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Night Bass pioneer, AC Slater, has released a new 5-track EP today, giving the whole batch away for free as part of the brand new, free-release Nest imprint which will live within the walls of Skrillex’s Nest HQ. The EP, titled Back To The Floor, is jam-packed with club tunes, with bits of Garage, Bassline, Electro, and House all making for an energetic party release. Get ready to hear “Roll Up” in a lot of places you go. √+

I had the real pleasure of hanging out quite a bit with the gLAdiator boys last week in Miami, and after knowing Ian (readily donned with glasses and at least one bucket hat) from our original industry trench days I have to say I’m quite pleased to see how far they’ve come. April 1st marked the release of their gettup / party-burner EP Assembly Line on Fool’s Gold and I think they kinda nailed it with this one. gLAdiator’s honest approach to just having a genuine GOOD TIME is tangible from their presence on stage to the structure in their songs.

The EP begins with “Work” – a record set at the perfect pitch, tempo, and range to easily launch this into a category with other big festival anthems… “Sweat” takes a heavy nod towards A-Trak’s production style, with stuttering reverb toppling itself over disco-oriented chords. Then you have “Assembly Line” which is almost exactly what you’d expect it to be… a drippy and rolling track with various leads and growls, chants and twangs… you can tell the guys had fun with this one. Or it took them like six months. Who knows. Unsurprisingly the EP continues it’s well-structured progression and you dive right into “230 Feeling” which with a militant drum intro and whooping sirens inevitably means you’re not really going to bed til the sun comes out. And finally, “Weekend” takes trap music canons of hollow eastern-european influenced bells and chants like “Where my white girls at?” and cuts them into something interesting by the aid of a perfectly chopped vocal synth cry.

Overall I have to say a valiant effort from the guys, they cover a lot of ground here and amongst the heavy midst of various trap artists who’ve found solace in the super low-end or rampaging horns of the genre, gLAdiator take a welcomed seat right in the middle. It’s neither completely cheesy nor over-saturated, which is a simple nod to gLAdiator just having fun making what they want to make. Their honesty and effervescence as musicians will assuredly be what sustains them on the ever-changing map of dance music. Nice one, guys.

You can go buy the Assembly Line EP on Beatport or iTunes or wherever music is sold, and you can stream it below.

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Justin Martin invades Exchange LA this Saturday for the second round of his residency and this time he brings the UK dirtybird Eats Everything with him for a special 8 hour b2b set! To get you ready for the long haul, we caught up with Eats about WMC and playing with Justin. We also got an exclusive ‘Reebeef’ of his for free download, so read what he had to say and grab the tune below!

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So everyone’s back from Miami, that’s awesome. Even more awesome is the influx of music being released as festival season rounds third base. That means this Dirt is jam packed with some fresh mulch on top to keep things nice and lively as you start texting your Coachella homies to figure out what in the world you’re going to wear next weekend. While that worry might be top of mind, erase all the rest with this loaded tracklist from myself, Colby J., and Troy Kurtz.

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Today, we have a special feature for the dirtybird-affiliated talent known as Worthy. He’s given us the premiere of his outstanding re-work of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” that brings a striking bass-heavy ghetto-tech sound to the classic tune. Additionally, we’ve conducted a quick Q&A to catch up with him about his forthcoming releases, this re-work, and his other future plans. Have a listen below and check out the Q&A after the jump.

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Sometimes a quick shout out on social media can go a long way.  Yesterday our friends over at Harder Blogger Faster Tweeted four simple words: “This is very good”.  The Tweet was accompanied by a link to The Beatangers remix of “This My Shit” by Nikitin.  And now, here we are posting about it.  If you like a song, say something about it.  The repost button on SoundCloud, a YouTube link on Facebook or a simple Tweet…these things can go a long way.

The remix package for “This My Shit” is a stellar one with remixes by Kolombo, Sammy W & Alex E and L.O.O.P.  The personal stand out for me is The Beatangers remix.  It’s a dirty combination of Indie-Electro & G-House, giving the song a Blog House feel harking back to a sound that mid-2000s Tiga perfected & late-2000s Grum ran away with.

“This My Shit” remix pack is out now via LouLou Records.

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Our Mexicali boys THEE COOL CATS have finally gotten the release we’ve been waiting for. G House heavyweights Amine Edge & Dance have kept their record ‘Hand On The Pump’ hidden in their arsenal for over a year and now premiere it with the world on their infamous label CUFF. The EP comes equipped with 3 other heaters – sampling some of the hardest vocals in hip hop and the fattest basslines in house music. We’ve been anticipating this one for awhile, so support the dudes and grab it on beatport!

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To say that Amtrac has found his footing would be a drastic understatement. He’s been on a rapidly uphill climb, and rightfully so. His remix of Depeche Mode‘s Should Be Higher is nothing short of brilliant. The tight musicality in the synth work paired with the legendary vocals of David Gahan make this another belter of a tune.

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