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With releases like “Karma,” his Momentum EP, and Mom, I Graduated! EP last year, Justin Jay slightly shied away from his more nostalgic roots in funk and disco, but he has come back to those groovy sounds, and he’s better than ever. For his first release of 2016, the Claude VonStroke protégé has taken on Billy Kenny’s “Work Me,” which was originally released on Germany’s This Ain’t Bristol label. Justin Jay completely remade the track into his own quirky, funky, and fresh take that includes guitar and slap bass elements woven in with a quirky vocal sample and more.

On top of this release, Justin Jay is currently bringing house party vibes to a city near you on his Fantastic Voyage tour. Head to his website for a full list of dates and tickets.

Over the course of his fairly brief career, Germany’s TOPIC has created music that resonates with many around the world, and his new single, “Home,” is a great example of this as it has over 3 million streams online. To add to that, the song has also made its way up to #1 on Shazam’s Future Hits chart in Germany, and the music video for it was short-listed for mtvU’s The Freshman, which is a weekly music video poll where the winner gets aired on TV! Enjoy the video, and vote for it on mtvU.

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Even after several years of following him, Justin Jay still manages to surprise and impress. If it’s not with his music releases, like “Hit It” or “Karma” from his Justin Jay & Friends project, it’s with his performances that have typically been DJ sets, or DJ sets with his “Friends” Josh Taylor and Benny Bridges, who bring live elements such as vocals and guitar. However, this year, Justin seems to be stepping up his game more than ever, and it’s apparent that these are very exciting times for us as fans and for him as an artist.

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LA dance music mainstay, Whiiite, has helped shape the scene in one of the most influential music cities in the world. With his eclectic bass-heavy sound, high-energy DJ sets, and comic book aesthetic, he’s built a legion of followers that have an affinity for harder styles, but he’s recently been showing a slight change of pace. On this remix of “Motley Crue” by the Mind of a Genius-signed duo, THEY., Whiiite fuses the originals catchy hooks with a slowed-down house groove, driven by airy atmospheres and moombahton-esque percussion for a summer-appropriate gem. Enjoy!

With the excitement brewing for the 2016 Desert Hearts Spring Festival, we’re starting to get antsy for the impending lineup announcement, and the weekend’s non-stop debauchery. Lucky for us, the DH crew is easing us through these trying times with their latest record label release from one of their residents, Tara Brooks, and underground stalwart, Brad Hart. The Sophrosyne EP is a hypnotizing and otherworldly tech-house offering with its main song of the same name, and a remix from Just Her, as well as another from Andre Salmon and Chris C. Press play and feel the vibes that have become a staple in West coast festival culture. We can’t wait to hear what else all of these artists and Desert Hearts has in store for this year. Download the EP here.

Tickets for the Desert Hearts Spring Festival are available here.

Toronto’s Loud Luxury are paving their way to the international stage with their groovy house sound that holds some serious weight. Following in the footsteps of acts like Gorgon City, Loud Luxury bring clubby vibes with accessibility that comes with an ear for great vocals, refined melodies, and chunky basslines. Inspired by the Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” the duo took a piece of Nina Simone’s truly timeless work, pitched it down, and created a hard-hitting groover fused with piano chords around it to stir up nostalgia. Enjoy/download!

Recent LA transplant, Jerry Folk, has rolled into 2016 with a grip of new tracks, and this latest is a stand-out collaboration with ELOQ, a Danish newcomer that’s been showing great promise. “You Know” brings together lush pads, bell-like melodies, a swung mid-tempo rhythm, and a simple, yet evocative vocal sample that ties it all together. Stay tuned for more Jerry Folk, and go check him out live on the festival circuit at Hangout Festival, Camp Bisco, and more.

Just before boarding Holy Ship! yesterday, Justin Jay dropped his addictive Fantastic Voyage House Party Mix, in celebration of his upcoming tour. With his tour announcement earlier this month, he unveiled his Fantastic Voyage brand/party concept, and filled us in on what we can expect – house party vibes, and a mix of forward-thinking music with songs too weird/quirky for festivals, and other tunes too cheesy for underground warehouses. Additionally, his “Friends,” vocalist Josh Taylor and guitarist Benny Bridges, will officially be joining him on select dates for live experimentation that you may have already gotten a taste of at Coachella, CRSSD, and more. We can’t wait for his LA date at The Roxy on Saturday, February 27th, especially after listening to this new mix. Listen above and head to his website for the full list of dates and tickets.

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Following their North American tour with Dragonette and Miami Horror, the up-and-coming trio, DiRTY RADiO, have come through with the visual treatment for their single, “Numbers.” Together with Joseph Carlin and Transfixion Films, who has produced films for everyone from Ta-Ku to Lana Del Rey, the Vancouver-based group give their catchy song a backdrop of Philadelphia, intertwined with the colorful animation that bring life to sounds. Watch the video above and read on for some more insight from DiRTY RADiO: “[We] ended up running around the city after dark shooting guerrilla style in the streets… freezing our asses off and meeting a lot of interesting by-standers in the process. One of our favorite moments was shooting the city from the same location that the iconic “Rocky” stair running sequence was filmed.”

Coming off of their debut album last year, LA-based Nadastrom is picking up right where they left off. Known for pioneering Moombahton and more, this duo has a reputation for pushing boundaries, and in recent times, they’ve been moving deeper in the house music realm with a refined sense of style and cosmic inspiration. Their explorations have taken them to his two-track offering, “Jupiter” & “Chivas,” that brings a fusion of stripped-down, deep driving grooves, ethereal synth work, and a soulful, psychedelic feel that ties it all together. Much like the other releases on Sabo’s outstanding Sol Selectas label, these sounds have been tested and proven on desert dance floors and beyond (watch the Burning Man video after the jump), so have a listen above and pick up the release on Beatport.

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