Fresh Faves: Batch 416

Deyah

Artists at a glance

ALLY CRAIG
DEYAH
FINNEGAN TUI
JEREMY JOHNSON FT. MASHA MARIA & MARIJE DE VRIES
KID ACNE FT. JAZ KAHINA & VANDAL SAVAGE
LEROY HORNS
POSTER PAINTS
SHORT SHARP SCRATCH
TAM DEAN BURN & GEORGE T
THE ISLAS

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.

Listening to 200 tracks between Monday and Thursday can sometimes feel a bit like speed dating. Taking the reviewing seat however, I get to take ten tracks on lots more dates, hence getting to know you all better. Tracks that might otherwise have passed me by — the beauty of having a whole team of moderators. I feel all the more enriched for getting more intimate with these sublime songs. Welcome back everyone!

ALLY CRAIG – Carole Lombard

This is the first release from Oxford based Ally Craig’s upcoming solo EP, Digitally. A beautiful song that my buddy and fellow mod Andy Page describes as “a heart-rending tale of fate.” Ally uses his voice, along with a remarkable synth backdrop, to describe how lives were lost simply by the toss of a coin.

Having usually made music and performed before as part of bands, this is Ally’s own work. The entire EP was homemade and mastered at One Cat Studio by Jon Clayton. For me he has a really unique way of using synths, so I won’t even try to box his style into a genre, and I don’t think I need to.

Ally has also received support from BBC Introducing Oxfordshire.
We wish him all the best on the release of Digitally, which is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.

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DEYAH – Shoreditch

Deyah is a Cardiff-raised, Berkshire-based MC and producer in her own right. Having scooped the Welsh Music Prize last year, she has certainly secured her status as a prolific rapper and musician. This might well be my favourite of the bunch, it was love at first listen for me. I’m a sucker for female Hip Hop these days, and there is an abundance of talent out there to be discovered. Deyah’s vocal, which swings between English, French and Yoruba, oozes slick confidence and attitude.

With a pounding bassline, some flirtation with horns and bashing percussion, TenBillionDreams has nailed the production. It was lovely to hear Cerys Matthews play Shoreditch on 6 Music just yesterday. I feel big things await this young star. Just amazing!

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FINNEGAN TUI – More

Finnegan Tui is a multi-instrumentalist originally from New Zealand, now residing in England. He dedicated his life to music after attending his first gig at the age of 6.

Taking influence from life, Finnegan collects sounds from the world around him to incorporate into his music. Anything from a forest to his own kitchen. His adventurous nature shines through in More.

Beginning gently, almost with a vulnerability, building into crescendos of wonderfully wonky noise. Sometimes eerie and slightly sinister. There’s an intense psychological tone to More, that for me, translates into a sort of bitter yearning. Theatrical and elaborate, a striking piece of work.

I’m glad you dedicated your life to music Finnegan, it certainly suits you!

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JEREMY JOHNSON FT. MASHA MARIA & MARIJE DE VRIES – Twelve Fifty-Six

Jeremy Johnson is an emerging British singer/songwriter who is passionate about sharing his music in a live setting and connecting with people. Twelve Fifty-Six features vocals and co-production by Masha Schenkel and Marije de Vires with cello performance from Gayla Samborsky.

We get a little slice of heaven from this collaboration. Stunning harmonies being guided along by the Guitar and melancholy tones of the Cello. Twelve Fifty-Six floats effortlessly, as if it was just always meant to … glorious.

Jeremy has an ongoing project in which the aim is to write, perform, mix, master and release one new track on the 21st of each month in 2021. Also please do go and have a peep on his website, there is some dinky merch to be had!

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KID ACNE FT. JAZ KAHINA & VANDAL SAVAGE – Transistors

Malawi born, Leicestershire raised and now based in Sheffield, Kid Acne is not only a well established hip-hop musician but also a talented Artist and Illustrator.

Transistors is a collaboration with East London-based musician, Jaz Kahina and Nottingham-based Vandal Savage.

I adore this track, Produced by Spectacular Diagnostics, its dazzling horn-lead funk had me hooked from the first bar. It’s fluent Hip Hop that’s catchy as hell. Total hit!


Transistors is the first single from the upcoming album NULL & VOID.
Kid Acne’s website is another one that’s well worth a visit. A dude of many talents.

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LEROY HORNS – A Message From Eileen

Since missing live shows over lockdown, Brighton based Leroy Horns has thrown himself out of his comfort zone, away from his bands, Barnacles and Resonators. and brings us a marvellously eccentric solo track. Having worked with the likes of Prince Fatty and The Magic Numbers, Leroy’s experience shines through. He admits to being petrified about going alone, but he needn’t be.

A Message from Eileen is splendid. Leroy seems to be using his saxophone to express his feelings and does it so brilliantly. To me, at least, it sounds like a mighty lockdown rant of all the horrible feelings we’ve all experienced. I could be wrong, but that’s how the musical energy spoke to me, that’s the magic of art and music. I’m drooling for more please, it’s as good a therapy as it gets!

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POSTER PAINTS – Never Saw It Coming

Comprised of Simon Liddell (Frightened Rabbit and Olympic Swimmers) and Carla J Easton, both successful in their own right, the Glaswegian pair have teamed up to give us Poster Paints. Having changed their way of working, they have embraced the ‘new normal’ to make art.

Never Saw it Coming has a true nostalgic feel for me, sort of Indie-pop with added shoegaze. The pair have a sophisticated charm that will carry them far.

If you’re craving more of their elegance and are based in Scotland, they are about to support Teenage Fanclub at their Scottish gigs. If you need more notice than that, then 7th October at The Poetry Club in Glasgow is the date for you.

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SHORT SHARP SCRATCH – Reggie

Short Sharp Scratch is Brighton-based songwriter and musician Jak Chantler. The track Reggie features vocals from Aimee Montague, bass and synths by Mo Pleasure, close harmonies from Rob Lamont and drums by Sam Garner.

This song is another cracker. It’s snappy and infectious. Elements of funky soul with a sprinkle of jazz for good measure. Aimee’s vocals are flawless. It was definitely one of the standout tracks for me from the inbox. Sublime composition and production!

At a glance I can see a live show coming up on Nov 8th at Brighton Prince Albert as well supporting some faves of mine, The Allergies in Bristol on 22nd Oct. That will be an amazing gig!

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TAM DEAN BURN & GEORGE T – My Favourite Place

George Demure, otherwise known as George T is a Scottish DJ, audio and video producer that can be found in either Edinburgh or London.
His background is mainly in electronic music but he dabbles in other genres too.

My Favourite Place is a spoken word track with soft and ambient electronic beats glowing behind the poetry. It’s no secret that I have a huge soft spot for the Scottish accent, and it really paired well with my walk this morning where I was getting soaked in the teeming rain, yet somehow with this on my headphones, it didn’t seem to matter.

A beautiful arrangement!

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THE ISLAS – Oblivion

Norwich-based The Islas are Nathan Baverstock, Ross Allen, Granger Wittering and Ed Chalu. Oblivion is a track from their recently released EP of the same name.

Think ‘coming of age’ rhythmic Indie, throw in some clever lyricism and melody and we have a recipe for success! Highly accomplished for such a young bunch.

The Islas have received support from Radio 1, RadioX, NME, and BBC Introducing. They are definitely one to keep your ears and eyes on in the near future and I get the feeling that they would be an amazing live act too.

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The Islas

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.

Deyah photo by Shot By Nee
The Islas photo by James Hubbard Creative

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.

11 Comments

  1. Hugh Gillan

    Great reviews Louise!

  2. Great job Louise. Really enjoyed reading these reviews and I missed Cerys’s show so didn’t know she played Deyah but that’s great to hear too. 🙂

  3. Boom baby! Welcome back. This is all just lovely x

  4. Great set of tunes, I enjoyed listening to them all again whilst reading the reviews by Louise : )

  5. Thanks so much for the lovely write-up! I really appreciate the encouragement.

  6. Andy Page

    Awe, great start to the new season! Fantastic reviews Lou- surprised you had time, what with speed dating all those Scotsmen!! 😉

  7. Louise Toal

    Thanks team! And funny Andy! Ha! X

  8. Great work Louise! Congratulations on everyone making the faves this week!

  9. Sue

    Great reviews Louise … all are wonderful but that Deyah track is just so fab!

  10. Brill job on the reviews Louise

    Salute to all the artists

    x

  11. Loved the review Louise

    great way you have told all the details

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