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Nightclubbing: Space Lab Yellow

Yuko Asanuma explains why this unassuming club became Japan’s most influential venue, as well as a beloved home-away-from-home for countless international DJs.

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10 Mixes: A Guide to Frankie Knuckles

Michaelangelo Matos provides a rough guide to the genius of the house pioneer in ten mixes.

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A Kick in the Kawaii: Inside the World of J-Core

Vivian Host explores a Japanese subculture taking adorable to the dark side.

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Key Tracks: Daryl Simmons on Babyface’s Tender Lover

Inside the definitive solo album of one of R&B’s biggest hitmakers.

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TSONYC: The Mutiny That Relocated the Philly Sound

Throughout the ’70s, MFSB defined the Philadelphia disco sound. In the late ’70s, however, key members of the group defected to New York and created another set of legendary tunes for Salsoul. Nate Patrin explains why.

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Rod Temperton: In Rod We Trust

A selection of top tunes from the vast discography of the Michael Jackson collaborator.

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Members of the House: The Greatest House Music Band That Never Happened

Ashley Zlatopolsky reunites the Motor City group to talk about their brief moment in the spotlight.

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Japanese Handcrafted Sound

Danny Masao Winston profiles some of the finest bespoke manufacturers of high-end audio equipment in Japan.

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The Artisan: The Inimitable Genius of Tatsuro Yamashita

Tetsuro Yokegawa takes a look back at the Japanese legend’s essential late ’70s and early ’80s albums.

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In Search of Les Rallizes Dénudés

Grayson Haver Currin renews the quest to find out more about Japan’s mysterious psych rock group.

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The Den: Ron Hardy’s First Year as a DJ

Jacob Arnold details how one of Chicago’s most celebrated DJs found his sound.

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Mandré: A Tribute

Nate Patrin explores the career – and enduring influence – of the Masked Marauder.

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Young Chicago

A new generation of rappers are emerging from Chicago. Max Bell profiles the up-and-coming talents that are contributing to the Windy City’s hip hop renaissance.

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The Rise and Fall of Ray Caviano and RFC Records

The unbelievable story of a disco kingpin responsible for breaking hits by Gino Soccio, A Number of Names, and Rod Stewart.

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Interstellar Overdrive: Distal’s Retrograde Space Opera

Outerspace bass dweller and RBMA New York 2013 grad Distal walks us through the atmosphere of some of his favorite tracks from his new album.

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Tony Humphries Mastermixes: A Selection by Gerd Janson

The Running Back boss selects some of his favorite Tony Humphries’ mixes.

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A Spin on Frequency: A History of Dance Music Radio in Detroit

From Mojo to Lisa Lisa: Ashley Zlatopolsky recounts the rich history of dance music radio in the Motor City.

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Abdul Qadim Haqq: 25 Years of Techno Art

The Detroit artist walks us through some of his most famous creations for UR, Planet E, and more.

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Alan Oldham: The Art of Techno Futurism

One of Detroit techno’s distinctive visual artists talks about his beginnings with Derrick May and Jeff Mills.

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Back To Chill: An Introduction to Tokyo’s Premier Dubstep Event

Hayato Takahashi outlines the key players in one of Tokyo’s most consistent events.