At the tender age of 19, XO has begun a budding career as a multi-faceted producer, songwriter, and DJ out of the UK. His sound, forward; his lyrics, relateable; vibes, on point. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect out of the UK at the moment, illustrious coupled basslines with diverse percussive arrangements that accentuate the featured vocalist. For his debut EP, “Through The Night,” a three track feature takes place with a credible range of tunes from sultry sub-soul to to hustling UK garage that is reassuring for his Freshmen release. We got the chance to exchange words with XO after “Through The Night” was released on December 1st where his affinity for Justin Timberlake comes to life, his highlights from the year as a newcomer are revealed, and some possible projects for 2015 divulged.. dig in! Continue Reading
Our next GDD exclusive comes from Toronto-based duo Loud Luxury, offering up their new original “Give That”. A Jazzy Sax section breaks down into into deep grooves fit for the club – this one sends you straight to the underground. Future house phenom Oliver Heldens premiered its first play in his Heldeep Radio podcast, and we’re excited to be giving you the exclusive release for FREE download… listen and grab it below!
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One of our favorite things is exposing fresh talent to the blogosphere by way of our ears to yours. Today we’re happy to introduce to you to Small Talk, a young producer out of Northern California. He’s already championed remixes for Jamie XX and Pablo Nouvelle, bringing a jazzy, dark and techy feel to his house origins. Fans of Detroit Swindle, Four Tet and Kidnap Kid will be really into this sound. Listen and grab it for FREE below!
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This Monday will see the release of the highly anticipated debut album from longtime GDD™ favorites and Techno/Electro mavens, Mumbai Science, on Lektroluv Records. The Belgian duo follow up years of quality releases like “Ancova,” “Gold,” and “Impact” with eleven new tracks under the guise of Deja Vu, staying true to their initial inspirations while allowing the lenient album format to let them color outside the lines a bit.
In advance of the record release next week, the guys have answered a few questions about Deja Vu and also kindly given us first listen on their slamming collaboration with Mixhell which definitely feels like a refreshing throwback to the late 2000s with a well-executed, converging rock meets electro vibe. Listen to “Vegas” and get some insight on the new album below.
It’s about to be my first summer in Los Angeles and I’ve quickly come to realize that four on the floor all day long can get a little toasty. I’ve been digging through the SoundCloud archives to find some indie tunes that tickle my fancy and I’ve started to see a different side of the musical spectrum again. I’ve put together a playlist with some rock and alternative vibes that’ve left me quite tantalized as of late. From California locals, to Auzzie jam bands, and various talents that have cooled me off for the first couple heat waves that hit LA County, the goal is to feature new talent that’s ripe for the Summer season, so check back weekly and consider this your musical A/C unit for the coming months!
The double decade career spanning DJ Dan has just released an album fit for the funkiest of nights and it’s totally in tune with the sounds that raised him. Just in time for the weekend, we’ve got his personal remix to the title track off the project, “Nothing But A Party,” and it’s nothing short of perfection. A pumpin’ house beat with killer disco kicks, you’ll get lost on the dance floor as this whirlrwind of a tune takes you full sail into the upcoming three day weekend. Head to his facebook page for the free download and check out the rest of the LP here!
Most Los Angelians know Mike Brillstein as a legend. Whether consciously or not, anyone who’s ever been to a club where any good music was played has likely, nay definitely vibed out to one of Mike’s sets. With fine taste and a penchant for house music, he’s finally made a serious foray into the production world with his new alter ego “Brillstein“. After his two collaborations with Jesse Rose last year, he’s venturing off on his own with a six-track mini EP, Back To Bed, which sees its initial release on Play It Down next week.
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!
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)
It takes a babe to blog us into festival season, sometimes. Actress, model and music video muse, Victoria Geil, has this weekend covered for ya. The anxious excitement of the drive out to this magical world on the barren edge of nothingness… the total and unapologetic poolside maxing as the sunshine and liquors flow… the punctuated moments of elation… the epic naps that tie it all together.
It’s all here, ladies and gentlemen: this is Coachella, as told by a babe. If you’re a babe, you’ll love this. If you love babes, you’ll need this.
This three mixtape series is conveniently tailored for use from the moment you begin your pilgrimage to the desert, to the moment you return to your respective basecamps upon the fateful completion of that final Sunday set. Get it into you.
Then follow me for more, as we explore BABECHELLA 2: Party Vibes and BABECHELLA 3: Chill Vibes in playlists and commentary.
Justin Martin invades Exchange LA this Saturday for the second round of his residency and this time he brings the UK dirtybird Eats Everything with him for a special 8 hour b2b set! To get you ready for the long haul, we caught up with Eats about WMC and playing with Justin. We also got an exclusive ‘Reebeef’ of his for free download, so read what he had to say and grab the tune below!
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