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11 11 rules.  We’ve eagerly anticipated (read: tried hard not to give up on ever hearing) more from the duo that is Guy Gerber and Diddy.  We’ll never forget their groundbreaking first “Tourist Trap“, and of course, the Jamie Jones ‘Miss X’ remix of it.  This little diddy is currently trending its way up the Boomrat charts right up to the top.

Beautiful, haunting electronic music for “demented after hours minds” as Diddy once affectionately stated.  At one point he wanted to name the album Ketamine.  Never do ketamine.  The full length debut is slated for free release this summer.

At once a meeting of two worlds, and yet also a dismissal of those signifiers, 11 11 inverts the recent dialogue between the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music, eschewing simple radio friendly factory fare, for darker, richer, deeper soundscapes. 11 11 is not a project aimed at main-stages and masses, but outliers and after-hours.

Discuss…

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I’m heaps keen on the mysterious and effortlessly stylish act known simply as YNGCULT.  Introspective, soulful, and ever-so-funky… what more could you ask for here?  Oh, they play live.  And they just remixed this atmospheric, futuristic little beast originally by funk outfit Lettuce.  Keep your ears peeled, I expect very cool things, the situation is dripping with potential.

Check out the original after the jump!

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I always do love a funky acid house groove squelching out of a 303, today is no exception.  Sex Panther and FYOR have teamed up to breathe some new life into acid for the mainstage, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Afrojack’s classic “Pacha On Acid.”  With a nice amount of support already, it looks to be quite the secret weapon timed for the biggest festival stages– went pretty well when MAKJ dropped it into his Coachella sets, of course.  Look to hear plenty more of this one this season, and be sure to look good and wear it well while you do so in the latest by Sex Panther Apparel.  Oh, and +10 if you can guess where that sample’s from.  ;)

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Yer girl LD and ultimate chill-bro Stevie Leisure hand delivering you some fresh free tunage this week & you bet your ass we came correct. Stevie and I so happen to share a visceral-left-field-alt-dream-oxytocin playlist on Spotify, stuff like James Blake and SOHN and shit… I mean who am I kidding it’s entirely James Blake and SOHN and shit. Regardless, wasn’t very difficult for us to explore our means and get you guys some vibes. Stevie’s up first with some breathy vocals from Say Lou Lou, deep & weird from Tainted Souls, a Daft Punk remix from Dillon Francis, and more. I go from R&B to Techno with an awesome booty-leg from Sweater Beats, a new suicideyear remix, and a Rampa smash from Play It Down’s rookie star Christian Nielsen.

Stevie’s .zip (5 tracks, 56MB)
Laura’s .zip (6 tracks, 58MB)

On the heels of ZHU‘s debut EP, ‘The Nightday,’ we have today some ocular treats in the form of monochrome flesh in dresses.  Said EP has been storming iTune’s dance charts, topping off Australia with a few weeks at #1 and generally getting nods from everyone all around.  Oh and also he of course directed the video as well.

Stream the pretty much flawless EP here, and give ZHU some love on iTunes if you feel it.

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Alright this is a fly approach to SoundCloud, and you know how much I love SoundCloud.  The homies at ToneDen.io, in their eternal l33tness, hacked together the ToneDen Player with their signature boss UI design and a super trippy visualizer.  I’m a fan.  Read more below for how to implement…

The new player allows for music bloggers, musicians, and web developers to choose between four different color schemes and two different visualizers (for Google Chrome users) when featuring the new player on their website, providing them with a fresh alternative to the current SoundCloud widget.

Anyone interested in featuring the player on their website can get more information on how to implement it by visiting the player demo page. For those without websites, it’s possible to showcase your songs with the player by creating an account on ToneDen.

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Viceroy is just one of the top 5 chillest dudes in the game, and my life, lately.  Bespoke hawaiian shirt collection?  Untouchable.  Supremely ultimate vibe cultivation?  Unimaginable.  Custom SOL Republic cans?  Inimitable.  Come on mane.

Here’s his Summertime All The Time take on the Nelly classic.  Boppin’, poppin’, sunshiney vibes for when you need to hop into your private #JetLife mindset towards destinations far, far away.

I used to think this song said “smell the air in the backseat with my TV.”

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Been hyped on ZHU for ages.  Been offered up my co-sign.  Breakthrough Artist of 2014.  The latest from him just solidifies his mastery of the elusive and fickle form of a deep groove in pop music’s sonic landscape.

As Jonah put it on NEST HQ:

“Once again, ZHU’s flawless vocals steal the show in the new single, but the House/Garage crossover groove lying underneath is also nothing short of spectacular.  It’s artists like ZHU that are following just steps behind the Disclosure lads, manufacturing productions that live as perfectly on the dance floor as they do on mainstream radio.”

Debut EP Presale here, available 4/20 (lol sick).

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It takes a babe to blog us into festival season, sometimes.  Actress, model and music video muse, Victoria Geil, has this weekend covered for ya.  The anxious excitement of the drive out to this magical world on the barren edge of nothingness… the total and unapologetic poolside maxing as the sunshine and liquors flow… the punctuated moments of elation… the epic naps that tie it all together.

It’s all here, ladies and gentlemen: this is Coachella, as told by a babe.  If you’re a babe, you’ll love this.  If you love babes, you’ll need this.

This three mixtape series is conveniently tailored for use from the moment you begin your pilgrimage to the desert, to the moment you return to your respective basecamps upon the fateful completion of that final Sunday set.  Get it into you.

Then follow me for more, as we explore BABECHELLA 2: Party Vibes and BABECHELLA 3: Chill Vibes in playlists and commentary.

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I’ve got to be honest here– it’s pretty neat to see your best buds produce music you really love, particularly when it’s one of GDD’s own.  The first time Tropicool played this out, I leaned over and asked him what the Hell this remix was.  You can imagine my delight when he replied, “an old analog Juno and some incredible stems.”  You sly bastard.

His signature touch of feel-good cosmic radiation we know from his mixtapes and Waves ≠ Raves series shines through into his production as well, which that fabulous, fat bassline punches over all the way through.  I’m not huge on disco, but I’m a sucker for a big sexy groove when I can get it, and this one’s got me hooked.  Pour yourself a glass of rum and tell people it’s iced tea, there’s no turning back now… the funk has been unleashed.

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