INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 22/10/2012
Natasha Haws. Photo courtesy of Quayside Sessions
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, October 22nd.
THE SHALLOWS - Honestly [starts 00:13]
The Shallows return to the Introducing Mixtape following the release of their EP, About TIme (Vol I). 2 more EPs are planned in the near future from the lads, who are, in no particular order, Tom Skelton, Michael Rendall, Russ Cragg and Timmy Rickard. This track is available from digitally.
NATASHA HAWS - Stranger [starts 04:11]
Following the release of her début EP in May, Natasha Haws' first single, Stranger, will be released November 12th, 2012. Now signed to Tiny Lights Recordings, Stranger is a step towards a grander, more sophisticated sound for Natasha. The track will be available to download, as well as on limited edition CD. Since beginning to write her own music a year ago, she has gigged around the country and racked up support slots with acts such as The Futureheads, Stephen Fretwell, Lucy Rose, Willy Mason and Karima Francis (after only two performances).
SKUNK-BOY PROJECT - 4th On My List Of Loveable Evil Dictators [start 07:37]
Nate Sweetenham is a 20 year old from the market town of Melton Mowbray in the English shire of Leicester. A solo performer, he plays the ukelele and sings. Simple! Early influences include Randy Newman, James Taylor and Paul Simon. He will tell you of his earliest musical memories of his Welsh mother, Eluned, singing to him and his father, Neal, playing the piano. He broke onto the Leicester music scene earlier this year. Nate divides his time between Melton and Cardiff, where he studies psychology. You can see him live at the Royal Oak in Cardiff on 27th October, followed by 10 Feet Tall in Cardiff on 31st October.
FASHODA CRISIS - Horatio [starts 11:35]
Fashoda Crisis originate from Southend in Essex. Formed in April 2005, they have built a solid reputation on the backs of visceral live performances. If you want a taster of what they’re like on stage, you can see them at First Bowl in Billericay Bowl on 27th October, and again at Saks Underground in Southend on 10th November.
JOHNNY5THWHEEL&THECOWARDS - In My Laboratory [starts 14:15]
Formed at the end of 2009, Johnny5thWheel&thecowards are two men and a lot of friends trying something completely different. More of a collective than a band, they released their limited editon hand-crafted E.P in 2010. This contained the songs 'BrotherlyLove', 'OMySoul', 'I'veGotASecret' and 'FollowingTheWheel[PartIII]'. In October of 2010 they scraped together some money and self-released the debut album entitled TalesofJohnny5thwheel&thecowards. This was followed by festival appearances at Kendal Calling and Beat-Herder. The band have since signed to Sotones Records and released three singles 'Nancy', 'Spike' and 'Where Did I Sleep Last Night?' This track is from their new album, Music To Shake’n’Shuffle To, which available now. Their next gig is at the Oakwood in Glossop on 24th November.
LOOK, STRANGER! - Ithaca [starts 16:51]
Since their critically acclaimed debut EP 'If Your Listening', Look Stranger! have released the Guardian-approved 2011 single Kept It Alive (“Liquid loveliness... Look, Stranger! are the new Wild Beasts”) and the 6 Music favourite 'One For The King'. However, Look, Stranger! have also found the time to tour the UK (twice), sign a large publishing deal, win the support of Frank Skinner on national radio, set up their own club-night at 93 Feet East, and befriend Michael Winner via Twitter. The band are releasing this track on 12th November.
BRIGHT SHAPES - My Mother’s Eyes [starts 21:20]
Bright Shapes formed late 2010 when Jane Sweeney entered Open Mic UK and decided that instead of singing to backing tracks, she wanted to play live with a band. Josh and Kurt were asked to play and they ended up playing the grand-final at the o2 arena in London. Their next gig is on October 26th at the Manchester Academy
RACING GLACIERS - South [starts 23:49]
The Racing Glaciers are Tim Monaghan, Danny Thorpe, Matt Scheepers and Simon Millest who emerge from Macclesfield in Cheshire. Formed over the summer 2012, they’ve just released a 6-track EP released, which is available digitally. They play The Black Lion in Manchester on 29th November.
LITTLE LOVE & THE FRIENDLY VIBES - Typical Teen [starts 26:47]
Little Love and the Friendly Vibes are Euan Weddell, Graham Bodenham, Ruth Harris, Barry George. From Edinburgh. their sound has been described as a cross between The B52s and The Rezillos with hints of The Jam and Elvis Costello. Their debut EP 'Fun Pop' is available digitally
SUNWØLF - Inertia [starts 28:43]
Dom Deane (drums/organ) and Matt Carrington (Guitar) are the beating heart of Leeds duo Sunwølf. The band recently worked with Mell Dettmer (Earth, Sleep, Boris) on their debut record 'Beyond the Sun', which was released on 14th October via Trestle Records. Their next gigs are at the The Washington in Sheffield on 25th October, before they head off for a mini-tour of Belgium.
KAMAU LYON - Little Dragonfly [starts 32:23]
A multi-instrumentalist from, London, Kamau has become a regular on the live music scene, playing hip venues such as Cargo. Little Dragonfly is available to download digitally, and you can see him perform at the Cuban Bar on 4th November.
SISTERLAND - A Certain Taste [starts 35:56]
Sisterland are, quite informally, Mark, Bob & Ian. Formed in Leicester, they have ties with Oxfords art / music collective 'Blessing Force'. They record all their music in a self-built studio under railway arches and released this single back in August. It’s available digitally.
TOTEM TERRORS - Unkind [starts 39:20]
Totem Terrors are an indie rock band from Cardiff and Brighton, aka Max and Rosie. The duo are sometimes joined by drummers for live shows (alumni include an opera singer, a billboard model and Dizzee Rascal's former accountant). Their next gig is at Gwdihw Cafe Bar in Cardiff on 22nd November.
BLONDE BUNNY - This Evening [starts 41:39]
Blonde Bunny comprise Toby Wardle, Alexander Collier, Matthew Reid, Samuel Gull and Kyle Jordan-Reid. Based in London based 5-piece, they describe themselves as eclectic – zipping between “epic prog one moment, weird psyche another." They play Mother Live on 1st November, and The Bull and Gate on 14th of the same month.
HYSTERICAL INJURY - Cycle One [starts 46:33]
Sister/Brother duo Annie and Tom grew up in Llandeilo, South Wales and are now based in Bristol and Bath. They were tipped by no fewer than 3 bloggers after I played them earlier in the year, following the release of their debut album 'Dead Wolf Situation' (which was released on Crystal Fuzz records in February). They have been gigging extensively this year, taking in venues up and down the country.
SALTWATER SAMURAI - Maximum Thursday [starts 49:52]
Saltwater Samurai are a five-piece jazzcore disco-house ensemble hailing from New Cross in London. Established through a mutual love of jazz and leftfield electronica, they formed in 2010. They have played alongside bands such as The Invisible, and have also been played on the legendary Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 show. In 2011 Saltwater Samurai were selected to play the BBC Introducing Stage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and their set broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz on 3’ programme. This led to shows at London’s esteemed Vortex Jazz Club, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and more recently their own headline show as part of the 2011 London Jazz Festival. Saltwater Samurai’s debut self-released E.P. was entitled ‘Battered’. A new EP, ‘Trapped In A Megadrive’, was released in March. This single will be launched at a Saltwater Samurai-curated evening of live music and video at Catch Bar, east-London, on Wednesday 24th October.
A SEA WITH 3 STARS - Hit Me Harder [starts 54:05]
A Sea With 3 Stars is the musical pseudonym for London-based, fortysomething English actor and failed folk-rock star Richard Ings. For Nothing is their debut album. Produced by Ings with assistance from Adem Hilmi (currently working, and playing, with Pete Doherty and Babyshambles), For Nothing tells the story of how powerful an enemy hope can be.
SMALL TOWN JONES - Freight Ships [starts 57:27]
Described by Dermot O'Leary as "annoyingly good!" after playing the Saturday live sessions on BBC Radio 2, it appears things are on the up for Devon based singer/songwriter Small Town Jones. After recording his album, also called Freight Ships in Amarillo in the autumn of 2011, it garnered a 4 star review in Q magazine and a chart rating in the top 10 tracks of the July edition of Mojo. He is now on tour in the UK, playing Lovescafe in Weston-Super-Mare on 9th November, followed by The Railway in Winchester on the 9th and Hall 70 in Woolacombeon 16th.