INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 21/01/2013
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.