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Earlier this year, the London-based producer/manager, Duncan Murray, delivered a stand out remix of ON AN ON’s “Drifting,” and now he’s coming through with his second release of the year. This time, he’s worked Ofelia K’s “Gone” into a hypnotic deep house gem that would fit perfectly into a late-night set. With tracks like this, Murray is able to hone his production skills, all while he manages Great Britain’s rising stars Tom Misch and Blonde.

“I discovered “Gone” on Hype Machine and instantly wanted to work with the vocal. I wanted to create a new blissed out version that would keep the vibe of the original but just make it more suitable for the clubs. I really enjoyed working on it and tried to make the remix a bit of a journey!” – Duncan Murray

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Now that HARD’s successful Day of the Dead Festival is in the bag, Destructo has his sights set on the future, specifically his endeavors from land to sea in January and February of 2016. The sold-out HOLY SHIP!s will be happening on January 3-6 and February 10-13, but in between, the DJ/producer/festival founder will be throwing down on the Ship2Ship Tour, alongside dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, and up-and-comer Rezz, across the U.S. from January 14th to February 5th.

In addition to the tour news, Destructo is also staying busy on the release front with a forthcoming track, “Bodyback,” on AC Slater’s Night Bass label. Check out the darker, bass-fueled g-housey tune below, and pick it up on Friday on the This Is Night Bass Vol. 2 compilation.

If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Destructo’s Diplo & Friends guest mix that features a grip of unreleased tracks of his own, as well as jams from Justin Jay, AC Slater, Jauz, and many more (tracklist after the jump).

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Fritz Carlton is keeping his momentum rolling with his Free Fritz Tuesdays series with this latest effort. For this tune, “Hips 2 Thighs,” he’s teamed up with Detroit’s own Doug English, and they’ve created a perfect track for times that call for darker vibes. With its trippy synth work, growling basslines, vocal accents, and swinging groove, “Hips 2 Thighs” is jam that keeps on giving, and we’re stoked that it’s available for free download. Listen and Download here:

Over the past week or so, Mikey Lion & Bengal‘s The Big Cats EP has been a go-to release to keep the good vibes strong. Each of the three tracks on the EP offer unique elements, but the refined, stripped-down grooves are a common thread throughout it, and they pack a mean punch. Both Mikey and Bengal are ambassadors of tech-house, and they continue to cement their standing amongst the top up-and-coming acts in the underground. Whether or not you’re heading out to Desert Hearts this weekend, this EP should satisfy your need to get down. Enjoy and download above.

Germany’s LCAW has been building his name off of his house transformations of tracks from London Grammar, ZHU, and more. His last undertaking was Fritz Kalkbrenner’s “One Of These Days,” and he’s now delivering another groove-driven remix. On his rendition of Muneshine’s “Sunshine,” he keeps things sweet and simple with a subtle atmospheres, a punchy bassline, and other accents, while the vocals remain as a focus. Check out the track here and pick it up on iTunes.

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Electric Paradise is shaping up to be quite the beach-side winter affair. Today, it just unveiled its phase 1 lineup featuring everyone from Gorgon City, to AlunaGeorge, to Major Lazer, and several other acts that will be at the helm of this multi-stage festival that also features art, food, design, technology, and more. The other artists that are rounding out the phase 1 bill include Hot Singe 82, Cashmere Cat, Moon Boots, Matthew Johnson, Steve Angello, and Cash Cash. With this diverse group of some of the most in-demand artists, Electric Paradise is setting itself up for an excellent second edition in Punta Cana, and there are still 15 more artists to be announced! Tickets are available here.

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Launched by the multi-platinum producer, Steven Lee, better known as Lee Cabrera, FaderPro is an electronic dance music-focused production education platform that promises an engaging and interactive virtual in-studio learning experience. With years of offering high-quality video tutorials, access to the top artists, and opportunities through partnerships with leading industry entities since its launch in 2010, this online startup is poised to bring even more to the table as they welcome a host of new instructors, and experience team members, such as Roger Sanchez, Sander Kleinenberg, and Mark Knight’s Toolroom Academy, after receiving a new round of investment.

More specifically, some of the new additions to the proven, artist-driven curriculum range from track deconstruction, to mixing and mastering classes, to more business-focused lessons, giving students the full range of inside knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. The FaderPro platform offers 24/7 on-demand access to content that allows for students to move at their own pace, while also keeping things neat, organized, and structured, unlike endless low-quality YouTube tutorials.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced dance music producer, FaderPro promises to expand your knowledge and improve your sound. Head over to their website for more information and to sign up for courses.

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Next Saturday, November 7th, EDX will be descending upon LA for his anticipated No Xcuses party at the famed Create Nightclub. If you haven’t been able to see him live before, this is the perfect time to check out the house maestro, as his No Xcuses event brand has been around the world and back, providing people with a one-of-a-kind experience that had them buzzing through the following days. This upcoming event looks to be one of his best yet, and he’s bringing along his friend Antonio Giacca as direct support, so prepare for a full night of revelry and get your tickets before they’re gone. Buy tickets here and enjoy a track from EDX that’s amassed over 50 million plays.

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This Friday, the famed Control night at Avalon Hollywood will be one for the books as Matoma, Dropout, Prince Fox, Bryce Vine, The Interns, and resident, Sam Hiller, will be throwing down for some pre-Halloween festivities. With an eclectic mix of styles throughout the night, including everything from future bass, to tropical, to house, the event is sure to have something for everyone trying to get down after a long work week, and for those trying to stay warm in a club environment as we slowly transition into the fall season. Buy tickets here and get ready with The Interns’ “Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer” mix.

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With a busy touring schedule, Desert Hearts figurehead, Mikey Lion, has remained a bit quiet on the release front, but he recently announced his third EP, The Big Cats, which he created with fellow Desert Heart and Berkeley native, Bengal. Just in time for Mikey’s upcoming Cityfox LA performance this weekend, and the Desert Hearts 3rd year anniversary, the first taste of this forthcoming offering comes with “Like That.” It’s a stripped down tech-house heater with full-bodied low end to drive the groove that punches through in between vocal samples, which give the track its character. Listen/download here. The Big Cats EP is out on October 27th.