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The once mysterious, now not so mysterious, Route 94 is back on that production grind with a new release on Defected Records that follows suit to its predecessor, “My Love.” Less anthemic, but equally as club ready, “Tell You Why,” features a bassline that can hold its own on the dance floor as pitched up vocals set a sultry tone for the production. With his “Fly 4 Life” EP out soon on Defected, you can be sure to find this tune alongside other Route 94 originals at the end of this month.

We’ve got quite a treat for you this Sunday afternoon. Our friend, Jayko, just sent us over a remix of the Rudimental track “Baby” for us to give away exclusively to YOU! Fresh off his performance on our Wide Awake Art Car at Beyond Wonderland SF, Jayko has had a string of releases this year off labels such as Sweat it Out!, Straight Up!, and Temple Music Group. This remix does not disappoint blending a touch future house and bass over the classic Rudimental vocals. Grab the track for free below and enjoy!

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Walter Ego’s new EP on MadTech, the Heaven EP, is out next week on August 5th, and it’s house-y garage-y goodness. The title track opens up the EP is soulful and warm, big garage vibes, bubbly pads, and soft organs in the background. It has a nice little shift towards the end, sharper drums and slightly more aggressive pads take it to an interesting new level. ‘Grab Somebody’ is a little bit more energetic, the combination of jazz-influenced hi hats and cuts of acid with what could almost be a xylophone on the chord progression deliver a fascinating and danceable house tune. The last track Jam Roll (For Love) takes things to a deeper and darker place, much more moody synths and pulsating bass. All three are solid in their own right, MadTech really nailed the choices, making the Heaven EP a memorable listen and a great asset for many a variety of DJ crates.

On Monday I hopped back on my favorite social media platform, Twitter, and got to chatting with MadTech Records (specifically James, who heads the label) and the latest artist on their top-notch and busy release schedule, Walter Ego. The boys and I discuss the artistic process, our influences and current musical explorations, food, and much more. You can check the interview behind the jump.


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UK artist in their teens producing soulful, deep, UK funky sounds.  While this already may sound like a familiar formula to a recent many, Londoner Elliott Marshall, better known as ETML, is all set to make his very own mark & add his stamp to the ever-popular UK house/garage scene.  ETML’s latest track, “Bind Me”, is being released today and it has all the right bounce & joy to be an instant Summer classic.

“Bind Me” is out NOW via 37 Adventures and Win Music (BUY).

And be sure to check out the fantastic video for “Bind Me” & watch some random Londoners get down.  Some of the dancing is good, a lot of the dancing is bad but ALL of the dancing is fun.
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It’s been a torrid 2013 for our LA compadres, Bixel Boys.  Their short but sweet list of remixes/reworks/edits over the last several months reads like a who’s who of pop/R&B icons, both current and past.  From Michael Jackson to Robin Thicke, Bixel Boys have put their own modernized stamp on popular (but not obvious) crowd favorites.  This time around it’s the 1991 jam “Crazy” by Seal receiving the remix treatment.  The remix fuses together sunny West Coast disco & house with deeper, soulful garage giving it a California UK vibe perfect for the upcoming Summer season.  POOL PARTY APPROVED.

Live that #FREELIFE and grab the free download below.
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I couldn’t have imagined a better way to close out Coachella this year than by watching the Disclosure boys rock the Gobi Tent.  Their blistering set was the perfect end to an amazing weekend.  The set ended with two special guest vocalists, Jessie Ware on “Running” and Sam Smith on “Latch” (see below).  No offense to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Eric Prydz, but if you weren’t at Disclosure to close out the festival, you were doing it wrong.

Midway through their set, Disclosure announced that they were playing a new track off their upcoming album.  The track turned out to be “You & Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle, and despite the fact that nobody in the crowd had heard the song before, it did little to deter them from cuttin’ some serious rug (or in this case, some serious grass).  Check out “You & Me” below and get to steppin’.

• New single ‘You & Me’ available April 28th
• November UK Tour Announced! Pre-Sale details here: www.disclosureofficial.com
• Album featuring ‘Latch’, ‘White Noise’ and ‘You & Me’ available for pre order www.disclosureofficial.com
• The Album ‘Settle’ out June 3rd
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Last month the good people at Dirtybird uploaded a preview of a monstrous EP by Breach. Since then the tracks have received major support from BBC Radio 1/1xtra DJ’s, and have been argued (by us of course) as the hottest tunes from Miami. Take a listen and go grab yourself a copy!

 

Listen to the B side after the jump!

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[Photo by Joe Wehner]

Spring can now officially begin.  The new aRod SpringGlo 2013 Mix is here to set the mood for the entire Spring season.  From deep disco to indie-electro, from big disco to UK + deep house, this mix runs the gamut on all your favorite genres.  Lustful, sleazy, bouncy vibes from the MASSIVE track list (incl. Villa, Kastle, Russ Chimes, Classixx, Ali Love & Breach, just to name a few of the fantastic many).  ENJOY.

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Yup.  It’s Valentine’s Day.  You can love it or you can hate it.  Regardless of your feelings towards V-Day, there is one true universal love I think we can all agree on: MUSIC.  The music brought forth to you today on The Dirt #106 is music inspired by sex + love + beauty and everything that little heart ♥ symbol represents.  Let The Dirt #106 be your soundtrack to this Valentine’s Day and more importantly, this Valentine’s Night.

The Dirt #106 features a hot new Julio Bashmore remix of “Suit & Tie” by JT plus some serious gettin’ down jams by Flume, James Blake and Jessie Ware along with some under-the-cover remakes of classics by Foreigner & TLC.  Of course a SLOW JAMZ compilation just wouldn’t be complete without a little somethin’ by The Weeknd.  

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It’s The Dirt #105 with aRod + Tropicool runnin’ the gamut on your favorite genres, from Indie to Disco to Deep House, there’s even a dash of Freestyle Booty Bass to grime things up.  Along with an indie-riffic RAC remix of The Killers, we’ve also got Feeboy’s fresh new take on Duke Dumont’s sizzler-of-the-moment, “100%”.  Also featured is the long awaited track “Excommunication” by Erkka…we’ve waited six long months for this deep electro gem to come out and it’s finally here!  And if that’s not enough, we’ve got some freshies from Grizzly Bear, Lancelot, Hot Natured and many more.

TWELVES SONGS.  ALL FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

This 12-pack is gonna go down niiice + smoooth…
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