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Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).

“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.

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Festival season is upon us, and the massive lineups keep rolling out as the excitement continues to brew. After announcing phase 1 earlier this year, New York’s Mysteryland USA is adding to the already stacked bill with an eclectic array of talent, ranging from dance music to hip-hop, and several genres in between. The festival’s historic Woodstock venue, Bethel Woods, NY, will be welcoming headliners like Skrillex, ODESZA, and Bassnectar, while also featuring heavy hitters like Gesaffelstein, Young Thug, GRiZ, Keys N Krates, Gladkill, Rezz, and Tchami, amongst others. Although Mysteryland USA stepped outside of its typically underground-centric programming, it still locked in luminaries like Kerri Chandler, Art Department, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Moodymann, and more. With all of these acts and other attractions like delicious food, yoga, speakers, Mysteryland USA is about to be a memorable weekend beginning on June 10th.

Buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here.

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It’s another massive week in Miami, and of course, there are too many parties to count, but there are some that stand out. With its growing presence online and off, Spotify is bringing not one, but two parties to the east coast’s seaside party paradise. First up, they’ve teamed up with the YouTube channel, Proximity, for PLAYLiST MiAMi, which is an eclectic affair featuring Destructo, Arty, Attlas, and more at the National Hotel tomorrow, the 18th. Following that huge event, Spotify and District come together for a NOW we CHill at 1Hotel, and they’ve included everyone from Gryffin to Anjunadeep artists like Yotto for a more laid-back vibe on Saturday. Both events will feature special surprise guests and b2b sets, so you can be sure that you’ll see some unique performances not found elsewhere. Tickets for PLAYLiST MiAMi are available here, NOW we CHill is free!

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Amsterdam’s Midas Hutch, the alter ego of FS Green, is keeping 80s vibes strong as he injects new life into vintage vibes. On “The High,” Midas has utilized hip-hop and pop production techniques to fuse his unique flair with the stylish R&B vocalist, Bluey Robinson, for a mood-elevating number. Giving more insight into the tune, the up-and-coming producer mentioned, “Bluey has been one of my favorite R&B vocalists from the UK for some years now. I wanted to create something you can listen to in your car, cruising with your boo with the top down. As well as a song you could get down to in the club.” Have a listen below.

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!