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Double O and Mantra stand side by side on a dark, green-light background, Mantra's arm on Dubz shoulder

More than a club night and record label, Rupture has become a nexus point for the global jungle/drum & bass community, helping to galvanise a new generation while re-energising seasoned heads. Founders and life partners Mantra and Double O tell DJ Mag’s Ben Hindle about its evolution, and the importance of championing inclusivity and musical freedom

It’s early April and nearing 8am at East London nightclub, FOLD. The spirited vocal of DJ Vibes & Wishdokta’s ‘Midsummer Mist’ is cutting its way...

Juke Bounce Werk co-founder, Alexis Gutierrez — aka DJ Noir — explores how language can be used to appropriate Black culture and leave behind its...

We have been forced to address the elephant in the room.

In light of historic current events, the dance music community has been forced to...

The main man behind Toots & The Maytals passed away peacefully in Kingston, Jamaica 

Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert has died, aged 77. 

The iconic musician, best known as frontman of reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals, "passed...

Vintage Culture press shot in a yellow jacket

Vintage Culture has come a long way from a small town in Brazil to playing stadiums, topping dance charts and partying with football royalty. After suffering near-burnout from constant touring, he’s recharged and full of vitality, with a deeper sound he loves with all his heart, hundreds of tunes ready to go, Ibiza and Las Vegas residencies scheduled, and a set lined up at DJ Mag's Miami Pool Party

Lukas Ruiz grew up in Mundo Novo, a tiny municipality with under 20,000 inhabitants, right on Brazil’s border with Paraguay. His mum had always told...

BRAYLEN DION & EMILY WANG

Detroit-born, Atlanta-based Ash Lauryn is a digger in the truest sense, repping a soulful, classic house sound in her sets and helping preserve and bring back to the fore the Black roots of electronic music through her Underground & Black project. She speaks to Ria Hylton about discovering her passion and making the most of opportunities

On 1st July, Ash Lauryn performed an all-night-long set at East London’s NT’s Loft. Her mix, dripping in the soulful, cavernous grooves of an old-skool...

Michael Diamond announces debut album, ‘Third Culture’

Michael Diamond will release his debut album, ‘Third Culture’, via  Vasuki Sound this summer. Listen to ‘Emergence’ below. 


Across seven tracks, ‘Third Culture’ merges “ethereal...

Submit your Latin mixes to win a Fiesta Nights DJ residency

La Tasca’s Fiesta Nights DJ competition is in full swing! You have been submitting your latin-inspired mixes for a chance to be featured on this...

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Sound systems have driven the development of music in the UK, powered by hard work, passion and innovation. But preserving UK sound system culture, its knowledge and history, while also pushing it forward, is no easy task today. Ria Hylton traces its path through ska and reggae at blues dances in West Indian households, to soul, boogie, hip-hop and house in ’80s warehouses and at the Notting Hill Carnival, to nationwide tours and global popularity, and finds out how initiatives like the Sound System Futures Programme are seeking to secure its future 

It’s the Thursday before Notting Hill Carnival and Linett Kamala, board director of Europe’s biggest street party, is weaving through the streets of Kilburn. Her...

rootspicnic

Mary J. Blige, WizKid and Kamasi Washington are among the names announced to play The Roots Picnic 2022.


Headlined, hosted and curated by hip-hop group ...

Four crews from each city go head-to-head...

Having announced last month that Red Bull's Culture Clash would be touching down in Bristol and Manchester for the first time, Red Bull has unveiled...

DJ Mag checks out Critical at Tectonic Plates Vol.3 Launch, Fabric London

What a line-up! Not for those of closed minds, faint hearts, disregarding ears! Tonight is most certainly a line-up for the heads. Each and every...

Roni Size Reprazent re-issued

The classic album by Roni Size's Reprazent collective, 'New Forms', celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2008, and is set to be reissued with a host...

Under the name Maceo Plex, Cuban-American DJ/producer and label founder Eric Estornel is among the biggest players in electronic music. So why has he resurrected...

When Eric Estornel, now best known as techno titan Maceo Plex, was just three- years-old, things in his native Miami started to change. From April...

A festival along the 7-mile Negril Beach in Jamaica...

Jamaica’s Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest is back for a second edition running 1st through 6th May with a mixture of artists such as Bedouin, Audiofly, Wolf+Lamb...

Daft Punk have taken on a robot form for so long that it's hard to remember a time that they didn't don their famous helmets...

No matter how many times they told it, the story of Daft Punk’s transformation into robots around the time of Discovery’s recording didn’t get any...