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We kick off 2015 with our first GDD exclusive of the year, coming from the Aussie duo Playmode. They have championed releases on Sweat It Out, Nervous, Exploited, and Play It Down – and we are beyond excited to share with you their edit of FKA Twigs single “2 weeks”. The boys take the haunting vocals of the original and create a deep hitting groove fit for the club! Fans of Gorgon City, Jonas Rathsman, and Watermat will be all over this one… grab it for FREE below!

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2014 was a pretty mental year for dance music, and it warms our hearts to see the sudden explosion of house music catching on here in America. With acts like Disclosure, Duke Dumont, and Clean Bandit getting Grammy nominations, it’s safe to say we’re in for a wild ride in 2015.

Here’s my 60 minute take on the last 12 months that features music from Oliver Heldens, Gorgon City, Maceo Plex and much more.

Best wishes in the new year!

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black christmas

Hot off the release of the super successful “Industry Analysis” and “Day Off” mix, The Interns have granted us one last Christmas wish.  Uniting some of the best deep and soulful house tracks the boys could get their hands on, Black Christmas takes the listener on a musical voyage.  The 4 minute saxophone intro sets the tone for a unique track lineup, featuring cuts from SOHNMaceo Plex and many more.  Download Black Christmas, strap in for an hour of vibes, and look out for more exciting stuff from The Interns in 2015.  Tracklist after the jump!

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Holidaz 2014

Stock up on firewood & spike the eggnog…it’s time for Gotta Dance Dirty’s 4th annual HOLIDAZE MIX.  One hour of fireplace jams & holiday funk courtesy of aRod + BONES.

aRod + BONES – Holidaze 2014 Mix
[0:00-30:15] • AROD
Wolf Saga ft. LYON – You Only Live Once

Chris Malinchak – Happiness (Soundstorm-Radio Extended Mix)
Rebecca & Fiona – Letters (HNNY Remix)
Paradis – Sur Une Chanson En Francais
Royksopp ft. Robyn – Monument Dance (Marcus Marr Remix)
Fairchild – I Just Want You
London Grammar – If You Wait (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
[30:16-59:59] • BONES
Karen Harding – Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix)

Low Steppa – So Real
Arches – Want You
The Weeknd – Often (Figgy Remix)
Jaust – We Need a New Life (Xinobi Remix)
Sam Smith – Like I Can (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
Flight Facilities – Down To Earth
Blonde – Higher Ground (KANT Remix)
Chris Lake & Chris Lorenzo – Wicked Games Edit


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American Horror Story fans rejoice as you listen to SNBRN’s inventive take on Melanie Martinez’s eerie hit “Carousel.” SNBRN displays a darker side of his infectious brand by effortlessly uniting theatrical instrumentation with a thumping deep bassline. This club-ready official remix is sure to keep you grooving all the way through the night.

“Been a huge fan of American Horror Story, so when I got asked to remix Carousel I couldn’t resist. With dark vibes and a deep baseline I wanted to take this remix to the grave and back. Hope you guys enjoy this tune because there’s no turning back now.” – SNBRN

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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de$ignated

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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best of nest

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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