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By Mia Quagliarello | Dance till dawn. Rave culture.

Steve Aoki to pen futuristic comic book series Neon Future: First look

Steve Aoki has worn many hats over his career: DJ, electro house musician, record producer. Now he’s set to add another title to his impressive …

Comic Books

Decoding the bonkers new Aphex Twin video ‘T69 Collapse’

After a week of internet users arguing over possible explanations for the cryptic billboards springing up around the world, Aphex Twin fans now have some new music to digest, along with a wild new video.<p>“T69 Collapse” is accompanied by a hectic, collage-like visual featuring codified dialogue, …

The 50 most influential dance music albums of all time

Dance music is great isn't it?<p>We've experienced not only a wealth of incredible electronic music over the last 40 years or so, we've seen it spur on …

At home with Kamixlo, the gentle soul behind London’s hardest club tracks

Brixton has changed a lot since Kamixlo was younger. While recent media reports have focused on local gang violence and linked it to the emergent ‘drill’ sound, preying on racial anxieties that have existed since the Brixton riots of the 1980s, for many Londoners the area is synonymous with rapid …

LISTEN: Diplo's 2017 Burning Man Set is Too Good

Diplo is a master on the decks, so whenever a set from his surfaces it’s hard not to get excited. As it turns out, the other day we were pleasantly …

Steve Aoki Announces New Pizza Delivery Service Pizzaoki

So we already know that Steve Aoki loves cake, and by that I mean, Steve Aoki loves to launch cakes into crowds of concert-goers like an olympic shot …

10 Films About Dance Music Culture That We Actually Like

Who needs guestlist when you can enter the club from the comfort of your living room? These films will get you through a weekend spent on the couch.<p>Dance music fans have been telling their parents that “they’ll never understand” for the better part of three decades. Despite that, the culture has …

The Glitch Mob spent a year making a VR experience as otherwordly as their music

Watching electronic dance music (EDM) group The Glitch Mob perform would seem to be the perfect greeting after being abducted by aliens.<p>The group’s …

New Albums

Tim's Five Must-See Artists at Movement Music Festival 2018

<b>The 18th edition of Movement Music Festival is bringing house and techno legends from all over the world to the Motor City. Who will you be seeing in</b> …

Music Festivals

Tadd Mullinix on X-Altera Influences and His Movement Debut

In anticipation for his self-titled LP and live debut at Movement 2018, Tadd Mullinix shares a few reference points for the X-Altera project.

Movement Festival curated guide

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching for the city of Detroit. Soon, thousands of house and techno fans will embark on their annual pilgrimage to …

Festivals

Will Dance Music Lure Aliens to Earth? Sónar Festival Aims to Find Out

Why Sónar Music Festival is sending music to space.<p>Alfred Darlington, a musician known as Daedelus, was given one assignment: compose a 10-second …

Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?

<i>The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.</i><p>Last month, the superstar EDM producer, D.J. and songwriter Avicii died in Muscat, the capital of Oman, from an apparent suicide.<p>Avicii — born Tim …

The music industry should be held accountable for Avicii’s death, here's why

On April 20, EDM superstar Avicii — real name Tim Bergling — died in Oman at the age of 28. Feverish speculation ensued. Had Bergling died of health …

‘I played Berlin at 7am on Sudafed and coffee’ – the middle-aged DJs still keeping pace

Thirty years on from the second summer of love, a cohort of fiftysomething DJs are refusing to hang up their headphones, fuelled by nothing stronger than caffeine<p>In 1988, Luke Cowdrey was undergoing his acid-house epiphany in Manchester. “For me, it changed the world,” says the Sheffield-born DJ, …

​Spotify playlist: 50 overlooked classics from the glory days of rave

Another dip down the rabbit hole of dance music’s vast history and Mixmag has come out the other side with a batch of timeless classics that should …

20 photos that prove Four Tet has the best live show in the world

For the past three nights, Village Underground has been transformed into a twinkling, glistening paradise, soundtracked by ambient, pulsating …

Electronic Music

Astronauts And Techno Wormholes: Jeff Mills Opens Up About His New NTS Show

After almost 30 years away from radio, Jeff Mills has returned to the airwaves with a new show on NTS called “The Outer Limits”. The six-episode radio series will run over the course of 2018 and see the Detroit legend composing entirely new music for every episode, alongside writing the narration, …

Wormholes

The 20 best jungle mixes you can listen to online

The fast-paced junglist sound is currently surging through clubs with increasing popularity. More and more DJs from outside the d’n’b world are …

Black Market

The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2017

Dancing remains a collective enterprise, but the most exciting developments in electronic music this year tended to arise from deeply original and idiosyncratic visions. Ambient went globe-trotting, electro-pop turned liberationist, and footwork got completely retooled. Even reggaeton and dancehall …

2017's Best Tracks

Here are our favourite tracks from this year.

The rise and rise of electro

<b>We’re surveying 2017 across a series of features. Next up:</b> <b>We document the rise of electro this year, a genre that's re-captured the imaginations of</b> …

Raving At 200 BPM: Inside Poland’s Neo-Gabber Underground

Faster genres and harder sounds are the soundtrack at Poland's wild and trollish WIXAPOL parties.<p>The neo-gabber revival is here. A small network of party crews across Europe have returned to dance music’s hardest core in search of fresh inspiration and some kind of authentic underground experience. …

John Paul II

Death, Drugs and Acid House: An in-depth chat with Primal Scream

Andrew Innes, guitarist with English garage-acid-house-rock-and-everything-else band Primal Scream is remembering just how bad pop music had become …

Here's the top 50 house & techno acts from Top 100 DJs 2017

Did your favourite underground DJ make the cut?<p>The Top 100 DJs poll results always make for interesting reading. Unless you’ve been living under a …

Why Burial’s Untrue Is the Most Important Electronic Album of the Century So Far

Its title rings out like an accusation. “Untrue” is a slightly old-fashioned way of describing someone—a lover, usually—who’s unfaithful. It could also be a simple assertion that something is a lie. But you might also say that “untruth” is a quintessential attribute of music itself. The word …

In the Face of Terror, Istanbul's Underground Is Still Dancing

Even after attacks on nightclubs, a failed coup, and changes in regulations that threaten the existence of all but the most wealthy venues, groups of misfits are still finding places to dance in Turkey.<p>Any given Friday night, there's only one place in the world where a gaggle of Saudi teenagers …

Rare video footage from 1988 acid house party reveals icons that started 'Madchester' scene

Footage of a legendary rave three decades ago has provided a blast from the past with some of Manchester’s most famous faces.<p>The acid house party …

Spotify playlist: 50 glorious rave classics

In June we brought you a playlist of old-skool rave classics to pull together some timeless records that boot off raves like little else.<p>Since …