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It’s been another scorching week here in Los Angeles, and of course, there have been several great remixes to match. Some of dance music’s finest, including the funky fresh duo Soul Clap, LA native Sage Caswell, Symbols boss Kastle, New York’s Bender, and Anjunadeep’s Jody Wisternoff, have been lending their talents to their counterparts for some fantastic offerings that hit all the right notes. If these remixes are any indication, we’re in for a fall season overflowing with excellent music, and what can we say? We can’t complain. Listen to Soul Clap’s rendition of Slow Hands’ “I’ll Find Me” above and check out the rest after the jump.

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The Netherlands’ own Ferreck Dawn and Franky Rizardo have teamed up with the singer, Torica, to create this new tune that comes as we enter the last quarter of the year. Previously thought of as a Sam Feldt track, “Baby Slow Down” has been getting played out at shows and festivals around the world, and it was even officially premiered by Danny Howard on his BBC Radio 1 show. It’s a vocal deep house number that incorporates piano, gritty synths, a solid bassline and Torica’s vocals as main driving forces of the tune. Listen and keep an eye out for the release on October 26th.


Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.


After a summer of touring and more, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was locked in on Rinse FM for his September residency that ran every Friday last month. Each show included a diverse pallet of music over the hour-long affair, and only this UK star could put together such a tasteful mix of house, techno, funk, jungle, and 80’s jams, amongst other genres. To make his residency even more special, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs had some surprises like the debut of his unreleased and untitled house track, which happened during his September 11th episode. In addition to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the shows featured guests like Artwork, Justin Martin, Dave Okumu from The Invisible, and the Deep Throat Choir to round it all out. If you haven’t already, enjoy all of the shows below, and see Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs play DJ sets at III Points in Miami, CRSSD in San Diego, and Rhonda in SF this month.

When a song comes together on the first take, it’s usually something special. This is exactly what happened with this fresh offering from the masterful producer David August, along with Sissi Rada, the harpist of David August & Ensemble. After hearing Sissi Rada singing in Greek and playing the harp, August invited her to record with him, they got together, and Sissi jammed on top of his harmonies on his Prophet 5 synth. Her first take is the one that we have the pleasure of enjoying.

“Patria” has all of the ingredients and more for a stand-out David August track – a slowed, yet impactful, house groove, evolving synth work, organic percussive elements, and Sissi Rada’s unique vocals – brought together under a veil of musicality and deeper meaning. Have a listen and download above. Read more about the track from David August himself below.

“Back then I was in my bedroom studio. We had noises from the street, roommates next door, but the take captured the magic and the spontaneous moment of just doing music. I didn’t want to record it again. Her lyrics are about the devastating political and financial situation in Greece and I tried – as much as I could – to reflect that with my music.

Now, one year later more people than ever try to find a new life and a new home. For me it was one more reason to put this out finally, there won’t be a better moment. “Patria” is my contribution for all the lost souls of this earth.” – David August


The Hawaii-born, LA-based producer, Mahalo, is coming through with his first official release on LAMP (Los Angeles Music Project), following the release of his successful debut EP on Sleazy Deep. This newest tune, “Wave Attack,” is a clubby tech-house groover with hints of G-house that round out the thumping track. With this being just his second official release, Mahalo is undoubtedly showing great promise. Listen below and download it here.


Chicago’s prolific house music producer, Roy Davis Jr., is still on point, even after decades of strong influence in the scene. His newest release comes as a remix of Kim Anh’s “Shadows,” and he easily does justice to the original, while giving it his own flair. On his remix, Roy Davis Jr. keeps the soulful, psychedelic vibes strong with a smooth four-on-the-floor rhythm that’s accented by strings, phaser-ed guitar work, and chopped n’ screwed vocals. Enjoy below and buy it on iTunes.


2015 for Justin Jay has been one for the ages, and he’s rolling on into the last quarter of the year with the wind at his back. Just last Friday, the LA-based producer/DJ took over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves with an after hours mix feature on Pete Tong’s show, which followed the slot helmed by VIVa Music’s Steve Lawler. Throughout the year, Justin has been teasing his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, so not surprisingly, he decided to include a few new unreleased tracks, amongst an array of groovy jams from the likes of Catz ‘N Dogz, Adriatique, Dimitri From Paris, Aroop Roy, and more. Definitely let this mix carry you into the weekend, and if you haven’t been able to catch Justin on his Mom, I Graduated! World Tour, see when he’s coming to a city near you here.

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This year, the UK’s producer/live band front man, Duke Dumont, has been maintaining his steady ascent, as he aims to bring something different and refreshing both in the studio and on stage. A couple of months ago, he announced his Blasé Boys Club EP series with the first track “Ocean Drive” that was initially premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. The 80’s-inspired track has become a fan favorite, and it’s now receiving some remixes from Hayden James and Shaun Frank, who have each given their own groovy house music flair – James taking more of a poolside approach, while Frank positions it for late night dance floors. Listen for yourself here. The Blasé Boys Club Vol. 1 EP is due out on October 2nd, and the remixes will be out on October 16th.


The Germany-based label, This Ain’t Bristol, has set out on a path less taken, as they’ve dedicated their curation to UK house music in a region where techno is king. In just a couple of days, they’ll be rounding out a trilogy of compilations with the release of Even More Selections, which features everyone from the label’s A&R Billy Kenny, to Mark Starr, to Fritz Carlton and several more up-and-coming artists who aim to help shape the future of dance music.

In celebration of the Even More Selections compilation release, we’ve been given the exclusive premiere of one of the tracks included – “Now” by Florida’s Mark Starr and Connecticut’s Lux Groove. Listen below to hear their beefy, ghetto-tech-esque stomper that we’ve been jammin’ to all week.

Check out the rest of Even More Selections after the jump, and pre-order it here, ahead of it’s Friday release.

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