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By Mia Quagliarello | Dance till dawn. Rave culture.

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 …

Turkey

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 …

House Music

Spotify playlist: 50 glorious rave classics

Music takes you higher

Electronic Music

5 Sober Raves You Don’t Need A Buzz To Enjoy

Explore the popular new nightlife movement replacing intoxication with wellness.<p>The astronomical rise of “wellness” is everywhere nowadays. The global trend has spread from fitness classes to board rooms and even club culture. Sober raves—ostensibly parties with no bar—have grown in popularity in …

9 New Labels Shaping Frankfurt’s Quirky Minimal Tech-House Sound

A new generation of Frankfurt-area locals are combining tech-y electro, minimal, breaks and 2-step.<p>There’s something going on in Frankfurt. Once considered the German capital of nightlife in the 1990s, the west German city never quite recovered from the closure of its techno temple, Omen. Many of …

Vinyl Records

Meet The Blind Synthesist Making Estonia’s Underground Dance

Aleksei Brjantsev cannot see—but he can make badass tracks using electronic music hardware and synthesizers.<p>I’m 30 years old and I’m completely blind. I don’t even have the simplest light perception—I’m in complete darkness. Not darkness, actually; I don’t know what darkness is, because I don’t …

Electronic Music

Avalon Emerson Tracks IDs And Dissects Her DJing At Printworks

The in-demand DJ gives us a taste of what to expect from her set at this weekend's TEB Clubnight in Darmstadt.<p>When I uploaded my set from playing Printworks in London in April, I didn’t include a tracklist. I play a ton of my own edits, unreleased music from friends and personal digs. I knew the …

Air Max

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

Spotify playlist: 50 irrepressible techno bangers

More powerful sounds have been loaded into our weekly updated Best New Techno playlist.<p>Slam have delivered once again with two mind-melting remixes; …

'It sent us down all kinds of wormholes': Bicep's secret dancefloor weapons

The Northern Irish duo have become one of the biggest acts in dance music – partly thanks to their DJ sets of ultra-obscure house and disco. They lift the lid of the darkest corners of their record collection<p>Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar are dance music royalty, playing alongside house music’s …

Electronic Music

Why Has Fatboy Slim Invited Me To His House To Eat Paper?

He’s been DJing for more than two decades, so we talked about a lot besides that.<p>As a round-faced, self-obsessed, writer of Pulitzer Prize-worthy stories in which I smuggle myself onto a train in a suitcase or turn myself into a fidget spinner, I receive some pretty abstract emails. Wading through …

Electronic Music

The top 50 Labels Of The Decade

One thing that comes up time and time again when you speak to record label owners is the concept of family. Of groups of artists who have found …

House Music

Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno

In the early ’80s, the Roland Corporation, a Japanese electronics company, developed two machines that would soon become obsolete and change the world, in that order. The TR-808 Rhythm Composer and the TB-303 Bass Line — synthesizers with built-in sequencers — were designed for musicians to …

Techno

Mura Masa Reveals The One Thing That Really Scares Him

No man is an island<p>Electronic artists typically fall into one of two categories: those content with being the center of attention (see: Diplo and Steve Aoki), and those who wish to stay out of the spotlight (see: Disclosure and Deadmau5). Alex Crossan, who goes by the moniker Mura Masa, a name …

A$AP Rocky

5 Artists to Catch at HARD Summer’s 10 Year Anniversary

Only a month remains until music fans gather for HARD‘s 10th rendition of their flagship event, returning to the Fontana Speedway. Needless to say, …

Day of the Dead

Moby's New Music Video Is a Sad Cartoon Nostalgia Bomb

Sardonic pop-culture mixologist Steve Cutts draws a picture of oppression, revelation, and revolution in his video for Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's "In This Cold Place."<p>90s kids will never forget the TV characters Moby and Steve Cutts brutalize with the worst of capitalism in their new video for …

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Getting Rejected from a Party Taught Me the Meaning of Nightlife

I haven't been rejected from a party in a while, but being denied at Seth Troxler's infamous Old Miami rager in Detroit was the enlightenment I needed.<p>In nightlife, there is a certain kind of party that prides itself on not letting you in. Sometimes, these parties are genuinely sick. Other times, …

Conan O'Brien

Kornél Kovács on why raving is an inherently anti-fascist movement

<b>Swedish producer, DJ and label boss Kornél Kovács has been offering up his unique house variations since 2011, minting his legacy with last year’s</b> …

Drum And Bass

FADER Mix: RudeBoyz

The Durban, South Africa group have developed a tauter, tougher take on gqom, without sacrificing its nerve-igniting tension.<p>RudeBoyz are one of the …

Moby Dick

The beautiful black gay history of Chicago house’s birth

As a new documentary about the movement launches on Channel 4, legendary DJ Jesse Saunders talk us through its beginnings in the city’s LGBTQ+ black and Latino communities<p>On the night of July 12, 1979, ‘the death of disco’ was declared from Comiskey Park, Chicago. Orchestrated by local radio host …

House Music

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HARD Summer’s Profoundly Hilarious And Controversial Trailer Is Here: An Interview With Director Agata Alexander

Do yourself and me a huge favor and watch the new HARD Summer trailer if you haven’t already – it’s important you understand the magnitude of the …

Feminism

This YouTube Channel Compiles All The Most Cooked Boiler Room Moments

<b>Boiler Room</b> is always a great way to find some light entertainment. Be it for the musical aspect or instead the sheer humour that often arises from …

Lofts

The Curious Life of Cashmere Cat

A face-to-face interview with the Grammy-nominated producer, whose new album '9' pushes pop into another dimension.<p>Magnus August Høiberg has started off his morning questioning the nature of reality. It's a warm spring day in April as we walk down a busy thoroughfare in West Hollywood, with the …

Camila Cabello

How Jeff Mills got in sync with Tony Allen

<b>On December 14, 2016, techno pioneer Jeff Mills and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen performed together for the first time in Parisian jazz club</b> …

Electronic Music

10 DJs Who Will Definitely Break Through In 2017

These young and rising stars made big moves in 2016, and this year we think they'll tip the scales and break into the wider clubbing consciousness.<p>Now that the dust has settled on 2016, we’ve started to process everything that happened—or didn’t quite happen, as the case may be. As the dance music …

Dance Music

Take a Disco Dive with This New Mix from Heroic DJ and Label-Owner Tom Noble

The Superior Elevation record store and label boss will be bringing his skills to Brooklyn's ACLU-supporting party Baby's Big Disco this weekend.<p>NYC's Tom Noble is a busy guy. When he's not running the great record store Superior Elevation and the label of the same name, you'll often find him …

Vinyl Records

9 Labels That Define The Underground Club Sound In China

We made an overview of the labels, collectives and crews cutting a new space for underground electronic music in mainland China over the last few years.<p>Genome6.66Mbp<p>Genome6.66Mbp is the newest electronic music label from Shanghai, which is China’s most fashion-forward and future-facing megalopolis. …

China

Asians Need More Visibility in Dance Music

Meet the Seattle promoter booking all-Asian DJ lineups.<p>The US entertainment industry has an Asian representation problem. Casting Scarlett Johansson in the box office tanking <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> was hopefully the last straw in giving Asian roles to white actors and actresses. Unfortunately, dance …

Electronic Music