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Best of North America Awards 2017

Exchange sits in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles, in what was formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange building. Brokers vacated in 1986 when...

Best of North America 2018

As downtown Los Angeles undergoes a cultural renaissance, Exchange LA remains one of its key nightlife institutions. The club owes much of its magic to...

DJs' negative publicity campaigns and Twitter beefs are getting on our resident ranter's wick...

Hey bird brains! You know what really gets on my wick? What really fucking winds me up? DJs, producers, artists (I use the term loosely)...

Skream 'Let's Get Ravey Mix' Of La Roux 'In For The Kill' Killer Instinct: Hands-in-the-air anthem slays dancefloors

In 2009, nothing short of Gordon Brown appointing Simon Cowell to advise the government on financial policy could have captured the country's mood more. Only...

Visionquest Thirteen heralds new era for Detroit foursome... and mankind

“It was never meant to be the end. It was a transition,” say Visionquest on the recent end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar –...


In its nine-year history, Bestival has become one of the biggest festivals in the country, with only really Glastonbury rivalling it in terms of the legendary names that headline each year. In 2012 it was musical genius Stevie Wonder that provided the big draw, but with hundreds of other acts from Azealia Banks to The xx to New Order spanning numerous genres and generations, Bestival really is the festival for everyone.


If there's a label that has owned 2012, it's Hypercolour. The year's artist roster reads every bit as well on paper as it plays on a turntable; Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Mosca, BareSkin, Tom Demac and Kris Wadsworth.

Maya Jane Coles 'DJ-Kicks'

The meteoric Maya Jane didn't have to wait quite as long as some of the other members of the 'DJ-Kicks' alumnus society to be asked to drop a mix for the pivotal series. She joins a glittering — and eclectic — number, including Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nightmares On Wax, Andrea Parker, Playgroup, Tiga, Erlend Øye, The Glimmers, Four Tet, Hot Chip, Photek and Scuba.

TEED 'Troubles'

Orlando Higginbottom, the fresh-faced 26-year-old behind Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is part of a growing scene of British producers who’ve forged crossover success from their experiments in the meeting place of house, garage and pop.

Jessie Ware 'Running (Disclosure Remix)

To say Jessie Ware’s had a good year would be rather an understatement. Her diva vocals, that hark back to a golden era of house and draw comparisons with Sade and Donna Summer, have found increasing favour with the UK bass scene’s underground producers and, like Katy B before her, garnered a Mercury nomination.

Julio Bashmore 'Au Seve'

Care, consideration and caution are not always words associated with the fleeting world of dance music. DJs and promoters springing up and disappearing quicker than Eats Everything can guzzle a pint of the black stuff, it's tempting for the next pretty young thing getting hyped to high heaven to go for broke; rush out a series of half-finished tracks off their hard drive and sit back and wait for that cash-money to roll in. Not Bashmore.

Groove Armada

To the uninitiated, Groove Armada's return to making underground house music might appear something of a change in direction. It is, of course, nothing of the sort. Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have found themselves, thanks to a solid decade of commercial success, stuffed clumsily into all manner of pigeon holes; from dance-pop to pop-dance to chill-out to stadium-dance to ragga-dance and any number of other sub genres you might care to mention.

Eats Everything

He might be able to knock out badass tunes, but Bristol boy Eats Everything is, in his heart, a DJ first and foremost (or husband if his new wife is reading!). What’s more, the man born Daniel Pearce has been doing it for exactly 20 years now, having gotten his first decks for Christmas back in 1992.

After a humungous 2017, grime star AJ Tracey has deservedly taken away the Best MC gong this time around...



Blackeye MC Jam Baxter Little Simz Sense MC

Those who’ve followed the career trajectories of the likes of Stormzy and other breakout rap...

Or:la is your Best Breakthrough DJ of 2017...

“Pretty surreal,” Orlagh Dooley replies when asked how it feels to be voted the finest emergent talent in British booths by readers of the finest...