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One of the best records of the second half of the year – Monkey Safari’s ‘Coming Down (Hi-Life)’ – got a little reworking from God-tier festival headliner Tiesto and French Express label mate Jonas Rathsman and surprise, surprise, I just can’t get enough of one of them. Have a guess at which… Go on.

This one is forthcoming on Ministry of Sound, so keep an eye on their channels or follow Jonas himself for any updates on release date!


This Friday, December 6th, your favorite GDD™ DJs will be invading “the cellar” of Sankeys – one of the world’s biggest names in clubbing – spankin’ new New York City home. Bones, Burn Unit, and Troy Kurtz, joined by a few of our New York friends and family, who also happened to join us when we curated the Wide Awake Art Car for Electric Daisy Carnival NYC earlier this year, Kromo & Vish, as well as Sean Glass.

Having recently had the chance to do a walk-through of the venue during daylight hours, let me just say that I can’t wait to see this place with the lights down low, packed with beautiful, drunk, sweaty people and filled with loud, pumping, sexy music.

We couldn’t feel more privileged to be aligning with our friends behind NYC’s notorious Party For No Reason events and such a storied franchise in Sankeys, world-reknown for being purveyors of cutting-edge music at their Manchester, UK location (voted in recent years as the #1 club in the world by DJ Mag) and their Ibiza outpost (which hosted the Dirtybird weekly residency this summer, among other things).

Oh, and the best part? Simply RSVP via email to
for FREE admission!

We’ll see you underground.

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Chloe Howl

Fresh on the heels of their storming remix for The Magician’s ‘When The Night Is Over’ Arches are back again with an effortless revamp of 18-year old songstress Chlöe Howl‘s forthcoming single, ‘Paper Heart.’ Nothing unassuming about this one, you know you’re in for it when that first kick steadily beats in, meaty and driving. Not surprising given the pedigree of this supergroup.

No release details as of yet, but the original will be out December 9th, so have a listen below and ask Santa for it to surface sometime after that! And if you’re not up on Arches, get on up.

Some songs get too big for their own good, and it takes someone injecting some fresh blood into it for you to step back and gain a new perspective on it. GDD™ homie Amtrac has done just that with Duke Dumont and A*M*E’s 100000% smash hit single ‘Need U (100%)’, and he’s provided a new shelf life for a song that you seemingly couldn’t get away from for the first half of 2013.

Reserved with its use of the signature vocals of the original, it’s more dancefloor-oriented, and a pumping little number that would fit nicely in any deep or tech house set. Available for free download via Amtrac’s SoundCloud (and above), I couldn’t be happier to have an excuse to play a rendition of this out once again!

Joe Goddard I Don't Know

When you get a press release for a track and the description begins with “7 and a half minute mix of liquid disco bass, afro-cuban percussion and gospel tinged harmonies” you don’t think, you just download. And listen. Throw the cherry on top that Hot Chip/The 2 Bears member Joe Goddard is the one on remix duties, and you inherently will be dancing while listening. Needless to say, I was positively elated when that aforementioned Afro-Cuban percussion started coming through my headphones, which slowly gave way to the soulful vocals of Black Orange Juice (Coolest Band Name of 2013 nominee).

The song is available for free download via Mixmag, so have a listen to the track below and get that ish in your iTunes pronto!

And for you Londoners, Black Orange Juice will be playing their debut show October 17th at the Old Queen’s Head for their EP launch show. Check that out if you’re in the area!

Dillon Francis Without You

Aside from the fact that Without You, the collaborative effort between two long-time GDD™ favorites Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Dillon Francis, is an absolutely beautiful and uplifting song, the music video and tune are now being utilized for a beautiful and uplifting cause. This is what dance music is all about. Big up to Dillon, Flosstradamus for the apparent inspiration, and to TEED and Dillon for being both extremely talented and cool dudes. Get the details in a personal message from Dillon after the jump…
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The Dirt 132 Tropicool Burn Unit

Summer has us by the balls here in Southern California, and she’s refusing to let go. Amidst a heat wave that’s spiking temperatures to nearly 90Fº at the beach, and a weekend packed with shows from Moby, Jesse Rose, Daedalus, Nosaj Thing, Afrojack, Claude VonStroke and more, it’s fairly safe to say that October is shaping up to be a pretty all-time “Indian Summer” type of month.

All those factors might also be contributing to why we’re a few days late on last week’s Dirt, but hey, here’s ten free tracks to quiet that chorus of boos.

Burn Unit’s .zip (5 tracks)
Tropicool’s .zip (5 tracks)

Listen + Download all TEN (10) tracks after the jump!
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Moby Innocents

Moby has been on quite the promotional tear of late for his recently released album ‘Innocents,’ his eleventh studio album to date. After NPR provided fans with the first listen last week, and performing two songs on Conan O’Brien the other night, tonight he’ll play the first of three LIVE performances at The Fonda Theatre here in Los Angeles. Tomorrow at 11:15am PST he’ll be a guest on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Friday fans will be able to livestream the now sold-out Fonda Theatre show online for free.

All this to promote ‘Innocents,’ which came out this week on Mute. Get our thoughts on the album after the jump, and if you’re in LA tickets for tonight and Thursday are still available HERE!
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Proxy US Summer Tour

It has been nearly 5 years since I copped my first Proxy track back in the good ol’ “blogosphere” days. And yet, here we are, 5 years later, and still there is only one producer making anything that remotely resembles The Proxy Sound, and that’s the man Proxy himself.

There’s something to be said for being truly unique, especially in today’s cookie cutter dance music world, where genres seemingly grow tired the second they begin to gain steam. Electro, Fidget, Dubstep, Progressive House, Trap… they’ve all carved out their niche, and refreshingly Proxy fits neatly into approximately zero of them.

He’s back in the US for a brief stint of big time shows listed above (including a stop in Hollywood tonight at Sound Nightclub) and he’s blessed us with this stellar DJ mix filled with tracks from some of my personal favorite purveyors of all things techno nouveau, as my Italian friends Blatta & Inesha like to call it.

Peep the tour dates in the graphic above, and get the track list for the mix below and a little something extra after the jump!

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M Machine Gotta Dance Dirty

We have a very special edition of The Dirt this week, featuring myself, Burn Unit, and our insanely talented friends better known as The M Machine. Now these guys aren’t your average bedroom producers… they’re real artists, with vision, dedication, and a unique set of skills that allowed them to completely build and program their own massive light set-up in the shape of a M, and not with the help of major label money or touring revenue. Nope, these boys did it all themselves, with their own six hands.

They’ve sent over 5 songs by 5 artists that “inspire” them. High praise from some pretty talented individuals. As always, preview the tunes and grab a .zip of the available downloadable tracks after the jump!
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