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This past week, following impassioned speeches from staff and local residents on its behalf, London’s legendary club Fabric had its license revoked by the local Islington Council. Bewilderment in the judgment gave way to an outpouring of sympathy and shared memories on social media. As an American, my personal relationship to Fabric is through their mix CD series which launched late in 2001 and has issued a staggering 177 discs

Citizen Boy
The excellent Gqom Oh! label returned in July with its third release titled Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta Mixtape.  The Durban, South Africa based label specializes the emerging Gqom genre, combining slow motion house with intricate polyrhythms and stark, undulating synth pads.  One of many highlights from their latest mixtape is “Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza” from Mafia Boyz member Citizen Boy.  The track dives deep, propelled by a crumpled kick

Night Bass
Out on the West Coast, the Night Bass sound is taking over.  The Los Angeles party and record label have gained a strong reputation through their dependably solid release schedule and high profile events.  Their sound, one that mixes the swing of UK garage with the bombast of big room house with an additional injection of heavy low end, has proven to be an infectious party starter all around the

DJ N.K.
Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon has recently been a hotspot for emerging talent.  Príncipe Discos has released a series of excellent singles, the vinyl versions adorned with hand painted covers that sell out quickly.  Similarly, Warp Records released a three part series titled Cargaa that cast a spotlight on Lisbon’s new squad of producers.  The new sound of Lisbon stems from Kuduro, a combination of rhythms from Angola that Portuguese

Byrell The Great
Byrell The Great is part of the Qween Beat crew, the worldwide collective pushing club music and ballroom culture whose first full length salvo titled Qweendom will be released on July 29th.  Ahead of Qweendom, Byrell The Great has produced an excellent remix for NYC producer JX Cannon that will be released July 15th on the Loveless label.  Byrell’s remix of “Gagged” dices the vocals of the original version, girding the