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TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.

There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”

It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.

It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.

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We encountered newcomers Strange Club last month when they released their debut g-housed tinged production “Down to my Feet.”  Today, they dropped a new one called “Disco,” and it’s carrying many of the same vibes.  Deep, driving bass sound, fun vocal stabs, pretty much a perfect combination for late night dance floors.  The way they use their own vocals is theatrical in nature, adding a little depth to their nice sounding productions.  I had a chance to see them debut a track with SNBRN at Splash House and it did not disappoint.  Looking forward to seeing what these boys come with next.

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I really admire the way that Amtrac continues to genre bend.  It seems like every release he puts out gets a bit more spacey and ambient, yet stays very full of low end sound.  Some aspects of this production strike me as trance, some house, some tech house — there’s pretty much something for everyone.  I’m also really digging the vocal samples on “Running After,” which is the winner on this EP.  If you’re in LA, come see Amtrac live this Friday at Outspoken.

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All around dance music bad ass Junior Sanchez bestow’s his blessing on the latest and greatest from Australian producer Paces and we’ve got the scoop! Synths soaked in Summertime dance delicately with vocals from Guy Sebastian as the song keeps an anti-progressive vibe, perfect for the current carefree season. Look for the full tune and remix package featuring 4 more Junior Sanchez edits out on August 5th via Etc Etc Records. In the meantime, get your fix with the below stream and keep the Summer vibes on high as we charge into the second half of the season!

Despite their own successful individual careers, DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine first broke into the scene as a collaborators with a song called “Middle,” which went on to become a platinum hit, in addition to reaching top 20 charts in France and the United States, top 10 in the UK, and top 5 in Australia. With such a warm reception for “Middle,” it made sense for them to join forces again, and thus, “Future Pt. 2″ was born. Have a listen to the cut from DJ Snake’s debut album above, and enjoy the funky vocal house vibes.

I’ve heard this track played out live a few times, and it’s an absolute hammer.  Jax Jones and MNEK really hit the nail on the head with this one.  Big fat bass line, tough vocal samples, prickly overlying percussion — really no weak part of this track.  For the official video, they decided to release a quasi-live performance version.  It’s pretty cool to see the environment in which this track was allegedly conceived.  Check it out!

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With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).

Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.

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With about two weeks left till the unveiling of a much anticipated compilation release from LA/Paris based house label, Homerun House, up to bat is Gerry Gonza and Ania Iwinska with “Let Me Dip.” This original mix encompasses popular 909 snare rolls with a sweet driving bass that is sure to steer the evening into a night we’ll make poor decisions to. It’s the second track out on the brand new label that is home to some of house’s heavy hitters including Loud Luxury and Slowbødy who we spoke of last June. Start counting down the days and cop this FREE DOWNLOAD below!

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Well, its time to fire up the BBQ and spend your days outside. Bit Funk is back with the soundtrack to go alongside that scene. Cue “Destination Sunrise”, a summer jam featuring vocalist Nefe on top of production boasting sprinkles of tropical dance elements, while remaining pop at its core. This track follows up on his late 2015 release of Off The Ground, which has garnered over 3 million streams on Spotify and trickled into mainstream radio across North America.