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The latest EP from Sweat It Out! is super hot.  MSCLS and Moondoctor producers from Austin and Chicago respectively, and have been on the come-up for some time.  Their collaborative EP gives the listening an awesome cross section of both of these guys sounds.  Straight up house music for the dance floor, four tracks straight.  If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to go with the dancey vocal stabs in “Lights Down Low.”  Make sure to grab the EP now for your personal collection.

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It’s safe to say that festival season is in full swing, and it’s only going to continue ramping up from here. Over the weekend of June 10th, Mysteryland USA will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY for its third edition, and with the full lineup by day/stage announcement earlier this week, there is a lot to look forward to. Known for its eclectic musical programming and other sought-after attractions, like the healing garden, comedy tent, yoga, speakers, and more, the U.S. branch of the Netherlands-based festival holds its own in a competitive landscape, and it’s growing into an influential powerhouse with global appeal.

In celebration of the full lineup announce this week, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist featuring the artists that we want to see at this year’s Mysteryland USA. Press play below and depart on aural journey with Lee Burridge, Emancipator, Art Department, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Claptone, Matthew Dear, Lido, Eagles & Butterflies, and more at the helm. Enjoy and buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here.

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Maybe it was all the great bands at Coachella this past weekend, or maybe it’s the sweltering heat that’s found its way back to Southern California but by golly gosh it’s getting too damn hot for house music. We’ve decided to beat the heat with an early Summer edition of our Too Hot 4 House Music series featuring plenty of indie, alternative, rock, and some blues to keep you feeling cool and collected. Big ups to SoCal’s own Burger Records for some strong recent releases and shoutout to Black Pistol Fire and Dreaming Bull for tracks that have stood the test of time. The second half settles more in the indie, folk, singer/songwriter realm with additions from City & Colour, RY X, and Julien Baker as well as some R&B from JMSN and rising star Anderson Paak.

In the midst of the release of a widely praised debut album, mystery entity Karma Fields has come up with an innovative new way to fully experience the LP as a whole.  With the masterful touch of visual artist Raven Kwok, Karma Fields’ album “New Age | Dark Age” is now a complete experience with the integration of a full album video.  In the short period of Karma Fields’ existence, this type of sensory elevation is something that fans have quickly become accustomed to.  With the full album video as a prime example, the marriage of sight & sound has become a signature element with what Karma Fields has set out to accomplish.  Experience “New Age | Dark Age” in a whole new way.

And in an unexpected turn of otherworldly sexiness, Karma Fields has unleashed a breathtaking reconstruction of Janet Jackson’s recent song “No Sleep”.  This is Janet Jackson like you’ve never experienced her before. This is Janet Jackson in another dimension.

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Justin Jay‘s debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), continues to take shape with yet another release. For this one, the dirtybird talent returns to his more DJ-centric style with a remix of his own track, which is a first for his career thus far. Justin Jay has given “Karma” a shadowy and moody feel as he brings new dimensions to the song with a new arrangement, brooding bassline, 80’s-style synths, and more. This release came at a very appropriate time as Justin Jay went b2b with Skrillex and Justin Martin at a house party in Los Angeles late last night/this morning for Justin Martin’s birthday afterparty.

Tomorrow night, Justin Jay & Friends will be bringing their full live performance to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. Tickets for that show and the rest of his tour are on sale here.

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Timo Mass first heard “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” in 2009 when his friend/agent, David Levy, was playing it for him in his house in Ibiza. For James Teej it was outside the studio with Mass right before a week long studio session took place. It’s the German countryside and “Chef Timo” has prepared a magical spread complete with top shelf wines. They had all of the multitrack from the original 1973 studio session master tapes, and the time was right. Teej later tells Billboard, “It probably still is to this day the most amazing and beautiful week’s of studio time in my life.” Continue Reading

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After the widely acclaimed Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons LP hit the shelves last year it was bound to be ripe for the remixing, and remixed it shall be, by some of the most venerable names in the game. Ahead of the remix LP’s May 13th release, we’ve got the exclusive stream of Acid Pauli‘s take on “Tangled Web.” Featuring dreamy synth arpeggios that delicately weave in and out of the soft spoken vocals it’s the sequenced percussion patterns that bring the beat home. Other remixers include Juan Atkins & Kimyon Huggins, Kölsch, Gorgon City, Red Axes, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Serge Devant, &Me, DrumTalk, Francesca Lombardo and Mehmet Aslan. You can purchase the project HERE.

The Blonde boys have had a massive past year.  They’ve grown to prominence on the back of a handful of masterful tunes, the biggest of which would have to “All Cried Out.”  From Oliver Nelson to The Magician, the remixers of the track carried it to lengths I’m not ever sure they would have imagined.  Their latest single is Nothing Like This, a club tune with some super catchy vox from Craig David.  They just dropped an official video for it, which features the UK duo on a Disclosure-esque live set-up.  I’d be keen to see this live!

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Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).

“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.

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Back to reality, or so it seems, after another wildly successful Desert Hearts Spring Festival. The Gotta Dance Dirty crew did that dance floor dirty, with 72 hours of House, Techno, and Love, now in the rear view mirror. After several showers and a lot of naps, we’re ready to unpack the West Coast’s leading boutique festival. Noticeably warmer in the daytime than it’s Fall counterpart yet just as frigid at night, the Spring Festival celebrates the coming of the Vernal Equinox with larger than life day time vibes and interplanetary space travel by night. In other words, it was sprung! Below you’ll find our GDD™ Top 10 Moments (in no particular order) from the Desert Hearts Spring Festival that still have us reeling: Continue Reading