Jim’s Pick ‘n’ Mix #5

Eight different artists, eight different tracks… they all have something in common though, as all are from relatively new and independent musicians who are creating some outstanding music. This fifth Pick ‘n’ Mix includes everything from garage rock to an atmospheric instrumental, and Bonnie & Clyde make an appearance too, so wrap your ears around the tracks and please spread the word about your favourites.

Photo: EMPIRE AFFAIR (by Stuart Walker – GigsandBands)

Bournemouth band Empire Affair have made a few EPs to date, but in their latest, Pangs, they’ve taken their high energy alternative indie sound and added a synth to the mix with great success. Bassist Tom Parrett also directed and edited the excellent video, but what have the Bonnie & Clyde characters got hidden in their boot?
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OF EMPIRES – Stranger
From their recently released debut EP Stranger Sensations, this four piece Brighton based, Guernsey born, band have created an impressive blues rock ‘n’ roll sound, not dissimilar to The Black Keys, and the expert production is equally as strong. An excellent track from a fine debut EP, and they sound like they’d be great live too. More please.
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This German-born, London based, songwriter and producer mentions in an online bio that “It’s my real name. Some people think I’m cool but most well informed folk think I’m an incredibly normal guy who makes incredibly cool music. I applaud the latter”. If nothing else Displode confirms the latter description as it’s an atmospheric instrumental with a haunting piano underlay and some fuzzy electro layered on top. Surely a track to be used in a TV program or advert at some point soon?
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CHAIKA – In My Mind
Chaika’s track White Hare was recently voted into our Fresh Faves 121 and was described as having “an awesome fuzz to it, underpinned with driving garage rock riffs and contained within a busy, Indian-influenced Kula Shaker-style production”. In My Mind however, is less psychedelia and more ferocious garage rock, which could have come as easily from 1974 as 2014. The elusive Chaika come from Leeds, but hopefully they’ll reveal more on themselves soon (see Tom’s How to write a band biog article), as they are full of potential and sound like they’d put on a great live show.

JOSH HEALEY – People Like You
If you love your folk in the style of Paul Simon then you should fall for People Like You, performed by 20-year old Josh Healey, a singer songwriter from Shetland, but living in Cheshire. He’s also no stranger to Fresh on the Net, having appeared in the recent Fresh Faves 122, as well as #34 back in 2012! Josh is currently writing and recording his first full length album, and he is also a keen poet.

Heavy guitars and powerful drumming combine with appealing vocals and a strong melody to create this impressive debut single by Chase the Deer, a five piece band from Worcestershire. There isn’t much more information about them on their various profile pages, but hopefully by their second single we’ll know a little more, as this track suggests strong potential for the band, so c’mon, please tell us a little more about yourselves.

HERONSHAW – Torquay Bay
Heronshaw are another band who appeared in the recent Fresh Faves 122 with their track In White. Torquay Bay is another heart-warming folk rock track, but with a more upbeat tempo. The band note influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Fleetwood Mac, and they use traditional folk instruments such as banjo and mandolin, mixed with acoustic guitar and keyboard breakdowns, which put a modern twist on folk rock. It certainly has me dancing a jig.
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THE SHALLOWS – More Now Than Ever
Regulars to Fresh on the Net may have already come across the lively indie-rock tunes that The Shallows produce, however this track from their third EP, Fear and Hope Vol.3, sees them slow the tempo somewhat, while still retaining their knack of making addictively catchy music. One to wave your arms aloft to.
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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. oldierob

    Thanks Jim,

    Really enjoyed listening to your selection. Just glad I didn’t have to select a top 5.

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