Alternative Friday

because great new music doesn’t always get the exposure it deserves

The talented new and emerging musicians out there appear to have spent very little time on a beach this summer, as they’ve continued to share some delicious new tunes with us, of which I’ve collated my favs in the latest mixtape. So enjoy, and spread the love for your favs as we travel through an eclectic musical landscape containing everything from garage rock to soulful pop, dark synths to exotic sunshine… and some ‘loop grooves’.


The Franklys – Weasel
Tom Walker – Heartland
Swimming Girls – 2 Kids
.imp – Pull Me Over
David Goo – Baby!
Gizmo Varillas – Hold On
Jitterz – Unicorns & Glitter
SONS – Zealot
The RPMs – Oh My God
Portico Quartet – Lines Glow

The Fresh on the Net school year has come to an end, and we’re now on the beach until September, however I’ve been through my little black book for the past 11 months and there’s been some outstanding music submitted to us during that time.

From the 5,000 – 6,000 tracks I’ve personally heard I’ve whittled my favs down to these ten tracks for your enjoyment, and as usual it’s an eclectic bunch, so press play, and take in some surf rock, alt-pop, psychedelia, indie, dream-wave, piano pop, and more. Enjoy…


Super Best Friends Club — Humans
Of Empires — See You With The Angels, Kid
Eloïse — California
Mosley Bar — Two Apart
Honeymilk — The Nothing New
Lewis Bootle — Cells
Snippet — Bad Man
Bedroom Eyes — After I Was A Kid But Before I Grew Up
Albert Man — Riding Shotgun
The Silhouette Era — Tides

Has there been a more eclectic Alternative Friday Mixtape than this wonderful array of excellent new music? I love ’em all, but you decide as you wander through everything from punk to trip-soul, indie surf to whimsical pop, and dark synth to a bit of, er, “raps, sangs and groovy thangs”. Enjoy…


Blackwaters – Let The Good Times Roll
Abhi The Nomad – Somebody To Love
The Academic – Bear Claws
The Candle Thieves – Into Forever
Honeymilk – Trip
Dutch Criminal Records – Wasted Time
Touts – Saturday Night Scumbag
Lea Porcelain – A Year From Here
Lycio – Saharan King
Tertia May – Chocolate Cosmo

The energetic alternative rock from Cardiff 4-piece (or are they?) Estrons has already been featured here, initially back in 2015, and then in the Best of 2016 Mixtape, and they return with their first release of 2017 with the equally impressive and raucous Strobe Lights. It gets a Showreel entry though, because the track has an equally impressive video, made by Toby Cameron from On Par Productions, which sees the band expand somewhat, as numerous local musicians join in. Contagious!


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This month’s mixtape is the usual eclectic event, as the wonderful array of new music includes some techno dance music, garage rock, alternative pop, indie jangle, and much more. Enjoy, and do spread the word about your favourites…


Submarines – Writing’s On The Wall
Mieux – Shenzhen
Super Best Friends Club – Love is a Morning
The Old Pink House – Take It Out On Me
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic
Eloïse – California
Starseedz – Made That Way
The Empire Police – Taxi Rank
Fifi Rong – The Same Road
Machine Heart – Shelter

Live music. Isn’t it! There’s a link between the tracks in this latest selection of wonderful Emerging artists, and it’s that I’ve been fortunate to see all four live in the past month, and they were outstanding without exception! So have a listen, explore their albums, EPs, & singles further… and then make plans to see them on a stage!


Of Empires – See You With The Angels, Kid

Leading up to the release of their new EP, Brighton band Of Empires made a highly memorable visit to The Monarch in Camden. This was the first time I’d seen them live, and I’m hoping it’s not the last, as their style of indie rock ‘n’ roll was terrific, while the infectious energy of lead singer Jack Fletcher had the crowd engrossed. You can find out more about the band in the Q&A I did with them last year, while they’ve also had a Showreel video feature for Baby Darlin’ Sugar (from the new EP), but this is the title track.

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Tom Hickox – The Dubbing Artist

Tom Hickox first appeared here in 2012, and he was excellent live then, but the launch for his second album Monsters In The Deep at The Lexington was a truly remarkable occasion, as the London based pianist with the most intense of baritone vocals was joined by a 5-piece band, and together they played a stunning set. This track tells the story of a woman in pre-revolution Romania, who dubbed bootlegged films for people to watch in secret, risking her life in the process. A fascinating story… which you can dance to!

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Himalayas – Thank God I’m Not You

I was fortunate to catch Cardiff 4-piece Himalayas on the same bill as Of Empires in London, so it was a doubly exceptional evening, and their noisy but melodic rock riffs & percussion were enthralling. To see this newly released track played live was a real treat too, and it’s accompanied by an equally strong video, which is why it’s had its own Showreel feature.

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The Magic Gang – How Can I Compete

Also from Brighton, The Magic Gang arrived at The Horn, St. Albans, the night before their biggest show to date (Heaven, London), and blew the crowd away with their infectious brand of indie and jangle pop, akin to a delightful mashup between Two Door Cinema Club and The Housemartins. The trio of guitarists also combined perfectly on vocals too, and this helped send a happy crowd home with numerous new earworms!

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Cardiff 4-piece Himalayas have come up with an infectious new single in Thank God I’m Not You, full of raucous guitar riffs, furious drumming, and a chorus that breaks any national speed limit! It’s already appeared in the May Mixtape, but it gets a Showreel entry too because the video, by Tom Large from GreenNova Productions, captures the energy of the track just perfectly.


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