Alternative Friday

helping to spread the word about impressive new & under the radar musicians

Skeeboo is a composer and arranger from the Venice area of Italy who creates a mixture of sounds, from delicate orchestral compositions to more animated dance-floor electronica, and with a few jazz flavours added to the mix too. Separated into two distinct projects; Moods and Modes, which is a collection of short instrumental tracks (of which vol. IV has just been released), and Tableaux Électroniques, which is the umbrella name for various remixes, he has created both a wonderfully tender as well as hypnotic array of music. So read on to find out more about his music recordings, plus producing, mixing… and potatoes!

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Music continues to be a great refuge while life remains on hold in so many ways, and this fifth Mixtape of a quite unique year is hopefully evidence that amazing new songs are still being made and released. So dig in, and browse another electic array of sounds, which come for all corners of the UK, plus some alt rock from Lithuania, Danish electro pop, & keyboard bedroom melodies from Ireland. Enjoy…

 

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 20 – #5

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Conchúr (pronounced Conor) White is a solo artist from Northern Ireland. He originally emerged onto the music scene as frontman of the band Silences, but last year branched off to create his own solo work, resulting in the excellent EP Bikini Crops, released this March. His rousing dream pop sound has already seen him appear in the first two Mixtapes of 2020, as well as a Showreel post for the EP’s title track, but now he now faces a Q&A, so read on to find out more about the EP, life in lockdown, video editing, and craft beers…
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Life is very different for all of us at the moment, but new and under the radar artists continue to produce some amazing music. This latest Mixtape contains 10 of my recent SoundCloud favourites, and takes in musicians not just from the UK, but Italy, Denmark, Canada, and Ukraine too. There’s also the Evolving Spotify playlist, which is updated weekly, so do have the occasional peek there for more great new releases. Enjoy…

 

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 20 – #4

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It feels wrong to call this 4-piece from Brighton an ‘alternative rock’ band, as it seems to miss the target a bit, with the track Mustard providing ample evidence. It’s not a rhapsody, but neither does it doesn’t have the usual verse-chorus combo, and is instead a wonderful journey, containing intimate folk flourishes, a crowd pleasing and anthemic middle to sing along to, and some raucous guitars & percussion. This simple but effective video also brings it all together just perfectly, which is why it’s here in a Showreel post.

The track comes from their upcoming EP, Mustard Coloured Years, due on April 17th via Small Pond Records, which looks set to highlight that the band are ones to watch, and to catch live when normal life resumes again.

 

I’ll be right behind you…

 

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I first heard Conchúr (pronounced Conor) White late last year when he released his debut track Daisies, which is a wonderfully moody piece of dream pop. Hailing from rural Northern Ireland, he used to front the more ethereal synth folk band Silences, but has now altered direction as a solo artist with a more rousing sound.
 
His latest release Bikini Crops is another stunning song, full of emotion, but with an uplifting chorus and powerful, almost cinematic, soundtrack. It’s also here in a Showreel post because the semi-animated video, created and directed and by Tom Denney is a clever piece of work too, and artistically it fits with the song just perfectly.

 

You know it’s true, I belong to you…

 

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Leeds 5-piece Huw & the Greater Good came together in 2017, initially as Huw Eddy & The Carnival, but last year altered their name and direction towards the alternative/indie/folk group they’ve become. Consisting of Huw Edward Thomas (singer/guitar), Mak Dawson (bass), Callum Stubbs (drums), Luke Marley (keys), and Sam Jarps (guitar), they caught my attention only recently after uploading a track to Fresh on the Net, thanks to their lively and contagious sound. Now, ahead of more new music and live dates this spring, Huw and Mak face this Q&A, so read on to find out more about the band, where Bill Nighy & Girls Aloud fit in, and which one of them lays the most gorgeous patios!
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Last year was another stunning one in terms of the quality of new artists and their music, as evidenced in the Best of 2019 Mixtape, and as the year drew to a close there was definitely no let up, as is highlighted in this first mixtape of the new year. So dig in, and enjoy a sonic cocktail of sounds as we journey from alternative psych-rock to jazzy hip-hop, soulful RnB to tropical pop, and more. Enjoy…

 


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