Cassy’s Big Year

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As Cassy Britton finishes up 2013, it’s hard for her not to look back and realize that she’s had quite a year. Not only did she release her splendid Fabric 71 mix comp—with its tasty combo of techno and house flavors—she also began a quarterly residency at Brooklyn’s ultra-hot Output club ...

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Skream & Benga: Foundational Figures

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The intro sounds truly fit for a king—or in this case, kings. Before they can even drop a beat or crack wise on the international airwaves, the MC has to make it known: “OK, ready to turn the page to the next chaptah… REAL. I need everybody to get one hand in the air, one... Read More

Gabriel & Dresden: Happy Together?

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After a three-year break from each other, the award-winning DJ/production duo of Gabriel & Dresden is back. From their stint as Motorcycle for the 2003 international smash “As the Rush Comes” (featuring Jes) to their 2006 hit “Tracking Treasure Down” (with Molly Bancroft) and beyond, Josh ...

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In The Studio With… Shpongle’s Simon Posford

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Simon Posford really can’t complain today. The British-born producer has some chores, but nothing he considers terribly stressful. No, he’s kicking back at his girlfriend’s house in Los Angeles, and all he needs to do before hitting the road again is to work on a remix of Blues Traveler’s 1994 ...

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DJ Shadow: Entering the Shadowsphere…

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In the 2001 documentary Scratch, Josh Davis is asked about his record collection, which at the time made getting around his then-home in the sleepy college town of Davis, Calif., somewhat difficult for the camera crew. “It’s sort of like a big pile of broken dreams—almost none of these artists ...

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In The Studio With… Paul Kalkbrenner: Beyond the Screen

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Paul Kalkbrenner exhales nonchalantly in a prescribing voice over the telephone line from Berlin: “You know, I don’t really think I want to talk about the movie anymore—I just want to concentrate on talking about the album.” And with that, the whistling sound of a cigarette being inhaled cuts ...

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Randy Boyer: A Career in Trance

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Sometimes there are no shortcuts to success in the DJ game. That’s especially the case when you’re from Connecticut, a state whose biggest claim to fame is being located between two other states with big cities—New York and Boston. But that never deterred Randy Boyer. Despite pursuing his craft ...

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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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Mary Anne Hobbs: EDM Progressive

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English DJ Mary Anne Hobbs may be the rarest of all things—a music professional that never burns out on new music. Speaking from her inaugural stop on her national Road Warrior tour in Seattle, the former NME journalist and BBC Radio 1 DJ enthuses articulately and endlessly about the entire ...

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Bassnectar: Bass In Your Face

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The photos on the Facebook say it all. No matter where they’re taken—EDC Las Vegas, Red Rocks, The Dave Matthews Caravan, Bonnaroo or any given festival stop—they all tend to look alike. In the background, a massive, surging crowd of kids stretches back well into the distance, and in front, a ...

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In The Studio With: Beats Antique’s Electronic Fusion

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By: Justin Hampton It’s New Year’s Eve, just a few minutes before midnight, and Beats Antique is onstage at the Sea Of Dreams party in San Francisco, showing the home crowd just how far they’ve come. As longtime members of the Bay Area’s Burning Man culture, Beats Antique is hardly out of step ...

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In The Studio With Haneef Raisani: True Believer

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Think you can’t find quality house music deep in the heart of the Middle East? Then check out Raisani Records. Based in Abu Dhabi in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates—an area more culturally liberal than many of its immediate neighbors—the label is the loving endeavor of a Haneef Raisani, a ...

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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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TOKiMONSTA’s Future Beat

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By: Danna Hawley The beat scene in Los Angeles is heavily primed by Flying Lotus’ wondrous Brainfeeder label, with each individual artist initiating their own blend of experimentation. Genre- and gender-bending producer/performer TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) does her part by feeding futuristic ...

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Cosmic Gate: Still Raging After All These Years

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Amsterdam, Holland—Each year, the Amsterdam Dance Event offers a few pleasant surprises and this past year Cosmic Gate was one of them. Playing the middle of the “Synergy” bill at the massive Passenger Terminal, Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall and DJ Bossi wowed the room with a deft mixture of ...

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In The Studio With Alex Niggemann: To the Deep End

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In a very short four years, Germany’s Alex Niggemann has risen through the ranks of EDM’s top talents. In 2006, the Dusseldorf-born DJ/producer gained notice with his remix of Booka Shade’s “Darko” and he subsequently released tracks on labels like Meerestief, Micro.fon and Moonpool. Audiofly ...

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BT: New Frontiers

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For over 15 years, Brian Transeau (aka BT) has become one of the foremost pioneers of electronic music. He has successfully blazed new sonic trails, while remaining on the bleeding edge of technology. BTs musical journey began at the age of five. Born in Rockville, Md., he started off studying ...

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