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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2012

Hope And Social - photographed by Bart Pettman
Hope And Social - photographed by Bart Pettman

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, 29th October 2012

HOPE & SOCIAL - Back to the Green [starts 00:13]
There are so many old friends of my 6 Music Introducing shows from over the years in this mixtape - and first up we have those movers and shakers of West Yorkshire indie music scene Hope and Social. Who, I was astonished to learn, only formed  in 2007. Since then, they have released 7 records - all on the basis of their pay-what-you-can philosophy that is so typical of their wonderfully all-embracing musical inclusiveness. The only band I have ever known to invite their fans to dinner in a church vault and turn the results in a track on their next album. This particular song comes from Sleep Sound and their next gig is at Hereford Corn Exchange on November 12th.

OLLIE TAYLOR - Remember This [starts 04:02]
I've long been a fan of Ollie Taylor's work as the human groove machine behind longstanding favourites The October Game, and it's great to discover his further gifts as a singer and songwriter on this track, which could easily be a long-lost outtake from a classic Thomas Dolby record. It's taken from his 11-track debut solo album Little Drummer Boy, which was released last month and features a soulful-looking Ollie on the front cover and a winduo toy soldier on the back. Warmly recommended.

IZZI DUNN - Picture of You [starts 07:51]
Cellist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Izzi Dunn returns with her selfproduced sophomore album ‘Cries and Smiles’. Following her acclaimed debut album ‘The Big Picture’ a mutual friend recommended her services as an arranger to Damon Albarn, who persauded her in 2005 to form her all-female quartet Demon Strings - who ubsequently played on the Gorillaz world tour.  Izzi spent a further nine months on the road as part of Mark Ronson's all-star revue and has also spent a spell with Damon's supergroup The Good, The Bad and The Queen.

BEAR CAVALRY - The Word 'Canoe' [starts 10:23]
Another band who'll be familiar to longstanding listenersof my Introducing shows on 6 Music, Gosport's Bear Cavalry combine intricate rhythms, African chants, trumpets, falsetto vocals and electro synths the band are difficult to tie to any one genre. Despite a wide range of musical influences they aim to imbue their songs with accessible hooks and pop sensibilities. The Word 'Canoe' comes from their forthcoming Puryss EP, due out on Bonfire Night, November 5th.

ZAHEER - Assemble [starts 13:36]
Yet another regular frequently featured on my radio shows, Zaheer is a young independent musician and producer based in Milton Keynes who was first introduced to us by Asian Network's Bobby Friction. It's been a delight hearing his work grow in daring and assurance over the past couple of years. His recent collaboration with Swami Baracus won the latter a slot at T In The Park this year while the record itself  made it onto the on Radio 1 playlist. This track marks a further shift of gear as Zaheer steps forward into the spotlight as a recording artist in his own right, with a stellar cast of young hungry MC talent from the UK. The sharpest single Zaheer has made to date, by some margin, this augurs well for his forthcoming album sue in 2013.

HOWL GRIFF - Fragile Diamond [starts 17:15]
Hywel Griffiths is a musician and beekeeper from Aberystwyth, West Wales. "I've been around two things all my life," he says, "bees and music. I've been stung so many times, that my blood tests show enough venom to kill a normal person. I guess you just get used to it." Together with fellow member Gary Parkinson, Nick Moore and Steve Kennedy, he fronts Lauren Laverne favourites and Welsh indie legends Howl Griff. This is the title track from their debut album, released on October 15th - and for upcoming gigs check their comprehensive website and follow them on Twitter.

ALEX HIGHTON - Stupid [starts 20:30]
After growing up in Liverpool, and then spending a decade in London, Alex Highton decamped with his family to rural Cambridgeshire. What he found was an England he didn't know existed and a life he didn't know he was looking for. With no expectations at all he wrote and recorded a bunch of songs that chronicled his journey from the city to the country. Just stuff about what was going on around him, his wife, his kids, breathing in the fresh air and staring into the abyss. The result is his debut album, Woodditton Wives Club, from which we've already played several tracks on 6 Music Introducing.

DANNI NICHOLLS - Warm Your Hands [starts 23:35]
I recently had the pleasure of working with Danni Nicholls on an immersion songwriting weekend and in December, she'll be recording her debut album in Nashville with producer Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Robert Plant). This has been entirely funded with the support of friends and fans and the best news of this week is that the project has just achieved 99% of its target on PledgeMusic - which means the album will now go ahead with a release date of Spring 2013. This song meanwhile comes from Danni's recent 4 track EP Time.

SHINY RHINO - Your Band [starts 26:38]
Mike Cornes aka Shiny Rhino describes himself as a "spare-time bedroom songwriter and software musician experimenting with sounds and trying to improve skills." Music is his first love but Rugby League is his  latest - he's a Leeds Rhinos fan, hence the Shiny Rhino name. Cars, gadgets, design, books and film are other interests along with the internet - "it's amazing what you can find..." he says. His hilariously sardonic lofi gem Your Band was released in August and is available digitally from Mike's Bandcamp page.

RICKY RUSSELL - Occupy (The World Outside) [starts 30:22]
Ricky Russell is a London songwriter and producer with an instinct for debate. He runs a recording studio and engineers every aspect of his music. For this song, Ricky used soundbites from footage he recorded at the Occupy movement in London. With an accompanying YouTube video featuring protests from around the world, he says ‘Occupy (The World Outside)’ presents a voice for people across the globe who stand and fight against perceived injustice.

IVOR GAME - You're The One [starts 34:01]
Ivor Game is singer/songwriter from London who's been playing since he was 10, and appeared in a variety of bands through his teens. It was in his twenties that he found his feet, playing solo in the acoustic clubs of London. In recent years, he has also performed in Los Angeles, Nashville, parts of Europe and Ireland. His latest album Freckles was released this summer, and he recently secured a licensing deal with MPL. You can hear short snippets of several of Ivor's songs on his Soundcloud page - including the lead single Happy New Year - which was also featured last week in the prestigious Music Week Presents series.

EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE - Tonight [starts 36:14]
Another band who sound so assured you'd never guess they were formed just over half a year ago. Newcastle's Emergency Door Release already have a successful debut EP (Who Are We) - plus a tour of the northern UK - under their collective belts. This was my favourite track from their followup Bowties & Butterflies - and they have further live dates to support it starting at The Punchbowl in Jesmond a week on Friday (November 9th)  followed by Woodstock Wellwood in Dumfermline the following night.

HURACHE - Um A Beast [starts 40:01]
From a sleepy fishing port in the South West of England comes an Urbane Music Collective founded in 2001 by brothers Mike and Dan Hall, both born and raised in Brixham ( "...and yes" they add "we say said Urbane not Urban. It’s not a typo.") Hurache is - they tell us - definitely a collective rather than a "group" or a "crew". They've been making a name by selling limited edition copies of CDs directly to the public in their local area while diligently practising and honing their production skills. This track comes from their 19-track debut album Digital Revolution - made and marketed defiantly outside "the Record Label establishment"...

CATSFORPERU - Three Brothers [starts 43:56]
cats:for:peru are a band from Sheffield, who began their trade early 2007 when Ad Follett asked his mates from the sleepy suburb of Dronfield to join him. After a flurry of well received gigs, the band headed to 2fly studios where, with the help of legendary local producers David Sanderson & Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Long Blondes), they produced debut album Attack Of The Pitching Machine. They have since supported Wild Beasts, Colourmusic, Juffage, The Heartbreaks and Here We Go Magic. After a quiet first half of 2012, the Cats released this double A-side single through House vs Home Records.

DOUBLETHUMB - I'm Not Your Dog [starts 47:28]
We first played Double Thumb (aka singer/songwriter/producer Val Del Prete) back in August 2008 and I've followed her musical explorations with considerable interest ever since. Val taught herself how to play the piano at 3 years of age, and wrote her first song at 6. In 2004, 2 years after she relocated to London from her native Italy, Val started making music. Double Thumb's first album was released in March 2011 to excellent reviews. Several tracks have already been played here and on XFM, as well as other independent radios in Germany and in the US.

VENUSIAN PLOW - Hanging in the Playground [starts 50:09]
Venusian Plow are a trio from Leeds who recorded their first album this year, from which Hanging In The Playground is taken. The band's music is a mix of alternative/experimental pop, or as they like to call it, inverted prog! Their music references bands such as The Teardrop Explodes, Talking Heads and PiL.

WEIRD RIBS - Lost [starts 53:27]
Weird Ribs is the synthwave/kosmische project of Hull denizen Jospeh Cox, whose most recent album was Frontiers in march and is currently available from his Bandcamp. Soundwise, he describes his work as psychedelic progressive electronics - aiming for the feel of a soundtrack to science fiction movie. This is one of his very latest unreleased tracks that, says Joseph, "have kinda defined where I'm heading musically. Previously most of my music had a somewhat ambient nature. Although still very much fitting into the library music/music for films category this track very much takes a more rhythmic noisy and perhaps aggressive approach that's becoming much more common in what I do."


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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 22 October 2012

Natasha Haws - photo courtesy of The Quayside Sessions
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.

[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. 

[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.


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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 15 October 2012

Magic Arm. Photo: BBC GlastonburyMarc Rigelsford of Magic Arm.

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 15th.

MAGIC ARM - Put Your Collar Up [starts 00:13]
Magic Arm is Mancunian singer / songwriter Marc Rigelsford, whose new EP 'Put Your Collar Up' was released on October 8th. In 2006, Marc released Outdoor Games. After the release of the EP, which received great acclaim from the press, Magic Arm locked himself away to write for four months, and then spent a further six months in the studio to put the finishing touches to ‘Widths and Heights’, and his debut album, Make Lists, Do Something. Magic Arm went on to win the BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury and was one of a handful of artist chosen to play at SXSW festival 2009. In the last 2 years Magic Arm has been recording at home and touring Europe, supporting Camera Obscura on a 6 week European tour followed by two solo tours of his own. The second album is called Images Rolling. The EP will be toured with a hand full of live solo shows before embarking on a full band tour with an additional drummers, violinist and keyboards allowing the complexity of sound that was recorded on Image Rolling to be played live.

THE CAVES - Katie With The Camera [starts 04:55]
Formed in 2004, Mumbles-based three piece The Caves were soon making waves across the UK with their punchy, catchy Powerpop. This earned them a record deal with Mainspring and they released their aclaimed first album, 'This way to...The Caves'. They return in 2012 with a new E.P. their first release for 8 years, which is available digitally. They’ll be playing the Red Barn in Woolacoombe, Devon, on 2nd November 

ALICE JEMIMA - By Your Side [starts 08:03]
By Your Side is taken from the All The Boyfriends EP - now available digitally! Alice is a young singer songwriter from Newton Abbot in Devon. She plays a vintage Hofner guitar and sings with a voice that is both fragile and rich. 2011 saw her performing at a couple of high profile gigs, including the unveiling of the Olympic Rings at St Pancras International (where she played to the likes of Seb Coe and Boris Johnson). She was selected from hundreds for a spot on the BBC introducing stage at Wychwood Festival – where Elisa Bray of the Independent declared Alice to be ‘first and top of my list’. Alice was also chosen by BBC Introducing Bristol to ‘demonstrate the terrifically high standard and variety of music in the local area’ by playing at the BBC’s first live gig in Bristol. Radio 1’s Rob da Bank played Alice Jemima, as have we! Her next gig sees her supporting supporting Jack Savoretti at Exeter Phoenix in Devon on October 29th.

HARTS - All Too Real [starts 10:58]
Harts is a solo artist who writes all his music then plays the instruments in his bedroom! All To Real is the first single from the upcoming EP, Offtime, which was mixed by Lars Stalfors of The Mars Volta. His next gig is at the Workers Club in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday 18th October

JUN12 - Shredding My CV (Jobman) [starts 14:35]
Formerly a college law teacher, Yusuf Hassan is from Thamesmead. The recession led to redundancy, which saw him take refuge in music. Shredding My CV is the result.

THE GRAVITY DRIVE - Trick of the Light [starts 18:16]
The Gravity Drive is Elijah and Ava Wolf. 'Trick of the Light' is set for national release on 12th November, and will be available on iTunes. Their previous single, Push Your Luck, was also played on 6 Music and extensively on local radio. An album will follow in Jan 2013

GARRON FRITH - Little Bird [starts 21:56]
Garron Frith is a musician from Manchester. Over the last few years, he has performed headline shows across the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe and has opened for many acts including Peter Green, Madeleine Peyroux, Jack Bruce & Robert Cray. He has been confirmed as the support for Graham Gouldman on his 2013 April tour. His next gig is at the Witchwood in Ashton-Under-Lyme on 20th October. The new album “Away From The Bright Lights” has garnered rave reviews in the national press, and is now available to buy from his website or iTunes

JUNGLE DOCTORS - Boat Song [starts 24:11]
Boat Song is taken from The Jungle Doctors debut album, Making Conversation. A young indie band from Teddington in London, they are Sam Budd (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Will Tyler (Bass / Guitar), David Thomas (Lead Guitar / Bass), Angus Mcguiness (Guitar/Bass), and Louis Watton (drums). They’ve played at venues in London such as O2 Academy Islington, and will be performing at the Oxjam festival in Chiswick on 20th October.

GREAT PAGANS - Teenage Silhouettes [starts 27:36]
This is taken from Great Pagans 6-track self-titled debut EP, which was released on 8th October both digitally and on Limited Edition Cassette via Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Their next gig is at the Green Door Store in Brighton on 31st October

MARK WYNN - Woollies Please [starts 32:52]
Mark Wynn is a  songwriter from York. His album "James Dean Makes Me Insecure, Why Does He Have To Be Shexy" is out today (October 15th) and his next show is at the Half Moon in Putney on 22nd October.

RUTH STAVRIC - Pull [starts 34:43]
David Quantick described Ruth, from Oxford, a 'pukka talent' on Twitter. She started writing songs “after a deeply painful year” with her young son, and plans to release an album with all proceeds going to cancer immunotherapy research. It is currently a work in progress, though this song is available to buy digitally.

THE LITTLE PHILISTINES - She's My Food [starts 38:34]
The LPs formed in 2006 with the intent of making smart, melodic pop songs and have since built a loyal and enthusiastic following. I once described them as 'sharp indie-pop perfection”. They are regulars on Recharged Radio, supported Supergrass at Sellindge festival and played Brighton's Great Escape in 2010 and 2011. This month sees the release of their debut album Urchin Studio.

DEAD SOCIAL CLUB - Sunlight [starts 40:48]
Born from a drunken pub conversation in an east London pub late 2009, Dead Social Club are a six piece alt-indie band consisting of Steve (keys) Paul (vocals) Joel (guitar) Rich (guitar) and a rhythm section of Nic Gilham (bass) and Nick Gillam (drums). They headlined the Foals after party in Brixton, gracing the stage of 2,000 capacity London Scala with Bloc Party DJ’ing. We also have played them BBC 6 Introducing (tracks of the week podcast and national airplay), and they’ve also had outings on BBC London, Phantom FM and Absolute radio (shortlisted to track of the week. ‘Sunlight’ was released through Bermondsey’s Animal Farm record label in September.

LIGHT FALLS FORWARD - Here & Now [starts 45:31]
After a while of gigging with other bands, Light Falls Forward produced their first home-recorded demo EP "Four Seasons and a Day". One of the tracks from that early demo made it through to our debut EP, "Songs and Shadows", from which Here & Now is taken.

THUMPERMONKEY – When Scouts Go Bad [starts 48:30]
Thumpermonkey are Michael Woodman, Rael Jones, Ben Wren and Sam Warren. Their new album is called "Sleep Furiously" and is released on 31st October. In almost 10 years, they have released six albums.

THE NEW UNION - Without You [starts 51:47]
The New Union are a Brighton-based four piece comprised of Richard Jackson, Alex Leeder, James Baker and Leo Solti. Having played alongside the likes of Clock Opera, Dog Is Dead, Slow Club and playing official slots at The Great Escape Festival and Tramlines, the band are building a promising live reputation. They have also been in the studio with Ian Dowling (Bombay Bicycle Club, Cave Painting, The Temper Trap) to record their first single.

MONDAY MACHINES - Ruined Morning
[starts 55:04]
Monday Machines are Cary Grace and Allan Coberly, who claim to be inspired in more-or-less equal parts by Neil Young and Rube Goldberg. Ruined Morning is available digitally 



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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012

Alfie Ordinary

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 8th. Pictured above: Alfie Ordinary.

[starts 00:19]
Fresh Air is track two on ReleaseThe Hounds - the latest EP from Bath quartet Centrefolds, released in May. The music video for this track is also currently featured on NME.COM.Their next live show is in London at The Enterprise, Camden a week on Friday (October 19th) followed by Bristol's Oxjam Festival on Saturday October 20th and The Red Barn in North Devon on October 26th.

GAVIN LOUGHLIN - Blow by Blow [starts 04:18]
Gavin Loughlin is a singer/songwriter based in Skipton, North Yorkshire who also performs with the band Finding Violet https://findingviolet.com. He'll be performing Blow by Blow (and many others) at his next solo gigs:  Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival at The Trades Club on Sunday November 11th, and opening for Hannah Trigwell at Cockpit 3 in Leeds on Friday November 30th

UNQUIET NIGHTS - Someone's Love on Drugs [starts 08:29]
Unquiet Nights are centered on the songs of frontman Luke Mathers, the drumming of Rodger Firmin, and the Precision bass of John Rossi. But - they stress - over and above everything, it's always been and always will be about the songs. I couldn't agree more. Someone's Love on Drugs comes from their fine debut album 21st Century Redemption Songs - for which recording started in their native Belfast and was completed in their adopted home of Umbria, Northern Italy. It's available in both digital and physical formats from - priase be - Bandcamp  where you can not only hear what you're getting before you buy, but download it in lossless quality once you do.

THIS IS ETHMO - The Exorcist [starts 12:04]
A depressing percentage of the artists we include in this mixtape each week provide no factual information about themselves whatever, with the "About" or "Biog" section glaringly missing from their band website or Facebook oage. This outfit at least give us 12 words on their Soundcloud page: "Death Metal meets World Music: This Is Ethmo St Albans 3 piece." On the other hand every artist, however long-established, has a right for their latest music to be judged anonymously on its own merits: free from any baggage or preconceptions. I daresay all will become clear soon enough.

SUSIE WILKINS - Wasted Time [starts 14:20]
Susie Wilkins toured Europe supporting Joe Jackson in 2008. Her material subsequently caught the ear of Sheryl Crow's writing partner Jeff Trott, who put her in touch with Crow's drummer Jeremy Stacey. Stacey & Suzanne Vega's bassist Mike Visceglia played on Susie's self recorded/self produced album, which has been mixed by Ryan Freeland and is out now: available to hear on Spotify and buy on iTunes.

SWAMI BARACUS - Hyper [starts 18:45]
This is the brand new single from friend of the show Swami ("Barracuda") Baracus. His superb recent collabration with producer Zaheer - "The Recipe" - earned him a place not only on the BBC Introducing stage at T In The Park but also the Radio 1 Playlist. It's also the title track of his latest mixtape. Barracuda's genre-defying style has earned him multiple awards and nominations and made him outight winner at the Asian 8-Mile MC Battle contest in London. Swami Baracus is part of a stellar UK rap lineup to be featured on the next single from Zaheer - alongside the likes of Abiade, Rukus, Mr ShaoDow and the mighty Genesis Elijah.

ALFIE ORDINARY - Wheetabix Song [starts 22:26]
(See photo above) "I'm Alfie and I write songs. I have mixture of influences, from The Beatles to Lady Sovereign, but my main aim is to be true to myself using the everyday as my palette: I'd feel silly singing a song with words I wouldn't usually say. What are you doing on November the 12th? I'm playing in Brighton at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar with Robbie Bushell and The Nigel Passey Band. It would be lovely to see you."

GOY BOY MCILROY - The Pilgrim [starts 25:17]
Goy Boy McIlroy are an alt blues band from the small Quaker market town of Darlington in the Northeast of England - which they describe as "a void of hope and filled with apathy and closed mindedness. It is from that bleak social landscape that we draw our inspiration." This track The Pilgrim - together with their song Black Glove - was released as a digital Double-A single at the end of last month, and they've just been named as Band Of The Day by Louder Than War.

HOLLY AND THE WOLF - Holding Me Back [starts 28:50]
We first featured Holly Dearden on 6 Music Introducing in 2008, when she released her debut solo album The Optimist’s Daughter through friends of the show Ambiguous Records. Not long after this, she met double bassist Alex Karban and drummer Robbie Jarvis, who became and remain the backbone of a new band who have slowly but surely evolved into Holly and the Wolf. Fresh out of the recording studio and currently playing a series of residency shows upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s in their native London, the band have just released a brand new video for this single, and launch it with a hometown gig at The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar a week on Wednesday, October 17th.

AUDIO PORNOGRAPHY - Becoming Winston Smith [starts 30:58]
John Pratt in Shipley has playe about with sound - and manipulated it - under the name of audioPORNOGRAPHY since circa 2010. John has, he says, struggled for a long, long while to form a consistent sonic identity for the project, but believes he has finally found it. He's also been involved in the mixing and mastering process for his friend Stuart Thomas aka Mountain Range - whom he warmly recommends at https://soundcloud.com/mountain-range. But John is also on the active lookout for both gigs and potential collaborations. Any offers considered!

THE PAPER SHADES - Where You Lay [starts 37:11]
Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon are, they tell us, a male/female duo from the South - specifically between Basingstoke & Newbury. They've known each other for ten years but only formed the band three years ago once they had started writing their own material. Where You Lay is the title track of their newly selfreleased second EP. This talented and personable duo are currently busy drinking tea and working on new songs so as to be ready to hit the studio again next month.

THE HUMANITARIANS - Weatherman [starts 40:18]
Devon's The Humanitarians consist of John (who plays guitar and sings) Hayden (who pummels drums), Geoff (who plays bass) and Rich (who plays guitar and - yes - trombone). Their debut Born was released physically and digitally in 2010 and the followup, No Law, is already recorded, mastered and due for release shortly. The first taster is their new single "Call The Police" - from which this track Weatherman is the B-side - and available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. They play The Grapevine in Exmouth on October 26th.

ABSORB feat. Lady Chann - I'm Done [starts 43:33]
ABSORB is a 27 year old rapper from County Durham. Having been influenced by UK Garage Music, he started writing lyrics to UKG instrumentals in the early 2000's. His first grime EP That Was Then, This Is Now in 2007,  was followed by 2008's The Blah EP with the Newcastle-based producer Sequel. In 2009 the pair released their joint single Play The Game which we featured heavily at the time - their joint page is at https://absorbvssequel.com. These days Absorb is a member of the mighty Rossi Noise - while as a solo artist he likes to vocal over "instrumentals across a ranges of styles, specifically grime and dubstep. Although anything with a mean bassline that catches my ear will definitely prompt me to reach for a pen and a pad".

INTERVALS - Water [starts 46:38]
Band biog of the week comes from a blacked out rehearsal room in Camden and bears repeating in full:

"We are Intervals, a 4-piece alternative indie band from London. We release our debut single Water on 14th October 2012. It sounds a bit like Radiohead meets Wild Beasts. We first decided to form a band 11 years ago in Oxford. We rehearsed in a room without windows back then. Not out of choice. We used to be called The Black Sand, playing meandering rock songs with Big Muff pedals and a very loud snare drum but have spent the last six months writing songs in Camden, in another room without windows. It can't be good for you. We decided upon a new name to mark our adventures in a new musical direction, and even designed a logo. It didn't take long, it's a very simple logo. We've got 2 singles planned for this year and an EP in early 2013. We hope you like them."

And that, my friends, is an exemplary demonstration of how to write a funny, factual - and above all interesting - artist biography. Look and learn.

AL CHAMBERLAIN - Train Song [starts 50:17]
Al Chamberlain learned the musical ropes back in the 80s and 90s while stuck to the carpets of some of the least gracious pubs Bolton and Hull had to offer. He now inhabits the South Coast of England - where he gets most of his creative ideas from listening to a housebound nonagenarian. Something he suggests that all aspiring songwriters ought to do a great deal more of. You can enjoy more of Al's  poised vocals, understated production, immaculate guitar technique and eloquent songwriting on Soundcloud.

LAURENCE MADE ME CRY - Intelligent Mister Toad (feat. DEMENTIO13) [starts 54:16]
The artist behind LMMC is multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby, a West Country girl who's now making roots in the Welsh capital Cardiff. Having spent many years immersed in the Bristol music scene, it wasn’t until her move to Wales that Jo found the confidence to truly set her own music free. "I’ve always been pushed to either be an artist or a musician" she says and Laurence Made Me Cry is a way to combine everything I love doing as one project and not feel guilty about it." Rather than a band, the project incorporates music, art, animation, poetry and storytelling. "There's such a positive attitude to music in Cardiff" says Jo. "You don't feel judged and people are willing to get involved and help you out. I like that".


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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

Willie Dick

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 1st. Pictured above: Willie Dick

PANIC SOCIAL - Too Much TV [starts 00:14]
Panic Social was born entirely through the internet and started with a cheeky "fancy writing together?" tweet from Amy Daniels to Anthony Grantham. They aim to create a mix of electronica, British guitar stylings, and harmony vocal lines. To date their music has already been played on several radio stations. Despite living in the same country and being in the same band Amy & Anthony have never met.

HARRY KEYWORTH - Flux [starts 03:27]
Virtuoso slap guitar tecnique, effortless songwriting, smooth falsetto vocals and warm rich production - what's not to like about songwriter, composer and session musician Harry Keyworth. He mainly plays de-tuned acoustic guitar, piano, percussion and bass instruments. This is the title track of his debut EP, released in March. He plays Brighton this Friday October 5th, followed by live dates in Cardiff, London and Bournemouth this Autumn.

FIFTEEN DAYS - Nothin’ More
[starts 08:32]
Brentford's Fifteen Days released the 5 track debut EP "These Ghosts" back in May from which this gentle understated track is taken. It was recorded in London with guitar and vocals by frontman Darren Plant, accompanied by Oscar Cainer on bass and banjo, Karl Penney on drums, Lucy Railton on cello and Courtenay Purcell on piano. I'd like to tell you more about Darren and his work, or direct you to his online biog for more information. But I'm afraid that's it.

FROM FORESTS - Tropical [starts 11:31]
Guildford five-piece From Forests formed last year and feature Casper Hughes (vocals and guitar), Douglas Pulman (bass and piano), Charlie Simmons (drums and percussion), Nick Blyth (vocals and guitar) and me, Daniel Woods (Lead Guitar). In June their self-titled EP sold out of handmade physical copies on it day of release. What else can I tell you after reading their online biog? Nothing.

FITZ - Caves [starts 16:55]
This is the title track of the debut EP/single by Fitz - aka writer and producer Sam Fitzpatrick in Shipley. In addition to featuring on our latest BBC Introducing Mixtape, Caves is currently available as a free download from Fitz's own website. The official release is set for Monday October 15th - in the runup to which Sam is currently out on the road with a band of friends. They play Nottingham on Tuesday, Manchester on Thursday and London on Friday - all dates listed on his Facebook page - where by the time you read this the brand new video for this single should have been unveiled. That's the way to do it!

LIAM BURKE - Down To Danny's [starts 21:22]
I heard Down To Danny’s by Bedford artist Liam Burke on my Fresh On The Net inbox last week and as soon as the vocal came in with “Wake up in the morning with a headful of last night” I clicked the “favourite” button. The energy of Liam's performance clearly draws on the same folk-punk traditions I remember from Joe Strummer and The Pogues, which in my book is no bad thing. OK, it's still rough around the edges and sounds like quite early days - but early days, I'd say, in a promising career. This track comes from his forthcoming three track EP Sons Of Liberty which can be previewed on his Soundcloud page

WOODMAN STONE - Someone’s Ideal [starts 24:25]
Leicester's Woodman Stone is both a man and a band. Their online description is devoid of hard biographical facts, and yet so infinitely more interesting to read than "Biography: we play music. Description: Alternative/Ambient" that I make no apology for sharing it with you in full:
"The name came in a dream in which our hero fought for liberation in the garden of his childhood against an occupying army. There were tunnels and woodland hideouts and the name of Woodman Stone was renowned through the countryside as the leader of the resistance. He fought against tyranny and evil, seeking to restore freedom to the humble denizens of the English countryside. It was one of those dreams that seem to occur in real time, lasting for days and weeks eventually he woke with the smell of damp earth in his nostrils, looking over his shoulder, brushing last autumn's leaves from his hair. The dream then faded into the recesses of his memory for many years. In 2010 Woodman returned to music after a lengthy absense and started recording an album he had no name for the project until he woke one day in the summer of 2010, recalled the dream and realised that the name he had been searching for had been there all along, simply waiting to be rediscovered." Woodman Stone emerged from the forests of memory to record the debut album Someone Else's Dreams Will Fill Our Home. Due out in early 2013 the record can already be previewed on their Soundcloud page and aims to mix sounds from "a Yesterday That Never Was and a Tomorrow We Will Never See: English pop in all its finery."

[starts 26:07]
This is right up my street. Nadine Carina is an experimental folk singer/songwriter - half Italian, half Croatian - and born in Switzerland. Writing songs with her guitar, a piano and weird instruments via her MIDI Keyboard, she self-released 3 homemade EPs before moving to England. There she gave birth to her first album Magic Box which was was released by Stattmusik Records in September last year. Currently studying at LIPA in Liverpool, she has just put out her 5th release - a 7 track EP called "Little Bits". Recorded by herself in her bedroom. it's available as a free download from her Bandcamp and will be followed by a new video and followup album before long. A prolific and gifted artist, Nadine Carina is definitely One To Watch in 2013.

CALMASTHECOLOUR - Velvet Sunburst [starts 28:37]
Calmasthecolour are a 4 piece from that Scottish musical mecca, The Kingdom of Fife - home to King Creosote's legendary Fence Collective. Since forming in January 2011 they've been gigging up and down the country loyally promoting their music. This track was released as a single at the end of last year as a followup to their debut release the Ticket To Liberty EP, featured on 6 music Introducing at the time. Their band interests include "Dominoes, reading the thesauras until it reads us, throwing away old shoes and then feeling a terrible sense of loss. Procuring various and sundry items." If you like this track check out their latest EP Tomorrow Belongs to a World Apart from which they've just released a brand new music video for the track Sometimes.

CRUSHING BLOWS - The People You Will Never Meet
[starts 31:28]
We first came across Crushing Blows in 2010 when Steve Lamacq introduced us to their track "Tie Them Down And Get The Answers". Based in South Derbyshire the duo consists of Chris Jones and Hurricane Andrew who modestly described themselves at the time as "two men and a looper". Since then their sound has continued to flourish and grow - stately, ambitious and atmospheric, The People You Will Never Meet builds to a terriffic climax - and was released as a single in July this year as a free download from their Bandcamp. They have upcoming dates this month in London, Leicester and Manchester and their next appearance will be at Huw Stephens' SWN Festival in Cardiff on October 18th.

SCARLETT’S ROSES - Truth Be Told [starts 35:59]
This lively ska/township hybrid comes from South London combo Scarlett’s Roses, who play a hometown show for Oxjam on Chiswick High Road on October 20th. So what can I tell you about them ? Erm... "with their honest lyrics and catchy melodies, their unique British sound will have you humming and singing along for days. Essentially they are a pop band, but show elements of ska, soul, hip-hop with a retro sound. They want to take people on a journey, so they feel they are the person in the song. They're telling stories that people can relate to, whilst making them dance and putting a smile on their face. With many gigs already under their belt, Scarlett’s Roses are bringing their infectious sound to the music world." So now you know.

WILLIE DICK - Deeper Darker Down to the Basement Floor [starts 39:48]
The songs and stories of Glaswegian artist, photgrapher and film maker Willie Dick (pictured above) are darkly gothic: clearly Bleak is the new Black. I'm a sucker for manifestos, and Willie has one of the finest. To quote from it at random: "Yank the social symbols through the looking glass. Devalue society's currency. If the world is false and nothing is true, then everything is possible. Where there is fire, carry gasoline. Make an affirmation of freedom so reckless and unqualified, that it amounts to a total denial of every restraint and limitation. Demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be. And Finally… confront the familiar." We have been warned.

NATURAL SELECTION - Push [starts 45:36]
Hiphop group Natural Selction consist of MC Deeflux and producer Brother Beatbox. Together they work with a number of musicians to create foundations which are then sampled, chopped and put back together on an Akai MPC in traditional hiphop fashion. They've worked with underground artists from across the globe such as Wildchild, Guilty Simpson, Sonnyjim, Dr Syntax and many more. And you can see Deeflux co-starring with Genesis Elijah in the irresistible slacker reggae classic I Know which they wrote with producer Louis Unseen - at https://vimeo.com/41790282

SEA STACKS - Dancing With Lions [starts 48:52]
Sea Stacks is the creation of Davy Berryman. Combining orchestral instrumentations to create wind and string-strafed indie music that takes influence from Jonsi/Sigur Rós and Sufjan Stevens, amongst others. Starting in late June 2011 with just a handful of songs and a studio, Davy set out with only one rule, mostly unbroken that there would be no guitars or pianos used. Seven months, 3 studios, and nearly 40 collaborators later and the first Sea Stacks EP was ready. Live, Sea Stacks perform in various smaller arrangements, from 8-16 players, in and around London.

B>E>A>K - Kehaar [starts 52:46]
Revered as one of the North-East’s most excentric treasures, B>E>A>K consists of experienced local musicians all heavily involved in the region’s music scene in bands such as Coal Train, Field Music, Razmataz Lorry Excitement, This Aint Vegas, Boxed Roomer & The Lake Poets. Not to be confised with a similarly named outfit in Bristol, B>E>A>K's members perform masked and brightly colour co-ordinated - as I can personally attest, having seen their stripped-down lineup lead a crowd of late-night revellers down a main street in Sunderland to the tune of Missy Elliott's famous hit Get Your Beak On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOZ_VbMc1lA

RODEO TERRORISTS - Chill Rex [starts 56:46]
Richard & Mike aka Rodeo Terrorists play around with synthesisers, loops and things that make funny squelchy noises, the result of which are tunes that they quite like. In the summer of 2006 the Rodeo Terrorists got their first computer, it was raining. They got drunk and discovered the simple joys of audio recording. By the mid 80's they were leading a charmed life of singing in a choir, playing the piano and bassoon, while programming sequencers and their Yamaha DX-7. Somewhere along the line they got lost in that field in Hampshire, their jeans went baggy and hair grew long. Finding an abandoned BOSS Dr. Rhythm DR-550 drum machine in a charity shop & overnight they became full time techno ravers. Inspired by the KLF, The Orb, Chicane and 808:State, they aspire to having their music played in a lift or local supermarket but realise that such commercial success would go to their heads and undermine the fundamentally amateur nature of their endeavour.

With amateurism as good as this, who needs professionals?

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