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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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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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Today’s dose of techno comes courtesy of LA’s Charles I, who dropped his Attrition EP today. The two part release is a brash eight and a half minutes of malcontent synthwork and carefully articulated noise that translates into a cohesive thrashing. Pick up both tracks for free below.



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It seems as the time has finally come; Jesse Rose‘s massive undertaking of his 12×12 series finally ends with The Whole Twelve Remixes, a selection of (you guessed it) twelve brand new remixes from a grand selection of talented musicians in the game like Guti, Sebo K, Matthias Tanzmann, Ardalan, Doorly, and more. Each track from his album The Whole Twelve Inches got a nice little revisit from legends and newcomers alike, thickening the remix roster for Jesse’s label Play It Down by a hefty amount.

You can listen to all the remixes in the handy Soundcloud package below, preorder the album on iTunes by clicking HERE, or straight up go buy it right now on Beatport HERE.

As an added bonus, two new remixes are available for free downloads via their premiers on THUMP and XLR8R. Symbols’ angel Jaw Jam puts a softer edge on the bass-heavy ‘Underbelly’ and Blaine Lake takes Love The Feeling High to booming techno levels. Big.
Download Jaw Jam’s remix here: via XLR8R
Download Blaine Lake’s remix here: via THUMP

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To get you ready for his debut performance @ EXCHANGE LA this Saturday, we bring you an exclusive promo mix by the one and only Seth Troxler. One of the top ranked DJs in the world rolls through Los Angeles this weekend and its gonna be one for the books… Listen below and don’t miss out on the show!

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It’s an all Australian affair with one of the country’s most prominent techno lords in Craig Williams and his new EP which just dropped on one of the savviest labels in Sweat It Out. Craig’s mastery of all things analog once again shines on this release. His formula of thumping, four to the floor tracks are fit for the clubs, and the title track ‘Saw Throat’ is garnering support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Crookers, and Yolanda Be Cool. And for all the budding producers out there, send Craig a receipt of your purchase of the EP and he’ll send you a sample pack which includes the stems for both tracks. What a legend!

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The West Coast may be full of sunshine & sandy beaches but San Diego boys Erick Solo & Sherdisco certainly know what it takes to put together dark, moody Techno.  Erick Solo & Sherdisco’s new track, “Anger”,  is textured, industrial Techno filled with deep analog funk & an innovative drum pattern.  With early support from acts like Modek, David Carretta, Workerpoor, Sharooz, Rob De Large, Starkillers, Posso & LooKas, “Anger” is breaking down Techno barriers & crossing over into big sets of all genres, right in time for festival season.

“Anger” is out now via Circuit Freq Records.

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After storming onto the scene with his hit release on Hot Creations three years ago, Danny Daze has been a man on a mission. Growing up in Miami and DJing raves before he had a drivers license, his 15 year love affair with electronic music is finally catapulting him to an elite level. Earlier this week, Danny’s Silicon EP dropped on Jimmy Edgar’s label Ultramajic, and it is nothing short of awesomely brash, forward thinking techno. His recent move to Berlin by way of Barcelona after a short stint with Ellum boss Maceo Plex has clearly rubbed off on Daze. Elongated sirens, manic percussion, and transposed vocals are prevalent throughout the EP, while still holding some dance floor sensibility. In conjunction with the release, he also did a mix for Mixmag, where he flawlessly journeys through 74 minutes of white-label rarities and forthcoming gold. Stream both the EP and mix below.

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It’s pretty impressive that London production duo, letthemusicplay, have kept their identities sealed for this long. Working with folks like UTRB, Todd Edwards, Alex Gopher, John Dahlback, RAC, Joe Goddard, and more, it’s quite obvious that whoever is behind this has some pull, so it’s admirable that the guys, or girls, have stuck to the original ethos of the project and have truly let the music play.

Following the release of the remix EP for “Our Town” today on Greco Roman, letthemusicplay will release their latest single “Bright” a week from today on Junkdog Records along with a wild remix from GDD™ favorites, Psychemagik, who have recently made their way into the deep end with a signing to Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels. While the title and lyrics might lead you to believe you’re in for a sunny tune, you may find yourself in the darkness with this one. Give it a listen below.

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After dropping huge remixes for Rudimental, Ballast, and a new project called Solicitors – the Bay Area golden boy JAYKO stomps into 2014 with his solo POWAH EP on Chicago imprint Them Flavors. The 2 singles “Powah” and “Physical Things” deliver bass heavy garage, with the remixes covering the grounds of jackin house, wobbles, techno and booty tech. Something really for everyone in the house market – listen to the full EP below and support these up-and-comers!

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