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LTJ Bukem

Mixing elements of jazz and ambient with drum & bass, LTJ Bukem’s now-classic 1996 release via Good Looking Records was a statement of intent, and remains one of the genre's most fulfilling and impactful releases to this day 

For many music fans in the 1990s, their immersion into jungle and drum & bass started not with Goldie’s celebrated ‘Timeless’ or Roni Size /...

Can you feel it: How Mr. Fingers ‘Ammnesia’ changed the house music experience

33 years after its release in 1989, Larry Heard’s debut album as Mr. Fingers is a profoundly moving document of timeless electronic music, brimming with tracks of unrivaled beauty from the then-young world of house

If you’ve ever wondered why Mr. Fingers — aka pioneering US producer Larry Heard — is so revered among house music aficionados (including, notably, Kanye...

‘Pills ’N’ Thrills And Bellyaches’ header

Manchester's Happy Mondays drew influence from funk, house, and psychedelia to pioneer the Madchester sound. Here, Ben Cardew explores the lasting legacy of their 1990 album, ‘Pills ’N’ Thrills And Bellyaches’, which dropped in the midst of the Baggy takeover, and defined an era

Baggy/Madchester (the terms are largely interchangeable) is one of the most globally under-appreciated musical genres to have ever emerged from the UK’s musical underground. And...

The cover of Vikter Duplaix's DJ-Kicks record

In 2002, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Viktor Duplaix debuted his entry for K7! Records DJ-Kicks series, blending some of the best broken beat of the era. Here, Ben Cardew explores the compilation's lasting legacy
 

There aren’t enough musicians like Vikter Duplaix. Maybe there never were. Duplaix, a singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ from Philadelphia, dresses like a blasted supernova...

Plastikman album cover

Brooding and austere, Richie Hawtin’s third album under the Plastikman alias is a minimalist masterwork

When first encountering ‘Consumed,’ Richie Hawtin’s third studio album under the Plastikman name, a normal reaction might be like that of the prehistoric hominids in...

Norma Jean Bell LP cover

Detroit saxophonist, producer, and vocalist Norma Jean Bell is responsible for some of house music’s most glorious moments, and has worked alongside the likes of Moodymann, K-Hand, Ron Trent and George Clinton. Her full-length opus, 'Come Into My Room', released in 2001, proved that she really is “the baddest bitch in this room”

If you look in the ‘about’ section on Norma Jean Bell’s Facebook page, it says, simply, “I’m the baddest bitch in this room...” It's a...

Waveform Transmission vol. 1

Released on Tresor in 1992, Jeff Mills' debut LP ‘Waveform Transmission Vol. 1’ is a record that stands for repetition and filth, forged from wrought steel and imbued with scuffed-up funk. Here, 30 years after its release, Ben Cardew takes a deep dive into the sound, origins and legacy of an album that birthed a new breed of techno 

Listen to a lot of older techno today and it sounds rather restrained. Brilliant, yes, and futuristic too, yet largely soft and melodic compared to...

Nicolette 'Let No-One...' album cover

On 1996's ‘Let No-One Live Rent Free In Your Head’, Scottish singer, songwriter and producer Nicolette worked alongside 4Hero’s Dego, Plaid, Alec Empire and Felix to create an album that mixed jungle, trip-hop, industrial techno and avant-pop into a singular work full of sharp, incisive lyricism. Ben Cardew explores the legacy of the album, and its vision for the future of electronic music

In the modern world, it seems sadly inevitable that any female singer who experiments with dance beats will, at some point, be compared to Björk...

Solid Gold - Chemical Brothers 'Come With Us'

‘Come With Us’ was the birth point of The Chemical Brothers 2.0, and it came at a vital time, with the dance music slump of the early '00s leaving many big electronic groups looking vulnerable. Here, on the 20th anniversary of the release of the album, Ben Cardew looks back at how 'Come With Us' reinvigorated their career

The Chemical Brothers entered the new millennium looking tired. Their third album, 1999’s ‘Surrender’, featured massive hits in ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ and ‘Let Forever...

It may not be the flashiest entry in Felix Da Houscat’s discography, but this 1994 LP is one of his best. In the latest edition...

From teenage musical prodigy to P. Diddy aide, from psychedelic techno innovator to electroclash star, Felix Da Housecat is one of the most intriguingly undefinable...

Best known among dance music fans for collaborating with Daft Punk on ‘Discovery’s ‘One More Time’ and ‘Too Long’, Romanthony's ‘Romanworld’ found the US producer's...

On the face of it, ‘Romanworld’ looks like a pretty conventional electronic music album. Released in 1996 by UK indie Azuli, it rounds up...

Released in 1985, Kate Bush's iconic fifth album, 'Hounds Of Love', saw her perfecting her experiments in sampling technology, drum machines and synthesizers, and opening...

There is a tendency to view electronic music pioneers as outliers working on the edges of the musical landscape, undiscovered geniuses blazing a trail that...

 

DJ Shadow's debut album, 'Endtroducing.....', released via UK label Mo'Wax Records in 1996, presented abstract, instrumental hip hop as a worthy deviation from the...

Mo’Wax was undoubtedly one of the most important British record labels of the 1990s, showcasing a kind of retro futuristic approach to art, where aesthetic...

In 1997, Moodymann released his debut LP, ‘Silentintroduction’, via Carl Craig’s Planet E imprint. A compilation of some his best early tracks, the album captured...

In the mid-1990s, the very idea of a Moodymann record seemed almost impossibly exciting, arousing a stomach-churning feeling of nervous glee spurred on by the...

A vital document of music in 2002, ‘As Heard...’s headline-grabbing mixes of well-known tracks helped sneak a handful of underground dance classics into more than...

In 2002, when 2 Many DJ’s’ ‘As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2’ hit the shelves in Europe, dance music was in the middle of...

Gorillaz’ 2001 self-titled debut laid the foundations for Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s animated outfit. With a rotating cast of collaborators and a genre-merging style...

When Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz loped onto the scene with their self-titled debut album in 2001, this virtual band looked like it might be the future...

Released 20 years ago, Basement Jaxx's 'Rooty' is a paean to the adaptable power of house music, a ferocious mixture of musical styles kept in...

‘Rooty’, Basement Jaxx’s second album, was the moment when the London duo conquered pop in the name of UK house music; the apex of the...

UK label Champion Records is celebrating its 35th year with a series of remixes of classic releases. The label's best-known hit is Robin S' ‘Show...

It starts with a cymbal crash, a bumpy house beat and a prominent, punchy snare. There’s a gnarly, low synth stab that plays a simple...

Rupert Parkes’ razor-sharp 1997 debut remains one of the crowning achievements of drum & bass. DJ Mag explores how this groundbreaking album used intricate programming...

For the last two decades, many drum & bass producers have been obsessed with being the loudest. But for a brief, glorious moment in the ’90s, the real...

30 years ago, a multicultural trio who found delights on New York City dancefloors released a single that merged funk, pop, and disco in a...

In a dance music world fractured into sub genres and micro niches, there are two things that unite global clubbers in love and admiration: a...