The Network – When Ur Down [EP] by alex
May 5, 2014, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Experimental | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Network
, pseudonym of beat-maker Jesse Rintoul, recently dropped his first EP – after listening not once, not twice, but thrice, my verdict is in: it’s beautiful.

Presented as a 15-minute continuous mix, When Ur Down seamlessly blends between tracks, enveloping them in dark ambience and the familiar vinyl distortion you’d hear in a Burial releaseMore than anything, the sense of atmosphere Rintoul evokes is so tangible and real that you won’t have any trouble wandering off into the deep, dark recesses of your consciousness.

If you’re anything like me, it’ll keep resonating even after you’ve stopped listening – that said, given the nature of this release, the saying “you get out what you put in” couldn’t be more applicable. Take your time with it.

Speaking of… if you haven’t already started listening, do yourself a favour; sit down in the comfiest seat you can find, plug in your headphones, close your eyes and put it on.  This EP works in all the right ways – it’s visceral, emotional and a true reflection on the day and age in which we live.

In other words, soak up The Network’s When Ur Down; it’s something you won’t forget any time soon.

Words: Alex McDiarmid

Titus 12 – Karnak by Chris
March 11, 2014, 12:13 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Dubstep, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , , ,

So very tempted to make this blog all about the dope shit coming out of Melbourne, there’d be more than enough to post about.

Ex-Bristol turned Melbourne local Titus 12 had his Karnak EP unleashed by Uncomfortable Beats just before our long weekend. Filled with both familiar sounds and what appear to be some quirky field recordings, the production behind Karnak is a tight mix of dub and future beat.

Fuck the Radio EXORCIST Mixtape by Chris

It’s about time we released another Fuck the Radio mixtape! Bee Ampersand spun this up on Halloween and it’s packed full of dank head-bobbing goodness from local/international artists mixed into a seamless flowing 30-minute set (with the tracks split up so you can enjoy them individually too!) ranging from trip-hop, dubstep and more.




You can also check out more FTR mixtapes here.

Sorrow – 1988 by Chris
September 26, 2012, 2:15 PM
Filed under: Beats, BRILLIANT, Chilled, Dubstep, Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s happening, I’m giving Sorrow the BRILLIANT tag of BRILLIANCE here on Fuck the Radio for his exquisitely amazing 1988. The dark, melancholic sounds and smooth, flowing nature of the track come together to create an emotionally stimulating peice of electronic music. Everything hits the nail on the head perfectly here, from the percussive sounds to the ambient swirls of noise that drift on overhead. Not many tracks get tagged brilliant, but this one has thoroughly earned it.

Sorrow – 1988

Lindsay Lowend – Buzzsaw by Chris
August 13, 2012, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Dubstep, Electronica, Trap | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Fucking aye. Lindsay Lowend dropped this monster trap beat track two days ago and it’s been blowing the shit out of my sub-woofer.

I’ve been listening to this 808-riddled heavy bass beat music for quite some time before I knew that we were calling it ‘trap’- I’m not quite sure how I feel about the name- but as I said in the last post, I’m not here to needle genres. And who gives a shit anyway, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” after all. The facts are; its accessibility as a crossover for fans of electrionca, trip-hop, hip-hop and dubstep really puts trap in a position to be taking off in a BIG way. After seeing EDM heavyweight Diplo embracing it in what is possibly one of my favourite tracks of the year, I’m legitimately excited to see if it will creep into mainstream music as dubstep did, and perhaps inject some life into the ubiquitous sorry excuse for ‘hip-hop’ that we hear on the radio these days.

Cloud of Sounds – Glitch 2 by Chris
January 28, 2012, 8:21 PM
Filed under: Dubstep, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’m back with a ripper of a sunburn.

The end of January is nearing- time really flies! It’s been about a year since Cloud of Sounds posted this WIP version of Glitch 2 on Soundcloud. A neat 2-step style chip-tune… (chip-step?) Glitch 2 combines simple basslines with quick-moving arpeggios to create a vintage-video-game-meets-dubstep style sound.





Nowan – Quantum Reality by Chris
December 27, 2011, 12:02 PM
Filed under: Dubstep, Electronica | Tags: , , ,

Nowan is a Sweedish producer who has been putting out some beautiful IDM tracks. He’s been picked up by Screwloose Records (who sign dubstep badmen KOAN Sound and Tim Ismag) to release a debut EP early next year.

This track Quantum Reality was released as part of Screwloose’s free Christmas EP which you can find here. It’s fundamentally an IDM track, but now that ‘dubstep’ is such a blog-friendly genre label, I suppose it would be fair to call it that as well. There is a deep sub-bass throughout that grounds the whole track, leaving the beautiful synths and pads to create an expansive atmosphere throughout. This is not a track for laptop speakers or ipod headphones. This is something to play though a proper stereo-system and really enjoy.The glitchy effects and drums are used to perfect effect- somethimes it can be too tempting for artists to over-use stuttering effects and sliced samples in IDM, leaving the track sounding messy; but Nowan has utilised them perfectly.

Nowan – Quantum Reality


Screwloose EP:

Ephk – You Will Never Disappear (Mr. Blonde remix) by Chris
November 30, 2011, 4:15 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Dubstep | Tags: , , , ,

So the past week or so I’ve been hard at work preparing for the launch of two new radio shows on 88.3 Southern FM (A Melbourne radio station). One is a monthly Fuck the Radio Radio Show which will obviously serve as a compliment to this blog, and will also be released as a Soundcloud podcast- so stay tuned for that!

The second is a weekly Dubstep show called Dubcage. Focusing primarily on filthy dubstep/drum and bass/drumstep/grime/moombahcore/trash and whatever other heavy bass music is out there. Check it out here.

Today I’m posting an underground chillstep remix by Mr. Blonde of a track called You Will Never Disapear. It’s not the kind of filthy shit you’ll hear if you listen to the Dubcage radio show, but I think it’s a happy compromise for this blog’s style.

Deep and melodic, You Will Never Disappear is a somewhat lounge-y style ambient bass track with some pretty piano flutterings. A very well produced track.


Ephk – You Will Never Disappear (Mr. Blonde remix)




Fabled Enemies – The Prophecy by Chris
November 2, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Dance, Dubstep | Tags: , , , ,

Fabled Enemies are the best find I’ve had in awhile. With only 222 soundcloud followers, I implore you to watch this space.

From The Netherlands, the duo have produced some TIGHT dubstep/trip-hoppy/glitch music. It’s probably the freshest sound I’ve heard since… a.bliss.abyss. I don’t know, it’s a pretty huge call.

The Prophecy begins with… oh I don’t even want to start describing it. It’s cool, then it gets cooler, then it gets really cool… then it gets to the point where you need to change your underwear.

Give it a listen already!

Fabled Enemies – The Prophecy

And while you are at it, check out their Soundcloud.

(yes I’m tagging it under brilliant)

Skream – Midnight Request Line by Chris
October 25, 2011, 2:23 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Dubstep | Tags: , , , , ,

In a way, I’ve had Skream on Fuck the Radio before nas part of the magnificent Magnetic Man trio with Benga and Artwork.

Midnight Request Line is worlds apart from Flying Into Tokyo however. Many hail it as the dubstep tune that really sparked the fire. Back when dubstep was much more chilled, Midnight Request Line‘s melody haunts over a deep rhythmic percussion line all topped up with Skream’s perfectly crafted sub-bass. Suitably grimey, if the world had music everywhere, this is something you’d hear in a dark alleyway at midnight. I’m tagging it in the ‘brilliant’ section too!

Skream – Midnight Request Line


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)

Venetian Snares – Chainsaw Fellatio by Chris
September 12, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Dubstep, Electronica, Experimental, Psychadelic | Tags: , , , , ,

Venetian Snares does some pretty rad stuff. Similar to Aphex Twin, not quite accessible to the virgin listener, his breakcore/acid sound is pretty hectic, and the brilliantly named Chainsaw Fellatio is no exception. On my first listen I was enjoying the acid bassline melody until I felt like I was getting assaulted by some fucking hi-hat sample (you’ll see what I’m talking about). Then it all fades away, and at about the 1:30 mark, shit gets TIGHT. A hip-hop beat takes you off guard and suddenly you feel like c-walking your ass to the nearest DMT dealer. Give it a listen, I guarantee you’ll have trouble finding anything quite like it:

Venetian Snares – Chainsaw Fellatio


Phaeleh – Healing (feat. Indi Kaur) by Chris
August 20, 2011, 2:07 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Dubstep, Psychadelic | Tags: , , , , , ,

Came on shuffle in iTunes and I have no idea where/how/when I got this track, but man is it beautiful.

Deep bass accompanies these foreign sounding vocal parts, mixed in nicely with large filter-sweeping pad synths. Some native drum sounds give it an exotic feel, while the underlying subs give it a clear dubstep influence. Full quality download too, so it’s a real treat if you have a decent sound system.

Phaeleh – Healing (feat. Indi Kaur)

James Blake – Air and Lack Thereof by Chris
August 11, 2011, 4:57 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Dubstep | Tags: , , , , ,

Why has it taken me so long to post this amazing track? It earns my FUCK THE RADIO Brillance label.

Halfway between dubstep and chillout ambient music, this builds and releases musical tension with pure artistry. Are real pleasure to sit in the dark and simply listen. My one criticism is that it only lasts 4 minutes when I would gladly listen for 15.

Also a good hangover cure.

James Blake – Air and Lack Thereof

Shlohmo – Spoons by Chris
March 26, 2011, 4:10 PM
Filed under: Dubstep, Experimental, Noise, Upbeat | Tags: , , , , ,

Shlohmo is a legend, taking the art of a ‘dubstep drop’ to a whole new level. It’s sophisticated, beyond the cliche “GET THE FUCK OUTTA HEREEE WUB WUB WUB WOBBBBB WOBBBB” style filth that makes your body contort and bang around like something out of the exorcist on the dance-floor, Spoons is dubstep for your brain, allow the various lobes to bob around to the beat while your cerebellum chills with the groove. There’s something almost acidic about it, like an acid-meets-hip-hop hybrid, the sounds coming out of the Wu Tang Clan’s mouths if Aphex Twin and Skream were spit-roasting them rhythmically one at a time.

Before this gets any more sexually charged and disturbing, I think you should give Spoons a listen…

Shlohmo – Spoons


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