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In honor of the recent passing of house music great Frankie KnucklesJimmy Edgar is sharing his special edit of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ that has been a staple in sets. Frankie is a major reason why Jimmy started his career, and here’s what he had to say:

It is with great honor that I am able to give this away. A tribute to one of my heroes, Frankie Knuckles.

The relationship between Detroit and Chicago, for me, has always been about connection. Any kind of rivalry is secluded and irrelevant, in my opinion.

Chicago is approximately a 6 hour drive from Detroit, so, growing up we would frequent parties, back and forth. On any weekend in Detroit, we could meet people from Chicago who wanted to experience our small scene in Detroit.

Whereas Detroit had a much more distant, cold feeling while still trying to retain human elements, Chicago house music always appealed to me because it seemed like the softer, soulful version of Techno. I was drawn to the organ chords and the jacking indigenous rhythms of 808s. Growing up with Detroit radio, we were exposed to funk music and a lot of R&B. Some of the first records I bought were Change “Change of Heart” and Frankie Knuckles presents Jamie Principle “Your Love”, both artworks and music having very geometric, mechanical feeling, yet airbrushed and fun vibes.

Frankie Knuckles was the most pivotal figure in this movement, for me. The first time I had heard “Baby Wants To Ride”, it really moved me. The way the dot matrix synths moved in seemingly Euclidian patterns, the bounce and slight swing of that bass line, and the way the dissonant chords tied it all together. One listen and you can see where I drew all my inspiration from when making my tune from 2006, “Hot, Raw, Sex”. Let’s just say that record would have been a lot different without Frankie K.

“Tears”, “Rain Falls”, and “Your Love” among some of the best tracks I found on vinyl in Chicago. A few of them so popular you could find them at Salvation Army.

What else can I say about Frankie that hasn’t been said this week? With this track, we celebrate his life, his kindness, his love for music, his inspiration, his passion and all that he gave during his life.

Thank you Frankie,

Jimmy Edgar

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Toronto’s Poupon was called upon to remix the theme song from the new computer animated film Rio 2. The remix EP just dropped this week on Atlantic records, and the prospect of doing a remix for a big label/children’s movie might seem a bit daunting, but Poupon stayed true to his guns and smashed it with sophisticated vocal chops, warm keys and classy low-end to keep it knocking. You can pick up the release on Beatport or iTunes.

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We originally got excited about Brighton producer, Aashton, earlier this year when he shared his Show You EP with us, backing up an impressive catalog featuring remixes on some of GDD’s favorite imprints including Get Physical and Kitsuné. A couple of months later, Aashton is back with a contribution to a new compilation on Sccucci Manucci, lending his talents in House groove production once again as displayed in the A1 single, “I Can’t Shake It.” Get into this vocal jam below and pick up the release here. √+

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The vibemaster, Goldroom, has unveiled a new remix for Danish songstress, , today, adding his characteristic, summery sensibilities to “Don’t Wanna Dance.” The remix comes along with a brand new spring/summer tour schedule, with a few DJ sets preceding six anticipated live sets going into the end of June. Stream the remix below and catch all tour dates after the jump.

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The collaboration between Craig Williams & Charles I is a pairing of two highly skilled production maestros with great heads of hair.  The two L.A. based producers (Craig by way of Sydney) are craftsmen when it comes to making electronic music.  Each has a diverse style but both have excelled when it comes to producing gritty Electro & after hours Techno.  Craig Williams & Charles I’s new “This Is It” EP lives up to that reputation.  The opening title track is a late night warehouse track with the perfect amount of glossy bass & energetic effects to pump up any 4am crowd.  The peak time track on the EP is “Increase The Doses” driven by its dynamic synth work & scintillating percussion.  The closeout track, “Work”, is a deep Techno workout capped off with brassy Electroclash vocals – a most fitting bookend to this dark, sweaty, super stylish EP.

The production is multi-layered & brilliant, each track is memorable & outstanding and the artwork is badass – THIS IS AN EP NOT TO BE MISSED.  “This Is It” EP is out now via Discobelle Records.

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Night Bass pioneer, AC Slater, has released a new 5-track EP today, giving the whole batch away for free as part of the brand new, free-release Nest imprint which will live within the walls of Skrillex’s Nest HQ. The EP, titled Back To The Floor, is jam-packed with club tunes, with bits of Garage, Bassline, Electro, and House all making for an energetic party release. Get ready to hear “Roll Up” in a lot of places you go. √+

I had the real pleasure of hanging out quite a bit with the gLAdiator boys last week in Miami, and after knowing Ian (readily donned with glasses and at least one bucket hat) from our original industry trench days I have to say I’m quite pleased to see how far they’ve come. April 1st marked the release of their gettup / party-burner EP Assembly Line on Fool’s Gold and I think they kinda nailed it with this one. gLAdiator’s honest approach to just having a genuine GOOD TIME is tangible from their presence on stage to the structure in their songs.

The EP begins with “Work” – a record set at the perfect pitch, tempo, and range to easily launch this into a category with other big festival anthems… “Sweat” takes a heavy nod towards A-Trak’s production style, with stuttering reverb toppling itself over disco-oriented chords. Then you have “Assembly Line” which is almost exactly what you’d expect it to be… a drippy and rolling track with various leads and growls, chants and twangs… you can tell the guys had fun with this one. Or it took them like six months. Who knows. Unsurprisingly the EP continues it’s well-structured progression and you dive right into “230 Feeling” which with a militant drum intro and whooping sirens inevitably means you’re not really going to bed til the sun comes out. And finally, “Weekend” takes trap music canons of hollow eastern-european influenced bells and chants like “Where my white girls at?” and cuts them into something interesting by the aid of a perfectly chopped vocal synth cry.

Overall I have to say a valiant effort from the guys, they cover a lot of ground here and amongst the heavy midst of various trap artists who’ve found solace in the super low-end or rampaging horns of the genre, gLAdiator take a welcomed seat right in the middle. It’s neither completely cheesy nor over-saturated, which is a simple nod to gLAdiator just having fun making what they want to make. Their honesty and effervescence as musicians will assuredly be what sustains them on the ever-changing map of dance music. Nice one, guys.

You can go buy the Assembly Line EP on Beatport or iTunes or wherever music is sold, and you can stream it below.

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So everyone’s back from Miami, that’s awesome. Even more awesome is the influx of music being released as festival season rounds third base. That means this Dirt is jam packed with some fresh mulch on top to keep things nice and lively as you start texting your Coachella homies to figure out what in the world you’re going to wear next weekend. While that worry might be top of mind, erase all the rest with this loaded tracklist from myself, Colby J., and Troy Kurtz.

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Today, we have a special feature for the dirtybird-affiliated talent known as Worthy. He’s given us the premiere of his outstanding re-work of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” that brings a striking bass-heavy ghetto-tech sound to the classic tune. Additionally, we’ve conducted a quick Q&A to catch up with him about his forthcoming releases, this re-work, and his other future plans. Have a listen below and check out the Q&A after the jump.

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Sometimes a quick shout out on social media can go a long way.  Yesterday our friends over at Harder Blogger Faster Tweeted four simple words: “This is very good”.  The Tweet was accompanied by a link to The Beatangers remix of “This My Shit” by Nikitin.  And now, here we are posting about it.  If you like a song, say something about it.  The repost button on SoundCloud, a YouTube link on Facebook or a simple Tweet…these things can go a long way.

The remix package for “This My Shit” is a stellar one with remixes by Kolombo, Sammy W & Alex E and L.O.O.P.  The personal stand out for me is The Beatangers remix.  It’s a dirty combination of Indie-Electro & G-House, giving the song a Blog House feel harking back to a sound that mid-2000s Tiga perfected & late-2000s Grum ran away with.

“This My Shit” remix pack is out now via LouLou Records.

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