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With mental health and wellbeing one of the principal keynote topics at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza at the end of this month (May), we asked the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)’s working group Protect Mental & Physical Health For Fans & Professionals to interview some industry stalwarts about their mental health experiences and how they’ve coped. Read on for some expert advice on how you can maximise your wellbeing when things get tough...

Robin Campillo's 120 BPM is a film that shines a light on the tireless work of AIDS activists, ACT UP, in early '90s Paris. Arnaud Rebotini's original soundtrack champions the liberation and vitality that house music brought to marginalised groups in the city in the midst of the global pandemic – In his DJ Mag podcast mix, he celebrates that very sound with classic tracks and original cuts... 

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Swiss-born Turkish DJ/producer Mehmet Aslan delivers a deep, atmospheric slow-burner on Bobby Pleasure’s Needs (not-for-profit) label – joining Lord of the Isles, Petwo Evans and more, all proceeds go to the Help Refugees charity…

 

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... 

Born in the UK in the early ‘90s, during a period of explosive creativity, the freeform breakbeats of jungle became the soundtrack to many producers’ formative years before taking a backseat to more formulaic ideas. Recently, however, a new wave of talent has been on the rise, feeding their junglist sensibilities into all corners of the dance...

When it comes to San Proper, eccentric doesn’t quite cover it. Rush Hour’s most madcap selector, he’s known for raw, genre-defying productions, unpredictable sets and a whirlwind persona. But after a chase across Amsterdam, DJ Mag learns he’s really just all about the love... 

An exclusive live set from the EBM techno talent...

There were plenty of great artist albums released in our scene this year, more than ably demonstrating how the long-player format is still crucially important to our world. From emotive techno, razor-edged electro, abstract pop through garage-laden house, it's been another vintage year for electronic music. Here’s our top 50 albums of 2017...

Each month we bring you nine acts popping off at the moment...

Plus a 2017 news round-up and interviews with DVS1, PBR Streetgang and more...

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