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

The memories you need to re-live...

If walls could talk...

The Black Madonna is the real deal. Raised in Kentucky but born in the DJ booth of Chicago's Smartbar, she's unleashed the true spirit of house back into the world. Fearlessly challenging the status quo both on and off the dancefloor, she’s spearheading a global revolution drawing its power from the founding principles of dance culture. In advance of playing our Miami pool party, we found out why The Black Madonna still believes...

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

DVS1 is a true icon. He may have reached the top of the techno tree by a somewhat circuitous route — involving time spent in prison on drugs charges and half a lifetime of ‘anti-star’ behaviour — but his rep is now second to none. DJ Mag joins him as he prepares for one of his immense Wall Of Sound shows, to find a highly-principled man fully in tune with his place in the world...

Last year was an incredible year for party boys Solardo. Playing over 200 high-profile gigs, traversing the globe like a well-oiled machine, the Manc lads rapidly shot into the upper echelons of the scene — converting everyone they came into contact with via their fun-time positive vibes, rolling tech-house bangers and loud shirts. After scooping the Best Duo gong at our Best Of British awards in December, DJ Mag's editor Carl Loben meets up with the pair to find out more...

From the ongoing refinement of house and disco, to techno's domination of the mainstream, the return of electro, ebm and new wave, and the resurgence of jump-up d&b, dance music has continued to thrive and empassion this year. Picking just 50 tracks has been a nightmare but every single tune in this list is solid gold so crank your system and enjoy... 

Better than an office Christmas party...

Even the top DJs had to learn from someone. In the Top 100 set questions in the preceding pages, we asked all the DJs voted into the chart who their mentor was when first starting out, and here we ask a number of the most successful and respected DJs in their various particular fields who inspired them initially...

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