Eclectic Picks: Batch 421

Every week Signal Committee present an Eclectic Picks playlist. All tracks are selected from the full inbox of 200 tracks that are submitted each week to Fresh On The Net. This week all the hard work and credit goes to our special guest moderator, Michael Donoghue

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

Our playlists are orientated to the alternative music fan. Lyrics are not essential, abstract ideas are embraced and the fusing of different genres is encouraged. If you used to write band names on your pencil case at school, you’ll probably like our playlists.

INTRODUCING MICHAEL DONOGHUE

Straight off the back of making last week’s Fresh Faves, Michael Donoghue finds himself in the spotlight again, this time carrying the burden of picking this week’s Eclectic Picks.

Like most of our guest curators so far, Michael is an artist that we first discovered last summer on the Twitter feed for BBC Introducing’s Feedback Friday. You can call it IDM, braindance, downtempo electronica, techno or ambient electronica. Maybe it’s all of those things, but whatever it is, his alien soundscapes are innovative and the production is always reliably slick.

Although you should never judge a book by it’s cover, there’s often a natural correlation between an artist’s visual art and and their audial art. In other words. his artwork is mint too. Anyway, here’s one of our favourite tracks of his, Oumuamua. Check it out, and then Google ‘Oumuamua’ and learn something new – even if it’s a pointless fact in the hope it comes up in a pub quiz one day.

OUR PICK OF THE WEEK

It was tempting to give the nod to the Phat Controllers who have proven themselves quite the masters of remixing other artist’s work with their own blend of breakbeat – this time remixing Bulzara’s track, Dirty Cops. However, the truth is that this is one of the strongest inboxes we’ve ever had so we’d be rolling a dice to decide. Instead, we thought we’d find a diplomatic solution by giving it to Patrick Wray for the comedy value. If you don’t know what we’re on about, just listen to the first 20 seconds of his track below…

A FEW WORDS FROM MICHAEL DONOGHUE ON THIS WEEK’S PICKS

I’m thrilled and honoured to have been given the opportunity to select this week’s Eclectic Picks. I’ve tuned in many times before and every time I’ve discovered something new, different and quirky. Sifting through the whole FOTN inbox blew my mind. It amazes me how much talent is out there. If I could have made this playlist 4 hours long I would have. Thank you to the legendary Signal Committee for allowing me to make this week’s selections. I hope I’ve done you proud! Massive love to the whole FOTN team for continuing to support independent artists and for giving us a chance to be heard. All the best. MD x

LISTEN

You can listen to this weeks playlist using the player below, or click here to open the Soundcloud playlist in a new window. For the best listening experience… crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the music!

 

ARTISTS SELECTED THIS WEEK

  1. ERRUNHRD -Ruminate (Meditate
  2. CARAPACE – Blorenj
  3. BULZARA – Dirty Cops (HOT PHUZZ REMIX by THE PHAT CONTROLLERS)
  4. TANGERINECAT – House of Shards
  5. KIFFIE – Butterflies
  6. CLIVE NEWLANDS – Cosmic Surfing (Clive Newlands and Furious Labs Productions)
  7. KEJ – Un Hombre
  8. BLOOM’S TAXONOMY – Pluvius
  9. THE VIC C PROJECT – Scavengers
  10. GCM AUDIO – Nomad
  11. D/R/U/G/S – Time After Mind
  12. CHOLLY – 3 Day Weekend
  13. GABY DUBOISJOLI – Jveux Des Frissons
  14. EGGBOY – Light
  15. SMYER – ATYPICAL
  16. GOMRUND – Lay On Hands
  17. KAT FIVE – SYLVA 247
  18. THE LONG MOUNTAIN – croesawdy
  19. NEIL FOSTER MUSIC – Wired
  20. HELEFONIX – Out Of My Hair
  21. CHLOE AUGUST – Halloween Parties
  22. PATRICK WRAY – Oh Blimey (it’s Rachel Riley)

RADIO OPPORTUNITIES

We all have ambitions to get on national radio, but in the meantime there are loads of great, independent radio stations that are always looking for new music of the alternative variety. They offer no promises, but the following hosts tell me they that, if you made this list, they’d like you to get in touch to be considered for their show:

  • Chris Watts, presenter of “In The Moog” online on NCCR (UK) (Twitter: @chriswatts1965.  Electronic/synth-based tracks (mp3 &/or WAV) to chrisinthemoog@gmail.com, together with artwork &/or band pic and your Twitter handle).
  • Lucas Gil, presenter of Supernova on Glitterbeam Radio (Twitter @lucasgil, apply by his website here)
  • Joe Figueira of North Manchester FM (Twitter @moretonguy, apply with MP3, short bio & twitter handle by e-mail to joefigueira@yahoo.co.uk)

POLITE REQUEST TO ALL ARTISTS

If you’re on Twitter, IG etc make sure you put a link to your social media pages on your soundcloud profile. It’ll save curators, moderators, radio folk etc lots of time letting you know you made the cut. On the other hand, maintaining anonymity might lead to a cult following in a remote location that you don’t find out about until someone from Svalbard FM hunts you down 20 years later to do a Searching For Sugar Man-esque documentary.

Signal Committee

Signal Committee are a four piece band from Bury, England. Their influences include the likes of New Order, Radiohead, Bowie, Jon Hopkins and Massive Attack.

3 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for including J’veux des frissons in this amazing playlist. I’m very proud! And excited to give it all a listen right now ♥ ♥ ♥ Gaby

  2. Patrick Wray

    Thanks for including my silly song ‘Oh Blimey (It’s Rachel Riley!)

  3. Carapace

    Thanks very much for including Blorenj, really happy to be a part of this list!

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