Although they often lack the excitement and intrigue of the classic pirate radio stations of the salad days of rave, online radio has developed into a robust medium for listening to music. In fact, they've become the secret weapon in many a music nerd's discovery arsenal.
Of the lot, NTS Radio in London has established itself as a leader in the space, and this week, they turn five years old. Everyone from Henry Rollins to Jeff Mills has leant their voices to the project, which is based in Dalston. Just like the pirate radio of old, anything can happen on air, although you are slightly less likely to get arrested for playing tunes over the web than you are breaking into an abandoned factory and setting up shop.
In celebration of a half dacade of music and culture, NTS picked 5 of their most memorable shows to take a listen back over for FACT Mag. Check 'em out.
Yasiin Bey with Lord Tusk and Steven Julien
September 2, 2015
“We had Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, in the studio towards the end of last year and he dropped 100% new material with longtime NTS family Steven Julien and Lord Tusk.”
Who’s That Girl – Kemistry special
November 24, 2014
“Leyla Pillai’s show is an amazingly consistent exploration of iconic female figures from throughout history. This episode, focusing on the life of the late Metalheadz legend Kemistry, was both bittersweet and beautiful.”
January 18, 2016
“Pipe Down is one of the shows that really takes advantage of the freedom we give hosts to do whatever they want on NTS. This episode was particularly special: often obtuse, sometimes macabre, and brilliantly weird throughout.”
October 13, 2015
“Delroy Edwards’ DIY outlook and penchant for lo-fi techno, hardcore and Memphis hip-hop has made him a favourite at NTS over the last few years. His label, L.A Club Resource, went on to handle our February residency.”
September 12, 2014
“Shanti’s first guest show had us all dancing in the office. She’s been back at least once a month ever since.”