The Dolls Are Good (as featured on CBC Radio One “Big City Small World”; “Frequencies” and the “Rollerblaster Records Radio Show” in the UK) is the latest project of British-Canadian film-maker/producer Nadeem Akhtar. Drawing on the sounds of his roots in Northern England, the project draws on the ambition, excitement and eclecticism of the UK music scene in the 1990s to create a retro-tinged musical aesthetic.
Akhtar’s interest in music started at a young age when he started to use tracker software and a basic sampler on a Commodore Amiga to create compositions on the backdrop of the emerging UK jungle scene.
By his University years he had lived through the excitement of the Shoegaze, Britpop, Trip-Hop and independent Hip Hop movements and was a part time DJ, using any spare cash to buy records, even at the expense of food.
Those formative years led to an exploration of many genres of music and experimentation with synths, analogue equipment, and lots of sampling!
Fast forward to now...
Using a repertoire of electronic styles, sampled snippets, analog equipment and psychedelic nostalgia, the Dolls Are Good continues to produce an ever varying repertoire. Sounds which can't neatly be pigeonholed and aim to engage the most discerning ear.