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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...

Christchurch, New Zealand duo Ebb & Texture drift from drill, dubstep and grime into blistering UK techno, breaks and jungle in their Fresh Kicks mix...

Glasgow's EzUp resident Jay Celino moves seamlessly from house and breaks into techno and electro in his Fresh Kicks mix, and speaks to Amy Fielding about...

London-born DJ iona serves up an hour of percussive heat, out-there bangers and club cuts for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Amy Fielding...

djmag · Fresh Kicks 161: iona

Back in 2016, like so many other clubs that have dissapeared from the London nightlife map over the years...

Rachael Williams, aka Ambient Babestation Meltdown, compiles an hour of obscure TV samples and leftfield techno, rave and '80s German punk for the Fresh Kicks...

Mexican juke pioneer Sonido Berzerk records an hour of blistering solo productions and collaborations for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Kamila Rymajdo...

Gelendzhik, Russia-based DNO Records signee Kercha records an hour of deep, atmospheric dubstep for the Fresh Kicks mix series

Seoul’s Closet Yi records a cosmic mix of propulsive prog house, dreamstate techno and electro for the Fresh Kicks series, and chats to Eoin Murray...

Rotterdam-via-Belfast rave futurist Kessler records a storming mix for the Fresh Kicks series, and speaks to Niamh O’Connor about finding inspiration during lockdown and in...