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In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, following the release of their transatlantic collaborative EP on Local Action, Bristol’s Om Unit and Washington D.C.’s James Bangura highlight hometown favourites old and new

Last month, Local Action released a collaborative EP from Om Unit and James Bangura titled ‘Rushing 1621’. Named in reference to both artists’ local area...

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North London grime veteran Scorcher’s new album ‘Since You Were Gone’ is another deeply personal work that touches on family, his time in prison and more. He tells Rob Kazandjian about his determination as a young rapper, his dedication to grime, and finding inner peace

The Ferry Boat Inn in Tottenham Hale has been a pub since the 1700s. It sits on the River Lea, and residents of the area’s...

Pizza Hotline wearing a black suit leaning against a bright red convertible

Jungle/drum & bass outlier Pizza Hotline records a mix of blissed-out breaks and emotive soundscapes for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Ben Hindle about the influence of retro video game soundtracks and vaporwave on his sound, and his brand new album, ‘Polygon Island’

Pizza Hotline’s 2022 album ‘Level Select’ is a joy to explore. Built from the kind of jungle/drum & bass beats that might once have earned...

Miss Monique

When she fled Ukraine in 2022, Olesia Arkusha had no idea it would prove to be the most pivotal year of her career. In the years since, the DJ/producer has gained more than one million YouTube followers, remixed the work of Madonna, Blond:ish and David Guetta, and received wide acclaim for her subtle and melodic take on progressive house. DJ Mag’s Anna Wall details her rise.

“The crowd is very energetic and crazy, in the good meaning of this word. I feel a huge love from these people,” says Olesia Arkusha...

A selection of 12 press shots of artists featured in DJ Mag's July emerging artists feature

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From funk-inflected electro and rapturous trance to bumping garage, batida and beyond, here’s July 2024’s list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

Rising DJ, singer/songwriter and founder of the female-focused agency Madame Jazz, Ella Knight has the scene at her feet. With a Boiler Room set already...

Photo of Kiss Nuka with black facial tattoos and a red head scarf alongside her chosen Selections artwork

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Kiss Nuka spotlights earthy ambient techno and electro, skittering jungle, footwork and more

Very few boast a creative résumé quite as stacked as Anushka Manchanda, the award-winning editor and filmmaker, former pop star, playback singer and actress now...

Music For The Jilted Generation cover x 3 on a black background

Released on 4th July 1994, The Prodigy's second album reintroduced the Braintree outfit as a defiant voice against authority. Whether you interpret it as a rallying call against the anti-rave Criminal Justice Bill, or against issues within the rave scene itself, ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ set the group on their own iconoclastic path, and made festival headliners out of them in the process

This article was originally published in September 2018. The rope bridge spans a wide ravine that fades into darkness as it drops. On one side...

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Exploring the intersection between art, music, theatre and politics, Block9 welcomed the triumphant return of its Genosys stage after a five-year hiatus at Glastonbury Festival this year, alongside IICON, NYC Downlow and The Meat Rack. This year saw the team push its already distinct sonic and visual identity to new heights, creating an unparalleled assault on the senses for electronic music lovers

Glastonbury Festival returned last weekend from 26th-30th June, with over 200,000 people descending on Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset. While the festival's main stages...

DJ Danifox press shot with his face under a red light

Lisbon’s DJ Danifox brings a melodic, sometimes melancholic, touch to batida, releasing as a solo artist and as part of the Tia Maria Produções crew via Portugal’s revered Príncipe label. Alongside a Recognise mix of unreleased solo tracks, he speaks to April Clare Welsh about the evolution of his sound

A steep 30-minute hike down a rocky cliff will lead you to the wild beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo in Sesimbra, 40 kilometres south of...

Photo of the yellow Defected logo alongside strobing lights

World-class house label Defected Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Carl Loben corners CEO  Wez Saunders for some insights about its inner workings, and asks a selection of associated artists what the secret is to the brand’s lasting success

Almost a quarter of a century ago, DJ Mag popped over to Defected HQ in Soho for an article that was ostensibly crowning the fresh...

Photo of LUMI wearing a yellow cropped rain jacket in a reflective blue room

Get acquainted with LUMI, the Seattle-based DJ and producer making a splash with her dark, stylish and introspective take on techno

Artists have different reasons for recreating themselves. LUMI can personally point to a few. “We’re constantly going through these growth cycles, and it almost feels...

The Sound Of: Love On The Rocks

Always ahead of the curve, Paramida’s Love On The Rocks has been injecting prog, trance, Italo and more back into the underground for the past decade, building a loyal following of record buyers and partygoers along the way. Alongside a mix from its catalogue, Henry Ivry learns more

“If it looks like there is a line connecting everything I’ve done, there isn’t,” producer, DJ, and label boss Paramida tells us, laughing. “I have...

Sam Divine

Sam Divine is the Queen of Defected, and she’s helming the UK house music brand’s first season at Ushuaïa Ibiza this season as its weekly resident and key figurehead. For the the first of DJ Mag's 2024 Ibiza cover stories, Divine speaks candidly about her difficult upbringing, falling in love with house music, lifestyle changes, and her enduring passion for DJing around the world

Sam Divine’s life should be a movie. It’s had the humble beginnings, the setbacks and the dark times, and now the feel-good resolution comes against...

B&W photo of Oldyungmayn alongside the cover artwork for his Selections

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Oldyungmayn spotlights experimental hip-hop, woozy shoegaze, industrial techno and more

At a time when slick transitions are all the rage, Oldyungmayn relishes in contrast. Best delineated by their ravenous dancefloor rigour, the Egyptian-Palestinian artist’s productions...

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DJ Mag's Top 100 Festivals poll returns for its fourth edition in 2024

This is the fourth year that DJ Mag has presented the Top 100 Festivals list, and a record-breaking number of votes were recorded in the...

DJ Mag Top 100 Festivals 2024: record-breaking numbers vote in our annual poll of the world’s best festivals

Analysing the key trends from the voting in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 Festivals poll

A record-breaking number of votes were recorded in the DJ Mag Top 100 Festivals poll this year. North America was the continent that submitted the...

Photo of an outdoor dancefloor in the sunshine at Field Maneuvers festival

The UK festival landscape is in crisis, with over 40 events cancelled ahead of this year’s season according to recent figures from the Association of Independent Festivals. Amidst the insurmountable rise in the price of production, and the ongoing cost of living crisis, how are organisers and punters feeling about the current situation? What has caused it? And what solutions are being considered that will help us save the sector?

“We went as far as three weeks before the gig, then made the decision [to cancel],” says Dave Clarke, co-director of Glasgow’s Riverside Festival. “We...

The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Surrender’ artwork on a psychedelic background

Released on 21st June 1999, The Chemical Brothers’ third album harnessed the enormity of trance, the ecstasy of acid house, and the vibrancy of psychedelia to become their boldest statement, and a mirror to the hedonistic mood of the UK at that time. Here, with the help of the duo’s Tom Rowlands, Ben Cardew reflects on its legacy

In June 1998, dance music was huge in the UK. From high street clubs to the local school disco, the decade’s early anti-establishment rave dreams...

Francis Mercier posing in front of the sea in a white t-shirt

The Afro house movement has blown up far beyond its continent of origin, and Francis Mercier is on a mission to bring its sounds to an even vaster audience. Alongside his On Cue mix, Megan Venzin meets the Haitian DJ and producer in Miami to learn more about how his Deep Root Tribe imprint is shining a light on the genre, and what its growth means for the label boss himself

The skies are finally clear. Hell yeah! A break in stormy weather means it’s time to join an enthusiastic crowd at Toejam Backlot, where one...

Photo of Joseph Capriati with an orange beam of light across his eyes

Joseph Capriati is considered one of the world’s foremost techno technicians — but the veteran artist is much more than that, with the sounds of deep house, tech-house and more running through his sets and productions. With a newfound creative energy and sense of musical freedom, he’s as happy as he’s ever been — but if it wasn’t for a twist of fate, he wouldn’t have a career at all, as he explains in a wide-ranging conversation

Let’s jump into a time machine and travel back a decade or so, to a massive warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront. You find yourself at...