INTRODUCING MIXTAPE. MONDAY 18/03/2013
JOHNNY KOWALSKI AND THE SEXY WEIRDOS
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 March 2013.
CLUB SMITH - Beautiful & Useless [start 0:12]
These are exciting times for Club Smith. They are about to do their first European gig, are working on a publishing deal and experimenting with a ‘revolving-door’ of new members – not least since their drummer Vijay left to join Kaiser Chiefs. You can see how these experiments are panning out when play the Cockpit in Leeds on April 6th. Alternatively, check out the live video they’ve put together at https://youtube.com/joinclubsmith
ANNA CORCORAN - The Show [start 3:46]
In keeping with the fine musical heritage of the city, we feature many superb young artists from Liverpool on the Mixtape. Anna Corcoran is no exception. This track is taken from her debut EP, Anything Better. With Anna’s live performances creating a stir, she recently sold out the Roldwalde Suite at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall. 2013 Summer tour dates are currently being compiled.
THE CUT THROAT RAZORS - Dr. Gelati & The Lemon Garden [start 06:38]
A sharp dressed, Glasgow based, 8-piece, The Cut Throat Razors are fronted by the energetic and theatrical Scott Crawford. This is the title track from their first album - the wonderfully-titled Dr Gelati and the Lemon Garden, which they launched at Stereo in their hometown at the end of last year. According to the band, it taps into 007 mania – with a cinematic Barryesque groove exploding into a crazed Balkan polka.
EMBERHONEY - Smoke [start 11:55]
Formed in Brighton in 2011, Emberhoney are singer-songwriter Taylor Madison Damion, guitarist/producer John ‘The Baron’ Kent and bass-player Ben King. SMOKE – which the band describe as Indie Noir - is their debut EP, released via their own Honeytone Recordings label. The trio are currently preparing to record an album and seeking a permanent drummer.
DEATH RATTLE - The Blows [start 16:08]
‘The Blows’ is the follow-up single to London-duo Death Rattle's debut EP HE&I, released in October 2012. With much of the band’s music written and recorded at their own pop-up studio in a derelict 17th century abbey in France, they have now finished recording their second EP Fortress, which is due out in April. This will be followed by a European tour in May revisiting some of the countries they played on their last tour, including Germany, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Holland and, of course, the UK. Keep an eye on their website for dates.
DRUNK MULE - Sunshine Stoners [start 19:43]
Glenrothes duo Drunk Mule have been together for about 3 years, during which time Rich and Steve have become firm friends of my various shows and my Fresh On The Net blog. To date they’ve released two albums – Crash Test Y'self and I Built A Death Ray – plus various EP's. Album Number 3 is currently in the works, under the working title of Self-Harmin' Voodoo Doll. Their songs are available via bandcamp – all you have to do is name your price.
GREENCLOUD & EROS - W.A.R. [start 23:25]
GreenCloud (Joe, 21) and Eros (Phil, 21) are two music lovers from Kent who describe their collective style as Hippie Hop. Inspired by funk, soul, and hip hop artists. and chart music, they began to make their own songs with an emphasis on meaningful lyrics, while addressing current issues that fans can directly relate to. It's a great blend of talents and having followed their progress via BBC Introducing for a while now, it seems to me that W.A.R. is their tightest, angriest and most focussed work to date.
TEDDY QUICK - It Ain't Enough To Know That You’ll Miss Me When You Go [start 27:56]
Now based in Norwich, Teddy Quick formerly fronted the London outfit Rev78. He left the band at Christmas to go solo. "I'm a huge fan of songwriting as an art form" he says. "I wanted it to be just me and my 12 string guitar." Citing Roy Orbison, ELO, Lennon and Bowie as influences, he is planning to record a debut EP, and has his debut gig tomorrow Tuesday March 19th at The Birdcage in Norwich.
BIRDPEN - A Thousand Followers [start 31:01]
A singer with Archive, Dave Pen has collaborated with numerous musicians and regularly tours and plays Europe. BirdPen is his project with longtime friend and Mike Bird. This track comes from Global Lows, their second album, recorded in Stockport with producer Jim Spencer. Dave and Mike launch their album with a hometown at Roxx in Southampton this Thursday, March 22nd.
JOHNNY KOWALSKI AND THE SEXY WEIRDOS - Night Before [start 36:25]
Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos (pictured above) first began to make their presence felt on the Birmingham scene in early 2010, honing their unique brand of musical lunacy in backstreet boozers and underground venues. 2012 proved to be something of a breakthrough, with a main stage slot at Nozstock, 2 sets at Boomtown (on the Hanging Garden stage), plus sell out shows at Hare and Hounds and The End in Birmingham. They also played many small festivals around the UK plus shows in London, Manchester and Bristol, and are currently taking bookings for 2013.
HELENA DUKIC - Grow Up [start 40:47]
Helena is 24 year old songwriter from Croatia/ Slovenia, currently based in London. She comes from a classical background, having studied classical music at Cambridge. She started writing songs a few years ago, all of which have a homespun feel: they are recorded and produced on a laptop in her bedroom. Head to her soundcloud page to hear more.
AFFAIRS - Cressida [start 42:49]
From Hull, Affairs comprise Liam Grindell, Daniel Parker and James Robinson, Michaeal Bradnam and Jack Richards, who met while studying at university in the city. In their relatively short life, they have already supported the likes of Alt-J. They have a show tomorrow at the Linnet and Lark in Hull, followed by outings in Cambridge, Norwich, Lancaster and London.
RUN/LUCKY/FREE - Red Blood, Blue Heart [start 46:46]
Sadly, Run/Lucky/Free are no more, having gone their separate ways having been together since 2009. They have, however, continued to make music. Singer Rachael Cormack and guitarist Daniel Crichton write together, and have already gone on to support the likes of Marika Hackman. Bassist Sam Dick and Daniel Crichton, meanwhile, play together in a newly formed band called Stampede Road.
CONSCIOUSNESS CLUB - Lay Low [start 50:34]
Consciousness Club came together while working for north London music charity, Music for People. By day they’d perform to older folk and people with disabilities in homes and day centresl; by night, they’d step out on the capital’s live circuit. Singer and guitarist Peter Crockett penned this, their first single. He and Jake Chisholm, Patch Benjamin, Barry Stilwell and Tommy Ca$h are now looking for an agent to secure more high-profile gigs.
SHEMAKESWAR - Never Was (CAJITA Remix) [start 54:15]
She Makes War is - you'll remember - "the gloom-pop solo project of Laura Kidd" - multi instrumentalist, visual artist, digital polymath and longstanding friend of my 6 music Introducing shows. Her debut album Disarm was released in September 2010 to high praise, and led to support slots with Midge Ure, Chris T-T, Viv Albertine and Tom Williams and the Boat. Laura makes some of the best use of digital media I've seen and is starting up a digital DIY collective My Big Sister. As Shemakeswar she is currently touring with Josie Ghost, formerly of King Blues, and will soon be commencing work on album number 3.