Fresh Faves 12th March 2012

This Week’s Fresh Faves as chosen by you, dear friends, and us. Artists submitted tracks to our dropbox during the week, and Team Freshnet handpicked the ones they loved, to go on the Listening Post.

Over the weekend everyone listened and posted their favourites as comments on the blog, and last night we closed the post and did the arithmetic. Two tracks tied for tenth place, so this week we have 11  great tunes for your listening pleasure. In alphabetical order:

DAN LENO – Lyme Regis

It jumps, it skips, it makes me feel all warm inside. The best ones are always the ones that dont try too hard. Raphael Verrion’s voice sounds perfect for this style of indie pop music (Sophie’s too). Very nice – I want to go to Lyme Regis now.

DEFUNKT DIALEKT – 1138 rmx BR28 version

Beat me up, tie me down and bass glitch me to within an inch of my life. Fabulous.


A wonderful tune that 60s composer Freddie Phillips would have been proud to write, and a song about making your country proud – great variety and movement. Arctic Monkeys Do Sea Shanty – and we loves it.

FUZZY EMPIRE – Contraband

Looped bass and beats puts me in mind of Belle & Sebastian side project: Looper meets 80s shoutabouts A Certain Ratio – TUNE! Ma look at me, I’m dancing…


Homemade Whiteboy Church Fete Funk. Can’t get enough of it: it makes me throw some obscure dance moves in a tank top (which seemed to worry the cat for some reason). I don’t know what he’s singing about – but I’m on board.

ICKY DOOME – Post Murum
Mr Doome hasn’t enabled embedding on his soundcloud page for this track, but you can hear it by going to:
An electronica-fuelled devil of a tune that creeps up on ya just when you thought it was safe to go to bed. No chance -get those stripey pyjamas off and throw some more shapes in the hallway.

JAY SPEARS – Revolution

Medieval folk goes all 1920’s Charleston brass – via the French revolution. And is that a modern message, thrown in for good measure? Impossible to put in a box and label, and all the better for that. Just listen and enjoy.

MICHAEL REEVE – When I Needed You

What a diverse selection we have for you, dear Fresh On The Net Followers. Acoustic guitar, rock vocals and a cheeky little piano refrain. A slow burner that keeps on building. Raise it up!

NINETAILS – Rawdon Fever

Great groove to this one. Plenty of whoo-oh-oh’s (always a good thing when used sparingly, I find). Simple chant – was waiting for the big vocal part and then realised – we dont need one! You wanna move? Of course you do.

ORLANDO – Love Is A River

Gentle acoustic guitar and an honest, emotionally heartfelt vocal is all that is required with a lovely song like this. No batteries included – you won’t need them.


Lovely keyboard/synth interplay with a steel drum vibe brings the beach to our door. Interesting vocal arrangement – and much promise held within.

Johnno Casson
12 March 2012

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

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