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By Mia Quagliarello | Dance till dawn. Rave culture.

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

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 the swamp of press releases, invitations to night outs in Corby and incisive …

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The top 50 Labels Of The Decade

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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

90s kids will never forget the TV characters Moby and Steve Cutts brutalize with the worst of capitalism in their new video for "In This Cold Place," off of Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's latest album, <i>More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse</i>. The ruthlessly satirical video shows that Care Bears, Tom & …

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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, …

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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> …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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> …

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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 …

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.

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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. …

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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 …

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Let the Bodies Hit the Floor: How Today's Club Music is Influenced by Alt-Rock and Nu-Metal

A look at the electronic producers drawing inspiration from Evanescence, Korn, Linkin Park, and other oft-maligned groups.<p><i>Artwork by Ben Ruby</i><p>Hunched over a laptop at a downtown Toronto club on a bitterly cold January night, Bambii threw the at-capacity crowd a curveball. The local DJ was opening …

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EDM Spotify Playlists Worth Subscribing To

As Spotify continues to take over the world of streaming music, more users are turning to Spotify's curated playlists to discover new EDM songs …

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The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time | Pitchfork

• EG<p>Evening Star<p>10<p>Though it contains Brian Eno’s signature lolling synthesizers, <i>Evening Star</i>, more than much of his ambient work, has a feeling of induction. That welcomeness owes much to King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp’s warm noodling and plucking; he’s like a wedding musician if the whole world …

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Diplo Throws it Back to the "Old School" on his Latest Mix

Diplo & Friends is a world renowned radio show that features the world’s best DJs as well performances from the man himself. This week Diplo took …

Inside INDEX, a New Festival That's Like Afropunk for Electronic Music

Yves Tumor, SCRAAATCH, and DJ Sega headlined an ambitious festival celebrating Black and Latinx artists in the global club underground.<p>Last Saturday (February 18) afternoon, I walked into the Knockdown Center, a gloriously dilapidated former glass factory in Queens, to find Richard Kennedy and …

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Meet Sita Abellán, 23, Techno D.J. and Fashion Model

<b>NAME</b> Sita Abellán<p><b>AGE</b> 23<p><b>HOMETOWN</b> Murcia, Spain<p><b>NOW LIVES</b> A global nomad, she moves among Airbnb rentals in New York and Los Angeles, an apartment in Milan (a “storage closet,” she said) and her parents’ home in Murcia.<p><b>CLAIM TO FAME</b> Call her a budding triple threat. Ms. Abellán (whose legal name is …

How to Talk to Your Kids About Dubstep

You may recognize it as the sound that spawned numerous parody YouTube videos, such as “Elders React to Dubstep” and Key and Peele’s comedic take on …

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Berghain Will Open a New Dancefloor in March

It will be called "Säule​," which translates to "Pillar" in English.<p>Iconic Berlin nightclub Berghain today announced that it will be opening another dancefloor focused on experimental bookings this coming March. It will be called "Säule," which means "Pillar" in English, and will be built on the …

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11 Iranian DJs that you need to know

As people around the world react to POTUS Donald Trump’s recent order to ban citizens of specific Middle Eastern countries from entering the United …

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The Chainsmokers Are the Nickelback of EDM

The duo brings all the worst cliches of the genre, and just might destroy it.<p>At this point, hating on Nickelback is about as uninspired as Nickelback itself. There's not even any joy to be had in writing smart things about how bad Nickelback is, because it's been done, many times over. Thankfully, …

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