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DJ Mag meets Eric Estornel in Spain to find out about his upbringing in Miami and Dallas, his new album for R&S, and how the US affection for grittier beats is at the heart of his sound...

Under the name Maceo Plex, Cuban-American DJ/producer and label founder Eric Estornel is among the biggest players in electronic music. So why has he resurrected his more cerebral electro project, Mariel Ito, which has lain dormant for years? DJ Mag meets Estornel in Spain to find out about his upbringing in Miami and Dallas, his new album for R&S, and how the US affection for grittier beats is at the heart of his sound...

GerryRead premiere accidental jnr
GerryRead premiere accidental jnr

Gerry Read steps up on Herbert’s Accidental Jnr imprint with the ‘Preventing Violence Against Ears’ EP. ‘Today or Tomorrow’ is a colourful, bassy opener to a minimal house EP full of subtle charm…

ANNA has made her own destiny through a combination of perseverance and talent...

Brought up near São Paulo, Brazil, the daughter of a club owner, ANNA has made her own destiny through a combination of perseverance and talent. She’s faced health scares and industry pitfalls, but, she tells DJ Mag, with gigs all over and releases on the best dance labels, she’s never been in a better place than she is now...

Tunes that moved the floor... 

When Amnesia announced a new Monday night event series to fill the void left by Cocoon it was big news. Once the weekly kicked off it was clear things were only going to get bigger...

Local Group premiere DJ Mag
Local Group premiere DJ Mag

London duo Local Group ready their ‘Laser Dome’ EP on Ritual Poison. ‘Random Utterances’ is a breaks-fueled trip of arpeggiated synths and growling acid bass...

We meet disco legend and songwriting extraordinaire Nile Rodgers for our September UK cover...

Nile Rodgers is the man behind Chic and countless disco classics and mega hits. Always moving with the times and updating his classic guitar licks and grooves for new generations, he’s about to release a long- awaited new album filled with modern collaborators. DJ Mag met Nile to talk about staying current, the significance of the disco movement, and why he continues to do what he does so well...

WORDS: Declan McGlynn
PICS: Dan Reid 

TT's ambient upstart Lucaufer steps up with a cinematic selection of lush soundscapes... 

London ambient upstart Lucaufer steps up with a captivating selection of lush electronic soundscapes, hectic rhythms and cinematic classical motifs, tailor-made to soundtrack the approaching autumn. We catch up with the emerging artist to talk musical identity, ambience and the quest to sound like Debussy and Swedish House Mafia at the same time...

Detroit drum & bass aficionado steps up with a killer hour of ecstatic footwork, jungle and jolting, bassy rhythms...

Detroit drum & bass aficionado Sinistarr steps up with a killer hour of ecstatic footwork, jungle and jolting, bassy rhythms. We catch up with a singular talent to talk origins, making d&b in Detroit and dreams of yachts...

He's worked with Green Velvet and Lee Foss, but Mason Maynard is only just getting started...

He's worked with Green Velvet and Lee Foss, but Mason Maynard is only just getting started. We catch up with Manchester's tech house upstart to get the low-down

FROM: Manchester, UK

SOUNDS LIKE: Jamie Jones, Solardo, Green Velvet

THREE TUNES: 'Puffy', 'Auto Mate', 'Tear It Up'

77 minutes of raw power for the Brooklyn DJ...

Formidable DJ/producer/promoter Katie Rex steps up with a fierce mix of hammering electro and techno. We catch up with the Brooklyn mainstay to discuss her origins in the Philadelphia rave scene, founding the peerless BOUND event series, and her favourite artists in the scene...

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