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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.
The Beastie Boys’ go-to studio engineer recalls the making of a crossover hit.
We remember the man who created house music.
Rod Smith provides an overview of the influential indie that helped introduce a generation of Americans to industrial music.
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.
The minimal techno pioneer breaks down the many guises he’s taken on through his lengthy career.
808s and Dr. Dre’s broken Mazda window: Electro royalty Arabian Prince tells the story behind one of his biggest hits.
DJ Premier outlines how the classic lineup of the legendary hip hop group came to be.
The German producer explains how John Cage and his studies in Vienna have contributed to his house and techno productions.
Matt Jam Lamont and Creed remember the Ministry of Sound afterparty that launched UK garage.
The techno producer gives a firsthand account of influential Steel City groups like Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and Clock DVA.
Anthony Obst charts the genre’s love affair with sports.
The Last Poets’ Jalal Nuriddin reflects on the impact – both good and bad – of his influential 1973 album.
Derek Opperman travels to Arizona to uncover how one remix subscription service turned the industry on its head in the ’80s.
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.
Sam Hockley-Smith is bewitched by the delicate ambient drones of the young Maryland producer.
Alfred Soto reflects on the discography of the gay English synth pop vocalist.
David Katz details the Ethopian leader’s historic 1966 visit to Jamaica – and what it meant for music on the island.
The German producer takes us on a tour of his discography thus far.