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Today, Desert Hearts finally announced their highly-anticipated three year anniversary festival that will be taking place in Southern California from November 5th-9th. For this special edition of their House, Techno, & Love-driven event, they’ve upped the ante with 100 non-stop hours of music, growing out of their previous 72-hour affair. With their Funktion-One stacks being active for an additional 24-hours, this means that more world-class artists, like M.A.N.D.Y., Blond:ish, DJ T., and Fur Coat, will be able to fill the air, and maintain the Desert Hearts vibe that has become known worldwide. In addition to their on-point bookings that have yet to be announced, the Desert Hearts crew, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Porkchop, and Marbs, will also be throwing down as per usual.

For 2015 thus far, Desert Hearts has been enjoying their best year yet, as they’ve delivered several outstanding releases on their label, in the midst of throwing a wildly successful Spring festival, and their first full-fledged City Hearts tour that is being talked about by many from coast to coast. This upcoming Fall festival will be a perfect way to cap off the year, and you know they’re going to pull all the stops to make it one for the ages. Trust.

Tickets are on sale September 14th, so if you haven’t already, have a listen to Sabo’s live set from Desert Hearts to get you in the mood for what’s to come.

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As producers strive for new ways to stand out and as mini-analogue machines are more affordable and powerful than ever, more and more DJs and producers are adopting a ‘live’ show. UK producer Saytek isn’t about fads though – he’s been wheeling around his epic setup around for years, winning awards and tearing up dancefloors all over the world. Point Blank wanted to find out more about how it worked, how it’s all connected and why he thinks live performance is making a comeback.

This video forms part of Point Blank’s ongoing Ableton Month in August – a month where they’re bringing you heaps of Ableton-focused content, giveaways and exclusive competitions each day. This includes a chance to win the almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite, all you have to do is register on the Point Blank website before August 31st to be in with a chance of winning. Also for this month only PB have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push when you enrol with them on selected Diploma courses in London (which can all be taken on Ableton) and on their Music Production and Sound Design Certificate in Los Angeles, giving you some top notch savings on gear. To find out more about the discounts Point Blank can offer, e-mail one of their course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.

You can watch the Saytek video below, which features an interview, live performance and guided tour of the setup. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss any more tutorials, interviews and live events. If you want to learn more about Ableton Live, mixing, sound engineering, music composition and even mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live Diploma covers it all and more. Taken online and for up to 64 weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take your music to the next level.

Artists like Goldie, Claude VonStroke and Jon Rundell have studied Ableton with Point Blank so you’re in good hands. Find out more about PB’s online Ableton Live Diploma course here, and if you’re in the UK, the London Master Diploma covers even more Ableton techniques. Even better, if you’re on the West Coast, Point Blank’s LA school offers courses in Ableton, including a six-month certificate currently offering 5% off! Just enter the code SEPTEARLYBIRD when enrolling here.

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Damaged Goods is a Miami-based producer with a really electrifying sound.  With a handful of remixes of popular tracks on his Soundcloud page, he’s accrued a really high play count in a relatively short amount of time.  His latest is a remix for A-Trak and Ibanez for Spinnin’ Records.  He really pumps that big room future house sound in this one, it’s truly catered for the club.  We’re excited to see whats next for Damaged Goods, but for now go ahead and grab that free download.

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No sign of slowing down for Aussie d-floor currency Dom Dolla. Following his recent ARIA #1 single alongside Go Freek ‘Define’, Dolla drops this super smooth remix of ‘Cranes’ for house royalty Monkey Safari. Dom was a massive fan of the original and wanted to keep the haunting vox feel, but totally flip up the bass vibes… Listen below, and add it to your weekday playlist or request it at the club, this musical offering is kinda like that paypal account.. handy everywhere.

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If you’re already a fan of Point Blank Music School, you’ll know that they’ve had some amazing prizes for giveaway competitions in recent months. Partnering with the likes of Moog, Novation, Native Instruments and Korg, they’ve been able to bring you some of the latest and greatest studio gear. Maschine Studio, Komplete 10, Samson RXA-7 monitors, Korg Volcas and the Sub Phatty have all been part of their previous giveaways, and they’re happy to have been able to improve the studios of all our competition winners so far. For August, they’ve partnered up with Ableton to bring you a very special ‘Ableton Month’!

Ableton Month has been packed with tutorial and masterclass content focused around Ableton Live and Push. Point Blank are also giving away Ableton goodies throughout the month on their Facebook and Twitter channels, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled – they’ve got bags, t-shirts, sticker sheets, mouse mats and loads more prizes coming your way.

However, the month really wouldn’t be complete without a boost to the studio, and for that Point Blank has got an almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite to give away to one lucky winner who registers with them before Monday 31st August! Simply register on the Point Blank website to be in with a chance to win – the winner will be drawn on the following day and notified via the e-mail address they used to subscribe with. If you’ve already registered with Point Blank, then there’s no need to re-register as you’re already part of the competition.

And lastly, for those of you interested in studying with Point Blank in London, Los Angeles or online, there’s never been a better time to enrol – for this month only they have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push, giving you some amazing savings. To find out more about the discounts we can offer, e-mail one of Point Blank’s course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.

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The Miami by-way-of Kentucky based producer Amtrac needs no introduction around these parts – he’s been a GDD favorite since the start and his next release is no substitute. His new single “Hold On’ was premiered by Radio 1 legend Pete Tong and has finally dropped today on Mark Knight’s imprint Toolroom. Deep yet soulful, with funk forward vocal that rides atop a rolling sub bassline all the way through – we wouldn’t have it any other way. Listen below, and pick it up now on beatport!

Los Angeles – Don’t miss Amtrac next Thursday, August 27th as he takes over Night Bass @ Sound Nightclub!

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Our little brother and Dirtybird young gun Justin Jay has finally graduated college, and announces his new EP with a fitting title. Listen below, and look out for it dropping on September 11th!

From the heat of the BBQ to the smoking hot talent of Justin Jay, as he returns to the feathery fold with his latest release. The youngest of VonStroke’s proteges, the 22 year old producer continues to build on the promise shown on a string of heavy hitting Dirtybird releases (Femme Fatale, Static, Instincts, Le Voyou.) With all of his tracks created on the same college-dorm studio set up, it seems fitting that we bring you the last from those late night bunker sessions and a brace dedicated to the end of his studies and the start of the party.

‘Mom I Graduated’ launches in to life with the sassily titled ‘Hit It.’ Spring loaded beats adorn an eerie, vocoder-aided atmosphere, before double claps on the beat turn the track into an intensified stomper. The drop descends into thick sub bass, chopped up vocal samples and chiming, echoing percussion around its half time rhythm. This is big!!

Rain Dance starts life out of earshot. A progressive melodic flurry gradually enters in to range through a mist of pitter patter FX touches, while ascending woodblocks bring us to the vocal drop and a thumping kick drum -“I’m gonna make it rain” – Booty aesthetics with a slowed tribal rhythm and swathes of sub bass leak through the speakers. A second summer anthem from the young Californian.

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