Alta – To The Water by Chris

New from Alta who will be holding down a pretty dope August residency, 10pm every Wednesday at The Workers Club with some of Fuck the Radio‘s favourite local acts… no seriously, check out the line-up:

Friendships – 9pm, Audego – 8pm (Wed 7 Aug)
Condensed Milk – 9pm, Flash Forest – 8pm (Wed 14 Aug)
*Secret Guest* – 9pm, Leaks – 8pm (Wed 21 Aug)
Rat & Co – 9pm, Silent Jay – 8pm (Wed 28 Aug)

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.

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.

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

XXYYXX – About You by Chris

Such talent can and has come into fruition with the discovery of the ‘bedroom producer’ age of music. Age, wealth and status is no longer an issue, as demonstrated by the BRILLIANTLY (that’s right everyone! TAGGING THIS ONE AS BRILLIANT) chilled sounds of XXYYXX, an under-age talent out of Orlando Florida who; just like a Japanese baby playing Through the Fire and Flames on ukulele will shatter your dreams of ever being a good guitarist; his magnificent music will shatter any dreams you had of  ever being a super-talented producer (what an obscure reference, even for me).

About You was released late march earlier this year, but the video above came out a few days ago and is pretty fucking awesome itself. The rest of XXYYXX albums are also as consistently amazing and well worth checking out if you dig this lo-fi mellow electronica. Get on it so you can be all like “I liked him before he was cool” because seriously, people will cream themselves over this stuff.

Bonobo – Noctuary by Chris
December 9, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Electronica | Tags: , , ,

A noctuary is like a diary that you keep only about what happens at night. A ‘night journal’ of sorts. I wonder if Bonobo created this amazing trip-hop piece, with the title Noctuary in-mind.

The track has it’s own personality, like that of a noir film set in Tokyo… Bonobo‘s use of mysterious jazzy piano embellishments and sexy cymbal grooves makes Noctuary a real pleasurable listen.

Of-course, this can be expected from one of Ninja Tune‘s most highly respected artists… and with 191,000+ Facebook fans, a high quality track is no great surprise. Definitely worth adding his music to your collection…

Bonobo – Noctuary


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


Hooverphonic – 2Wicky by Chris
August 30, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , ,

Hooverphonic were one of my first experiences with trip-hop. I can’t believe I’ve neglected to post them, the trouble is that I just want to post all their music.

They released a new album in 2010 that moved away from their trip-hop roots towards a pop/rock type sound that kind of disappointed me, because tracks like 2Wicky just sounded like they had so much more depth to them. However, I highly recommend you listen to their earlier albums The Magnificent Tree and A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.

Hooverphonic – 2Wicky

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)

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

Pogo – Alice by Chris
October 6, 2010, 8:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Electronica, October Tracks | Tags: , , , ,

Chilled, hypnotic, clever electronica. Like stepping into wonderland, genius arrangement of Alice samples. A track anyone can appreciate.

Pogo – Alice

Aphex Twin – Cliffs by Chris
October 3, 2010, 8:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, October Tracks | Tags: , , , ,

Soothing, Ambient, Hypnotic. Something you could have in the background, or really listen to.

The stream below is an abridged version to save on upload space. The download is the full track.

Aphex Twin – Cliffs

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