January 20, 2015, 4:12 PM
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You are dreaming and in your dreams theres a boat, a smooth beat and a good friend with you and you are rapping lines like ‘…life changing young brother like DMT, eye opening mothersucker like LSD…’ then you wake up. Unlike you ESESE (Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Experience) have made their dreams reality. A Melbourne based collective of talented artists who reside in the cool summer breeze of Melbourne’s flourishing music scene, Hudson James Jnr and Hancoq are featured in the dreamy summer time visuals. AINTNO stopping a young brother who’s presence is reminiscent of DMT.

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Dr. Bones & Marigold – Treehouse by Chris
March 18, 2014, 3:14 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

I didn’t realise, but I had my speakers turned up really, really far when I hit play on the intro track of Treehouse so my first reaction was HOLY CRAP THAT BASS IS LOUD! But even with my stupidity getting in the way, it made for an enriching listen.

For a bit of background, Dr. Bones is a future beat producer out of NYC (I’m sure regular readers will enjoy his two free EPs to be found here and here) while Marigold is a Boston-based vocalist. The pair have created a layered electronic-folky type sound full of them delicious organic samples. My heart was pounding a mile a minute after being startled by the initial volume I had my speakers set to (again, my fault- not theirs), but luckily the album is beautifully relaxing.

Ape Tit by Chris
December 5, 2012, 3:34 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Jazz | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ape Tit is a funky beat duo out of Denver who utilize real instruments in their production to create jazzy hip-hop beats. Electric Elephant  is an older release (it hit bandcamp back in May this year), while Make Love To YOU only appeared on Soundcloud a week or two ago.

Less words, more music:

James Litherland – Where To Turn by Chris
March 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, video, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This weekend I’m going to hit you up with another video (perhaps I’ll do this regularly from now on):

The main focus is on the first minute or so- James Blake fans will get tingles. Funnily enough, it was James Blake‘s father who produced Where to Turn, released back in November ’06 before James Blake heavily re-worked it into the minimalist-electronica piece that it is now The Wilhelm Scream. Give the original a listen and see what you think- I must admit progressive rock is not usually my thing, and James Blake did such a magnificent job capturing the mournful emotion behind the lyrics in his version; but I’m a real sucker for talking about samples and the whole father/son thing makes for a neat story.

Of-course, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you simply must check out James Blake‘s The Whilhelm Scream which I coincidently included on this mixtape.

Also, if you think this sort of stuff is cool- I recently wrote an article with some more widely-known samples for Purple Sneakers right here: http://www.purplesneakers.com.au/2012/03/listen-where-does-that-sample-come-from/

Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far by Chris
January 30, 2012, 11:36 AM
Filed under: Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

The sounds of Gorilla Junk are a mish-mash of familiar instrumentation and unique creativity, (I could swear there is a paper-rustling sample in Unkown Voyage So Far) something admirable and risky- yet pulled off very well in this case.

The melodic rock influence in Unkown Voyage is prevalent- there’s even some distorted backing guitar (something we don’t hear much of on FTR), award for most unique sound however goes to the use of the aussie didgeridoo during the track’s second half which serves as an interesting backing to a loud jazzy bass. Give it a listen!

Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far



The Townhouses – Backyard by Chris
January 5, 2012, 3:52 PM
Filed under: Chillwave | Tags: , , ,

The Townhouses

The Townhouses is a deceptively pluralised name for what is fundamentally a solo project out of Melbourne, Australia. Although main artistic mastermind Leigh Hanna is accompanied by Hamish Brooke on trumpet in Backyard to create a dreamy atmospheric chillwave piece with a subtle hint of African musical influence.

Backyard fills out the musical spectrum in an enriching way; with the deep bass drums grounding the low-end of the frequency spectrum contrasting nicely with the glitchy lyric-less vocal line and hi-hat flutterings that occupy the mid and high sections respectively. Your ears will appreciate the variety of sounds used in the piece and how well The Townhouses has managed to fit them all neatly together in one beautiful package.


The Townhouses – Backyard

Bandcamp (free EP available):


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Juzhin – Tupona by Chris
November 9, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

Juzhin is a downtempo artist from Moscow putting out some really amazing music… and he’s giving it away for free on Soundcloud, so get in there before the rest of the world discovers him.

Tupona is a pleasurable mix of acoustic sounds. I’m guessing there are samples in there because I can hear the pop and crackle of vinyl. It’s really neat stuff, a laid back fusion of chamber-jazz and ambient; artfully crafted in a way that pushes Jason May (the man behind the music) beyond the negative stigma of ‘producer’ and into the respectful realm of being a ‘musician’. That said, everything is well produced to a very professional quality, and although his soundcloud following may be small, you can safely bet Juzhin is no stranger to being played through the headphones of many.


Juzhin – Tupona



Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf by Chris
November 5, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

I haven’t posted much indie/folk music on Fuck the Radio simply because I feel that it’s developed it’s own strongly established scene in its own right. Fans of the genre will most likely already be familiar with the more mainstream names like Bon Iver and Morissey (I don’t use the term ‘mainstream’ negatively here, unlike many hipsters that will abandon their favourite band once it’s Facebook page reaches over 1,000 likes in order to look ‘alternative’). Even the most indie-twee-of-twee such as Kimya Dawson (and her anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches), Joanna Newsom and Antsy Pants enjoy their spot in the relatively ‘popular’ limelight (one only needs to listen to the soundtrack of the film Juno to discover this).

There was a time when I had a *whatever the latest iPod device was* chock-a-block full of indie punk-folk music. I’d spend weekends lying in bed listening to Noah and the Whale (I occasionally do still indulge in the odd listen on Five Years Time), My Little Pony, Laura Marling, Neutral Milk Hotel etc. This was the time that I learned to love music; when I discovered there was a world beyond the ubiquitous pop music that I never quite found accessible. Then came the whole indie-revolution, and suddenly everyone was trying to like the most edgy and obscure bands they could find.

Sea Wolf aren’t particularly edgy- The album Leaves in the River was released in 2007 and they play out much like a Death Cab for Cutie clone. As for obscurity, You’re a Wolf was in shows as popular as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries… It even plays during a scene in Zombieland. But I think it deserves a more in-depth listen than being the backing track for a movie or television show can provide.

The melodic, dreamy mood shaped by the brilliant bowed strings and Church’s vocals fills your ears with a near euphoric indie-pop sound that has manage to retain it’s listening pleasure to me all these years since my indie-rock phase.

It may not be the most groundbreaking song you ever hear, but put simplistically, You’re a Wolf is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf

Magnetic Man – Flying Into Tokyo by Chris
September 28, 2011, 10:49 PM
Filed under: Classical, Experimental | Tags: , , , ,

I caught two of my favourite artists Skream and Benga perform as part of Magnetic Man at Parklife Festival recently. My god it was mind-blowing. Their dubstep sound has elements of classical drum and bass/jungle and even progressive/minimal techno.

Flying Into Tokyo however is none of these, but rather a contemporary classical piece that really breathes life. Quite stunning, something to lie on your bed and listen to on a rainy day.

Magnetic Man – Flying Into Tokyo

Loreena McKennitt – The Mystic’s Dream by Chris
September 23, 2011, 9:14 PM
Filed under: Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

I started this blog as a way to escape my Mum’s terminal cancer. The reality of living at home with somebody on their deathbed is not easy.

I used music to escape. And when that wasn’t distraction enough I started this blog. I started writing early September last year, scheduling the posts to be released in October. I wrote the first post and scheduled it for October 1st, the next post for the 2nd etc… I continued to write daily, scheduling more posts for October. They stop abruptly when she started to really slip. She died on the 23rd of September. That’s a year ago today.

She asked this song to be played at the funeral, and it’s beautiful. Although I’m sure my Mum would probably disapprove of the name I chose for this blog, she’d really dig the music I post on it. This one I know for a fact that she did, and I can see why.

Mckennitt‘s vocals are beautiful, the song is so gorgeously haunting, the atmosphere it embodies is captivating, it draws me into a medieval world with it’s droning pedal tone and ritualistic drum patterns. Simply magical and powerful music. A MUST for lovers of Celtic music (although this is pretty much the Stairway to Heaven of celtic songs, so I’m sure if you’re a celtic music fan you’ve at-least heard of Loreena McKennitt before), also a perfect introduction for a novice to the genre. The percussion, vocals and overall ambiance of the song is so perfectly and elegantly crafted.

Loreena McKennitt – The Mystic’s Dream

Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story by Chris
September 7, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Psychadelic, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Death in Vegas’ sound spans across many genres, from grunge to electronica to acid-rock the list goes on and on. Typing their name into iTunes and playing through their stuff on shuffle can trick you into thinking you are listening to several different bands. I feel Aladdin’s Story is a good psychedelic rock track to show off their sound- and it’s been awhile since we had music like this on the blog.

I recommend you check out  Death In Vegas if you like a mix of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Tame Impala and stuff like The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream and Unkle. A very eclectic band.

Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story


John Powell – The Next Adventure by Chris
April 11, 2011, 10:11 PM
Filed under: Movie Music | Tags: ,

The problem with movie music is that… well… quite frankly it’s ‘typecast’.

Modern composers such as John Powell and Jesper Kyd are hidden behind a curtain, when they could be basking in well-deserved glory with the likes of Dennis DeSantis.

Just listen to this track from Mr. and Mrs. Smith… try to push out the image of Brad and Angelina prancing around in an unflattering ‘action-packed romantic comedy’… YUCK.

Luckily the music is much more sophisticated, Powell’s use of modern percussion styles mixed with more traditional orchestral scoring is an amazing musical juxtaposition that fits oh so nicely. Suspended cymbal builds layered into percussion patterns are reminiscent of modern electronica, while the strings, flutes and horns all give an amazing emotional body to the song.

John Powell – The Next Adventure


Also, may I add, I had a primary school teacher named John Powell, and he was a complete asshole. fuck you John.

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.

Lemon Jelly – Page One by Chris

Chilled, Brilliant. Lemon Jelly’s ‘Page One’ off the fantastic album ‘Lemonjelly.ky’ sinks smoothly into your inviting brain.

Stream bellow is a low-quality snippet of the full track. I highly recommend the download.

Lemon Jelly – Page One

Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings by Chris
October 2, 2010, 8:00 AM
Filed under: Electronica, October Tracks | Tags: , , , , , ,

Upbeat, Happy. Something to listen to on a Sunny morning.

Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings

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