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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...

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

From Paris' backstreets to the Hollywood hills, Daft Punk are arguably dance music’s most iconic duo...

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...

Apollonia are the gods of groovy, stripped-back underground house music. The French trio — consisting of Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom — have been slowly but surely bringing the sound of the after-party to the biggest rooms and stages on the planet. DJ Mag joins the Apollonia brotherhood for an extended stay in Ibiza to talk boats in Paris, the evolution of the underground, DC-10 family, the golden age of electronic music, long-lasting friendship, living for the weekends, and much, much more...

Charlotte de Witte has shot into techno’s upper echelons since assuming her real name for her productions and DJ slots. Initially using the male-sounding alias Raving George to neutralise preconceptions, the Belgian DJ/producer is now unstoppable. DJ Mag joins her in her adopted city of Brussels to hear about her journey into techno, where she sees herself within the increasingly mainstream sound, and how she deals with haters...

Charlotte De Witte techno's next-gen superstar...

 

 

Charlotte de Witte has shot into techno’s upper echelons since assuming her real name for her productions and DJ slots. Initially using the male-sounding alias Raving George to neutralise preconceptions, the Belgian DJ/producer is now unstoppable. DJ Mag joins her in her adopted city of Brussels to hear about her journey into techno, where she sees herself within the increasingly mainstream sound, and how she deals with haters...

 

We catch up with the enigmatic DJ/producer to talk music production, Pryda Presents and why he loves the White Isle...

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