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In our new series, Stars of VHS, we’ll be fishing out premium video gold from the dusty archives of YouTube’s lesser explored corners   Strolling round Kings Cross and its burgeoning outer buildings, you can't help but think that for once, property developers have done something right. It's a serene, cosmopolitan area that combines original architecture with the clientele of th ...

Before launching into a debate over whether Diplo is currently a massive hypocrite, a few truths must be established   The first is that M&M’s shelled out a five (+) figure for a music producer to make them a jingle. There’s no dispute there; Zedd has never been a confectionary activist. This is not a passion project, it is one that’s been heavily funded and in turn will be ...

We’ve all seen bad tattoos before, but some of these are simply upsetting   Tattoos: infamous for leading to massive amounts of regret when ill-advisedly inked as a teenager. We’ve heard the horror stories; some of us are the horror stories. Towns like Magaluf and Zante must make a killing tattooing things like ‘House Every Weekend’ or ‘#LADS’ on hordes of pissed up 17-year-old ...

In a new weekly series, we’ll be fishing out premium video gold from the dusty archives of YouTube’s lesser explored corners     We’ll be turning the baggies inside out, scraping out left over debris from the corners, and analysing what remains from mid 90s rave culture. To coincide with the demolishing of Cream’s first home- Nation club in Liverpool- our first video analysis i ...

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 we ...

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, an ...

“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, Johny Pa ...

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 tha ...

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 anthems ...

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 only ...