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From the looks of it, The Interns will be filing all of their TPS reports in a timely manner.  The LA-based duo kicked off the project a month ago with the release of their first mix, “The Interns Present: Day Off,” which marked the launch of their bi-monthly mix series and amassed over 40,000 Soundcloud streams. Their newest feature is their monthly “Industry Analysis” playlist series, in which they have gathered 20 essential tracks that the average music consumer may have skipped over.  The first edition contains gems from the likes of Booka Shade, Kidnap KidLindsay Lowend16 Bit Lolitas, Tom Misch, Overjoy and more.  Ranging from the realms of house music to future bass, “Industry Analysis 001″ has a little something for everyone. Enjoy above and if you haven’t already, have a listen to The Interns Present: Day Off below. The second installment of their mix series, “The Interns Present: Black Christmas,” will be released on Tuesday, December 16th, so stay tuned.

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Coming off of a hard hitting collaboration with Pistol Pete, the South London duo known as De$ignated is back with another free tune.  Today, the target is Banks and a killer cut from her latest album.  Their flip of “Warm Water” is careful to preserve the light and airy quality of the original track, while incorporating a lounge-y house bassline and timely “woo!” here and there.  Download the track below and be sure to keep an eye on De$ignated.

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As the OWSLA takeover of Boomrat continues, as do the dope playlists.  Today’s selection is “Best of Nest” compilation, bringing together a handful of the best releases on Skrillex’s free imprint, Nest HQ.  Not only do they procure releases from the best electronic acts around the world, they release it all for free.  Without further ado, let the sounds of CRNKNWorthyAnna LunoeAC Slater and many more get you going.

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It’s finally starting to feel like Fall around here.  The falling leaves, the time change, the cool, crisp weather…nothing like some moody tunes to get you feelin’ all those Fall feels.  The new FallGaze 2014 Mix by GDD’s own aRod will most certainly set the mood right for the new seasonal change.  With tracks by FKJ, ODESZA, Dornik, Les Sins, Jungle, Flight Facilities, ZHU, Caribou & lots more, the sound of Fall is right here in one place…

001 FKJ – Open the Door
002 Tei Shi – Bassically
003 ODESZA – All We Need [ft. Shy Girls]
004 Becky Hill – Losing
005 Dornik – On My Mind
006 Les Sins – Bellow
007 Jungle – Lucky I Got What I Want (Kount Edition)
008 George Maple – Talk Talk
009 Bonobo – Flashlight
010 Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (HNNY Remix)
011 ZHU – Gun [CHVRCHES Cover]
012 Gorgon City – Imagination [ft. Katy Menditta]
013 Second City – What Can I Do [ft. Ali Love]
014 Say Lou Lou x Lindstrom – Games for Girls (Alex Metric Remix)
015 ETML – Too Late
016 Clean Bandit – Real Love [ft. Jess Glynne]
017 Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Lenno Remix)

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No doubt names like Huxley and AUS Music have been tastemakers and champions of the UK house/garage scene since their origins, and in 2014 the two venture into new territory in the full-length album Blurred, an LP release that is a first for both the producer and label. While Aus carries the likes of house kids Dusky, Midland, and Bicep in their roster along with more garage oriented names like Appleblim and Joy Orbison – likewise Huxley trips the line between house and garage with a label family that includes Hypercolour, Tsuba, and 2020 Vision. Although Huxley is known to have recently put a stronger focus into his house orients – a strong prominence of low-end basslines in his tunes still lends itself strongly to garage, dubstep, and breakbeat influences. Blurred, for its namesake, traverses across all of these, extending even further to tiptoe into drum & bass and even pop.

The album starts with “I Want You” which reminds me strongly of a record I can’t remember the name of (though my mind keeps telling me Bonobo… but my body, my bodyyyyy.. nevermind). This is perhaps an influence towards me enjoying the track as much as I do, but the muted and melancholic track glows with undulating charm. “Barne Dance” goes full garage, shuffled drums and pitched vocals dancing carefully with a skipping, pulsating bassline. The album then goes into it’s first female vocal feature, a track called “Give 2 U”, featuring FEMME.

It’s here where Huxley’s affinity towards radio-friendly house shows up, and for me a bit underdressed. This continues to be an issue for me in the other vocal tracks, “Road Runner” and “Say My Name,” both of which fall flat on straddling the line between deep house and catchy pop – a line that has seen itself at the top of UK charts several times this year. The tracks are good, well-made, and the vocalists noticeably not without talent. But amongst the throngs of bassline-house vocal-hook tracks that dominate UK radio and charts, I find it difficult to walk away humming any of the hooks. Highly commendable, however, are Huxley’s efforts in tracks perhaps less radio-formatted, like the D&B stunner “MXR”, the grower-not-a-shower “Reassign” and his clubby collaboration with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) on “Callin”. It’s actually the tracks with unfeatured vocals that steal the show for me, “I Want You” and “Never Easy” which respectively start and finish the album with glistening plaintiveness. Tracks like “Reassign”, “Cakewalk” and “Wayfarer” click and build into a throbbing wash, exactly what songs like these should do in their moments.

Blurred is a pleasant listen (I actually am on my fourth go-around as I write this), with tracks that are able to cross from a massive club system to your shit laptop speakers without an overwhelming loss of listenability. I applaud Huxley’s efforts in, yes, blurring lines between the club and radio, between genres like breakbeat and house, and for the most part he pulls it off. But where I can remember and give props to someone like Katy Perry for a hook like “You’re gonna hear me roar,” the hook of “I ain’t your road runner, babe” sits uneasily on top of a solid track and falls short of an infectious sing along. A solid first album effort from the English producer, a clear showcasing of his variable talents from a soundscape perspective and bonafide conciseness in skillful music production. Looking forward to seeing him stateside this week and for whatever’s next from the workhorse producer as well as the always enjoyable AUS music label.

 

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LA label Nite Records is back at it again with the release of Austin Frank’s dreamy Balearic ballad Move Ahead. The Miami-based producer pairs a deep, pulsing groove with syncopated drums on a dreamy sunset cruise. The young label shows no signs of stopping, adding Austin Frank’s refined international sound as the fourth release to their rapidly expanding catalog, both building momentum into 2015.

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The Venezuelan duo Fur Coat have spent the last few years climbing the rungs of the underground ladder and are firmly planted at the top. Since the release of their 2012 anthem ‘You & I‘, the duo has shifted gears from sing-along deep house tunes to chugging, techno burners as reflected by their most recent Crosstown Rebels release, U Turn. After a strong summer touring clubs like DC10 in Ibiza and Treehouse in Miami, Fur Coat gave our friends over at Boomrat an inside look into their secret weapons. Stream the entire playlist below.

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What more can we say about our man Figgy?  We’re on board with everything he does, so not only are we thrilled that his new EP “Missing You” came out this week, we’re also proud of & happy for the man himself for releasing the EP on his very own label, Cut & Dry.  The EP is everything we’ve come to expect (and love) from Figgy.  It’s four wonderful tracks filled with his trademark sound: multi-layered, rich, soulful tracks at a cruising speed no higher than 115bpm.

Get on board with the “Missing You” EP.

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As the days get shorter and summer winds down – mellowed out house tracks take over my state of mind. This new Beshken jam feat. the lovely Soraya is the perfect tune to turn down to. It’s rhythm and house with vocals that undress you accompanied by groovy synth pads to decompress your daily grind. Out now on Next Wave Records, this is definitely the track to take on the Fall season.

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In celebration of his forthcoming release, “I Find Myself,” due out on the House of JEUDI compilation (Jeudi x House of Disco) on October 6th, the Berlin-based producer/DJ, Sean Roman, brings us a firing guest mix that will get you in the weekend mood, despite it being Wednesday. Featuring jams from the likes of The Mekanism, Soul Clap, Shadow Child, and Tough Love, Sean‘s 1-hour offering is a quintessential deep house mix – and he even threw in his unreleased remix of Klangkarussell’s “Falls Like Rain” as an added bonus. Enjoy below and stay tuned for the Monday release of the House of JEUDI compilation that has seen early support from Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, Catz N Dogz, and more.

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