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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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Two of house music’s finest, Amine Edge & DANCE, have been known to fuse hip-hop with their edgy brand of groovy house, both in the studio and on stage. Known for tracks like “Going To Heaven With Goodie Goodies”, “Bitches in The Project” and “Halfway Crooks,” the duo has risen to prominence in style, and they’re about to take these tracks and more on the road with a month-long U.S. tour, hitting major cities from coast to coast, and the famed Coachella. Listen to Amine Edge & DANCE’s latest gem below, and check out the full list of tour dates above.

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Coming off of a 2015 that included his first world tour, his Mom, I Graduated! EP on Dirtybird, a new project Justin Jay & Friends, and more, Justin Jay is creating his own home with the launch of his Fantastic Voyage brand/tour that encapsulates who he is as an artist and house party-loving impresario.

Over the past year, you might have see Justin Jay performing with two of his “Friends,” vocalist Josh Taylor and guitarist Benny Bridges, at Coachella, CRSSD, in Australia, and abroad, but now they’re officially joining him on this Fantastic Voyage tour to help drive the live experimentation on select shows.

For a full run down on what to expect, hear what Justin Jay has to say about Fantastic Voyage below, and check out the full list of tour dates above.

“Over the past couple of months, I started throwing a bunch of house parties in LA. House parties are really special for DJ’s because we can play songs we normally never get to play: from the tracks that are too weird and quirky for the big clubs/festivals, to the songs that are too cheesy and feel good for the cool-kid warehouse shindigs.

I like pushing myself to play crazy forward thinking music, but by the end of the night, I also want everyone (including myself) smiling, laughing and having a good time. Sometimes the songs that make me smile the biggest are also cool in their own cheesy way.

Fantastic Voyage‘ is a song by the funk band, Lakeside and the name of my tour. Listen to it, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

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Bass-centric house specialist, Fritz Carlton, continues to impress as he rolls through the beginning of 2016 that was kicked off with a headline performance at an underground warehouse party in Los Angeles on NYE. Over the past few months, he’s been churning out an array of tracks, including his No Law In Dancing EP, “Hips 2 Thighs” with Doug English, and more. Now, as he preps for his Desert Hears Records debut, he’s come through with a special remix of Ghis. A. Meets Cheryl Porter’s “Bad Groove,” which he sampled himself from vinyl. Listen below and get down to his latest bouncy floor-filler with a touch of old school house nostalgia.

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In just a couple of days, one of the most influential underground pioneers, Luciano, will be taking the helm at Avalon Hollywood, and this is a particularly special occasion as it’s his first LA club performance in two years. Coming off of a stand-out run at BPM Festival, this renowned ambassador of underground electronic music will be spinning an extended set to showcase his world-class blend of house and techno with a touch of Latin influences. On top of his own music, Luciano has built a name off of his well-respected party brand, Vagabundos, and on point curation on his label, Cadenza Records, so you can expect him to manifest these vibes and sounds for an epic Saturday night. Buy tickets here.

Check out the video after the jump to see how it’ll all go down on Saturday!

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On Saturday, January 30th, EDX will be making his way to Omnia San Diego for his first headline performance of the year in the coastal Southern California city. As a DJ/producer, EDX continues to impress with phenomenal sets, and hits that reach the masses, even after decades in the scene. Ever since his track, “Breathin‘,” took over airwaves a couple of summers ago, he’s been on a tear with his melodic deep house sound, and he’s still keeping it proper in the studio with new anthems like “Missing,” “Belong,” “Revered,” and more. It’s certainly no coincidence that he was the #1 top charting artist on Beatport in 2015, and he is sure to throw down at Omnia in the coming weeks. Buy tickets to the show here. Here’s what you can expect: