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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...

Get To Know: Salamanda

Get acquainted with Salamanda, the Seoul duo whose new album for Human Pitch is a dreamworld built from ambient soundscapes and minimal beats

It’s fitting that the title of Salamanda’s new album, ‘ashbalkum’, derives from a Korean phrase for the realisation that ‘reality’ is in fact a dream...

Congo Natty

On his upcoming 25-track opus ‘Ancestorz’ — which he describes as his life's work — long-serving jungle soldier Congo Natty unites many voices from across the diaspora, joining dots through the history of Black music and celebrating the new jungle generation. In a series of in-depth interviews for DJ Mag, he talks to Dave Jenkins about love, revolution, unity, and reclaiming his place in the history books

“This isn’t an interview, brother, this is an outerview!” Congo Natty declares. He draws on his spliff, holding DJ Mag’s gaze with intensity. Even through...

Get To Know: Kirollus

Get acquainted with Kirollus, the Brighton-based DJ, Defected broadcaster and vinyl seller bringing his love for rare funk, boogie and soul to the masses

In 2020, if you were maxing out on DJ mixes in the Covid pandemic’s first wave, it would have been hard to miss Kirollus. The...

Ron Trent releases new album, 'What Do The Stars Say To You'

Ron Trent has released his first new album in 11 years as part of his WARM project.


Out today (24th June), 'What Do The Stars...

Jitwam

Chalo co-founder Jitwam has shared a video for his new album track, slow-burning groover ‘Hey Papi’.


The new single is taken from 'Third', the forthcoming...

Robin S and Big Freedia have reacted to Beyonce's comeback single, 'Break My Soul', which includes nods to both artists' work. 


Released on Monday 20th...

Patrick Adams, legendary disco producer and songwriter, dies, aged 72

Patrick Adams, the pioneering disco producer who was an unwavering force on the New York dance music scene, has died.


News of the legendary artist...

The Martinez Brothers: reaching new heights

As they kick off their Tuesday night headline residency at Hï Ibiza, New York natives The Martinez Brothers catch up with DJ Mag Ibiza's Mick Wilson about  their love for the White Isle and their big plans for the coming season

Straight outta the Bronx in New York City, The Martinez Brothers — and yes, they are actually siblings; Stevie is three years older than Chris...

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...

Premiere: DJ co.kr 'BREAK TODAY'

DJ co.kr has released a new single, ‘BREAK TODAY’. Check it out below. 


The Seoul-based DJ, producer and Ghetto-Ray party starter continues his pursuits in...

Beyoncé samples Robin S' house classic, 'Show Me Love', on new single, 'Break My Soul': Listen

Beyoncé's new single, 'Break My Soul', includes nods to a '90s house classic in Robin S' 'Show Me Love'.


'Break My Soul', which is out...

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...

THC by studioreyesisraela

THC delivers a vinyl-only mix of high-energy house and classic rave thumpers for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about her love for ‘90s dance music, the Venus Vessels non-profit collective, and building her name during the pandemic

Surprising as it may seem, THC made her name during the pandemic. While clubs were shut, the Bogotá-born, Berlin-based DJ’s regular sets on the HÖR...

Bijou Film Festival and Elements Oakland celebrate Black and queer roots of house music with Juneteenth event series

This Juneteenth, the Black and queer roots of house music will be celebrated with a series of events in Oakland, California.


Across June 17th-18th, the...