It’s Just One Big Popularity Contest Isn’t It?

By Hot Off The Press, Music Through Pictures, News

Love them or hate them, there’s no escaping the end of year polls that descend upon us year after year. From top ten YouTube video’s to top ten films of the year, best fashion brand or most powerful photographic images, every December the whole world turns into a competitive ‘let’s rate everything that exists’ monster. Tucked away in our not so quite little corner of dance music, we are equally guilty of partaking in this bizarre obsession like some warped ‘underground’ X-factor competition. I have never voted in any of these polls or awards with the exception of the annual Resident Advisor charts where we, as staff or contributors are asked to submit our top compilations, labels, albums and tracks of the year. I have also never been that interested in them, not interested enough to vote outside of the staff polls anyway.


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London’s Artists Cut to the Chase ….

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, News

When dance music culture began to expand from the USA into London in the mid eighties, it slowly but surely spawned a community of aspiring young DJ’s and producers to go with it. Over the following decade, artists began to flock to London’s fertile breeding ground where artistic expression and a sense of community amidst electronic music was forming. London has since become one of the most influential electronic capitals in the world, but what is it that has drawn the multicultural population of musicians here? While clubs are an essential driving force behind the scene with venues such as fabric keeping us firmly on the official map – the unknown and underground sector that allows upcoming artists to be heard is just as, if not more essential to what makes London the creative hub that it is today.

From London’s fabric review and Serialism’s interview about its upcoming ‘London Cuts Volume 2’, I spoke to the compilations artist’s to find out just what it is that has made them migrate or remain here when it comes to developing their craft. Whilst they may now all lean towards house and techno, it hasn’t always been the case – the UK and its capital instigated Dubstep, Breakbeat & Drum & Bass which have all weaved throughout the ‘London Cuts’ artists’ studios and night lives. From fabric to car parks, Herbal to kitchen afterparties and The End to derelict warehouses; ‘London Cuts Volume 2’ and its sounds have all been inspired, moulded and changed through living and working in London. This is their thoughts on a trip through the London Underground…


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