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Whether you went to a festival or not over Memorial Day Weekend, chances are you’re probably starting to get the itch to get back on the dance floor. This Saturday, Sound Nightclub will be welcoming the French Express/Ministry of Sound affiliate, Chris Malinchak, RIS Labs’ Eric Sharp, and our DJ duo, The Interns, for a groove-fueled soirée in the heart of Hollywood.

For those unfamiliar, Chris Malinchak is best known for his blissful deep house anthem, “So Good To Me,” but he’s also gone on to release a grip of other well-received jams like “Happiness” featuring MNEK, which has surpassed the 1 million play mark on SoundCloud. On closing duties, LA local Eric Sharp has been building his profile as both a producer and label head with sophisticated house music taste, while also playing everywhere from Outside Lands to ADE, so be sure to stick around for his set. Lastly, The Interns, who you may know from their eclectic sets at Coachella, Holy Ship!, EDC Las Vegas, or WAVEY, will be warming things up with the feel-good vibes that they have built their name off of.

Get ready for the night with the music below, and grab a ticket here.

Late last year, the emerging producer/DJ ZOSIA graced us with a journey-like mix driven by classy, minimal house and techno. Since then, she’s been refining her skills in the studio, and her time and effort is surely starting to pay off. ZOSIA recently released her personally meaningful debut song, “Marma,” and has received nothing but glowing feedback. The tune features deep, dubby low-end, brooding textures, just the right amount of percussion, and an overall, stripped down arrangement, forming a vibe reminiscent of Recondite, one of Berlin’s finest. Enjoy, grab the free download, and read on about its important context within ZOSIA’s life.

“The inspiration behind Marma is the concept of personal growth. Everything we create in the present moment is a reflection of all that we have learned and experienced in the past. In other words, Marma is an accumulation of all the memories I have ever experienced, translated into sound.

I’m very shy naturally, so instead of forcing myself to become an extrovert I decided to communicate through what I love the most: sound. Marma is very special to me because it’s the first song I’ve created that truly expresses who I am as a person.

One last thing that I hold close to my heart. It’s a known fact that males dominate the music production industry. I can’t speak for other women, but one of the reasons why it took me so long to release a song is because I kept trying to perfect my skills in fear of not being taken seriously. (Someone once asked me who my ghost producer is! C’mon now, really?!) And whether it’s regarding music or any other passion, I think the world would be a much more cheerful place if we weren’t afraid to face our fears. People will judge either way, but if something makes you happy then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pursue it proudly.” – ZOSIA

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Following yet another fantastic spring festival earlier this year, the Desert Hearts crew, featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, is back in full force with their Endless Summer Tour. Kicking off on June 17th in Brooklyn, the tour will bring the house, techno, and love ambassadors to a city near you, but if they’re not stopping in your vicinity, it’s definitely worth traveling for as they throw one of the best parties around. Also, if you haven’t been to their festival, this is your chance to get a taste of what you can expect in the fall when they throw their anticipated 4 year anniversary festival in Southern California.

On top of this exciting tour news, Desert Hearts co-founder Lee Reynolds and up-and-comer Machino released their Desert Hearts Records debut EP, Moon Matrix, and it’s been picking up steam as a stand-out addition to the label’s growing catalog of out-there jams. Dive in and get familiar with the chugging techno rhythms, shadowy atmospheres, and hypnotizing synth melodies – you’ll probably hear them on an underground dance floor soon.

Download the EP here.

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The pathway to stardom hasn’t always been paved for the Baghdad born Motez, but uprooting to Adelaide certainly accelerated his curiosities and access to the dance music culture. With early roots listening to Jean Michel Jarre and an affinity for the abstract and out of the ordinary, Motez shaped his musical belief system on a rejection of predictability. His signature brand of dance music is a proper representation of his talents as a producer intent on leaving his own unique mark on the house music community. Currently celebrating 10 years of living in Adelaide, we recently got the chance to wrack his brain on the current political landscape plaguing Sydney nightclubs, how his tour setup is evolving, and what keeps his creative juices flowing. Continue Reading

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One of the most venerable trio’s in the music business at the moment are set to bring their world renowned acoustic show to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend after an incredible two night stint at The Greek Theater some years ago. I was there when it first went down, and I’m glad this concept was expanded upon so more fans would have the chance to be touched by the music of Jono, Pavo, and Tony.

While I will not be in attendance this weekend, I can’t help but become enamored with the latest release off their Acoustic II LP, “No One On Earth.” Bone chillingly beautiful, and hauntingly graceful, I can’t help but dream about the good times that could have been this weekend. For those unable to make it as well, look out for the full Acoustic II LP released on June 3rd.

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Once dubbed by Mixmag as their “Future Hero,” the UK based Denney returns to a label he holds dear to his heart. His latest EP, Visualize, is framed around the many different aspects of the night, he says “All the tracks were approached slightly differently when I was making them, I was aiming them for different parts of the night and inspired by different dance floors.” The title track, as premiered below, sets the tone with a house driven beat and heady vocals that would transcend any dance floor scenario. With a bit of an acid break at the end, “Visualize” kicks off his latest EP with a bang so be sure to cop when it’s released on May 27th on the legendary Crosstown Rebels.

Link to purchase HERE.

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This year’s Mysteryland USA on the historic Woodstock ’69 grounds in Bethel, NY is fast approaching, and the countdown has already begun, as we’re just a couple of weeks out from its June 10th launch. In addition to names like ODESZA, Art Department, Gramatik, Claptone, Moodymann, and more, there are some notable local talents like Myroslaw Bytz of Bushwick A/V, Brooklyn’s go-to afterhours party series. Myroslaw has been a fixture of New York’s electronic music scene, both as an artist and event producer, while keeping his integrity throughout all of his endeavors, and pushing the scene forward.

Bushwick A/V will be heading up late night festivities at the silent disco to make sure attendees can keep the party going in proper fashion, so we felt it was necessary to highlight this famed party series, along with its co-founder who graciously sat down with us for some questions, and gave us an exclusive mix to show what you guys can expect late-night at the festival. Enjoy the mix and check out the interview after the jump to hear about how Myroslaw has gotten to where he is today, the context of his mix, what Bushwick A/V is bringing to Mysteryland, his plans for the rest of the year, and more.

Limited tickets for Mysteryland USA are on sale here, and be sure to check out this GRiZ x Electric Family bracelet giveaway for a chance to win festival passes, as well as a meet & greet with GRiZ.

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While Slaptop is apparently finishing up an album, the up-and-coming DJ dropped this little number on the world.  “It Isn’t Mine” is an understated tech-house gem that has a super cool grooving melody and vocal sample.  I can see this one soundtracking a sunset or a sunrise party, a super versatile sound.  If this is any  indication of whats to come of the album, I’ll be pretty keen to get my hands on it.  Follow Slaptop on Soundcloud.

Several years after the commercial dance music explosion in the states, it seems as though the masses are slowly but surely continuing on their aural explorations to find new sounds and vibes to match their evolving tastes. The West coast festival culture that has spawned from Burning Man has been a catalyst for a range of dance music sub-genres, but it has been particularly crucial for Sabo‘s slower, moombahton-influenced style. “My deep, slow tribal sound was finally understood by a whole community of open minded people,” the Sol Selectas label head says about his experience playing the Robot Heart bus at that thing in the desert in 2013. It was at that moment when he knew he wanted to create what we now know as Vibe Quest, his debut album.

As a whole, Sabo’s Vibe Quest stays true to its name as it features an array of different sounds and styles, like world music, deep house, and tech-house, cohesively woven together with a common thread of tribalistic electronic music fused with an organic and spiritual touch. The most powerful music is able to transport the listener into different realms, and this album does just that. Sabo says, “My intention with this record is to manifest moments of positive feelings on the dance floor,” and he is surely well on his way to success. Enjoy the album above and be sure to pick it up on Beatport.

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It’s been a long time coming for Gotta Dance Dirty’s own Shae B, the featured vocalist behind Free Slice‘s recent rendition of Drake’s smash hit, “One Dance.” The trio crafts a unique twist to the current Billboard Hot 100 #1 with a little bit of Southern California funk and just the right amount of deep dance drive. Ripe for spicy Summer nights and cool enough for the day time heat, it’s hard to imagine a time you wouldn’t want these vibes around. So cop the free download and spread the love around!