Thursday, 30 June 2011

Music: British Radio FTW?

Had a scuffle, back now though! 

Recently I have been listening to a lot of British radio, and it's really a different scene over there, even in the 'mainstream'. Honestly, unless all you like is dance/bubblegum pop/girl country/90s distortion derivatives (which is what you find over in NA), I would suggest you check out some British radio, you might just like it.

So in honor of this, I will be highlighting three tracks that I've discovered through my new found radio adventures.

Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Genre: "Chilled" Groove Rock
Bio: Foster The People are a LA band formed in 2009, and have since been touring in support of their debut album Torches.
My Opinion: I'm really feeling this track. It's really reminiscent of a track you would find on a Gorillaz album, and that always a good thing. Hopefully they can produce some good follow ups and keep it up.

Cee Lo Green - "I Want You (Hold On To Love)"

Genre: Soul-Pop
Bio: Started up rapping with the group Goodie Mob, but moved on to form Gnarls Barkley with producer Danger Mouse. Since disbanding GB, Cee Lo has been touring and promoting his debut solo record The Lady Killer.
My Opinion: Everyone know's Cee Lo from he's epic "F**K You" radio smash, but in NA, that's all that they are playing from him. It's kind of sad when an artist is almost "limited" to his mega-hit, as stations think to themselves - "Why would we play a new song, if we could play THE HIT". So I was very surprised to hear this over the airwaves, which shows you the dedication some of these British stations have to the actual music.

Wolfgang Gartner - "Illmerica"

Genre: Electric-House
Bio: Started off as a Deep-House DJ, but has changed to the more mainstream Electric-House genre as of late. Started off as all DJs do, remixing hits for sets and releasing plenty of EPs every few months. Recently, he's been producing direct collaboration with the likes of DeadMau5 and Will.I.Am, as well as radio play of his solo work.
My Opinion: First off, this is one of the best done music videos I've seen. It's also great to see non-mainstream genres being features on the radio, so that people can experience all the genres and decide if they like it for themselves.

Funny thing is, not only were all three of these tracks were from one station's selection, but they were all from the 7-11am morning show! Imagine turning on your car radio and hearing Illamerica! Haha. 

  • What's your opinion on British Radio?
  • Did you like these tracks?
  • Any music suggestions? 

Let me know!


  1. Interesting. The radio over here, (Sweden) is pretty lousy.

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  3. I love Foster the People. Their music is so damn good.

  4. dutch radio sucks most. their music is pretty cool!

  5. Dont really like it that much..

  6. british radio sounds awesome.

  7. Really like that first one. Happy feel with some pretty dark lyrics. They play that other cee lo song all the time on the radio over here, bright lights bigger city.

  8. thanks, i'm gonna check these three out

  9. Dead on with the Cee Lo part. Stations here are really loathe to play anything other than the number 1 hit.

  10. wolfgang gartner easily one of my favorites!

    the "Foster the People" is a good band too, never heard of them thanks!