Recently devoid of an internet connection, I had to dust off my crumbling analogue hi-fi. Tweaking its serrated dial to 99.3FM, I picked up pirate station House FM and spent about seven hours locked in to its tinny-yet-funky bass and brusque DJs who giggled every time they forgot to speak over all the swearing in the song. Once my internet started working again, I had the option to listen to House FM on my laptop, but there was something about the radio’s drop-outs and the omnipresent crackle (the antennae is truncated to a measly three inches) that I preferred: The Joe Smooth-soundtracked adverts for clubnights where Kenny Dope was a guest DJ and where potential attendees were implored not to wear trainers or caps seemed all the more authentic when channelled through a scuzzy speaker. Is it possible that certain technologies match certain genres of music? And is it possible that certain genres of modern music are made, perhaps cynically, with certain speakers in mind? Here’s a guide to how different genres are best listened to in 2013. Trap, dubstep, UK bass, grime – best on iPhone/iPod/iTouch Reading on mobile? Click to view Portable players offer privacy, whether you’re an… Read full this story
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