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James Kabat

Editor, based in Chicago specializing in pop, dance, and underground club culture. I have interviewed some of the world's biggest DJ's and I enjoy diving deep into the minds of my musical heroes.

Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 – A Pre-Event Breakdown of the Essentials

//WRITTEN BY GUEST WRITER/ARTIST/DJ/PRODUCER: RJ PICKENS// In under one week’s time, the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands will be booming with a vibrant, city-wide hive of activity and excitement, as the annual undisputed king of global dance music summits kicks off for five straight days and nights of A+ events and experiences for fans and industry […]

Sigala’s ‘Brighter Days’ Is Hit-Filled Dance-Pop Perfection!

Bruce Fielder, better known to millions around the world as Sigala, exploded onto the music scene back in 2015 with his Jackson 5-sampling mega-hit Easy Love. The song shot straight to the top of the UK charts in its second week of release and generated a video that has now been viewed over 148 million […]

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith Make ‘No Promises’ With a Late Summer Smash!

Hot off the success of his summer dance banger One Kiss with Dua Lipa (the hit song topped the UK singles chart for eight consecutive weeks), Calvin Harris teams up with British crooner Sam Smith on another future dance smash, No Promises. The delightfully surprising collaboration dropped last Friday after both, Harris and Smith teased its release […]

Hot Since 82’s “Buggin” Perfectly Captures 2000’s Dancefloor Nostalgia

After a notable absence, British superstar producer Hot Since 82 (real name Daley Padley) made a welcome return with Buggin,’ released on his own hugely successful Knee Deep In Sound label. The release is the first offering from his 8-track album scheduled to follow later this fall and features the vocals of singer Jem Cooke, who […]

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: CiCi Hunter – “Bodies EP”

We are very proud to bring you an exclusive premiere of Bodies, by Scotland-born and UK-based vocalist and songwriter CiCi Hunter released on Chicago’s very own Vested Recordings! The label’s sixth offering Bodies is comprised of two striking mixes The first by label head RJ Pickens, whose Early Morning Reconstruction comes with a deep, pulsating bass […]