INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 03/12/2012
Stuart Warwick: promo pic
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. Every Wednesday we then add artist notes and embed the audio for that week's mixtape on this page. This is the tracklist for Monday, 3rd December 2012.
BROMHEADS - Holding The Gun [starts 00:00]
To me, this an object lesson in tight, economical songwriting and playing. The whole recording is crisp, focused and bang on the money – without an ounce of fat on it anywhere. The band (and above all the singer) take no prisoners, yet without sounding like they’re trying too hard either. The track an object lesson in how to get in there from the get-go, grab your listeners, smack em round the ears like a large orange Tango man in a loincloth, and then sod off again quick before anyone realises what’s been done to them. It may not be the most delicate, subtle or innovative piece of music you’ll hear all year, but for my money it’s The Real Deal: sharp, authentic – and it was a complete no-brainer for the Introducing Mixtape this week. They’re touring next year, starting at the Rainbow in Birmingham on April 13
STUART WARWICK - Sailors [starts 02:37]
Stuart Warwick is a writer and artist, but when engaged in neither of these pursuits he likes to entertain small crowds in dimly lit venues with his blend of dark melancholic pop. Over the past decade, Stuart has released many albums and EP's under the guise ‘Jacob’s Stories’. His latest album is ‘The Ordeal’ was released under his own. This is the first single to be taken from his new album, The Butcher’s Voice.
JON KENNEDY - Live My Life [starts 05:54]
Jon has remixed over 20 artists – from Barclay James Harvest, Bonobo, Quantic and Piblokto, and also reworked the soundtrack from classic cult film 'Withnail & I'. He remains prolific, with 12 remixes being completed in 2012. He’s also fond of touring as a D, heading as far afield as China, Japan, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia and Russia. Indeed, come December 8th, you’ll find him in Kuplung in Budapest.
ROBOT ALIEN - A Little Love [starts 08:39]
This lot are clearly publicity-shy, telling us nothing more about themselves than the fact they ‘make a lot of noise’. It’s a noise we rather like, but that’s all I have to offer, I’m afraid, due to the lack of information they provide.
APOLLO JUNCTION - Here Come The Zombies [starts 10:37]
Founded in Leeds and London in 2011, Apollo Junction have supported the likes of Cage the Elephant, The Hoosiers, Dizzie Rascal and Calvin Harris. In addition to some great music, there’s plenty to discover about them online, including a seemingly decadent trip to Paris.
SCARLETT PARADE - March Of The Fallen [starts 13:26]
Readers of my blog at Fresh On The Net simply adored March Of The Fallen by Scarlett Parade as soon as they laid ears on it - almost half of them rated this startling vocal-led ballad in their Top Five. Rather than grabbing us by the throat or slapping us round the face, the charismatic vocals of Geoffrey Tinkler gently take us by the hand – Blue Nile fashion – and lead us off into the atmospheric soundscape of this elegaic number. Their self-titled debut EP is due for official release in November 2012, but in fact can already be heard on their Soundcloud. The fact that all of their tunes have racked up hundreds of plays speaks for itself. Geoffrey, along with fellow founding member Adam Jones is originally from the Isle Of Man, and the pair formed Scarlett Parade in London earlier this year. The band has a series of shows in and around the capital during November - for the full list plus a comprehensive biog, see their website. Their self-titled debut EP was officially released in November.
MECHANICAL ELEPHANT - Come Down [starts 15:47]
Founded in September, Mechanical Elephant are relative newcomers to the music scene, but have already captured the imagination with what they describe as ‘a blend of ambient soundscapes, electronic textures, vocal manipulation combined with hard-hitting beats’. This is from their album, Seven Days of Sound, which is available as a free download from their Bandcamp page.
FLUTES - Auld Archie [starts 18:29]
This is the first single from The Flutes self-titled debut album, which is out later this month. If you want to see them live, head to the Water Rats in London on December 6th, or Nice and Sleazy in Glasgow on December 14th.
SUPER BEST FRIENDS CLUB - So Am I Me Too? [starts 22:58]
From West London, Super Best Friends Club are Jonah, Max, Vaughn, Sam, Jordan, James, Josh and Sean. They are variously musicians, film makers, yoga teachers and Alexander technique practitioners. This single is hot off the press, having been released yesterday, and they launched it in style at the Total Refreshment Centre in North London on Saturday.
SYD ARTHUR - Moving World [starts 25:43]
Syd Arthur are a Canterbury-based quartet, greatly inspired by the sonic pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s. They have patiently learned how to engineer, produce and mix themselves, using an innovative hybrid of analogue and digital techniques, creating their own studio space (Wicker Studios) and record label (Dawn Chorus Recording Company). The band’s intricate, high-energy live sets, which to date include Glastonbury and Secret Garden slots, have built in a large following – and one that is also burgeoning in Europe as they continue to pick up gigs in France, Belgium and most recently Italy. Indeed, their next gig is at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on December 18th, where they’ll no doubt be showcasing tracks from their most recent album, On and On.
GLASS DIAMOND - Lucinda [starts 29:45]
Glass Diamond are an electric duo lead by Taiwanese girl, Hsin, and west London environment engineer Jamie Smith. While their first few years was all about electro heavy arrangements, 2012 has been about slow motion synths with acoustic deep drums. Or so they say. They've shared stages with the likes of Gary Numan, The Whip, Caspa, Gold Panda, and played venues like Koko and the 02 Academy in Birmingham. This particular single was released earlier this month.
OLDTRAMP - Kiss My Arse [starts 32:50]
Kiss My Arse is one of four tracks we could find by Old Tramp, who tell us little more about themselves other than the fact they are easily distracted and have no-fixed abode. Perhaps the best way to glean some insight is to follow them on twitter @oldtrampmusic.
FIFTEEN DAYS - Troubles Heart [starts 36:10]
Troubles Heart is taken from the 5 track EP "These Ghosts", which was recording in London this year and is now available as a promo CD and download. The EP is the work of Darren Plant, who has already garnered considerable attention on this network and elsewhere.
REHEARSEDLIVING - Miles [starts 39:26]
Rehearsed Living are an unsigned band from Sheffield, who formed in late 2010. It’s not the first time we’ve played the work of Steven Jones, Simon Jones and Ruth Davies, with Radio Sheffield and Amazing Radio also championing the cause. Everything the write is available for free via SoundCloud.
SLY HORSE - Shotty Beach [starts 43:23]
Rehearsed Living are an unsigned band from Sheffield, who formed in late 2010. It’s not the first time we’ve played the work of Steven Jones, Simon Jones and Ruth Davies, with Radio Sheffield and Amazing Radio also championing the cause. Everything the write is available for free via Soundcloud.
THE SOUND OF THE LADIES - Retrospectively [starts 47:51]
GREAT DEEDS - Blueprint [starts 51:38]
Great Deeds are a mathy punk band from Sheffield. As they point out, it's basically still punk – just in 7/8. They are Chris, Tom and Ben, and their album is available to download from their website.
AMY SPENCER - Cold Cry [starts 54:18]
Originally from Gloucestershire, Amy is now living in London. She studied Popular Music at Goldsmith’s College, and is hoping to record a new E.P by Christmas. The only confirmed gig we know of is at the world-renowned Troubadour in February, although hopefully she’ll be on stage again before then.
T. E. YATES - A Friend In Need [starts 58:24]
Tom Yates - vocals, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica – is a multi-instrumentalist and artist whose prints can be found in cafes and bars all across the Northwest. He is, more specifically, Manchester-based.