Alternative Friday

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

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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The Fresh on the Net ‘school year’ has just ended, and we’re now on our holidays, but in the past 10 months we’ve had over 7000 tracks submitted to us for potential inclusion in the weekend Listening Posts, and we’ve listened to each and every one!!

I’ve now created a short playlist of some of my favourites. It could have been much longer, such has been the quality of the music, but these ten tracks also highlight the range of genres that are uploaded to us on a weekly basis, which make it an engaging listening experience. So, dig in and enjoy a range of sounds, from hip-hop to garage rock, Latin jazz to country folk, EDM to indie, and more…

bigjimcambo · My FOTN 20/21

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We’ve another varied array of wonderful new music in this latest mixtape, as we jump between EDM, desert rock, lo-fi and dream pop, soulful RnB, smoky jazz, & more. Don’t pre-judge your less favoured genres though, just dig in and explore these hugely impressive musicians. Enjoy…

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 21 – #4

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Here’s the latest eclectic mixtape for you to investigate and relish. Too often I pigeon hole songs into genres, but maybe good music should just be enjoyed, regardless of their style. So here’s another 10 impressive tunes to wander through (which include a bit of smoky jazz, infectious indie, toe-tapping folk, anthemic post-punk, soulful RnB, & garage rock ‘n’ roll). Sorry, couldn’t help it. Enjoy…

bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 21 – #3

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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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Photo by Chloe Insall-Jones

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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