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Premiere: Sally ‘Zawgy Al Azeez ‘(Dar Disku & Eternal Love Edit)’

London and Bahrain-based collective and label Dar Disku will release their fifth collection of reissued rarities and dancefloor edits of records from the MENA region...

Incredible music for a great cause... 

A new compilation is raising money for a refuge squat in Athens, Greece. 

The squat, City Plaza Hotel, is organized for and by migrants...

It set sail in secret to avoid being intercepted by authorities

Banksy has financed a boat to rescue refugees who are attempting to reach Europe from North Africa, The Guardian has revealed.

The boat, which...

DJ Mag chats to Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila

Egypt. Heralded for its mystical history and pyramidal landmarks, it's the cultural jewel of North Africa. Hardly the epicentre of the trance universe...

Dar Disku

Get acquainted with Dar Disku, the London and Bahrain-based collective and label refashioning buried disco gems of the Middle East and North Africa

No one does disco quite like Dar Disku and their secret, it appears, is in the dig. From the souqs of Turkey to the bargain...

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Ivorian DJ, producer and visual artist Asna records a two-hour mix heart-racing percussion and global club rhythms for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Kamila Rymajdo about collaboration and her limitless creative vision

For DJ/producer and visual artist Asna, music might not have been her first career, but when she was growing up, it was always playing at...

Jeddah-born, Dublin-based DJ Moving Still records a hi-NRG mix of edits and originals, and speaks to Gabriel Szatan about the thriving network of “Arabic electronic"...

Laurent discusses his free mix CD

He's mixed this month's storming SW4 covermount mix, packed with fresh French artists, ahead of an appearance at the festival. Fired up by his country's dance renaissance, he talks to us about that and loads more...

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From astral ambience and minimal grooves to frenzied footwork and techno, here's...

Rachel Lyn 

Rachel Lyn is the founder of Modular Gang, an event series and collective dedicated to modular synth performances. Originally from London, but now...

With a string of powerful releases, including the recent ‘Panther In Mode’, Alewya creates a musical universe that merges the spiritual and the physical. DJ...

In early summer of 2020, in the deepest depths of the pandemic, a reminder of the life we were missing came in the form of...

Italo disco’s eternal evolution

Italo disco is everywhere again. But what does Italo even mean today, and is it at risk of being diluted into a catch-all term for anything with an '80s disco sparkle? Joe Roberts dives into the genre's history, and chats to some of its new devotees and longstanding champions about its ever-evolving sound

It now sounds like a DJ mix of the most widely-known Italo disco classics, but when it was released in 1999, I-F’s ‘Mixed Up In...