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A couple of years ago, some friends took me to the famed weekly party, Low End Theory, to see one of the LA beat scene’s emerging artists, Astronautica. Although it was a while back, I still vividly remember her fantastic set, and it was this memory that spurred me to enlist her for our guest mix series. Since dropping her vibey Waikiki EP on Alpha Pup a few months ago, she’s been quiet on the release front, but she’s been staying busy with studio sessions in between tour dates. Now Astronautica delivers a smooth and eclectic mix of jams to help you get through the day in a positive way. If you’re around in LA this Friday, catch her live at The Do LaB event with Dimond Saints!

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As far as debut singles go, “L O N E R” by Marz Leon, is a gritty, confident piece of work that has all the makings of a seasoned veteran.  Marz Leon is a Los Angeles producer who has chosen to embrace the realistic attributes of her city rather than focusing on its pretense and the result is a powerful, dusky slice of Electropop noir.  ”L O N E R” has a dark, sexy, cinematic attitude & sound reminiscent of artists like Portishead, Morcheeba & Sneaker Pimps.  It’s the type of attitude & sound that is sorely missing from popular music today.  Marz Leon, show us the way back…

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The open-format DJ turned producer, Politik, comes through with a chilled-out remix for the emerging indie-electronic group, Broods. He’s transformed the hit single, “Bridges,” with a variety of new rhythmic and melodic elements, including chopped and screwed vocal work, that make for a vibey head-nodder. Politik‘s rendition brings a cool feel that adds to the diversity of the existing remixes by L D R U and ASTR.

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The White Light mixtape series, spearheaded by Neoteric and Matty C, is the perfect ambiance for the space and time after the after-party. Like a soft pillow for your ears, the White Light mixes have been curated by top selectors such as Daniel AveryRAC, Soul Clap, and many others. Celebrating 100 editions of the mix series, they’ve prepped the The Centennial Collection, which is a downloadable album containing 16 edits and tracks from the White Light Alumnus. Grab the entire collection, as well as the 100th volume of the mix series below. Continue Reading

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Is there anybody out there right now making smoother music than FKJ? Whether it’s remixes of contemporary artists , remixes of artists from the past or original work of his own, FKJ’s brand of silky smooth, soulful electronic music is absolutely sublime.  FKJ adds to his list of majestic tunes with his remix of the 2005 classic “Hurry On Now” by Alice Russell.  Here is what FKJ had to say regarding how he came about remixing her:

“I was streaming some Alice Russell tracks and found out that this acapella was available…completely felt in love with it and remixed it straight away. So here is my interpretation.”

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It’s Valentine’s Day on a Friday… could you ask for a better reason to get in the lovin mood? Sending more vibes your way, Ghosts Of Venice has offered up his rework of Miguel’s panty-dropper anthem “Adorn You.” For all of you that have hit it home with this song in the background, let this be the revival of that audio aphrodisiac. Grab it below and screw in that red lightbulb. Play safe you crazy kids.

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It’s always a good day when I get new music from our pals, Traveler. “Drift” is the latest offering out today for free download from the duo, evoking a sense of pure bliss with a perfectly chilled-out, West Coast vibe. Production is clean and on-point, and it’s clear that Traveler has really fallen into their own signature sound. With a grip of new music in the bank right now, expect to see some more new stuff from these guys here in coming weeks. √+

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Normally when you drink Champagne it’s to celebrate, to be bubbly and vivacious, but Blackedout murders out the champagne poppin’ mentality with a downtempo spacey edit that puts a dark twist on the celebratory nectar. Letting the track breathe reveals a layered climax of pulsating spacey synths and soothing sub bass that is sure to get you twisted on the track. Following up the release of his self titled debut EP, Blackedout is making a rather mysterious name for himself, darkness being the main motif for this up and comer out of NY.