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Babylon By Bus: DJ Derek’s Grand Finale

David Katz says goodbye to the charismatic reggae and ska selector, dancing the night away at his final show last week in London.

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Nightclubbing: Belgrade’s Industria Was The Soundtrack to the Bosnian War in the ’90s

Vuksa Velickovic tells the story of how, as war raged around them, one Serbian club became more and more wild.

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Turin in the ’80s: Italy’s Most Vibrant DIY Electronic City

Throughout the ’80s, Turin was Italy’s Sheffield, producing an astonishing number of DIY electronic groups. Louis Pattison explains why.

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A Guide to As-Shams, South Africa’s Pioneering Jazz Imprint

A selection of searing and uplifting highlights from the jazz imprint responsible for gems from Abdullah Ibrahim, Sathima Bea Benjamin and more.

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Donny Hathaway: Tribute to a Man

Zaid Mudhaffer remembers one of soul music’s greatest voices.

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Funk Archaeology: Jazz Funked Up in Budapest

Our resident cratedigger takes a trip to Hungary.

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All I See Is Controversy: Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”

The R&B singer’s provocative video has set off a conversation about exploitation and misogyny in the music industry. Melissa Bradshaw explains why.

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Nightclubbing: Baia Degli Angeli

The Italian Studio 54 was not only one of the most glamorous clubs of the ’70s, it was also one of the most musically adventurous.

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Gerald Mueller’s Electronic Music Lab: Meet the Man Who Taught Patrick Cowley How to Use a Synthesizer

We track down the man who helped school the legendary disco producer in his early days.

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Jay Daniel and FunkinEven: A Conversation

Two exciting young producers – one from Detroit, one from London – talk about their creative process.

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Arthur Verocai: A Brazilian Original

This Brazilian arranger can count Madlib and MF Doom as fans. So why did it take so long for him to gain wider recognition? Zaid Mudhaffer explains.

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Key Tracks: DJ Toomp on T.I.’s “24’s”

The birth of the original trap music – as told by the hip hop producer who invented it.

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How to Build a 5,000 Year Old Instrument in Four Hours

Dunn Johnson went to build a guitar and came back with a whole lot more than he expected.

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A Guide to Saint Heron

Meet the new generation of R&B talent that Solange Knowles has collected on her label’s first compilation.

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Don Drummond: Jamaica’s Most Talented and Troubled Trombonist

David Katz remembers the mercurial and majestic Skatalites member who helped lay the foundation for reggae and dancehall.

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Lee Bannon on Learning to Like Hummus and GChatting With Oneohtrix Point Never

The versatile producer talks about his outstanding Ninja Tune album.

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Axel Boman on Family Vacation And The Murder That (Kinda) Inspired It

The Swedish producer talks Sam Cooke and how his new album could be the soundtrack to a strange carnival in Northern Sweden.

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When Dre Skull Met Vybz Kartel

The Brooklyn producer details the incredible creative process of the Jamaican singer.

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In Search of Boom Bap

Phillip Mlynar revisits the ’90s hip hop style, and finds its origins run far deeper into the genre’s history than he first realized.

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Shutka Roma Rap: A Gypsy Wedding Band Hip Hop Hybrid

Garth Cartwright explores the world of Shutka Roma Rap, a Macedonian group that blends the sounds of gypsy wedding bands and hip hop.