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With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).

Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.

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San Diego’s pride and joy, CRSSD Festival, is set for its highly anticipated return in the fall, and there is no shortage of top-tier talent that will grace its seaside, sun-kissed grounds. Staying true to its indie meets dance music programming, the festival continues to impress, despite having to follow outstanding lineups from past editions. CRSSD is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand festivals around, and with one look at its lineups and unique venue, you can see why. Enjoy Damian Lazarus’ set from the CRSSD Festival earlier this past spring, and pick up tickets here to kick off your countdown.

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Although the 4th of July is quickly approaching, we have our sights set on this year’s Woogie Weekend that’s taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA next weekend. Some of the finest house and techno artists like Blond:ish, Rodriguez Jr., Roman Flugel, Mark Farina, Dance Spirit, Visionquest, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and newly added Lee Reynolds of Desert Hearts, are all expected to guide the outdoor dance floors to groove-driven bliss throughout the highly anticipated weekend. If you want in on this, as you should, Do LaB and The Confluence Group are hosting a big festival package giveaway that includes a grand prize of two festival passes and a 25th anniversary limited edition New Belgium bicycle, and a runner-up prize of two festival passes. Enter to win HERE, and if you don’t want to test your luck, buy festival passes here!

Since its launch in 2006, Sabo‘s Sol Selectas label has grown to become a go-to underground label featuring a unique fusion of dance music and world music with tribalistic tendencies. As the founder and figurehead artist, Sabo continues to push the sounds that resonate the most within himself, and this is apparent through the carefully curated releases that offer a distinctive vibe to move hearts, minds, and bodies. For this fantastic Summer Sol compilation, he has reached into different cultures around the world to bring us a collection of 21 original songs created by a family of like-minded producers from over 14 different countries. On top of featuring Sol Selectas artists like Sabo, KMLN, Goldcap, and SAAND, the release also includes gems from more well-known artists like Canson, Dance Spirit, and LUM, while also bringing new artists such as Rodrigo Gallardo, Spaniol, and Armen Miran into the spotlight. Summer Sol has been supported by everyone from Richie Hawtin and Claude VonStroke, to Acid Pauli, Jon Charnis, Yokoo, and more, so hear what it’s all about above and pick it up on Beatport.

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Just last year, the inaugural house and techno-focused Woogie Weekend festival descended upon Southern California, finding its home at one of my favorite festival venues, Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The old Lightning in a Bottle venue served as the perfect grounds for Danny Daze, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, Sabo, Pumpkin, Jonas Rathsman, and more to throw down memorable sets, while it was also a natural playground for attendees enjoying all that the festival had to offer. Despite the brief bouts of rare summer rain, Woogie Weekend 2015 was a resounding success, and this is ever more true as Do LaB brings it back for a triumphant return this year.

Woogie Weekend 2016 is already looking to be a stand-out festival this season. In true Do LaB fashion, the festival boasts a lineup of heavy hitters, as well as some rarer talents, including Damian Lazarus, Jon Hopkins (Live), Extrawelt (Live), NU, Sebastian Mullaert of Minilogue, Mathew Jonson (Live), TÂCHES, Benoit & Sergio and more. On top of the main acts, LA local crews Subtract, Deep, Favela bar, and more will be heading up the after hours to keep you groovin’ through sunrise, and there will be yoga offerings to help keep your experience balanced. Be sure to grab a ticket here and start counting down the days until Woogie Weekend.

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The swiftly emerging indie-pop/rock/electro trio Paper Route has been making their name known through stand-out songs like “Laugh About It,” which is the lead single off of their forthcoming album due out in the Fall. The Nashville-based group is currently being supported on Alternative radio nationwide, so they are bound for more success. In celebration of the release, they’ve enlisted Utah’s 19-year-old producer, Jorgen Odegard, to transform “Laugh About It,” into a melody-rich, mid-tempo groover appropriate for dance floors. Have a listen above and don’t miss Paper Route live at The Echo in Los Angeles on June 20th, Soda Bar in San Diego on June 21st, and Popscene in San Francisco on June 23rd.

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Eagles & Butterflies is an emerging talent who came firing out the gates with releases on some of the finest house/techno labels like Innervisions, Get Physical, and Bedrock. If that’s any indication, the Los Angeles-based DJ/producer is bound for more success as he continues to cleverly build his profile with quality releases, tasteful affiliations, and touring with key, upcoming appearances at Cityfox and Mysteryland USA, which will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY this weekend.

In preparation of his performance at Mysteryland USA this Saturday evening in the Spiegel Tent, we’ve asked Eagles & Butterflies to a little insight into his musical mind, and his lesser-known selections. Head after the jump to enjoy 5 of his secret weapons, including his remix of RY X’s “Deliverance,” new Recondite, DJ Koze, and more.

Limited tickets to Mysteryland USA are on sale here.
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Late last year, the emerging producer/DJ ZOSIA graced us with a journey-like mix driven by classy, minimal house and techno. Since then, she’s been refining her skills in the studio, and her time and effort is surely starting to pay off. ZOSIA recently released her personally meaningful debut song, “Marma,” and has received nothing but glowing feedback. The tune features deep, dubby low-end, brooding textures, just the right amount of percussion, and an overall, stripped down arrangement, forming a vibe reminiscent of Recondite, one of Berlin’s finest. Enjoy, grab the free download, and read on about its important context within ZOSIA’s life.

“The inspiration behind Marma is the concept of personal growth. Everything we create in the present moment is a reflection of all that we have learned and experienced in the past. In other words, Marma is an accumulation of all the memories I have ever experienced, translated into sound.

I’m very shy naturally, so instead of forcing myself to become an extrovert I decided to communicate through what I love the most: sound. Marma is very special to me because it’s the first song I’ve created that truly expresses who I am as a person.

One last thing that I hold close to my heart. It’s a known fact that males dominate the music production industry. I can’t speak for other women, but one of the reasons why it took me so long to release a song is because I kept trying to perfect my skills in fear of not being taken seriously. (Someone once asked me who my ghost producer is! C’mon now, really?!) And whether it’s regarding music or any other passion, I think the world would be a much more cheerful place if we weren’t afraid to face our fears. People will judge either way, but if something makes you happy then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pursue it proudly.” – ZOSIA

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Following yet another fantastic spring festival earlier this year, the Desert Hearts crew, featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, is back in full force with their Endless Summer Tour. Kicking off on June 17th in Brooklyn, the tour will bring the house, techno, and love ambassadors to a city near you, but if they’re not stopping in your vicinity, it’s definitely worth traveling for as they throw one of the best parties around. Also, if you haven’t been to their festival, this is your chance to get a taste of what you can expect in the fall when they throw their anticipated 4 year anniversary festival in Southern California.

On top of this exciting tour news, Desert Hearts co-founder Lee Reynolds and up-and-comer Machino released their Desert Hearts Records debut EP, Moon Matrix, and it’s been picking up steam as a stand-out addition to the label’s growing catalog of out-there jams. Dive in and get familiar with the chugging techno rhythms, shadowy atmospheres, and hypnotizing synth melodies – you’ll probably hear them on an underground dance floor soon.

Download the EP here.

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The famed Culprit parties are back in proper form for their first underground affair of 2016. Together with Transmit, the well-respected LA-based label and event company is bringing us a night of house and techno with an all-star lineup featuring Ripperton, Sandrino, and residents Droog. Each of these artists hold their own, and have carved out their own places amongst a crowded artist landscape to cut through the noise and push quality, forward-thinking dance music. For tickets and more information, visit here. It’s bound to be a fantastic way to kick off the holiday weekend.