- "Analog, digital, stereo, mono, I don't care, MSX is a hard act to follow."
- — GTA III
MSX comes across as an underground radio, with a playlist that consists solely of Jungle/Drum and Bass music and characteristically featuring MC Codebreaker, who "emcees" his own vocals into the continuous mix of music tracks, although his thick London accent makes his dialogue hard to understand for those not aquainted with this style of music or emceeing. The station's musical beat is fast paced and energetic, also. Much like Rise FM in GTA III, the station is a continuous DJ mix of musical tracks, and as a result does not play advertising. These quirks make MSX look like some of the underground/pirate radios in the GTA series, like KGBH or Wildstyle.
The station's design references various real-life drum and bass-related subjects; the station's suffix is 101.1 - a reference to DJ Timecode's mix CD "01.1" (released on his record label Moving Shadow) which itself provides the songs included in the tracklist, while MSX itself stands for "Moving Shadow".
In GTA Liberty City Stories, MSX FM is known as "MSX 98" referencing 1998, the year in which the game takes place. Still hosted by MC Codebreaker, the host often references artists under the Moving Shadow record label.
Grand Theft Auto III
All of these songs were released in the DJ Timecode's 2001 mix album titled "01.1". All the songs were mixed by DJ Timecode.
- Calyx - "Quagmire" (2001)
- Rascal & Klone - "Get Wild" (2000)
- Ryme Tyme - "Judgement Day" (2000)
- Hex - "Force" (2000)
- Omni Trio - "First Contact" (2001)
- Aquasky - "Spectre" (2001)
- Rascal & Klone - "Winner Takes All" (2000)
- Ryme Tyme - "T Minus" (2000)
- nCode - "Spasm" (1999)
- D. Kay - "Monolith" (2000)
- Dom & Ryme Tyme - "Iceberg" (2000)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
All tracks in MSX 98 are taken from the Moving Shadow label, which various British drum and bass pioneers are signed on.
- Omni Trio - "Renegade Snares" (1993)
- Renegade - "Terrorist" (1994)
- Foul Play - "Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)" (1993)
- Omni Trio - "Living For The Future (FBD Project Remix)" (1994)
- DJ Pulse - "Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)" (1994)
- Hyper-On Experience - "Disturbance (Tango Remix)" (1994)
- Higher Sense - "Cold Fresh Air" (1994)
- Omni Trio - "Living For The Future" (1994)
- Omni Trio - "Thru The Vibe (2 on 1 Remix)" (1994)
- Deep Blue - "The Helicopter Tune" (1994)
- Dead Dred - "Dred Bass" (1994)
- The station was named "Moving Shadow FM" in the Beta version of GTA III.
- The station's name may be a reference to the MSX home computer series which was manufactured by Microsoft in Japan & Europe between the late 1980s and early 1990s.
- The logo style of the station was taken from the cover of MSX00.1 10th Anniversary Special Edition. Some tracks from the mix can be heard in Liberty City Stories.
- This is the favourite radio station of the Yakuza, Sicilian Mafia and the Hitmen.
- The songs "Renegade Snares", "The Helicopter Tune" and "Spectre" are also featured in Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, another Rockstar game.
- The Fix FM - a house radio in GTA 1.
- Brooklyn Underground FM - a drum and bass radio in GTA 1.
- Funami FM - a drum and bass radio in GTA 2.
- Rise FM - a house radio in GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories.
- SF-UR - a house radio in GTA San Andreas.
- Vladivostok FM - a radio in GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City that in the latter plays house.
- Electro-Choc - a house radio in GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City.
- Deadmau5 - a house instrumentals radio in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- DFA - a dance instrumentals radio in enhaced versions of GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Non-Stop-Pop FM - a pop and dance radio in GTA V.
- Soulwax FM - a house radio in GTA V.