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Hailing from Amsterdam, the emerging talent, Bolier, has graced festivals like TomorrowLand and Ultra, while also getting co-signs from Pete Tong, Oliver Heldens, and more. This year, he’s put out a grip of tracks and remixes, like “Ragga” with LVNDSAPE, and now he’s bringing us “Forever And A Day” with Natalie Peris. On this track, Bolier uses Peris’ vocal to build the energy before moving into a deep groove with gritty, horn-like synths and vocal accents.


Recently, the LA-based house music maestro, Fritz Carlton, hasn’t had the best of luck as his laptop was stolen, but he’s making the most of his situation, turning negatives into positives with music. After dropping “Mohki” on the This Ain’t Bristol’s Even More Selections Compilation, he’s back to roll out the first installment, “Perspective,” of his Free Fritz Tuesdays series, which will bring more of his free tunes on a weekly basis. This new jam is a punchy 808-driven number featuring wonky synth work, a shuffling groove, and a quick rap sample to complete the bass-fueled track. Listen and download it here:


Despite summer coming to a close, there are still several festivals that we have to look forward to. HARD’s Day of the Dead, Desert Hearts’ 3rd year anniversary, and now Electric Paradise. On December 19th, this annual festival in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), will be taking over its unique beach venue for the second year in a row. With multiple simultaneous stages, it’s the biggest festival in the region, and last year, they saw 12,000 people come through to enjoy its fusion of music, art, food, design, technology, story-telling and paradise. The lineup for Electric Paradise promises 20+ world-class artists, so it will surely hold its own in the competitive festival landscape. If you’re looking for tickets and more information, visit the official website.

Just one month ago, the emerging dance-pop artist, Nick Pes, unveiled the first single, “California,” off of his debut EP, and now he’s giving us another glimpse into the release with “Under the Light.” Inspired by the lights of Tokyo and New York, as well as past relationships, this Sydney-based talent has channeled his emotions into this new song. On “Under the Light,” Nick opens things up with vocoder, before dropping into a laid-back groove that welcomes more vocals, retro synths, and even a saxophone solo to complete the song that conjures feelings of nostalgia. Check it out above and download it here.

Over the years, Clarian has been one of the most consistent producers, releasing quality track after quality track, while sticking to his guns in the underground sphere. His next EP, Fear and Self-Loathing, has been tapped by Guy Gerber’s RUMORS label, and with this first taste, we can see why. “Absence” is a hypnotizing, melodic techno number featuring melancholic undertones that bind the French vocal samples, arpeggiated synths, and the driving, soulful rhythm. Enjoy the track here and pick up the Fear and Self-Loathing EP on October 23.

The new LA duo, THEY., are kicking things off strong with their fusion of hip-hop, R&B, and dance on their debut NU Religion EP. With a co-sign from Beats 1’s Ebro Darden and ZHU, they’re already positioned for a bright future, and they’re further proving themselves with this release, which comes on ZHU’s Mind of a Genius label. One track off of the EP that we wanted to highlight is “Motley Crue,” as it’s a laid-back, beat-driven track that features a hook with an ode to LA’s Sunset Boulevard, as well as some more aggressive verses, appropriate for the track’s title. Listen above and check out the full EP after the jump. It’s available for purchase on iTunes.

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After warming up the Hollywood Palladium for Duke Dumont last Friday, The Interns are ripe with inspiration, and they’ve channeled it into the fourth edition of their Industry Analysis playlist series. Chock-full of timeless classics, funky jams, psychedelic journeys, a healthy dose of house music, and more, this newest offering is a representation of the vibes they’ve been following to transcend the 9-5 grind, and dig deeper into the contemporary musical landscape.

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It’s been another scorching week here in Los Angeles, and of course, there have been several great remixes to match. Some of dance music’s finest, including the funky fresh duo Soul Clap, LA native Sage Caswell, Symbols boss Kastle, New York’s Bender, and Anjunadeep’s Jody Wisternoff, have been lending their talents to their counterparts for some fantastic offerings that hit all the right notes. If these remixes are any indication, we’re in for a fall season overflowing with excellent music, and what can we say? We can’t complain. Listen to Soul Clap’s rendition of Slow Hands’ “I’ll Find Me” above and check out the rest after the jump.

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The Netherlands’ own Ferreck Dawn and Franky Rizardo have teamed up with the singer, Torica, to create this new tune that comes as we enter the last quarter of the year. Previously thought of as a Sam Feldt track, “Baby Slow Down” has been getting played out at shows and festivals around the world, and it was even officially premiered by Danny Howard on his BBC Radio 1 show. It’s a vocal deep house number that incorporates piano, gritty synths, a solid bassline and Torica’s vocals as main driving forces of the tune. Listen and keep an eye out for the release on October 26th.


Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.