INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 19/11/2012
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 friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.
As each show ends at 3am, it becomes available free from the 6 Music Downloads Page - along with archived episodes from the previous four weeks. At the same time the tracklists and start times for each song are published here together with a link to each artist's website. These are the listings for Monday, 19th November 2012:
EATENBYBEARS - Simple As Hell [starts 00:13]
From Belfast, Eatenbybears (above) consist of Olan, Aidan, James and Clark though they don't tell us which is which. They formed in October 2010, having met on the same Queen’s Universtiy course of Music Technology. This is a single they released in July, and I'd also recommend the followup Your Pet Is Dead which came out earlier this month, and is available for free via their Bandcamp page. If only they'd read my recent BBC Introducing blog post on How To Write a Band Biography we might be able to tell you more about this highy promising outfit. Band biogs - or rather, the lack of them - is a subject we'll be forced to revisit several times before this day's work is done...
ROXANNE DE BASTION - Red & White Blood Cells [starts 04:21]
Roxanne de Bastion’s compositions range from intimate, lilting anti-folk to raw 60’s blues-rock. She hails from Berlin and is influenced as much by her travels as her musical heroes John Lennon, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan and Judee Sill. Roxanne has been touring the world on her own since first leaving home with a guitar and a one-way ticket. Her self-released singles have received airplay on a number of BBC stations. Now she has recorded her debut album with producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in her hometown od Berlin, with this track available for download from Soundcloud. She’ll be at the Cookie Jar in Leicester on Tuesday (November 20th), followed by CB2 in Cambridge on Saturday (Nov 24th).
PETER AND THE KIBBUTZNIK - Toys [starts 06:16]
This Gravesend-based duo were first recommended to us on 6 Music Introducing by Huw Stephens at Radio 1 - who discovered them thanks to the good offices of Jacob Rickard at BBC Introducing In Kent. This track is both oddly interesting and interestingly odd – with its peculiar groove and falsetto vocals – and comes from their selftitled debut EP which has just been released via their Bandcamp. The fact that they’ve kept this recording at a concise length (2:38) made it even easier for us to slip it into the Mixtapes. Their Peter and the Kibbutznik EP was released last month - with a free download available from their Bandcamp page.
BARK PRELUDE - Darwin Was Right [starts 08:52]
Bark Prelude are Philip Lewis-Jones, Slim Tim Bick and Eric Childs who respectively inhabit Norwich, Brighton and Andromeda. Despite having lived in Norfolk most of his life Philip is Welsh, but "rarely talks about it or indeed in it". Slim Tim has "never heard anyone start a sentence he didn't think worth interrupting with one of his own" while Eric is "an enigma wrapped in a duvet". Their album Start of Something Minor was recorded in the foothills of Rockland St. Mary, just east of Norwich. Some local farmers have described it as "as a work of crafted sensitivity which has increased milk yield in pigs". Others insist it's been instrumental in causing local crops to fail. There are around 97.3 trillion bands on the internet, claim Bark Prelude, but theirs probably features the greatest number of overdubbed handclaps. That's the thing about band biogs - they don't neccessarily need to be truthful - just interesting.
SHE MAKES WAR - Minefields [starts 10:40]
She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of the ridiculously over-achieving Laura Kidd – multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and digital polymath. Having graced stages across the world playing bass and singing for Tricky, A-Ha, The Penelopes, I Blame Coco, The Young Punx and Alex Parks, Laura released her debut album Disarm in September 2010. Minefields is taken from her latest full-length release, Little Battles. I strongly recommend catching her unique live show, which you can do at The Gallimaufry in Bristol on 27th November
TALL FOR JOCKEYS - Loveless [starts 13:57]
This lovely slice of lo-fi driving grunge comes from a Manchester 4-piece whose interests include crap films, Arnie quotes, and cheap Tesco stubbies. We can tell you they support Electric Six at Club Academy in Manchester on December 6th but almost nothing else.
DARK PATRICK - Leaving the Ice Kingdom [starts 18:08]
Dark Patrick consists of Ukrainian Eva and Englishman Paul, who aim to knit together a "complex sound tapestry" from multiple instruments and elements, including a combination of vocals, whistles, harmonicas, hurdy-gurdy, synthesizers, and bandura. You can read extensive descriptions and discussions of what their music sounds like in the 'About' section of their website. Alternatively you can simply fast forward 18 minutes into this week's Mixtape and hear for yourself. This track comes from their concept album Rise of the Underworld which, they assure us, "defies succinct genre classification".
JOOSTVD - Bomb Won't Go Off [starts 22:17]
Joost The Vanished Dutchman is, as you might have guessed, from The Netherlands. Inspired by the likes of Gino Vannelli, Todd Rundgren, Miles Davis, Boz Scaggs, John Martyn, Sting, Terry Callier, he started out as a drummer before turning his hand to writing. His latest album, Art Decoy The Bluebeard Boy, was released in September, and he describes himself as a "zelfbevlekkende, narcistische, selfkickende, obsessieve, uitknijpende liedjesmaker" which loosely translates (I think) as a "self-denigrating, narcissistic, self-flagellating squeezer-out of songs"...
IVORY SEAS - Mothers Tongue [starts 25:49]
Adam Heron (Vocals / Keys / Guitar) and Thomas Walker (Guitar / Vocals / Keys) met at Southampton University whilst studying Fine Art Photography. During their studies, they began to write and demo songs until leaving the south coast for London, where they teamed up with George Latham and Brendan O’Boyle. In 2010 they were guests on 6 Music Introducing under their earlier name of Red Drapes. They recorded their first release as Ivory Seas with Mercury nominated producer Richard Formby in his Leeds studio. The result was their debut single and video Boundary - available as a free audio download. This wonderful new track is set for release on 3rd December, and Londoners can catch them live at the Lexington on December 6th.
CLASSIC PLASTIC - Bucket and Spade Escapade [starts 29:06]
Classic Plastic are fresh out of Brighton. Their web pages provide no other information except that their debut London gig takes place at the George Tavern on November 27th.
LONESOUND - The Great Outdoors [starts 32:25]
This Reading-based project does supply a concise - and helpfully factual - biog. It reads: “Lonesound is me, James Ewers. I’ve assumed an alias. I’m making and releasing my first solo album The Great Outdoors in 3 parts. Part 1 came out in July. Part 2 is released in December and the final part released along with the complete album next spring.” The launch party for the second installment of his opus takes place at the Macbeth in Hoxton, London, on December 6th.
JULIYAA - Stars & Dragons [starts 36:10]
Juliyaa is a half Welsh half Ghanaian singer-songwriter from North London. Having grown up steeped in polyrhythms, she has coined the phrase ‘Rhythmic Soul’ to describe her sound. In late 2011 Juliyaa released her debut single ‘The Rhythm’, and went on to win the 2011 GUBA Award for Best New Music Act. In early 2012 she released her second single Smile and launched it with a campaign she dubbed ‘10 Days of Smile’. This iinvolved performing random acts of kindness to others and resulted in national newspaper coverage. The extraordinary Stars & Dragons is unlike anything else I've heard all year and is the title track of her new EP which was released at the beginning of this month.
KILLING FIELDS OF ONTARIO - Left In Shadow [starts 40:01]
Longstanding 6 Music Introducing favourites Killing Fields of Ontario describe themselves as "a folk rock band formerly based in Leeds, but now spread all over the country". Since forming in 2008, they’ve supported acts like Broken Records, Sparrow and the Workshop, Nizlopi, Chris Mills, Otis Gibbs, and Elliot Brood. Their debut single, Cloud, was released in May, while Left In Shadow came out earlier this month. Their next gig is at London's Bull and Gate in Kentish Town on December 4th.
BÉLA TAKES CHASE - Miles Away [starts 43:41]
Originally from Newcastle, Australia, multi-instrumentalist Béla Chase tells us her childhood consisted of "my parents playing one night of Simon and Garfunkel and the next Bach, then an afternoon of James Taylor and an evening of Debussy. Oh and the Beatles, of course." Further influences came her brother's penchant for RATM and Nirvana, plus her own discovery of Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Bon Iver and Death Cab for Cutie. This track is taken from Béla’s new EP Rough Luxe, currently available via the best-known digital outlets. Londoners can catch Béla Takes Chase live at the Cat and Mutton a week on Thursday (November 29th), followed by The Water Rats the following night.
VOM VORTON - Vampires Will Always Break Your Heart [starts 47:42]
The many musical activities of East Midlands legend Tom Morton have included being singer and guitarist with the splendidly-named Derby indie-pop band Lardpony. When they split up, Tom's name mysteriously acquired two letter V's, for reasons that remain obscure. One of the more interesting activities detailed on the Vom Vorton blog is writing and recording albums in a day - something he last did in August this year. Titles were suggested by people from the fifty songs in ninety days community, each song was written & recorded in one hour - and the whole thing is downloadable as a zip file from Vom's blog. This topically Vampire-related gem is Mr Vorton's latest single, released earlier this month.
SLY AND REGGIE - Newsflash #14 P.L.E.B [starts 51:18]
Self-defined as purveyors of Middle-Class Dub, Sly and Reggie play reggae and dub from the back of their roving sound system on the back of a black Morris Minor Pickup truck. It just so happens to be the same model that Jamaican reggae legend Charlie Ace used. Their antics have attracted much interest, and they were recently interviewed by The Guardian. Each week they create one or more tracks that add to their series #NEWSFLASH, which explains the somewhat unusual title of this track. They have a weekly residency on Friday nights at the Old Nun’s Head in South East London.
WINDOW SEATS - Juliette's Letter [starts 55:56]
We start and end this week's Mixtape with bands from Belfast. In this case, Window Seats: a 3-piece formed in 2007 by Jude McCaffrey, Ryan Bradley and Tony Furnell. Juliette's Letter is the follow up to the group's successful debut EP and their music video “Local Superhero” has had widespread airplay and acclaim. They play a hometown gig at the Stiff Kitten in Belfast next month on December 14th