15 Mar Alternative Electronic Music Radio Stations In The World You Should Be Tuning In To Right Now
Alternative Electronic Music Radio Stations In The World You Should Be Tuning In To Right Now
There’s no doubt a lot of good and popular radio stations out there that play tonnes of leftfield and genre-bending music, such as BBC Radio 1, Radar Radio London, NTS Radio, dublab etc. But in the last few years where online radio became much more accessible in multiple countries streaming at a time, independent music aficionados saw the chance to build their own stations to promote fresh burgeoning electronic artistes in their home country, with some even streaming 24/7. Here’s an alternate list of electronic music radio stations that we felt were worth sharing to support – let us know if there are others we can add to this list!
Almost in it’s 4th year, Berlin Community Radio has garnered a loyal following of music heads who tune in to the station with fervor every week – showcasing not only the Berlin techno that the city is much known for, but also a range of music spanning all genres and labels. It’s home to more than 100 shows, covering a variety of topics such as art, music, culture, queer politics, literature readings etc. And besides their growing body of shows, they also have a new BCR zine featuring lifestyle and fashion editorials.
Pioneered by DJ Taku – who was a producer of a 3 member Hip-hop / Japanese R&B group from the early 2000s, Block.fm is still in it’s infancy and still very underground, but so far has played host to numerous Japanese / International DJs and producers, with shows by collectives such as Bae Tokyo and Part2Style introducing music spanning from the genres of hip-hop, house to drum & bass.
Broadcasting from a space located in the infamous Montmatre, Hotel Radio Paris started in January 2016, operating 24/7 with live shows 3 to 5 everyday of the week between 1pm till 11 pm. Focused on giving new talent and also known acts the freedom to explore and express themselves, they also host talkshows and parties out of their radio platform, and has had artistes such as Adamn Killa, Pedro Winter who hosts their lunch shows, and Brodinski, who is a regular on the station. Upcoming acts include Flagalovam DJ Lycox, Jeune Faune and Paris is Burning.
Although having started only in the summer of 2016, Seoul Community Radio quickly earned the loyalty of many listeners in a short span of time, dishing out shows every day – they’ve featured over 500 individual artistes on their radio platform, representing the best of underground Korean talent and also cutting-edge international guests, and collaborated with music entities such as Boiler Room and Resident Advisor with a focus of creating a global dialogue between Korean musicians and the world. Their Facebook live feed goes on about 5-6 times a week, and they’ve not only hosted Korean crews such as Alter Ego Soul, Subbeat and Mosiak, but also introducing grime acts such as AJ Tracey on their roster.
Pronounced as ‘antennas’ (if you haven’t got it already!), this Montreal based station has a regular flow of shows hosted by different DJs welcoming all sorts of music from all over the world. Inspired by stations such as Berlin Community Radio and NTS London, the station was started in February 2017 with a set up based in indie label’s Arbutus Record’s headquarters, and the rest was history. Their radio runs 24/7, with a mix of live and pre-recorded shows with re-runs, and they also include an archive on their site that allows you to refer back to. Guests so far include household names such as Hunee, Pat Jordache, Project Pablo, and more.
Diskotopia Radio runs in the famous Shibuya district, right from Red Bull Studios. Only a year and a half old, they are the only regular show running though the studio, and is on every Thursday live from 20:00-22:00. There’s been a lot of excellent guests, that include both local and international, such as 1-Drink who’s an outstanding local DJ. Revisit their archive at mixcloud.com/diskotopia, with gems from selectors like DJ Nobu, Bok Bok and IG Culture.
Operating through a former old prostitution window in the heart of Amsterdam’s infamous De Wallen area – also known as the Red Light District, Red Light Radio, founded by Hugo van Heijningen and Orpheu de Jonghas, has been broadcasting daily shows of local and international artists since 2010, and also regularly do events and collaborations with different initiatives – such as the upcoming SXSW with Dekmantel. Playing a spectrum of genres from afrobeat to black metal, the radio station has had a diverse range of selectors on their shows, with names like Avalon Emerson, Roy Davis Jr and Hieroglyphic Being cosying up in their creative space.
Broadcasting from the bustling streets of Peckham, London, Balamii is an online radio station that’s been running for just a little over two years. They broadcast from 9am-9pm, when the arcade that the station is based at is open, and at night they run repeats of shows. They have a great body of regular shows that include labels and DJs such as – Aisha Zoe, Andrew Ashong, Alex Rita, BBZ, Chaos In The CBD, Eliphino & Andy Lemay, FYI Chris, Going Good Records with Brian Not Brian, Hilts, Medlar, Nick Bam, Phonica Records, Rhythm Sister, Ross From Friends, Severino, Shy One, Slocal, The Square, Toast London, Trouble Vision and Vision Crew.
Into the Blue is a two-hour new music program on Kuala Lumpur’s BFM 89.9fm, focused on underground dance and electronic music from all corners of the world. The show is three years/150 episodes old and exists with a mission of putting emerging Malaysian and Singaporean producers and musicians on the same page and wavelength as like-minded artists from around the globe. In 2017 alone they have welcomed guest DJs from as far apart as Kenya, Lithuania, Australia and Chile, and runs an acclaimed weekly guest mix series including entries from labels such as 1080p, Ghostly International, Swamp81 and Brainfeeder. ITB also welcomes regular interview guests. Recent chats have included: Philip Selway (Radiohead), Thundercat, Bok Bok, Erland Oye, Taylor McFerrin, Daedelus, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tycho and more. Keep an eye on their page for the latest episodes and when to tune in.
Housed in an old shipping container in a small triangular lor in Brooklyn, The Lot Radio just passed a year old, but they’ve already hosted regular shows from DJs and labels/collectives such as Ninja Tune producer, Falty DL; Fake Accent and Shottas NYC curator, Tygapaw; crucial NYC collective, Discwoman; French artist, Joakim; NYC stalwart, Purple Tape Pedigree; party and label, Let’s Play House, and more. The station also airs regular shows discussing club music and contemporary politics and art.
Boxout.fm is an online radio station focused on alternative music and culture in India. It exists to meet its community’s needs, to help it grow and thrive, and to present a carefully curated perspective on India’s rapidly emerging music and cultural scene. By featuring daily programming that is as inclusive as it is diverse, it aims to be a community platform for discovery of the new creative India.
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