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Norma Jean Bell LP cover

Detroit saxophonist, producer, and vocalist Norma Jean Bell is responsible for some of house music’s most glorious moments, and has worked alongside the likes of Moodymann, K-Hand, Ron Trent and George Clinton. Her full-length opus, 'Come Into My Room', released in 2001, proved that she really is “the baddest bitch in this room”

If you look in the ‘about’ section on Norma Jean Bell’s Facebook page, it says, simply, “I’m the baddest bitch in this room...” It's a...

Premiere: Sines ‘Key 2 Mine’

Sines will release a new EP, ‘All Things Heal’, via his MAJÍA label’s AMOR imprint this month. Listen to ‘Key 2 Mine’ below. 


Across three...

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse and trafficking, following his conviction last year.


Last September, the disgraced R&B...

How X-Press 2’s ‘Lazy’

Released in 2002, a dream collaboration between UK house heroes X-Press 2 and Talking Heads' David Byrne, ‘Lazy’ lit up clubs and the pop charts alike. Here, Dave Jenkins talks to the group’s Ashley Beedle, Rocky and Diesel about how the track transcended generations and genres to become a timeless hit

“Who even writes a bloody dance tune called ‘Lazy’?” laughs Ashley Beedle. Fellow X-Press 2 founders Rocky and Diesel chime in with the chuckles, as...

jaymie_silk

Jaymie Silk has released the first track in a new, bi-weekly single series.


Off the back of his recent album, 'The Rise & Fall...

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...

katebush

Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' has officially reached No. 1 in the UK charts, 37 years after its release.


Originally featured on the English...

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...

Former Mixmag editor Dom Phillips missing in Brazilian Amazon

Concern is growing over the whereabouts of Dom Phillips, a highly respected British journalist and former-editor of Mixmag, and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Araújo Pereira...

10-year-old DJ Michelle shares entry to DMC World Championship

10-year-old DJ Michelle has shared her entry to the the DMC World Portablist DJ Championships. It is the second consecutive year she has entered.


The...

Alok performing against a purple background

DJ Mag spends some time with the Brazilian DJ sensation while he’s over in London for a show at Ministry Of Sound, and learns about his journey from hardships to huge success — and how being in a plane crash changed his perspective on life for the better

Purple and pink hues stretch across the London skyline as the first stars tattoo themselves above the landscape. Outside the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, South...

Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes

Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes, aka Optimo (Espacio), have helped define Glasgow’s musical landscape for over two decades with their eclectic and dynamic dancefloor selections. As 2022 marks Optimo’s milestone 25th anniversary, a tour of their home city reveals the ethos behind their inimitable sound

A love of dancing runs deep in Glasgow. And no one better embodies the city’s enduring passion for getting together on the dancefloor than Keith...

Lady Shaka

Global club beats, queer femme energy and Pacific Island identity come together in Lady Shaka’s joyful Recognise mix.  Ahead of her appearance at Sónar Festival this month, the DJ and interdisciplinary artist speaks to Anna Cafolla  about building connections around the world, uplifting her communities, and her Pasifika club sound

“Kia ora!” Lady Shaka greets New Zealand’s debut Boiler Room show. This is FILTH, a radical club community that centres QTBIPOC, and their first post-Covid...

Andrew Fletcher

Andy Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of pioneering British electronic music group Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.


The news was shared via Depeche Mode's...

plugin subscriptions

As subscription models have begun to make their way into our DAWs, we look at the three different models for using plugins — outright ownership, continual rent, and rent-to-own. Here, Declan McGlynn asks: are subscription models better for producers? And are we heading towards an even heavier onslaught of abundance over efficiency? 

Subscriptions are everywhere, whether we like them or not. In fact, a report ominously titled The End of Ownership in 2020 said that 78% of...