Artists at a glance
These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed for the first time by Fresh On The Net’s JFlames this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
Listeners you’re in for a real treat this week, at first I thought I had my particular faves in this list, but by the time I was finished reviewing I found myself constantly saying after every song “this is my fave”. Congratulations to all the bands and artists who made the list, and thank you for making my first review SO EASY!!!
BLACK MIRROR – I’m Looking Backwards
My first thoughts and feelings while listening to Black Mirror’s I’m Looking Backwards: HEALING FOR THE SOUL.
This is such a beauty of a track, with a warm EQ mix coming from the lead vocals, it’s easy to get lost in a somewhat dream state while replaying over and over. With reflective lyrics of what seems to be a dark emotional time in the writer’s life, you are instantly brought to the present time and reminded that “everything is behind me”, which is where this song comes to light shining the torch of positivity into one’s being.
Black Mirror are a folk singer-songwriter duo consisting of Arsenio Cavada & Inés Bone, hailing from the city San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which is the northern part of the island of Tenerife. In spring 2017 they released their album “No Colours For Concern” through Spanish indie label El Hombre Bala Records, which is available to stream in full via their Bandcamp page.
BLUEYUTE – Stretch Limousine
I want to start this one off by saying: I was hoping Blueyute would submit this sophisticated smoothness of a track right here.
For the past two weeks this artist has been uploading absolute bangers that seemed like they were going unnoticed by our mods and viewers, BUT NOT THIS ONE!!!!
Stretch Limousine is filled with lo-fi vocals and lyrics about serenading that potential lover with treats from the high life such as “fancy cuisines” and counting the stars in the clear night skies while going on walks through the countryside.
This track is the background music that should be playing while eating a three course meal in the penthouse of the Hilton hotel with your lover wearing matching Nike Air Max 90s while sporting a pair of aviators.
Blueyute is the stage name by ambient electronic musician Joe Oaten, hailing from Cardiff, the largest city in Wales. He is a music technology student currently studying in Cornwall. Blueyute’s tracks are available on all digital streaming sites. Also follow him on Instagram and check out some of his sick photography.
EEVAH – Can’t Breathe
Now this has to be most the perfect blend of EDM and Rock music that I have heard in years. This track would be the result if Swedish House Mafia had a studio session with Kings Of Leon while Florence Welch orchestrates.
Can’t Breathe is by far one of the better mixed and mastered songs this week, this audio rich sounding track has echoing reverb vocals jumping out at you while passionately informing you that your presence is needed.
The opening synths are stunningly beautiful and warm sounding, unlike the harsh EDM style we have all come to know. The use of the guitars building up in the ambients while bouncing off these angelic vocals make this track a summer essential.
Eevah Are a Dark Pop duo based in Leeds, consisting of Nicole Hope Smith and Richard McNamara. Can’t Breath is the debut single by Eevah and its available on all digital streaming sites. Also check out the duo’s website for all info on up and coming shows.
JAZZ MORLEY – Every Moment
The vocals on this powerful electronic ballad immediately grab your full attention, Jazz Morley’s confident vocals take you through a journey into self-reflection and being fully engaged in the moment.
After the fourth listen somehow this track gets even better — the writing style leaves a lot to the imagination. It’s easy for two people to listen to this track and both walk away with a different meaning. AMAZING WRITING!!!!
“Feel every moment, our love can’t be stolen” — now this could mean a number of things which is what makes this track unique, because every time you press play it’s a different experience. Reminiscent of great songwriting by the likes of artists such as Prince.
Jazz Morley is a singer-songwriter from Bournemouth. She has recently been a guest performer on BBC Music Introducing Solent’s Live Lounge and has been described by Adele Roberts BBC Radio 1 as the “Next huge star”.
Every Moment is out now on all digital streaming sites. Also check out her website for all future up and coming show.
JOSIEL KONRAD – Gafieira Jazz
My first thoughts while listening to this musical artwork, was this is a movie without imagery. You instantly become lost in a somewhat musical playground full of adventures beyond what the eyes can see.
This is one of those tracks that you would hear in a lobby or a lounge and it would instantly have you pausing your conversation to pay attention to the sound. With well recorded live instrumentation, again this pushes this week’s mix and mastering quality control through the roof.
Gafieira Jazz is a fantastic blend of smooth jazz with contemporary styles, something when done right (as in this case!) is a treat for all.
Josiel Konrad is a trombonist from Rio de Janiero in Brazil. Josiel plays with his quartet in all the best jazz clubs and famous venues in Rio, like Circo Voador in Lapa. He has also played at world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
Gafieira Jazz is available on all digital stream platforms… Also checkout his website for all future shows and tours.
LUCKY HORSES – Terraces and Discos
Imagine the Pet Shop Boys produced by Daft Punk with backing vocals from Liam Gallagher – this is the vibe I automatically picked up here.
This track would fit in great on a Fifa game during the pause screen, it does not scream for your attention but insists you acknowledge its presence.
With a hard hitting four-to-the-floor drum beat with the occasional tom roll, this is an infectious spooky groove that will have you singing along to its repetitive hook. The changes from bridge to chorus to verse are simple but effective, after my fifth listen, this track immediately became one of my faves this week.
Right!!! There is literally no information on Lucky Horses online whatsoever, as if they came to earth from a distant galaxy and left us with one track. Luckily enough you can stream this amazing song from the Soundcloud link posted.
PALOOKA 5 – Debbie Don’t Surf
I feel as if I was transported into 1965 via a time machine in 1986. This track grabs your full attention from the very start, with an eerie sounding synth in the beginning.
Palooka 5 explain to us exactly what Debbie does not do for a living. While listening to this track I have learned that Debbie most definitely does not surf, but she does have a bunch of cute girlfriends.
After a couple of listens I’m starting to think this whole track is a metaphor for something I cant quite place my finger on, but needless to say this is a cool fun rock n roll track.
Palooka 5 play 1960s Surf Garage music using original vintage equipment, such as WEM and a Hammond organ from 1966. As a band they have been featured on Gideon Coe’s BBC Radio 6 Music show.
Their new album Rough Magic is out now!!!! Available on CD/Vinyl and all digital streaming platforms.
SHARKMUFFIN – Liz Taylor
New age psychedelia at its finest, Liz Taylor — named after the American British actor with the same name — is an ego stroking, hard hitting masterpiece. With its screaming guitars and close harmony feminine vocals, this oozes swag and style.
The opening line “I’ve been married more than Liz Taylor” sets the tone for the wacky style of writing which is full of one liners and quotables. Again with quality this week, simply STUNNING! Easily one of my personal faves this month.
Sharkmuffin describe their genre as “Optimystic Pop Fuzz Glam Grunge Shredwave”. They are a three piece band from New York City / Jersey Shore consisting of Tarra Thiessen (guitar/vox), Natalie Kirch (bass/vox) and Jordyn Blakely (drums, vox).
Sharkmuffin are currently on tour, so make sure you check out their website for a list of the dates.
SHIPPING FORECAST – Coast
When scrolling through the submission playlist this week Shipping Forecast’s Coast caught my attention first time around.
This track is one of those moments where autotune is used beautifully, while not coming across too overbearing, but subtly, giving a helping hand and offering assistance in this heart wrenching new age anthem.
Lyrics such as “I don’t ever want to feel sorry for myself, but I do” really show the honesty and vulnerability in the writing style. The production on this track has elements of trap R&B or Trap&B as some like to call it, with an overall ambient feel.
Pour yourself a glass of JD and Coke, sit back, relax and press play.
Shipping Forecast is a music project hailing from the city of Hull. Not much information online, but they have stated there influences as James Blake, Bon Iver and Japanese House. You can stream their music via the links below.
WOOZE – Hello Can You Go
Hello Can You Go is one of those tracks that could get any party started, with that infectious distorted guitar playing slightly out of tune in an arpeggio-style riff, this track instantly draws you in.
Halfway through this pop rock smasher of a track you’re hit with Arabian-style note structures that really pulls you more into this wild journey.
After the third listen I found myself constantly repeating “Hello Can You Go” in the deepest voice I could muster. The main vocalist has a real sinister, but intriguing tone to his voice; it’s as if he’s hypnotising you with every line sung.
Press play, turn this one up!!! WAKE THE NEIGHBOURS!
Wooze are the Korean/British duo of Theo Spark and Jamie She. Formed in late 2017 out of the Brixton-based Muddy Yard Collective, the duo is currently singed to Young Poet Records. This debut single was released June 1, and is available on all digital streaming formats.
PS from TR: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t been picked for the Listening Post, our team has definitely listened to it and there’s no need to send it again: feel free to send us an even stronger track another week. The same goes if you were picked for the Listening Post but didn’t feature in our Fresh Faves.
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.