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Pop has infiltrated dance music in a way not heard for many years. With DJs playing Britney Spears edits in Panorama Bar, bootlegs of Ciara, Spice Girls and Whigfield doing the rounds, and megastars like Dua Lipa commissioning remix albums, there’s something going on. Chal Ravens asks: why now? What does pop actually mean? Is it all just part of a cycle, or is there something new happening?

POV: you’re in the middle of your opening set at Panorama Bar and everything is going right. Room? Steamy. Crowd? Loose. You’ve been playing your...

Fresh Kicks 191: Aleksandir

Istanbul-born, London-based Aleksandir glides from glossy electronica and house into tough techno and footwork for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about making emotional club music, his new single ‘String Game feat. Leyla’, and his Miks party

“Conveying emotion is always the priority,” says Aleksandir, the Turkish-British DJ and producer who has spent the past few years building a catalogue of club-tuned...

Industrial strength: finding hope at Sheffield’s No Bounds festival

Centred around Sheffield’s Hope Works club, No Bounds festival’s sixth edition in October mixed cutting-edge rave NRG and thought-provoking art with a community-building ethos. With the help of founder Liam O’Shea, artistic curator Amy Carter Gordon, and club residents Gracie T and 96 Back, Eoin Murray reports back on the inspiring weekender, and learns the story of its spiritual home as it celebrates its 10th anniversary

“Without hope we're fucked,” says Liam O’Shea, founder of Sheffield club Hope Works, and director of No Bounds festival. “Hope can be different things at...

Get To Know: Anja Lauvdal

Get acquainted with Anja Lauvdal, the Norwegian pianist whose debut solo album for Smalltown Supersound is a triumph of experimental ambient composition

Since her early-’00s days as a student studying jazz at Trondheim Musikkonsevatorium in Norway, Anja Lauvdal has been involved in a head-spinning array of bands...

Selections: Peach

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Peach spotlights recent staples in her genre-hopping DJ sets

Canada-born, London-based DJ and producer Peach has built her reputation with DJ sets that traverse all manner of genres, from twilit Chicago house to full-pelt...

The Comet Is Coming Live in the round

With a new album, ‘Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam’, out now, and a gripping and psychedelic live show touring the world, experimental jazz outfit The Comet Is Coming are back in full futuristic force. Ben Hindle speaks to them after their recent London show to learn more

“It’s about arc, it’s about drama and about a kind of flow of consciousness,” Max Hallett, aka Betamax Killer, tells DJ Mag down the phone...

ACID87

In our penultimate brand focus of 2022, DJ Mag sits down with Liverpool-born Acid87 — the clothing brand paying homage to the UK’s gilded rave age

In 2019, Liverpool nightclub Garlands closed its doors for the final time, after 25 years as a clubbing mainstay in the city. It was here...

LTJ Bukem

Mixing elements of jazz and ambient with drum & bass, LTJ Bukem’s now-classic 1996 release via Good Looking Records was a statement of intent, and remains one of the genre's most fulfilling and impactful releases to this day 

For many music fans in the 1990s, their immersion into jungle and drum & bass started not with Goldie’s celebrated ‘Timeless’ or Roni Size /...

Fred P

A decade and a half into a career making emotionally involved house music, Fred P’s sense of purpose is stronger than it’s ever been. The New York–born, Berlin-based artist fills us in on where he’s been, where he’s at and where he’s heading

Along with most of the world’s population, Fred Peterkin, the DJ and producer best known as Fred P, was having a tough time during the...

Get To Know: Heléna Star

Get acquainted with Heléna Star, the London DJ and broadcaster with a passion for music that moves your feet and nourishes your soul

Heléna Thomson, AKA Heléna Star, is a true selector, with a passion for music that comes from the heart and nourishes the soul. It was...

Selections: Murder He Wrote

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Murder He Wrote spotlights future-facing funky, breaks, grime and bass

If you’ve had your ear to the ground in the past few years, you’ll have felt the pulse of Murder He Wrote’s music. The Manchester-based...

Caterina Barbieri performing the Theatro Circo at Semibreve Festival

With a carefully curated line-up of adventurous electronic music, Semibreve Festival’s 12th edition delights in the interplay between hyper-detailed electronics and dancefloor-focused beats

The late, great Peter Rehberg, musician and founder of the experimental electronic music label Editions Mego once said: “If you want to make something...

Welsh music feature

Since electronic music’s early days, Wales has produced incredible artists, but is often overlooked in its history. Here, Dave Jenkins celebrates the unsung heroes of the scene and meets a new generation putting their national identity at the forefront of their music

Croeso i Gymru, a land rich with music history. Home to the oldest festival of music and culture in Europe (the Eisteddfod, 1176), Marconi’s first...

Fresh Kicks 190: Monster

Poznań-based DJ and Oramics member Monster records a high-velocity mix of techno, breaks and rave NRG for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Niamh O’Connor about learning to mix at house parties and the @bathroomdjgreatesthits meme account

Monster’s DJ sets reflect the vibe she conveys in person: warm, engaging, playful and heaps of fun. It’s Monday afternoon, and a few days ago...

12 emerging artists you need to hear: November 2022

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From crystalline house and propulsive techno to experimental ambient and club-tuned pop here's November 2022's list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

House music as shimmering and crystalline as a diamond, but suffused with endless warmth? That’s the domain of London DJ and producer Flaurese. His 2020...

BRAYLEN DION & EMILY WANG

Detroit-born, Atlanta-based Ash Lauryn is a digger in the truest sense, repping a soulful, classic house sound in her sets and helping preserve and bring back to the fore the Black roots of electronic music through her Underground & Black project. She speaks to Ria Hylton about discovering her passion and making the most of opportunities

On 1st July, Ash Lauryn performed an all-night-long set at East London’s NT’s Loft. Her mix, dripping in the soulful, cavernous grooves of an old-skool...

A photo of the pool and crowd at Defected's Malta festival with an image of someone in a Defected t shirt taking a photo

After hugely successful residencies in Ibiza, a festival in Croatia, and regular tours around the world, Defected’s latest festival destination is in Malta. Ria Hylton heads to the island to take in the inaugural event

“This festival is right up your stream,” someone purrs down the phone in a voice note to a friend. It’s the third and final day...

The Sound Of: Freeride Millenium

With a range of sounds encompassing slo-mo house, gothic EBM, Italo disco and more, and an equally unrestrained art direction, Freeride Millenium is a no-holds-barred expression of love between its founders Jorkes and Daniel Rajcsanyi, aka ParisBöhm, and the queer community they aim to uplift. Alongside a mix of tracks from its catalogue, they share the label’s story

“The easy thing about working together is that we are partners” says Jorkes, co-founder of Austrian-based Freeride Millenium, on the label’s central relationship between him...

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The funding of independent radio stations is always precarious, but the current cost-of-living and energy crises threaten their survival. Following the shuttering of Worldwide FM and Bristol’s SWU FM, we look at the challenges facing these beloved cultural lifelines

UK independent radio is one of the most important aspects of DJ culture and the dance music scene. It plays a vital part in driving...

rj

After the 2014 release of ‘1021,’ London-born, Toronto-raised, and LA-based artist Rochelle Jordan went through years of business and health-related difficulties, finally coming out the other end with last year’s emotion-drenched ‘Play With The Changes.’ A new remix album, featuring brilliant work from DJ Minx, Byron The Aquarius, Machinedrum and other notable acts, lifts Jordan’s theme of rejuvenation into a thrilling new phase

Rochelle Jordan is sitting in her car, the AC whirring in the background. It’s the tail-end of LA’s latest heatwave, and though you wouldn’t know...