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Today, Oliver Heldens, aka HI-LO, has emerged with a new edit of Da Hool’s 90’s classic, “Meet Her At the Love Parade.” In recent times, Oliver has included the track in his live sets and Heldeep Radio show, so it’s been making the rounds in fan discussions across the internet. On this HI-LO edit, he’s revitalized the original’s familiar synth work, and laid down both breakbeat and house rhythms to give the tune a bass-filled foundation that’s become a trademark touch of the new alias. Check it out below. The edit’s set for release on September 28th.

Recognize the name Ulf Bonde? You may remember him from a track, “Brother Piña,” that Justin Jay featured in his Desert Hearts Spring Festival live set (@ 1:29:45), but if you don’t, now is a great time to get familiar. Sweden’s Ulf is a brand new LA-based producer/DJ whose musical background consists of classical piano and choir singing. After moving to LA to go to USC a few years ago, and eventually becoming roommates with Justin Jay, he grew a strong affinity for underground dance music. In the midst of school and late weekend nights, Ulf took some time to carefully perfect his craft, but he’s now set for his debut release on September 28th, which happens to be on the trusted label, Culprit.

The first taste of his forthcoming EP, Blossom for Me, is the the title track. Soulful, deep, melodic, and groovy, the track has all of the key ingredients to mesmerize both casual listeners and a difficult dance floor, while also incorporating bits of acoustic guitar, trumpet and harp for a sophisticated touch. Check out the preview here, and stay tuned for the rest of the EP, along with a remix from Justin Jay.

Ulf Bonde is certainly one to watch.

CRWNS, a fresh 21-year-old producer/DJ, seems to be jumpstarting his ascent up the ranks of dance music’s elite. With two previous releases to his name, and now this latest offering, he’s cultivating his own sound within the low-end-focused sphere, and many are picking up on the authentic vibes that he always delivers. On his remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” CRWNS supports MØ’s vocals with a flurry of shimmering synths, which are complimented by arpeggiated melodies and vocal edits that help drive the mid-tempo rhythm. Download CRWNS’ remix here, and watch out for more from the young talent.

Ever since Louis Futon won me over at Coachella earlier this year, I’ve been keeping an eye on him. In the midst of several Gallant remixes, he surfaced with his own take on “Weight In Gold,” and he executed his rendition to perfection. On his remix, Louis Futon uses creative interplay between the song’s main elements and Gallant’s soulful vocals for a unique, R&B-tinged number that’s still getting love after hundreds of thousands of plays. Enjoy above and stay tuned for more outstanding tunes from Louis Futon.

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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.