House, hip hop, funk and more music from the city's finest DJs
Time Out Dubai staff
The winner of Dubai's Best Dubai DJ is DJ Raxon Among AudioTonic’s team of reliably strong regulars, Raxon’s knowledge, technique and musical sensitivity is astounding.
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The Highly Commended for Dubai's Best Dubai DJ is DJ Bliss The winner of this award in 2011, DJ Bliss has enjoyed a fantastic 12 months. As well as keeping his 411 Saturdays club night going strong, the Emirati DJ celebrated both a return to radio and the release of his debut single. www.djbliss.com
The Highly Commended for Dubai's Best Dubai DJ is Smookingroove As residents at Sandance, production duo Smokingroove – AKA Marko and Safe – regularly play to the biggest crowds in town. www.smokingroove.com
Andy Buchan Equally likely to be spotted warming up for a house DJ as spinning indie classics behind the decks at his Loaded club night, Andy Buchan is one of Dubai’s most diverse decksmiths. soundcloud.com/i-am-andy-buchan
Charl Chaka Last year’s winner boasts an encyclopaedic musical knowledge and a seamlessly smooth mixing style, best showcased at the Infusion nights he hosts at 360° and elsewhere. soundcloud.com/charlchaka
Break DJ Lobito Ranked number one B-boy DJ in the Middle East, and the regional representative for Afrika Bambaataa's Universal Zulu Nation, catch vinyl-hoarding Lobito at his weekly Deep Crates night for some of the most impressive deckwork in town. www.mixcloud.com/Lobito
Megadon Betamax With a warm and fuzzy approach to boogie and bass, Megadon’s disco-tinged party sets shine both at 360° and his own DUST nights. soundcloud.com/megadonbetamax
Mr Mr The winner of this award back in 2010, as the founder of one of Dubai’s longest running nights, Audio Tonic, Mr Mr is still a lynchpin of the local house team. www.facebook.com/djmrmr
Dany Neville Scoring a gold record for Karl Wolf on a joint production with Dubai’s Greg Stainer, and with weekly gigs at N’Dulge and more, this go-to man for urban remains as relevant as ever. www.mixcloud.com/tag/dany-neville
Schooly Regularly spotted around town at all manner of venues and nights, Schooly’s diverse, soulful style stands out a mile.