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Jerry Folk has been showing us a different side of his production chops with his past few releases, this one being my favorite of the bunch.  “Stanley” has really endearing chord progressions coupled with airy & elegant vocal stabs — making for a really nice tune.  It’s future bass without being so in your face about it, if that makes sense.  Sometimes soulful sometimes deep, this one changes as it breathes.  Take a listen for yourself and grab a free download to play on your iPod .

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With about two weeks left till the unveiling of a much anticipated compilation release from LA/Paris based house label, Homerun House, up to bat is Gerry Gonza and Ania Iwinska with “Let Me Dip.” This original mix encompasses popular 909 snare rolls with a sweet driving bass that is sure to steer the evening into a night we’ll make poor decisions to. It’s the second track out on the brand new label that is home to some of house’s heavy hitters including Loud Luxury and Slowbødy who we spoke of last June. Start counting down the days and cop this FREE DOWNLOAD below!

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Fresh off the success of his recent smash, “Dirty Work”, Chicago funkster Sam Padrul continues his ride on a big Summer wave with his latest offering, “Hold On Me”.  “Hold On Me” features Australian artist Mammals & the song is another fine example by Sam Padrul of how electronic pop music should be properly executed.  And, of course, it’s his funk that brings it all together.  It’s the type of sexy, pop driven funk that many electronic artists are either not daring enough to try or not funky enough to deliver.  With Mammals being no stranger to top team ups (previously teaming up on Goldroom’s classic “Till Sunrise”), this pairing is a perfect Summertime collaboration.  Time to set sail on the sea of Summertime funk…

“Hold On Me” is out soon on iTunes & other digital outlets.

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Well, its time to fire up the BBQ and spend your days outside. Bit Funk is back with the soundtrack to go alongside that scene. Cue “Destination Sunrise”, a summer jam featuring vocalist Nefe on top of production boasting sprinkles of tropical dance elements, while remaining pop at its core. This track follows up on his late 2015 release of Off The Ground, which has garnered over 3 million streams on Spotify and trickled into mainstream radio across North America.

Since its launch in 2006, Sabo‘s Sol Selectas label has grown to become a go-to underground label featuring a unique fusion of dance music and world music with tribalistic tendencies. As the founder and figurehead artist, Sabo continues to push the sounds that resonate the most within himself, and this is apparent through the carefully curated releases that offer a distinctive vibe to move hearts, minds, and bodies. For this fantastic Summer Sol compilation, he has reached into different cultures around the world to bring us a collection of 21 original songs created by a family of like-minded producers from over 14 different countries. On top of featuring Sol Selectas artists like Sabo, KMLN, Goldcap, and SAAND, the release also includes gems from more well-known artists like Canson, Dance Spirit, and LUM, while also bringing new artists such as Rodrigo Gallardo, Spaniol, and Armen Miran into the spotlight. Summer Sol has been supported by everyone from Richie Hawtin and Claude VonStroke, to Acid Pauli, Jon Charnis, Yokoo, and more, so hear what it’s all about above and pick it up on Beatport.

The swiftly emerging indie-pop/rock/electro trio Paper Route has been making their name known through stand-out songs like “Laugh About It,” which is the lead single off of their forthcoming album due out in the Fall. The Nashville-based group is currently being supported on Alternative radio nationwide, so they are bound for more success. In celebration of the release, they’ve enlisted Utah’s 19-year-old producer, Jorgen Odegard, to transform “Laugh About It,” into a melody-rich, mid-tempo groover appropriate for dance floors. Have a listen above and don’t miss Paper Route live at The Echo in Los Angeles on June 20th, Soda Bar in San Diego on June 21st, and Popscene in San Francisco on June 23rd.

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Lost in the recent history of electronic music is the era during the early to mid-2000s, when dance music had a true IDGAF attitude.  DFA 1979, Gossip, The Faint, Le Tigre…these artists found a way to be edgy & trashy and still have fun while doing it.  This mid-2000s electropunk sound took off where Electroclash left off & paved the way for the Bloghaus & Nu Disco movements that followed.  And if there’s one artist who has found a way to channel it all & piece it all together with a modernized sound, it’s Jaded.  Jaded’s new track “4000Hz” delivers the boom to the dance floor with a wild, punk attitude.  “4000Hz” has the kind of edge that is sorely lacking from dance music today.  It also has the drive, energy & attitude to fuel any crowd.  With festival season upon us, Jaded have given us a monster of a stlyish tune right at the perfect time.

“4000Hz” is out now via the always fantastic (and ALWAYS ahead of the game) Black Butter Records:

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Rydim is set to release a techno behemoth via Hot Creations on June 17th featuring an intergalactic remix from Simon Baker‘s techno alter-ego, BKR Project. The original is an acid vocal edit that had the dance floor of Berghain in mind, while Baker’s edit takes on a more synth laden house approach. With the vocals scaled back and sampled intermittently, it’s the programmed percussion patterns that take the spotlight as lush synth pads provide sonic escape. For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the EP, there is a link available for pre-ordering HERE!

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Hailing from Greece, NTEIBINT and collaborator Stella are no stranger to Summer feel good anthems. The two paired up on the 2015 smash hit, “The Owner,” and return in 2016 with their infectious groove, “Hide In.” What was originally intended to be a ballad highlighting Stella’s vocals was deconstructed and infused with live bass as the track’s foundation. The result is a silky smooth love song with a strong melodic energy about it that’s sure to take over a dance floor near you this season. Look for the official release out June 24th with remixes from Ewan Pearson and Zombies in Miami on Eskimo Recordings.

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The third installment in the Official HARD Summer Mix series features none other than House legend Felix Da Housecat and his signature brand of give no fucks dance music. With just about every genre of house represented in this mix, dig in and take a ride with a real OG as he gets you in the mood for the #pinkTENT vibes at #HSMF16. Catch Felix alongside other noteable House acts; Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Andhim, Superflu, Justin Jay, Ardalan, and Will Clarke. Tickets still available at www.hardsummer.com!