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The Canadian power-duo Prince Club are back with an incredibly strong release in the form of This Kinda Love, which dropped today on the legendary Toolroom Records label. While tipping their hat to the classic house sounds of the 90s with organ riffs and an infectious vocal hook, they stamp their mark with a bellowing bassline that’ll be sure to rattle the walls of some dances across the globe. With releases on imprints such as Defected, Nurvous, and Amadeus, look for the Prince Club boys to ruffle some feathers in the house scene in 2014.

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As we get ready to slide into the weekend, rising Miami talent Artec dishes out a nostalgic touch-up of Calvin Harris‘ hit track Bounce. Instead of hitting you over the head with overly anthemic synth patches or obnoxious amounts of white noise, he delivers a solid club track that tugs on your guilty pleasures while Kelis‘ familiar vocals do some work to get stuck in your head for the first time since 2011. Grab the free download below and be on the lookout for more Artec material in the near future.

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After storming onto the scene with his hit release on Hot Creations three years ago, Danny Daze has been a man on a mission. Growing up in Miami and DJing raves before he had a drivers license, his 15 year love affair with electronic music is finally catapulting him to an elite level. Earlier this week, Danny’s Silicon EP dropped on Jimmy Edgar’s label Ultramajic, and it is nothing short of awesomely brash, forward thinking techno. His recent move to Berlin by way of Barcelona after a short stint with Ellum boss Maceo Plex has clearly rubbed off on Daze. Elongated sirens, manic percussion, and transposed vocals are prevalent throughout the EP, while still holding some dance floor sensibility. In conjunction with the release, he also did a mix for Mixmag, where he flawlessly journeys through 74 minutes of white-label rarities and forthcoming gold. Stream both the EP and mix below.

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In this totally non-Valentines Valentines Day edition of The Dirt, the ever illustrious Bones and myself have prepped 10 tracks ready to carry you into this Hallmark weekend. Whether you’re making whoopee with your lover or drinking wine by yourself (same), we hope you’ll enjoy this playlist, free of charge.

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•  Troy Kurtz’s Dirt #146 (Tracks 1-5)

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The only ones not complaining about the brutal cold felt in most of North America are the producers who’d normally be stuck inside regardless of weather conditions. So for Canadian music makers Prince Club & Poupon, they’re getting along just fine. They’ve teamed up once again to freshen up Route 94′s anthem My Love with a remodeled bassline and energized percussion hits. While they hunkered down in the studio, they informed us that they’ve also finished a new EP which they’re presently shopping out to labels. Grab the free download below and be on the lookout for their new tracks.

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It was a pretty easy decision when we collectively agreed to add our LA buds Bixel Boys to the roster of talent on our illustrious Ones to Watch in 2014 list, and they’re certainly making us look good. Coming out of the gates red hot, the B-boys flip UK darling Eliza Doolittle‘s vocals into a pumping club track without sacrificing their unique big-room meets underground sound. Never shy to skate the fine line between cheese and class, they’ve kept their ears to the rising talents across the pond while still managing to appeal to your girlfriend and all of her friends as Eliza’s vocals coast over piano stabs before giving way to an unsuspecting drop that’ll have even the snarkiest of punters catching a vibe. Grab the free download and hail the #freelife.

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The don Troy Kurtz and myself (Toks) bring you the 142nd edition of The Dirt, neatly packaged in SoundCloud playlist form for the first time ever. We’ve diligently curated 10 must-have tracks from the likes of Them Jeans, The Pachanga Boys, Luis Leon, option4, and a handful of promising new artists that are sure to catch your ear. Go ahead and listen through to find everything from club-ready floor-fillers to vibey downtempo.

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If you produce music, sing, or consider yourself a maverick behind the decks and told yourself at the beginning of 2014 that this was going to be your year, then the fine folks at Red Bull might be able to help your dreams come to life. The Red Bull team is taking their roving Music Academy to Tokyo from October 12 – November 14 where selected applicants will be invited to an all expenses paid journey to Tokyo to enjoy recording sessions, lectures by some of the most respected talents in the industry, as well as nightly concerts. If you’re thinking that you wouldn’t mind spending a couple weeks in Tokyo surrounded by inspirational, like-minded artists, then all you have to do is head to Red Bull and fill out the RBMA application form before March 18.

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As we put the cork in the sweet bottle that was 2013, dance music can toast to the New Year after having one of her finest years yet. Dance music has been stuck into the mainstream vein like never before, and the subsequent resurgence to underground sounds have been thriving across the globe. From the deserts to the beaches, festivals both new and old continue to pack sold out audiences, and there are no signs of slowing.

On behalf of the GDD™ collective, we’d like to say thanks for riding along with us. Whether you were with us from the beginning, or have only recently stumbled across our page, we’re honored to share our taste in music with you. We’ve humbly amassed a year’s worth of tunes and tallied up our favorite DJs and producers. This has certainly been the most difficult year for selections due to the awesome amount of great tunes that dropped, which is why most of the categories have expanded. It warms our hearts to see a host of our friends in the running this year, as well as all the fresh faces that broke through with massive years.

We hope that 2013 was a prosperous one for you, and we bid you all a Happy New Year.

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As the holiday season continues to sneak up on us with colder temperatures and earlier sunsets, we’ve got a grip free downloads to keep your spirits up. In this 137th installment of The Dirt, we have an exquisite new edit from Maceo Plex, a 2013 touch up of TLC courtesy of Bixel Boys, a sexy new take on Marvin Gaye from Kygo, electro meets rock courtesy of Coyote Kisses and the very first Golden Pony original.

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