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A stack of great footwork mixtapes have come out the US this year, and you’ve all missed them
Chicago's footwork music is more global than ever, with world tours for its stars (well, Rashad and Spinn) and high-profile releases on European labels. Despite this, there does seem to be a bi [...]
Record Store Day 2014: FACT’s 20 essential releases
Record Store Day 2014: FACT’s 20 essential releases
14th April 2014 • 
It's that time of year again: Record Store Day is right around the corner. While the backlash surrounding Record Store Day (is it an unnecessary burden on record shops, pressing plants and coll [...]
Hometown Hi-Fi: Stories from Five of History’s Most Influential Sound Systems
Hometown Hi-Fi: Stories from Five of History’s Most Influential Sound Systems
Words by Seb Carayol •  8th April 2014 • 
Fresh from curating a new exhibition on the history and significance of Jamaican sound system culture, Seb Carayol gives The Vinyl Factory a potted history of the scene and introduces five of th [...]
The eight best budget turntables that won’t ruin your records
The eight best budget turntables that won’t ruin your records
Words by Paul Rigby •  31st March 2014 • 
Originally published on The Vinyl Factory. A few months ago we rounded up the 8 best turntables for home listening aimed at the committed audiophile, in which 6 of the 8 were priced liberally [...]
Trance is the Greatest Dance Music of All, and Here’s 34 Reasons Why
Trance is the Greatest Dance Music of All, and Here’s 34 Reasons Why
Words by Joe Muggs •  29th March 2014 • 
OK, let's be clear. Trance isn't cool. It never was cool, it isn't cool, and it never will be cool. As a genre, it's also responsible for an awful lot of absolute bilge over the years. It becam [...]
Wu hit it first? 10 absurdly limited records that came before <I>Once Upon A Time In Shaolin</i>
Wu hit it first? 10 absurdly limited records that came before Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
Words by John Twells, Joe Muggs, Tom Lea & Chal Ravens •  27th March 2014 • 
Sorry Wu, but you weren't first on this one. With all the bluster over Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, a new Wu Tang album (or, if you're feeling cynical, RZA and Cilvaringz vanity project) li [...]
Spiritual Aura: 33 of drum’n'bass’s greatest soulful rollers
Spiritual Aura: 33 of drum’n'bass’s greatest soulful rollers
Words by Joe Muggs •  22nd March 2014 • 
A mea culpa: I have been doubly guilty of maintaining the false dichotomy at the heart of jungle / drum'n'bass. As a teenage techno-lover in 1993, I at first resisted the riotous cascades of Am [...]
The Essential… Danny Breaks
The Essential… Danny Breaks
Words by Laurent Fintoni •  19th March 2014 • 
With a career going back 23 years, spanning rave, drum'n'bass and instrumental hip-hop, Danny Breaks is somewhat of an elder statesman in the UK scene. Despite an impressive discography and oft [...]
The 100 greatest track titles in dance music history
The 100 greatest track titles in dance music history
Words by Chris Kelly, Chal Ravens, Joe Muggs, Joseph Morpurgo, Tom Lea & John Twells •  17th March 2014 • 
Blawan by Bryan Derballa Let's face it - a classic isn't a classic without a killer title to match. "It's all about the music", crow the idiots. Not so - everyone with a fluid ounce of music  [...]
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