Hot Chip: Escapism is the opposite of what we should be doing

On the eve of their seventh album, the best British pop act of their generation talk about two decades of music-making A quiet Friday afternoon by Londons Regents Canal. Two dads who have known each other since they were 11 theyre now 39 are having lunch without the kids. One is a smiling, broad-shouldered bear in a pink T-shirt. The other is smaller and bespectacled, hiding under a baseball cap. They look slightly hipsterish, but blend into the background seamlessly. A huge yellow bag and rucksack under the table contain their rather different outfits for later that day. Five hours later, Alexis Taylor is in front of thousands at the All Points East festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, his cap …

‘I had to honour him’: the friends who finished Avicii’s final album

After the EDM star died aged 28 last year, his family decided that his album Tim should be completed. How did the chosen collaborators handle such a sensitive task? Last summer, a carefully chosen group of producers was given a challenging task to complete Bergling bombastic, Technicolor dance music that has dominated the charts in this decade. His 2013 song Wake Me Up, with soul singer Aloe Blacc, spent 26 weeks at No 1 on the US Billboard dance singles chart and was for a time the most-streamed song in Spotify history. Bergling became one of the worlds highest-paid DJs and collaborated with Madonna, Coldplay and Nile Rogers, who called him one of the greatest natural melody writers Ive ever …

‘It will rock your house!’ Inside the Iranian electronic underground

Ten years ago, electronic music in Iran was suppressed by the government. But now these strange, often punishing sounds are finding their way into the world Ten years ago Bahman Ghobadis film holed up in underground studios, but today a new story is emerging: of a visionary music community now able to openly share its strange creations. Increasingly, Iran is becoming recognised as a hub for some of the worlds most vital, forward-thinking experimental music. Its affable prime mover is Ata Ebtekar, a long-celebrated figure in electronic music under his alias Sote, meaning sound in Farsi. His last album, 2017s Parallel Persia, led by the breathtaking single His first attempt to break Irans electronic music out of the country in …

DJs of the Future Don’t Spin RecordsThey Write Code

Renick Bell is standing in front of his computer at a small table in the middle of the dance floor. The stoic, bespectacled musician types quickly and efficiently, his eyes locked to his computer screen. Around him in a wide circle, the crowd bobs to his music. Sputtering tom rolls, blobby techno synths, and crystalline cymbal taps blossom and spill out of the theater's massive surround-sound system. All the lights are off, and the only illumination in the big room is the glow of Bell's monitor, the soft red LED backlight on his mechanical gaming keyboard, and a live view of his PC monitor projected on a wall-sized screen. Peter Rubin Fortnite's Marshmello Concert Is the Future of the Metaverse …