These weeks of locked-down working and living at home mean, for many, immersion in our housemates’ Zoom meetings through the walls, neighbours’ workouts shaking our ceilings, children’s cries for homework help, or – if you are lucky – the eerie silence of living alone. Whatever the scenario, our lives demand a soundtrack: something to drown out the surrounding noise or to fill the gaps usually punctuated by office murmurations and casual conversation.
Over the past decade, online radio has seen huge growth. No longer restricted by the need for an FM transmitter or a DAB licence, a host of global music and chatter is now available through our laptop speakers. If you have found yourself at the end of your tether with Spotify playlists and the usual BBC or Global Radio fare, here is a selection of some of the best alternative music radio stations to turn on and tune in to.
Read the feature in the Guardian.
[This piece was published on 20/01/21]