PRICK AND DING #40: FOLD

THIS WEEK:FOLD Based in Leeds, Fold are a live downtempo / trip-hop 4 piece consisting of founder Seth Mowshowitz on synths & samples, Kane Rattray on drums, Ben Walsh on bass and Josh  Gardziel on guitar. They integrate speech into music in experimental ways in order to reflect some of the more difficult truths of the world. I think they are wonderful & confess to…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 47

Another week, another bumper crop of great independent music springs forth from the Listening Post. Thanks to all the artists who took part this week and made my job easier by writing great music and - to the other artists on this weekend's Listening Post - we very much salute you. Here are your Fresh Faves, Batch 47: AMY SPENCER - Reverie To start us…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 44

ALEX HIGHTON - I Left The City A longstanding favourite artist here at FOTN, it's no surprise that this Alex Highton classic proved so popular with readers at the weekend. For those who missed his Prick'n'Ding feature last August, Alex grew up in Liverpool, spent a decade in London, then decamped with his family to rural Cambridgeshire. What he found was "an England he didn't…

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PRICK AND DING #19:THOMAS McCONNELL

THIS WEEK: THOMAS McCONNELL Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool. Thomas was chosen by you dear FOTN regulars for Fresh Faves week 16 with his song 'So long, Souvenirs'(see below) a blissed out Liverpool infused beaut of a song full of mouth clicks, reverbed-up organs and 60?s psychedelic overtures. Thomas wears his 60's influences on his sleeve,his Liverpool roots in his voice and his ties in…

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PRICK & DING #10:TOM ROBINSON

This week:TOM ROBINSON Tom Robinson is a London based broadcaster & songwriter. Many of you will know the lovely bloke that is Mr Tom Robinson as a very fine DJ and Britain’s finest champion of new independent music artists through his work on this here blog and of course his array of warm & welcoming Radio shows on the good olde BBC. For the young tender…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 19

The people have spoken, we've done the artithmetic and the result has been a dead heat in this week's crowded field of excellent submissions. Accordingly, Team Freshnet's Nico Franks has increased capacity this week to a dozen so as to accommodate two extra bangers for your ears, and with good cause. In alphabetical order: BALLERINA BLACK - NTSB BALLERINA BLACK are an LA-based four-piece that…

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Ask Twitter #1

We really need some proper advice here at FOTN on how independent artists can get reviews in the national press and music mags. When you're on the radio if you don't know the answer to something, the safest thing is to ask the listeners. But in this case, the only possibility was to ask Twitter.  And boy, was Twitter helpful. The consensus seems to be:…

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Mr & Mrs Muffin

Have you ever heard an album for the very first time that exactly fits the mood you are in? I was lucky enough to have such an album come my way in this last week from those lovely people at Folkwit Records that is so enchanting,beautiful & beguiling it has not been off my stereogram radio-matic ipod ghetto boom box thing ever since it landed.…

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The New Sound of Colchester

Something is stirring in Colchester, Essex and man oh man does it feel good. Already this place boasts a strong selection of established and emerging artists and now add to that some excellent unsigned new young 'uns and it is becoming quite a hotbed for discovering interesting & vibrant music. So - to the young 'uns. Is it something in the water? It tastes like…

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Fresh Faves 9th April 2012

Stop the press, put down that Easter Egg, SiCo sit down and shut up because the people have spoken and another batch of the freshest tracks available on the world wide web as chosen by Fresh On The Net users have been voted for and decided upon. This weeks batch of new tunes was so strong that we just couldn't make up our minds which…

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