and French options. This is the title track from a new EP due out on October 8th to be followed a week later by her debut album Don't Sleep and a London launch gig at Bush Hall on October 17th.

JH - Next Time - [starts 43:00]
http://www.makingteaisfreedom.com
JH is a solo artist from London who writes, arranges, performs and mixes all his material himself, with the exception of some of the drums. Stylistically, he tells us, his albums take in alternative and progressive rock, pop, powerpop, psychedelia, acoustic and experimental genres. In 2008 he released his hour-long debut album Truth & Bullshit. He followed it up last December with Wanderlust, 80s minutesworth of diverse and eclectic music from which this single Next Time is taken.

JOEL HOOD - Teardrops - [starts 46:39]
https://www.facebook.com/joelhoodinnit
"The world is an island on a lonely sea, only satellites for company" sings Joel Hood on his song Teardrops which has already picked up 3,000 plays in just three months on his Soundcloud page. His web presence is a tad light on information: "Not very danceable dance music from the north of England." Er, that's it.

CLEFT - Gulch - [starts 50:32]
http://cleft.bandcamp.com
Cleft formed in November 2011, when guitarist Dan Beesley and drummer John Simm found each other (and themselves) on the internet - despite living only two miles apart. After a spell in Brighton where he discovered the joys of cheese, Dan moved from the Deep South to Manchester. At exactly the same timeJohn moved down from Lancaster due to a bad experience with a three foot garden gnome and a bucket. Since then they've been condensing 14 minute prog songs into 3 minutes and having a lot of fun doing it. Gulch is the opening track on their newly released EP Whale Bone, recorded live at Blue Cat rehearsal studios in Manchester. Their Bandcamp offers the option to download it for free but - equally - to make a wildly extravagant donation towards funding the band in future. Which, I hope you'll agree, they richly deserve

RUSTS - Even Hipsters Get Married - [starts 53:26]
http://www.facebook.com/rustsmusic
A return visit to BBC Introducing on 6 Music for Rusts, whose excellent artist biog bears repeating in full. "After the umpteenth bailiff letter landed on Scott Russell's doormat, he knew it was time to sell up and move on. The last and hardest belonging to let go was his beloved 1960s Fender amp, which he very reluctantly sold to clear his council tax arrears.While rattling around the house on his own, the sense of loss and heartache inspired him to write and record an album under the new moniker, 'Rusts'. Blencathra is Scott Russell's his debut solo release as Rusts - ten songs of melancholic English country house music - Country and Americana-tinged, but with its roots in Albion."

JOSEPHINE - Zadok - [starts 56:58]
http://www.josephineofficial.co.uk
Josephine and her ensemble blend hip-hop classical and rock music, with more influence from Bach than Beyonce. They juxtapose string trio and electric guitar, operatic voice and rap vocals. Vocalist Josephine met fellow founding members Gregory Madge (guitarist) and Reuben O’ Donoghue (drummer) while at university and recruited the rest of their 10 piece lineup after moving to London.


 

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 17/09/2012

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2012

Burning Shapes
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 friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.

From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is 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. These are the listings for Monday, September 17th.

BURNING SHAPES - Bad Karma - [starts 00:14]
http://burningshapes.com
Burning Shapes kicked off the summer with this single (produced by Joe Hirst) through Friendly Tribe as a followup up to their 2011 debut Drop. Having already supported Mumford & Sons and The Stranglers, they plan a UK tour later this year. Bad Karma will be included in the soundtrack to a new British feature film Lucid, due next year and is available as a digital release now. Their debut album These Things Happen come out on October 1st.

ROB MARR - Summer In The City - [starts 03:23]
http://robmarr.net
To make his 2007 debut album Domestic Dramas Rob Marr taught himself the drums and played and recorded all the instruments in an abandoned radio station in his native South East London.
In 2009 he was introduced to ex-Sly and the Family Stone drummer Andy Newmark who suggested they work together on Rob’s second album Anatomy. The first single, Fencebuilding, was played by Cerys and myself here on 6 Music and the album itself comes out on October 17th via Ambiguous Records.

THE B OF THE BANG - The Forest (The Devil Is In The Dirt) - [starts 07:36]
http://thebofthebang.co.uk
http://freshonthenet.co.uk/biogs
One of the best artist biogs I've seen in years: “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.”

DE’BORAH - A Thousand Tongues - [starts 11:30]
http://www.deborahsmusic.com
There are an estimated 6,700 recognized languages in the world. Most of them are spoken by fewer than 1,000 people. Which is why, twelve days before the London 2012 Olympics started, 21 year old South London songwriter De’Borah released her second EP A Thousand Tongues. "Each of the songs" she says "have themes that I believe are relevant to our communities and that could, perhsaps, relate to us beyond the borders of colour, race and creed." A former Brit School student, she was awarded the title of ‘Croydon’s Best Unsigned Music Act’ in 2009 and A Thousand Tongues is available on iTunes now.

THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH - What Would Arnie Do? - [starts 15:45]
http://thebluescreenofdeath.co.uk
Another excellent biog from Southampton's Blue Screen Of Death: "Have you ever woken up in a lift surrounded by four people you don.t know, with no recollection of how you came to be there, but a nagging feeling that you don't want to know? That's exactly what happened to Steve, Harry, Pete, Paul, and Tom one morning a few years ago. That kind of awkward situation can lead you to make strange decisions. They chose to assume that they all played in a rock band together. This way they need ask no further questions as to how they had ended up in this position. That is their story and they're sticking to it." This tribute to California governor Mr Schwarzenegger comes from their current album Leave The Future Behind - available from http://thebluescreenofdeath.bandcamp.com.

THEATRE ROYAL - A Hundred Thousand Tears - [starts 19:12]
http://wearetheatreroyal.tumblr.com/
"We’re very happy to announce" say Medway outfit Theatre Royal "that our next release will be a digital download single on September 10th, available from iTunes, Amazon digital and all good online retailers. The lead track A Hundred Thousand Tears is taken from our forthcoming album At The End Of A River, The Sea… and is joined by two non-album b-sides: Down South With The Chameleons and A friend A Stranger and I. The artwork features a painting from Medway artist, ex Stuckist, Billy Childish associate and all-round top bloke Wolf Howard." They play Bethnal Green's Sebright Arms in London a week on Friday (September 28th) and open for Dodgy at The Function Rooms in Rochester on October 26th.

ADAM LEAVER - Visions of Life - [starts 22:08]
http://soundcloud.com/adam-leaver
Having played guitar since the age of 7 - subsequently graduating from the ACM in Guildford with a BA (Hons) in Music Performance - Adam Leaver's teaching skills on both guitar and music technology have been in demand among aspiring players in the Sevenoaks area ever since. He plays guitar in a local funk band but his real passion is songwriting - drawing inspiration from many styles of music ranging from Jazz to Arabic ballads. This stonking electro track was recommended to us by Jacob Rickard from one of the most proactive Introducing shows in the whole country at BBC Kent.

RICHARD KAPP & THE GOWNS - Let It Go - [starts 25:29]
http://richardkapp.com
We first encountered Austrian born Richard Kapp in 2010 when he was playing in Brighton two years ago with Fresh On The Net favourites Birdeatsbaby. It's taken him since then to write and finish his second album Amok from which this song is taken. In addition to the other 11 tracks on the LP - with titles like You Fell Out Of My Bed and Master Of Tiramisu - Richard 's just released video of what he describes as his first sarcastic country song ever: The Unemployed Cowboy Boy filmed live at his CD release party on September 8th. Amok is available now via iTunes.

PINEY GIR - Would You Be There - [starts 31:11]
http://pineygir.com
Piney Gir lives in London, England but was born Angela Penhaligon in Kansas City, USA and grew up in an isolation underlined by a strict religious upbringing. In her late teens she broke from the past and discovered the music of the masses. Billed as country music's "finest Pentacostalist charismatic Christian" she is a former member of UK bands Vic 20, The Zoltan Kodaly School For Girls and the Schla La Las as well as her own Piney Gir Country Roadshow. This single comes from her new solo album Geronimo recorded in LA with Rob Campanella from the brian Jonestown Massacre.

BIG WAVE - Dying on the Vine - [starts 34:25]
http://facebook.com/wearebigwaveband
Big Wave formed last February in what they describe as "the coastal paradise that is Torquay, Devon." This summer they won a competition - entered by 1600 other bands - to play the End of The Road Festival in a competition that was decided by a panel of judges. After their debut EP The Roots of Love sold out, the band recently thanked fans by releasing a free download of this track Dying on the Vine, through the Plymouth based label Art is Hard Records - also home to the wonderful Boscombe surf outfit Bos Angeles. They've been featured recently in the famous Glasgow PodCart and Japan's P+M magazine, and another single is expected imminently.

DARKE HORSE - Jack’s My Friend - [starts 37:35]
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darke-Horse/78370093589
Simon Kaviani, Chris Gill, Joe Pearson, Jonno Lodge formed Darke Horse in Sheffield at the end of 2007 and released their debut EP Now Starts The Fun in May this year. Although they haven't yet requested one of those short URLs for their Facebook page, you can read all about their "philosophy of bringing ballsy, entertaining rock back into the mainstream" and their "ferocious guitar licks and grinding bass lines" in their biog there. We think Jack’s My Friend comes from the new EP, but unfortunately there's no tracklisting. Meanwhile guitartist Simon Kaviani has apparently won the Riffathon song writing contest, set up by Jimmy Page and Brian May in aid of their charity ABC.

JOYCE THE LIBRARIAN - Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You - [starts 40:48]
http://joycethelibrarian.net
Joyce The Librarian formed after meeting in late 2009 at a Bristol book club. They share a love of acoustic instruments and vintage organs, 60s surfer harmonies and sci-fi dystopian storytelling and their debut EP The Weight of the Line was selfreleased in both physical and digital forms via their Bandcamp in February. This single is released by the wonderful Folkwit Records today (Monday September 24th) and will be followed by the debut album They May Put Land Between Us on November 5th. They play a hometown show at Benjamin Perry Boathouse this Tuesday, Sept 25th and a short UK tour in November to support the album release.

STEEL TREES – Attack Of The Stoner Zombie Killer Kids - [starts 43:09]
http://steeltrees.co.uk
This is the title track of the debut album released last week by our second Sheffield band this week, Steel Trees - a power trio in a rundown ex-pit village called Goldthorpe. We hope for the band's own personal safety that none of their neighbours read their humorous description of its inhabitants on Facebook, where their interests are listed as "Rocking In the Eternal Bog of Stench." They’ve now had two BBC Introducing Sessions and are regulars in the pages of Sheffield's biggest fanzines Toast and Exposed, and we warmly recommend their excellent tongue-in-check video for this song at http://youtube.com/watch?v=niGnH8aBgKM

YOUNG BELIEVERS - She's A Writer - [starts 46:16]
http://facebook.com/youngbelieversuk
"We hit the ground running in York last year amidst a stream of lyrics, a hail of offbeat acoustic guitar picking and a shared love of Bert Jansch and Special Brew. We recorded the fruits of our labours (ie. our first EP) in a couple of transpennine locations (ie. Manchester and Bradford) then hired a van and hit the road for a summer of junk food and gigs, with inevitably comical results.
We acquired our own barn when we came back to town and went into hibernation for a while.
Then we came back bolstered with more members, more instruments, more SONGS! You can download our EPs on our Bandcamp page"

MR BEN SIR - Ports - [starts 49:17]
http://www.mrbensir.com
Mr Ben Sir is the output of Ben Charlesworth aided by a collective of musicians, Ben’s versatility and experimentalism has seen him switch effortlessly between these delicate and detached songs to radio friendly singles and is now Ben himself is also currently working on a new project that marries his own vocal and ambient piano with beats and samples from electronic producer Foxymoron. He plays a rare solo show a week today (Monday September 24th) opening for Edinburgh's Withered Hand at Newcastle’s Mining Institute. Plans are underway for a full collective live show at some point in the future.

EMILE BERNARD - Friends In Time - [starts 53:15]
http://soundcloud.com/emile-bernard
Emile Bernard is the name of a French Post-Impressionist painter who enjoyed artistic friendships with Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne. It's also the stage name of London-based songwriter Paolo Fornasari who dresses like a suave scally from a Dickens novel and offers the capital's audiences quirky poetry with tints of dark electronica. This modern/vintage mash up aims, he says for "a unique sound with stripped down romance and quality like Villagers, and a raw voice joining ranks with the likes of Woodkid". Emile/Paolo is currently working on his solo debut EP Bye-Bye Baby Blue.

THELONIUS - Spanish Joint - [starts 56:25]
http://thelonius.co.uk
Thelonius is a five piece instrumental hip-hop/jazz outfit based in Bristol UK, that combines classic beats with jazz based solos on a combination of original material and classics from the golden ages of both genres. This track comes from their debut five track EP Reminisce which is available on iTunes and via http://theloniusband.bandcamp.com Their gigs feature a variety of special guests and they have upcoming hometown shows on September 30th plus November 16th and 21st. Details via their main website...

 

 

 

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 10/09/2012

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 10 September 2012

Brightlight City

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 friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.

From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is 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. These are the listings for Monday, September 10th.

BRIGHTLIGHT CITY - Feels Like [starts 0:14]
http://www.facebook.com/thebrightlightcity
Brightlight City (pictured above) release Feels Like - their third single this year - through their own imprint Venti Venti Records. An EP and follow up single are scheduled to follow by the end of the year. They're a five piece formed around the Giarraputo brothers Jamie (vocals) and Justin (guitar) and give their hometown on Facebook as Epsom/Carshalton/Brisbane. Take your pick.

THE JAR FAMILY - Broken Minded
- 3.35]
http://www.thejarfamily.com
Hartlepool 7-piece The Jar Family met on the North East's open mic circuit in 2009 and include five very different singer/songwriters. They released a debut EP called Livingston Session in 2010 and their first single Poolie Strut was adopted by Hartlepool United Football club. They recorded their first album at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall and released it earlier this year. From it, Broken Minded is their newly released third single. For live dates see their Facebook.

THE POCKET GODS - Et In The Amusement Arcade E Got Bo - [starts 7.25]
http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-pocket-gods/7750926924
This is described by the band's frontman and onlie begetter Mark Christopher Lee as "a new weird Goth tune about the Priory Of Sion" and is the latest in a long line of singularly odd tunes they've produced down the years. Mark has a book out called Weird - The Life And Times Of A Pocket God describing the vagiaries of life in an unsigned band. These incude being namechecked in John Peel's biography Margrave of the Marshes in a list of bands he hoped would one day come and shout at him "Listen, you old twat. You were wrong about us." Their varied and prolific output has been dotted with so many loony lofi gems since the great man's death in 2004 that it's fair to say his hopes have been fully justifed.

SAM CLEEVE - Hubris - [starts 9.35]
http://soundcloud.com/samcleeve
Sam describes himself as a London/Birmingham based writer of piano-led instrumentals. Some violin, guitar, percussion and electronic processing. A music student in Birmingham, a layabout in London. Hubris - his current single was recorded at home with a battered old Shure SM57 microphone and a preschool Behringer mixer. He's also an occasional contributor at Drowned in Sound and Under The Radar.

WOODPECKER WOOLIAMS - Gull - [starts 13.57]
http://www.woodpeckerwooliams.com/
Beekeeper and ex-trainee midwife Woodpecker Wooliams is based between Brighton and Devon - where she slipped off to the countryside after a bout of unpredictable life-changing seizures, to write, record & recouperate in her fireside 'studio' beneath a castle. This track "Gull" comes from her aplendid new album The Bird School Of Being Human - in which all the song titles are indeed the names of birds - on Robot Elephant Records.

CORONER FOR THE POLICE - Born Liar - [starts 16.47]
http://www.coronerforthepolice.co.uk
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. This song - like A Politician And A Gangster which we featured earlier this year - comes from their current Swamp Box EP which was released in May and a followup is expected by the end of 2012.

THE GRAVITY DRIVE - Push Your Luck - [starts 20.05]
http://www.thegravitydrive.com/
As well as being in our brand new mixtape, this track is currently available as a free download from Gravity Drive - the latest project of Elijah and Ava Wolf. Their Facebook biog simply says "He met Her and they made music. The sound of a relationship... Bitter sweet, like all good love. The Gravity Drive is questions - and drama. Arguments - and love, lust, and fireworks..." Their debut single Trick of the Light is due out on Sept 30th and an album will follow in Jan 2013.

MINA TINDLE - Bells - [starts 23.26]
http://minatindle.com
This tracks was released as a single at the end of last month and comes from Mina Tindle's album Taranta on Believe Recordings. As a French singer with Spanish roots she's described on her website as "the new voice of the modern French pop dreamers". She didn’t start making music until her early twenties when she moved to New York, then completed the circle by returning to her native Paris to complete her debut album. Having recently supported Camille at The Barbican in London she'll be coming back to play her debut headline in the city a fortnight on Friday - September 28th at St Pancras Old Church.

THOM MORECROFT - Sexy Shade of Sunburn - [starts 26.40]
http://facebook.com/ThomMorecroftMusic
Thom Morecroft is not just a short, excitable, and scruffy young man from Shropshire. He is also - we're told - "a fine addition to a growing cannon of Liverpool-based songwriters whose extensive original material and (surprisingly) powerful voice have earned him a reputation on the local circuit." Now 21 years of age, currently recording new material to assemble for his forthcoming EP in 2012, Thom continues to play live and has recently joined forces on occasion with singer Elle Schillereff and percussionist Christophe Cousineau in an attempt to broaden his sound.

PORT ISLA - Alexandra - [starts 28.10]
https://www.facebook.com/PortIsla
On a good day, Port Isla are a four piece Folk Rock band from Norwich. Formed by Will Bloomfield in 2011, he quickly enlisted the help of fellow U.E.A. School of Musicians Stanley Spilman and Henry Kilmister and spent the next couple of months of writing and playing acoustic gigs around Norfolk. Will Olenski soon joined to complete the line up and they have since opened the Mainstage At Playfest, played at the Great Escape in Brighton and Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, won the first R.F.T.E competition, performed live on BBC Norfolk & Suffolk Introducing and recorded their first single. On a bad day, they cover 80's power ballads, complain about beard growth and argue about correct usage of knots.

GASCAN RUCKUS - Pieces - [starts 30.52]
http://www.facebook.com/gascanruckus
Describing themselves as "Buddy Rock from County Armagh" Gascan Ruckus aren't very subtle,  aren't very tactful and don't beat around the bush. In fact their stated goal is to be visceral, frantic and angry, playing sheer punk rock in the tradition of The Flatliners and The Bronx. Pieces was their last single, released in May this year and their new EP Buddies comes out today (Monday September 10th) through Big Cartel. You'll find a link to buy it, though alas not a tracklist to tell you what you're getting - on their Facebook page.

CREATURES OF LOVE - Vakkula - [starts 35.43]
http://www.facebook.com/creaturesoflove
Vakkula is the brand new single from London's gloom pop trio Creatures of Love. It will be released as a free download via Bandcamp & on 10" vinyl. ‘Vakkula’ is an eerie, gothic, distorted & frosty crescendo of electronic drones, inspired from the likes of Nine Inch Nails & Fever Ray & is a fitting introduction to their upcoming EP release.  The band recently opened for The Joy Formidable on their UK & Ireland tour which saw them playing venues such as The HMV Forum & The Birmingham Institute. They will headline London's Dalston Victoria on October 25th.

THANK PABLO - A Little Sunshine – [starts 40.36]
http://www.thankpablo.co.uk/
Based in South London, Thank Pablo make sun-kissed quintessentially English pop songs that have been dragged through the backstreets of Africa, Spain, France and Jamaica. It is music to make you smile. Originally hailing from Hartlepool, Hull and Woking, Ted, Tom, Ry and Dickie have been playing together since January 2011.  "Come and say hello" they say "we're very nice". Londoners can do that on Friday September 21st at The Troubadour in Earls Court and Friday October 5th at Tooting Tram and Social - see their website for more dates and details.

GALLERY CIRCUS - In Ten – [starts 44.40]
http://www.gallerycircus.com
On their day Tyneside's Black Cab Casino had the potential to become one of the North East's most exciting live bands - centred around the extraordinary talents of twin brother DAN and GRAEME ROSS on guitar and drums. Before that could happen they pulled the plugs on the project and have since regrouped as a duo under the name of Gallery Circus. This longawaited single "In Ten" was released at the beginning of this month. For most of this year Dan and Gra have been living in San Francisco. "To get a rose-tinted vision of our place, simply imagine the crappy flat in Flight of the Choncords without the furniture, charm, maintainable plumbing and cutlery. One of us even sleeps in a cupboard." The conditions may make for uncomfortable living, but - as you can hear - have done wonders for their music.

WHITE BONE RATTLE - When I Return - [starts 47.59]
http://www.facebook.com/whitebonerattle
White Bone Rattle are a psychedelic rock band from Maidstone, Kent formed in 2009 by two pairs of brothers...Described as a ''heavy, guitar driven, magical head trip'' combining dark, groove laced riffs and harmonies with "sounds that are inseparable from the drug-hazed days of the '60s and '70s." Touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Band of Skulls, Gary Moore & the release of latest single 'When I Return' has further enhanced their reputation, picking up rave reviews from XFMs John Kennedy, a 'Track of the Day' feature in Classic Rock Magazine as well as countless plays across UK & US Radio.

RICHARD SÄNDER - Recover - [starts 51.25]
http://soundcloud.com/richardsandermusic
Austrian artist Richard Sänder was born in 1989, and began his career in Electronic Dance Music at the age of 19. Richards first radio airplays came with rotation by Charles McThorn and Woody van Eyden on Germany's biggest EDM station: Sunshine-Live. Last year his single "The End Of Everything" single was released on Colorful Recordings and made #14 on DMC's World-Trance Chart. Richard's work has been released on a range of labels that includes Nukleuz, Armada Music, Solaris/Touchstone Recordings, Colorful Recordings, Lost Language Recordings - and Saturn3 Recordings back in his native Austria.

LANDERIM - The Black Swarm - [starts 55.24]
http://magneticeyerecords.bandcamp.com/album/shallow-draw
The band Landerim is named after a word made up by Robert Wyatt on his 1974 album Rock Bottom and centres around Larry DeMellier with Derek Knott and John McGuire. There are also contributions from Jessica Bailiff and Kramer. The emphasis is mostly on atmosphere, feel, and the spaces in a piece of music: spare, quiet arrangements of long melodies with floating notes and rounded rhythms. There are some pieces with vocals and some instrumental sections; all meant to have an organic flow from one section to the next.

 

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 03/09/2012

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 3 September 2012

Leika the band
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 friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.

From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is 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. These are the listings for Monday, September 3rd.

THE SHALLOWS - Fairly True [starts 0:14]
http://www.theshallows.co
It is only the shallow who do not judge by appearances. Built over a decade, this is an expression of our survival, preserved in art. It’s our vanity. Our inspiration. Our fears and hopes. Culture lives in our synapses. Lost in our ambition. Reflecting the mindless world leering from the other side of the glass. The necessary doom in the news. We cannot own what is not ours. This is the music you created.

CARA WINTER - Butterfly [starts 4.37]
http://www.soundcloud.com/cara-winter
Cara Winter is a 25 year old piano based singer/songwriter from East Anglia. A shy self-taught pianist who has recently started experimenting with live shows featuring a string quartet.  You can see a beautifully-shot studio performance of this song – complete with the aforementioned string section – right here on Cara’s YouTube channel.

TESSERA SKIES - Soliloquy of an Astronaut [starts 7.52]
http://www.facebook.com/TesseraSkies
The Newcastle three-piece, Tessera Skies, is the eventual result of four years intermittent writing and recording between university studies. Coming from collective backgrounds in speech, sound, science, classical and jazz, they write music to satisfy their love of pop, ambience and the orchestral. The name was inspired by the meaning and interpretation, both artistically and scientifically, of the sky. And it sounded quite nice.

LEIKA - Drops [starts 11.56]
http://www.leika.co.uk/
Pictured above are Leika who in July this year were gutted to cancel a much-anticipated gig at London's Dublin Castle due to their drummer having broken his foot. The band are now back in action, with a headline slot at The Bedford in Balham this Thursday Sept 6th. Though based based in London, most of the band are from Sheffield originally and their new track "Drops" - included in this week's mixtape - is their strongest release to date.

KESTON COBBLERS' CLUB - Your Mother [starts 15.06]
http://www.kestoncobblersclub.com
Keston Cobblers' Club are Matthew Lowe, Julia Lowe, Tom Sweet, Bethan Ecclestone in Bromley. Based on folklore but filled to the brim with modern kick, their music, videos and design are edgy and fresh with a big twist on traditional. When you "join the club" you are a part of the music and merriment, so stamp your feet until your shoes wear out. We will heel your soles!!

THIRD MAN THEME - Round Pound [starts 19.02]
http://www.thirdmantheme.com
Third Man Theme are a post-punk / kraut-pop band based in Belfast, focused on energetic noise for sweaty boys and perfumed girls. Over the last year, the band has built a strong live reputation through a series of fierce performances. They have recently played with acts such as LogikParty, Hype Williams, Thread Pulls, TwinKranes, Not Squares and Girls Names.

CHAILO SIM - Dilate [starts 23.22]
http://www.chailosim.com
Fronted by the ridiculously talented Nayfe Slusjan and based on the westernmost tip of Wales Chailo Sim have already built a considerable rputation with their self-released album 'Replete' gaining accolades from Fleet Foxes and Iron and Wine following live shows together last year. This is a track that was recorded exclusively in session at the Bella Union studios for label boss Simon Raymonde. You may have heard Chailo Sim on BBC 6 Music Introducing in the past - and you'll certainly hear them again in future.

YEAH AND SHE HAS RED LIPS TOO - I Like It, I Like, I [starts 28.01]
http://www.yeahandshehasredlipstoo.com
Caz Hellbent and Jez Leather were regularly featured on my old Fresh On The Net shows, and came in as studio guests in their previous duo incarnation as Molloy. They take their new collective name from a David Lynch painting.  The launch party for this single is in Archway, North London on September 22nd at Dusk Till Dawn.

ORLANDO SEALE AND THE SWELL - Dance Little Man [starts 31.34] http://www.facebook.com/orlandosealeandtheswell
We are ten friends playing music that swings wildly from the epic to the intimate, the melancholic to the euphoric: songs of night and the city, the lost and found on the underground, and the club card redeemers seeking salvation in supermarkets. We've had a great last year, gigging all over the place, at festivals here and abroad and at some great London venues: the ICA in London, The Old Vic Tunnels, The Union Chapel, The Tabernacle, Shunt, Favela Chic, 93 Feet East, The Macbeth, The Troubadour, The Slaughtered Lamb and others.

THE FALLOWS - Raining Back Home [starts 35.33]
http://www.facebook.com/thefallowsmusic
Describing their music as "footstompin Indie/Folk from Coventry" The Fallows were Artists Of The Month on their local BBC Introducing show in February. Amongst the band is Neal Pointon who is a BBC Young Folk Awards 2012 Finalist (as fiddle player with Tri) and has held All Britain titles on 4 instruments. They aim to play play acoustic music with a real rock attitude and tell us they are at their best "live & loud".

FATBWOI - The Patient [starts 38.16]
http://www.fatbwoi.com
Fatbwoi, a quirky upbeat alternative/acoustic artist from Bletchley presents a unique take on the modern condition. A thang-shakin' zeitgiest surfin' force of nature and supplier of infectious grooves... He writes songs about chicken, zombies, spies, broadband and lasers... all of life's essentials. An experienced live performer, Fatbwoi has been gigging around the country since 2006, always delivering an energetic show and making a lot of friends along the way... for full biog and latest releases see his website.

THE STANDARDS - Drowning When You Found Me [starts 41.09]
http://www.facebook.com/TheStandards
The Standards are a London based trio I first saw last Summer playing a blistering set at the Green Man Festival. If you'd told me that a three-piece guitar group would blow me away with an immense, wall of sound cover of ELO's Mr Blue Sky I would have laughed in your face.  But they did, they were brilliant and their debut album A SLIGHT DISTRACTION will be launched in London this Tuesday September 4th at The Boogaloo in North London. From said abum, this is - we believe - their new single.

THE GRAND - Romance Is Dead [starts 45.04]
http://www.facebook.com/thegrandwakefield/info
We released our first self titled Ep in October 2010 on Louder Than Bombs Records and our second Ep titled 'Harbour' December 2011. The lead track of our latest Ep 'Harbour' has also been used in the opening of an episode of Hollyoaks. Romance is Dead is our first single due out on September 22nd. We have been described as 'blokes, beards, chorus' and 'skinny jeans heaven'. We practice in a converted barn in York and all drive biscuit tins. One of us recently got an upgrade.

ALI INGLE - Jekyll and Hyde [starts 48.04]
http://www.facebook.com/aliingle
Ali Ingle is a young songwriter from Liverpool. "I'm not trying to change the world or make a statement" he says. "My music is just the ramblings and inner thoughts of an attention seeking kid who never quite grew up." This track is taken from his debut EP The Man and the Monster and if you would like to check out more tracks from it, follow this link to his Facebook page. The official video for this track was released this Saturday (September 1st)

THE DARLINGTONS - Everything [starts 51.18]
http://www.wearethedarlingtons.co.uk
The Darlingtons are four friends from Somerset who've been playing together since secondary school and decided to 'give it a go' as a band during their 'A' level years. Four years down the line, they continue to blend influences from bands such as Interpol, The National and Echo & The Bunnymen with inspiration from their small town surroundings to create their own sound. Their last release ‘Bats’ secured reviews from The Independent and Music Week, and radio plays from 6 Music. Now they return with new single ‘Everything’ and are scheduled to perform at Bestival on the 7th and 8th of September.

THE MAGINOT BAND - Slow Down Sundial [starts 55.24]
http://themaginotband.bandcamp.com
The Maginot Band are a 6 piece who, influenced by cold nights and hot fires write their music ("indie organ pop psychedelia" we're told) in a cottage on the northern edge of Arctic Caithnesian Scotland with the help of lassie's sheepdog brother. They release their debut EP Peace and Quiet via When You Awake Records on 10th September. Slow Down Sundial is the first track available from the EP and can be downloaded now from their Bandcamp.

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