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As The BBC air Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, lets examine his influence on dance music   Think back to the pop music scene in the 1970s. Doesn’t matter if you weren’t alive, just picture John Travolta before he got fat in a set of white flares with falsetto backing vocals. Looks fun right? The disco era was nothing if not fun and at the heart of the disco movement ...

For once this isn't an article on the miserable outlook of nightlife in the UK.   You wait years for no good news, and just like buses, loads turns up at once. Well, maybe not 'loads' but enough to feel like a small oasis has been found in a desert of club closures, license changes and hiking door prices. The government has spoken, the trade unions have reached an agreement, ...

“Like other channels, but much louder”   This is the strapline for newly founded EDMTV: “the first global EDM Television Network”. You wonder why the idea hasn’t been broached before. A modern phenomenon, responsible for a multitude of sub cultures - gloving, caking, PLUR - it was only a matter of time before television laid claim on EDM.     One of EDMTV’s presenters, Joh ...

Who are these characters and what do they have planned for our club?   There's a door deep in the bowels of Ministry of Sound HQ. It's a black door with flaking paint and a rusty handle. Embossed on that door - in neon pink lettering - are the words: "The Ting Tong Club". Recently notices started appearing around our office stating: "The Ting Tong Club Is Out Of Bounds" and ...

With sneaker themed artwork, our new compilation Old Skool holds the keys to your inner nostalgia freak     With tracks from the likes of Missy Elliott, Kenny Dope and Sky FX, it's three CD's of nutty anthems. With trainers at the forefront of its creative vision, we took a look at the creps that your favourite DJs have been wearing while they're playing your Old Skool ant ...

Sometime it feels like everyday needs to be International Women's Day in dance music   The lack of women in prominent positions on DJ lists and festival lineups has been a source of building frustration in recent years. In the past year alone we've seen the DJ Mag Top 100 poll feature only two females, reddit users vote no women into their top 100 and Resident Advisor rank on ...

It's been a quiet six years for Kano.  As Kane Robinson he appeared in Top Boy, a Channel 4 drama where he flexed his acting ability after a third album that had failed to capitalise on the energy left by his sophomore, London Town, and debut, Home Sweet Home.  Back as Kano with a fourth record, Made In The Manor is already being touted as Robinson's best. A deeply personal r ...

Sometimes online petitions can be more than just shouting into the wind   With threats of club closures, and worse, actual closures, we reported that the number of music venues in the UK has dropped by more than half in ten years. Noise complaints and the changing environment around legendary clubs have meant that every city is awash with empty dance halls. From The Arches i ...

The US Presidential Election is the biggest reality TV show of all   There are auditions, a knock out round, and an eventual ill-fated winner. The amount of hype levelled at the contest is parallel to The X Factor, and like or loathe it, everybody’s got something to say. The Presidential race has certainly brought out the opinions of DJs who are usually trying to spend their ...

Having announced the official name of Crossrail will be ‘The Elizabeth Line’, Transport For London have released an image of what the tube network will look like in 2019   Behold.   It might be a shock to the system at first glance, but the new map shows that the tangle of veins that make up the underground network will stretch out to include places that have never had th ...