Fresh Faves: Batch 428

Artists at a glance

BIG FIN ERA
FAKE TURINS
GRACE DAVIES
KAŚKA
LUNA BEC
ROSA LAVENNE
SKYLON
SURVIBERS
THE ALLERGIES & ANDY COOPER
TWO DAY COMA

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

It’s 4am. Let’s go through the pre flight checklist shall we?

Tea? Check.
Toast? Check.
Headphones? Check.
Alright. Let’s do this.

BIG FIN ERA – Man Has Always

This track begins with a slide down the bass into an offbeat groove that’s pleasing to the ear… then the chilled relaxed bars of the vocalist… who talks about the fact that man has always wanted to be out of his brain. The thing I like about this is the drum track – in the pocket, which allows the bass to do its thing over the top. The sounds are a bit of a mishmash, guitars riffing, explosions here and there, I like how it weaves in and out! I like the chorus where it’s sung good and loud.

“Man has always had the desire to get out of his brain!”

Quite.

This isn’t a rap song and nor is it quite spoken word, it’s a happy medium, kind of like Neil Tennant – who’s also from Newcastle, and that’s where the comparison ends.

I can’t seem to find anything about Big Fin Era online at all! A locked Bandcamp account is pretty much it, and no other details; a reference to cars is what turned up up a Google search, but if they do read this, please fix that, it would be good to know about who we are reviewing! Interestingly though they have a Ghanaian flag for the artwork for their track Movin’ On Up…

Other than that…

Great job!

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FAKE TURINS – Afterwards

Second spoken word track in the Fresh Faves this week! I like this one, it builds up quietly with just bass and drums, and guitars strumming… The words are spoken low key, and then builds up into the chorus… It’s a pretty slick arrangement, very atmospheric, there’s a saxophone solo dripping in reverb — I like this, it gives it more atmosphere and stands out in my earphones while I’m listening to it, in fact the entire production is pretty slick! The vocals go from spoken word to signs of falsetto in there and gets more frantic…

I like it.

So, who are Fake Turins?

Well they are an 11-piece outfit from North London who describe themselves as audio visual soul — their site is pretty slick by the way! They’ve done a run of gigs, with the promise of more, they were long-listed as Glastonbury emerging talent in 2019, and have got the nod from Radio 1’s Dance Presents, Radio X’s John Kennedy and Amazing Radio both UK and US.

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GRACE DAVIES – Somebody

This has such a gospel feel to it in the chorus, those harmonies are so sweet… I like that a lot. This is Grace Davies singing a piano-led song with some beautiful strings to get you emotionally stirred up. I like the piano on this, and it really talks to me as a keyboard player. This could easily be on a Brit romcom soundtrack! Maybe because it’s the season to watch Love Actually… I don’t know, but this is gorgeous.

Grace gets my one to watch badge.

So who’s Grace Davies? Well she’s a singer songwriter who’s currently killing it on Spotify streams alone (cough – 6 million – cough), this song comes from her new EP, I Wonder If You Wonder. Looking at her Insta she’s a piano player with not a small bit of talent, and has done gigs…

She’s pretty cool as it goes!

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KAŚKA – Getaway

This is a nice slice of electro pop in the Faves. I like the pad that opens it up under Kaśka’s vocals, the synth bass throbs along nicely on top of a great beat… You get 80s vibes from this, but at the same time you get the 21st century twist. The harmony choices are pretty sweet, as are the synth choices. I like the drum machine sounds too, earworms to keep your head nodding and your toes tapping! Great work here Kaśka. Congratulations on making the Fresh Faves.

Kaśka is a Polish vocalist, producer and mixing engineer based in South London. She creates alternative soundscapes where electronic pop meets with jazz, soul and ambient music. Imagine dreamy vocals, synthesisers, saxophone, bass and drums creating evolving soundscapes together.

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LUNA BEC – Debt

Luna Bec makes a return with a stunning song that’s sparse in instrumentation but boy does it step up.

She sings “There’s a debt to be paid, there’s a history that cannot be erased…”

Luna sings her lyrics with rhetorical questions and I like the gentleness of her voice. Not harsh, but a whisper.

The instrumentation features a bass, guitar, a kick drum, synth strings, and a tambourine, and it’s held together beautiful with harmonies flowing in and out.

This just hits the spot.

So… who is Luna Bec?

Luna Bec and I have history, we met twice: once at the Cre8ing Vision Ultimate Seminar, and once in Covent Garden, plus I have interviewed her for my blog. A very sweet person to go with her beautiful songs!

She composed her first film score at the age of 16 (I was still learning how to program drums on my Yamaha PSS-780!), and comes from a very theatrical family, so being a musician and artist was natural. She’s very much a creative, also creating her own own visuals too.

Welcome back Luna.

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ROSA LAVENNE – Jarvis Valley

Rosa Lavenne’s voice accompanied by guitar… this makes for a gorgeous song, her vocals are wistful, and it gives me a yearning to hear singer-songwriters just going back to simplicity again… You can just see this being performed on an empty stage in a theatre. Not a big arena, just a theatre. There’s a synth lead in there as well as a drum hitting two and four, kept very much in the background, with Rosa being at the forefront. I got lost in this one. Very easy on the ear!

Her website contains a lot of videos available on YouTube both of promotion and live performances.

According to her site: Rosa has been played multiple times on national radio (BBC Wales) and has been compared to folk greats such as Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and June Carter, with particular praise for her voice, which is reminiscent of old Celtic folk music. A lover of all things vintage, Rosa has created an image based on mid-century nostalgia that is present in her homemade videos that incorporate spliced footage from bygone eras. It is important to Rosa that her art is entirely her own, which is why she writes, records and produces all the sounds entirely herself.

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SKYLON – Adeline

Ah now this is an interesting collaboration between Paulfcook, Dorothy Bird (who’s been in a Fresh Faves I’ve done previously and interviewed) and Luke Moore. I don’t like using the term supergroup, so I will call it an alliance of creative minds. The end result is beautiful. I like the chord changes in this, the strings are low down in the mix and allows Dorothy’s vocals to shine; she treats the song so gently, and brings a gentle touch to it.

Goosebumps moment.

So… who are Skylon?

Well, according to their Bandcamp, Skylon is an ‘accidental band’. The project began when paulfcook invited Luke Moore and Dorothy Bird to collaborate on a track he had written the music to. The positive feeling from this collaboration led to the Postcards EP being written and recorded over a year, with the band members working remotely from home studios in Berlin, London and Liverpool. They debuted their live set at our Neil March’s Vanishing Point event in August 2021, as well as playing Liverpool Acoustic for LEAF. I look forward to hearing more from them!

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SURVIBERS – Leave It Right Here

This particular song caught my ear in the inbox for many reasons. First of all the synth bass line is gorgeous, and the synth pad sound as well as the unautomated arpeggio line too. There’s a really nice section that starts from 1:52 which plays into a nice jazzy piano solo, but it’s there to disguise a sneaky little key change from F# Minor to E minor.

Impressive. Most impressive.

This is why I labelled them my track of my week.

Survibers is a collective of like-minded creatives who live, love and work within music, yet they have found it necessary to create a space where raw and fertile ideas are allowed to flourish. The trio are ex-Berklee students Francis and Katrina King-Smith and Aniff Akinola. Since their debut in March 2020, Survibers have been aired on numerous radio stations around the world and their tracks have been added to over 80 Spotify playlists.

Interview with them incoming shortly.

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THE ALLERGIES & ANDY COOPER – Utility Man

“Come on!”

Great. Where are we going?

“Are you ready?”

Hell yes.

Whatchagotforme???

Well, I’m glad I asked. This track hits you in the chest with a beat based around a double bass riff, and drops a beat that gets your head nodding…

Oh. There’s some scratching.

SICK.

The lyrics are delivered to you at a normal pace, then… it’s all ramped up, my brain just couldn’t comprehend what it was hearing… Honestly! Go listen! This got me grooving and air drumming, and air scratching too… This comes from their album Promised Land, and will serve as my soundtrack on the way to work.

Who are The Allergies?

They are DJs Moneyshot and Rackabeat. Their mission is simple. To go boldly where no one has gone bef- no, wrong mission!

To reshape funky vintage sounds for the dance floor. Interestingly enough they only use 45’s for their sets. They bonded over classic hip hop and beats, and are inspired by the golden eras of funk, disco, soul and hip hop.

They brought in MC Andy Cooper to lace this beat with solid bars, and it’s not their first collaboration. I really enjoyed this.

Thanks fellas.

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TWO DAY COMA – I Need A Nurse

This is a cool number to close out the Faves — jangly guitars, the singer complaining about how he feels and requires a nurse…

I really appreciate the musicianship on this, the count in on the sticks and then straight into the track, the vocals are very much in keeping in character of the lyrics, and I like that – you can’t sing a song about not being well by being upbeat vocally, and this fits well…. The entire musicality of this track made me appreciate it a whole lot more! Well done!

Such a great track, and makes me want to go check out their other material which is always a good sign.

Two Day Coma are a Bristol band consisting of Tom Harris, Jake Scarborough, Ollie Lucas and Zach Harkavy. They take their influence from anything from Britpop to post punk and folk. They’ve caught the ear of BBC Introducing, Clash Magazine and 6 Music, and it’s helped them attract a dedicated fanbase.

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Two Day Coma

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.

Two Day Coma photo by AJ Stark

Del Osei-Owusu

Del is a songwriter, producer, keyboard player arranger and musical nerd from South London, Del comes from a gospel music background but listens to anything, everything and nothing. Read More

5 Comments

  1. Great reviews as always Del. Lovely mix of enthusiasm, research and humour. Well done to everyone who made the faves too. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the write up Del!
    Really great to see Rosa Lavenne and Kaska in the Fresh Faves, too. Both wonderful (as are all of the featured acts here!).

  3. Lovely set of fresh faves wonderfully reviewed by Del. Thank you very much Del for stepping in at such short notice and I’m really very sorry about the 4am start!

  4. No problem Marina! I’m not a great sleeper so that’s my writing time! Thanks Neil and Luke! Pleasure as always!

  5. Lovely reviews Del, thanks and thank you music artists too for the range of tunes

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