Andy C: Pioneering D-N-B

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Andy C is inarguably the world’s most popular drum-n-bass DJ. Holding this position for the last two decades, he is also one of the most genial fellows in electronic-dance music with very few gaps in his gigging schedule. The multi-tasking DJ/producer/label owner (aka Andrew John Clarke) is ...

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New Hardkiss LP ‘1991’ Hearkens Back to Summer of Love

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In 1991, San Francisco was experiencing a second Summer of Love, but one impacted more by turntables than guitars. Still, like the hippie-rock scene that preceded it 24 years prior, its heady vibe began to carry year ’round for the Bay Area’s DJ/dance denizens. It was during this freewheeling ...

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Dirtyphonics’ View from the Booth

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Pitchin and Charly—Dirtyphonics’ DJ duo—are poised at the edge of a wobbly table that precariously holds their decks/mixer combo onstage at the Orange County Observatory. After a few prepping shouts to the suburban SoCal audience, Pitchin flies into the fans’ waiting arms to the pulsing sounds ...

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The Asphodells: Cosmic Disco & More

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“If you’re doing something you believe in,” says Andrew Weatherall, “the worst anyone can say is that they don’t like it—it’s just a matter of taste. If you’re doing something you don’t really believe in and someone says they don’t like it, it’s no longer a matter of taste because you know in ...

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In The Studio With… Rudimental

In electronic-dance music, it’s rare when an artist easily and effectively spans genres, but that’s exactly what Rudimental has done The British foursome—Amir Amor (producer, keys, guitars), Kesi Dryden (keys, percussion), Piers Aggett (keys, DJ) and Leon Rolle (DJ)—pick a different style and ...

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JON HOPKINS

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GETTING IMMUNITY Jon Hopkins, it seems, has a mental block about DJing. “I don’t actually do that,”claims Hopkins. But when the British pianist/producer is reminded that, in fact, it is what he does for arenas full of expectant fans at Coldplay shows, he admits, “I forget about that.” Easy to ...

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Rising & Falling: Layo & Bushwacka!

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The week of their new album’s launch party, Layo Paskin and Mathew Benjamin—aka Layo & Bushwacka!—are in great spirits, but on seemingly two different planets. Paskin is writing a script and working on opening a restaurant with his sister, Zoe. Benjamin is getting accustomed to his newly ...

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Idjut Boys: Goodbye, Kick Drum

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The Idjut Boys have been involved in producing and DJing for nearly 20 years. But it’s only now that the U.K.-based duo of Daniel Tyler and Conrad McConnell has released its first artist album, Cellar Door [Smalltown Supersound]. Less aimed at the dancefloor and more so for the bedroom or the ...

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Soul Clap: Deep DJ Duo

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Eli “Elyte” Goldstein and Charles “Cnyce” Levine, the Boston-based duo that calls itself Soul Clap, like keeping things in the family. Their organic musical development has been based on this ethos, they admit, whether or not they were aware of it at the time. For Soul Clap’s recent installment ...

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Reid Speed Says, “Play Me!”

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When American dance music runs low on ideas, it often seems to appropriate the latest British craze. At the moment, that is dubstep. Morphing from the 2-step and drum-n-bass genres, the tough drum patterns and syncopated basslines of dubstep make its appeal universal. The American translation ...

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