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The versatile producer/DJ, MOTSA, from Vienna, Austria, has been delivering world-class original tracks and remixes since his first release just eleven months ago. Already supported by luminaries such as Sasha, Steve Lawler, and John Digweed, this gifted rising star is seeing success with his deep, soulful brand of bass heavy house that’s uniquely his own. MOTSA has now come through with this flawless mix that brings back the vibes from some of my favorite warehouse parties and the like. Feel free to download the mix for safe keeping, and expect a new remix from MOTSA coming out on the Vienna-based label, Jhruza Records, in mid-June.

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vindataGM
LA’s genre-bending duo, Vindata, is undeniably on the rise. With an outstanding self-released EP and a handful of remixes already in the bag, the duo has been gaining recognition across the blogosphere for their soulful, melody-rich brand of future bass with pop sensibilities. They now gives us a very diverse guest mix featuring a few of their own tracks, as well as some jams from the likes of Cosmo’s Midnight, Breach, Trippy Turtle, and Dark Sky, amongst others. Keep tabs on Vindata as they are set to release a few remixes/edits, and their …For One to Follow EP is coming on March 4th via Kastle‘s Symbols Recordings.

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• The BPM Festival 2013 Phase 1 Lineup
Circoloco Closing Party at DC10 Lineup
Flying Lotus DJ set at Amoeba Music Hollywood today
Sub Focus new album ‘early next year’
Dark Sky Readies New EP for 50Weapons

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Round two of Science Sundays is already upon us and what better chemical to bring into the mix than the first one I put in my body this morning? Don’t get any of the wrong ideas guys… just caffeine. There are few things I delight in more (slash find absolutely necessary to have in my life every day) than a joyous cup of coffee, and that in large part is due to its caffeine content. Caffeine, for all you terminology nerds, is a xanthine alkaloid that acts as a acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. OK, so that basically means it’s a stimulant. It perks you up, helps keep you clear and focused, and if you’re anything like me after three cappuccinos, can make you jittery and energetic.

So there we have it. Below are a few songs I enjoy, ones that I find help me wake up in the morning, put my head in a nice and clear space, keep me tapping my feet in my desk chair, and ward off any yawns or feelings of exhaustion of the moment. So if you’re feeling a little groggy on Monday morning, or start slowing down at work in the afternoon, fill up your favorite mug and press play. I promise you’ll be right as rain in no time.

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What’s good dirty dancers? It’s Friday, and there are few better ways to soundtrack your weekend than with this latest helping of The Dirt! Troy Kurtz & Sweet FA have been hard at work, handpicking a few of their favorite tunes of the moment, so without further ado, we’re happy to present The Dirt #48…

Casino Times – That’s The Truth (Original Mix)
Beautiful slow-burning house from a duo to watch closely in the coming months. This is a rework of the De La Soul and Chaka Khan track ‘All Good’. Vibes!

Mercury – Sweetness (Original Mix) √+
Giving the nod to old school house with their combination of electronic piano and soulful vocal stabs, Mercury‘s new Sweetness release is an absolute gem. Can highly recommend the full EP, which also features a stellar remix from Catz N’ Dogz.

Groove Armada – RJ’s Theme (Original Mix) √+
Progressive tech-house from Groove Armada‘s recent Red Light project. The synth build is pretty much identical to Danny Daze‘s summer smash ‘Fall Away From Love’ which is maybe why I dig it so much.

Jack Dixon – Clear (Original Mix)
Awesome piece of uptempo house music from Londoner Jack Dixon. The percussion on this track is so crisp. Looking forward to checking out his Knowledge EP which drops next week on Losing Suki.

Eliphino – More Than Me by somethinksounds
Set for release on Halloween via Somethinksounds, Eliphino‘s new track ‘More Than Me’ has been on repeat for the past couple weeks. The versatile London-based producer has already had a release on Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood imprint, and he’s bound to kick up a great deal more heat with this tune when it finally drops.

Double 99 – RIP Groove √+
90s UK garage that obliterates a dancefloor. I saw Nic Fanciulli drop this at Sensation London in August and the place went nuts for it.

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• M83 – Run Into Flowers

The new M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was officially released earlier this week, and it sits comfortably atop the contenders for album of the year. This track is from one of Anthony Gonzalez’s earlier albums, and might be one of my favorite songs of all time.

• ASAP Rocky – Wassup
NY drug dealer turned man rapper ASAP Rocky is the truth. He’s got a  promethazine infused swagger, and it slow-grinds all over this Clams Casino beat (same guy who produced the mesmerizing I’m God.)

• Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out  Words Gone (Dark Sky Remix)
Dark Sky is back again with an extremely emotional mix of Bombay Bicycle Club. Never one to disappoint, a hypnotically deep groove bounces around crooning vocals. Buy the track here.

• 11:11 – Tourist Trap (Jamie Jones Remix)

If you haven’t heard, the consummate businessman that is one Sean Combs AKA genius has teamed up with Guy Gerber to form the 11:11 project. Even though it sounds a bit kooky, the likes of Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, and Renaissance Man have already been on the remix cartel.

• Solomun & Stimming – See You Everyday
I’ve been slamming this one in a lot of sets lately. I really dig the rain/thunder samples. Well played.

• Salem – Sick

I’ll leave you with some witch†haus to get you in the mood for Halloween. And a birdy told me there is a /// Halloween mix dropping sooner than you can say, “OMG LOOK AT WHAT THAT GIRL IS WEARING I CAN SEE HER EVERYTHING!”

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A trio of London-based producers I’ve been paying a lot of attention to lately is Dark Sky, we posted their XX remix last week. Today they dropped their new Something To Lose/Ghost Notes EP on Black Acre. Something to Lose is a bangin tune; an assault of uk garage influenced drum n bass, in a similar vein to Breakage. Check it out and if you like it a bunch, you can buy the EP in full here.

BONUS:
As I’m in a good mood and keen to start the week with some mellow tunage; here’s Sbtrkt‘s highly sought after remix of Art & Cash by Modeselektor. It reached such acclaim in clubland that 50 Weapons released it on limited press vinyl last week. Garage-tech goodness:

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Earlier this week, world renowned Parisian fashionista boutique Colette dropped an exclusive mix they’d commissioned Jamie from The XX to put together. The mix itself boasts the freshest tracklisting I’ve seen in a long while; a mellow hour of dubby glitch and uk garage. Be sure to check out the hotly anticipated Crystalised remix from Boogaloo Crew side project Dark Sky. It’s a big tune…

Tracklisting:
01. Electrelane – I Only Always Think
02. The Streets – Streets Score
04. Silentone – Beat For
05. Rossi B & Luca – Jah No Dead
06. Clubroot – Lucid Dream
07. Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer
08. Burial – Unite
09. Fantastic Mr Fox & Rich Reason – Lo-Fi-Ve
10. Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo
11. Skream – Trapped In A Dark Bubble
12. Silentone – Dub Plate 1
13. Aardvarck – One1
14. James Blake – Sparing The Horses
15. Boogaloo Crew – Hedgehog Sound
16. Zomby – Expert Tuition
17. Deadboy – Heartbreaker
18. Bad Autopsy – Psionic Terror
19. Cooly G – Narst
20. Zed Bias – To The Left (Test)
21. MJ Cole feat Serocee – AO (MJ’s Open Your Gob Dubb)
22. DJ Champion – Motherboard
23. Bertrand Dupart – Ketokole (Boddhi Satva Ancestrial mix)
24. Fantastic Mr Fox – Plimsoul
25. Emvee – Glitch Dub
26. Dorian Concept – Trilingual Dance Sexperience
27. The XX – Islands (Jamie XX remix)
28. Silentone – You’ve Got No Love (feat. Nigh)
29. Egypt – In The Morning (Original Club mix)

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