Welcome to Mixtape Monday by Mark Green.

Got your winter woolies on yet? Bloomin cold at NEN towers, more hot mince pies should do the trick, and some free music downloads too.


Artist: Baddies
Track: Bronto
Info: Baddies burst on the scene in 2009, picking up mass critical acclaim for their brand of short, sharp, bassline heavy indie-rock. Described as ‘Like Franz Ferdinand coming out of prison and losing faith in humanity’ by the BBC, the band went on to release their debut album ‘Do The Job’ and tour relentlessly throughout Europe, Japan and Australia (including tours with Everything Everything, Pulled Apart By Horses, and The Joy Formidable). Clash Magazine went on to describe them as ‘Undoubtedly one of the best live bands currently operating in the UK’.


And now they’re back, with new single ‘Bronto’ available RIGHT NOW. This time round the Baddies sound has been brought to life with an electronic pulse … resulting in a grander, broader and more mature sound.

‘Bronto’ is taken from the new album ‘Build’ out March 2012.

Free Download:Baddies – Bronto

Artist: The Collectable Few
Track: Glamour (CASSETTi)
Info:The Collectable Few are quickly turning industry heads with their taut and energetic take on guitar-based pop. They write songs that feel as infectious and familiar as they are immediately refreshing (and at a time when guitar bands continue to struggle, this can be no bad thing).

Friends from school, Nat Candor and Tom Christensen (on bass and guitar respectively) met Tarek Al-Shammaa in a West London pub. Nat and Tom had recently emerged from a failed teenage rock band (The Disarmed), which sounded, they acknowledge, like a “less-good Queens Of The Stone Age.” Tarek, too, was essentially inbetween musical jobs: members of his then-band have since joined forces with the likes of The Macccabees, SBTRKT and Jack Penate. Al-Shammaa, though, was still stuck in the kitchen: half French and half Iraqi – his Dad came to the UK aged 18, as opposed to joining the army – Tarek trained and works as a chef. His signature dish consists of seared tuna with papaya, a salsa verde and confit duck salad.

The Collectable Few

Tom, Tarek and Nat, then, were all individually back to square one. Despite meeting by chance, the trio quickly hit it off, and soon recruited a drummer (Alex Hammond, originally from Philadelphia) to attempt a change in fortune. Shared passions and all-new influences soon emerged: see the 80s pop of The Cure or Duran Duran, the tropical, rhythmic dance of Friendly Fires, and even the ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack. Their band-name was lifted from a Jeff Buckley lyric, which – though not an audible influence – nonethless encapsulated the collectable quality of songs they aspired to write.

London itself – or the wish to escape it – also proved to be an immediate inspiration, perhaps best incapulsated on the wry ‘Glamour’ (given the disco treatement here by Cassetti). ‘Model Behaviour’ itself, meanwhile, is again a reflection of urban anxieties, with its surging and confident chorus contrastingly nicely with a lyrical dig at social extroverts (“there’s no truth in that model behaviour”). Recorded and produced in the capital, both tracks recieved long-distance mixing treatment from New York’s Andrew Maury (Ra Ra Riot, Kisses, Static Jacks).

Here’s their single Model Behaviour
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Free Download:The Collectable Few – Glamour (CASSETTi)

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Mark Green

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