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I made a suit out of sandpaper, & walked through a carwash…

One of Enjoyable Listens’ taglines is “music to recede the hairline”, but I’d add “music to make you smile” too.  This duo, fronted by Luke Duffett (above), have been making music and playing live for a few years now, but first came to my attention in 2020, with the releases of the tracks That’s Where My Shoes Were and The Key Of Innocence, which highlighted his impressive baritone vocal & baroque pop style, which combine perfectly with his fabulously witty lyrics. Continue reading

Alex Lipinski is a singer & songwriter from the Bristol area. Blending a warm alternative Americana style, he has made a couple of albums to date, but released this rousing & anthemic track late last year, and which comes ahead of his new album For Everything Under The Sun, due for release on May 6th. It has already appeared in the latest Mixtape, but also gets this Showreel post as the video, recorded & edited by Tony Hobden, beautifully mixes modern footage of Alex performing the track, along with some wonderfully edited vintage black & white video clips.

And if you want to catch him live, he’s not only playing, but also co-curating the Lost Causes festival on Feb 26th in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Is this what you want?
Is this what you need?
Are you getting enough 
Of anything…


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As last year came to a close and the new year dawned, there was no let up in the quality of new music being released by new and under-the-radar artists. So here’s the first Mixtape of 2022, (incidentally, the Best of 2021 is right here) which is another eclectic affair, taking us from alt rock to afrobeat, and indie pop to hip-hop, plus an orchestral delight and more. Enjoy…

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 22 – #1

The Vegan Leather – She Don’t (F.T.S)
Reallyhealey – Big Sister
Talman – On Dreams – Feat. Petravita
Sister Ghost – Cut Like A Thorn
Alex Lipinski – Groundhog
Badbelly – Grand
Big Softy – Supercomputer
Youth Sector – Self Exile
Three Underneath – Faded
Shay Hazan – Afrobeatz

The Evolving Tunes playlist has been true to form again in 2021, so as the year draws to a close here’s an eclectic playlist with 25 of the best tracks to have appeared since January. It contains an array of genres, so dive in, enjoy, and keep an eye on the main Spotify playlist during 2022 for more impressive new, emerging, and under the radar musicians.


Life hasn’t exactly returned to normal in 2021, but the quality of releases from new and emerging artists has remained as strong as ever. The regular mixtapes are in themselves a mini ‘best of’, given the 1000s of tracks I hear as a Fresh on the Net moderator, as well as on my other musical travels, but here is my end of year ‘best of the best’ selection.

It’s an eclectic array of highly impressive sounds too, ranging from dark alt rock to infectious indie, some poetic pop, space & dance electronica, country folk, smoky jazz, soulful RnB, and more. Enjoy!!

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Best of 2021 Mixtape

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The final mixtape of 2021 has arrived (aside from December’s best of), full of yet more highly impressive music from new and under-the-radar artists. It’s another varied mix, covering alt rock & indie, dark & dancefloor pop, jazz electronica, instrumental funk, and more. So sit back, press play, and enjoy…

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 21 – #6

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The Islas are a 4-piece indie-rock band from Norwich, consisting of (left to right) Granger Wittering (bass, backing vocals), Nathan Baverstock (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ed Chalu (drums), and Ross Allen (lead guitar). I first heard them last year when they released the track Close (which made the Best of 2020 Mixtape), but they’ve just released their debut EP, Oblivion, which is jam packed full of fabulous lyrics, melodies, and first class vocals, while everything has then been put together perfectly to create an infectious collection of songs. Ahead of its release I held this Q&A with frontman Nathan, so read on to find out more about the EP, bass players, Branston Pickle Mini Cheddars, and cheesy 80’s music!
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