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FKA Twigs, Björk and more are releasing artist-curated radio stations – so it’s time to hit the virtual dance floor

FKA Twigs Sonos new radio stations

Although the start of 2021 is shaping up to potentially be another year of absence from live music, our favourite artists are refusing to leave us in the lurch. FKA Twigs, Björk, the Chemical Brothers and D'Angelo have announced new and exclusive, artist-curated radio stations with music platform Sonos, and understandably, we're itching at the chance to boogie along.

Sonos Radio is releasing the stations as part of a series; beginning with D’Angelo’s Feverish Fantazmagoria, which aired on January 13. Next in line is FKA Twigs' main squeeze, which we will be able to listen to from February 10.


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In a Instagram post, Twigs shared, “As an artist I’ve always been inspired by music that creates a world. 360° visionaries like Prince, André 3000 and Grace Jones have always made me fall in love with music over and over again.” The main squeeze station, she adds: “includes all the amazing artists that have helped shape my world – music I like to get ready to with my friends, songs that have got me through heartbreaks, backstage nerves, and nights out.”

Meanwhile, iconic Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk will present 21 years worth of wave files liquidated into a stream following on February 24 and the Chemical Brothers’ Radio Chemical is set to debut March 2.

“I am quite thrilled to have had a reason to go through 21 years of music-file collecting,” says Björk, also taking to Instagram to write about her new radio station. “Since my first laptop i have been cd shopping, awkward cassette finding, vinyl searching in secret stores on my travels and gathered them all into a library of gorgeous wave-files.”



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“A lot of my heart belongs there... unbelievable memories with friends, loved ones, dj-ing in little bars, all sorts of occasions possible, in boats, cars, planes. Here is music for weddings, solitudes, dancing, friendly chess matches or hikes.”

The announcement comes off the back of a string of exciting additions for Sonos Radio, a new rap and hip-hop station, Blacksmith Radio, curated by artist manager Corey Smyth, as well as a podcast called Object of Sound, set to be hosted by poet and writer, Hanif Abdurraqib.

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