Fresh Faves: Batch 336

Patawawa

Artists at a glance

ALEX CARROLL
I.M THE ARTIST
IRINA
MICHAEL BAKER
ORA THE MOLECULE
OWEN DENVIR
PATAWAWA
THIS ELEGANT GULL
TOYGIRL
WOJTEK THE BEAR

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

It’s been a while for me, but hey what can I say, life is a journey and I have been enjoying the ride. So without further ado let’s get it!!!!

ALEX CARROLL – Nearly Home

Nearly Home is a soul-soother of a track. Alex really taps into her vulnerability, which makes for vocalised magic over a subtle acoustic backdrop. Alex Carroll makes us, the listener, feel secure and comfortable with her tales of journeying home from what seems like an emotional trip of body and mind.

Alex Carroll is 14-year-old singer-songwriter from London, Nearly Home is her first release and it’s available to stream via Soundcloud.

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I.M THE ARTIST – 4am

4am is a tale of reminiscing and struggling to let go of past feelings from a former lover.

I.M the artist brings a creative introspective to the break-up stages we have all been through in the journey we call life; she sings of an internal battle over an intense but subtle backing track.

Armed with lyrical genius and a captivating voice, this track is sure to spark emotions within.

I.M the artist is a London-based singer-songwriter from Gothenburg, Sweden. Her upcoming debut EP entitled Self-Made will be out soon, but in the meantime 4am is currently out on all digital music streaming platforms.

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IRINA – How Do You Do

Now this right here ladies, gentlemen and non-gender-specific, is jazz at its finest hour.

Irina offers us fans of vintage jazz a slice of absolute satisfaction. I found myself pressing replay more than five times just for that feeling again.

How Do You Do tells a story of good old romance and passion between two endlessly-in-love souls…. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL.

How Do You Do is available now on Soundcloud.

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MICHAEL BAKER – Baby Books

Baby Books is the type of track you play when you’re driving your hot red Ferrari 458 down Route 66 with an acoustic guitar sitting in the passenger side.

Michael Baker brings us the listener a beautiful, well thought-out masterpiece of a heartbreak track. I don’t know if I should be crying or partying, but I love, love, love it…

Michael is a 28-year-old singer-songwriter from the south of England. Half-French (mother’s side), in his formative years he spent six months of each year in the beautiful French Alps (Saint Gervais) where he first honed his writing skills.

Baby Books is available now on all digital music streaming platforms.

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ORA THE MOLECULE – When Earth Took A Breath

When Earth Took A Breath is a synth pop ballad kicking with enchanting melodies and adventure progression.

The moog arpeggio and lead vocal blend beautifully; it’s slightly reminiscent of a missing track from The Never Ending Story OST. I throughly enjoyed this track… more please!

Ora The Molecule is “a multinational avant-garde pop music group formed as a platform for expression in living in a divided world.”

When Earth Took A Breath is out now on all digital music streaming platforms.

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OWEN DENVIR – Ghost

Ghost is a self-reflection song about forgiveness and wanting that old feeling back, featuring powerful lyrics and a haunting soundtrack. Owen Denvir bares his soul on this beauty of a track.

Owen Denvir is a singer-songwriter and producer from Belfast, and has racked up more that 80K streams on Spotify. Ghost is out now on all music streaming platforms.

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PATAWAWA – That Guy

That Guy is a funky pop jam oozing with glam and attitude. As soon as I pressed play I was teleported back to 1997 when the great sir George Michael unleashed some of his final classics.

Patawawa take you on a soulful funk-filled journey that you will not want to end so soon.

Patawawa consists of Sam Wilmot, Rory Lovatt, and Beth Garrett. In 2018 they were voted as one of NME’s Top 100 bands.

That Guy is available now on all streaming platforms.

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THIS ELEGANT GULL – Stop Giving Us The Poison

That opening guitar lead is so infectious and attention demanding I had to replay this track a couple times.

Stop Giving Us The Poison is a track about waking up to the truth, whatever that may be is not quite clear, but either way I love the energy this track gives off. A bit of rebellion is good, right?…

Not much is known about This Elegant Gull, but I do know she is 12 years old and has a band, which is truly incredible.

Stop Giving Us The Poison is out now on all music streaming platforms.

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TOYGIRL – Reign

Reign is a smooth laidback track that speaks directly to the soul. The vocals are nothing short of amazing and angelic.

This is the type of song you put on after a hard day at the office, kick off your heels and pour a tall glass of wine.

TOYGIRL are a Dublin-based alternative band. This debut single Reign is out now! The band embark on their Irish and UK tour on 28th September.

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WOJTEK THE BEAR – Slow TV

Slow TV brings to mind the nostalgic feeling of sitting in front of the TV watching MTV in 1997, dreaming I was in a rock band.

Wojtek The Bear deliver an instant classic with beautiful chord progressions and pre-chorus bridges, plus a semitone up ending which is always a nice touch in my book. My personal favourite this week.

The band consist of Becky, Graham, Martin, Paul and Tam. Wojtek The Bear have had BBC Introducing support by our very own Tom Robinson and also Lauren Laverne.

Slow TV is out now on all digital music streaming platforms.

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Toygirl

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.

JFlames

JFlames aka “J-Flames” & “Jay Flames” is a multi genre music producer/DJ/Artist from South East London. Read more about JFlames here.

5 Comments

  1. Great reviews Josh. Punchy and full of open enthusiasm for the music. Really good to read. 🙂

  2. Joshua johnson

    Cheers Neil

  3. Sue

    I echo Neil, great reviews and final playlist – really fab music made it onto the list!

  4. Irina

    So excited and honoured to make it into the final playlist together with such amazing artists, thank you all! And special thanks to https://freshonthenet.co.uk/about-us/jflames/ for a fabulous review!

  5. JFlames

    Thanku Sue…

    Tour welcome Irina, really great track.

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