Alternative Friday

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

Jackson Mathod is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, with the key focus being the trumpet. To date he’s largely been a session musician, featuring with the likes of Stormzy, Jordan Rakei, and Fika, but has just released his debut album, Travels in a Confined Space, which showcases his prolific talents as it ventures between upbeat Latin and a more laid back smoky jazz sound. He plays the London Jazz Cafe on May 24, but for now he faces this Q&A, so read on to find out more about the album, performing at Ronnie Scott’s, and avoiding the nonsense that is Bisto gravy! Continue reading

Live performances may still be in lockdown, but stunning music continues to be released from new and under the radar musicians. So here’s some evidence with the latest mixtape, which is full of huge tunes covering everything from the melodic to the moody, via the occasional dance floor shuffle. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing as many of these acts as possible when normal life resumes, and I hope you will too. Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 21 – #2

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The man behind Ed The Dog is Ed Wetenhall, a graphic artist and musician who is currently in the middle of a move from High Wycombe to London. He recently released his second album Untitled.crashed.crashed.crashed, which is an impressive array of of indie-rock and garage-pop tracks (I’m convinced Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon would be proud to have made this album). He’s kindly taken time out from the move to take part in this Q&A, so read on to find out more about the album, touring, biscuits, and the alphabet!
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As we kick of 2021, the latter part of 2020 was in no way a quiet one for new music, with a barrage of excellent releases. So here’s an eclectic array of some of the best as we kick off the Mixtape series for 2021. It takes you from alt-rock & indie, to folk, jazz, blues, and more. Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 21 – #1

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The Evolving Tunes playlist has done exactly that during 2020, but while it has been a very difficult year I believe music has continued to inspire us, so here’s a playlist with 25 of the best tracks to have appeared over the past 11 months. It contains a wide array of genres, so dive in, enjoy, and keep an eye on the main Spotify playlist during 2021 for more exceptional new, emerging, and under the radar musicians.


The unprecedented circumstances in 2020 mean it hasn’t been the best of years, with life turned upside down for all of us in so many ways. Music has continued to inspire us though, so as it draws to a close we reveal our annual Alternative Friday Awards… so who are the winners?

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We’ll never describe 2020 as having been a regular year, with life turned upside down for all of us. And while gigs & festivals have sadly been few and far between, music has continued to inspire us – with no let up in the quality of releases from new and emerging artists. The regular Mixtapes have highlighted my favourites, sourced from the 1000s of tracks heard via the Fresh on the Net inbox as well as elsewhere, and so to trim them down to the tracks below proved quite a challenge!

It’s an array of wonderful sounds too, from alt rock & indie, to Afro folk, emotive electronica, soulful pop, and more – so I hope you come across lots you love too, and next year do keep an eye on the regular Mixtape and Spotify playlists for more impressive new releases. Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Best of 2020 Mixtape

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Enjoyable Listens is the solo project of London’s Luke Duffett. In recent months he’s released numerous melancholic yet foot-tapping pop tracks, which also showcase the warm strength of his vocals. His latest challenge however, is to face this Q&A, so read on to find out more about his musical background, furniture making, crayfish risotto… and toast! Continue reading

The warm summer sun has sadly left the UK, and the nights are drawing in, however there’s been no let up in the quality of impressive and infectious new music released recently. This mixtape brings my favourites together, so dig in and browse everything from alternative & indie rock, to folk, funk, pop, and more! Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 20 – #8

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In almost all cases, the Emerging acts previously covered here have two things in common – I’ve heard their music and seen them perform it live, and on both counts it’s outstanding. 2020 isn’t our average year though, and aside from some local pre-lockdown music at the start of the year, I’ve yet to go to any gigs. For the moment I can therefore only talk about Kyoti’s music, but I’d love to see them perform these tracks live as soon as normal service is resumed for us all. Continue reading

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