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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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Foreverland Live Set by Foreverkidmusic on Mixcloud

This one’s been a long time coming.  My bud Joakim, 1/2 of Forever Kid, unveiled the location of an event known simply as Foreverland one fateful Saturday a few weeks ago, and a few hours later a cool 650 people and a veritable militia of street artists, sculptors, and painters had swarmed the spot ready for some strange.  What followed was a righteously sweaty couple hours of edits, remixes, and live, sample-triggering fingerwork storming through the ranks of disco, pop, funk, blog house, Super Mario, and beyond, from years past all the way up to today.

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The idea of Spring is observed around here as less of a season, and more of a feeling… it’s sunny and perfect year-round, from Santa Barbara all the way down to the border.  A California-tongue-in-cheek way of saying, “Let’s wear less clothing than we do in the previous very slightly chillier months, and do you want to go ride bikes?”  I believe that is exactly what my main man aRod beckons you to do with this latest installment in his now iconic SpringGlo mix series.

Five years of SpringGlo in the making, this signature of an effortlessly listenable mix features a selection of the usual choice sizzlers, as well the first Twelves remix in a bit, and a pretty righteous Todd Terje/Bryan Ferry track at the end.

If you would so kindly take up headphones and join us in chasing the sunset with a cocktail into the weekend, then yes, we would like to go ride bikes.

The mysterious artist know for the past few weeks only as “Z” is now known to be ZHU, and has released more deep pop fire in the form of “Faded.”  After half a million SoundCloud plays, nods from just about every publication, and an on-air mention from none other than Pete Tong himself, ZHU is without a doubt the name of the moment for dance music.  Beyond that, the rest is still a bit of a mystery, but I can say that there will be plenty more to come, and it’s all fantastic.

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I stopped by a shoot in Los Angeles with my best bud Joakim, one half of Forever Kid, and threw a quick 10 questions his way.  We chatted everything from street art to Eggo® Waffles, Kangaroo Court to who’s cute.  They’ve also recut and rereleased the first remix they ever did, a classic by Whitney Houston, their way of looking back as they take the next big step.  I love Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (Forever Kid Antique Recut) by Forever Kid

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Here’s how to absolutely nail it:  take everyone’s favorite Outkast songs, cover them (beautifully) over a a beat that sounds more Disclosure than Disclosure themselves, throw in plenty of pitch play, blast out, set blogs aflame.

Z, you hereby have my co-sign.  Whoever you are.

Is it Disclosure trolling us by putting out something so Disclosurey?  Does this mean that they will be performing with not only Mary J. Blige but also with Outkast at Coachella?  In The Pyramid?  Do I know who Z is?

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For today’s musician, building out an official website is a necessary evil, one which can quickly become frustrating and expensive.  ToneDen looks to solve these problems by offering an elegant approach for the modern musician to showcase themselves online.  With a few clicks, each artist can now configure their own beautifully designed site.  Integrating their SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter accounts in one place, ToneDen also features a press kit generator for one sheets, and robust analytics.  Essentially, everything the modern musician could need.

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