London pirate radio - biggest/most critical scene in the world?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by stethoscope, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    End of year personal round up

    Flex legalisation disappointing...a couple of ok shows, but it's no Rinse and often a bit crap with djs seemingly being told to try and encourage audience participation where it's not appropriate and leading to banal crap like what's your favourite thing at Gregg's call outs.

    Kool and House FM both back on the FM after close to a year off. Great news.

    Venture my new #1 goto reggae related station. Well run, great music and strong signal.

    Best newcomer award a station called Divine, which seems to have a great signal, always on, and plays a good rave scene selection.

    I feel like Back 2 Back has got a new lease of life but maybe that's all in my mind
     
  2. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Good roundup, will have to check out Venture, Divine and drop in again on Kool and House FM.

    Agree about Flex. It’s turned into what I feared it might. Still some good DJs there but it’s lost a a lot of what it was.
     
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  3. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I'm listening to Back2Back at the moment, mainly as I have trouble getting the others on my radio reception (I don't have a computer so I can't listen via the internet).
    They actually have some interesting and diverse music shows.
     
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  4. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Looks interesting...

     
  5. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    Back on the iplayer.

    The Last Pirates: Britain's Rebel DJs - documentary covering the London 80s pirate era, including stations like KISS, DBC Rebel Radio, etc.

    BBC Four - The Last Pirates: Britain's Rebel DJs

    Available for 30 days.

    I knew the pirates were performing well, but was surprised how well, from that documentary, a listener poll in 1987 the London Evening Standard showed the Top 10 stations as;
    1 - Capital
    2 - Kiss (pirate)
    3 - Radio 1
    4 - Radio Caroline (offshore pirate)
    5 - LBC
    6 - BBC Radio London
    7 - Radio 3
    8 - LWR (pirate)
    9 - Radio 2
    10- Time (pirate)
     
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  6. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    These days:

    Vision - pretty much catering to old house and UK/US garage heads which is great for me, loads of bumpy 4x4 and not so much 2step pop remixes.

    As ska said Venture FM is good for reggae.

    Vybes fm also essential.

    Supreme playing a good mix of reggae and rare groove/classic soul, big favourite of 2019 i feel.

    Intent playing the new kind of commercial UK electro house, not so much into that.

    point blank can be alright if you tune in at the right time, loads of tech house though.

    Haven't checked out playback. apparently they are playing the new bassline gear but honestly it's not the same, it's all slower and not as bumpy as the classic 05-09 stuff.

    Rinse is still rinse, a lot of diversity initiative stuff is going on (which should be applauded of course but also) a lot of international professionalised guests like the radio is a job that has to be done with a certain type of refined etiquette, kind of lost its london pirate vigor a long time ago. Inevitable this would happen, quite amazing they held out for so long though. props where props are due etc etc... Always keep an ear out for Grandmixxer though. I hope Josey Rebelle comes back soon. I always liked her shows on Sunday morning.

    Got sick of mi soul in 2019, way too many ads.

    Back 2 Back FM I quite like but I can't tell you which shows in particular.

    on the internet radio stations I'm quite into Zuli's shows on NTS and Cerakhin on noods bristol.

    Pyro can be good sometimes for the grime stuff. Big into trends' sets on there.

    Spooky on Mode (sometimes) though for the love of god hitman just quit grime ur time is up.

    Rude is rude, always playing the same kind of minimal stripped down dnb, fun for about 20 minutes but really i feel like they need to vary it up a bit.

    Tentun's 93 shows on kool are good. bunter's crate digging shows on kool.

    Anything ive missed? ska invita stethoscope
     
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  7. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Have you listened to any Flex FM these days? I used to like it until it went legal, now it’s terrible.
     
  8. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  9. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    Only General Courts on Saturday nights really, nothing else.
     
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  10. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    It's ok for the commercial UK drill I hear. I like some russ and 67 but I've not really been able to fully commit to that scene, a lot of it is just griming up lex luger type trap beats which is cool definitely but it really seems to unable to escape the mcs driving it, which was always part of the ying yang contradiction in UK music, that competition between the DJ and the MC. Seems like the UK drill DJ is not much different to most other jukebox djs.
     
  11. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  12. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  13. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  14. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

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  15. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  16. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    I just got a shitload more, will sort through them and see what's good.
     
  17. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  18. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  19. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  20. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

  21. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    What im looking for are energy fm sets, hardcore techno/acid/gabba station that ran from around 94-96 ish? south london iirc.
     
  22. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    djs were torah, traffik, chantel and maybe some others else.
     
  23. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I've just found a new station, by chance, moving round the radio dial this evening.
    Kream fm on 104.8
    There's a FB page for them, I presume it's the same one, doesn't give any wavelength info.
    Looks like they've only started up this year - an hour of old skool House and now it's UKG.
     
  24. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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