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XONE:43 & XONE:43C REVIEW

It’s interesting to see how the two undisputed heavyweight champions of the digital DJing world have approached the development of hardware compatibility with their software masterpieces.

LOST VILLAGE FESTIVAL REVIEW

What do you get when you cross the Blair Witch Project with an intimate rave-up in a picturesque woodland, throw in a croft of superstar selectors and a bevy of enthusiastic, costumed club kids? Lost Village festival, that’s what. 

PARKLIFE REVIEW: ALL THE PEOPLE

Manchester’s Parklife festival exists in an alternative dimension where EDM doesn’t exist. You won’t find any cake throwing DJs or the latest celebrity selectors throwing down beats in any of its arenas. What it does offer though, is a festival full to the brim with the latest cutting-edge DJs, producers and bands, which have made it there on merit, and merit alone. Meticulously programmed from start to finish, the festival offers something a bit different — something with a little bit more substance.

FL STUDIO 12 GETS AN UPDATE

The big news from Image-Line the makers of FL Studio (or Fruity Loops as some of the older readers still call it) is that a brand-new version is dropping — and there are more than a few upgrades in there that will be sure to excite existing users and quite possibly attract more than a few converts.

REVIEW: RANE MP2015 ROTARY MIXER

If there is any downside to writing the Tech Section of DJ Mag it certainly isn't getting to see all of the latest equipment from the various manufacturers many months before anyone else. But there is a price to pay for this quantity of digital gluttony and that is the fact that very little equipment truly excites our jaded eyes.

BLOC 2015 REVIEW

It’s the wee small hours of a Monday morning in March. As most of Britain sleeps in preparation for what will probably be another mundane (if not miserable) week at work, we’re surrounded by a few thousand devout techno disciples determined to see out the last moments of a marathon 36-hour rave, in a room usually used for family-friendly cabaret shows and, one week earlier, a darts tournament.

TAKING STOCKHOLM

Swedish people are cool. It’s no secret that the Swedes have a certain “je ne sais quoi”, a magic that’s spawned everything from furniture empire Ikea to cult clothing label ACNE, and even Drumcode founder, Adam Beyer, topped off by a famously blessed gene pool and some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery.

AMINE EDGE & DANCE IN THE STUDIO

French production duo Amine Edge & DANCE coined the phrase “G house” to describe their low-slung, tough and funked-up take on dance music. Initially drawing inspiration from the gangsta rap of classic hip-hop acts like the Notorious BIG and Dr Dre on breakthrough tunes for 2DiY4 ('Going to Heaven with the Goodie-Goodies') fusing samples of rhymes with house beats — hence the G house tag — they draw from wider influences too for releases on their own CUFF label. 

BEHIND THE SCENE: SWITCH SOUTHAMPTON

The brainchild of four partners, Switch opened in what was once an old cinema theatre in the middle of September. Seth Troxler, Sigma, Groove Armada and MK are just some of the names that have headlined so far, while Chase & Status and Paul Woolford played on NYE and NYD.

REVIEW: TOBACCO DOCK NEW YEAR'S DAY

Some people give up drinking, others smoking on January 1st. DJ Mag starts the new year in the right way: with a daytime mash-up in a 19th century tobacco storage facility...

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