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The World’s Best Dance Music Radio Shows

Thanks to the death of dial-up, the rise of cloud computing, and the geniuses behind streaming content, online radio has blossomed into a thing of beauty. Whether it’s label takeovers on the UK bass station RinseFM, rising stars spinning on NTS Radio, or celebrity cameos on Boiler Room, there will never be enough time in the world to listen to it all. Where to start? Here is your expertly curated selection of dance music radio shows that you need to listen to. 

Beats in Space with Tim Sweeney

Hosted by DJ and label-head Tim Sweeney, Beats in Space has run every Tuesday from 10PM to 1AM since 1999. Hosted from inside NYU’s WNYU 89.1 FM, the show has become an institution in the dance music world. Tim consistently impresses listeners with his stellar live mixes and extensive electronic music collection, not to mention his weekly guests. Everyone from Four Tet and Jamie XX to James Murphy and Nicolas Jaar have graced the show with an on-air mix.


This strictly bass-focused Internet station is home to DJs spinning dubstep, future garage, 2-step, grime, UKG, future jungle, dub, deep house, techno, juke, trap, and more. Highlights include shows from the Belgian dubstep OG Bunzer0, emerging grime imprint Glacial Sound, and Brighton, UK incubator Donky Pitch.

Mix Up Exclusives on Triple J 

Hosted by the Aussie station’s longtime radio personality Nina Las Vegas, the four-hour show presents one exclusive mix per hour. Nina, who I would imagine gets her name from partying like she’s in Vegas on the regular, tracks down all the artists we already love like Cashmere Cat, indie cult faves Awesome Tapes From Africa, and newcomer South London Ordnance to create amazing mixes that include unreleased songs, just for her.

Cosmopolyphonic Radio 

Introducing the world to the emerging beatmaker scene in Japan and vice-versa, this show is your one-stop shop when it comes to discovering new music in the downtempo, ambient and jazzy hip-hop scenes. Bonus points if you speak Japanese and can understand what they’re saying in between songs.

Gold River Show 

Host Jerry Jones is one of the staples of East Village Radio in New York, which you can visit in person if you’re ever strolling down First Avenue on the way to the Meat Pie Shop. With a ground-level studio that’s big enough for one DJ and four hype-dudes, they’ve got speakers set up out front so you can bust moves on the sidewalk and wave through the glass wall at the selector. Each week East Village Radio carves out two hours to let Jerry’s Gold River Show drop a mix of underground club music that stretches from oversexed Jersey club jams to synth-heavy disco.

Benji B on BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 isthe be-all-end-all of tastemaking radio stations in the UK, with a mission to introduce the world to the best electronic artists—past, present and future. Benji B’s show is so ahead of the game that he has to go live at 2AM just to ensure it’s still “the future.” Dropping exclusives and premieres with little regard for genre, Benji B—who you may know from the globe-trotting Deviations party—makes everybody jealous with the roster of mega guests artists he lands every week.

Rinse FM

Rinse FM launched in 1994 and quickly became the crown jewel of pirate radio stations. In 2010 the station received a proper opertaing license and now acts as a barometer of who’s hot when it comes to the UK’s homegrown talent. Don’t sleep on radio shows from labelsl like Hyperdub, Hessle Audio, Butterz, as well as appearances from artists like Four Tet and SBTRKT, who each have their own bi-weekly shows. No matter what show is on, you know you’re in good hands.


Two of Glasgow’s most prominent labels, which are also behind some of the best parties you’ve never been to, progress the sound of dance music each week with their alternating shows. The labels, which are home to groundbreaking acts like Hudson Mohawke, Rusty, Jacques Greene, Machinedrum and SOPHIE, enlist DJs like Jackmaster and Éclair Fifi to play host. They also make sure there’s plenty of inaudible Scottish banter and special guests.

Horse Meat Disco 

Hosted by DJs James Hillard and Jim Stanton, Horse Meat Disco is basically a lesson in the origins of dance music going back to the days of early acid house, Balearic beat, and yes—disco. All that feel-good shit for you Ibiza beach party. If you thought you knew your way around the more ecstatic side of dance music, these guys prove you don’t know shit. 

Precious Metals on NTS 

If you’re itching to explore the experimental side of heavy bass, NTS Radio goes way beyond the mainstream to satisfy your most off-kilter desires. Founded in 2011, the London-based station has accomodates new music bubbling up from the underground’s darkest corners. Endgame describes his show Precious Metals as “abrasive and beautiful freeform electronic and dance music,“ and he gives listeners just that. Like deciding to stay in on a Friday, then waking up feeling amazing, listening to Precious Metals always leaves you feeling satisfied and refreshed—even if you weren’t sure it was a good idea at first.

BIS Radio Show with Tim Sweeney: Best of 2012 Mixes 

Listened to Beats in Space's Best of 2012 shows on repeat last night while I was cooking and not feeling awesome. There is some great stuff in here, plus Tim is the master at blending it all together just right. Enjoy.

Part 1 Tracklist:

1. The Chromatics - Lady - Italians Do It Better
2. Andrew Ashong - Flowers - Sound Signature
3. Matthew Dear - Headcage - Ghostly
4. John Talabot - Destiny - Permanent Vacation
5. Kindness - Gee Up (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework) - Female Energy
6. Storm Queen - Let’s Make Mistakes - Environ
7. O.m.a.r-S and L’Renee - S.E.X (A.O.L Remix) - F.X.H.E.
8. Daphni - Yes, I Know - Jiaolong
9. Still Going - Work That Shit Party - Still Going Records
10. Bad News - Real Bad News - L.I.E.S.
11. Alejandro Paz - Duro - Cómeme
12. Pachanga Boys - Time - Hippie Dance
13. Kölsch - All That Matters (Instrumental) - Kompakt
14. Brandt Brauer Frick - Schamane - !K7

Part 2 Tracklist:

14. Brandt Brauer Frick - Schamane - !K7
15. Simian Mobile Disco - Put Your Hands Together - Witchita
16. KiNK - Hand Made - Rush Hour
17. Andrés - New For U - La Vida
18. Lindstrøm - Ęg-Gęd-Ōsis (Todd Terje Extended Edit) - Smalltown Supersound
19. Hot Chip - How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix) - Domino
20. Go Nogo - Movement (Skatebård Remix) - Emerald & Doreen
21. FaltyDL - Straight & Arrow (Four Tet Remix) - Ninja Tune
22. Baio - Tanto feat Matias Aguayo - Greco-Roman
23. Tomas Barfod - Don’t Understand - Friends of Friends
24. SLG - Prostokąty feat Catz ‘N Dogz - Studio Barnhus
25. Michael Mayer - Good Times - Kompakt
26. Oskar Offermann - Heading Out - White Records
27. ED - Counterfeit (Mark E’s Doomsday Transition) - Merc
28. Mungolian Jetset - We Are The Shining (Dan Lissvik Version) - Smalltown Supersound
29. Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Cashback (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix) - Smalltown Supersound
30. Soft Rocks - Talking Jungle (Justin Vandervolgen Remix) - ESP Institute

Paradis Hémisphère (Video)

The only reason I know anything about Beats in Space and Tim Sweeney is because I made out with him at a Hollywood Hills party a few summers ago. This is super embarrassing and lame, but I’ve been a huge fan of his show, and musical prowess ever since. Beats in Space latest release come from French duo Paradis that create these lovely electronic filled pop tunes with slinking underlying disco vibes that roll off your shoulder as you sway to the beat. Paradis are pros at building a seven minute masterpiece and making it seem effortless.

I”m still playing catch up and have been meaning to post this for a while, and just realized Pitchfork already did it for me, but FUCK IT. The ability to make a track flutter like an anxious heartbeat is truly an art. “Hémisphère” is too insanely beautiful in a caught up in the summer moment, the light hits her face just right, or maybe I’m just drunk kind of way, to not share. The video above captures that feeling all too well.

Paradis 12” with “Hémisphère” and “Je m’ennuie” drops 5/22 on vinyl and 5/29 digitally via Beats in Space Records, pre-order HERE.

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