Pirate Radio

Lone

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

Update: You can now hear "Backtail Was Heavy" in full.
Alexander Iadarola
4.5.16
dubstep

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.
Hollie McGowan
9.24.15
my first club

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.
THUMP Staff
8.11.15
Music

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.
Jamie Clifton
8.6.15
in the club

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.​"
Greg Scruggs
7.30.15
techno

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."
Rachael D’Amore
6.3.15
Music

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.
Matt Trueman
5.15.15
thump exclusive stream

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

Fair warning: this track will get stuck in your head.
David Garber
4.9.15
Music

Ewen Spencer: The David Bailey of Grime

The photographer was there to capture the London scene in its earliest years.
Clive Martin
11.18.14
Words

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.
Adam Bychawski
11.12.14
Words

Slackk Connects Grime's New and Old Schools

But it's still just grime, innit?
Mike Steyels
10.7.13