Daring to be different is clearly something that Carmarthen’s Radio Europa find easy to achieve. Their brand of distorted, gnarled electro rhythms with an uncompromising vocal slur is as infectious and original as can be, and the unpredictable turns of their music has started a journey which promises to be long and varied.
With debut album Rise Of The Gutterzz Press And The Death Of Modern Thought came not only one of the best titles around but also inclusion in the Louder Than War Top 100 albums of the year described as ‘genius’. With ten tracks clocking in at less than twenty five minutes it was certainly a case of quality rather than quantity for the Welsh act.
A five track EP, Feral Is As Feral Does So Yeah Up Your Chuff was released just before Xmas 2015 and presented an alternative spin on its predecessor opting instead to follow a more laid back yet still experimental path. More haunting spoken voice with an avant garde musical twist allowed Radio Europa to show that they weren’t one trick ponies.
With a second album already planned for release in the coming months much is being made of the albums plethora of contributors, some of which are well-known enough to raise an eyebrow or two as to the bands impressive early following. The album will also mark the debut of Equinox who will collaborate with their stark verse set to Radio Europa’s biting beats.
The burning question is whether the World is ready, time will only tell.
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