Stereo Honey – 90’s Alternative

A few weeks back, Stereo Honey took a look back at the heyday of Alternative Music videos in the 80s with 120 Minutes Vol 1 and 2. This week we begin a 2 week look at the heyday of Alternative Radio in the 90s. Remember the days where you could just turn on your local FM station and hear favorites like The Breeders, Blur, Love and Rockets, Flaming Lips and 10,000 Maniacs

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Gliss – Heartbeat

If The Raveonettes swapped their Jesus & Mary Chain records for the entire Depeche Mode catalog, the result might be something like “Heartbeat,” the second track on Pale Reflections and arguably its most accessible. Airy synthesizers and a slinky bass-line set the stage for the chorus to break out in a danceable electronic beat as vocalist Victoria Cecilia, backed by a layer of washed out guitars, declares, “I got a beating heart/I got a beating heart for you, girl.”

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Stereo Honey – Trip Hop

Chill out with this week’s Stereo Honey podcast as we take a look at the heyday of Trip Hop. The 90’s ushered in a whole new scene in the UK, especially in Bristol with a fusion of Electronica, Hip Hop, Funk and Jazz. Massive Attack and Portishead were at the forefront of the burgeoning scene, later joined by the likes of Hooverphonic, Lamb, Sneaker Pimps, Esthero and former Massive Attack member, Tricky.

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Beborn Beton – Daisy Cutter

An amalgam of animal and artifice, “Daisy Cutter” thumps into being with a calling that immediately commands the struggle taking place within its tones. With an inherent uncertainty, there is still the sense of something victorious here; veiled among the overturning of allegories and pontifications on doubt is a creeping self-awareness of purpose that builds this song into an anthem at its climax. This is a song about survival, about laying waste to obstacles and destroying barriers to find truth and faith beyond a seemingly endless void.

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Westkust – Swirl

Unlike some noise pop acts who think turning the volume knob all the way up is enough to compensate for any songwriting deficiencies, Westkust possess a keen melodic sensibility, not to mention a romantic yearning that aligns them with Buzz Buzz Buzz era The Primitives. With their penchant for plaintive lyrics and jagged guitar noise,Westkust are the rare act that should unite both fans of vintage shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine as well as anyone who still cherishes their C86 cassette.

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