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Over the past week or so, Mikey Lion & Bengal‘s The Big Cats EP has been a go-to release to keep the good vibes strong. Each of the three tracks on the EP offer unique elements, but the refined, stripped-down grooves are a common thread throughout it, and they pack a mean punch. Both Mikey and Bengal are ambassadors of tech-house, and they continue to cement their standing amongst the top up-and-coming acts in the underground. Whether or not you’re heading out to Desert Hearts this weekend, this EP should satisfy your need to get down. Enjoy and download above.

Germany’s LCAW has been building his name off of his house transformations of tracks from London Grammar, ZHU, and more. His last undertaking was Fritz Kalkbrenner’s “One Of These Days,” and he’s now delivering another groove-driven remix. On his rendition of Muneshine’s “Sunshine,” he keeps things sweet and simple with a subtle atmospheres, a punchy bassline, and other accents, while the vocals remain as a focus. Check out the track here and pick it up on iTunes.


Electric Paradise is shaping up to be quite the beach-side winter affair. Today, it just unveiled its phase 1 lineup featuring everyone from Gorgon City, to AlunaGeorge, to Major Lazer, and several other acts that will be at the helm of this multi-stage festival that also features art, food, design, technology, and more. The other artists that are rounding out the phase 1 bill include Hot Singe 82, Cashmere Cat, Moon Boots, Matthew Johnson, Steve Angello, and Cash Cash. With this diverse group of some of the most in-demand artists, Electric Paradise is setting itself up for an excellent second edition in Punta Cana, and there are still 15 more artists to be announced! Tickets are available here.

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Launched by the multi-platinum producer, Steven Lee, better known as Lee Cabrera, FaderPro is an electronic dance music-focused production education platform that promises an engaging and interactive virtual in-studio learning experience. With years of offering high-quality video tutorials, access to the top artists, and opportunities through partnerships with leading industry entities since its launch in 2010, this online startup is poised to bring even more to the table as they welcome a host of new instructors, and experience team members, such as Roger Sanchez, Sander Kleinenberg, and Mark Knight’s Toolroom Academy, after receiving a new round of investment.

More specifically, some of the new additions to the proven, artist-driven curriculum range from track deconstruction, to mixing and mastering classes, to more business-focused lessons, giving students the full range of inside knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. The FaderPro platform offers 24/7 on-demand access to content that allows for students to move at their own pace, while also keeping things neat, organized, and structured, unlike endless low-quality YouTube tutorials.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced dance music producer, FaderPro promises to expand your knowledge and improve your sound. Head over to their website for more information and to sign up for courses.

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Next Saturday, November 7th, EDX will be descending upon LA for his anticipated No Xcuses party at the famed Create Nightclub. If you haven’t been able to see him live before, this is the perfect time to check out the house maestro, as his No Xcuses event brand has been around the world and back, providing people with a one-of-a-kind experience that had them buzzing through the following days. This upcoming event looks to be one of his best yet, and he’s bringing along his friend Antonio Giacca as direct support, so prepare for a full night of revelry and get your tickets before they’re gone. Buy tickets here and enjoy a track from EDX that’s amassed over 50 million plays.


This Friday, the famed Control night at Avalon Hollywood will be one for the books as Matoma, Dropout, Prince Fox, Bryce Vine, The Interns, and resident, Sam Hiller, will be throwing down for some pre-Halloween festivities. With an eclectic mix of styles throughout the night, including everything from future bass, to tropical, to house, the event is sure to have something for everyone trying to get down after a long work week, and for those trying to stay warm in a club environment as we slowly transition into the fall season. Buy tickets here and get ready with The Interns’ “Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer” mix.


With a busy touring schedule, Desert Hearts figurehead, Mikey Lion, has remained a bit quiet on the release front, but he recently announced his third EP, The Big Cats, which he created with fellow Desert Heart and Berkeley native, Bengal. Just in time for Mikey’s upcoming Cityfox LA performance this weekend, and the Desert Hearts 3rd year anniversary, the first taste of this forthcoming offering comes with “Like That.” It’s a stripped down tech-house heater with full-bodied low end to drive the groove that punches through in between vocal samples, which give the track its character. Listen/download here. The Big Cats EP is out on October 27th.


Just last month, Justin Jay put out his celebratory Mom, I Graduated EP, and embarked on his first world tour, which saw him perform everywhere from Electric Zoo, to Decibel Festival, CRSSD Festival, and many other gigs in between. If you’ve seen him on the road recently, you may have been lucky enough to catch him playing with Josh Taylor on vocals and Benny Bridges on guitar, both of whom are college friends, and Benny is finishing his senior year.

Now, Justin Jay is starting to officially unveil what he’s been working on with his friends over the past year, and this new remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Back to Reality” featuring Benny Bridges is the first taste. Have a listen below and hear this inventive tech-house track that merges rock with dance in truly stunning fashion. Expect more of these collaborations in the near future, and don’t miss Justin Jay in a city near you.

“Sometimes making music can be a really intense, serious, grueling process. Other times it’s about being silly and goofing around with your homies. Ben is a crazy jazz/blues guitarist and we had fun pretending to be tough on this remix for Alison Wonderland. We’ve been making a ton of music together with our homie Josh Taylor so keep your ear out for Benny Bridges, laying it down on guitar.” – Justin Jay

With just one year of existence, No Mana has been growing by leaps and bounds. The anonymous, Los Angeles-based producer holds a catalog consisting mostly of originals and just a few remixes, which is rare for up-and-comers in the dance space. Despite the short, but productive career thus far, No Mana has managed to get a co-sign from Deadmau5′ mau5trap, and that has yielded several releases on the label. The most recent release is “Tell Me,” and it’s a catchy vocal house track reminiscent of “I Remember.”

Back in August, LA’s Lonely Boy made the trek out to the infamous desert gathering known as Burning Man. In the midst of heavy dust storms and other performances at sound camps across the playa, this Desert Hearts-affiliated talent graced the decks at Pink Mammoth, and he threw down an excellent 1 hour+ set chock-full of funky tech-house and more. Listen above and feel the vibe that Lonely Boy is well-respected for.