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INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 17/12/2012

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

Wild Swim
Wild Swim



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.

In addition, every Wednesday the mixtape is published on the BBC 6 Music Soundcloud page and added to this page midweek - along with more info about each of the artists. These are the listings for Monday, 17th December 2012

WILD SWIM - Echo [starts 0:13]
http://wildswimmusic.com
Released in November, Echo is the first official single release from these old friends of 6 Music Introducing, the Oxford five-piece, Wild Swim. Produced by Steve Osborne, their music pays homage the likes of James Blake and Arthur Russell. The EP package (available digitally) also includes the ‘Narcissistic’ remix by Cubiq, the electronic side project of band members Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada. With four out of five members still in their teens, Wild Swim originally met and formed the band at school when they were just thirteen. They are now one of BBC Introducing in Oxford’s most hotly tipped bands for 2013.

RAZMATAZLORRYEXCITEMENT - China Town [starts 4:07]
http://www.razmatazlorryexcitement.co.uk
Kev Dosdale - aka Razmataz Lorry Excitement has long been a major musical figure on the Sunderland scene, both as a solo electronic artist and as a member of B>E>A>K and sideman with Field Music. This track is taken from his album If It Takes Me All Night Long, which is available to download for free from the Razmatazlorryexcitment Bandcamp page. Kev's next gig is at The Keys in Middlesbrough tomorrow night, Tuesday December 18th.

WILD SMILES - You're Not Alone [starts 7:47]
http://www.wildsmiles.co.uk
Although Wild Smiles have an online presence, it reveals next to nothing about the band's members, history or the music they make. They must be doing something right, however, as their debut EP has already sold out. You can hear another track from it - called Get Off My Back - at their website. Maybe they should read my Tips On How To Write A Band Biography on the BBC Introducing Blog.

SHOPPING - Santa Monica Place [starts 10:59]
http://soundcloud.com/shoppingband
Andrew, Billy and Rachel decribe themselves as "a queer trio from London. We've been making a racket for 2 months and have 4 songs. Andrew is a novice but the other two are seasoned pros - being former members of Trash Kit, Wetdog and Covergirl" (Ruth Barnes favourites one and all). They just played their first gig at Power Lunches in Hackney, and will be back there this Saturday, December 22nd, for a second effort. The glorious noise that is "Santa Monica Place" is one of only four songs they've written to date, but plenty more are promised in the pipeline for 2013. They also win first prize for The Most Impossible-To-Find-On-Google Band Name Ever - use these links to find them on Facebook and Twitter.

JAKE DOWNS - Seize the Water [starts 13:23]
http://www.jakedowns.co.uk
Jake Downs is an eighteen-year-old Oxford music undergraduate from South Devon. Seize the Water caused a sensation among listeners and readers on my Fresh On The Net blog, romping home as by far the most popular track of the week on our Listening Post there. What's more it's only his first single, released in September, with a B-side entitled The Prince. If you want to hear something fresh and youthful in 2013, keep your eyes and ears open for more music by Jake Downs - though his next official single is not due for release until next summer.

KEVIN PEARCE - Don't Fall Down [starts 18:33]
http://kevinpearce.net
Hailing from Essex, Kevin is another longstanding Fresh On The Net favourite, who likes to be described as a purveyor of ‘ethereal folk’. His debut album Pocket Handkerchief Lane was produced by Dean Honer, who has previously worked with The Human League and Roisin Murphy. It features a blend of natural acoustic sounds, vintage electronic effects and Kevin's distinctive soaring vocal style, heard to good effect on Don't Fall Down.

FLOORBOY - Yellow Roses [starts 21:45]
http://www.youtube.com/floorboy85
With new motivation, new material and a new car, Floorboy is determined that 2013 will be the year he takes over the world - or at least places beyond his East Anglian home. Summer 2012 saw the online release of the "Private Hell" EP and the recording of the "Yellow Roses" EP. He has since performed gigs in Cambridge and London, and is even contemplating a spring tour of Sweden. With support from BBC introducing, Future Radio, West Country Radio and Left Turn 4 Records, the next few months look promising...

REHEARSEDLIVING - Miles [starts 25:01]
http://soundcloud.com/rehearsedliving
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 they write is available for free via SoundCloud.

VINNIE & THE STARS - I’m Not From America, I’m From Hull [starts 29:04]
http://www.vinnieandthestars.com
Vinnie & The Stars have, they claim, created a entirely new genre of music called ‘Hull-Hop’. I have to admit I fell deeply and instantly in love with I’m Not From America, I’m From Hull on first hearing. It's the debut release from the band's forthcoming album Punkological Business, and I'd warmly recommend checking out the splendidly barmy video that goes with this track. Vinnie is currently gigging across Yorkshire, and can also be found hosting regular open mic nights in York every Thursday at The Rose & Crown, and Sunday at The Red Lion. John Peel would have adored this.

THE DEADLINE SHAKES - Dont You Be Too Cool [starts 31:53]
http://www.facebook.com/thedeadlineshakes
Following hot on the heels of The Deadline Shake’s debut single ‘Sweeten the Deal’ (which our very own Steve Lamacq supported) the band have generously made their second single, ‘Don’t You Be Too Cool’, available for free. They are currently recording their debut album which will be preceded by a new single early 2013.

BLUE BALLOON - Fractured Lullaby of Holly Jealous [starts 34:38]
http://blueballoon.bandcamp.com
Having had his head turned by Leonard Cohen, Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith, Robert Rorison began his career performing quirky acoustic covers of the likes of Prince, The Cure and even Will Smith. He then found his own voice, providing support for luminaries First Aid Kit and Stornoway. Blue Balloon is the nom-de-plume under which he releases his first album, ‘Hearts Are Pretty Heavy’.

LET'S GO SAFARI - Oh Jane Doe [starts 38:42]
https://www.facebook.com/letsgosafari
Let's Go Safari are an indie-pop outfit from the south coast made up of Ryan, Clive, Oli and James. Though formed in 2010, they've only been a four-piece since March. Oh Jane Doe was their first single, which they followed with a second, BYOB (or Bring Your Own Beer) in August. They've been busy establishing a reputation as a live act this year, with their latest outing at the Lord Nelson in Poole last Sunday.

EUAN LYNN - She's So Rad But I'm So Sad [starts 42:04]
http://www.facebook.com/euanlynn
'Like The Ramones dying a futuristic death' (his words), Euan comes from the Northeast and makes punky music using, among other things, a gameboy and a guitar. This track is taken from a four track EP he released in Apri, with all of the songs available for free if you go to his Bandcamp page. His next gig is at the Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle this coming Saturday  December 22nd. Longstanding listeners may remember Euan's big brother Calum as the charismatic frontman of the well-named local combo Brilliant Mind.

THE HALF LIGHT - If You Come To Clapham [starts 46:17]
http://www.thehalflight.com
Another band I adored within ten seconds of hitting 'play', The Half Light are an unsigned 4 piece indie band from (as the song title suggests) South London. Since forming in summer 2011, they have released two records, Friday Night EP in late 2011, and the Clapham EP in October 2012. Both records and now available digitally. Their next gig is a hometown show tomorrow Tuesday December 18th at the George in Whitechapel, or you can see them - again in London - at the Bedford in Balham on January 7th.

SIMBAD FRESH - Latest Dose [starts 49:38]
http://www.facebook.com/simeon.ferguson
Recommended to us by Tom Simkins From BBC Introducing In Cambridgeshire, Latest Dose is by local artist Simbad Fresh - aka Simeon Ferguson: "Mum brought me Decks at age 11, DJ'd house and jungle from 12 -13, moved to DnB at 13 -14 and then aged 15-16 moved to Oldschool Garage and started performing around my home town Cambridge at The Junction, Fez Club etc. Had always MC'd/rapped and at 19 started on Grime/Hiphop. Since the age of 20, I've made a mixtape each year and about 24 tried DnB again. So I work with many differents styles of flow and creativity and am also a youth worker...."

JOHNNY KOWALSKI & THE SEXY WEIRDOS - Something Wonderful [starts 52:56]
http://www.sexyweirdos.co.uk/
A string of shows prior to Christmas and a headline show at the Wagon and Horses in Birmingham on New Year's Eve cap off a busy year for the Sexy Weirdos. The band is looking forward to returning to Europe in spring 2013, with plans to build on their reputation as festival band, road-test new tracks and find time to record a follow-up to this year's debut album, 'Victory for the Monsters'. I very much hope their upcoming plans include recording new songs that we can play on the radio without serious editing for language - though you can of course hear the original version of Something Wonderful in all its potty-mouthed glory via their website.

TIRED ARMS - Ursa Minor [starts 56:43]
http://www.facebook.com/tiredarms
Tired Arms are Evan Gildersleeve and Lawrence King, a London based production duo that formed in 2008. Earlier this year, their ethereal remix of Keaton Henson's 'You Don't Know How Lucky You Are' caught the attention of Zane Lowe and earned them airtime on his Radio 1 show. They've since released their self-titled debut EP - which subsequently entered Rough Trade's Top 10. 'Ursa Minor' is the first single from the release, with the duo are currently in the studio working on their album.

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