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Issue #074 ( 2018) PDF

It’s the start of a new year here at DJ Mag HQ and we’re delighted to kickstart the next 12 months with the one and only Robert Hood on our cover. We trekked all the way to Berlin to meet up with the Detroit legend, who treated us (and hundreds of other revelers) to a Gospel-heavy sermon in a local church, before spinning a storming set at Tresor later that evening. Read all about it from page 22 on. Speaking of Tresor, we caught up with owner and label boss Dimitri Hegemann in Berlin too, to talk about why now is the right time to re-release Robert’s seminal album, ‘Internal Empire’, alongside a host of other classic LPs from Tresor’s much-respected label. In honor of our January cover star, we’ve also shone a light on some lesser-known producers from the Motor City, chalking up 10 underground names you simply need to know about (page 68). Elsewhere in this issue, we’ve charted the history of essential French label Ed Banger through 15 key releases from the imprint’s vast and eclectic back-catalog (page 32). In our Happy Accidents feature, we’ve looked at the famous gear that’s changed dance music history over the last five decades — very often by mistake (page 43). And there’s long-reads on Canadian hero Tiga (page 56), Porter Robinson aka Virtual Self (page 48), and the darker side of vinyl purchasing platform Discogs (page 61). Plus, we examine the enduring impact of Octave One’s ‘Black Water’ for those looking to brush up on their classic cuts (page 75). We’ve also rated and reviewed Miami’s annual Art Basel event — including elrow’s latest stadium-sized, dance music extravaganza (page 86) — and checked in with acts like Ross From Friends and Moscoman in our monthly tech section (page 112 onwards). It’s yet another stacked issue from DJ Mag North America — bring on 2019! CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS Commissioning Editor, DJ Mag North America