One of the most exciting things about music, particularly the fast-moving, ever-evolving world of dance music, is its global reach.
At the age of 15, a Scottish turntablist, DJ Itchy, became the youngest UK DMC finalist. Today he is known as Hudson Mohawke, a moniker synonymous with the profound electronica-meets-rap genesis coveted by popular music bigwigs in need of some production Botox.
They broke the mould when they made this issue’s cover star Jimmy Edgar. Psychedelic, freaky, funky — and that’s not just his music.
While a look at London’s club scene right now might have some of us feeling pessimistic — apart from the obvious champions and small scale underground rebels — a look further afield reveals that clubs, in the main, are in rude health.
Our cover star this issue Seth Troxler has already attracted his fair share of column inches. Rightly so.
We all knew it would happen sooner or later, but our cover star this issue, Ten Walls, has shifted the direction of dancefloors. Hypnotic, progressive grooves are back.
Can you feel it? Can you smell it? The funk is back in the air, in a big way. Tired of endless mechanical conveyor belts of tech house boredom, dance fans are heading back to soulful sounds.
There's something reassuring about musical nostalgia, revisiting the past and digging into formulas you know will work.
Can it be that the dominance of the EDM sound is coming to an end? It certainly seems that way judging by the opinions of many of the DJs in this year's Top 100 poll, espoused in their mini profile interviews for the magazine you hold in your hands.