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Born in Hong Kong, raised in Tokyo, and now a student at Yale University, Beat Culture has cultivated musical influences from several regions to shape his eclectic sound, which has matured into his distinctive experimental pop style. He recently released a new 7″ via B3SCI Records (also did Jungle’s The Heat EP last year) that includes this gorgeous track, “Shibuya” featuring KID A, as well as “Drifter” featuring Psychic Twin. Right from the start, “Shibuya” hooks you in with KID A’s soft vocals and keeps a strong hold throughout the track with lush, evolving soundscapes and varied rhythms. With this release in the bag, Beat Culture is setting the tone for a successful year that will see his new two member live show including a drummer, and his next full-length release. Purchase the new 7″ here.

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Kaytranada’s remix of “Waiting Game” by BANKS is the type of track that could serve as the soundtrack to all your romantic interludes.  The song is mysterious & seductive.  Between BANKS’ sultry sound & Kaytranada’s smooth, experimental R&B , this song feels like two beautiful strangers exchanging glances & having a moment.

And if feeling sexy weren’t incentive enough to by this song, this release is also part of a very good cause:

Waiting Game (Kaytranada Edition) will be available on the DANCE (RED) compilation.

Pre-order the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES 2 album: itunes.com/dancered. ALL proceeds go to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Every generation is known for something. Let’s be the one that delivers an AIDS FREE GENERATION. Today and every day 700 babies are born with HIV. We can get that number close to zero. It’s not a question of can we, but will we? That’s why we have come together with (RED)to DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES.

Join us on World AIDS Day and go to dancered.com to see all the ways you can get involved.

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In anticipation for their EP release next Tuesday, October 8th – Prep School Recordings artist The Supertraxxe offer up “Revival pt. 2″ to the blogosphere. This one takes you through an experimental trip of funk that takes a turn for even the acid house inspired with its winding synths and rolling bassline. Fans of Ed Banger will understand its groove. Grab it below!

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It’s Thursday, which means another 10 free tracks to put in your pocket from your friends here at GDD™. This week, aRod and I have gathered a diverse selection for you with originals, remixes, and edits all making an appearance. Make sure to hit the zip downloads to grab them all and feel free to browse by previewing each track on the Soundcloud players below.

aRod’s ZIP (5 tracks, 58 MB)
jonah’s ZIP (5 tracks, 46MB)
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The turn down is real in Shlohmo‘s latest post-2 a.m. remix. Pitched vocals with rumbling sub-bass and rolling looped hi-hats complete the Shlohmo transformation that will leave you floored post-club. Laura Mvula is someone to keep an eye on here as well, with Prince wishing her the best before her massive performance in LA last night. It wouldn’t be Shlohmo if he wasn’t ahead of the curve.


It’s rare that I personally stumble upon trance I like. But when it sounds like this, and comes with an acre plot of land on the moon, It’s hard to argue. If you could imagine what 80s coke trance would sound like with a killer bassline; welp, this is your answer. Each track is a journey through space and time, meticulously produced, and quite frankly, out of this world. So if you like good music, or hate this world & need to move to the moon, I highly suggest you purchase this limited vinyl EP of 500 copies. You’re sure to have some epicly weird neighbors up there…

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Arca is not an easy artist to stomach, but he’s not supposed to be. The young producer, currently based out of NYC, is no stranger to weird, fragmented, and borderline creepy productions, which is likely why the Kanye West recruited him for Yeezus. With production credits on half of the album, Arca makes a prominent appearance on the record, whose caustic and rough sound was either eagerly lapped up or blatantly disliked by Kanye fans.
After a more than nine-month hiatus from releasing content as Arca, he’s dropped a mixtape, 25 minutes of disjointed, awkward, beat-heavy music collectively titled “&&&&&”. Arca’s music is as unpredictable as it is cohesive, one minute hazy and melodic and the next abrasive and chilling. The wonder of Arca’s music is that whether it’s weird or uncomfortable at times, it’s worth it to the point of wanting to listen again and again. Like the aural version of “Enter The Void”, &&&&& explores landscapes and viewpoints with immense imagery and thought, and though not for the faint of heart a worthwhile, imaginative, and exquisite.

You can download the mixtape via his Soundcloud below, and if you care to be extra tripped-out, go ahead and listen to it from his website: arca1000000.com


My favorite psyche-rock experimental group, American Royalty, is preparing for their massive release of the ‘Prismatic Remixes EP’ out July 9th on Guns In the Sun Records, featuring the likes of Jerome LOL, Kaytranada, Urulu, Steffi Graf, Drop the Lime, & Romaj.  The amount of up-and-coming talent associated with this EP is downright ridiculous.  Grab your knickers, fill up some chi chi, and get ready for the boogie woogie.  First up is the deep funk mix by wonder duo Steffi Graf with just the right amount of vocal interlude right in the middle.  Groove with your hips and talk with your hands.

It’s been a minute since we last heard from our bud Joakim, but with this Heartbeats/Another Light release and the news that an album is coming we couldn’t be happier. The Tigersushi Label boss and DJ/Producer extraordinaire seems to have been keeping busy lately, moving to the Big Apple and setting up shop for a roll out of releases leading up to his album early next year. Check out the first two releases below and maybe catch him at a certain secret location in LA on Saturday…didn’t hear it from us!


For this week’s Artist Collab series for The Dirt, I’m very excited to be teaming up with one of the baddest DJs on the planet, Anna Lunoe.  Along with her sorcery on the decks, Anna is a phenomenal producer, she has serious remix game, her apparel line rocks, she kills it all across social media & pretty much dominates at life.

Check out Anna’s picks of some of her hottest tunes of the moment and what she has to say about them.  Together we bring you a 10-pack of ultra cool, hot new jams, a handful of which you can grab for FREE!

The Dirt #119: Anna Lunoe + aRod…
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