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HarmonikElektronik’s track “Feel the Music” has taken a dive into the deep end with the touch of Mexican maestro Louie Fresco. This tune is already doing the rounds at clubs like DC10 and Pacha, and it definitely rides that 3am vibe. HKEK’s Chris Long, the producer of the original track as well as label boss of Furtive Music, is set to release the track on October 7th with additional remixes from MANIK and Climbers. Louie Fresco, who just recently put out his first full length album on Art Department‘s label N0.19 Music, is making waves of his own after having a solid go this summer at clubs and festivals worldwide. Hopefully this won’t be the last collaboration between the HKEK and Louie because this one left us wanting more.

After being named as one of Boomrat’s Top 50 Emerging artists, Amtrac is well on his way to becoming one of this year’s most consistent producers. His take on RAC’s Cheap Sunglasses, which features the catchy vocal licks of Matthew Koma, sees him skimming the waters of a progressive landscape, tipping the hat to early Kaskade and deadmau5 productions. There are euphoric moments driven by his classy chord progression and energetic arps, but they’re laced with a bit of melancholy from waning strings and moody pads. It’s no wonder that he’s gearing up to provide support for Kygo on tour this Fall, and I don’t think it’ll be long before we see him headlining tours of his own.

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I have been an Aphex Twin fan for fifteen years. I was fifteen when I first heard ‘Come to Daddy,’ and it was my gateway drug into electronic music. It was him that inspired me to dive into the world that I now immerse myself in everyday as a composer and as a listener. His work has played a vital role in my musical education and formation.

I attended the preview Syro album listening event at Verboten in NYC Saturday afternoon and these are my thoughts.

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Over the last few years, The Weeknd has captivated that hearts of millions of teenage girls and music snobs alike with his crooning voice and bedroom rhymes. Upcoming producer Ape Drums takes this track out of the bedroom and straight into the club with some tasty 808s and extremely catchy vocal chops before launching into the stratosphere with screaming leads and a cheeky rave siren. Catch the free download below.

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Great tracks are often swept under the rug, dismissed, and forgotten. It seems that now more than ever, there are heaps of tracks that are given a second chance after being scooped up by bigger labels. We caught up with Amtrac, who is having his 2012 hit ‘Those Days’ re-released on the legendary Toolroom imprint.

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Todd Terje‘s Inspector Norse is one of the most fun dance records we’ve heard in recent years, and Little Boots is back to bring this track back into the limelight with her sugary vocal rendition. The UK darling reigned supreme in the glory days of bloghaus, and after releasing an album called Nocturnes in May this year, it would appear that we can hope to hear her velvet vocal chords to cut through some more tracks in the back half of 2014.

As LA gets ready to hit the rave tomorrow in the form of HARD Summer (OH YES BABY YES!) we could use a little dash of nostalgic fire stoking. Harking back to the glorious days of  bloghaus and Justice mashups, Samir’s Theme was a staple tune at the festy. In fact, I have a handful of 128 kpbs bootlegs & remixes sitting in my iTunes right now, but none sound as chunky and radical as this 2014 Ape Drums Rework. While keeping the meat and potatoes of the tune in tact, he’s added on healthy dollop of gravy to really make this a savory one. As it is, Mr. Drums will be hitting the road with Kill The Noise this fall on an upcoming tour called ‘Majestic As F@*k, which sounds like a pretty neat time. You can probably bet your bottom dollar to expect a couple more of these reworks to circulate the airwaves soon.

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Last week, Treasure Fingers dropped a wobbly, club monster in the form of Honey Dip. While he reigned supreme for years at that top of the ‘nu-disco’ field, it appears he’s since disavowed his affiliation with the glazed genre and shifted efforts to making some manic house tracks, and we really couldn’t be any happier. Today, we’re premiering the Sluggers remix of said track. After gaining a bit of momentum with releases on OWSLA and Fools Gold, the Miami duo are quickly carving out a name for themselves. Enjoy their free download of Honey Dip below, and get hyped to hear more from these new kids on the block.

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Over the course of the last month, UK producer Hostage has given away a free track every week. As a consumer of dance music, that’s one hell of a great deal. We’ve been longstanding fans and supporters of Hostage for years, harking back to the golden era of banging bloghaus. He’s since shifted his focus to making tidy house cuts, all the while  keeping faithful to his roots in bass music. Grab all four tracks below, and keep an eye out for the man because you never know when he’ll give away an EP’s worth of tunes away for free.

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Right in time for the weekend is 71 minutes of pure vibes, cooked up fresh by Poupon. He’s recently relocated to Amsterdam, and the warmer Summer months must be treating him nicely. This mix is packed full of goodies, and it also includes a couple unreleased tracks by the man himself. Grab the free download & full tracklist below.

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