Listening Post: Batch 334

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Thanks to everyone who gave their time and expertise this weekend, picking their five favourites from the following list

ANDRENACHROME – Power Of Nightmares
CARL BLARX – Be Nice
CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
DANNY DREW – Who I Am
DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
DEER•RAY – Forts
ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
FØNX – Feels For You
FOUNDLINGS – Busan
GRANDBABY – Hey Teen
HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman)
HIVER. – Alone
JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
KOHLA – Touch
LARGE AMBITIONS – Dinero
MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
MAUVEY – Co-Sign
MEMES – Happy Shopper
MIRELLI – Syllables (Prod. By Melody Man)
NARCSUS PRYE – Hard To Say (feat. Catherine Okada)
NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)
NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)
PAINT NOTHING – Numbers
THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

Team Freshnet

Any artist is welcome to send us a track via our inbox anytime from Monday to Thursday morning. It will be heard by every member of our moderation team that week. Our favourite 25 tracks then appear here on our Listening Post every Friday to Sunday, giving the artists a chance to find out what complete strangers think of their music.

46 Comments

  1. Here we go:

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    HIVER. – Alone
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  2. Our last Listening Post of the summer as we close for new submissions until September (though Fresh on the Net will still have articles going on line so do check in) and an impossibly tough week for trying to pick five favourites.

    Nic Evenett’s ‘Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime) has been my favourite from the long list all week. It is stunningly beautiful and as the strings progress, they could almost have been arranged by Gorecki while Nic’s vocals send butterflies through my stomach. But Carl Blarx wasn’t far behind with a really thoughtful track that has a simple but important message, great backing track and the female vocal at the end is a nice touch too.

    After that it was just so tough. Recent fresh fave Jon Samsworth returns with his jauntiest effort to date. Foundlings have gone for a darker more intense track to contrast the popular ‘Caught up on you’ and FØNX is on characteristically strong form with his genre-defying soulful vibes.

    It really hurt not to be able to also vote for the brooding slow-burning passion of Kohla (second time at least that the awesome Last Night From Glasgow label have had two artists at our Listening Post in one week, this time their two newest signings) or the electronic mash-up by Andrenachrome. And the standard remains as high as ever. So congratulations to all 25 bands and artists. Have a great weekend and a fun summer everyone. Keep popping by to see what we put on the site in August and, in the meantime, happy voting. 🙂 xxxx

    CARL BLARX – Be Nice
    FØNX – Feels For You
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  3. What can I say. Memes and Nic Evennett in one selection? I`m sold!

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    HIVER. – Alone
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  4. CARL BLARX – Be Nice

    Great rhythm of the main vocal, like fingers clicking. Good message, positivity. Enjoyed female vocal too.

    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love

    Love it when the lyrical flow kicks in. But overall it’s a pleasingly emotive song.

    FØNX – Feels For You

    Soulful vocal, really good. Perfect for summer nights, winding down. Like the guitar too, exceptional.

    FOUNDLINGS – Busan

    Great energy, love the drumming. Good lyrics. All comes together well.

    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

    Love the underplayed, mysterious vocal and orchestral sweep, like a pattern of shadows over a field.

  5. Such amazing talent again. I’m curious for the music we can hear from September! I wish you all a great Summer. Here are my five.

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    DEER•RAY – Forts
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    HIVER. – Alone
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)

  6. Some crackers this week…

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    MAUVEY – Co-Sign
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  7. Rico

    CARL BLARX – Be Nice
    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    MIRELLI – Syllables (Prod. By Melody Man)
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers

  8. Ian Smith

    Kohla is an outstanding piece of urban RnB

    Gotta love those foundlings too

  9. ian smith

    ANDRENACHROME – Power Of Nightmares
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    GRANDBABY – Hey Teen
    KOHLA – Touch
    NARCSUS PRYE – Hard To Say (feat. Catherine Okada)

    what a clown forgot to submit my votes

  10. Sue

    My five for this week. Also, some great tracks in the main inbox. I will miss doing this – have a great summer everyone – keep cool if you can!!

    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    KOHLA – Touch
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  11. Nicko

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    NEO_101_ – Black Milk (Dark As Hell)
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  12. Jim

    Here’s my 5:

    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    GRANDBABY – Hey Teen
    HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman)
    MEMES – Happy Shopper

    Enjoy the summer everyone, and see you the other side…

  13. Katie

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    GRANDBABY – Hey Teen
    MAUVEY – Co-Sign
    MEMES – Happy Shopper

  14. A fine end to the current season. Special special mentions to Dval, Joe Groovydude, the Happy Pill Academy, the Ramsden Squares… sod it, everyone who submitted to our full inbox at https://soundcloud.com/freshnet/sets/inbox334 . Something to keep you all going while we’re away over August.

    I’ve gone with a wonderfully evocative trip-hop radiowave jam, some tasty lo-fi post punk, a groovy rock instrumental with shades of Eno & Byrne, a deep electro meditation that demands close attention and some gorgeous neoclassicism.

    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    NARCSUS PRYE – Hard To Say (feat. Catherine Okada)
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  15. Tom

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  16. A top selection of great energy and passion this week .
    As always my head is bowed in respect to the incredible lads and lasses of music. Your new to my ears this week , but you’ll be like old friends by next week, I promise. It’s a pleasure to meet you and your work. And I’m in no doubt that you’ll all go on to fill the airwaves with much needed, great new music. And I look forward to bumping into you regularly at the front door of my radio .
    May I wish the Fresh On The Net team a wonderful break, well deserved. Enjoy .

    Right, the difficult bit…

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  17. CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers

  18. ANDRENACHROME – Power Of Nightmares
    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  19. Nic

    Thank you to all the FN team for your hard work, dedication, support. Love you to bits. Have a fab holiday. 🙂 <3

    My fav this week for its sparse gorgeousness and curious vocal manipulations is Deer.Ray.

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    DEER•RAY – Forts
    HIVER. – Alone
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  20. DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    MIRELLI – Syllables (Prod. By Melody Man)

  21. Fave was Élan Vital…. ta very much.

    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    MAUVEY – Co-Sign
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  22. A couple of honorary mentions, The Loft Sidechain for the glorious low, deep, warm tone of that bassline. Proper sound engineering. High/Low for a slamming slice of Indie goodness. Just a touch bright & brittle for more tastes; lacked any real lows. Nic Evenett, simply sublime.

    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    – Roomy, trashy loudness for the soul and the teenager in me.

    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    – Bonkers, frankly. Lots of fun! Brought a smile after a heatwave heavy week.

    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    – Awesomely obnoxious grunty bassline, drums that go bang, and sarky lyrics!

    MIRELLI – Syllables (Prod. By Melody Man)
    – Insane flow. Fiercely percussive. Yikes!

    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)
    – Depth of thinking. Weight of meaning. Strikingly honest. An inspired mess of instrumentation in support.

  23. Brendan Walsh

    Thank you moderators for doing such a fantastic job – and to the community as a whole. Have a great summer and enjoy the rain (I am) x

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    FØNX – Feels For You
    MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
    NARCSUS PRYE – Hard To Say (feat. Catherine Okada)
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  24. It’s pretty hard to pick tbh.

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    FØNX – Feels For You
    HIVER. – Alone
    LARGE AMBITIONS – Dinero

  25. AnnaLynn

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    MEMES – Happy Shopper

  26. Dom Maske

    lots of gold in the top 25! tough one

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman)
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    LARGE AMBITIONS – Dinero
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers

  27. Me G

    Wishing everyone a great Summer

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman)
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

    Love all

  28. Julia

    ANDRENACHROME – Power Of Nightmares
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    KOHLA – Touch
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)

  29. Judy

    Great music, enjoyed listening through the whole selection.

  30. Real gems in this group (and I mean a lot of gems!)

    I could have picked a number of top 5’s, subconsciously i think i pick tracks that suit my mood at the time, as when I’ve listened again at different times of the day i often pick an almost different 5, basically I’m saying this is great music throughout this listening post.
    Getting picked out of hundreds of songs ain’t easy so salute to all the artists.

    I would have picked Marina Florance’s song Traitors but having worked on some of her tracks recently (not this one) it wouldn’t have felt impartial.

    Looking forward to reviewing the top 10 tracks for the Fresh Faves this week (out on Monday)

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    DEER•RAY – Forts
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    MAUVEY – Co-Sign
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  31. Here are my votes from a windy little island in Croatia where my internet works if I stand in the right little spot with wind In the right direction. Have a lovely summer break everyone. Particularly enjoyed Memes.

    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

  32. Louise Toal

    Happy Sunday all! Another strong week.

    ANDRENACHROME – Power Of Nightmares
    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)

  33. DANNY DREW – Who I Am – A joy to listen to from start to finish.
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love Great voice, great song, stirring, dynamic soulful execution.
    FØNX – Feels For You -A song that’s made to be played on the lilo at the lido, during a heatwave
    HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman). If you really are stuck in the 90s, this particular bit isn’t a bad place to be stranded.
    HIVER. – Alone -Lovely song and performance. Sparse, haunting production..

  34. Here’s our five this week. Thanks. Happy Holidays all!

    DANNY DREW – Who I Am
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    HIGH/LOW – Road (I’m Not Superman)
    MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)

  35. Jon Read

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DAVID SHURR – Black Magic
    ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    NIC EVENETT – Letters from the Whale (Crystal & Crime)

  36. A19

    CASUAL DRAG – Bleach Head
    DEER•RAY – Forts
    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers

  37. ÉLAN VITAL – We Got The Jacks Back
    GRANDBABY – Hey Teen
    MARINA FLORANCE – Traitors (Radio Edit)
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    NARCSUS PRYE – Hard To Say (feat. Catherine Okada)

  38. Great mixture 🙂

    FOUNDLINGS – Busan
    HIVER. – Alone
    LARGE AMBITIONS – Dinero
    MEMES – Happy Shopper
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers

  39. oldierob

    Here are my 5 ,

    What a great 5 they are too.

    See you next term classmates

    DEER•RAY – Forts
    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    FØNX – Feels For You
    HIVER. – Alone
    KOHLA – Touch

    r

  40. Tom

    My five…

    EMILIA TARRANT – If You Want Love
    JON SAMSWORTH – Jack
    NEO_101_ – Black Mil;k (Dark As Hell)
    PAINT NOTHING – Numbers
    THE LOFT SIDECHAIN – Think It’s Coming

    Also liked DANNY DREW, HIVER, MARINA FLORANCE, FØNX, MAUVEY and CASUAL DRAG…

  41. Hi there.

    I’m just curious are all tracks meant to be listened to by all moderators. Just asking as our track parasite only showed 3 listens from the batch playlist compared with other tracks which had 11 or 12? Also track blind submitted the week before never got included for some reason. I think it was just over 12 weeks since another track archway got played on the mixtape.. anyway thanks for giving us the opportunity to get featured and played.. we were so chuffed to get played on 6 music!

    Hello Anton. Most of our moderators listen throughout the week via an internal list, not the public playlist that goes out on Thursdays. “Blind” was excluded from Batch 333 (week commencing 15th July) as “Archway” had appeared on the 22nd April BBC Introducing Mixtape, and we ask that people wait three months before submitting again. Thanks, Steve

  42. In answer to your question Anton, yes we do all listen to every track. If you had a track which had been either on the Mixtape or in the Fresh Faves within three months it would have been removed. But also the tracks appear in our in-box which is where we listen to them so it is possible not all plays show up on Soundcloud. Steve, our tirelessly dedicated IT expert and manager of the platform, may know the answer. Also I don’t know what your ‘track parasite’ is but it it’s set up to effectively spy on people who are giving hours of their time for free, it sounds pretty horrid.

  43. Thanks for explaining Neil March. The track we submitted in this batch was called parasite, it doesn’t involve any spying ?.

  44. I think its great that you all give time this way.. presumably it’s ok to re-upload a time track in future if it was excluded from the batch?

  45. Ah right, lol. Sorry Anton, I thought a ‘track parasite’ was some device to record plays on a song! There were certainly less moderators available this week due to other commitments but we had a good 11 or 12. I just checked the long list and Parasite has 291 plays. So I don’t know how many it had prior to being submitted. But the problem could be Soundcloud which does throw up a lot of anomalies. Steve may have a theory though.

  46. Yes you should be able to resubmit a track removed due to the three month rule. 🙂

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