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Belgian duo Raw District return to the Crosstown Records label with their latest release, “Addicted,” featuring Caribbean vocalist Aquarius Heaven. The result is a wicked combination of German techno and Bahamian beats that makes for a real tribal tech dance floor churner. At just over 9 minutes long, the tune features an eclectic array of breaks and builds as the song morphs and transforms into alternate versions of itself until it reaches it’s final form at around the 7 minute mark. Slated to be released on the 23rd of September (link HERE), look for remixes from Rampa, Doc Martin, and the B-side titled, “The Alchemist.”

TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.

There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”

It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.

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The dog days of Summer are coming to end, and what better way to memorialize the everlasting daylight than in playlist form with some tunes that take you from Summer 16 to the bittersweet days of Fall. Brohlson and I deliver 20 tunes that define the changing of the seasons and ease you into sweater weather with selections from Natural Child, Jerkcurb, Captain Supernova, James Blake, Bon Iver, and the Don, Elton John. Have a listen and be sure to subscribe to the playlist as we prepare for a new edition, set to be curated later in the Fall!

It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.

Over the past year, Los Angeles’ Jason Gaffner has broken onto the scene with a string of successful collaborations with Love Thy Brother, Sam Padrul, and more. In more recent times, Jason has been focused on his solo career, releasing songs like “Losing My Mind” and this new effort, “Feel Something.” This latest song features an up-beat blend of disco-funk fit for those looking for a melody-rich groove and feel-good vibes. Check out the song above and read more about it from Jason himself. “Feel Something” is currently a free download for a limited time, but it’s also available to purchase or stream on iTunes/Spotify.

“Basically this song is about a person who has been hurt emotionally and has put up barriers all around them. Then a person comes along and helps them feel something again. It’s not an easy journey but there is something beautiful about learning to love again. I think we’ve all had times in our life where we aren’t ourselves or we’re feeling beaten down by the world. This is a story of someone who is breaking out of that state of doldrums” – Jason Gaffner

German based duo, Raumakustik, are gearing up to release the followup to their scorching Summer tech anthem, “Raider” on Sept. 23rd via Emerald City and it’s sure to keep the seasonal heat on lock. With remixes from Jey Kurmis and Patrick Topping, the support alone could start a four alarm fire. Today we premiere the Jey Kurmis remix for “Dem A Pree” and the result is a sweltering titan of a tech-house tune with a rumbling baseline and well placed synth stabs to keep your hands and feet moving. Keep an eye out for the full release later this month on Emerald City and enjoy the premiere below!

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Our friends over at Revel have started a new mix series entitled ‘Revel in Sound’ with the sole focus on showcasing their favorite sounds while serving up the emerging talent of tomorrow. This is a part of their holistic approach for all things culture, as Revel is a single curated platform where all things creative intersect, and more likely than not, are purchasable with a single click.

Curt Reynolds was raised on the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego and has been making an impact on the busy electronic music scene over the last year. With recent performances at Lollapalooza, Splash House, ME Cabo, Sound Nightclub and more, Curt Reynolds aka Ben Curtis, has had a sudden rise to recognition with a very promising future ahead. Now residing in LA, he brings funky, deep, and disco vibes that reflect his coastal upbringing and beach party mentality. You can find him sipping mezcal in the studio, smiling behind the decks and keeping people on their feet either poolside or late under the night shade.

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We encountered newcomers Strange Club last month when they released their debut g-housed tinged production “Down to my Feet.”  Today, they dropped a new one called “Disco,” and it’s carrying many of the same vibes.  Deep, driving bass sound, fun vocal stabs, pretty much a perfect combination for late night dance floors.  The way they use their own vocals is theatrical in nature, adding a little depth to their nice sounding productions.  I had a chance to see them debut a track with SNBRN at Splash House and it did not disappoint.  Looking forward to seeing what these boys come with next.

With over a decade’s worth of experience behind the production helm, Phil Kieran is no stranger to stringing together a cohesive body of work. With no samples accredited on the project, what you’ll hear once it’s released are completely original sounds crafted by the seasoned Techno maven. Aptly titled, “Ode To The Sun,” the project is an attention grabbing solar flare that harnesses the energy of life and spits it back out in 10 neatly packaged tunes. In his own words:

I wanted to capture something very real and raw. Something similar to the feeling you get at the end of the night, and jumping in a car from one after party to another driving through London or New York and then the music comes on the car stereo. It has your attention.

With a minimix available for stream below, these tidbits of auditory info have us chomping at the bits for its official release via Hot Creations on October 7th. Have a listen and mark your calendars because this certainly isn’t one to sleep on.

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Over the past few months, you may have noticed that producer Sebastian Carter has been keeping a low profile, but it’s for good reason. The 22-year-old Swiss native has been diligently working on his debut EP, City Lights, that is a display of his authentic artistry and exploratory musical direction, which picks up influences from Bonobo, Four Tet, Odesza, Maribou State, and bits of Lapalux along the way. Sebastian’s new lead single, “Shallow Waters,” is a perfect example of this with its blissful vibe driven by varied drum patterns, spacey atmospheres, layered synths, and more, striking a precise balance of energy and emotion fit for any listening environment. Enjoy the song below and follow Sebastian as he continues to roll out his debut EP until its full release on September 23rd.

“After a walk in the woods near my home in Switzerland followed by a night out in Zurich, the contrast between nature and city inspired me to create ‘Shallow Waters’. The organic, rhythmic and calm flow of the first part of the track resembles nature, while the energetic 80s influenced electronic part resembles the city. Just like my walk in the woods I started with the soothing airy lead melody and rhythmic beat and continued with the contrastive electronic part, musically telling the story of this experience. The choice of synthesizers in the electronic part is heavily inspired by 80s synth-pop, conveying a feel of nostalgia. The title ‘Shallow Waters’ comes from the tracks relaxing and river-like flowing nature, which gives it a calm and safe feel, just like wading in shallow water.” – Sebastian Carter