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Celebrating Dance Mania’s First Decade: 1986-1997

Dance Mania is legendary. Its acidic, testosterone-filled releases defined a genre, merging hip hop, techno and house music into one heady mix. Not one to bow down to social constraints, the label became synonymous with terms such as ghetto-tech or ghetto-house, due to the rapid fire kicks, snares and bass, …



Album Review: Young Fathers – Dead

Having seen super hot electronic pioneers Numbers, Hudson Mohawke and Sega Bodega plucked out of the depths Glasgow over the last few years, Edinburgh is clearly putting up a fight not to be left behind, with Young Fathers’ brand of left-field hip-hop being thrown into the new Scottish mix.

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Painting the Town (Little) Red with Katy B

Katy B is the type of girl you want to go on a night out with. Not only would she dance in heels at a Vodka Revs, but you could also take her to an underground party above a disused fire station with a password to get in.

While Katy’s



Album Review: Ásgeir – In the Silence

Ásgeir has already peaked the charts in Iceland, earning a number one in his homeland with In the Silence. Now translated to English with the help of American singer John Grant, and after having been released in the UK now, it certainly hasn’t lost any of the quivering though …



Album Review: Various Artists – Pop Ambient 2014

The beauty encased within the ten tracks of Kompakt’s latest Pop Ambient compilation is like nothing I have ever heard before. Each track disarms, welcoming and inviting you into the world of the Cologne-based house and techno label, revealing to you its softer, more thoughtful side. Each track usurps …



Album Review: Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom

There’s always something cinematic about Xiu Xiu records. Stark, melancholic images of lonely people—perhaps lingering invisibly behind a curtain or reaching towards a glowing stove in a dark kitchen—are frequently evoked by Jamie Stewart’s distinctive lyrics. Angel Guts: Red Classroom conjures up a cast of similar characters.

Except that …



Interview: Nick Curly

Nick Curly, 8Bit Records boss and man behind recent debut LP, Between the Lines, and ‘In The House’ mix for Defected, is a name that has defined the image of the global club scene over the last few years like no other. As the driving force behind the so-called “Sound



Album Review: CYMBALS – The Age of Fracture

London quartet CYMBALS’ last full-length, Sideways, Sometimes, may have felt almost rustic with its simplistic hooks and well-rehearsed ‘ahhs’ (not to mention lines about sharing candy bars), but it’s that record’s most pop elements that have spiralled out onto The Age of Fracture. Named after the monograph



Luca Lozano & Mr.Ho – Dobb Meep/Different Circles (Disc Over Music)

Lest you’ve not encountered its many charms yet, Disc Over Music is the new label helmed by British DJ/producer Tim Green. While the early signs were more than auspicious (not least thanks to the work of Green himself), the label’s latest party trick confirms their reputation as a label of …



Album Review: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

After winning the fight against pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones & her band the Dap-Kings have returned to their Brooklyn studio for their fifth album proper, Give the People What They Want.

Opener ‘Retreat!’ is a drum-enthused entrance, one that sets up the instrumental tones of the album nicely, though …