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Maybe it was all the great bands at Coachella this past weekend, or maybe it’s the sweltering heat that’s found its way back to Southern California but by golly gosh it’s getting too damn hot for house music. We’ve decided to beat the heat with an early Summer edition of our Too Hot 4 House Music series featuring plenty of indie, alternative, rock, and some blues to keep you feeling cool and collected. Big ups to SoCal’s own Burger Records for some strong recent releases and shoutout to Black Pistol Fire and Dreaming Bull for tracks that have stood the test of time. The second half settles more in the indie, folk, singer/songwriter realm with additions from City & Colour, RY X, and Julien Baker as well as some R&B from JMSN and rising star Anderson Paak.

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Timo Mass first heard “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” in 2009 when his friend/agent, David Levy, was playing it for him in his house in Ibiza. For James Teej it was outside the studio with Mass right before a week long studio session took place. It’s the German countryside and “Chef Timo” has prepared a magical spread complete with top shelf wines. They had all of the multitrack from the original 1973 studio session master tapes, and the time was right. Teej later tells Billboard, “It probably still is to this day the most amazing and beautiful week’s of studio time in my life.” Continue Reading

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After the widely acclaimed Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons LP hit the shelves last year it was bound to be ripe for the remixing, and remixed it shall be, by some of the most venerable names in the game. Ahead of the remix LP’s May 13th release, we’ve got the exclusive stream of Acid Pauli‘s take on “Tangled Web.” Featuring dreamy synth arpeggios that delicately weave in and out of the soft spoken vocals it’s the sequenced percussion patterns that bring the beat home. Other remixers include Juan Atkins & Kimyon Huggins, Kölsch, Gorgon City, Red Axes, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Serge Devant, &Me, DrumTalk, Francesca Lombardo and Mehmet Aslan. You can purchase the project HERE.

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With Coachella weekend in the crosshairs, we’ve compiled a 35 track playlist highlighting a lot of the acts that’ve got us rearin’ to go. Fans of hip-hop, indie, rock, pop, house, and techno, rejoice as we do our best to cover all the bases in this behemoth of a Spotify playlist. Put your hair down, enjoy the vibes, and get ready for the ride of your life. Catch us on the polo fields wildin’ out like the kooks that we are and remember to take care of yourself and look after one another, and most importantly; DRINK MORE WATER!

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Back to reality, or so it seems, after another wildly successful Desert Hearts Spring Festival. The Gotta Dance Dirty crew did that dance floor dirty, with 72 hours of House, Techno, and Love, now in the rear view mirror. After several showers and a lot of naps, we’re ready to unpack the West Coast’s leading boutique festival. Noticeably warmer in the daytime than it’s Fall counterpart yet just as frigid at night, the Spring Festival celebrates the coming of the Vernal Equinox with larger than life day time vibes and interplanetary space travel by night. In other words, it was sprung! Below you’ll find our GDD™ Top 10 Moments (in no particular order) from the Desert Hearts Spring Festival that still have us reeling: Continue Reading

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Usher in the new week with good vibrations and get lost in the groove as we assign 10 tracks to ensure a positively sublime listening experience. Rich with break beat, disco, funk, and house, you’ll find a glowing lineup of recent releases to help you set the tone for the week ahead. Highlights include the latest and greatest from Admin, a sultry sax vibe from O’Flynn, and new Al Kent for the famed Razor-N-Tape label.

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House purists and electronic Renaissance men, Lars Dales and Marteen Smeets (Detroit Swindle), are relatively new to the house community but have risen to the top through impeccable curation at their label, Heist Recordings, their finely tuned 2014 freshmen LP, and a live show that has audiences all over the globe clamoring. This Friday, they are set to make their LA debut at Couture Nightclub alongside Dig Deeper’s Masha and Alison Swing for what is set to be a tasteful affair in the heart of Hollywood. Be sure to get your tickets to see what it’s all about! Their live setup includes an extensive setup of analog and digital instruments and Outspoken has rented a Rhodes piano for the boys to jam out on.

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The famed Desert Hearts Festival is returning April 1st-4th to Los Coyotes Indian Reservation after the wildly successful three year celebration that took place last Winter. We were fortunate enough to catch a minute of co-founder/DJ, Porkchop‘s time to talk shop and find out what has him revved up for the upcoming festivities. After wrapping up a 2.0 version of their City Hearts Tour, he regales us with the highlights while offering up some inspiring words on how to make the most of the impending weekend. Tune in to his Gotta Dance Dirty certified playlist and let the House, Techno, and Love take hold. Continue Reading

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In the midst of another massive Miami Music Week, the compilations are a-bounty, but none pack the kind of heat you can find in the Miami Noize 7 comp from the Boys Noize family. GDD™ Favorite Craig Williams pairs with GunRose for one of the stand out selections from the heavy hitting EP in their “My Answer Revise.” It’s the kind of techno that’ll help keep you up all night, for those in search of the venerable WMC sunrise, with enough industrial 909 kick to keep the night alive just few bars longer.

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Producer, DJ, and A&R extraordinaire Richy Ahmed announced his first release in over a year today and it’s with none other than the Foss/Jones imprint, Hot Creations. This marks his third release with the international house label and it would appear he’s found his groove. Side one brings the Summer vibes as lush percussion pair nicely with a soulful vocal rip crooning the song’s title, “So Good” as side 2’s aptly titled “Ruff & Raw” showcases a little more bang for your buck. Be on the lookout for this two track 1, 2 punch when it hits the Hot Creations shelves on April 29th and enjoy a preview of both below in advance.