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Introducing: Kygo

EDM powerhouse Avicii may only be 25 years old, but he’s already inspired a new wave of producers with the potential to follow in his globe-conquering footsteps. Just one year his junior, Norwegian Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, aka Kygo, is perhaps the one whose burgeoning career is the most indebted to the baby-faced Swede. A classically trained pianist who first picked up his instrument of choice at age six, Kygo’s journey into […]


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Zedd ‘True Colors’ – Album Review

Interscope (2015)

A virtual unknown at the time of his 2012 debut, German-Russian producer Zedd has since won a Grammy Award, been invited to work his magic on records by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and become an unlikely tabloid favorite thanks to his relationship with former Disney tween-queen Selena Gomez. Expectations, therefore, are much higher for his second album, True Colors. Adhering to the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach, the follow-up to Clarity follows […]


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The Prodigy ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ – Album Review

Cooking Vinyl (2015)

The pioneers of the first EDM wave to hit America back in the mid-90s, anarchic trio The Prodigy certainly don’t appear too impressed by the second wave, judging by their sixth studio effort, The Day Is My Enemy. Self-described as an antidote to the “force-fed, commercial generic records” that have defined dance culture in their six-year absence, the much-delayed follow-up to Invaders Must Die also sees the Essex boys team […]


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Hardwell ‘United We Are’ – Album Review

Revealed (2015)

With a full-length documentary film, five compilations and a sell-out tour under his belt, not to mention his two consecutive placings at the top of DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 poll, Dutchman Hardwell had already established his superstar status way before he announced his debut album, United We Are. But arriving six years after his breakthrough mash-up of Robin S’ “Show Me Love” and Steve Angello & Laidback Luke’s “Be,” […]


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David Guetta ‘Listen’ – Album Review

Parlophone (2014)

As the biggest superstar to emerge from the second generation of superstar DJs, it’s little surprise to discover that Frenchman David Guetta has once again managed to attract another A-list line-up for his sixth studio effort, Listen. But although the follow-up to 2011 blockbuster Nothing But The Beat features a couple of the usual suspects – Nicki Minaj on the chaotic electro-hop of “Hey Mama,” and Sia on the soaring […]


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Diplo “Random White Dude Be Everywhere” – Album Review

Mad Decent (2014)

Named after a comment on one of his several provocative videos from a rather astute YouTube user, Random White Dude Be Everywhere sees super-producer Diplo serve up a mixed bag of twerk classics, brand new cuts and remixes in a bid to confirm that he’s still the master of organised chaos. With Bieber, Britney and Usher just a few of the artists who’ve recently chosen to utilise the 35-year-old’s speaker-blasting […]


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Tiesto “A Town Called Paradise” – Album Review

PM:AM (2014)

Dutch trance legend Tiesto has been crowned the winner of DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll three times, has a three-club residency in Las Vegas and topped Forbes’ 2013 DJ Rich List–and yet, up until this year, he still hadn’t scored a major crossover single. However, the 45-year-old now appears to have decided that he wants a piece of the chart action, too, and on his fifth studio effort, A Town […]


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Afrojack “Forget The World” – Album Review

Def Jam Records (2014)

Having recently secured a fourth consecutive Top 10 entry in DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 poll and seventh place on Forbes’ DJ Rich List, Dutchman Nick van de Wall, aka Afrojack, finally gets round to releasing his first studio effort with the star-studded Forget The World. Unfortunately, these hopelessly generic twelve tracks, which stick resolutely to a well-worn formula of string-soaked intros, epic drops and stratospheric EDM synths, don’t exactly […]


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Grammy Awards Raise Their Game With Dance Music Nominations

For perhaps the first time since it began honouring the genre back in 1998, the Grammys have produced a list of dance music nominations that even a specialist awards show could be proud of. Indeed, following the debacle of the last two years, in which bro-step one-trick-pony Skrillex walked away with all four grammophones, the voting panel finally appear to have gotten their act together, recognising a whole host of […]


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Krewella “Get Wet” – Album Review

Columbia (2013)

Arriving in the same month as surprisingly distinctive releases from superstar DJs Avicii and Kaskade, Chicago trio Krewella now bring the EDM scene crashing back down to earth with a bump thanks to debut album Get Wet, which lacks any sense of individual identity whatsoever. Indeed, lead single “Alive,” a soaring slice of hands-in-the-air rave-pop, may have already sold a million copies in the U.S. without even cracking the Billboard […]


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Avicii “True” –Album Review

Ranked No. 6 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine as far back as 2011, and recently placed at the same position on Forbes’ annual DJ Rich List with an estimated fortune of $23 million, Swedish export Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, certainly can’t be accused of rushing his debut album, True. Indeed, having scored a string of massive club anthems over the past five years, his first studio […]


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Calvin Harris Tops Forbes DJ Rich List

A moderately successful vocalist/producer who had topped the charts in his UK homeland but was still a virtual unknown everywhere else, Scotsman Calvin Harris wouldn’t even have crossed Forbes’ radar when they published their annual DJ Rich List back in 2011. Step forward two years later and the 29-year-old has not only taken pole position on the business magazine’s new survey, which is based on the money earned from live […]


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will.i.am – #willpower (Album Review)

Interscope (2013)

Will.i.am is a hip-hop and EDM trailblazer and the architect behind the global juggernaut Black Eyed Peas. He’s earned stripes as an underground backpack rapper and an elite producer – remember when he produced for Nas and Game? – and he is a veritable global superstar. With all of his accomplishments, the track record, it’s still hard to peg William Adams to a particular genre and fan base. I mean, […]


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Hadouken! Aim For the Big League on “Every Weekend”

Surface Noise Records (2013)

With their chaotic blend of breakneck speed techno, riotous dub-metal and punishing hip-hop, London quintet Hadouken! once had the whole grindie, nu-rave, dance-punk, whatever you want to call it scene virtually sewn up. But with the whole EDM movement exploding during their two year absence, the band now find themselves competing with the whole US brostep crowd for their third album, Every Weekend. Now on their own Surface Noise Recordings […]


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The Great EDM War Continues

Now that the season of goodwill is well and truly over, the dance community has wasted little time in restarting its civil war with several high-profile names already failing miserably to stick to their ‘be less confrontational’ New Year’s Resolutions. Incredibly, everyone’s favourite trolling DJ, Deadmau5, isn’t the instigator this time around. However, in a slightly delayed reaction, his previous ‘just press play’ comments have belatedly riled Dutch DJ Afrojack […]


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