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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... 

A slew of quality releases this year proved the compilation is still a vital format for taste-making selectors to present a snapshot of where we’re at with dance music. From seminal labels celebrating their back catalogue, collections of rare disco and sublime mixes of unreleased material, right through to electro icons enjoying being back in the limelight, here’s our top 10 compilations of 2017...

Pioneer. Visionary. Genius.  There can be no doubt that Jeff Mills is one of the most significant music producers of the modern age. From co-founding Underground Resistance to helping to define the blueprint of what we now call ‘techno’, 'The Wizard' is a musician of the sort we’re unlikely to ever witness again...

From the mean streets of Detroit to the warmer climes of Southern California, Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybird label have become one of dance music's most celebrated institutions. Here, we count down Claude VonStroke's 10 most memorable moments...

Since releasing on Boysnoize Records and Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit, electro fiend Jensen Interceptor is getting everyone from Sync 24 to Maceo Plex fired up. DJ Mag finds out more...

As one of techno's most beloved and innovative acts, Richie Hawtin needs no introduction. Here, we countdown 10 memorable moments that made Richie the legend he is today...

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...

Gideon Berger has co-created something amazing with Glastonbury Festival’s Block9 field, but it’s been somewhat to the detriment of his own DJ career. In recent years, though, he’s ramped up his own DJing activity — as Gideön — and now gets booked to spin his delicious dubbed-out deep house in places well beyond the LGBT and squat party zones in which he built his rep. DJ Mag meets the former traveller for whom music has to have a purpose... 

Once focused on the techno of Detroit, Joris Voorn’s latter-day productions have conquered his native Holland, Ibiza and the world. While some have accused him of forgetting his roots, his latest Spectrum project — a triple treat of radio show, party and photography — joins the dots between present and past, and shines a light on the breadth of his tastes...

There’s far more to Amsterdam than just cafes, a red light district and picturesque cycle paths. Over the next few pages, with a little help from in-the-know DJs, we explore the best places to eat, drink and hang-out when you’re not raving in Amsterdam during ADE this year...

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