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A couple of weeks ago I met up with Grenier at one of my favorite local spots Forage for a little food and friendly discussion. What I think both of us anticipated was a brief discussion about his upcoming projects, but what ended up happening was a close to hour long conversation about creativity and the state of music. I left feeling the opposite of disappointed… sure I was like 30 minutes late to my next thing but the topics we discussed was something I felt needed to be expressed. So instead of a carefully edited, introspective piece from me that took days to organize and edit down, below you’ll find an honest conversation between myself and a musician who’s very clearly spent a lot of time not only working with others but also thinking about how to work in new ways.

This all came about by the premiere of his stunning music video for “Intentions,” which came out on Symbols last year. You can watch the video below but I highly suggest clicking after the jump to read about Grenier’s multitude of new projects, including ones with Archie Pelago, Eprom & Hejfund, and The Glitch Mob. I’d love to see others’ opinions on the rest of this, perhaps open some insightful discussions.

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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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After discovering Lindsay Lowend over a year ago, I knew that he had great potential. Now with a more refined sound and plenty of releases, including his Wind Fish EP on Symbols Recordings and a handful of stand-out remixes, he has been creating a substantial amount of buzz around his distinctive talent. We couldn’t wait for more Lindsay Lowend music, so we’ve enlisted him for this week’s guest mix. Enjoy his eclectic offering below.

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Today, Antonio Cuna, better known as the Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats, just released his That Feel EP, on Kastle‘s Symbols Recordings. On the EP, he showcases a fresh take on his R&B-leaning future bass sound swapping out samples for original vocals for the first time. Check out That Feel below and purchase it on iTunes.

In celebration of the release of That Feel, Sweater Beats has put together a GDD exclusive “15 Minutes of Timbo” mix highlighting select Timbaland-produced tracks that have greatly influenced his music. Additionally, we were able to chat with Sweater Beats about his experience as a musician growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, his vision for the new EP, what he hopes to accomplish with his career and more. See the tracklist for the mix and the full interview after the jump.

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Kastle is one of those people in my life that I’ve come to appreciate every little thing he does. To the point where every time a text shows up on my phone from him, I know it’s going to be good. So when he shot one over saying I’m going to love the new artist he was about to release on his label Symbols, my interest was more than piqued. Little did I know how much that interest would explode upon hearing his latest signee: Lindsay Lowend. Young and full of a sort of weirdly-fantastic effervescent charm, Lindsay Lowend quickly rose to be my favorite upcoming artist.

I talked to Lindsay Lowend a couple weeks ago following the release of his EP Wind Fish on Symbols, dude is easily the most well-spoken guy I’ve ever interviewed. Perfect grammar. *Angels Singing* Since he explains everything you want to know so well, without further ado just click the jump to read the full interview.

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Since releasing his debut EP on Symbols Recordings, Druid Cloak has put out two other EPs, Athene’s Hollow and Bastion of the Sterling Thrones, while staying busy with touring and strong remixes/mixtapes. He now introduces his forthcoming offering, Return To The Grove, that accentuates his signature genre-defying sound.

Druid Cloak manages to infuse a human element into these intricate productions that range from smooth, sub-bass house to percussive downtempo. In addition to his tracks, the dirtybird-affiliated Kill Frenzy rounds out the release with a ghettofied remix of “Hearthstone.” Have a listen to Druid Cloak‘s Return To The Grove EP below and if you’re in town, come out to the Lyric Theatre tomorrow night, October 4th, for his Los Angeles debut performance (I’ll be there :D).

Release Date: October 8, 2013

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An album should be a journey in sound — a collection of songs arranged in a specific way, telling the story of the artist in a way that only he or she possibly could. This is exemplified perfectly in Romanian producer, Liar‘s, new album, Spirewards, out on Symbols Recordings today. From the opening track, “Western Digital,” to the closing “Edendrive,” Liar infuses much emotion into all 11 productions on the record, diving into deep, dark sonic crevices yet emerging back up to the surface for breaths of beauty throughout. Spirewards is naturally at home with Symbols Recordings — a label that embraces the evocative forms of electronic music through meticulous attention to detail.

To coincide with the album release today, Liar has put together an incredibly intelligent curation of sound, featuring a carefully selected track list with contributions of classics from Aphex Twin, Zomby, Burial, and many more. The musical intelligence of this producer is truly off the charts. I urge you to have a listen to this √+ mix and pick up the album today.

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There are countries that are known to breed promising dance music talent, but there are few that come close to the quality output of the UK, and the High Wycombe/Leeds-based producer, Kiri, is a prime example of this. With releases on Symbols Recordings and Crown Duel‘s impressive new label, Bear Fresh, he has been making waves in the underground. Now Kiri takes on this week’s guest mix featuring a hefty load of UK garage/bass-styled tracks and new material for a peak-time vibe. Check it out below and keep Kiri on your radar.

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On deck for Kastle‘s on-point Symbols Recordings is a 4-track EP from 20 year old video game enthusiast and bass music prodigy, Lindsay Lowend. This young DC producer blends his interests in gaming and technology with a seemingly inherent feel for building depth and vibe to his music, a rare quality found in such green talent. Already picking up support from some big guns around the scene, I’d expect the Wind Fish EP to make some large waves toward the end of this summer. Available August 6th. √+