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Fresh Kicks 193: Lolsnake

Lolsnake records a mix of tripped-out techno and trance for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Niamh O’Connor about her Iraqi-American heritage, being nurtured by the Berlin rave scene, and the evolution of her Weeeirdos club events

“It’s all about playfulness in the end, and mischievousness,” says Danielle Lumma Rahal, aka Lolsnake, when describing her event, Weeeirdos. “There are no restrictions...

Fresh Kicks 191: Aleksandir

Istanbul-born, London-based Aleksandir glides from glossy electronica and house into tough techno and footwork for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about making emotional club music, his new single ‘String Game feat. Leyla’, and his Miks party

“Conveying emotion is always the priority,” says Aleksandir, the Turkish-British DJ and producer who has spent the past few years building a catalogue of club-tuned...

Fresh Kicks 190: Monster

Poznań-based DJ and Oramics member Monster records a high-velocity mix of techno, breaks and rave NRG for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Niamh O’Connor about learning to mix at house parties and the @bathroomdjgreatesthits meme account

Monster’s DJ sets reflect the vibe she conveys in person: warm, engaging, playful and heaps of fun. It’s Monday afternoon, and a few days ago...

Fresh Kicks 189: SUCHI

SUCHI records a "deep, percussive, bassy and hypnotic selection with touches of euphoria” for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Tara Joshi about growing up in Norway, the Daytimers collective, and the varied cultural influences that have guided her sound

“For me, it’s about moving the dancefloor, physically and emotionally,” Suchi Ahuja explains over the phone. Anyone who has witnessed a set from the Manchester-based...

Fresh Kicks 187: Tarzsa

Manchester DJ, NTS resident and BBC Radio 6 regular Tarzsa records an uplifting mix of warming, soulful house for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Eoin Murray about her lifelong love of sharing music with others

As a teen, Tarzsa would come home from school and record new tracks off MTV with her phone. The next day, she’d bluetooth her bootlegged...

Fresh Kicks 186: DJ MELL G

With an hour of scorching hot electro, Hamburg’s DJ MELL G tears up the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Niamh O’Connor about finding her musical identity in the genre’s uncompromising energy

In just two years, DJ MELL G has had quite the journey. From “helping with the drinks and stuff” at illegal raves in Marburg, Germany...

Fresh Kicks 185: Ally Tropical

Pleasant Life’s Ally Tropical records a mix of bubbling house, electro and breaks for the Fresh Kicks series and chats to Eoin Murray about the Ransom Note publication and his new party, Meanwhile

Ally Tropical likes to keep things loose. Listen to his monthly show on France’s LYL Radio and you’ll hear breezy Balearic, ambient and downtempo jams...

Fresh Kicks 184: Ngoni Egan

Electro’s breakout star Ngoni Egan demonstrates his boundary-pushing sound for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and speaks to Claire Francis about paying tribute to his familial roots in Botswana with the ‘Re Teng’ EP

Ngoni Egan’s inventive forays in electro have marked him as one of the most exciting emerging names of the genre in recent times. As well...

Effy Mai in the woods

Norwich-based DJ and Gonzo's Two Room resident Effy Mai drops a decades-spanning mix of electro, chuggy bangers and abstract club tracks for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Amy Fielding about Gonzo's' sense of community, early gig nightmares and her first set of Technic 1210s

Earlier this year, DJ Mag spent some time in Norwich at Gonzo’s Two Room: a 200-capacity venue reigniting club culture on the UK’s east...

Fresh Kicks 182: Gramrcy

Peach Discs co-head Gramrcy mixes high-energy house, techno and percussive club sounds for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Eoin Murray about producing dance music that feels wild and fun, and some future plans for the label

It’s just past 1 AM on a February night in London’s Corsica Studios, and Gramrcy has lit a fuse. DJing in a cowboy hat, he’s...

Fresh Kicks 181: FILM

New Delhi's FILM records a peak-time mix of broken techno and bass-heavy garage for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Joe Roberts about his cinematic debut album on Qilla Records, and elevating the new wave of Indian electronic musicians

“There’s definitely something bubbling under in India,” FILM, aka New Delhi producer, DJ and promoter, Sanil Sudan, tells us when we catch up about his...

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Ivorian DJ, producer and visual artist Asna records a two-hour mix heart-racing percussion and global club rhythms for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Kamila Rymajdo about collaboration and her limitless creative vision

For DJ/producer and visual artist Asna, music might not have been her first career, but when she was growing up, it was always playing at...

THC by studioreyesisraela

THC delivers a vinyl-only mix of high-energy house and classic rave thumpers for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about her love for ‘90s dance music, the Venus Vessels non-profit collective, and building her name during the pandemic

Surprising as it may seem, THC made her name during the pandemic. While clubs were shut, the Bogotá-born, Berlin-based DJ’s regular sets on the HÖR...

DJ Leisureware standing in an alley looking at the sky, wearing a raincoat and alien print tshirt

Leisureware “puts the lairy in Balearic” in his blissed-out, two-hour Fresh Kicks mix, and chats to Eoin Murray about “low intervention” DJing and The Occasional Feel-Good party and Soho Radio show

“Much like makers of trendy natural wine, I’ve adopted the ‘low intervention’ principle,” says William Smith, more appropriately known as the London-based DJ Leisureware. “While...

Julmud stands in a field of yellow flowers, in front of a mountain and blue sky, holding the hood of his blue sweater over his eyes

Ramallah-based rapper and producer Julmud serves up sounds from the Palestinian underground and beyond in his Fresh Kicks mix, and speaks to Theo Kotz about the local scene and his debut album, 'Tuqoos | طُقُوس'

“I removed the frets from the guitar and started fucking with it because I was bored of the scale — like, the Western scale —...

Fresh Kicks 175: Thea HD

NTS resident and The Leaf Label A&R Thea HD records mix of glitchy minimal techno, abstract beats and percussive deep house for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Eoin Murray about the importance of variety and her lifelong love of percussion

Listen to Leeds-based DJ and The Leaf Label A&R Thea HD’s monthly show on NTS, and you’ll hear everything from country to krautrock: ‘70s...

J Shadow by Chelone Wolf

J-Shadow blends weightless rave experimentation with depth-charge bass, breaks and garage in his 100% productions mix for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Ben Hindle about storytelling through music, the influence of science and nature, and his new album for Keysound

J-Shadow is something of an enigma. Search online and you’ll discover very little about the man, but you will increasingly find his music. In just...

Fresh Kicks 173: Olive T

New York’s Olive T records an hour of mood-lifting, ceiling-smacking house and techno for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Anna Wall about her varied early influences, her The Lot Radio show and her evolving musical output

Olive T is an underground hero in her hometown of New York. Releasing on widely respected imprints such as Nervous Records and Mike Simonetti’s 2MR...

Sobolik_Aubrey Jowers

Brooklyn’s Sobolik records a whirlwind mix of leftfield techno, breaks and bass for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Eoin Murray about participating in Martyn’s mentoring programme, building IRL and online music communities and more

“Things really accelerated way quicker than I could have ever imagined,” says Sobolik, who made a splash in 2021 with their colourful club productions. Speaking...

 Priori by Kane Ocean

Montréal’s NAFF Recordings co-founder Priori records a mix of deep, spaced-out house and techno for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Sophie McNulty about collaborating, discovering dance music in his teens and pushing electronic sounds to into new, weird places

“Sharing ideas with other people made me progress way faster,” explains Priori of his collaborative process. The Montréal-based producer — real name: Francis Latreille —...