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AVA Festival shot from above

Last month, 16,000 ravers attended Belfast's AVA Festival at its new home on the Titanic Slipways. DJ Mag traveled to AVA to discover how the event is creating a sense of unity, community and a second wave of rave in the city

In 2015, Belfast’s first AVA Festival and conference found its home beneath the towering yellow Harland & Wolff cranes — affectionately named Samson and Goliath...

New online game, Footwork Heardle, tests your track recognition

A new online game, Footwork Heardle, tests your track recognition. 


Launched on June 19th, it's based on the popular browser-based game Heardle, which itself was...

Recognise: Analog Soul

Two decades since they realised their destinies lay in music and DJing, NYC-based twins, Analog Soul, demonstrate their expansive and funk-filled sound for the Recognise mix series, and share their journey with Ria Hylton

Some 20 years ago, Jacky Sommer switched US coasts and headed east to New York. The Oakland native had just scooped a highly sought-after spot...

12 emerging artists you need to hear this June

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From hard-hitting techno and soulful house anthems to ravey post-punk bangers, here's June 2022's list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

Berlin-based DJ and producer Anna Kost’s debut EP ‘The Very End Of You’ on Hotflush-offshoot Who Whom is the ideal intro into her raw but...

Premiere: DJ soyboi ‘Bottom Growth’

DJ soyboi will release their new EP, ‘HRT NRG’, tomorrow (10th June) via New Scenery. Listen to ‘Bottom Growth' below. 


The Manchester-based DJ, producer and...

Selections: Aquarian

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, Aquarian spotlights broken techno, fluorescent rave sounds, electro, juke and more

Like a fine wine, Berlin-based Canadian Aquarian’s music is only improving with time. While his early ‘10s productions for UNO were nothing to sniff at...

Kode9 Escapology

Kode9 has announced a new album, 'Escapology'. It will be released on 15th July via Hyperdub on CD and digital, with vinyl to follow later...

Premiere: Black Rave Culture ‘Deep Breathing’

Black Rave Culture will release a new album, ‘BRC Vol 2’, in June. Listen to the track ‘Deep Breathing’ below. 


The Washington D.C. trio of...

SHERELLE’s BEAUTIFUL label and AIAIAI partner on new initiative for Black and LGBTQI+ artists

SHERELLE's BEAUTIFUL label and the Danish audio firm AIAIAI are partnering on a new initiative aimed at supporting Black and LGBTQI+ artists, comprising free workshops...

Otik launches label, Solar Body, with new EP, ‘Psyops’

Otik has launched his own label, Solar Body, with a new four-track EP, titled ‘Psyops’. Listen to the lead track, ‘Skylines’, below. 


The new label...

ItKos

A directory of women, trans and non-binary producers, In the Key of She (ItKoS), has launched online.


Compiled by DJ, producer, and academic Samantha Parsley...

Batu press shot surrounded by purple flowers

Timedance label boss, innovative producer and a boundary-pushing DJ, Batu was on an upward trajectory — but the pandemic made him question his motivations and examine his history. With his debut album ‘Opal’ marking a bold new chapter in his sound, he talks to Chal Ravens about burnout, reinvention, heritage and contributing to the Bristol scene that nurtured him

On a cool night in upstate New York in September 2019, the floorboards of a wooden hut at Camp Kennybrook are shuddering with bass.Somewhere in...

Premiere: Yokubari ‘Buki Vs Buki’

New York City-based producer and percussionist Yokubari will release a new EP, ‘Sakai’, via CHINABOT in May. Listen to ‘Buki Vs Buki’ below. 


Across the...

Compilation of the Month: Various Artists ‘Nervous Horizon Vol. 4’

East London’s Nervous Horizon label crystallises its sonic signature on its fourth compilation, mutating dancehall rhythms into a post-industrial, experimental space

The name Nervous Horizon has begun to chime with contemporary life, implying a sense of foreboding for something that’s currently just out of view. Look...

Collage of artists included in DJ Mag emerging artists feature for march

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From tripped-out rap and laid-back house to rapid-fire breakbeats and more, here's April 2022's list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

London-based An Avrin might have failed his sixth-form music tech course, but he’s been on a successful run with music ever since, with releases on...