PRICK AND DING #49: BJ SMITH

THIS WEEK: BJ SMITH BJ Smith (or Benjamin James Smith) is a Balearic Folk artist based in London. He came to my attention through the fine record label he is on - Nu Northern Soul and in turn through our own Freshnet Listening Post. I like BJ's style and the warm melodic fusing of the dance & acoustic flavours in his songs.His style? - An alternative Gruff Rhys/Badly Drawn…

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PRICK AND DING #48: LAISH

THIS WEEK: LAISH Laish are folk rock heroes from Brighton and we think they're great. Above all - above the dancing folk rock musical interplay, the madcap lyrics and the playful nature of their songs - above all it was Daniel Green's voice that hooked me good, like a salty sea bass. Voices as rich and engaging as this don't sprout from the earth daily.…

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PRICK AND DING #46 :TALK IN COLOUR

THIS WEEK:TALK IN COLOUR Talk in Colour are a quintet from London who make wonderful electronic music with a chewy melodic centre. They released a much acclaimed album last year called ColliderScope and are about to release the single Candles from their upcoming EP on 29th April,with some corking remixes involved too(some free to download).You may also remember them in their former guise as The Shadow Orchestra…

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PRICK AND DING #44 :THE PAPER SHADES

THIS WEEK:THE PAPER SHADES The Paper Shades are a Folk duo comprised of Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon from Southern England. They deliver blissful understated harmonies & gentle guitar refrains that dance in & out of subtle rhythms and 'Light of the Day 'will have you swaying,dreaming & toe tapping all in one full swoop. (more…)

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SIX DEGREES – (#9)

MUSIC VIDEOS Lux Lisbon - Get Some Scars Get Some Scare is the new single and video by London based band Lux Lisbon. The single will be included in the new EP of the same name that will be released on March 25th, a 4 tracks EP that also includes their already popular song Your Heart Is A Weapon The Size Of Your Fist.  Lux…

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PRICK AND DING #36:BYE POLAR BEARS

THIS WEEK; BYE POLAR BEARS Bye Polar Bears is the project name for an anonymous musician, writer and producer based in Wiltshire. I think his biography explains this so much better than I could do in a month of sundays:- It started when not gigging or recording, jobless and skint; the music is a specific style, electronic, acoustic, pop, folk it's all in there. Its either a…

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PRICK AND DING #35:ROSE BETTS

THIS WEEK: ROSE BETTS Rose Betts is a singer/songstress based in London Town. And what a great pianist,songwriter & singer she is. Its my humble opinion that her song Dreamland would be praised to the roofs across the lands if it was Regina Spektor's latest single so why shouldn't we praise it anyroad up as its that good! New talent right here with fine work,worthy…

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PRICK AND DING #25:ADY JOHNSON

THIS WEEK : ADY JOHNSON Ady Johnson is a singer/songwriter originally from Sudbury in Suffolk and now firmly based in London. This is a man with fire in his belly,poetry in his heart and a bitter sweet bite in his voice. I've had the pleasure of knowing Ady personally for a little while now & catching him live he has never been less than outstanding.…

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PRICK AND DING #16:WIM OUDIJK

THIS WEEK: WIM OUDIJK Wim Oudijk is a singer, musician, composer and producer from The Netherlands. I've known Wim for a fair few years now; we met in the halycon days of MySpace and have continued to collaborate on all sorts of projects - although it always surprises people that we have yet to meet face to face. The power of the internet, eh! Wim…

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HOME Volume 3

Ey oop chucks, how's your life? I thought I'd drop a line or two on the FOTN pages about a forthcoming album that is being given away as a gift. Yep, for free - no money, no empty promises, no love ya and leave ya... Just twenty individual artists and twenty individual songs that are as warm and welcoming as a toasty fire - like summer weather…

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