The Waking Crew 2.0

Catch Jarret and Deon for their early morning antics: 06:00 - 09:00

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The Coffee Break

Get that morning buzz you need, from 09:00 - 12:00

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The Hard Drive

with Christine, for your lunch time entertainment 12:00 - 15:00

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The Headrush

End your busy day with Chops, 15:00 - 18:00

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New Music: 20 October 2016

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
The words “24K Magic” might not have been familiar, but everything gleaming inside of it — the glittery disco synths, the cheesed-up vocoder flourishes, the popped-collar call-and-responses — certainly was. That doesn’t make Mars’ grand return any less exciting, or “24K Magic” any less impressive: The reference points are just clearer now, more than they’ve ever been, and if a synthesis of some well-worn ideas can stand on its own, what’s to prevent the masses from pressing play

Nothing, it turns out. “24K Magic” is probably going to be a smash hit, just a few months after another piece of superb nostalgia, Stranger Things, dominated pop culture. You know the familiar feeling you got when you first heard the Stranger Things theme music and watched those red letters slowly come together onscreen? Bruno Mars knows that feeling well, and has harnessed it into a killer groove.

 

 

New Music: 11 October 2016

Passenger - Anywhere
Singer/songwriter Passenger – aka Michael David Rosenberg – returns with new single, “Anywhere.” “Anywhere” serves as the second single from Passenger’s forthcoming studio album, Young as the Morning Old as the Sea.  Young arrives in late September.  While that’s a few weeks off, “Anywhere” sufficiently whets the listener’s palate. 

“Anywhere” features a relatively fast tempo with a breezy, light sound. A distinctive, recurrent riff gives this record a clear identity. Speaking of clear, clarity characterizes the vocals by Passenger. His distinct pipes beautiful paint the backdrop. Passenger never has to fight the production; it’s poised and perfectly assembled.

Some other highlights of “Anywhere” include an excellent chord progression. The refrain wins the nod for best progression. Besides Passenger’s awesome lead vocals, strong backing vocals support him on the refrain.  Finally, there’s a wonderful assortment of sounds– guitar, organ, wind instruments, etc.

 

 

New Music: 30 September 2016

The Fray - Singing Low  
Singing Low is the lead single from The Fray’s upcoming singles compilation. Is it supposed to be a culmination of everything that’s come before it? Is it supposed to show the new horizons the band will explore? Is it supposed to be a smash hit like so many of their singles before it? It’s seemingly supposed to do all three, and as such is unlikely to actually accomplish any one.

The new track actually skews closest to The Fray’s breakout debut album, How to Save a Life. It may not have that record’s style of baroque ornamentation, instead opting for expensive-sounding synth pads, but it does have the sweeping, moody style down-pat. Singer Isaac Slade displays an impressive falsetto in the chorus, and his trademark emotional yelps in the verses. Thanks to his voice, the song is identifiably by The Fray, but with the smooth instrumental and falsetto it could also be mistaken for an early Coldplay song. It’s enjoyable, but forgettable. It’s easy to sing along to the chorus’ drawn out notes, but once the song is over, they don’t stick in your head like You Found Me. The Fray have never exactly been the kings of emotional depth or creativity, so without catchiness, what do they have?