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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.

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In the midst of another massive Miami Music Week, the compilations are a-bounty, but none pack the kind of heat you can find in the Miami Noize 7 comp from the Boys Noize family. GDD™ Favorite Craig Williams pairs with GunRose for one of the stand out selections from the heavy hitting EP in their “My Answer Revise.” It’s the kind of techno that’ll help keep you up all night, for those in search of the venerable WMC sunrise, with enough industrial 909 kick to keep the night alive just few bars longer.

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Klatch and Modus have teamed up to produce a track together. The LA and SD residents had been looking for an area of collaboration for some time now, and landed pleasantly on “Love This.”  The track is a deep and grooving, with darker tech and house elements.  It’s seen great feedback in clubs over the past weeks, and promises to be a sick addition to any set.  Both of these guys are seasoned industry talents and should definitely be watched closely this year.  Stream and download the track below. 

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Our GDD friend and familiar Craig Williams has put in overtime to make a name for himself in the techno-sphere, tallying up releases on Motorik, Nervous, Sweat It Out, NEST (OWSLA) – not to mention hosting numerous production tutorials on his YouTube channel and giving away serious tricks of the trade. His newest release “Believe It” just dropped this week on the Toronto-based imprint BADLQQK, and the Aussie held nothing back on this jackin’ techno heater. Here’s what he had to say about it:

I definitely went for a more minimal feel than before. I had been listening to a load of great classic producers like Robert Hood, cajmere and green velvet to name a few and i think the the house vibe just crept in. The song defiantly developed from choosing a select number of machines in the studio and just jamming out.

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From playing Coachella, to his Mom, I Graduated! EP on dirtybird, and launching his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, Justin Jay has had a rollercoaster of a year, so it only makes sense for him to deliver one last release, after dropping “Karma.” This new offering features Benny Bridges on guitar, and also a new name, Henry Was, on drums, who both lent their talents for this edit that was created with the help of live instrumentation. The edit is a relentless techno heater that adds grit, more percussion, and subtle FX to the original’s foundation. Justin is in the giving mood this holiday season so enjoy the track below and download it here.

“With Benny Bridges on guitar, I saw this techno anthem by Barnt as a way to start messing around with Henry’s crazy drum sounds. We had so much fun making it and even more fun playing it live. With it being the holiday season, we wanted to give it to you guys (especially DJ’s who need an extra jam for those holiday sets).” – Justin Jay

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Canadian talent Eekkoo has rapidly found himself at the forefront of cutting-edge production and forward-thinking sound design. His sharp method has pushed him from hot newcomer to one of the most exciting names in dance music today. From his early work on mau5trap to his recent ventures in the world of pulsing underground electronica the Montreal-based producer never ceases to make a statement. Today, he’s back with a peak-time time Techno stomper called “Sloan’s Dress”. Reminiscent of the dark undertones of Maceo Plex, the thick driving bassline boldly punches through alongside crisp rhythmic percussion before acid-tinged synths take this one deep into after-hours territory. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s big. 

Over the years, Desert Hearts has arisen out of the dust to cultivate a community of devout followers bonded together by House, Techno, & Love. Whether it’s record label, festivals, City Hearts events, or stage takeovers, everything that they do radiates their genuine intentions of bringing transformational experiences to the world through their own, humble means. The driving force behind Desert Hearts is a group of people that are often working behind-the-scenes, in addition to the select DJ/producers who also perform. Two people in that group that happen to do both are Marbs, aka Matt Marabella, and Deep Jesus, aka Ryan Orey.

Originally from Encinitas, California, Marbs is a Desert Hearts resident DJ and graphic designer, as well as the operations manager for their City Hearts events and festivals. Behind the decks, he’s trusted for his typically deeper, darker, and more moody sound that’s often injected with a touch of psychedelic classic rock as an ode to his influences. Much like Marbs, LA-based Deep Jesus has deeper tendencies in his DJ sets and productions, while also working in more melodic elements and many different vibes in one seamless, journey-like package. Aside from his artist work, Deep Jesus takes care of the stage management at the festivals to ensure everything runs smoothly at the helm.

We had the chance to chat with Marbs & Deep Jesus about something that people would be surprised to hear about them, what Desert Hearts means to them, their top artists to watch in 2016, and of course, what they like to drink, amongst many other things. Head after the jump to read the full conversation, but as you do so, be sure to press play on Marbs’ fantastic Beating Hearts YIN 01 mix that marks the launch of his new mix series that he describes with his own words here:

“Life is all about balance. There is no light without darkness, there is no day without night, there is no good without bad … the yin and the yang. This mix explores these concepts and inspired me to start a mix series based on the yin and yang theory of life. The first edition to this series explores sounds that I love, but if you were to remove these tracks out of the mix and compare them to each other most would sound totally different emotionally. I think there’s something beautiful about that. This one leans more towards the Yin side of the theory … a little dark, a little earthy, deep, and great for winter weather. At the same time you will find beauty, light, and calmness within it. It has everything from deep house, techno, and rock to everything in-between. This is why the yin and yang theory inspired me to begin a series of mixes to express the various types of sounds I love so much and how they are all related to each other. I hope you enjoy the first edition <3″ – Marbs

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Over the years, Clarian has been one of the most consistent producers, releasing quality track after quality track, while sticking to his guns in the underground sphere. His next EP, Fear and Self-Loathing, has been tapped by Guy Gerber’s RUMORS label, and with this first taste, we can see why. “Absence” is a hypnotizing, melodic techno number featuring melancholic undertones that bind the French vocal samples, arpeggiated synths, and the driving, soulful rhythm. Enjoy the track here and pick up the Fear and Self-Loathing EP on October 23.

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Tis the season for dark and moody electronic productions and Destructo delivers a mega tune just in time for his famed Fall Festival, HARD Day Of The Dead. He takes the Marshall Mather’s line “nobody listens to Techno” and adds a chugging bass line with heavy acid synths and the iconic kick snare combo to bring this monster to life. More of an homage to all the people who stuck with him while he did what he believed than a true techno tune, but that won’t stop it from getting plenty of air play this season, just you wait.

Eekkoo just put out a new mix in his Techno Is Not What It Seems series — it starts off with a huge bang, opening with a sample of Robert Moog quoting an interviewer’s question “Tell me, Mr. Moog don’t you feel guilty about what you’ve done?”. From then on it’s pure Techno all the way with two massive unreleased Eekkoo originals “Sloan’s Dress” and “The Killing” coming in at the 13:30 and 22:30 respectively on top of a series of hits from the likes of Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Bjarki and more. Don’t sleep on this guy — one of my favorite up-and-comers.