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Luaka Bop: An Introduction

A guide to the label devoted to unearthing great music from the likes of William Onyeabor, Tom Zé and more.

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The Voice of the Voiceless: An In-Depth Portrait of Mali’s Hip Hop Scene

At a moment when music’s political value seems like a thing of the past, hip hop in Mali is at the center of a discussion about democracy, globalisation and tradition.

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Key Tracks: Mario Caldato on Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing”

The Beastie Boys’ go-to studio engineer recalls the making of a crossover hit.

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RIP Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather of House

We remember the man who created house music.

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Wax Trax: An Introduction

Rod Smith provides an overview of the influential indie that helped introduce a generation of Americans to industrial music.

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Blue Note in 1964

The legendary jazz label had the best year of almost any imprint ever, exactly half a century ago. J.D. Swerzenski highlights just a few of the recordings you need to hear.

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Robert Hood on Being David in a Techno World of Goliaths

The minimal techno pioneer breaks down the many guises he’s taken on through his lengthy career.

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Key Tracks: Arabian Prince on J.J. Fad’s “Supersonic”

808s and Dr. Dre’s broken Mazda window: Electro royalty Arabian Prince tells the story behind one of his biggest hits.

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Gang Starr’s Beginnings

DJ Premier outlines how the classic lineup of the legendary hip hop group came to be.

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Efdemin’s Avant-Garde Influences

The German producer explains how John Cage and his studies in Vienna have contributed to his house and techno productions.

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Nightclubbing: Happy Days, London’s Sunday Scene and the Birth of UK Garage

Matt Jam Lamont and Creed remember the Ministry of Sound afterparty that launched UK garage.

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The Black Dog’s Martin Dust on the Music of Sheffield

The techno producer gives a firsthand account of influential Steel City groups like Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and Clock DVA.

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Fab Five to Black Portland: Hip Hop’s 10 Favorite Sports Teams

Anthony Obst charts the genre’s love affair with sports.

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Hustlers Convention: The Grandfather of Rap Records

The Last Poets’ Jalal Nuriddin reflects on the impact – both good and bad – of his influential 1973 album.

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Razormaid!: The Remix Service That Changed the Face of Dance Music

Derek Opperman travels to Arizona to uncover how one remix subscription service turned the industry on its head in the ’80s.

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Ondes Martenot: An Introduction

A favorite of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and classical composer Olivier Messiaen, Andy Battaglia explains the origins and appeal of the ahead-of-its-time electronic instrument.

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Ricky Eat Acid: Facing Nostalgia Head-On

Sam Hockley-Smith is bewitched by the delicate ambient drones of the young Maryland producer.

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Smalltown Boy: Bronski Beat and The Communards’ Jimmy Somerville

Alfred Soto reflects on the discography of the gay English synth pop vocalist.

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Rasta Shook Them Up: Haile Selassie’s Visit to Jamaica

David Katz details the Ethopian leader’s historic 1966 visit to Jamaica – and what it meant for music on the island.

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Interview: Monolake on the Importance of Making Mistakes

The German producer takes us on a tour of his discography thus far.