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MCs were often maligned in the early days of drum & bass, but nowadays it's pretty much universally accepted that a renegade mic-spitter is a...

“There is no other music in the world where an MC stands on the stage for an hour and continuously sprays lyrics with such clarity and power over so many frequencies,” Eksman, one of the d&b scene's foremost MCs, tells DJ Mag. “The life and evolution of the drum & bass MC has grown from strength to strength over the years, and I have no doubt that down the line many more great things are in store for the future generation of MCs in our music.” 
Undoubtedly so. The role of the drum and bass MC has steadily progressed simultaneously with the scene it resides in, although in the early days MCs experienced negativity from some DJs. But the MC has fought for its corner, and now overwhelmingly basks in the same golden glory as the DJ.

We chat in depth to the Saved boss about The Social, his latest venture

Already a successful producer, DJ, labelboss and father, techno veteran Nic Fanciulli has his hands full. Yet he's embarked upon another project. The Social Festival, taking place at the beautiful Mote Park of Maidstone, Kent at the end of September. Not only was he born and raised in Maidstone, Fanciulli cites the town as the source of his musical inspirations, taking him back to the early days out clubbing with friends and discovering his passion for house and techno.

Feetwood Mac - 'Big Love' remix

Nic Fanciulli’s Saved 100 tour has wrapped successfully and his Saved label party at Winter Music Conference was a glittering highlight in Miami this year. ...

Seoul-based DJ and musician Liu Lee fuses eerie R&B with ‘90s techno, breaks and electroclash influences on her debut EP, ‘Jasmine’. Hear ‘Kiss Me’ now

Seoul’s Liu Lee will release her debut EP, ‘Jasmine’, via NET GALA and Danja Gunz NBDKNW label this week. You can hear the closing track, ‘Kiss...

Nic Fanciulli announces a 10 date 'Around The World' tour

World renowned DJ & producer Nic Fanciulli has announced that he is to complete a ground-breaking around the world tour in just ten days this April. 

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Carl Cox, Seth Troxler and lots more to play The Social

Having kept eager fans on the edge of their seats for quite some time, releasing an additional headlining name each week, The Social festival’s roster...

Ready for the after party? WE ARE!

In our Apple Music playlist series, some of our favourite DJs guide us through a selection of their ultimate afterparty tunes. This week's selector is...

DJ Mag premieres a track from Carlo Lio's new EP 'Escobar'

Carlo Lio is a Techno & House DJ/Producer that hails from Toronto in Canada. Carlo is just about to release his EP on Carl Cox...

Listen to preview mixes here

The Balance DJ mix series has always brought out in the best in the names it has recruited – particular highlights from the top of...

UK bass boy fires up for Carnival

With Notting Hill Carnival almost upon us, Bedford-based bassman Lil Silva fills us in ahead of slamming Benji B’s Deviation Carnival Session at The Paradise...

Listen to the future anthem here...

Diplo and Lil Yachty have released their new collaboration, ‘Forever Young’. You can listen to it below.

The track forms part of Lil Yachty’s debut...

Nic Fanciulli, Patrick Topping and Nick Curly to headline Kent festival

Nic Fanciulli will headline The Winter Social festival at The Museum of Kent Life in Maidstone next Saturday 28th February, backed up by Patrick Topping...

The book will be published in November

Lil’ Kim has announced a memoir.

Brooklyn-born rapper Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, has revealed details of her forthcoming memoir, The Queen Bee.

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Weak MCs are ruining DJ sets. Respect the music, says our resident ranter...

Best days of our lives. Truly the internet age has made more music accessible to more of us than ever before. With infa-red agility we...

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Every time Solomun drops a new track, the internet explodes. This time, we predict, will be no different, with the label boss and respected DJ...