Alternative Friday

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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

We’ve another eclectic array of impressive new music in this latest mixtape, covering everything from blues rock to dreamy electronica, soulful RnB to jazz punk, and more. So dig in, find your favourite tracks, and explore the artists further for more great music. Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · The Alternative Friday Mixtape 20 – #7

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There have been some amazing lockdown inspired music videos made in the past 6-months, and this is surely one of the best. The track itself doesn’t just evoke a 60s Motown pop sound, but the infectious video adds an wonderful extra layer, which draws you in, and ensures you’re singing, dancing, clapping, and smiling for a while!
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Seprona are a 5-piece band from Liverpool, who I first came across at the start of 2020 following the release of their excellent track Lost In The Lonely Hearts, which opened one of our Mixtapes. They’ve recently released the follow up, Rose Tinted Eyes, which is another barnstorming and contagious tune, and to coincide we’ve nabbed front man Daniel for a Q&A. So, read on to find out about the band, their music, hip shaking, goalkeeping… and channeling his inner Ricky Martin!
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The Fresh on the Net school year has come to an end again and we’re now on our summer break, however I’ve been through my little black book for the past 11 months and, as always, there’s been a huge array of excellent new music submitted to us during that time.

So from the 5,000 – 6,000 tracks I’ve personally heard (we get 200 a week!), I’ve created an eclectic playlist with 10 of my favourites for you to browse. So press play, and take in some alt & indie rock, soulful pop, rhythmic folk, experimental art-pop and more, all the way to a stunning ballad electronica. Enjoy…


bigjimcambo · My FOTN 19/20

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I love exploring new music, whether it’s from recommendations, artists we already know, or just browsing streaming sites, and this latest Mixtape is another eclectic compendium of my favourites from the last month or two. So dig in and explore for yourself, as we go from alt rock & indie, to tropical pop, art-folk, soulful RnB, jazzy electronica, and more. Enjoy…


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