INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 18/02/2013
Sons Between Guns
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, 18th February 2013.
GIANT FANG – Aqualung [start: 0:12]
Giant Fang is 26 year old Glasgow musician and producer Douglas Wilson. Having toured the world as a tour manager and session musician for the likes of The Antlers, Frightened Rabbit & Glasvegas, this project is a collaboration with friend and Sky Larkin drummer Nestor Matthews. Wilson also previously played in Glasgow band Dance Lazarus Dance.
BALLERINA BLACK - Birth Of A Felony [start: 5:01]
Not much factual information in this band's biog, but for what it's worth here it is in full: "Gloom Pop is one way to describe Ballerina Black’s sound, grave-wave is another. Regardless of sonic hemispheres, the paradoxes that exist in this quartet are startling. Formed in 2007, an extensive tour of California being first on the agenda opening up for the likes of Interpol & Silversun Pickups whilst their debut album Cattle Arithmetic was released to critical acclaim in 2010. "
IAN EVANS - Too Tasty For You, Lager Boy? [start: 9:00]
"I write and record songs constantly and try to get everything that interests me into my music" says Ian Evans. "It takes a lot of research, which I love. Some of the songs I've made are an interactive song to play whilst walking around the V & A Museum, a history of streaking and a discussion on when it's ok or not to have sex with someone. My new E.P. was inspired by the classic BBC dramas Ghostwatch, the Stone Tape, Dr Who and the Tripods, all of which scared me!"
BIRD - Ophelia [start: 13:28]
Three piece Liverpool band Bird is the creation of Adele Emmas (singer, songwriter) Sian Williams (guitar, harmonies) and Alexis Samata (drums) They aim to create dark, haunting, atmospheric music to entice listeners into what they describe as "their magical, other worldly universe". They released their first EP 'Shadows' on Jack To Phono records in August 2012. They've been supported by Rob Da Bank at Radio 1, as well as Maconie, Radcliffe and myself at 6 Musicand Dave Monks at BBC Merseyside. This is the lead track of their newly-released EP Ophelia and you'll find more live dates via their Facebook page including Electric Circus in Edinburgh tonight (Monday Feb 18th).
WILLIE DICK - I Will Be Your Juliet [start: 17:50]
I first encountered psychotroubadour Willie Dick live at Nice'N'Sleazy's in Glasgow a year ago and encouraged him to send his music to BBC Introducing. He describes himself as "a vagabond creating musical and visual mayhem with contact mics, meat cleavers and a butchers block. "Weaving stories of pain and mistrust (this is) the final war cry of a man tittering on the edge of sanity. My youth was a glutenous diet of Cod Liver Oil and the Gospel According to Luke. Sticky oil seeping out of my skin, angelic words thrashed into my brain. It was inevitable. Like a ten foot tattoo miniaturised on the inside of a lip." It's fair to say that there is no comparable songwriter operating in the UK today!
SONS BETWEEN GUNS - The Other Side [start: 20:49]
Born, they tell us, in a beach hut, Sons Between Guns are Paul and Tom. Under the moniker Paul T, the former used to contribute material to LTJ Bukem’s label, while the latter recorded original music for Theatre productions in London. In December 2010 they recorded their first song, 'Calling on the Rain'. Since then they have produced a catalogue of music which will form a series of EP releases in 2011 and 2012. Career highlights include a headline slot at the world-famous Dublin Castle and an appearance at a High Flying Birds after show party. This is the first track the band ever recorded and the second we’ve featured from the label’s debut release, EP Red 1. A followup EP of remixes came out last summer.
GREAT PLAIN SUNDANCE - Stay Up All Night [start: 24:41]
Originally an acoustic trio, Great Plain Sundance expanded in size last September. Students at the University of Liverpool, they are currently in the process of recording their debut EP, which they hope to release in May. More immediately, they are supporting Michael Cassidy at Mello Mello, entering a competition to play at Sound City and then appearing at Liverpool's Zanzibar Club on February 28th. Following that, they play Fiesta Bombarda on the March 15th.
SKIMMED - Ronnie [start: 28:20]
Based between Berkshire and Malta, Skimmed aim for a strong pop sensibility in their music while tinging it with "a more alternative and cinematic noir feel". There are ingredients that draw on the poppy 60s girl groups and surf bands combined with the darker elements of the New Wave bands of the 80s, all tied together with a tinge of dream pop. The intend to launch their debut full length album on the 23rd of February, which will be available to buy online.
TALK IN COLOUR - Bones [start: 32:15]
Chris Bangs - Cello, electronics, backing vox, Dave Oliver - Drums, Kat Arney - Harp, Mary Erskine - Vocals and keyboards, Nick Siddall - Guitar By turns dark then uplifting, slipping effortlessly between pure instrumentals and vocal driven tracks, London based five piece Talk In Colour defy easy categorisation. It's no surprise that the band cite influences as far ranging as Lamb, Battles, The XX and Berlin-era Bowie, with a nod to Afrobeat and Alice Coltrane along the way. Together, the band blends electronic and organic instrumentation into a blistering aesthetic.
RANDOLPH SWAIN & THE RED LIGHTS - The Moonlight Burnt My Skin [start: 37:17]
Randolph Swain has recorded his first EP entitled 'New Planet' . It is autobiographical account of the events leading up to his departure from Earth. In this first edition he discovers the existence of the 'New Planet' by accident whilst spying on Mrs Jones from No 34. Certain events seem to be pointing to some serious problems on Earth and the only option is to leave for 'Eris' as soon as possible. Did all this take place or did Randolph just bump his head ? I think we should be told.
AMY SPENCER - Reverie [start: 40:22]
As she matures as a songwriter, Amy says her music is getting 'heavier and more country-tinged', which compliments the darkening of her subject matter. Her move to London in 2011 to study music at Goldsmiths College proved to be the catalyst for this, although chance has it that her four band mates are also from Amy's home town in Gloucestershire. This year will see them release an EP supported by a series of shows, including gigs the Lost Horizons Folk Club, Leytonstone, on February 15th, and The Wreck in Camberwell on the February 28th.
CENTREFOLDS - In Your Blood [start: 45:17]
Centrefolds aim to produce the very antithesis of what people think of as the current ‘Bristol’ sound. Their music is, they tell us, "unapologetic, artfully crafted, hook-laden indie-pop with pinches of electronica, prog, krautrock and downright eccentricity all bubbling away in the musical melting pot”. 'In Your Blood' is taken from 'Release The Hounds' EP, which is available as a free download from www.thecentrefolds.bandcamp.com. They are currently working on their follow-up EP, and have live shows lined up in London at The 100 Club on March 29th and Water Rats on April 27th
VINCENT BURKE - Goodbye [start: 48:02]
As part of a rigorous 5-Year Plan to increase my agricultural yield, Vincent has been releasing a song a month via his blog. R-Lo records recently heard some of these on Soundcloud, and he is now working with them with a view to releasing an EP this Summer. He has a regular Monday slot at the White Lion is Streatham, and is usually playing at the Tulse Hill Tavern on Sundays.
CAT SIZED PANDA - Telekinetic Peripherals [start: 50:18]
John Sorensen-Jones started manipulating sounds and making ambient electronic music on a PC in Hull way back in 1998. "After taking a 5 year break from producing music", he says "I decided to make a return to it." The results include this track Telekinetic Peripherals.
DOGSTAND - The Assistant [start: 56:16]
Dogstand is the remnants of a few, now sadly defunct bands - Zen Terrorists and BUM! to name but two, but most of all is a happy musical collective of close friends and family who live in the South London area. Collaborators in matrimony, Graeme and Carli had been writing and performing acoustically for some time before luring Hard Rawk guru Paul and soloist vintage keyboard freak Leo VK to join them in a new project in the mid noughties. Though fundamentally purveyors of progressive pop, Dogstand cites influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Edith Piaf, Daft Punk to Ray Davies, Pulp to The Mars Volta, Cardiacs to Bellowhead.