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J Dilla press shot

J Dilla changed music with his unique production style and wonky beat patterns. Ahead of an expansive new book on his life and art, Marke Bieschke talks to author Dan Charnas about the enigmatic artist’s impact 

D is for Detroit. D is for Dilla. D is for ‘Donuts’, the legendary 31-track collection that James Dewitt Yancey — aka Jay Dee, aka...

Tirzah Ribs

London-based singer, musician and producer Tirzah has shared a new single, 'Ribs', which is out today, 5th May, on Domino. 


The song follows the artist's...

Aluna George DJ Mag North America April 2022 cover

Aluna Francis’s life has been one of discovery — of uncovering truths about herself, about society, and about the fundamental ways in which the dance music industry fails people. The Wales-born, LA-based music maker, formerly of AlunaGeorge and now working as a solo artist, tells Bruce Tantum how she’s putting the knowledge she’s gained into practice via the new Noir Fever festival

"I perhaps could have been a bit more cautious,” Aluna Francis — sitting in her downtown LA home, sunglasses perched upon her braided blue coif...

Nicolette 'Let No-One...' album cover

On 1996's ‘Let No-One Live Rent Free In Your Head’, Scottish singer, songwriter and producer Nicolette worked alongside 4Hero’s Dego, Plaid, Alec Empire and Felix to create an album that mixed jungle, trip-hop, industrial techno and avant-pop into a singular work full of sharp, incisive lyricism. Ben Cardew explores the legacy of the album, and its vision for the future of electronic music

In the modern world, it seems sadly inevitable that any female singer who experiments with dance beats will, at some point, be compared to Björk...

SOPHIE DJ Mag cover feature lead

When news broke about SOPHIE's tragic passing in January 2021, the music world was stunned. A visionary artist who released on Hutleys + Palmers, Numbers and PC Music, and worked with stars such as Charli XCX and Madonna, at 34, it felt like SOPHIE was just getting started. Anna Cafolla, who wrote DJ Mag’s cover story on SOPHIE in July 2019, pays tribute to the unique artist’s authenticity and artifice

When I met SOPHIE for DJ Mag in 2019, I was struck by the artist’s singular vision. In the chaotic fug of Ibiza, SOPHIE shone...

Meshing dancehall, dub, techno and industrial, Bristol’s Bokeh Versions label has carved a unique niche in the UK underground  Alongside a 100% Bokeh mix recorded...

Seoul’s Leevisa sculpts an off-kilter club music eulogy on ‘Koreography’. Hear the duelling breakbeats, field recordings and ravey bass bursts of ‘Indoor Labor’ now

Leevisa will release a new EP, ‘Koreography’, via Toronto label Perpetual Care next month. 

Presented a sort of eulogy to the artist, with an accompany...

With her new ‘Embryo’ EP on Planet Mu, Jlin’s body of work takes another step toward unifying sound and motion. DJ Mag's Bruce Tantum catches...

Early on a Sunday morning is not the usual time to be interviewing anyone involved in making and playing electronic music. Generally speaking, at that...

The American sound artist was known for long-form works such as 'I Am Sitting In A Room'

American avant-garde composer Alvin Lucier has died, aged 90.

The news was confirmed by his former wife and collaborator Mary Lucier on Facebook, with his...

 

A decade in the making, Tom Middleton’s new LP as GCOM, ’E2-XO’, on !K7 boasts themes of space exploration, alien communication and utopian “super-habitable”...

“I’ve always been a star gazer, a total sci-fi nerd — always interested in what’s up there,” says Tom Middleton, reflecting on the galactic inspiration...

The adventurous producer moves beyond the dancefloor on his latest album for Local Action

The rapid metamorphosis of 96 Back from club-geared dance producer to risk- taking experimentalist has been thrilling to witness. Manchester-based artist Evan Majumdar-Swift grew up...

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections...

On her second album, ‘Fatigue’, Brooklyn experimental artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist L’Rain (aka Taja Cheek) balances intimacy with abstraction. A release that explores the complex...

Released in 1985, Kate Bush's iconic fifth album, 'Hounds Of Love', saw her perfecting her experiments in sampling technology, drum machines and synthesizers, and opening...

There is a tendency to view electronic music pioneers as outliers working on the edges of the musical landscape, undiscovered geniuses blazing a trail that...

From the label of the same name, stock focuses on house, disco, avant-garde, minimalism, and punk 

A new record store, Ergot Records, has opened in Manhattan's East Village, New York, run by the label of the same name. 

The shop is...

Kirk formed the influential industrial group in 1973

Richard H. Kirk, the electronic musician best known as founder of pioneering industrial group Cabaret Voltaire has died, aged 65.

The news was confirmed in...