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Berlin’s techno superstar Paul Kalkbrenner is back with a new LP that pays tribute to the city’s halcyon early rave days. We find out more about how he avoids the limelight, his obsessive work ethic and his love of early dance sounds...

Words: STEPHEN FLYNN
Pics: OLAF HEINE

For many, travelling outside of the UK or Europe for a festival seems like a pipedream, but getting away to a shindig can be a good excuse to make the effort and explore somewhere totally new. Here’s a few global get-togethers it’s worth having a shot at...

 

Wellies at the ready, it’s time for a festival (or three)! The summer has returned, or at least as much as it ever does in the UK, and with it comes swathes of festivals across the nation, continent and, you guessed it, the world. As per, we’ve trawled through the listings and put together a definitive list of the ones you really need to know about. So biros at the ready, get circling or risk kicking yourself come October...

Mella Dee prem DJ Mag
Mella Dee prem DJ Mag

Unstoppable UK force Mella Dee’s new EP on his own Warehouse Music imprint is fierce – ‘DG Redux’ is yet another disco-fuelled belter…

Ricardo Villalobos plays System Set & One Twenty Terrace Party in Leeds
Ricardo Villalobos plays System Set & One Twenty Terrace Party in Leeds

Let's go— Egg's 15th Birthday, System & Set One Twenty's Terrace Party, Alfresco Festival, Virgo Festival, Leftfoot & Shadow City, Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival... 

Ortigia Sound System
Ortigia Sound System

Call Super, Or:La, James Holden, more have also been locked for the UNESCO World Heritage site... 

 

When Dax J made worldwide headlines last year for dropping an Islamic call to prayer sample during his set in Tunisia, it looked for a minute like his career could be over. As a result of the ensuing international furore he received all manner of online death threats, and was sentenced to a year in prison by a Tunisian court. But instead of wallowing in gloom, he channelled the experience into writing music, producing some of his best ever work that has made its way onto his new album. Appropriately titled ‘Offending Public Morality’, it finds the Berghain regular in uncompromising mood. DJ Mag joins him in Berlin to get the full scoop... 

A guide to dance music's pre-rave past...

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