These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and are reviewed this week by Team Freshnet’s Abbie McCarthy who presents BBC Introducing In Kent. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
Welcome one and all to Fresh Faves Batch 122 – my first one!
ALBERT PEREZ VATVERI – Shine On
Shine On from Miami music maker Albert Perez Vatveri offers up a downbeat rhythm with an eerie piano backdrop and a chilled out Autumn vibe. It proved very popular with readers and voters on our Listening Post this weekend. It’s taken from his new album Sun Wave which is out right now.
DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON – Let’s Talk
This track from Swedish electro pop duo Death In The Afternoon simply oozes nostalgia. The brilliant combination of 80s groove, dreamy vocals and synthy backline heard in Let’s Talk makes you feel like you’ve jumped straight into a time machine. This feelgood anthem has just been released on one of Stockholm’s hottest indie labels: Sommarhjärta.
DEUCE & CHARGER – Always Broke
The Leeds collective Deuce & Charger take their name from members of the Fearsome Five supervillain group in DC Comics’ Superman adventures – and luckily their music certainly packs a punch. Always Broke is a perfect example of their sound: a powerful pop anthem with poignant lyrics and lashings of soul. They’ve gained supported from their local BBC Introducing show and seem determined to take over the world little by little.
HERONSHAW – In White
Heronshaw is a five-piece band from Portsmouth making glorious folk music – packed full of imaginative drum rhythms, blues guitar licks and beautiful harmonies. This tune got a lorra love from Listening Post voters this week and the band have also been backed by Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing. After a busy summer of gigging and festivalling Tom, James, Connor, Matt and Miles are building up fans fast.
HOLY THURSDAY – She
There is little to be found on the internet about this mysterious four-piece, but She is a simply fantastic, compelling, toe tapping tune that grabs your attention right from the first bar. The quartet say they are influenced by many music genres including psychedelic, freakbeat and acid rock, and strands of all of those spring up in this track. Holy Thursday are reminiscent of acts like Jagwar Ma, Temples and Tame Impala and are most certainly a band to keep your beady eye on.
HUGH – One Of These Days
One Of These Days is the title track of a new EP from the London four piece Hugh, formed by former Hoodlums members Tino Kolarides and Andy Highmore. The incredibly smooth and soulful voices of Izzy Brooks and Joshua Idehen blend beautifully in the catchy chorus and that teamed with the rhythmic bassline make this an addictive listen. Already picking up spins from Phil Taggart on Radio 1, I expect to hear a lot more of this lot in the future.
JOSH HEALEY – Sometimes
It’s been two years since Josh Healey‘s last appearance here as a Fresh Fave. Originally from Shetland and now living in Cheshire, he subsequently featured on Tom’s BBC Introducing Mixtape at the beginning of last year and has also been heard on BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Manchester. This tune Sometimes is lifted from his second EP: Lost, Found & Lost Again which is due out on October 27th. Josh’s angelic voice – coupled with his poetic and sentiment-charged lyrics – are what bowled over our Listening Post voters this weekend.
LE MAMMA BARE – Facebook Misery Rebuke
Le Mamma Bare is the alias of Liam Jones, who has been posting music online for around 6 months – actively encouraged by fellow songwriter Mattie Ginsberg in the foothills of Snowdonia. His latest track Facebook Misery Rebuke is a splurge of political messages and personal opinions over a happy beat that will lodge itself in your brain. If this tune tickles your fancy it is available as free download from his Soundcloud page.
MARK WYNN – Fadeout
Poet Mark Wynn has long been known to Friends Of Freshnet as the “mumbling/tumbling songwriter man boy from York” who played a memorable live session on Tom’s Saturday show and regularly crops up in his BBC Introducing mixtapes. This latest tune Fadeout demonstrates Mark’s ability as a musician as well as a storyteller – if you like the sound of it, you’ll find a range of bizarrely-named singles and albums on his Bandcamp. His latest EP has the mighty and impressive title of Bing Crosby Ice Cream I Can’t Believe It Either At Least According To An Old Copy Of Mojo. According to Mark’s blog it “comes with issue 11 of a zine thing I make called Dirty Work”
THE SLOW REVOLT – All Your Own
Joe Mirza aka The Slow Revolt shared some South London electronic soul with us this week, and very good it sounds too. All Your Own effortlessly combines emotionally-driven vocals over a careful layer of stark synths. His previous track Never Get Close received mass support: it was A-listed by Amazing Radio, played by Jon Kennedy on XFM and also by our very own TR on BBC 6 Music. You can check out the Peckham lad playing live next month at the Concorde II in Brighton, Simple Things Festival in Bristol or at The Garage in London.
THE VINCENT (S) – Song For The Sea
[Courtney Taylor-Taylor remix]
Irish band The Vincent (s) have been building up quite a reputation for their magnificent live performances and have already attracted a well known musician as a fan, none other than The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor. He contacted FIFA Records personally to ask if he could make this remix of their tune Song For The Sea. The band are off on tour again from next month, stopping off at various places in Ireland and the UK. Head over to their Soundcloud page immediately to grab one of the limited free downloads of their 2013 debut single Asked Her To The Dance.
PS from TR: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Listening Post you’re welcome to re-submit it another week. If your music has appeared on the Listening Post but not in our Fresh Faves, feel free to send us an even stronger track another week. But if we’ve recently featured you in our Fresh Faves – or on my BBC Introducing Mixtape – please wait three months before sending us another track, so we have space to help other deserving artists… For more info see Robinson Has A Good Old Moan.