Julien Mier – As It Is by Chris
November 20, 2011, 7:52 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Upbeat | Tags: , , , , ,

It seems as though I have recently discovered this amazing nexus of quality music in a place called the Netherlands. We could speculate why Fabled Enemies, Sick Lebowski and today’s post Julien Mier all come from the same country- ooorrr we could listen to the beautiful music they create without question.

As It Is is unique- not quite adhering soley into the genres of glitch or IDM.. is fits within the ever-growing and unspecific labelling of ‘electronica’. Don’t let this put you off- to the contrary; the sounds are delightfully familiar and accessible, without being boring and ubiquitous.


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Polographia – Sunsets by Chris
November 10, 2011, 2:12 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , ,

There’s an inherent irony about having a blog called Fuck the Radio and then expanding it into a radio show- almost equally ironic is posting Polographia‘s  5-track long masterpiece  Sunsets, as the record’s opening track Righteous Hit has enjoyed a whole lot of radio play lately- and deservedly so. If you were to delve deeper into the irony of Sunset‘s rlease I suppose you could point out that it was released at midnight, long after the sun had set… But this is where the irony stops; as everything else about Sunsets is ridiculously spot on.

Each of the 5 tracks on the album teem with an euphoric sense of summer-beauty that is held together with such thematic artistry it’d be fair to call Sunsets a concept album rather than a meaningless mish-mash of random tracks. There is nothing but warmth beaming from the eclectic collection sounds used- from dancing flute melodies to nostalgic 80s organ-synths, organic-sounding pads and even some dreamy vocals. There is a slight contemporary electronic-disco feel present throughout the record’s opener Righteous Hit that carries on subtly in all 5 of the tracks; this complements the overall glo-fi/chillwave sounds Polographia have composed with an authentic naturalism which seems too good to be giving away for free.

Speaking of giving away for free- stop reading and pick up your free digital download before they all get snapped up!

Polographia – Sunsets

Yes I’m tagging it under BRILLIANT

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

Above & Beyond – Filmic by Chris
August 17, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Dance, Electronica, Mellow, Trance | Tags: , , , ,

I’m not normally a trance fan, but a friend leant me Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy and I’m actually digging it. a nice mix of chilled electronica and uplifting trance, give the opening track Filmic a listen and see if you can resist trying out the rest of the album.

Above & Beyond – Filmic

Naminé – EP by Chris
June 22, 2011, 11:37 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , ,

I had the pleasure of catching Naminé playing a set at one of my favorite bars recently. The live performance is just as amazing as the recorded versions- a feat not easy with this type of music, especially as a solo artist. The parts played on a keyboard and looped through a pedal board. Mellowing vocals and hugley atmospheric synth sounds hold you in the moment throughout the whole EP. A great listen.

Naminé – EP

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.

Enter Shikari – Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land by Chris
March 17, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Mellow, Noise, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

Now I’m no screamo fan, and having a band like Enter Shikari appear on this blog may come as a bit of a surprise. Known mainly for their combination of electronic music and post-hardcore rock, Enter Shikari have a real treat with the first track of their album ‘Take to the Skies’.

Although it serves an an introduction into the album, mixing straight into the angsty screamo song after it; Stand Your Ground is thoughtfully crafted and has a feel of it’s own. Perhaps that’s why it got granted a title unlike the other similar-yet-not-as-great ‘Interlude’ tracks on the album. Disappointingly short (although you can’t complain as it does serve it’s duty as an introduction to the album), Stand Your Ground is worth a listen to ears  beyond the land of screamo.

Enter Shikari – Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land

Autechre and The Hafler Trio – æ³o by Chris
February 4, 2011, 1:01 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Electronica, Experimental, Febuary, Noise | Tags: , , , , ,

Here’s a challenge dear reader. Tell me what music is.

Encyclopædia Britannica stated, “while there are no sounds that can be described as inherently unmusical, musicians in each culture have tended to restrict the range of sounds they will admit.”

Autechre push the boundaries with experimentation of the aural landscape, immerse yourself in æ³o and you’ll find yourself able to be moved emotionally by abstract noise. A slight increase of heart rate, soothing oceans of bass and ambiance, Autechre & The Hafler Trio are really able to take control of your body with sound. Perhaps this could be music in it’s most raw, pure form.

Not quite as easily accessible by our brains- we are too accustomed to the musical codes and conventions that most modern musicians adhere to- melody, basslines, tempo, rhythm do not need to exist for something to be music. Now is your chance to get up and really say FUCK THE RADIO because you are able to break through the musical limitations that have been drilled into you and experience music on a whole new level. æ³o is an exceptionally brilliant work of art- using your mind as the canvas and sound as their tool, allow Autechre & The Hafler Trio to move you.


The answer to the challenge? “Music is organised sound” – Edgar Varèse

Aphex Twin – Cock-Ver 10 by Chris
January 28, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Dance, Electronica, January Tracks, Upbeat | Tags: , , , , ,

The last of the 4 Aphex Twin tracks displays his acid brilliance in all it’s glory, with Cock-Ver 10.

Acid drums, acid basslines, excitement. I would list it under brilliance, but it’s not quite as accessible to virgin ears. I know it took me awhile to adjust to these sounds, but the experience is rewarding. Every listen is different. Give it a chance and I promise you’ll thank me later. And when you’re done, go back and listen to Avril 14th (you’ll find it a few posts on this blog back) immediately after, it tops it all off perfectly.

Aphex Twin – Cock-Ver 10

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

Rachel’s – Wouldn’t Live Anywhere Else by Chris

Quiet, visual. Close your eyes and really listen.

Rachel’s – Wouldn’t Live Anywhere Else

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