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We had the privilege of sharing Crown Ruff’s debut production “Yazz Claasics” a few weeks back.  Today, the Los Angeles-based duo is back with their sophomore effort.  ”Fell For You” features some really soulful vocal samples and some really nice precussive arrangements — not to mention the booming bass line.  If these first two tracks are any indication of what is to come from Crown Ruff, we can expect big things in 2015.  Download “Fell For You” at Wavo

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This year, our hometown hero and dirtybird protegé, Justin Jay, has been making strides in his burgeoning career with successful releases, like his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings, and his Coachella debut in The Do LaB over the weekend. After sitting on this sophomore dorm room-produced secret weapon, “Mind Games,” since the WMC Dirtybird BBQ party a couple of years ago, he’s finally releasing it via Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday. On the track, Justin Jay merges funk-infused elements with a punchy, evolving bassline, and shuffling percussion for a groove that oozes with feel-good vibes. With this release, his imminent USC graduation, and plans for touring in the UK and Europe in the coming months, Justin Jay is about to have an excellent summer.

Here are a few words about the song from Justin Jay himself, “I made Mind Games 2 years ago, during the spring of my Sophomore year in college. I wanted to make something that could bring funky, feel-good vibes to the Dirtybird BBQ party during WMC that year. This track ended up becoming a staple in my sets for the whole summer and it’s still a favorite among my homies at school. With college coming to an end and Annie Mac on board, it feels like perfect timing to give you guys this tried and tested secret weapon.”

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Ben Browning of the legendary Aussie collective Cut Copy has himself quite the solo career.  His latest, “Make It Easy,”  comes as a preview to his forthcoming LP “Turns.”  Ben’s solo effort will focus more on the electronic production side of things, with influences from indie-pop to techno.  The track in question is an easy-listener, enlisting the help of synthesizers, horns, strings, the whole nine to form one cohesive jam.  You can grab this one from Ben Browning on iTunes below to hold you over until the “Turns.”

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Our LA familiars Graff recently got the call to remix Norwegian Lindstrom and delivered a brilliant nu-disco spirited version of “Home Tonight” – they we’re delighted not only because of the vibe but the opportunity to rep home turf! Here’s what they had to say…

Antone and I were asked to do an official remix for Lindstrom and it’s coming out on his remix package this spring. We were super thrilled as this is right up our alley. It’s also cool for our little LA scene as those Scandavians (terje, lindstrom, prins thomas) have always sort of kept it pretty european… this is a rare instance of getting USA involved nonetheless some LA bros like us ;)

Also check out their new 100 Minutes In A Hot Air Balloon mix, packed with jams to keep your spring sprung.

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Felix Jaehn has been at the forefront of the tropical/feelgood house movement for some time now, and continues to churn out tunes at a machine-like pace.  His latest effort is a remix for Alina Baraz & Galimatias, a cool reworking of “Fantasy.”  An infectious melody, unique vox sampling and some island percussion keep this one fresh, coninuing the string of nice releases from the young producer.  Keep an eye out for Felix Jaehn and stream his “Fantasy” remix below.

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How about some dark techno for a little late night jam?  Jackin With The Drums is a production team based in Belgium who have some serious prowess in the studio.  Their latest remix for Sovenger is a haunting journey of jutting synths and rolling percussion.  The album art is certainly applicable, as the elements of this track really come together in a rhythm relatable to a steam engine.  Keep your next party rolling into the wee hours with this dark masterpiece.

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