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What the fip?

May 23rd, 2018 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

I’m not sure what to make of the new ‘listening report’ feature on Last.fm.

Generally I am happy to just listen to music without analysing it all, but it is sometimes fun to look into the statistics and get a few surprises. For example, I was a little surprised to see that last week I listened to 62 different artists on Spotify but the one I listened to the most (16 tracks) was Simian Mobile Disco.

Most surprising was the map of genres listened to. A lot of it was as expected: krautrock, rock, punk, grime, classic rosk, synthpop, indie, new wave, ska, but very surprised to not see reggae, rap and soul in there – unless some of it counted as “70s” because I tend to stick to the old stuff. Amongst all those genres there was one big surprise though: apparently around about April 20th I listened to a fair bit of fip.

Surprising because I have never even heard of it. In fact I went to look it up on Wikipedia and I still don’t understand what it means. FIP is a French radio station, and the genre seems to be defined as the sort of music played on FIP, which plays various genres.

Somehow I feel that I know a little bit less than I did yesterday.

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