Fresh Faves: Batch 378

Artists at a glance

BRAPURPLE
CHLOË MARCH
ETAN
JEEN.
JODIE NICHOLSON
NIC EVENNETT
PARKER LEE
SAM EAGLE
THE BURNING HELL
VIOLET VERIGO

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

Welcome back folks. In a week where, in my neck of the woods, Deadpool tried to buy Wrexham F.C. and cows started killing people I wasn’t sure what madness was coming next. Thankfully, my focus has been diverted to this veritable selection of musical confectionary. As Ferris Bueller once said “life moves pretty fast, once in a while you got to stop and look around”. Or in this case listen around. Tidy top 10 this. Enjoy.

BRAPURPLE – Flees (ft. Kwame Yesu)

Kicking off with what can only be described as a cacophony, a ping-pong of plinky plonky sounds fired into one side of my brain and straight out the other. Melodic pipes carry you into a world where we are greeted by the gravitas of Brapurple’s vocals “where there cheats, where there cheats, there are fleas”. This tune is a sly hungry street dog stalking his next meal and snapping off chunks of the next contenders.

Welcome to the world Ghanian artist poet, rapper and wordsmith a Mr Nanabanyin Egyei Wilberforce. A new power on the scene, a unique vibe, a clear talent and some great music. Already an award winner and already having had BBC Radio 6 Music play, it’s clear the world is ready for some new good vibes.

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CHLOË MARCH – To A Place

This song was a nice juxtaposition against the previous on the list. In another world we are whipped off by the winds to a new environment and already charmed by its surroundings. I felt overwhelmed by the imagery, such was its power. Like finding a fascinating painting in an art gallery, you just cannot tear yourself away. Multi-faceted, layered, textured and dextrous. Chloë March reminds me a lot of Sarah Barker from Zero 7 fame. There is a sexual tension which emerges as she leads us through a hole in the old garden wall “I’m not sure I want this at all, but light is flooding through you”. Like a fine meal, everything is considered and delicately plated up, from the keys to the bass to the vocals. Achieving what is, in my opinion, a great song.

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ETAN – Duck Down

My music teleportation machine is on red alert as I’m whipped off again by Etan. Techy, synth-like laser, dance beats, snappy waves, resonators, wicked on-point vocals. I’m on a strobe-lit dance floor (remember them?) bouncing and smiling with pure joy. I’m on a futuristic ride in a flying car on another planet populated by undulating, wildly fashionable, beautiful beings bopping with knowing grins on their faces. This is a tune.

It needs an audience in a club. So for now upload it, playlist it, and Zoom party it’s backdoor in.

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JEEN. – Anything You Want

An intro with echoes of Sweet Dreams are Made of these and a voice Annie Lennox would approve of, we stride similar fields of flavour here. Spangly dream pop done seriously well. This is just another example of an artist at the top of their game. The soft drum, the underpinning base, the strings, the breakdown into “say, what you say, you can say what you want” led along skilfully by the electric guitar.

Having a delve into Jeen’s back catalogue is a rabbit hole I’d recommend you all go down. She has a heavy list of credits for TV and film and is clearly very successful. A real honour to find her submitting here and getting voted to the top 10.

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JODIE NICHOLSON – Move

A real heavyweight week for female representation and Jodie Nicholson sits on this list as deserving as the rest. “Feel the rhythm, move with the rhythm” a real slow burner and builder of a track. Holding us in check, this racehorse of a tune sits ready to romp home and win you a bundle at the national. Tempo gets upped, subtle whiplash, bell, synth, your grooving now. Moving with the beats and the words “and breath in, feel the rhythm, move your body”. A really lovely trance, trip out tune which ends on a “welcome home”.

My oh my. I’m all afluster after that, like a housewife who leant over a busy washing machine. So far, so playlist for that Zoom party. ’Til then sneak this onto any weekend DJ types, this would be a cracking mid-set breakdown tune or a come down with me Sunday special when the sun crack through your curtains. Notice I said “YOUR CURTAINS” yeah? 😀

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NIC EVENNETT – Strange Wild

Well I am just going to nail my colours to good ship Nic Evennett here and state THIS is my fave of the faves. The rest are as they say “Bang Tidy”. This is kippers for breakfast, toe curling wonder, zest on the tongue, salt in the wind, tequila burn in the chest good. I just felt Bananrama It’s Not What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It. I smell some Kate Bush influences too. Damn, I listened to the first 42 seconds over and over again. From the wondrous simplicity of the bass, the toms and the vocals “can you hear my heartbeat”. We enter the weirdness from there, nice weirdness, like deep fried mars bars, weaving a musical batter, turning your brain into a crispy exterior whilst melting your mind into a warm delightful goo on the inside.

Coming in a 2 minutes 35 seconds. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.

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PARKER LEE – Bullpen

I like Parker Lee a lot. They have a really nice sleazy, surf rock feel to them. Like if the Beach Boys had the attitude of The Doors. Since discovering them this week I first thought their lo-fi Northern music feels and sounds a lot like bourbon tastes. The kind of music to be played on an old jukebox in a sexy bar in a cool town. No ice.

Having already experienced plays and attention from both Jericho Keys and our very own Tom Robinson they have also been compared to Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement and Cloud Nothings.

It seems they are carving a good path and still working on new materiel despite “all this” so go give them a boost and buy their tunes.

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SAM EAGLE – Like This

I’ve been aware of the talent that is Sam Eagle through his manager and promoter, a lovely dude called Kelly Munro, for some time now. So, I wasn’t entirely surprised he swept into our top 10 this week. I voted on top 25 and he was one of my 5 too so we all got something right together! He is a class act, a good song writer and all round good egg. I’d imagine a breakthrough into the mainstream could be on the cards too as his songs hold multi-layers of appeal judging by his skills and talent. Reminiscent of well produced numbers from the Mark Ronson stable AND if am not wrong this song also features cowbell. Drops mic. Put a fork in me etc.

He plays all the instruments, writes hook-laden lyrics and is guaranteed to be bothering the charts at some point very soon.

Watch out for Sam.

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THE BURNING HELL – I Want To Drink In A Bar

Now if there are any fans of the band Cake, it has to be The Burning Hell, surely? Let’s find out on Twitter later shall we? Sheep go to Heaven and Goats go to Hell or Going the Distance would sit ably with this song. They really grasp the greasy queasy element sliding around in our world right now and give it a good shake. Humble shakers, keys, bass and most importantly the story telling sung dead pan. “Imagine we could drink in a bar. You can choose the place am not picky, I’ll go anywhere, the floors can be sticky, I don’t need a chair, in fact packed in like sardines is the stuff of my dreams, people and music it’s all that I need”. Total zeitgeist. In musical form.

Here is a band with a good history having featured at Glastonbury and End of the Road Festival as well as my favourite factoid, a claim to having played the most gigs in 24 hours in the most countries in 2012 where they smashed out sets from the Netherlands to Slovenia and all stops in-between.

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VIOLET VERIGO – On My Mind

“Actress, Musician, Action Woman” states Violet Verigo’s simple and clever bio on Twitter. She has a voice like silk and sets it down with lovely harmonies, cello, drums, finger clicks and lush production. There is a lovely coming together at the ending where a trumpet joins in and she leaves us to our thoughts with the line “cos I got something on my mind”.

A crazily talented human being with credits for stunts on Tomb Raider and World on Fire TV, and keys and backing vox on Pet Puma Music, I’d be delighted to hear a full album of similar materiel. Violet Verigo cleary has the world at her bidding, so no doubt more of the goodness will be out soon.

Eyes peeled and ears to ground troops.

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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.

Chris Ingram

Chris is a poet and performer with new collective Vulpes Urbana who have been recently signed to Welsh Independent label CEG Records and is former lead of The Glendale Family. Read more about Chris here.

8 Comments

  1. Great and entertaining, eloquent reviews Chris. Well done. Great to see Chloe March make what must be at least her third appearance in the fresh faves in the past two years with another stunning song. Also lovely to see Nic Evennett with, as Tom noted in his Listening Post comment, a cracker of a song which is from her lovely ‘Waiting for the leaves’ album. A great ten tracks as ever. 🙂

  2. Louise Toal

    Entertaining reviews as always Chris. Think I’ll go organise a zoom party just to play Duck Down 😉
    X

  3. Nice work Chris! Great tunes too. I loved the Brapurple track as I’m from Ghana too, and it’s a great vibe. Sam Eagle is awesome too, as well as Chloe March!

  4. Goodness, Chris. I’ll say it again. You lot keep me going. You just don’t realise how much. Thank you so much for such kindness. I’m made up you liked this funny little ditty. <3

    Thank you so much to those who listened, voted, said lovely things, and all of you taking the time to support us folk. You are treasured. <3

  5. Thanks guys! I won’t lie. In the past, writing reviews can be difficult. This top ten was a breeze! So good. Well done all top 25 and if you didn’t get up here don’t be put off. Just go again.
    P.s. hey Del! Fellow mod pal. Big space in my heart for Ghana due to an amazing wedding where my Scottish mate married a girl from there. Such a great occaison. Also 2014 World Cup. Asamoah Gyan missing a penalty to win the game then stepping up to take the first in sudden death and scoring! Wow!

  6. Really enjoyed reading – as a result I re listened to a couple of tracks with fresh ears, and enjoyed the tracks even more. Thanks

  7. Andy Page

    Great reviews Chris, sharp, witty and informative!
    Can I just add that The Burning Hell are donating all profits from this single to support independent venues in the UK & their Canadian homeland, which is a truly noble gesture!

  8. Mark Toal

    Great reviews Chris, entertaining as always.
    Mark

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