A Bliss Abyss – Moksha by Chris

AND we are back to regular posting schedule. What better way to kick off the week by welcoming all the new members of the Fuck the Radio family to an old favourite; A Bliss Abyss.

The North-Carolina based musician/psycho friend of mine has up and left his friends and family to hike the Appalachian trail solo with little resources to seek solitude. It’s some serious Into the Wild movie style shit, and standing at roughly 2,180 miles- the Appalachian trail passes through no less than 14 American states, and is one of the longest marked hiking trails in the world. Only one-quarter of those who attempt to hike the entire trail succeed. The journey typically takes six months to complete.

Anyway, enough of the geography lesson, you’re here for music; and A Bliss Abyss is one of the most talented and brilliant producers I have ever met. He released his EP for free download off of his website and is surviving entirely on the donations of fans.

The Moksha EP itself is one of the most beautifully crafted records of the year. I can’t recommend it more highly. An amazing blend of electronic music combined with guitar, topped off with brilliant production skills and an ear for incredible detail- this is something to have on repeat for quite a while. Grab it for free off of his website:


Daisuke Tanabe – Ate by Chris
April 27, 2012, 2:07 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , ,

Daisuke Tanabe (who also goes by simply ‘dt‘) put this Acid Jazzy number out about a month ago on Soundcloud. It took a-while to settle in, but by the second listen I was absolutely hooked. The clever subtleties excel in Ate, creating a dynamic track comprised of tightly meshed vocal snippets and percussive glitches. Amazing creative work;

Daisuke Tanabe – Ate



David Bonas – Ambient 2 by Chris
March 23, 2012, 2:44 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , ,

When it comes to ambient music there’s only really 3 ways that you can go when naming a track… there’s the Autechre method of mashing the keyboard with your fist and calling your new masterpiece something like ‘Derfg’, there’s the somewhat pompous method of naming it something like ‘Tulips Dancing in the Winter Air’ and then there’s the method that David Bonas has chosen, simply assigning a number to the track which, when paired with a genre results in something like Ambient 2. While it may not be much in terms of creative titling, it gets the job done.

It may be an oldie, but it’s still an underground gem. Just needed this to cure my morning-after-a-big-night feeling.

David Bonas – Ambient 2



Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah by Chris

Everyone has bizzare rituals; whether it be conditioning thier hair before they shampoo, purposely wearing socks inside out- or something a little more involved, like sitting in the same seat at the same bar every Friday after work and ordering the same drink. We all have little things that we like to keep to ourselves- it’s what keeps us sane. For me, every Sunday night after I get home from the radio station, I pour myself a small glass of red wine, turn the TV onto the ‘classic movies’ channel (where they play all the old black-and white films), mute it, and listen to music.

Kwala‘s album Shabang may be the perfect soundtrack for these moments. As wine slowly stains my lips and the suave-looking detective in the movie lights up his cigar, Kwala‘s expansive pads and smooth down-tempo rhythms fill the full aural spectrum. Not demanding enough to be abrasive or distracting, yet far from being boring or repetitive- the best way to describe Kwala‘s music would be something like ‘post-trip-hop’. Excuse my ‘typical-music-blogger-making-up-meaningless-genres-to-avoid-actually-describing-the-music’, but being superfluous when it comes to these things does nothing justice. Plus I want to enjoy my wine.

Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah

The full album is available here for a pick-your-price download and it comes with my highest recommendation:

<edit: It seems to have disappeared, but there is still some great stuff up there>




Oliver Tank – Dreams of Fish and Waterfalls by Chris
December 2, 2011, 3:50 PM
Filed under: Mellow | Tags: , , ,

Oliver Tank is an amazing artist from Sydney, Australia. Dreams of Fish and Waterfalls is ripe with glee and hope… tinged with a subtle sense of melancholy. Very emotive.


Oliver Tank – Dreams of Fish and Waterfalls



Insun – Positive Limitation by Chris
November 27, 2011, 1:33 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Mellow | Tags: , , ,

Positive Limitation is a track I found hidden away in my ever-growing maze of music folders with no hint as to how I acquired it.

All I know is that it’s credited to ‘Insun‘. This may or may not be the same Insun as this Sweedish trance producer who has similar stylistic attributes in his music; but he doesn’t seem to have a track named Positive Limitation available… which further deepens the mystery of how it ended up in my possession.

Regardless; if you are into looming ambient music- check out Positive Limitation– a track which you might not be able to find anywhere else!

Insun – Positive Limitation

Jaydot – Mean Machine (Jamie Lee Rmx) by Chris
October 5, 2011, 10:36 PM
Filed under: Dubstep, Mellow | Tags: , , , ,

There’s something slightly perturbing about this track. It could be the deep bass that drones on throughout, or it could be the subtle, ringing noises that haunts you as you listen. Either way, the juxtaposition between the filtered sections and break-beat dubsteppy elements make this an interesting listen. If it doesn’t win you over at first, give it some time and listen again… at night… on your own in the dark.

Jaydot – Mean Machine (Jamie Lee Rmx)

Above & Beyond – Filmic by Chris
August 17, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Dance, Electronica, Mellow, Trance | Tags: , , , ,

I’m not normally a trance fan, but a friend leant me Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy and I’m actually digging it. a nice mix of chilled electronica and uplifting trance, give the opening track Filmic a listen and see if you can resist trying out the rest of the album.

Above & Beyond – Filmic

Naminé – EP by Chris
June 22, 2011, 11:37 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , ,

I had the pleasure of catching Naminé playing a set at one of my favorite bars recently. The live performance is just as amazing as the recorded versions- a feat not easy with this type of music, especially as a solo artist. The parts played on a keyboard and looped through a pedal board. Mellowing vocals and hugley atmospheric synth sounds hold you in the moment throughout the whole EP. A great listen.

Naminé – EP

Enter Shikari – Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land by Chris
March 17, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Mellow, Noise, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

Now I’m no screamo fan, and having a band like Enter Shikari appear on this blog may come as a bit of a surprise. Known mainly for their combination of electronic music and post-hardcore rock, Enter Shikari have a real treat with the first track of their album ‘Take to the Skies’.

Although it serves an an introduction into the album, mixing straight into the angsty screamo song after it; Stand Your Ground is thoughtfully crafted and has a feel of it’s own. Perhaps that’s why it got granted a title unlike the other similar-yet-not-as-great ‘Interlude’ tracks on the album. Disappointingly short (although you can’t complain as it does serve it’s duty as an introduction to the album), Stand Your Ground is worth a listen to ears  beyond the land of screamo.

Enter Shikari – Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land

Aphex Twin – Avril 14th by Chris
January 25, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Chilled, January Tracks, Mellow | Tags: , , , ,

Aphex Twin is one crazy mofo, and his music can be a little difficult to get into, unless you ease yourself in slowly- like a hot spa.

So over the next few days I’m going to post a just a few tracks, progressively more and more acidic until you’re raving on LSD with no pants on to crazy jungle-like drums and 303 basslines.

But let’s start easy. It’s hard to believe Avril 14th is by the same twisted being that created Come to Daddy. This peaceful piano piece will NOT put you to sleep, but have you relax deeply in your chair, eyes closed without a worry in the world.

Aphex Twin – Avril 14th

Tomorrow: Let’s get your ears prepared for something a little more acidy.

Tokimonsta – Aching Nodes by Chris
December 7, 2010, 9:30 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , ,

Tokimonsta is one of those girls who are beautiful, pretty and cute all at the same time. I mean, just look at her!

Similarly, her music is mysterious, playful and mellow all at the same time. This Los Angeles producer is another prime example of the trip-hop sample-based tunes coming out of the underground LA scene. Her Cosmic Intoxication EP was released April this year and contains some amazing stuff reminiscent of Daedelus and Nosaj Thing’s sound. Aching Nodes brings together some glitchy beats with some other elements that let you relax, but not let your musical guard down. Give it a download:

Tokimonsta – Aching Nodes


Crystal Castles – Violent Dreams by Chris

Putting on Violent Dreams is a good way of reminding you that the world is a terribly sad place…

I just don’t know how else to describe it. An unconventional and emotional track.

Crystal Castles – Violent Dreams

A Bliss Abyss – Sakajaweea by Chris

Chillout/Ambient, Beautiful stuff. Made with live improv- a true underground talent in A Bliss Abyss.


A Bliss Abyss – Sakajaweea









The Musologist – Beacon by Chris
October 10, 2010, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Electronica, Mellow, October Tracks | Tags: , , , , ,

Like a fusion of old-experimental electronica, with the new polished stuff. Reminds me of Jarre or TRS-80

The Musologist – Beacon

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