Fresh Faves: Batch 435

Piri & Tommy

Artists at a glance

AAKRITI BHATT, MANEESH RAWAT & WORLDWIDE WELSHMAN
CELINE LOVE
HEAD BALLET
HELEFONIX
LUKE MOORE
ORA DEA
PIRI & TOMMY
RACHAEL JEAN HARRIS
SAM REDMORE
SCARAMANGA

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.

HAIL all ye Valentines lovers, all you singletons, all you free thinkers, listeners of all things fine. Thanks for your time spent in imbibing these short but sweet reviews. Turn it up and turn it on whilst you think about and or spend time with your favourite beings. This list made me shine and after a good sabbatical it feels good to be back. Sending you all who read this my finest regards and keep up the good work artists.

AAKRITI BHATT, MANEESH RAWAT & WORLDWIDE WELSHMAN – Tori Jaaun Re Jaaun Re

I’ve known of Worldwide Welshman for a few years now thanks to him being signed as a stablemate with CEG Records. A fine musician with bags of talent and a penchant for travel and collaboration, such as this one with Aakriti Bharr and Manesh Rawat. His skills combined with his open mindedness opens doors to works such as this. Mind this space and sit back, relax, get the candles lit, joss sticks around the bath and oil up for this sensual piece. Hush and soak, let its pure resonance touch you in places other tracks just can’t reach. 

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CELINE LOVE – Good Girl

Dulcet tones dripping with tenderness set to a slow tempo with soul and R’n’B vibrations echoing lush artists such as Erykah Badu. Head shaking, heartbreaking, finger clicking goodness is the recipe for some audio goodness the Colonel himself would be proud of. “Be a good girl with good karma, you’ll never see me take off my armour” was the hook line from Celine Love that had me flopping on the deck. Simply fabulous. 

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HEAD BALLET – Eraser

Send me in a time machine and get me on the set of Running Man, Tron or Airwolf. Fantastic chunky synth lines reaching back and tag teaming bands from the 80s such as Ultravox and Erasure. Its sinister vibes haunted me and flaunted itself as I did my solo kitchen dance. Triple plays whilst writing the reviews only served to back up my theory that this tune by Head Ballet belongs as a resident in BANGERVILLE. Turn it UP.

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HELEFONIX – Who Do You Wanna Be

I have heard work by Helefonix in the past and admired her lyric writing a lot. There is a lovely mission statement on her Soundcloud page about the honesty of self-respect, being, working on oneself, recognising red flags in those around you and redemption. I thoroughly felt every sentiment and word of this, having been through what millions of us have in the last few years. Every ounce of this is reflected in this slightly harrowing but utterly beautiful choral piece of forgiveness and self love. Thoroughly lovely human being. Thoroughly lovely track. Props.

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LUKE MOORE – If I Look Carefully Enough (I Can Still See You)

Luke Moore is a mutual pal via the old Chester scene whose career I have observed growing from strength to strength with keen interest. He never stands still, is innovative, thoughtful, progressive and a decent person to boot. If I Look Carefully Enough stands as something, to me anyway, which would be played across an Attenborough documentary about the seas. Each note dances out the waves and lashes across your face as subtly as the salt, blending itself into perfect harmonious beauty.

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ORA DEA – Condor

Opening a track with a whistle, mmmm. Brave and harks back to Spaghetti Western films, or more recently the Kill Bill Tarantino films. This song by Ora Dea (Moshe Halperin Katy Prado) is medieval in context, sampling centuries of incantation and church singing. Melancholic and powerful as a breeze of feathers in a snowstorm after a fox kills a wild pigeon. Interestingly we are introduced to a male singer around four minutes in as he questions his lover’s motivations and her feelings. Her replies in Spanish deserve a translation that I hope we get from the artist at some point soon.

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PIRI & TOMMY – Beachin

Dance music duo Piri & Tommy, hailing from Manchester and London, have composed a lovely snappy breakbeat number set to some lush female vocals. This tune wants the sunshine. “I wanna take my baby to the Ocean”. I can smell why it got voted by so many heads. It’s an upbeat positive number holding snappy callbacks to someone like Roni Size if he was to collaborate with Dua Lipa. I fully expect much more from these guys. An album of this goodness would work for me come BBQ weather.

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RACHAEL JEAN HARRIS – Battledress

A self confessed massive fan of “equine goodness” this track by Rachael Jean Harris celebrates the peacocking of a pegasus character. Overtones of hilariously raunchy lines like “all that power under your hand as you’re riding high”, and “have you seen this cloaked stud”. NOW THEN. If there was ever a sexual track heading top of your playlist tonight this has to be the one. I’d be surprised if this isn’t getting picked up and airplayed with regularity by stations all over the shop! The breakdown ending is worth the entry alone for the spanking it gives the space age tin foil suits bebopping in my head. Wowsers in my trousers.

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SAM REDMORE – Party (feat. Lumi HD)

Step aside other acts, open the curtains and let this sunshine in. Mouths open wide, here comes the groovy train. Groove. It’s the only word I could think of. It’s as slinky as the lyric “I just thought I seen you try to sneak out this party”. “Where you think you’re going? We just started and there’s many hours in this party!”. Much like their contemporary on our list, Celine Love, Sam Redmore and Lumi HD share echoes of soulful wonder, R’n’B mixup in this business, and delicious vibes all soon to be showcased on an album due this year.

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SCARAMANGA – Play In Paris

Shining out from sunny Glasgow this is a fine track by Scaramanga to end your evening romances upon. Pop a cork to this and as the object of your desires “If they want to come and play in Paris”. Arthouse indie meets power pop dance vibes — am thinking Franz Ferdinand and Mungo’s Hi-Fi. Great name too after the shady bond villian from The Man with the Golden Gun. Their sample of the reason why Jim Morrison ended up in Paris with the overtones of The Doors track blending seamlessly is just class. This is cerebral stuff. I’m keeping an eye on these for sure. You should too. TIDY A.F. n that.

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Head Ballet

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.

6 Comments

  1. Louise Toal

    Lovely work Chris! Well done to all the artists too. Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

  2. A real good read, well done Chris and everyone who made the fresh faves this week

  3. Thanks so much for the write up Chris! Delighted to make this week’s Fresh Faves alongside a wonderful array of artists, as ever!

  4. Welcome back Chris. Great reviews. Well done to everyone who made the faves. 🙂

  5. Diolch am y review, Chris. 🙂 Absolutely chuffed to be featured in the Fresh Favs alongside these other lush and magical bangers…thanks so much everyone who voted!
    The lyrics of “Tori Jaaun Re” can be interpreted as a love song, so very appropriate for today. The listening post selection was excellent too, full of exciting new discoveries as ever.
    My pals over in India will be delighted.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Da iawn, pawb.

  6. Dead chuffed to be back in the game and to have been kept in mind by Steve, Tom and the team.
    This is truly an amazing platform made better by the artist’s who contribute and who put in time to really support one another. I love it.

    Well done all! Have a great week you sexy beast’s.

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