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ECHO70 – Expanse by Chris
November 22, 2012, 1:55 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Chillwave, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , ,

The relatively new Fake Flamingo project is something that caught my eye recently-

Fake Flamingo Recordings was conceived in 2011 as a response to the current phenomena of selling an artist’s identity rather than their music.  A group of veteran label owners, artists, and writers created a framework for the project, culminating in a 2012 launch.  The goal is to release a digital single each week, created by an artist working under a pseudonym.  As an added bonus, when the bandcamp proceeds reach $1K, a limited edition 12″ vinyl record will be pressed and 100 people who actually paid for their downloads will receive the record for free.

The ability for an artist to create new sounds without having to reference their past work has proved to be quite freeing.  The music is the product, not the person.  We hope that you enjoy the art as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

ECHO70‘s release boasts some chilled out synth-based beat work. If you like it, why not go put some dollars up towards that vinyl?



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.

DOWNLOAD:
http://www.mediafire.com/?hmtw6giptfop6nj

ALT LINK:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a2xcbvopcqmh81l/FTR%20Exorcist%20Mixtape.zip

You can also check out more FTR mixtapes here.



The XX – Angels (Japanese Wallpaper remix) by Chris
October 17, 2012, 2:33 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Inca Roads, remix | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’m going to jump on posting Japanese Wallpaper so that I can brag about knowing him before he was big. At just 15 years of age, he’s pumping out some pretty simplistic, yet aurally pleasing stuff, and this remix of Angels is really something else. Cheers to you mate. This track is great.

You can catch Japanese Wallpaper at the upcoming INCA ROADS festival.



Skymning – Cemeteries (Totems Remix) by Chris
October 16, 2012, 11:57 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Chillwave, Electronica | Tags: , , , , ,

Skymning is the Swedish word for twilight, but not of the Stephanie Meyer vampire variety. One could listen to Skymning‘s 1993’s (released just two weeks ago at time of writing) and still feel it’s emotive hooks and melodies make for a better love story than Meyer’s trash.

The EP includes four original tracks, then four remixes of said tracks. Cemeteries as an original already stood out to me with it’s dank and mellow sound, but Totems has mixed it up into a lof-fi future-beat piece wildly different to the original- you could almost dace to it.



DEF LED – Moments by Chris
October 8, 2012, 9:00 AM
Filed under: Electronica | Tags: , ,

Spanish producer DEF LED dropped Moments for free download yesterday and it’s worth checking out. Its progression into a dance-y track makes it a real fun listen and something I look forward to playing out. I feel a sense of restrained enthusiasm through repetition, like it starts to get too exciting until glitching out at the four minute mark. Perhaps it could have gone for a minute or so shorter, but the cheeky fun of it all still makes for a regrettable finish and a reach towards the ‘replay’ button.



Aki Aki – Cockroach by Chris
October 3, 2012, 10:02 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Dance, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , ,

I think what makes the music on this blog so compelling are the different sounds. I know that sounds fucking stupid, of-course it’s a music blog and music is just decorating time with lots of organised sounds- but if I really listen, I mean, really take my time to let the music into my brain… I like the particular noises; each little bleep and bloop used in these tracks and where they are placed.

There’s nothing ubiquitous about the sounds used in twisted soul and and future beat- unlike say, dubstep’s modern screeches and squeals that are replicated by every producer in every new release. Experimentation with sound is one of the coolest and most appealing creative outlets I can think of- the same way if you put a kid in-front of a drum-kit they’ll have a ton of fun making a huge amount of noise… When that kid is grown up he’ll have his field recorder, tapping light-globes with scissors, reversing the sound and adding copious amounts of reverb to create something your ears have never had the pleasure of experiencing yet.

Anyway, I guess what I’m getting at here is that I love the sounds in Aki Aki‘s Cockroach. It’s about 3-months old now, there’s been plenty of time for it to become boring and plain. But instead we all go on, simply doing what we love- creating sounds.



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



Kawakami Kohei – Ghost Scale by Chris
September 18, 2012, 11:34 PM
Filed under: Acid, Electronica, Experimental | Tags: , , , , ,

Continuing on from my last post of glitchy electronic goodness, I’m going for something a tad more accessible, consider your training wheels if you are having trouble getting into the more experimental sides of IDM. Kawakami Kohei’s Ghost Scale is hands down fucking dope. Meticulous attention to detail, endless slicing, dicing and re-arranging create what is one of the most interesting listens I’ve posted in a-while. Check it:



Colossius – CAS L​.​A​. by Chris
September 14, 2012, 12:47 PM
Filed under: Acid, Electronica, Experimental | Tags: , , , , , ,

I know hectic glitchy experimental electronica might not be everybody’s jam, but I’m pretty pumped to have this new ltd. edition 7″ by Colossius zooming across the ocean towards my house.

Released as a celebration of independent label Fresh yO!‘s 2nd birthday; the digital download is pro bono and the vinyl is a measly 6 euros if you are interested- fans of Aphex Twin and Venetian Snares‘ wilder stuff will probably find the two tracks a-lot more accessible, and I’m sure Autechre fans will appreciate the wacked out hints of hip-hop in ISOL8.

CAS L.A. is a chaotic mash of electronic bleeps and bloops, it’s addictive and well-thought out. The surgically sliced up samples and bizarre synths come together in a syncopated rhythmic EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER.

How’s that for a review? Pretty nifty eh? Just check it out; you either enjoy IDM or you don’t… kinda like licorice.



Nakagin – Raincoats by Chris
August 15, 2012, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Sydney-based Nakagin has been on his game for around a year now, and I’d call him Australia’s very own Nosaj Thing.

Releasing a split 12″ with Guerre in September, Nakagin is a familiar name in the vibrant Sydney/Melbourne beat scene complementing names such as Polographia and Oliver Tank.

Raincoats comes off of Nakagin‘s EP Elsewhere from July last year. You can pick it up here. Or try out Raincoats as a single below:

Nakagin – Raincoats



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.



Ellie Herring – Touch Point by Chris

Why is it that electronic music seems to be a boys club? I can rattle off a few female artists, sure; Rainbow ChanTokimonsta, BoyfriendSleep ∞ Over… but when it comes down to it, the majority of guys out there producing beats are just that- guys!

Ellie Herring‘s atmospheric downtempo pieces brink on the experimental- a Heligoland era- Massive Attack- or eerie evil cousin of UNKLE. Something about Defect puts me in the mindset of a mouldy tunnel- the vocal line teeters precariously on the edge of ‘creepy’, yet manages to avoid being un-nerving. Touch Point is over a year-old now, off of a release on Racecar Productions. I feel it’s more accessible than her newer tracks, while staying true to her dark sound. It’s also available for free download off of her Soundcloud which is always a bonus. If you are feeling like something a little more comforting- her Boards of Canada (Damp Heart Mix) is nice to have on in the background (also on Soundcloud).



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



Giraffage – Visible by Chris

This beautiful release from Giraffage late last year slipped by me. Embarking on a tour of Europe alongside XXYYXX in sept/october, the floaty synths, glitchy, chopped samples and sprinkles of tight 808 percussion bring the best out of dream pop’s potential as a widely appreciated genre.

Visible‘s romanticised vocals build in a climactic side-chained beat which is simply blissful. For fans of Clams CasinoXXYYXX and Sleep Over. The whole album is available for a pick-your price download with no minimum:

Giraffage – Visible



Theoish – Roobios by Chris
July 16, 2012, 2:17 PM
Filed under: Electronica | Tags: , , ,

Theo Krish aka Theoish brings some mighty fine electronica to the table- Roobios drifts gracefully through the air with a beautiful underlying piano riff working to fuse jazz and dreampop vibes. It’s hard to classify this one; usually a lazy music blogger can just coin a thousand different subgenre terms and sound like an expert, but this track transcends the bullcrap.

Theoish – Roobios




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