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Emerging as a dominant brand in Los Angeles, Minimal Effort will return this Halloween to create a haven for dance music connoisseurs with no boundaries once again. A certain commonality will exist between those in attendance, those that are performing, and the entities that may or may not be present. Three stages will be curated for your enjoyment and entertainment and hosted by some of the most extraordinary brands in dance music. A plethora of artists will provide sounds for your enjoyment, some of which will be known to many and some which might be unknown to all. Taking place at the magnificent Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, this is not going to be your ordinary Halloween event. For nearly 30 years, Belasco Theater was resurrected as a church and rumor has it that phantom footsteps were heard by members of the congregation coming from the stage as well as odd rustling sounds from back stage when the area was completely empty. A former organist tried to explain these sounds and believed that people actually heard a very elderly lady who lived under the stage who was “inherited” from the previous church. Occasional sightings of this woman eventually diminished and she did as well. Her true identity was never known and her spirit may still linger until this day. The sounds you hear might not be coming from the speakers, the essence you feel might not be from within, the spirit you embrace might not be your own. Get ready for the most magnificent and extravagant Minimal Effort yet and proceed with caution.

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Racking in millions of soundcloud plays and riding high on support from Porter Robinson and Flume – Swedish phenom Kasbo wraps up 2015 with his last original of the year “World Away”, just released on Odesza’s new imprint Foreign Family Collective. This cinematic production embodies the young artist’s sound: soulful, evocative, and melody-rich – moving from bass-heavy, synth-fueled sequences to airy atmospheres, all with raw energy that you can feel. Kasbo also joins Odesza on tour this month, with a virtually sold-out schedule across North America.

Los Angeles – catch Kasbo on Halloween performing @ HARD Day of The Dead

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Australian young gun Naderi is no stranger to the scene – the Sydney-based producer been making locked in the studio for years working behind-the-scenes engineering and mixing with huge fellow Aussie artists ranging from Flume to What So Not and Carmada. He burst onto the scene this year with official remixes of Daniel Johns’s “Aerial Love”, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and GRiZ & Talib Kweli’s single “For The Love” all garnering hundreds of thousands of plays and various press coverage including a feature from Billboard. His latest project takes on Canadian live-electronic act Keys N Krates’ most recent single “Save Me.” The Aussie talent manages to masterfully transform KNK’s hit into a more upbeat version while keeping Katy B’s vocals intact. Featuring bombastic synths and a delicate piano outro, the revamped track even further proves why he’s making the transition from behind-the-scenes collaborator to a true solo artist.



Look out for the remix release October 2nd via Dim Mak Records.

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Chris Lake is no stranger to your ears, but his latest tune is just that. ‘Stranger’ dropped today via Ultra Music. It’s a favorite of ours already among his warpath this year, as he mentioned to WSJ that 2015 has been “one of the most inspiring years of my life,” not least because of ‘Stranger.’ “I’m in a headspace that’s taking my sound into new and exciting directions,” he says. “I think this record… fully represents what I like to achieve in a dance track, and it’s one of my favorite records to play in clubs.”

Listen below and grab it today on all DSPs here

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Straight from the man himself:

In case you did not know, I have moved to Berlin.
I am focusing on Curses when it comes to the clubs and Safer At Night, but primarily out here working on a full length under my own name less DJ oriented.
The departure from DTL has been a heartfelt one.
I’ll return one day, but my head is not there right now. I found myself going through all the unreleased tracks though, and felt it sad to leave them to the dust.
So….from grimy bass vibes to rockabilly surf bits –
I have uploaded a handful of these demos 2008 – 2013 for all of you to enjoy.

DOWNLOAD ALL HERE

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If you’re a house head and you don’t recognize the name Billy Kenny, chances are you already know his widely reputable tracks. With tracks supported by so many heavy hitters in the scene, there’s no doubt you’ve caught his sound rinsed in clubs and festivals worldwide. Aside from releasing on Dirtybird and co-running the hidden gem of a label This Ain’t Bristol, Billy now has brought his production onto the perma-hot Australian label Sweat It Out, delivering a howling bass heavy flip for Benson‘s new single “Hollow”. The remix is officially out today, so we caught up with the man himself about the release and his upcoming shows in the USA.

Billy Kenny! Probably one of the most underrated producers right now, with everyone supporting your music from Skream to Chris Lake to Claude VonStroke. What’s one special ingredient that goes into a Billy Kenny track?

Thanks for the kind words! I test everything I make, live in my set’s before they go out as a demo to labels, so if it doesn’t work in the club, it’s most likely going in the bin (or “trash” if I’m in your neck of the woods!) I guess that’s not a specific ingredient, but definitely a formula I’ve been going by.

You’ve got a new remix for Benson just that just dropped on Sweat It Out. How did that come about with those Sweaty Aussies? Was it an easy flip of the original or a major process to get it where you wanted it?

I have indeed, Benson just hit me up out of the blue actually. As soon as I heard the original I was keen, but the final version being released was actually my third attempt! I scrap any idea I’m not fully into after three hours, which is what I did with the other two. Third time lucky aye!?

Your co-owned label “This Aint Bristol” churns out some of the best in underground house music, and your set for a 15 track compilation on September 24th. What was one thing you looked for in selecting the tunes? Who can we expect on the release?

Thanks! Yeah, I’m so excited about the compilation, it’s definitely my favorite release from TAB to date. I have a lot more freedom with our VA’s, so picking tracks for them is always much more fun. I had an idea where I wanted to go with it, but having each individual track stand out as much as possible was my main goal. “Even More Selections” has everything from absolute weapons to warm up and closing time stuff, so a bit of something for everyone! I won’t spoil the fun, but can tell you there’s stuff in there from artists we’ve previously worked with, new faces and of course contributions from our team including Maximono, Abby Jane and myself.

So we here a USA tour is in the works, with some big dates @ The Dirtybird Campout, HARD Day Of The Dead, and Holy Ship!… What are you most excited about with the American shows and the crowds?

I’m crazy excited for all three of these! I’m sure they’ll all be huge highlights of what has already been the best year for me so far and I’m really grateful to Vonstroke and Destructo for bringing me over there. First of all, I can’t wait to eat a burger from Grillson at the Campout and meet the rest of the DB family! I’ve been watching after-movies from HARD and Holy Ship! which both look unreal! Basically all three of those shows are most likely going to blow my mind! I’m getting pumped thinking about them now, so I’m moving on to the next question.

If you weren’t DJing/producing, what would you be doing?

Nobody knows this, but when i first moved to Germany, it was at a time when there wasn’t a lot happening musically, so i applied for a job at a coffee manufacturers just to stay above water. Anyway, about a week later, things just started to fall into place starting with a call i got from CR2 Records who asked me to do some sample pack work for them. A week after that i found a wicked studio to rent and moved in, so i knuckled down and worked on my music. In answer to your question, I’d probably be bagging up coffee beans!

Listen to Billy Kenny’s remix for Benson “Hollow” below, and watch out for This Ain’t Bristol Even More Selections compilation out September 24th!

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Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ has been on a musical warpath this year and has surprised fans by dropping a nine track mixtape, Chasing The Golden Hour PT. 1. The first of the multi-part series is being released on the artist’s own imprint, All Good Records. By drawing inspiration from the golden era of hip hop, the mixtape sees him retracing his roots – from early, J. Dilla and Hi-Tek influenced beats to progressive jazz fusion – vibes are high all the way through!

“I wanted to recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold. Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form. Enjoy the chilled out vibes :)” Griz

Our favorite track “It’s Over (but it’s just begun) is featured below, and you can stream/download the entire album HERE.

Chasing The Golden Hour
1. Love Will Follow You ft. Russ Liquid
2. Summer ’97 ft. Muzzy Bearr
3. It’s Over (but it’s just begun)
4. Cabin Sessions ft. Exmag & Eric Bloom
5. Blue Vervain
6. Feelin’ High ft. Eric Bloom
7. Sexier Than Austin Powers
8. Sometimes The Truth Don’t Rhyme
9. The Moment Seizes Us

Upcoming Tour Dates
SEP 4 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 4 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 6 – Electric Zoo Festival – New York, NY
SEP 17 – Symbiosis Gathering – Oakdale, CA
SEP 18 – Kaaboo Festival – Del Mar, CA
SEP 24 – SKY SLC – Salt Lake City, UT
SEP 25 – Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
SEP 25 – Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
SEP 30 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
OCT 1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
OCT 2 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 3 – Joy Theatre – New Orleans, LA
OCT 4 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 7 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS
OCT 8 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
OCT 9 – The International – Knoxville, TN
OCT 9 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 10 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
OCT 14 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
OCT 15 – Venue 578 – Orlando, FL
OCT 16 – Music Farm – Columbia, SC
OCT 17 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
OCT 20 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
OCT 22 – Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MA
OCT 23 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
OCT 24 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
OCT 25 – Royale – Boston, MA
OCT 28 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
OCT 29 – Egyptian Ballroom – Indianapolis, IN
OCT 30 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
OCT 30 – NOV 1 – Freaky Deaky – Bridgeview, IL
JAN 3 – Holy Ship 2016 – Miami, FL

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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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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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