As with many profound experiences, words cannot express the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that culminated from the 3-day fantasy land, Lightning in a Bottle. After attending, I realized what it was that motivates a company to be committed to “the highest levels of art, production, and aesthetic to always challenge people’s preconceived notions of reality and what is possible.” (website) There are countless festivals and music events in the world, but it is clear that Lightning in a Bottle is in a class of it’s own because of The Do LaB‘s determination to create an event that encompasses music, art, spirituality, and culture.

Read our take on LIB 2012 after the jump!

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Here’s something we welcome back with open arms: a brand new mixtape from Edwin van Cleef.  Although not as consistent in terms of frequency, Edwin van Cleef’s mixtapes are certainly right on par with the likes of The Magician and Aeroplane in terms of quality monthly mixtapes (some say better).  So anytime we can get our mitts on an EvC mix, our excitement levels are on high.

Earlier this year, EvC  gave an upgrade to his mixtape titles.  No longer does he simply name them after whatever current month he is in; he names his mixtapes after whichever favorite subgenres he is showcasing that particular month (subgenres which he totally doesn’t just make up, of course).  This month is his “Starmix”, which I can only imagine is a fusion of subgenres which primarily exist in the outer reaches of the cosmos and were first discovered at some alien discotech or perhaps some pool party on Venus.  It’s deep, atmospheric, galactic, funky spacehouse….or “Starmix”.

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Last year turned out to be a great year for the 19-year-old German born producer Etnik and for good reason.  With a plethora of well known producers praising the young prodigy for his dark and unique sound, Etnik exploded all over the EDM scene. The final kicker may have been when Skrillex shared Etnik’s newest remix of the track, Summer, by the Berlin-based indie duo, I Heart Sharks.  Ever since, Etnik has been on powerful producers’ radars as he continues to churn out brilliant tunes left and right.  I consider Etnik to be one of my favorite producers, so I could barely contain my excitement when he agreed to do a GDD™ interview and record an exclusive mix just for you dirty dancers.

Check out the Exclusive Interview + Mix after the jump!

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What’s up loyal readers?  Myself (Tre) and K.M.O.C. are on Dirt duty this week and we have some really exciting stuff for you and your upcoming weekend.  My picks have 5 exclusive free downloads coming at you that range from sinister techno to swinging, groovy house.

Tre’s Picks

Fazhands – Downtown Sound *320

I couldn’t be more excited to give away this Fazhands track on this week’s dirt!  Downtown Sound is a pleasurably deep and intelligent tune that is perfect for that closing club set.  Look out for more Fazhands in the future!

Purloid – Lochmachinoch *320

Now this is my kind of jam!  Purloid‘s Lochmachinoch is a dark techno masterpiece that will make you bare your teeth and nod your head. The track’s bass line is nothing short of hypnotizing and Purloid keeps you interested with intelligent synthesis and sequencing.

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For the late afternoon starts to the late nights to the early mornings– here’s what gets us up, gets us going, gets us through the deepest of LA weekends.

GDD™ SPOTHEADS.005 (18 track Spotify playlist, 2 hours)

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Our favorite ghetto-tech chicano Harvard Bass has given in to the Levels craze and created a special almost dub version of the original Aveech tune. For those who play respectful sets and don’t wanna seem like your playing the cheese, Harvie Bass has the version for you. And for FREE? TECH YES.

Avicii – Levels (Harvard Bass Bootleg) *FREE DOWNLOAD* by harvardbass

Alright you crazy kids, this week the 64th edition of the dirt is being brought to you by GDD ruffians BONES and Tre. The first 5 tracks that Bones has chosen are a select group of big room DJ edits and  bootlegs that are meant to light the fire under your fanny and prepare you for one hell of a festival season. The second 5 tunes that Tre has chosen showcase a variety of his favorite genres that peak his interest right now in each category. So go ahead and collect-em-all, your ears are depending on it!

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One of the best aspects of CONTROL is the unparalleled lineups that feature all levels of the EDM spectrum. This week, we welcome back the UK dynamic duo Plump DJs, along with the hard-hitting J.Rabbit, also returning to the decks. Supporting the night will be the NY-based Gosteffects, making his Avalon debut. Also making their mainstage debut will be IntoTheAM’s DirtyRock, and Dirt Monkey closing out the night. If you know how CONTROL is every week, make sure to arrive early because this event will reach capacity!

To get on the GDD guest list, please email
(Please only add +2, nothing above will be honored)
$15 before 11pm | Doors Open @ 9pm

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On the more experimental side of things, SriSri Means & FiFi Holly – aka FiFi Nasty – have created 5 new live productions – an explorative journey through disco, psychadelic, trance, lounge, breaks, industrial and glitch hop. The coolness however comes through the video capturing how each recording was made, pushing the limits of Ableton live w/ the Novation Launch Pad + APC40. Check out the visuals below, and download the tunes – perfect for groovin out on any level!