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INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 28/01/2013

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 28 January 2013

The Deadline ShakesThe Deadline Shakes

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, 28th January 2013

POLLEN - Lazy Sundays, Easy Mondays [START 0:12]
https://pollenmusic.com
Pollen formed in another hemisphere back in 1995 and are currently focussing on following up the band's debut LP, 'The Glorious Couch Life' with a second album, as yet untitled, WHICH THEY ARE working on in Helskinki. It is, they tell us, is due for release in the Spring. The band underwent several changes before settling on today's collaborative pairing of bassist Chris Boughton (Japan) and guitarist and vocalist Cam Allen (UK), though this year they hope to come together and make a new permanent base in London.

THUMPERS - Sound Of Screams [START 03:42]
https://facebook.com/thumpersthumpers
Thumpers’ sound is the work of childhood amigos Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. Friends since the age of 11 and playing in bands together during their teens, the two reignited their musical bond again in early 2011. ‘Dancing’s Done’, their debut single, is released February 18th on rose-tinted limited 7” vinyl on paradYse Records and cassette on Kissability. We love their music, as do The Guardian, who made them a recent Band Of The Day.

BRIDIE JACKSON AND THE ARBOUR - Scarecrow [START 07:30]
https://www.bridiejackson.com
No surprises that readers at my Fresh On The Net blog loved the gorgeous vocals, simple piano and understated strings of Newcastle-based four-piece Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. They tell us they “use sparse instrumentation and intriguing vocal harmonies to create music that is simultaneously beautiful, ethereal, dark and powerful” and for once the music more than lives up to the PR bumph. The band formed gradually, drawing together experienced musicians from across the North East, with very different musical backgrounds but a shared passion for creating beautiful and interesting new music.

FOLD - Blinding Light [START 10:40]
https://fold.fm
Another outfit who are no strangers to regular listeners and who've barged their way back onto the Mixtape through sheer music quality. Based in Leeds, live downtempo / trip-hop band Fold integrate speech into music in experimental ways in order to reflect some of the heavier stuff going on in the world. Band founder Seth Mowshowitz dedicates this unreleased track to his mother Harriet who died on August 3rd, 2012 aged 70. “She brought kindness, laughter and light to a lot of people throughout her life.” says Seth “I hope that this track will inspire others to come together and overcome their own darkness.” You can read the full lyric at https://soundcloud.com/fold/blinding-light where the Scottish Harp samples are credited to Corrina Hewat – who may or may not be the female voice featured on this outstanding track.

BLANK MAPS - Everything Ends [START 14:59]
https://www.facebook.com/blankmaps
Blank Maps are Thom, Ben, Ellwood, and Jake. Although 2011 saw them find their feet live, it wasn’t until 2012 that things started to take shape. They spent the first 5 months of the year writing, then released an EP through our friends Tiny Lights Recordings in August. This resulted in them playing alongside 2:54, The 1975 and Deaf Club and at the Olympics Hyde Park Event, and gaining extensive radio play, including, of course, the BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music. Their next two gigs are in Newcastle at Cluny 2 on March 4th and London's Lock Tavern on March 14th.

TIGERCUB - Little Rope [START 18:49]
https://www.facebook.com/tigercubtigercub
A song and a vocal that grab you from the get-go, with playing to match. You're not really supposed to have favourites here at the BBC but without question Little Rope by Brighton’s Tigercub is my absolute favourite. Really interesting sounding band and I’d love to tell you all about them, but hey – as you can see on their Facebook – Jamie Stephen Hall, James Alexander Allix and James Wheelwright are giving nothing away about themselves whatever. When you hear a band you like as much as this it's always interesting to read a little about their background, outlook, music, motivation, mission, where we can see them live - and indeed buy their music. Any artists who'd welcome some help with writing a biog for their band, will find a few tips on the BBC Introducing Blog.

THE DEADLINE SHAKES - Boy [START 21:33]
https://www.facebook.com/thedeadlineshakes
(pictured above) This is the forthcoming second official single from Glasgow's The Deadline Shakes - out 18th March 2013! Their debut single Sweeten The Deal got support from Steve Lamacq, Jim Gellatly, Vic Galloway and Artrocker. The band were selected to play a ‘Glasgow Loves Christmas’ gig in George Square and made the final of the Tartan Clef Big Apple Award. We've also freatured their subsequent free single Don’t You Be Too Cool here on the Introducing Mixtape.

HARRY RIDGWAY - Running To The North [START 25:23]
https://soundcloud.com/harryridgway
Fine fingerpicking acoustic guitarist and songwriter Harry Ridgway describes himself on his BBC Introducing profile as as a "Leeds based singer songwriter" though Soundcloud gives his location as Peterborough and further investigation finds him inhabiting the fenlands of Market Deeping, just North of Peterborough. He mentions on Twitter that he’s “going to be doing some video stuff and other things for Running To The North soon…” Beyond that. alas, he too tells us nothing about himself or his music at all.

THUMPERMONKEY - Wheezyboy [START 28:23]
https://thumpermonkey.com
The London quartet Thumpermonkey has existed in one form or another since 2003 and currently consists of Michael Woodman (founding member, vocals, guitar, lyrics, a.k.a. the most important one), Rael Jones (guitar, piano, wizardry, a.k.a. the most useful one), Ben Wren (drums, opinions, a.k.a. the most complainingy one), Sam Warren (bass, peircing eyes, a.k.a. the most least uncool one). This track comes from the band’s latest album Sleep Furiously which was released in October - and also features the former Mixtape favourite When Scouts Go Bad. Actually in almost 10 years, they have released six albums "but still struggle" they claim "to write a convincing biography." They describe their style as Heavy Art Rock, and that's good enough for me.

BIRDENGINE - Phantom Limb [START 32:55]
https://www.birdengine.com
Birdengine is the name under which Lawry Joseph Tilbury makes music. His melodies and lyrics aim to take the listener to a dark realm "where kings are trapped in glass jars, feral children run amok and dead mermaids litter the sea shore". Live, he accompanies his vocals with a combination of nylon-stringed guitar and record crackle. The first Birdengine EP was an experimental affair released in 2005 on the Scottish label Benbecula Records and hailed, apparently, as "the first relevant work in freak folktronica". His mini-album ‘I Fed Thee Rabbit Water’ was released on Drift Records in 2007 and Phantom Limb is the opening track on his current full length album The Crooked Mile.

LUMIN BELLS - Hold You Inside [START 35:38]
https://luminbells.bandcamp.com
Sigh. Yet another band who’ve taken a lot of time and trouble to create a beautifully wrought soundscape – but couldn’t spare ten minutes to tell the world how and why their music came to be made. But then I remembered Lumin Bells was the new project from Mick Dolan - formerly a main mover in the Merseyside band Bird - and consulted that oracle on all matters Liverpudlian, the Von Pip Music Express. This is a brand new trio consisting of Mick plus Nico Hercules and Neil Frost. Hold You Inside comes from a forthcoming EP they’re currently recording at Track studios in Liverpool with Steve Powell. They’ve called on a host of Liverpool musicians to flesh out their songs including George Hitchmough on drums and Danny Poole on bass plus the trumpet playing of Martin Smith (who’s played with Shack) on the EP’s title track Beyond My Gaze. They'll be recording another eight tracks to form the basis of a first album provisionally entitled titled The Hidden Room. Huge thanks to Andy Von Pip for this clear, detailed information. And Nico, Mick and Neil – it wouldn’t have killed you to tell us that information yourselves in the first place, would it?

THE ANDROID ANGEL - Chicago John [START 38:47]
https://androidangel.blogspot.co.uk
More musicmaking from Reigate’s most musical son – the startlingly talented and prolific Paul Coltoféanu. Not content with the every growing success of Free Swim he returns here to his alternative persona as The Android Angel to charm the pants off readers this weekend with this cheeky slice of twee electropop. It seems to me that Paul’s increasingly assured approach to musicmaking depends partly on a whimsical approach and exceedingly light touch so that he never appears to be taking the importance of his work too earnestly. Yet also on a real seriousness of execution so that his songs and recordings are all quietly crafted to perfection. Here is an artist to watch in 2013 because – to coin a cliche – whatever he comes up with next, you can always expect the unexpected.

BRILLIANT MIND - Blyth [START 41:38]
https://www.brilliantmind.bandcamp.com/
We recently featured an engagingly skewed songwriter called Euan Lynn on the Introducing Mixtape, and he turned out to be the younger brother of Calum Lynn from Brilliant Mind. This got me all excited since BM are a band I've loved since seeing them at a showcase gig at The Discovery Museum in their native Newcastle back in Novermber 2009. That show was organised by local development agency Generator  and my review of the whole event can be found here on the BBC  Introducing blog. Selfpromotion hasn't been Brilliant Mind's strongest suit over the years, and it was only by accident that I stumbled across this track, which they uploaded to BBC Introducing and their own Soundcloud page without bothering to tell anybody. This is the strongest track yet from a band who are simultaneously one of the North East's brightest talents and also one of its best-kept secrets. Let's hope Blyth brings them to a wider audience.

SHANE BEALES - A New Year
[START 48:28]
https://www.shanebeales.com
“Hello, my name is Shane Beales. I was born in Nottingham in 1982 but my family relocated to Perth, Australia where I lived till I was 6 and my favourite pastime was Breakdancing. I wrote my first song aged 8 and for my 12th birthday, my parents bought me a drumkit. As I teenager I went to high school in Melbourne, where my favourite subject quickly became music. In 1999, I moved to Colchester to do A levels in music, music technology and philosophy. I lived with my granny in the country and, because the drums all had to come over on a ship, I spent most of my time time bashing her piano and writing songs. I studied music at LIPA and released my first EP Beautiful in 2005. After university, I stayed in Liverpool and for the next year wrote, recorded and released a new song every week in what I called Project 52. In the Autumn of 2010 I relocated to London, where I am currently based. Last year I released and promoted my micro album or song cycle Tel Aviv, a suite of six short songs from the spring. I also worked with Egyptian singer Nadya Shanab on a new collaborative song inspired by the events in the Middle East and North Africa entitled It’s All About The People. This is my latest single, A New Year which was released on New Years Eve. It is 365 beats for 2013…”

THE HOLY ORDERS - To The Gallows [START 52:44]
https://www.facebook.com/theholyorders
The Holy Orders were first told that their amps were too loud in 2006 and they've divided the opinions of sound engineers ever since. Among listeners however they've developed a reputation for being one of the most interesting and exciting live acts in Hull. They have also been playing further afield including appearances at Truck festival and have supported many wonderful acts including Josh T. Pearson, Wild Beasts, The Twilight Sad, Dinosaur Pile-up and many, many more. Following their single, "Paper/Scissors/Stone" (Summer 2012), they are preparing to release their debut album "For The Ears Of Dogs To Come" in early 2013. Meanwhile the Holy Orders continue loud as ever.

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 21/01/2013

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 21 January 2013

Cat Bear Tree

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, 21st January 2013

CAT BEAR TREE - Masqueraders [START 0:12]
https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand
Deriving their name, they tell us, from a kick-ass cat and a cowardly bear, Cat Bear Tree are a South London-based trio whose sometimes poppy, sometimes punky tunes nod to the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Electrelane and Warpaint. This is the new band project of longstanding friend of the show and recent session guest Zoe Konez (guitar/vocals) - with Claudia Mansaray (bass/vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums/vocals). They are currently gigging across the capital and beyond whilst preparing for the release of their debut EP in early 2013. Catch them next at the The Miller in south London on March 1st.

BYE POLAR BEARS - Lights Go Out [START 04:43]
https://www.facebook.com/byepolarbearsband
Last time we featured Bye Polar Bears on the Introducing Mixtape, we pointed out that they have a snazzy-looking website which is, as yet, not fully operational. Sadly, it remains in its formative stages. They do, however, have a presence on soundcloud, where you can hear the rest of their work.

THE ELLO - BAYB [START 08:12]
https://www.facebook.com/ellosongs
The Ello are a sister act from Huddersfield. Olivia May (19) and Lila Louise Hutchinson-Ketter (17) come from a musical family and have been singing solo for years. Olivia studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and has gigged across the UK, while Lila has also done bits and bobs by herself and played live on BBC Radio Leeds. They cite Alt-J, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Woon, En Vouge, Greenday, Bowling for Soup and Extra Curricular as influences.
 
STAKKA LYRICS - Home ( Remulak Remix) [START 10:58]
https://www.rhymepad-radio.co.uk
The versatile Stakka Lyrics is not only a rapper, producer and MC, but also co-hosts a radio show. As well as showcasing the best urban music from the UK and US, the show champions new music from Cambridgeshire, where Stakka lives. Find out what it's all about at rhymepad-radio.co.uk

ALICE JEMIMA - Far From Here [START 13:30]
https://www.facebook.com/alicejemimamusic
A 19-year-old from Newton Abbott in Devon, Alice Jemima has already acquired a dedicated following and performed a number of high-profile gigs. Among these, the unveiling of the Olympic Rings at St Pancras International (where she played to the likes of Seb Coe and Boris Johnson). This track is taken from her All The Boyfriends EP, which is available to download from her website.

CLASSIC PLASTIC - Not the End of the Film [START 16:00]
https://www.facebook.com/Classic.Plastic.uk
Formed last summer, Classic Plastic are one of many bands from Brighton to appear on the Mixtape. Their next project is to shoot the video for their first single, "Bucket and Spade Escapade", which we played on this very show last year. Currently, the lads are gearing up for a series of live shows around Brighton, London and possibly further afield. They are also putting the finishing touches to their first E.P, which will be out early this year.

EATEN BY MONSTERS - Bedroom Nerves [START 18:53]
https://eatenbymonsters.bandcamp.com
Eaten by Monsters is the work of songwriter Tom Hazledine and drummer Andrew Stafford. Reeling from a crippling bout of writer's block, they're currently road-testing new material and will be hitting the studio shortly. This track is from their EP, Scaring the Pets, which can be downloaded (most affordably) from their bandcamp page.

BROUHAHA - Cheap Champagne [START 21:51]
https://soundcloud.com/brouhahamusik
Formed in late 2011, BrouHaHa are a 7-piece from Manchester, including a mandolin, trumpet, guitar and piano. They'll be launching their new single at The Attic on Oxford Road in their hometown on February 2nd with a host of special guests.

JOSIENNE CLARKE AND BEN WALKER - Done [START 25:46]
https://www.josienneclarke.co.uk
Folk aficionados might already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - winners of the 2012 Isambard Folk Award at the Bristol Folk Festival last year. Following a 2012 UK tour,  2013 will see the release of a new album of original songs combined with the trad. classics that inspire them, a UK tour with American Gaelic singer Kyle Carey, a 10-date tour of the Netherlands and Germany, and dates at many of the UK's finest folk clubs.

THE DIVERS - A Little Better [START 29:13]
https://www.thediversmusic.com
The Divers are a London-based band, compared to the likes of Elliott Smith, Pearl Jam, Wilco and Band of Horses. They are busy establishing themselves on the capital's alternative music scene. Their last gig was at the Artrocker New Blood Festival last Wednesday, while their next is at the Barfly in Camden on February 5th.

JOE DANKS - Buoyancy Aid [START 32:06]
https://facebook.com/JoeDanks
Joe Danks is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Nottingham. Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, he has attracted the support of Nottingham label Denizen Recordings. His new EP, 'Bear On Ice' (released December 12th) has been featured on Dean Jackson's BBC introducing programme in the East Midlands, and is available from www.joedanks.bigcartel.com.

LACES - Screens (Feeding Frenzy Mix) [START 36:14]
https://soundcloud.com/lacesband
This track is taken from from Beachcombers, the first EP from Tooting-based ambient-guitar twins Laces, the latest project from Patrick Wanzala-Ryan formerly of Lammo favourites The Swing Movement. Having been dreamed up, written and recorded at the tail-end of last year, the Beachcombers EP will be released on January 25th. Laces will be playing tracks from the EP at The Macbeth in Hoxton on January 27th, with more gig dates to follow. A limited edition vinyl may, but probably won't, surface in 2013.

DE'BORAH - Three Word Phrase [START 40:58]
https://www.deborahsmusic.com
A 'deep thinker' raised in a music family, De'Borah's love for music and words surfaces in what Double Ivor Novello award-winner Chris Difford calls 'a delicate and perfect writer'.  In July 2012, she released her second EP entitled 'A Thousand Tongues' produced by Patrick Wood (Emily and The Woods, Ryan Keen). A former Brit School student, the 21 year old South Londoner regularly performs in and around London and is planning another release this year.

JEMMA TWEEDIE - Drunken Coastal Town [START 44:17]
https://facebook.com/jemmatweediemusic
Though unsigned, self taught musician Jemma Tweedie has already supported Charlotte Church at the tender age of 19. Her debut EP 'Two Hands' is available now, as she intends to hit the festival circuit to promote her second, which is due for release come Spring. She gigs regularly, with details of forthcoming events updated regularly on her facebook page.

HER NAME IS CALLA - Ragman Roll [START 47:01]
https://facebook.com/hernameiscalla
After playing live throughout the United Kingdom to much critical acclaim with the likes of iLiKETRAiNS and The Twilight Sad, Her Name is Calla released their debut album, The Heritage, in 2008. They then released The Quiet Lamb in 2010. – with NME scoring it 8/10 and describing it as “massive, pastorally apocalyptic music”. They are currently showcasing this, their latest single, at venues across the country, with their next gig tonight at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

ROBERT MAITLAND - Apparently
[START 51:56]
https://soundcloud.com/t034maitland
Born in Scotland to an Italian mother & Scottish father, Robert Maitland writes and performs in a diverse range of musical styles. His current project is a musical entitled ‘Taking Care of Business’, or TCB for short. Set in 1940s Edinburgh 1947, the action takes place in a jazz club called TCBs. Hear just how diverse he is by visiting his soundcloud page.

THE SLEEPSET - Disappears
[START 55:54]
https://facebook.com/thesleepset
The brainchild of John Sorensen-Jones, The Sleepset is the more challenging twin of his other solo project, Cat Sized Panda. Both are ambient, with The Sleepset at the more experimental end of the spectrum. John hopes to release a Sleepset EP sometime around Easter.

 

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 14/01/2013

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 14 January 2013

 

Birds Vs Planes

 

Birds vs Planes

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, 14th January 2013

BIRDS VS PLANES - Relative Worth [start: 00:13]
https://www.birdsvsplanes.com
BvP are a female fronted Alternative-Indie band from the far north of England. Drawing from a wide range of influences & gigging regularly has helped, they tell us, "create our own energetic sound. We've played over 150 shows round the UK. Including Radio Ones Big Weekend, the Heineken Jammin Festival (Milan) & a recent tour support w/ Glasvegas.

THE PAGES - Holiday [start: 03:46]
https://facebook.com/thepagesuk
The Pages describe themselves as a "3 piece Greenwich Based Blues, 60's, 70's Originals and Rock n Roll Band" and consist of Steve Hanshaw on Bass and Vocals, Kev White on Guitar, Harmonica and backing Vocals plus Steve Wreyford on Drums and Percussion. They came together in late 2011 fron ex-members of Aadvarks, Jesse Hector, The Dials, Connett, Bad Mad Missouri Buffalo and The Broken Men.

FORESTEARS - Against The Floor [start: 06:50]
https://www.facebook.com/forestears
Forestears are, they tell us "an outstanding Brighton band, comprising of delicate melodies, horns that warm the soul and lyrics that makes your spine tingle." They tell us nothing else whatever about themselves, but you can read a lot of quotes from what other people have said about them on their Facebook page.

DEATH RATTLE - Fixer [start: 11:00]
https://deathrattle.tv
Electronic gloom-pop duo Death Rattle combines the harmonised vocals of Helen Hamilton with the production, drum programming and synth melodies of Chris Hamilton. Formed in late 2011, they released their debut EP 'HE&I' via Frontal Noize (BE) in October 2012 with positive blog reviews across the world. Three black and white music videos produced by the band accompany the five track EP. In 2013 they plan to release new material written and recorded in an abandoned 17th Century farmhouse in France.

LST - One Wish
[start: 13:44]
https://www.lstmusic.com
"Hi i'm LST a singer, songwriter & lyricist - and have been featured as the 100% Homegrown Track Of The Week on 1xtra, supported by BBC Introducing: The South and was part of the BBC's first Introducing Masterclass at Abbey Road & Madia vale in 2011. i won the 'Road To Blissfields' competition in April 2011 & am now in the process of finishing off an album that i plan to hurl around the globe. I'm set to spread my positive messages far and wide. L....L....L....LETS GO!!!

TOM HICKOX - The Pretty Pride of Russia [start: 17:40]
https://www.facebook.com/tomhickox
As a teenager Tom Hickox adored Beckett, Pinter and Orton, and as his passion for literature grew he joined a school rock band and began writing music.  After studying English at Manchester University Tom went on to do an M.A in sound recording and self-released a DIY album, Fear In A Handful of Dust named after a line in The Waste Land. He picked up a management and publishing deal with Warner Chappell and his extensive gigging has included SXSW, Glastonbury and the Big Chill. “It has been a long journey to identify my own unique space,” says Tom. “I aim to write hundreds of songs to get to the point where I am consistently delivering material I care deeply about.”. His new new album will be released in 2013 and features Richard Hawley guesting on one of the tracks.

JUST WILLIAM & THE OUTLAWS - It Ain't Alright [start: 21:20]
https://www.facebook.com/justwilliamandtheoutlaws
Currently playing as Just William, solo artist, combining the Old West with Will Shakespeare and acoustic guitars. A musical tragedy, but only in the classic sense; 5 acts, 5 albums. Currently offering a free song download via his Facebook page

THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH - U.F
[start: 23:58]
https://www.thebluescreenofdeath.co.uk
You may recall how Southampton's Blue Screen Of Death first came to be formed, but if you don't it certainly bears repeating. "Have you ever woken up in a lift surrounded by four people you don't know, with no recollection of how you came to be there, but a nagging feeling that you don't want to know? That's exactly what happened to Steve, Harry, Pete, Paul, and Tom one morning a few years ago. That kind of awkward situation can lead you to make strange decisions. They chose to assume that they all played in a rock band together. This way they need ask no further questions as to how they had ended up in this position". The alternative version is that they "formed from a bizarre experiment involving smurfs, Viagra and a few cans of Four Loko - the marriage is still binding."

EMMA BALLANTINE - Unspoken Rules [start: 27:30]
https://www.emmaballantine.com
Emma is a West London based singer songwriter influenced by acoustic artists including Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega and Agnes Obel. She launched her debut EP, Flying Machine, at historic London venue The Troubadour on 14th August 2012 – and has since continued performing across London with her band. Emma has been playing the piano and writing poems since the age of six, eventually combining the two to produce her first composition in her early teens. Since arriving in London in 2009 via Salisbury, Oxford and Ghana, Emma has performed around the City at venues including The Troubadour, The Dublin Castle, The Spice of Life and Holloway Arts and OxJam festivals.

GALLERY CIRCUS - Club House Killer [start: 30:53]
https://www.facebook.com/gallerycircus/info
Prodigal sons of the North East - the ridiculously musical twins Graeme and Dan Ross - have just spend a lengthy sojourn in San Francisco. On Facebook they just posted "Happy New Year! 2012 has been great to us - we're definitely going to miss SF! We're coming home for 2013 - get ready England for double the rock! PS. News of our return show coming soon! Dan & Gra X" I can't wait. Club House Killer is the opening track on their debut EP released last March and available via their Bandcamp.

GERARD AND THE WATCHMEN - Hesitate [start: 33:25]
https://www.facebook.com/davegerardmusic
This song comes from an 8-track EP called "I Climbed a Tree" released last April on Bandcamp by this acoustic folk collective based around the song writing of producer Dave Gerard. Gerard and the Watchmen, they tell us "combine the influence of 70s English and American folk with more modern alternative sounds and production. The record features prominent Vocal Harmonies, guitars and double bass, enhanced with, strings, lap steel, E-bowed banjo, mandolin and harp." They play an extensive UK tour next month - full details at https://davegerardnews.tumblr.com/post/38166716986/february-tour-monday-11th-portland-arms-cambridge

JUNGLE DOCTORS - Better [start: 36:24]
https://www.jungledoctors.com
A brand new single released last week by Jungle Doctors and available via iTunes, Amazing Tunes and Spotify. This Teddington five piece formed in November 2010, but "only really became Jungle Doctors in late 2011, spending all our time gigging and writing and rehearsing in our singer’s garden cabin (we like to think it’s where the magic happens)." Much has been made of the fact that the highly successful Jake Bugg is "only" 18 - and Jungle Doctors are younger than Jake - but ultimately what does it matter whether a musician is seventeen or seventy ? All that counts for us at 6 Music is what comes out of the speakers and if we like it, we play it. And just for the record I like this very much indeed.

LOOK YONDER - Solomon
[start: 39:18]
https://lookyonder.bandcamp.com
Look Yonder is the ukulele, banjo, lungs and larynx of songwriter Rory Evers. Born in Cleethorpes sometime in the 1980s, he embarked at his earliest convenience to start a band in the big city. After years of noise making with varying levels of success, Rory now creates music entirely uncontaminated by collaboration. He opens for Hot Feet at 26 Aire Street in his adopted hometown of Leeds this Saturday, January 19th.

NINETAILS - Maybe We
[start: 42:54]
https://www.ninetailsband.co.uk
This is the opening track on Slept And Did Not Sleep trhe second EP released last month by the Liverpool four piece Ninetails on the Superstar Destroyer label. You may remember that a year ago their debut EP, Ghost Ride The Whip, in under two weeks and we played their single Social Guesswork back in January and featured the followup Rawdon Fever on this mixtape in April. There's next to no information on any of their online pages, but that long awaited debut album must surely be in the pipeline for 2013.

THE SOFT - Mori [start: 47:37]
https://www.facebook.com/thesoftmusic
The Soft are a three-piece electronic outfit from Bury St Edmunds who are signed to Ceremony Recordings and make, they tell us "accessible, malleable, danceable music." They haven't quite got the hang of promoting themselves online with anything as useful as a list of upcoming gigs. But we can take it from one of their recent tweets that they'll be opening for Lapalux at Norwich Arts Centre on March 16th as well as at Bungalows & Bears in Sheffield on some unspecifed date.

THE LITTLE UNSAID - Through The Fields
[start: 51:45]
https://www.thelittleunsaid.com
Music made with instruments, beats, machines, voices and noisy animals by a small, anonymous chap in big London. In fact, we're told, The Little Unsaid is the musical alter-ego of John Elliott, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer who originally hails from a tiny town in Yorkshire that no one has heard of. As well as regularly performing his music in rooms full of people and animals around the UK, John also composes music for film and theatre and has been known to run long distances for pleasure.

HIVA OA - Badger [start: 56:20]
https://hivaoa.bandcamp.com
Hiva Oa is a three piece alternative band based in Edinburgh. Formed in 2010, they consist of Stephen (guitar/vocals), Christian (cello) and Marco (bass). Blending acoustic sounds with more experimental moments the band created a debut EP called Future Nostalgia For Sale and followed it last September with an album called The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss. "The beauty of Hiva Oa" they tell us "lies in the understated."

 

INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 07/01/2013

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 02:00 UK time, Monday, 7 January 2013

My Grey HorseMy Grey Horse



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, 7th January 2013

WILD COMBINATION - Great Expectations [Starts 0:13]
https://www.wildcombinationuk.com
A confident bunch of young lads from Essex, Wild Combination are making waves. In addition to an Introducing session for BBC Essex, this, their debut single, has been played by Bethan Elfyn on Amazing Radio and our very own Chris Hawkins on 6music. They’ve also supported Mercury Prize winners Alt-J. When not locked away in a studio , they put on a club night in Chelmsford at HOOGA. They assure us they’ll be venturing out of their home county more in 2013.

MY GREY HORSE - Need Wood [Starts 4:16]
https://www.mygreyhorse.co.uk
My Grey Horse are three brothers (Butlers Peter, Oobah and John) and two friends (Tom Mott and Joe Nicklin) from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Another band to have attracted the attention of my colleague Shaun Keaveny - who described Need Wood as ‘one of the best songs I’ve heard in a good long time’. Their sophomore EP ‘Stop before the Dry River’ is due out this coming Monday, January 14th - with sold-out hometown shows and support slots to follow at the Scala in London.

THE PORTRAITS - Validation [Starts 07:07]
https://www.theportraitsmusic.com
Launched in 2005 by Irish singer Lorraine Reilly and Bristolian pianist Jeremy Millington, The Portraits’ are a band with a social conscience. Having written many songs about the political turmoil in Burma, plans are now afoot for a gig on Burmese soil in 2013. It follows a busy 2012, during which they wrote and released a brand new song every Friday inspired by the suggestions from their fans. Their new album Counterbalance was released on November 5th, and you can see them live on February 2nd at Blackheath Halls in London.
 
SYMPHONIC PICTURES - Smile Its Real [Starts 11:56]
https://www.symphonicpictures.com
Recalling the likes of Stereolab, Symphonic Pictures are Johnny Nond, Dale Knight, Ray Wright, Ed Smith and Nahema Adele. Their next gig is at London’s legendary Madame JoJos on February 5th as part of the White Heat club night, with an EP to follow in March. It will, they tell us, be released on 12" Vinyl with ‘some lovely artwork’.

THE SON(S) - If I Hear You Talk Apostrophes Again [Starts 15:33]
https://soundcloud.com/the-son-s
Somewhat cryptically, The Son(s) describe themselves/himself as a ‘three-piece solo project’. Longstanding listeners to my BBC Introducing shows on 6 Music will remember there used to be three Sons, but two of them now only contribute to the project in spirit. The band recently released one off single on limited edition vinyl postcard alongside household names such as Randolph's Leap, RM Hubbert and Behold, the Old Bear (on Peenko Records) and will have something more substantial to follow up by autumn 2013.

SNIPPET - Come To My Party [Starts 18:54]
https://www.snippetcuts.co.uk
Snippet is the soubriquet of Londoner Johnno Casson, who cut his teeth as lead singer of trip-hop pioneers Deep Joy. Now based in Colchester, he is currently working on an EP entitled DIY, which features this and another Mixtape favourite, Let’s Talk About Us. As the title of the project suggests, Johnno will be doing everything himself, from the production to cover artwork.

THE CUT THROAT RAZORS - Mr Bond [Starts 21:47]
https://www.thecutthroatrazors.co.uk
A sharp dressed, Glasgow based, 8-piece, The Cut Throat Razors are fronted by the energetic and theatrical Scott Crawford. This is the lead single from their first album - the wonderfully-titled ‘Dr Gelati and the Lemon Garden’, which they launched at Stereo in their hometown last month. According to the band, it taps into 007 mania – with a cinematic Barryesque groove exploding into a crazed Balkan polka.

ROO PANES - Know Me Well [Starts 25:37]
https://www.roopanes.co.uk
A relative newcomer to the scene, Roo Panes has already made quite an impact. The grandson of a classical concert pianist, his songs have garnered over half a million views on YouTube, perhaps helped by the fact he is one the faces of fashion label, Burberry. But as you can hear on this track he’s much more than just a handsome face, and has opened for the likes of Ben Howard, no less. Roo released his first EP in December - of which this is the title track – with another to follow shortly.

JOE INNES & THE CAVALCADE - Sweetheart Revolution Part 1 [Starts 29:56]
https://www.joeinnes.com
A purveyor of anti-folk, Joe has been playing shows around his hometown of London for years and indeed we first played him on 6 Music in January 2010 when he was still a solo artist. However at the end of 2011 Joe decided to broaden his horizons and formed  The Cavalcade with drummer Chris Mitchell, guitarist Sam Simon-Norris and violinist Amy Smith. A garage-folk outfit that has been compared to Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and The Pogues, the fact that Steve Lamacq has described them as ''showstopping' is more than enough recommendation for me.

JACK ROBERT HARDMAN - Plymouth [Starts 33:18]
https://www.jackroberthardman.co.uk
23-year-old Jack Robert Hardman writes and records his brand of quirky pop music at his home studio in Ascot. With nods to the Beach Boys, Phil Spector and Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Plymouth’ follows his eponymous debut album, and his singles 'Famous' and 'Lights of London'. Since it's release, 'Plymouth' has received widespread radio support, and has been flagged by influential New York blog 'I Guess I'm Floating'.

MAIA - Where Else But Earth [Starts 36:34]
https://www.maiatheband.com
Following their self-titled debut album and Alligator EP, Maia released their second album Pepper Stars in November. It is really rather good, and was chosen as one Time Out's albums of the week. This particular song was released in December. They have supported a number of celebrated names - perhaps most intriguingly Chumbawamba – and also played Rad-Mac favourites The Unthanks at their end-of-tour party.

JULIE HAWK - The Value of Gold [Starts 39:30]
https://www.juliehawkmusic.com
A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Julie grew up in an eclectic musical household in the rain-choked West of Ireland. She took up piano at age 5, followed by fiddle and later guitar, all the while singing in as many styles as she could. She evidently has a talent for it, which led to support slots with Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Michele Stodart of The Magic Numbers. The Value of Gold is released on January 21st (along with the b-side, a cover of This Charming Man), with a free launch at the Wheelbarrow in Camden on January 26th. An EP follows on February 9th, as does a spring tour of the UK and Ireland.

Arbeia's Facebook Page
ARBEIA - Umbrella [Starts 43:09]
https://www.facebook.com/arbeia.music
Arbeia are a 4 piece from Newcastle. The play ambient, alternative music and "take beautiful photographs of things". Which is nice. But for goodness sake guys: you must have spent days and weeks honing your music in the studio to make it sound this good and taking your Beautiful Photographs. So why can't you find 20 minutes to write some factual information about yourselves on your Facebook page? (Read here why that might be a good idea.)

JESS HARWOOD - Every Little Thing [Starts 47:04]
https://www.facebook.com/jessharwoodmusic
Writing and singing her own songs since her early teens, 20-year-old Jess is another Mixtape artist with a seeming bright future. We at 6 Music have already cottoned on to her abilities, as have the good folk at local radio stations in the Lancashire area (Jess is from Blackpool). ‘Every Little Thing’ is one of the first songs she wrote, and always features at the gigs and open mic nights she frequents in and around Manchester.

CREATURE THAT BITES - Plane to Caracas [Starts 50:44]
https://www.creaturethatbites.com
Creature That Bites is a collaboration between Chris Barton (predominantly keyboards & vocals) and George Haworth (predominantly bass guitar & vocals). Since joining forces last April, they have co-written, -produced and -mixed the self-titled album from which this track is taken. Though currently only available digitally, the duo plan to release a CD version sometime this month. Details are on their website.

OWEN DUFF - London You're My High [Starts 54:32]
https://www.owenduff.co.uk
Owen not only writes, performs, records and produces his own songs but he then makes the accompanying videos himself as well. He has released four EPs since 2006 and has completed one 'hidden' album, copies of which he’s been leaving in secret locations around the world since 2009. This project is featured in the video for his song 'The Race'. He's currently working on a fifth EP and his first full album, the working title of which is 'Bed'.

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