Fresh Faves: Batch 168


Artists at a glance


These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Fresh On The Net’s Ola Szmidt this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.


Auction For The Promise Club’s Instincts was popular with our public voters. Everything is crafted to perfection: the intro is reminiscent of the Manic Street Preachers, Zoe’s vocals are powerful and evolve nicely all the way through the song. The band has played live across the country, taking in festivals like Bestival, Boardmasters, Y Not, Lodestar, Leopallooza and the Olympic Park during London 2012. They gained support from NME Radio, XFM, Absolute and Amazing Radio. They have been featured on magazine websites such as Rolling Stone, Classic Rock and Loaded, as well as MTV Hive. Their debut EP, The One, was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Let’s see where the future will take this trio!

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BRYDE – Oh Tender

The music, beautiful artwork and photograph of Sarah (aka Bryde) hiding inside her white roll neck jumper meant I had to listen to more on her Soundcloud page later on! I was intrigued. I could sense a humble, extremely gifted songwriter instantly. It’s not often I press the replay button. I did! Oh Tender revisited my ears several times. I’m loving the intimate atmosphere she created with just a guitar and her voice. There is so much beauty in Sarah’s voice: the huskiness of Gemma Hayes, lightness of Laura Marling and sensitivity of Jeff Buckley — beauty that is hard to define, which is a big compliment. She’s emerging as a solo artist and currently supporting Jake Morley on tour. I highly recommend you check out her music live. Well, I will for sure!

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ESTRONS – Make A Man

Big up to Wales! One of my personal favourites in last week’s submissions, so happy it ended up in the Faves (as many people voted for the band obviously — hurray!). Would I take Estrons on a bike ride? Oh yes! I would not mind hitting a tree with this delicious noise in my ears! Totally blown away by the tight, powerful and ass kicking production! What else to say? Well, here is the fact that not was I loving this, but my other half and daughter were jumping to it, so it does work with different demographics very well!

Quoting from their Soundcloud page: “ESTRONS, meaning ALIENS in their native Welsh, the main premise was to gather a band of general misfits and outcasts that never quite belonged to any country or nationality, being of mixed and international ancestry.”

They release their new single Make A Man on December 4, followed by their debut EP Whoever She Was… on December 11.

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IIRIS – Iridescent Love

Pure pop gem and huge potential in this beautiful lady! Why do I think of elves when I listen to her? Her vocal carries innocent, childlike qualities. Personally I found it adorable! If you like Grimes, Stina Nordenstam and Bjork, this will be up your street! Iiris’s music will make you feel light as a feather too — therapeutic and filled with love!

This is what I found out about this angelic creature! She is from Estonia, currently on her last year at Goldsmith College of Music in London. Iridescent Love is a love song about liberation and nature. You can watch the video for the song here. She also talks about her inspirations insightfully here. Geek further and you are going to find her playing solo piano at her winning performance for Female Aritst in Estonia in 2013. Let’s see what next two years will bring for her. I’m curious and wish her best of luck!

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LEWIS & LEIGH – Heart Don’t Want

I have to confess I am a big fan of serendipity and this duo is one of the examples of this phenomenon! Al and Alva met through a mutual friend from Nashville in London. Alva comes from Mississippi side and Al is Welsh. They began to jam together and writing music happened naturally through entwined musical chemistry. Seriously, I cannot complain! 🙂 It’s crystal clear once you listen to Heart Don’t Want that their voices are stunning together. I will be looking out for Lewis & Leigh’s shows as after checking their music online and watching a couple of videos I’m totally sold. They are currently touring the UK, so make sure to check their Facebook page to see if they will be somewhere near you, if you like their music and you’re happy to get out for a pint and listen to some bad ass Americana! Here is the video for the song.

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LIU BEI – Philip Seymour Hoffman

The best time to listen to this is when you just waking up or ready to drift into the sleep. I chose late at night and I believe this is the perfect time to be introduced to Liu Bei. The song is dreamy, cinematic and slows you down. It gradually takes you to the other side and you are holding Morpheus’s hand. This is what Richard Walters says about working on the release: “When Liu Bei started it kind of felt like we were tweaking a radio dial, searching out our place in things… where we’re at now is just a clearer, more focused version of where we began… it’s like we just came out of a reverb fog.”

London duo Liu Bei have announced the release of a new double A­-side 7” single, Mind Over Matter / Philip Seymour Hoffman, out September 25 via new London imprint, Famous Friends. They are receiving positive feedback across various radio stations and blog zines all over the internet universe. I’m sure we will hear about them again.

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LOIS – Sid James

First reflection after playing this song twice: I’m not in the UK, I’m in California and it’s 40 degrees in the sun — breezy and summery! I like how their music transfer me to the places. Totally adding this to my future car mix tapes! Catchy and old school! Where they are from? Lois are a four-piece rock and roll band from Nottingham comprising John Selby, Rich Spencer, Lee Matysiak and Adrian Maguire. Influenced by some of the greatest British and US bands of the 60s and early 70s, Lois have crafted a characteristic sound all of their own that blends a retro-tinged coolness with a fresh and exciting modern edge.

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MOONRACER – Otherside

I listen to lot of contemporary classical piano and I always loved Ludovico Eunaidi, Nils Frahm and Goldmund. MoonRacer’s composition is asking for the repeat button for sure. It’s soothing and and being just over 1 minute does not take away its beauty, it’s like a breath you catch when you finally stop crying or like a hug, when needed. We get a lot of submissions with instrumental, soundtrack music, but this one was pure-hearted and ended up in my favourites this week. I wish to hear more and hope we will. He’s looking for the vocalists to collaborate, so get in touch if you are interested. I was trying to find more information, the only thing I suspect is that MoonRacer is a dreamer and late night owl. I’m glad he shared his music with us.

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OneGirlOneBoy are an electronic duo from Leeds. Their music goes right into the spine leaving shivers. The song? Sexy! Production? Tight! Lyrics are well-crafted and vocals ultra-seductive. Indeed it makes me think of Sneaker Pimps, Goldfrapp, Nine Inch Nails. Great influences! While playing Sherlock, I can’t find much about them on the net, so what? You can check out their music on Bandcamp.

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I’m reviewing The Velvet Hands at 2am and oh boy! This is so energetic! Wonderful mess and a soundtrack for a demolition! I could happily stick this tune on the full blast in the war frequency against my neighbours playing far too much of Chandelier through the wall! I don’t want to write lists of the bands they remind me of, because you should totally go out there and check out their music life; it might be sweaty and full of people jumping around and possibly somewhere in London, but wouldn’t you love it! I DO!

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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.


Ola Szmidt is a York based singer-songwriter, producer, composer and improviser. She completed her Music Technology and Performance degree in 2012. A finalist of BOSS Live looping Contest, Ola specialises in live looping and electronics using voice, flute, toys, detuned guitars and ethnic instruments. Ola studied Jazz Improvisation with legendary free jazz improvisers Keith and Julie Tippett under the bursary program at the International Summer School in Dartington. She has supported Icelandic Cellist Hildur Gudnadottir (Mum), Hip-hop Antipop Consortium and experimental Norwegian Vocalist Maja Ratkje, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Emily Wells, Roo Panes and Bridie Jackson And The Arbour. Since 2014 she has been a moderator at Fresh On The Net


  1. Ola and the FotN team

    Mant thanks for featuring our song ‘Sid James’ on the Listening Post and especially for the great review on Fresh Faves! We really appreciate it!
    It’s one that we’d dropped from our live set as we didn’t think people were that into it but this suggests otherwise! Might have to resurrect it now! 😉
    Apologies as I uploaded another of our songs to the soundcloud page yesterday before I saw we’d made it on this so will wait for another 3 months after this week.

    Thanks again guys!

    Much love
    Lee (on behalf of Lois)

  2. Hello Lee and Lois – great track. Alas one bit of uploading you didn’t do though was to the BBC Introducing Uploader so I could play Sid James on, erm. my BBC Introducing Mixtape 🙁
    Tom Robinson

  3. Stoked! Thanks so much for including us 🙂 wow loads of great new music. Lots of love

  4. Hi Tom

    We’ve uploaded quite a few tracks to Introducing in the past, but don’t they just go to our local new music station? In our case Dean Jackson on Radio Nottingham, or is there a different uploader I’ve missed?

    Can I still do it? Would love to be played on the mixtape!


  5. Fine reviews,fine music,best wishes Ola

  6. Tom

    Hello Lee – the only outlet the BBC gives me for playing new artists is via the BBC Introducing Mixtape. As the name suggests that means I can only play music that’s been uploaded to BBC Introducing. We do try to make that clear in a all the obvious places on this website and on our Soundcloud:
    No upload = no airplay.

  7. Thanks Tom, I uploaded Sid James last night. Hope it’s not too late to make the show.
    Will remember to do this in future in addition to submitting to FotN!

    Thanks again!


  8. Bryde reminds me a little bit of “Minnie Birch” a little..

    IIRIS is a bit special, currently there are lots of people using FX, and soundcapes and fogetting about the melody, this has got it right on both counts

    Moonracer, just amazing, genlte piece…. eno/Budd heads will delight… but its not a clone of them, its a very 2015 vibe

    One girl one boy. Surprisngly catchy beat, and song….. god production hooks

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