Jim’s Pick ‘n’ Mix #4

Eight different artists, eight different tracks. They have something in common though, as all are relatively new and independent artists who have created some outstanding music, which curiously takes us from sick notes to horror movies! So come and wrap your ears around this latest Pick ‘n’ Mix, and please spread the word about your favourites.


Photo: SLYDIGS (by Radka Dolinska)

SLYDIGS – Stiff Upper Lip
If you love your rock ‘n’ roll loud and lively then you’ll soon fall for this energetic and entertaining track from Warrington band Slydigs, which comes from their recent EP Down With The Mockery. Add in the perfectly executed brass arrangements and you’ve every reason to turn the volume higher, and then a bit higher again.
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3D SHARK – Sick Note
Given that Sick Note comes from an EP which also contains the tracks My Name Is Brian Clough, and Ronnie O’Sullivan, you can safely say the music of 3D Shark brings a smile to your face. Sick Note does that in spades, and with a cheery guitar pop tune to accompany it you’re bound to put it on repeat. Just don’t sing it in front of your boss.

Alistair Ogilvy is a singer and musician based in Glasgow, who recently appeared in Fresh Faves 109 with his track Deep Blue Sea. For what it’s worth I think July Moon is an even stronger song, as its gentle guitar intro is soon joined by Alistair’s smooth and melodic vocals, while the choral like harmonies in the chorus, and the intricate production, only help to create a true gem that will soon suck you in. A quite exquisite song.
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SHY NATURE – She Comes She Goes
The latest release from London band Shy Nature proves yet again that they have a knack for writing and performing wonderfully catchy indie guitar tracks with addictive sing-a-long choruses. They’ve proved that more than once in the past, including in the very first Pick ‘n’ Mix, and they’ve maintained the standard with this track too. Pretty impressive for a band who only formed a year ago.
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Hayley Gaftarnick is an independent singer/song-writer from Leeds, who is described as having a “husky and powerful voice telling honest and frank stories of a road well-travelled”, while the country blues and folk feel to this song, with its warm and acoustic instrumentation, is a sure fire winner on a balmy summer’s evening. As a statistical aside she has also been described as having “four voices” which is, at a minimum, three more than I’ve got.
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Their track Another Me also made the Fresh Faves recently, but I actually think this indie pop tune from LA quintet Machineheart is stronger. It leads with an addictive percussion driven melody and cheerful bubble gum vocals from Stevie Scott. Add in a killer chorus and you’ve a sure fire winner.
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If the heart-warming brass opening to this song doesn’t bring a smile to your face and movement to your body then the wonderfully melodic vocals are unlikely to either. I hope that they do though, as this is an uplifting song that I’m more than happy to have on repeat.
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SILVIA NOVE – How To Survive A Horror Movie
Silvia Nove is another artist to have been voted into the Fresh Faves and this lively and powerful alternative rock song has great riffs and extremely catchy vocals, with a sound and style similar to Hole, or more recently Bleech. Sadly I can’t tell you more about Silvia Nove and her band as there is a notable absence of any information about them on their Soundcloud, Twitter, or Facebook pages. Great track though.


Jim Craigen

I’m a St. Albans based music enthusiast and relatively tall person. I’ve a fairly eclectic taste, but exploring new music from independent and emerging artists is something I especially enjoy, which is how I came across Fresh on the Net in the first place. Additionally I'm a keen consumer of radio and vinyl, and am in charge of beards (& music) at Alternative Friday. I can also be found sharing more impressive new music on Twitter, Spotify, and Soundcloud.


  1. Good choice of tunes but I have to say Hayley Gaftarnick’s Turn To Stone’ is a great inclution here. I have the album this song is taken from. It’s called ‘Circle’s’, and realy shows the diversity of Hayley’s rather original voice. Both the single & album are on iTunes & Amazon, as well as her own bandcamp page 🙂

    After slogging at the coal-face of the local music scene for over 10 years, this ‘special secret’ of Leeds desearves more attention than thus far. Hayley Gaftarnick gets my vote and support 🙂

    Richard Steel

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