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Newcomer Alessia Cara broke through with her addictive hit, “Here,” off of her Four Pink Walls EP, and now the official remixes for it are starting to surface. One of which that caught my ear comes from the 20-year-old Winnipeg-based producer, Vincent, formerly known as XVII. After releasing remixes of Meek Mill & Drake’s “R.I.C.O.” and Flume’s “Some Minds,” Vincent is keeping his momentum rolling into the last quarter of the year as he delivers this outstanding future bass rendition of “Here” that gives Alessia Cara’s vocals a backdrop of wobbly lush synths, and punchy low-end for club/festival use. Enjoy!

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After bringing us his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings, and a couple other singles, like “Storm” with Chris Lorenzo, our hometown hero, Justin Jay, delivers Mom, I Graduated, his second EP of the year. Since it’s unveiling, the first song on the release, “Hit It,” has been enjoyed far and wide, amassing over 140K plays on SoundCloud, while the longer version of the second song, “Rain Dance,” was recently posted, just in time for the rain storm here in LA. With these two tracks, the EP is yet another prime example of his distinctive, bass-fueled house music style that continues to fill dance floors and bring something fresh to the scene, but what’s most exciting about it is that it features Justin Jay’s own vocals for the very first time. Have a listen to the EP below and and check out Justin Jay’s world tour dates to see if he’s coming to a city near you. This EP is available on Beatport.

NYC’s Gryffin is hopping back on the remix train after two successful offerings – his Years & Years “Desire” remix and his first Flight Log mix. For this latest undertaking, he’s drifted away from his house tendencies to transform Josef Salvat’s “Open Season,” which is sure to be a surprise for many of his fans. Gryffin has crafted soft synth plucks and new percussion around the original’s vocals, while keeping a mellow groove with a steady breakbeat foundation. Listen above!

As we inch closer to the last quarter of the year, many artists are bringing their A-game for a strong finish. Some have been working tirelessly on albums all year, while others have been staying consistent with singles and remixes, but there are those who have been doing it all. For this week, I wanted to do a roundup of some of the stand out remixes that surfaced over the past handful of days. The Dirtybird don Claude VonStroke, funked up duo Soul Clap, electro-pop producers ROOM8, Anjunadeep affiliates Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, and France’s beat-smith, Nebbra, have all come forth with some remixes that are cutting through the noise, and keeping the dance music community happy and healthy. Check out Claude’s summery, jazz-infused rendition of Catz ‘n Dogz’ “Get It Right” featuring Tanika above, and check out the four other highlights after the jump.

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Roman Flügel to release double EP on Hypercolour
Ida Engberg Helms Techno For Humanity Event In Aid of Syrian Refugees
• Listen to Sebastian Carter‘s Remix of Daktyl’s “Cyclical” Ft. SPZRKT
• Stream Single from Midland’s Collaborative Project Akase

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This Thursday, September 10th at Sound Nightclub, Mau5trap’s studio wizard, Matt Lange, will be celebrating the release of his first full length artist album, Ephemera, with a highly anticipated performance, alongside the new LA transplant, Fritz Carlton, and Chris Wolfe. It’s looking to be one of the most exciting nights to hit Hollywood in recent times as Lange will be bringing his unique blend of dark, house and techno grooves that have won him coveted slots at some of the most prominent festivals in the world, such as EDC, TomorrowWorld, and SXSW. Not only will he have all of his new album material to showcase, but he will also be bringing a grip of private edits and unreleased tracks that are sure to light up the dance floor.

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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.