Fresh Faves: Batch 379

Artists at a glance

31HOURS
BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA
KYOTI
SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER
SOUP!
STABLES
TALKBOY
THE HAPPY SOMETHINGS
THE ZEROPOINT PROJECTS
TINA BOONSTRA

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

Hello all! I have the pleasure this rainy Monday morning of sitting listening through on a loop to these 10 cracker tunes. Pot of coffee and the house all to myself so best start.

31HOURS – Yo-yo

31hours are made up of Jo Griffin, Jake Kavanagh, Rebekah Wittingham and Simon Himpson. They were formed in Oxford in 2012 and describe themselves as “Indie / Electro / Afro-pop / Kaleidoscope”, which seems pretty spot on to me. The thing I love about this track is its originality. It thrives in its own eccentricity, exploring different sounds and rhythms with the right amount of wonky. A really big hit this week with mods and readers alike.

It comes as no surprise to me that 31hours have previously received airplay on 6 Music and headlined for BBC Introducing at O2 Academy Oxford.

If any of you are still lucky enough to own a cassette player and you like what you hear, head over to Bandcamp and have a look at the band’s dinky tapes. I miss tapes!

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BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA – Lady Megawatt

Battery Operated Orchestra (BOO) are Brigette Rose and Chris Black. It seems they were magnetically drawn across the globe from Tasmania and Scotland to unite in London. I have it on good authority that they use synths as a ouija board (LOVE this!).

There’s no messing about with this track, straight in with big beats and a vocal to rival Debbie Harry, with perhaps shades of Goldfrapp in there too. I adore electronica like this and will certainly be delving into more of BOO!

They have received support from BBC Radio and WFMU amongst others. Please do check them out and add some disco to your life. The merch on their website is class.

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KYOTI – Time Is A Circle

Ed Burgon, David Mabbott and Benji Huntrods make up KYOTI, a London-based alternative pop trio. Seems they have been busy of late with ‘project twelve’ — a song a month for a year — and have received great support and airplay from BBC Introducing in the North East.

Time Is A Circle is the final track from the project, and what a beauty it is too. Soft and mellifluous vocals with understated electronica so as not to let the wonderful harmonies be drowned out. This is a song you can easily lose yourself in, something we all need in these crazy times. When if not now!

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SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER – Polaris (Pete Briquette Remix)

Justin Kelly and David Meagher are originally from Co. Cavan, which explains the name. Much like myself they grew up in a border town in Ireland in the 80s. First introduced to me courtesy of the lovely Mickey Bradley on BBC Radio Ulster.

Before I even heard this track I was sold on the words “Pete Briquette”, immediately taken back to the old Irish adverts on TV of “bord na mona peat briquettes”. Nostalgic already, and was not disappointed when I listened. We are being told a story in this song in such dulcet tones that we are all ears and quite hypnotised, then the beautiful chorus of Polaris kicks in and we are singing. I would love to share a whiskey or four with these guys and let them hold court and tell me more stories.

Sons of Southern Ulster not only receive airplay on BBC Radio Ulster, but RTE and Today FM. I know my buddy and fellow mod Andy is as taken with them as I am.

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SOUP! – All To Myself (feat. Meredith Adelaide)

SOUP! began in 2019 from the encounter of award-winning producer Gigi Piscitelli and drummer Matt Hardy. An Italian / British experimental collective based in London describe their sound as “a true call of the wild with a primitive stomping drumbeat, dystopian soundscapes and gentle brush strokes of juju guitars.” Honestly, what’s not to like!

I fell in love with this track on first listen. It has its own unique sound and with every new listen I hear something fresh. Not sure I would ever tire of it. Meredith’s vocal is magnificent, hitting those high notes with such ease. A wonderful slice of music heaven!

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STABLES – Curtain Call

Formed in London in 2016 over a few late night drinks, Stables are Indie/folk duo Matthew Lowe and Daniel Trenholme. They’ve been championed previously by Steve Lamaq and Tom Robinson on 6 music and Bob Harris.

Curtain Call is a mellow little number that showcases some glorious vocal harmonies. As I listen with the rain beating off the window it’s giving all the cosy feels we crave at this time of year. The sort of feelings I get when I listen to Paul Simon so high praise indeed. Yet another band to explore!

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TALKBOY – Stupid Luck

Leeds based Talkboy are: Katie Heap, Calum Juniper, Tim Malkin, Charlotte Jones, Tom Sargent and Jake Greenway. I have certainly been hit by their charms…

Perhaps the catchiest of the bunch, Stupid Luck is Indie Pop at its best. It’s an endearing track that ticks all the boxes for me. Louder Than War have said they are “More than living up to the hype.” I hope to hear more from this band in the future. Talkboy have received great support from BBC Introducing and I’m reading great things about their live shows (remember those? flip I miss live shows).

If you get a moment please have a wee nosy on their website, it’s brilliant and has a treasure trove of wonderful merch!

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THE HAPPY SOMETHINGS – The Weather

Happy, Jolly and Joy describe themselves as “Independently unpolished band who like to be happy.” They reside on the Nottingham / Derbyshire border. They could have fooled me because The Weather sounds pretty well polished.

I’m no stranger to The Happy Somethings, they are my Saturday night wine buddies for fellow mod Neil’s Trust THe Docs Exile FM radio show and they have enjoyed airplay from him as well as Ming and Jon on The Monday night ride out also on Exile FM.

The Weather is as cheerful as any other track I have heard, and they never fail to bring the sunshine into their music. Whilst I can hear many vintage influences in their work they have such a distinctive sound. If you’re having a bad weather day please go check them out, the forecast is glorious!

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THE ZEROPOINT PROJECTS – ThirteenThirtySeven

A one-man production located in Newport South Wales, The Zeropoint Projects takes influences from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and DJ Shadow. Little wonder that his work is right up The Toal family’s street.

This was my other half and fellow mod Mark’s favourite from this weeks inbox, also my 12-year-old Ollie heard it last night and loved it! He described it as “experimental, dark, spacey, and industrial.” I think that’s exactly what it is, and it’s brilliant. Coming in at just 1 min 45 seconds it’s short and sharp and on point. I think someone is after my job, little future mod in the making?

If you like a mix of electronica, trip-hop, ambient and plain punk rock go check out more.

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TINA BOONSTRA – Talk It Over

Tina Boonstra cut her teeth on the London open mic circuit. Her music has been supported by BBC Introducing London, Hoxton Radio, and has been added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.

My fellow mod Tobi found it hard to contain his enthusiasm for this track – his very favourite from the inbox – and he says “The inherent spirituality of Tina’s music shines in this triumph of optimism and love cast with deft simplicity into musical form. My pick of the week and much needed ray of light in an otherwise all too cloudy year.” Yes he is indeed way better with words than me! It’s a cracking track. A welcome addition to any playlist.

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31hours

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.

Louise Toal

Louise was a cellist in a previous life before reality got in the way! Her unwavering passion for all things music means she listens constantly whether at home or work, attending as many gigs as babysitters allow. Read More. Find Louise on Twitter @louise_toal.

6 Comments

  1. Lovely reviews Louise. Great background on all the artists, spot on with your comments and a big thanks for giving my show a little mention too. Just one thing though. You are surely too young to remember when we had to listen to music on cassette tapes! Great job. 🙂

  2. Andy Page

    A cracking playlist this week & a Cracking set of reviews as anticipated Lou, and yes, regarding our mutual love of S.O.SU, if an Undertone is praising your music, your doing something special! Right, I’m off to peruse some Cassette tapes…

  3. Louise Toal

    Cassette tape envy! Thanks you two! X

  4. Sue

    Most definitly awesome reviews awesome Louise.

    And thanks goodness we have advanced since cassette tapes! – I think people have forgotten how awful they were…. 🙂

  5. Eloquent and well researched. Nice work pal!

  6. Really nice summaries, Louise. Your enthusiasm for new music and independent artistes comes across really well.

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