Krotone’s sound is a fiery fusion of UK bass, garage, grime and techno. Having spent the past decade becoming increasingly obsessed with the history of everything from drum & bass and hardcore to dubstep and breaks, the Leeds-based DJ has cultivated a mixing technique and production style that doesn’t so much blend his inspirations, but smashes them together in an explosive and irresistibly kinetic fashion.
Klein Zage will release her ‘Womanhood’ EP via her own Oprhan imprint on 1st March.
The Orphan. co-founder readies the label’s third release, featuring three incendiary cuts of razor sharp house and UKG rhythms. Also featured on the release are remixes from DJ Python, Local Artist and Ariel Zetina – whose track, ‘Chino’, we premiered last year.
Valentine’s Day, for all our cynicism, feels like the perfect day to acknowledge our favourite records inspired by love, sex and romance. To rescue you from the saccharine, hackneyed ballads that will no doubt be filling the airwaves today, we’ve put together a playlist of 30 loved-up club tracks to soundtrack this most polarising of days. Love it or hate it, this should provide the ideal Valentine’s Day backdrop and, hey, you might even find the perfect cut to send to your crush, if you can’t quite find the words.
Shed has debuted his new alias, The Higher, on legendary UK imprint XL Recordings.
The EP, entitled 'The Core', is the first time the Berlin producer, who also goes under the alias Head High, has appeared on the label, which is no stranger to the track's sound having provided a home to the likes of SL2 and The Prodigy, with the latter's Liam Howlett one of DJ Mag's recent interviewees.
There are plenty of artists who proclaim the influence of hardcore, but there are very few whose birth was possibly induced by it. “She used to go out raving constantly, even when she was pregnant with me,’ laughs Etch, aka Brighton-based DJ and producer Zak Brashill, on his mum’s story that she was at The Zapp club when, aged just 18, she went into labour with him.
“When I first started making music I was just soundtracking my walk to school,” says Zak of his earliest productions in 2005 using Fruity Loops. Although conversant in hardcore and jungle, helped by inheriting his uncle’s record collection after he’d moved to the States to work for a computer games company, it wasn’t until he came to London in 2011 that he started thinking about the dancefloor.
DJ Spoony has selected 10 iconic garage tracks that chart the history and evolution of the influential sound from Paradise Garage, New York to its revolution in London. You can check them all out below.
DJ Disciple - 'Keep On Movin’'
"No self respecting DJ would’ve been without this in their sets. Hailing from Brooklyn, Disciple would’ve had no idea from that far away how big and important this record was to the scene and sound."
Somore 'I Refuse'
"Featuring Damon Trueitt on vocals, another absolute banger from the other side of the pond. A remix package that includes versions from RIP and Ramsey & Fen, another must for the collection."
Todd Edwards 'Saved My Life'
"One of my personal favourites and just one of a number of Todd’s records I could choose. Using his signature ‘slicing’ of the vocal, this would be in my 'Desert Island’ discs"
George Morel 'Let’s Groove
"Released on the legendary Strictly Rhythm label, this double A side (with Bouncing Sax) was another of those must have/must play records. 4/4 beats, melodic and VERY catchy key rift."
Praxis feat Kathy Brown 'Turn Me Out'
"What can I say about this? A song and vocal that has truly stood the test of time. It’s been sampled, edited a thousand time but no version better than the original Extended dance mix for me."
Desert Sound Colonyn delivers quirky broken beats, garage and more on the latest edition of our Fresh Kicks mix series.
Liam Wachs’ psychedelic take on club music has caused a stir under the acronym DSC, while as Desert Sound Colony he’s combined heady guitars with electronic beats. Now he’s opted to unite the whole under the latter name.
Set up by Ruben Platt and Balraj Samrai back in 2008, Swing Ting started out life as a popular club night in Manchester.
Playing everything from garage to hip-hop to dancehall, the project has morphed into both a label and a production duo over the last nine years, with the pair just releasing their debut EP, ‘Junction’, on the label.
Following a massive party with Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Chris Liebing and more, we're returning to The Rainbow Venues for part two of our Birmingham 25 Years of DJ Mag celebrations.
This time round we're bringing the very best in underground UK dance with none other than DJ EZ heading up the bill. The veteran selector is a legend of the UK garage scene, and has become a something of a national treasure for his skills in behind the decks.
Kachina have been building a rep for a little while now, dropping sweet garage licks for NexGen Music, Migration Recordings and Affectionate Grooves.