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We like to consider ourselves Zhu connoisseurs here at GDD, yet somehow the Grammy nominated producer keeps on surprising us.  Like Kaytranada before him, Zhu has become the latest big name producer to collaborate with GoldLink.  With his own project originally based around the motif of anonymity, it seems fitting that the up-and-coming rapper would find himself aligning with the Zhu camp. The track, a reworking of “Paradise Awaits,” is tailored to accommodate both a stunning verse from GoldLink, and more Zhu vocal work.  Production, falsetto, Sisqo covers, is there anything this dude can’t do?

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There is something about the Winter time that makes me feel more.. sophisticated. Maybe it’s the Peacoat, maybe it’s the soul satisfying cup of coffee needed to keep warm in the early hours, or maybe it’s the music. One London based label has my admiration, and for good reason. A casual afternoon spent devouring their SoundCloud collection has led to some prolific and merciful finds. To me, it’s music that sounds like a piece of the composer was put into a given production, a piece that they might not get back but needs to be shared nonetheless. It takes a certain kind of artist to create music like that, and Erased Tape Records has managed to find a bountiful lot of them. Continue Reading

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A seven year break between full length studio albums has left Joris Voorn fans, myself included, hungry for new material.  Because Joris is such a quintessential figure across the deeper shades of electronic music, it was difficult to predict some centerpiece sound in his latest project.  That being said, I began listening to Nobody Knows with an open mind for anything.  What I found was a breathtaking marriage of electronica and instrumentation — full review after the jump.

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Tycho‘s latest album was one for the books. He seems to have matured with time and ripened alongside some very talented musicians that supported his sound on the record. So it only seems natural to have remixers come out of the woodworks in a similar profound fashion. Bibio x Tycho, what an exciting concept, and the tune does not fall short of the possibilities that plagued my mind prior to first listen. The natural bird sounds and faded guitar strums narrate a fantastical daydream that transport you to a simpler time. It’s minimal at it’s finest, because that’s all a song really needs to be.

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The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.

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Black Butter Records continues to shine as one of the most diverse record labels in electronic music.  Their latest release by new London outfit 30s, entitled “Stockholm Syndrome”, is a further testament to the label’s diverse (and growing) reputation.  ”Stockholm Syndrome” is filled with highly addictive feels anchored by the dreamy, seductive sounds of vocalist ZOEE.  Aside from the fact that she hails from London, I can’t say that I know much about ZOEE.  But…I’m pretty sure that I love her.

“Stockholm Syndrome” is out NOW via Black Butter Records.

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Marking the start of an exciting new collaborative project, Wolf + Lamb proudly shared the debut release of The Waves & Us earlier this weekend. Formed out of a creative meeting of minds between Maayan Nidam, Markus Nikolaus and Louis McGuire, theirs is a sound that strengthens the storied approach of a live band with the experimental thrust of analogue electronics. Pop and rock fundamentals lend an earthly hook to the tracks, but these are anything but straight-forward songs. Continue Reading

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In today’s frenetic war zone of DJs and producers and ghost-producers and managers and publicists and every other person clinging on to the EDM machine, it’s pretty damn difficult to get noticed. For Astronomar, his brash and aggressive club music demands the respect it deserves. Back in a big, bad way is his 4 track Mutant Club EP, which dropped today on the Main Course imprint. Aside from releasing tracks on esteemed outfits like BNR & OWSLA, he’s been running the Main Course label with good pals Neoteric and Bot, who is featured on ‘Drama’ (my favorite from the package). Devoid of cheese, you’ll find drums thicker than redwoods and sound designs more manic than mental wards. And for the next month, all tracks are available for free download, so get to clicking.

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Last month we featured Pat Lok’s new single “Move Slow”, a song that takes seductive sleaze to a whole new level.  ”Move Slow” is classy, trashy, unique and fun.  This time around, Dutch producer GANZ darkens things up on his remix, turning “Move Slow” into a chilling, sexy anthem.

The “Move Slow” remix EP featuring Ganz, SirOJ, WMNSTUDIES, & Jeffrey Jerusalem is out April 4th on BMKLTSCH RCRDS.

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The rising Los Angeles-based duo, Casino Gold, has released the excellent remix pack for their feel-good house anthem, “All I Need,” via Perfect Driver Music. Kicking off the package, our own Troy Kurtz gives us a striking deep house floor filler led by a huge, driving bassline paired with percussive/vocal accents. Ruff Hauser follows suit with a stand-out bass-heavy remix that incorporates an unexpected half-time breakdown, while Evil Twin offers up a piano-laden house groover. The Perfect Driver label head, Matthew Anthony, then closes out the pack in proper form with a more experimental interpretation that features unique synth work over  up-tempo tribal rhythms. With these brilliant renditions, Casino Gold successfully revitalizes “All I Need,” just in time for Miami. Purchase the remix pack on Beatport.

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