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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 —...

Nia Archives Fresh Kicks mix

Jungle and drum & bass’ breakout star Nia Archives demonstrates her electrifying sound for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Ria Hylton about her new EP, making “pres and afters” music, and inspiring young Black women to come to the rave

The lilting toplines and lo-fi-inflected sheen in Nia Archives’ ‘Headz Gone West’ began making waves in the Spring of 2020. The debut EP, which lasted...

Fresh Kicks 169: DART

Dublin’s Jordan Rafferty AKA DART steps up for the Fresh Kicks series with an eclectic mix of dreamy techno, vocal-heavy cuts and progressive club sounds, and speaks with DJ Mag’s Amy Fielding about emotive breakdowns, early inspirations, and AVA Festival

Dublin-born Jordan Rafferty has been connected to Ireland’s electronic underground since before he can remember. With both of his parents immersed in Dublin’s ‘90s rave...

Brooklyn-based DJ and producer JADALAREIGN records a mix of “sweet, sexy ‘90s house and rave sounds” for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Ria...

Yosh records an hour of thumping UKG, breaks and acid for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Oli Warwick about his life in...

In this week’s Fresh Kicks mix, Belfast’s very own Carlton Doom delivers a 60-minute archive of his own productions, in the form of intoxicating breaks...

Dublin’s Sputnik One blends bubbling techno, buoyant bass and depth-charge dancehall in his exhilarating Fresh Kicks mix, and chats to Eoin Murray about balancing groove...