30 May 2006
"In a world of stress, hard work, sandwiches at the desk instead of lunch hours, telephones with 128-page user manuals, remote controls stacking up by the dozen (so it's even easier to lose them), and technology generally going mad - we all need a space to chill out.
We've made a radio station that doesn't sound like other radio stations. There's nobody telling you how great the music is. There are no traffic and travel reports to remind you how bad the traffic and travel are. There's no bad news. In fact, there are no presenters at all, so there's more space for tunes. We're using that space to play lots of different kinds of music that we find relaxing, uplifting and fun.
We used to make compilation tapes for ourselves and friends to chill out to, because there was never anything we liked on the radio for this. That's where the idea for our station came from, and we make it the same way we made the tapes - listening to lots of music, swapping ideas, seeing what happens when it's all mixed together.
We like to lie back, set the mobile phone to "silent" and listen to music like Morcheeba, Air, Moby, Sigur Ros, Beth Orton, Goldfrapp, Emiliana Torrini, 4Hero, Bebel Gilberto, Massive Attack, Aqualung, Damien Rice or Jack Johnson.
Sometimes we'll get some fruit smoothies or huge frozen sugary coffee drinks in for a treat and chill with our favourite new artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, Barefoot, Stephen Fretwell, Pete Murray, Polly Paulusma and Dusted.
Best of all we'll get our friends round for a laugh and play them some amazingly cool covers or mixes of songs we've found like "Born Slippy", "Lazy" or "Happy People"."