Sonos Radio launches Object of Sound, a Music and Culture Podcast hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib

Guests include Jazmine Sullivan, Moses Sumney, Jeff Tweedy, and Sylvan Esso 

Take a deep dive into the music of the moment and the stories surrounding the songs of today, with new episodes dropping weekly on Fridays

Sonos introduces Object of Sound: a new music and culture podcast, hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, and streaming on Sonos Radio and podcast platforms everywhere.

Combining the intimate storytelling of a podcast with the genre-jumping joy of freeform radio, Object of Sound offers multiple ways to discover new music in an age of algorithmic playlists. 

Each week, Object of Sound will explore topics – from what makes a great cover song to the art of male vulnerability – with guests like Sylvan Esso, Jazmine Sullivan, Moses Sumney, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and Open Mike Eagle. Every episode culminates with one of Abdurraqib’s playlists, a deep dive into why he chose each track, and an invitation to listeners to go on their own music discovery journey. For example, In the premiere episode, listeners are encouraged to build and share a playlist for their future selves. 

The podcast builds on Abdurraqib’s mastery at bringing disparate ideas together to create a new experience. He wrote and hosted the seven-episode Lost Notes: 1980, named one of 2020’s music podcasts by The New Yorker and The Atlantic. His book Go Ahead in the Rain blended criticism, history, memoir, and poetry to pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest, and the upcoming A Little Devil in America (March 30) explores how Black performance – from Soul Train to Whitney Houston – is woven into American culture. His website, 68 to 05, is mapping the music that shaped him with one deeply personal playlist for each year from 1968 to 2005. 

“Connecting with a song is a very personal and emotional thing, so this isn’t about me telling listeners what to listen to,” said Aburraqib. “My hope, really, is to ask more questions, to find new music to fall in love with, and to build to build a new community of listeners.”

Building on Sonos Radio’s success as the 3rd most streamed service on Sonos today, the brand’s expansion into new show formats, including podcasts, delivers even more of the human-curated content fans have grown to love. 

Object of Sound is presented with music +playlists on Sonos Radio and Mixcloud and in podcast form all major podcast platforms.

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