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Leaks De Landa EP Launch by Chris

At age 19, Thomas Guida aka. Leaks is the youngest member of the Fuck the Radio Collective. His De Landa EP (out on the free digital label Absent Fever) was put out late May, and is holding up to be one of my favourite releases of the year (check out the brilliant I’m Glad You’re Still Here). He’s finally got a release party together with supports from Audego, Surf Dad and fellow brilliant Fuck the Radio artists Alta.

If you are in Melbourne on the 19th, you can head down to Ding Dong lounge, where Guida will be giving away 100 limited physical copies of the EP for free, and also playing for you live. As you can imagine, I have seen him live before and just a hint: it’s a good gig to bring a special guy/girl friend along to for holding hands and looking into each-other’s eyes n shit.

OR just go with your 100% nothing suss platonic mates and chill out to some soothing beats either way.

Peep the event here -> https://www.facebook.com/events/1398726227006016/



Wintercoats – Heartful by Chris
July 10, 2013, 9:53 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , ,

One of my favourite local young Melbourne artists, Wintercoats released the soothing EP Heartful in April as a ‘name your price’ download via Bandcamp.

Wintercoats will be performing at the Yes Please 2nd Birthday Party happening in Melbourne on July 18 at The Worker’s Club with live sets in the band room from artists on the Yes Please artists I’lls, Fishing, Wintercoats, Guerre and The Townhouses. Plus DJ sets in the front bar from Oscar Key Sung, Andras Fox, Simon Winkler, Tim Shiel and Adam Christou.



Willow Beats – Alchemy EP by Chris

Fuck the Radio Collective home boys Willow Beats have been super busy, returning from a sold-out national tour to support the release of their second EP (below).

I had a quick exchange with Narayana earlier,

There are some tracks on the EP that I started a year ago, some that came together in the last few weeks!
We tried much more experimenting with this EP. There are a-lot more recorded samples and things like the water drops in Elemental (recorded in my bath tub). A-lot more attention was paid to the individual sounds as well. I wanted every small aspect to be as good as I could make it.
The tour was sold out which was incredible! It was amazing to see the amount of support we have! You don’t really realise from Facebook etc but when you see support in numbers its incredible.



Movement – Feel Real by Chris
May 23, 2013, 12:47 AM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Dance, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , ,



Dylan Hill – The Fall by Chris

Melbourne-based Dylan Hill shows a great deal of heart in his productions, with the same mellowing touch of say, Leaks or even Holy Other.

The Fall blends recorded guitar with some fluttery electronic instrumentation, some soft-to the touch percussive samples and delicate vocals- a style that’s rapidly developing it’s own little place in the greater scheme of electronic music through the likes of Oliver Tank, the aforementioned Leaks and many more.



Willow Beats – Alchemy preview by Chris

Fuck the Radio Collective artists Willow Beats have just dropped a preview video for their new single Alchemy to be released on the 11th of March.

If you live in Melbourne you can catch them live throughout March as they play through their Workers Club residency, with support from Allday and other FTR Collective artists ColourwavesAlta and Yosemite.

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Lord Leonator – Can You…? by Chris
February 15, 2013, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Hip-Hop, Upbeat, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

Style plus ease seems to be the perfect formula for hip-hop production, and Lord Leonator has successfully achieved this in his latest album Dirtport. The Düsseldorf based producer is no stranger to this blog, but he just keeps on giving.

The first track of the album, Can You…? is an animated opener oozing with buoyancy and life, you can feel Leo‘s enthusiasm for music through his cuts and glitches. An energetic launch, this gets you right into the diverse set of raw head-bopping beats of the rest of the album.

 



Sir Deckster – Rewind Me Up (Feat. Mari Posa) by Chris
January 17, 2013, 12:30 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Jazz, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

I’ve had this one for a-while, but I have to share, because Brussels-based Sir Deckster is a really fantastic find. With a solid musical fusion of various elements- there’s a hint of The XX, perhaps a little SBTRKT and everything in-between. Rewind Me Up features some smooth jazzy vocals which mesh very well with the intricate percussion and fluttery ambiance.



Alta – Stay Awhile by Chris

ALTA are no strangers to Fuck the Radio but if for some reason you ignored our urgings to GO GRAB THEIR BRILLIANT FREE EP last time, perhaps this reminder will sway you. Check out the dope new video above while you are at it.



Capeface by Chris

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Rapidly gaining a well-deserved following is UK-based Capeface, a name you may be familiar with if you checked out our FUCK THE RADIO: EXORCIST MIXTAPE. On-top of tagging this release BRILLIANT (oh shit yes) download it free here right now -> http://www.mediafire.com/?a1e22bbelyc70jo. I caught up with Capeface a little while back to ask a few quick questions- hit the soundcloud ‘play’ button below and read what he had to say while soaking up his lush sounds.

First up- where’d you start? How’d you get into music?

I had a really classical upbringing to music. I started learning to play the tuba as well as joining a choir at the age of 8, more out of curiosity than anything, and then over the years I developed a very theoretical understanding to music. I started writing music properly when I got to secondary school for my studies, and then it became a hobby. Ever since then I’ve gradually adapted my styles until I got to this stage now.

Where does the name ‘Capeface’ come from?

My mate and I had gone up to Sheffield for a rave. Quite a few drinks later, we ended up convincing the DJ’s we were professional MC’s, so they asked us to get up on the mic. When asked for our names, my mate already had his alias, and i was alias-less. At the time, i was wearing a cape fashioned out of a sleeping bag and had some LED glasses on, so under pressure just blurted out ‘Capeface’, and ever since then i just ran with it!

What was the first record/cd/single you bought with your own money for yourself?

I think the first CD I ever bought was actually ‘Air Guitar Anthems’. I used to listen to my parents rock vinyls, (the likes of Black, Sabbath, UFO, Motorhead etc.) when I was a kid. I was brought up on a diet of that and Queen! I was so sure I’d be a lead singer of a rock band …

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’m starting to delve deeper into the underground scene at the moment; I feel I’ve only just skimmed the surface. South London Ordnance, Paleman, Dusky, Blawan are just a few of the people that I’m particularly into right now. Audio Cultures label is pumping out some incredible tunes at the moment as well. Oh and Thology’s also got a new EP out called ‘Introspect’ that’s well worth a listen!

What will music sound like in 10 years?

I couldn’t possibly comment! Capeface has only been going for 9 months, before that I was writing electro house tunes. Judging by that, I’d probably say some Tuvan throat warbling?

What non-music release has the best music?

The stuff John Williams writes is just insanely good, ‘Star Wars’ has incredibly evocative as well as powerful music, so most of the films he writes scores for are just brilliant.

If you could collaborate with anybody living/dead, who would it be?

Probably Freddie Mercury, just an fantastic musician on so many levels, plus the music video would probably be jokes!

Lastly, what’s your alcoholic beverage of choice?

A good fine English Ale, one in particular called ‘Taking the Pith’, plenty of citrus-y undertones, I highly recommend it.



ALTA – Stay Awhile by Chris

Shaping up to be the release of the year, you better believe I’m tagging Alta‘s Stay Awhile debut BRILLIANT (the lucky 7th tag earned this year).

From the seductive slowness of the eponymous opener Stay Awhile to the cheeky musac samples in Elevator, the overall progression of the record effortlessly moves from dreamy sample-heavy blues-ballads to solid trip-hop sounds in Next and Bees.

The most impressive element of Alta‘s sound is the way beatmaker Julius’ sample-heavy beats marry with vocalist Hannah’s organic soulful voice to create a fresh-yet-familiar vibe within the tracks. The only thing I dislike about this album is that when I listen to it on my iTunes, Alta Mira by Björk always comes on once it’s over and that song drives me fucking nuts; but, assuming you won’t have the same problem, I highly recommend you take the time to give this release a download.



ba. – Paklausyk by Chris
August 8, 2012, 9:43 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Experimental, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Getting exotic today with some goodness from Lithuania of all places. This unique breed of… experimental-indie-pop? I don’t know what you’d call it. Alternative electronica perhaps? I don’t know. My job isn’t to needle genres anyway.

Benas Aleksandravičius (+10 points for impossibly difficult surname) is a tricky one to write about due to my inability to speak Lithuanian. Even armed with Google translator, you’d have to do some pretty crazed Facebook stalking to find anything beyond the fact that ‘ba. is what he calls himself- assumably derived from his initials.

Now I’ve briefly spoken about my past love for German rock before on this blog (albeit in a hugely un-related context), and there’s just SOMETHING about ba.‘s music which tingles that little bit of my brain. That being said, the rock sound is only a subtle tinge in Paklauskyk compared to his other tracks like Tai nėra rimta (split) and Era. Worth a listen to all the same- something a little different for your ears today.



L Λ WNMOWHER – Navi by Chris
August 6, 2012, 12:54 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Electronica, Upbeat, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Those that played or knew someone who played Ocarina of Time in their younger years (ie. everybody) are probably very familiar with the ever-persistent little blue fairy thing bugging you every two seconds trying to boss you around the game. HEY! LISTEN!

Luckily, L Λ WNMOWHER‘s wonderfully produced Navi track has more to offer than bringing back memories of telling the Nintendo 64 to SHUT THE FUCK UP.

L Λ WNMOWHER – Navi



Hawaii94 – Cruise CTRL by Chris

More or less a slight step-back from the usual swirling game-boy-style chiptune arpeggios and excitable dream-pop hyperactivity found in Hawaii94‘s previous releases; Cruise CTRL brinks on progressive-disco-esque thumping and sweeping filtered waves of sound. Something that anyone can groove to; especially when the familiar vocal swoons drift in over the top. A final highlight is when Hawaii94‘s glo-fi sound climaxes into a glitchy crescendo of fun-noise.

Hawaii94 –  Cruise CTRL



The Doppelgangaz – Here We Go by Chris
June 28, 2012, 12:17 PM
Filed under: Hip-Hop, Jazz, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

The mysterious Doppelgangaz duo produce some killer hip-hop and are on their way up the ladder- their music has been featured on the front-page of bandcamp, and I can foresee some favourable reviews coming their way.

I know normally on this blog I feature largely instrumental tracks, today I’m posting Here We Go which has some pretty dope flow and lyricism as well as tight, jazz-sample-based production. If you are into rap, I recommend checking the rest of their tracks. As whole, the record flows quite smoothly from start to end.

The Doppelgangaz – Here We Go




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