Pirate Radio


I Listened to the New Lone Track over the Phone in Tribute to Rave Nostalgia

The UK producer shares a nostalgic roller on London imprint R&S Records you have to call up to listen to.


Australia Lost a Radio Station, but This Pirate DJ Lost a Dream

Dan Morris was illegally broadcasting 24/7 Jamaican reggae to the people of Wollongong. Then they shut him down.


Meet Australia’s Preeminent Jamaican Pirate Radio Broadcaster

"About once a week I get a friendly email from an artist in Jamaica wanting me to check out their music. I don't reply—I feel bad."


How Youngsta Went From a High School Dropout to the Forefront of UK Dubstep

This South Londoner remains loyal to his signature sounds of the underground.


Slimzee's First Club: Sneaking Into the UK's Most Notorious Hardcore Raves

The grime godfather connects the pivotal 90s rave Labyrinth to his early pirate radio days.


The History and Future of Kool FM, London's Oldest Jungle Radio Station

The pirate station has spent nearly a quarter of a century transmitting hardcore, jungle, and drum 'n' bass from antennas installed on the roofs of public housing estates.


Worlds Apart: BBC Radio 1’s Benji B On the Real Difference Between UK and US Clubbing

"People should be taking the culture seriously. Club culture is an art.​"


Ben Sims Doesn’t Trust DJs Who Can’t Dance

"If you've never lost yourself on the floor then frankly, you shouldn't be up there."


Pirate Radio Turf War, Raids, and Raves: Looking Back at the Early Days of KISS FM

We talked to founder Gordon Mac and former DJ Lindsay Wesker about how their station—run illegally out of a Walthamstow tower block through the late-1980s—informed a generation of music-lovers.


Stockholm Stalwarts Lo-Fi-Fnk Share J-Pop Influenced Single "Pirate Radio"

Fair warning: this track will get stuck in your head.


Ewen Spencer: The David Bailey of Grime

The photographer was there to capture the London scene in its earliest years.


Tape Crackers: A Personal Journey Through London's Pirate Radio Stations

We spoke to Michael Finch who owns what must be the biggest collection of pirate radio tapes in Britain.