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Always Never label head Le Castle Vania is firing up the label (cheesy pun well intended) with his latest EP, Feels Like Fire. In it, Le Castle Vania continues to explore re-evaluations of his old records, as well as showing off more collaborations and vocalists from artists we’ve seen him work with in the past. It’s clear Le Castle Vania puts a lot of time into his tracks… the finesse in his technique is noticeable with the structure and engineering of every track on the release. The EP is noticeably less dark and aggressive than his previous work on mau5trap, the signature is all still there but Feels Like Fire makes more of an adult, emotional statement.

The EP begins with “Nobody Gets Out Alive Part II” – where Le Castle Vania revisits one of his older hits (previously with “Through A Keyhold Part II”). New synths, melodies and breakdowns on the track see Part II with an even clearer focus and an amplification of energy and aesthetic. “Come Together” is the second track and lead single for the EP, instantly enticing you with a haunting yet simple synth line. The track then tunnels into a high-speed adventure with a jumpy and pitched drop. At this point in the EP (and in general) it’s quite clear that Le Castle Vania sonically lives in a super-future universe, it’s TRON with all of the bad-assery and none of the cheese. The third track, “Moving In Time” sees Le Castle Vania collaborating with longtime friend and fellow producer MUST DIE – it’s a thrill ride of saw synths and gut punches colorfully strung along by hollowed piano melodies. Then we see another friend and fellow Always Never associate Crywolf on “Part Of Me” – Crywolf making a prominent appearance here with his signature and poignant piano work. The closer track, “Driving Away” is very appropriately titled, as the mood of the track fits perfectly with the movie Drive‘s theme.

All in all, Le Castle Vania continues to show he has not strayed far from his original sound, but instead progressed to his best form yet within it. These are pieces of work that are intricately and carefully made – every sound and layer tweaked and adjusted to peak form. He’s a master of his craft – and it’s nice to see an artist dust off a major track from their catalog and shed the dead weight off it and polish it to a nice sheen.

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In honor of our trek to the desert over these 2 weekends, our friend and the rising phenom MAKJ takes over this weeks GDD™ Guest Mix for a very special SAHARA Edition. In just 30 minutes, MAKJ takes you through some of the biggest names playing the festival and many of the pounding anthems you’ll hear roaring from the Sahara tent. This mix is not for the faint of ears, so listen and hold on tight!

TRACKLIST:
MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get Turnt Up! (Radio Edit)
Martin Garrix vs. Outthere Brothers – Proxy Boom (MAKJ Edit)
JUSTICE – New Lands (Falcon Remix)
Daft Punk – Alive (Cresendo Edit)
ID vs. The Who – Baby O’Riley (MAKJ vs. Avicii Edit)
Sandro Silva vs. Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low Miraj (MAKJ Edit)
Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard (Yellow Claw Trap Remix)
MAKJ & Henry Fong – Encore (Original Mix)
Calvin Harris vs TightTraxx – Summer (BeatBreaker Edit)
TST & Twoloud – Drop It Like This (Short Edit)
Calvin Harris ft Ayah Marar – Thinking About You (Short Edit)
Swanky Tunes vs. R3Hab – Feedback vs. Samurai Vs. Love Me Again (A&G Mashup)
David Tort vs Fatboy Slim – Jack It 69 (MAKJ Edit)
Alesso – Clash (Original Mix)
Waka Flocka Flame – Brick Squad Anthem (Original Mix)

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I’ve always been a massive fan of Miike Snow and will never forget seeing them at Coachella back in 2012. Well, Christan has seemed to do what almost no one has done before, and play Coachella with 2 different groups. The latter being his new project with Style of Eye, entitled Galantis. For those that do not know, Galantis is a super group from Sweden with big room electro on the palate. Definitely hints of the infectious hooks we got so accustomed to back in the Miike Snow days. Don’t miss these guys out in the desert this weekend, as they put on quite a show!

See them Saturday 9:35 – 1035 at the Gobi Stage

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Had the pleasure of listening to this jam in the studio as it took shape, and remember thinking what an amazing combo. Now, it has arrived at my door, and honestly a lot different than I remember. It always was special, but now its sexy, and the diamond is polished. Dig in below!

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This one’s been a long time coming.  My bud Joakim, 1/2 of Forever Kid, unveiled the location of an event known simply as Foreverland one fateful Saturday a few weeks ago, and a few hours later a cool 650 people and a veritable militia of street artists, sculptors, and painters had swarmed the spot ready for some strange.  What followed was a righteously sweaty couple hours of edits, remixes, and live, sample-triggering fingerwork storming through the ranks of disco, pop, funk, blog house, Super Mario, and beyond, from years past all the way up to today.

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After a string of releases with Main Course and OWSLA, Wuki has firmly established himself in the ranks of producers blurring the genre lines while being firmly rooted in bass. We’re proud to give away his bootleg of Dog Blood’s Chella Ride, which is an absolute monster of a track. Broken drums, riotous vocal chops and hyped chords make this a peak-time weapon.

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Looking for a bit harder indie-electro version of The Knock’s catchy anthem ‘Comfortable’? Well, look no further. Ben Negative has put his personal spin on the track, receiving heavy support from The Knocks boys themselves. Listen to this one with headphones; your puny labtop won’t do the roaring, rolling bass any justice.

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As we get ready to slide into the weekend, rising Miami talent Artec dishes out a nostalgic touch-up of Calvin Harris‘ hit track Bounce. Instead of hitting you over the head with overly anthemic synth patches or obnoxious amounts of white noise, he delivers a solid club track that tugs on your guilty pleasures while Kelis‘ familiar vocals do some work to get stuck in your head for the first time since 2011. Grab the free download below and be on the lookout for more Artec material in the near future.

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Our good homie and Miami native Damaged Goods has been making some serious waves in the south east… his newest release on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a direct prep for the festival season, with two massive originals “Fall In Love” and “Sunrise”. The anthemic chords and pounding basslines are sure to send you straight for the main stage. Fans of Dannic, Autoerotique and Deorro will be all over these tracks, so listen below and pick them up on Beatport!

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The Knocks are on fire. Their newest single ft. Connie Mitchell of Sneaky Sound System is an electro pop hit we’re dying to see live. Filled with infectious hooks, driving basslines, and of course Connie’s signature sexy vocals, we’re quite mesmerized. Out February 18th on Neon Gold Records.