Fresh Faves: Batch 448

Gabriele Pribetti

Artists at a glance

ALOOSH
GABRIELE PRIBETTI
LEMON LAKE
MADAME CLAUDE
MARTHA JEAN
PIMLICAN
SARAH MCQUAID
THE HAPPY SOMETHINGS
WASUREMONO
WAX WORKS

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.

Thank you everyone for submitting tracks last week. 

No dad jokes this time around (Steve’s probably sighing in relief…)

Before I forget big massive happy birthday to our boss, Mr Tom Robinson for 1st June! 

Right. 

Headphones charged? Check. 
Tea? Oui. 
Engines lit, 4 in the green…
Red 5 standing by.

Let’s go. 

ALOOSH – Waiting

Well. 

This is nice. 

I love the way it starts, you get a hint with a muted bass tapping out the rhythm, then there’s a chord before the beat drops.

The bass line is hypnotic, good strong rhythm to it, right in the pocket. 

The drums are punchy, giving the whole track something to groove on. Really well executed!

Now the vocals…

Smooth buttery soul, just what you need to hear on a sunny May day…

Very easy to listen to! 10/10 on this.

Aloosh are:

Jodie Scantlebury – Vocals / Percussion / Vibes

Alastair McNeill – Guitar / Synth / Piano / Backing Vocals

Joshua Blackmore – Drums / Piano / Percussion

Jack Allinson – Bass / Synth / Vibraphone / Backing Vocals

It seems there are conflicting bits of information about them online but this is the line up that I found. Either way, good job!

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GABRIELE PRIBETTI – Rain Project

Mmmmmmm LOVELY piece of jazz here…

It starts off all mournful, with a dark progression of notes on the sax. 

A second sax comes in, what’s disorienting is that the sound is not pure, it sounds like there’s a broken instrument in there, so it gives it a raspy feel… it works though, I’m not complaining. 

I love the fluidity of the double bass here, played skilfully by Michele Monolli, and also the drums by… *does a double take*

You’re kidding me… 

JOSHUA MCKENZIE’S ON THIS??????? MCKNASTY HIMSELF????????

That dude is badass on the drums…

Joshua. 

I DOUBLE TRIPLE DARE you to bless us with a track from your catalogue on Fresh On The Net. 

The musical force is strong in his family.

Anyway, his drumming is on this, and he plays the outro… love his choice of snare, by the way.

Also in the mix are:

Tomasz Bura – Piano, Keys, Synths 
Graeme Flowers – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Gabriele Pribetti has a very impressive CV. He has played with Stormzy, Wizkid, Bob Geldoff, Jordan Rakei, Daymé Arocena, Imelda May, Kamaal Williams, Mostack, Tiana Major9, Stefflon Don, General Levy, Zion Train, Jah9, Channel one sound system, U-Roy.

He’s a London-based musician, and according to his Bandcamp bio, he has a percussive approach to his instrument and his writing. Gabriele’s music combines his love for jazz and improvisation with his classical upbringing, leaving large spaces to Improvisation.

With so many contenders from the Listening Post this is my track of the week.

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LEMON LAKE – You Need To Go Now

Now this is a combination of several things that made me pause and listen to it a few times. The chord stabs are very 80s for two reasons — the sound itself is a softer version of an analogue synth that Jam and Lewis used on What Have You Done For Me Lately? by Janet Jackson — turn it up a little bit and you’d get that. As a child of the 80s I love it.

The synths strut, and so do the guitars; there’s a funky element to this, so it wouldn’t surprise me if one of Lemon Lake’s influences are straight out of the early to mid 80s.

The synth bassline is addictive, and so’s that guitar part…

Well played! Arpeggiated synth lines too? You spoiled us with this one… 

Oh and the vocals? Love the way they’re recorded the vocals are really powerful in terms of the range! Nice harmonies too… there’s even a spoken word bit in the breakdown which has been processed.

So who are Lemon Lake? 

According to their Spotify: “Lemon Lake is the lockdown-born brainchild of Donal Pywell and Fernando Sanchez. The world’s grooviest Irish/Chilean collaboration. As session musicians in London, they got to learn the music industry from the top down, and the bottom up! Now they’re ready to release their first single and bring their sound to the live stage. Their latest single You Need To Go Now is a funk groove awash with synths and layered guitars that encourages the listener to seize the day.”

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MADAME CLAUDE – Threw It Away

Ska time? 

Of course. 

And this starts off really slow with a bit of a Middle Eastern influence dropping into the groove – oh there’s a vibroslap in there too! The guitar line gets stuck in your head for a bit, so I’m giving you fair warning now! 

This grooves on perfectly, and makes you wonder what they sound like live because the energy of this track gets to you.

Talking of which, they’re having a whale of a time gigging from the videos that I have seen. They’ve also gigged with Seb Lowe who also brings fire, keep an eye out for that one!

So, in my research it turns out Madame Claude are named after a notorious French brothel keeper. 

Notorious for wh-? 

I’m not even going to ask…

But according to their Facebook profile this is who they are and what they do:

“Madame Claude are a band of vibrant musical tastes, both fierce and smooth in voice and ska-jumping rhythm. Like their name-sake, the famous brothel keeper, they’ll get your heart pumping rapide! If you have the brass, she’ll give you a good time.”

Quite. 

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MARTHA JEAN – In Love Without A Lover

“I’m in love without a lover,
It’s no problem,
It’s no bother,
But I saw him with another, 
I’m in love without my lover…”

These are the lyrics that got me invested into the track, it’s a song that is written in bitterness, but the love is not reciprocated it seems.

You think it’s a love song, but it’s not. 

I love the way that this plods along, the star here is Martha’s voice, and the way it’s produced shows this as evidence especially since you have to listen to the spoken bits that are hidden within the track.

Neat trick!

Martha Jean is 21 years old according to her Spotify, and hails from a small town outside Leeds. She grew up playing guitar and singing around the house and listening to her dad’s record collection of Portishead, Kate Bush and Radiohead.

A BIMM student, she’s been shortlisted for the BBC Introducing Live Lounge, and has just started gigging and appearing at open mics.

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PIMLICAN – Scratch

Pimlican makes a welcome return with an a track that combines some impressive turntablist skills, with a house beat, plus a rap. 

What a mix!

The track starts off with a Middle Eastern-influenced vocal, then the beat drops in with an 808 drum beat, Pimlican delivers his bars over the beat with a London accent that is chilled (did you just wake up and hit record?)

The scratching is what gets me though, from 2:22, there’s a scratch solo, that I can imagine would give the seasoned turntablist heads amongst us cause to nod our approval.

I was never part of that scene, but I grew up in the era when it was just becoming a thing, so I can feel it. I interviewed Pimlican, he’s no stranger to Fresh On The Net, having been featured on the faves, with artist Josie, he’s also played Neil March’s Tomorrow Calling Festival and went down a treat. Check out our interview here.

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SARAH MCQUAID – Time To Love (The St Buryan Sessions)

I can never tire of hearing Sarah McQuaid’s voice.

This album catches a live performance recorded in lockdown at the stunning St Buryan’s church in Cornwall – except there’s no live audience, Sarah was recorded with that space providing a natural reverb. 

She accompanies herself on the guitar on this and she just….

Shines.

Her voice reminds me of Christine McVie and Carole King, the realness of her singing sits right there. 

I could go on. 

But I won’t. 

Do check out the St. Buryan’s Sessions album, and also make sure you catch her on her live dates, it would have been a crying shame for her not to take this out on the road, and from our conversations most weeks on Twitter, I know she’s having fun…

She’s a great piano player too! You need to hear this.

Sarah McQuaid is a singer songwriter born in Madrid to a Spanish father and an American mother, raised in Chicago and living in rural England. She was taught piano and guitar by her folk singing mother. From the age of twelve she was embarking on tours of the US and Canada with the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Her project, The St. Buryan Sessions is her sixth from which this has come from, and was recorded in 2020 during lockdown as a live concert without an audience. Check out our interview here.

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THE HAPPY SOMETHINGS – New Life

My favourite wibbly wobbly timey wimey pop trio are back…

And as always they bring the goods and they bring it well!

The melody is very much in keeping with their retro sound, but they add some interesting twists from the future too. 

“Welcome to your new lifestyle anytime you want, any day or week or month it’s only just begun.”

I like that lyric. 

The song has lots of nice things to play with your ear, with lovely harmonies, and there’s the use of retro synths in there which I love the sound of.

You will need to give me your recipe for this Happys! 

All in all fab work. 

This comes from their EP Ego Test, which will be out on Bandcamp in June. 

Frankly I can’t wait for that to come out. 

The Happy Somethings are a trio from the Midlands, and I’ve interviewed them for Fresh On The Net in the past as well. I have a lot of time for them, their sound is very refreshing. 

Great work Happys! Much love to you. 

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WASUREMONO – Happier

This song kicks off with just a snare and drums and a melody that’s a mix whistled and sung at a high pitch. The chorus is catchy, again there’s a real 80s feel with this one, and I have no complaints about it! 

This song has such a bounce to it that doesn’t fail to make you smile.

The video for this on YouTube is colourful and creative, there are dancing toddlers.

Like I said, this doesn’t fail to make you smile.

I’m wondering… are those drums from a Linn 9000?

Hmm. 

Wasuremono 忘れ物 (Japanese noun. Meaning: lost article; something forgotten) is a musical project driven by multi-instrumentalist William Southward and his love to write, record and meticulously arrange atmospheric pop songs in his shed studio in Bradford-On-Avon, UK. All of the music is released on The Wilderness Records, a record label setup by William in 2013.
 
The band made up of William, Madelaine Ryan and siblings Isaac and Phoebe Phillips have become firm favourites with BBC Radio 6 Music, with regular spins and a session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios. They have supported both The Flaming Lips and Phosphorescent on tour, playing at iconic venues such as Shepherd’s Bush Empire. They are also my one to watch. 

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WAX WORKS – Puffer Coat

This song is a cool listen, both lyrically and musically! 

“Call me when you want
And I’ll find you
I promise that I won’t leave you on hold
And maybe later on
I could lend you your favourite puffer coat
Keeping you warm”

The song starts off with drum machine elements reminiscent of Drake’s Hotline Bling before falling into step into a steady rhythm. 

Love the vocals on this as it’s so easy to listen to, the bassline is my favourite on this though as it’s what’s providing the bounce factor.

Lovely track to close out the Faves with!

This is from Wax Works’ EP Why You So Sad, which dropped on 20th May. Now that I’m done, that’s my soundtrack for breakfast. 

According to his Spotify bio: “starting with musical forays on a drum kit at the age of 10, making noise in the quiet, rural village of Thurston in Suffolk where he grew up, Wax Works aka Adam Levey has never looked back, his love affair with music quickly gravitating toward the guitar, songwriting and self-production. Now residing in Leeds, this self-sufficient, multi-instrumentalist now spends most days in his bedroom, chipping away at his distinctive sound. 
Wax Works proclaims his sound to be a ‘love child’ of indie pop stars Dayglow and Alfie Templeman, and 80s disco and funk. Early influences The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys seem to also bubble up through his riff-based choruses and use of fuzzy guitar tones.”

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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.

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

10 Comments

  1. Great reviews in your highly distinctive style Del and, as always, with nice research and great knowledge of subject. Also, what a great ten tracks. Well done everyone who made the faves. 🙂

  2. Louise Toal

    Brilliant work, Del, and all the artists! X

  3. Thanks for the cool review Del. The rap just came out of wanting to say what you see sometimes 🙂

  4. Well done everyone and Del.
    I absolutely love love love the Martha Jean track!

  5. Thanks Louise!

    Pimlican – observational, best way to go with that. I just loved the way you went old school with the scratching too.

    Marina it’s a cracker isn’t it! Thankyou all.

  6. Thanks very much Del for the class write-up! What an honour to be a fabulous Fresh Fave this week for our first release:)

  7. Lovely read. Great top ten. I enjoyed the L.P. and it’s a sign of the strength of the tracks that Bryde didn’t make it through!

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