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Joe Roberts presents an ode to how Bonkers’ hyper, overblown sounds ushered in a new era, switching things up several gears...

Greeted with both derision and delight from the outset, the cartoonish covers and soundtrack of happy hardcore’s defining, and to some damning, Bonkers series were vital for a generation that grew up in small UK towns during the ‘90s. A decade after the last edition, Joe Roberts presents an ode to how Bonkers’ hyper, overblown sounds ushered in a new era, switching things up several gears...

Daft Punk to open 'Technologic' exhibition in April
Daft Punk to open 'Technologic' exhibition in April

It will be a part of the ‘Electro: From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk’ exhibition in Paris...

Deep house innovator Powder is taking her passionate eclecticism beyond the cities of Japan to enrich the global scen

Driven by an inquisitive nature and an unshakeable love for the dancefloor, deep house innovator Powder is taking her passionate eclecticism beyond the cities of Japan to enrich the global scene. As she prepares for the release of her latest venture, a thrilling mix CD for Beats In Space, DJ Mag meets her to discuss origins, no wave, community, instinct and more

Defected is one of the great success stories of British dance music...

For 20 years, Simon Dunmore's Defected has been dedicated to the finest in house music, from its label and numerous associated imprints, to its events and festivals. Still, it hasn’t all been plain sailing — Defected has traversed choppy waters to become the super-brand it is today. DJ Mag talks to Dunmore about his house history, adaptability and his approach to business... 

Looking into the history of the 909 drum machine 35 years on from its launch

Roland’s 909 drum machine is responsible for the rhythm of house and techno, and countless classics of dance and pop. Exactly 35 years after its launch, we delve deep into the device, learning how it laid the foundations of modern club music, and how it still exerts a strong influence now

DJ Mag’s new Solid Gold series revisits and examines the ongoing significance and influence of inspiring electronic albums throughout history...

DJ Mag’s Solid Gold series revisits and examines the ongoing significance and influence of inspiring electronic albums throughout history. This month, we examine the impact of Underworld's 1994 breakthrough LP ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ and the ways it changed the face of UK dance music forever...

Meet the Andy C-approved drum & bass selector rising up the ranks...  

FROM: Whitstable, UK

FOR FANS OF: Andy C, Chase & Status, Shy FX

Is wealth and privilege damaging British dance music, and if so, what should we do about it?

Is wealth and privilege damaging British dance music, and if so, what should we do about it?


WORDS: Matt Anniss
PICS: Nicola Nodland & Jillian Edelstein

An hour of gritty disco, rusted house and shrouded breaks from the Tape Throb innovator 

An hour of gritty disco, rusted house and shrouded breaks from The Cyclist. We catch up with the Tape Throb innovator to talk punk, lo-fi and his releases on 100% Silk, All City and Tropical Animals...

Recognise is DJ Mag’s monthly mix series, introducing artists we love that are bursting onto the global electronic music scene. This month, we speak to Zozo, Istanbul’s purveyor of rhythmic psychedelia and “space drama”...

Recognise is DJ Mag’s monthly mix series, introducing artists we love that are bursting onto the global electronic music scene. This month, we speak to Zozo, Istanbul’s purveyor of rhythmic psychedelia and “space drama”...

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