Grandmaster Flash has become the first DJ to win the Polar Music Prize, often dubbed the "Nobel Prize For Music".
The prize was founded by Stig Anderson, better known as ABBA's lyricist and manager, in 1989. Previous winners include Led Zeppelin, BB King, Metallica, and Paul McCartney.
Flash, real name Joseph Saddler, accepted the prize from the King of Sweden, saying the award was "in honour of every DJ, every rapper, every graffiti artist, and every breakdancer".
“You have to have a proper rave once in a while,” says Biggi Viera of native act Gus Gus one bright, sunny night in Iceland. He’s right, you do. And if you concur, it’s probably the reason you’re reading this very magazine right now. But in Iceland? It’s not the place that springs to mind when picturing sweaty gurn-fests and scenes of giddy abandon.
The depths and channels of the world wide web are staggering, many of its areas have yet to even be truly dredged. For some, the internet is an inherent instinct. Born in the late '90s or early millennial years, the internet is not a gift, but a part of our DNA as humans. A backbone in society that some have never lived without. For countless others, the internet is a blessing. Something that has yet to depreciate in value, and because we were not born into it, we have learned to not only accept it, but appreciate it.
AP2P (All Power to the People) is the collaboration between M1-Dead Prez and Italian producer Bonnot. Like Dead Prez, AP2P specialize in socially conscious hip-hop with an anti-imperialist edge underpinned by contemporary hip-hop beats.
Straight-talking New Yorker Dennis Ferrer masterfully weaves his way between genres. Whether the DJ and producer is spinning and producing techno and soulful house, or combining elements of the two such as on his worldwide smash “Hey Hey,” his music delights fans and always gets them moving on the dancefloor – precisely why he's a regular at DJ Mag's annual Miami pool party.
WhoSampled is the go-to website for dance nuts investigating the funk, soul and electronic music samples that underpin their modern day favourites. Growing from a niche concern into a huge database with 10,000 contributors, it's become a vital music research site. We spoke to founder Nadav Poraz to find out more...
This brilliant remix of Patrick Zigon's 'Ich See' sees the merging of experimental instrumental hip-hop producers like Dabrye with the rising future beats scene coming from the likes of Mr Carmack and the Soulection crew.