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GDD™ Morning Update: Diddy/Guy Gerber, The Do LaB, Jamie xx


• Watch: Diddy + Guy Gerber In Conversation at IMS Engage
The Do LaB + Lucent Dossier Experience take over the vibe
at Coachella for the 10th year in a row
Jamie xx Releases New Song “Girl”


Watch: Diddy + Guy Gerber In Conversation at IMS Engage

Diddy and Guy Gerber’s conversation about their forthcoming 11 11 project was probably the biggest talking point at IMS Engage 2014.

Gerber opened up the talks with how he and Diddy met and why this relationship has become what it is: “I was told to come to New York to make music together. He played me a track from my first album for inspiration.”

Diddy talked about his own fascination with electronic music by reminiscing about early trips to Ibiza and its famed DC10 Club, his own first collaboration in this space (‘Let’s Get Ill’) with Stuart Price, Deep Dish, Nellee Hooper and Felix da Housecat, and dancing to Junior Vasquez at the Sound Factory in New York.

“It’s all about the spiritual aspect of this music,” he said. “Playing from the heart and experiencing true emotions. I am always looking for DJs/producers without a set format, who aren’t afraid to clear the dance floor, who are fearless. I thought it would be cool to work with Guy after hearing him.”

On the same day as IMS Engage at W Hollywood, news broke that Diddy topped the rankings in the Forbes Entertainment list with a net worth of $700 million. Diddy, when questioned by Pete Tong on how he managed to reach this, replied: “You all have the same 24 hours a day I do.” Probably the most memorable quote of the Summit.

A heartfelt moment of the day then came when a delegate paying compliments to Diddy, was brought to the stage for a huge hug. At IMS Engage 2013 it was the fight between two managers that caused the headlines. In 2014, it was the Diddy love-in.


The Do LaB + Lucent Dossier Experience take over the vibe at Coachella for the 10th year in a row

For the 10th consecutive year, both The Do LaB and Lucent Dossier Experience provided the heart and soul to Coachella 2014. The Do LaB’s hand crafted stage/installation masterpiece was seemingly dropped on site from the inner fibers of the most vibrant sunsets and darkest nights. It was accompanied by an excellently curated music lineup which included Odesza, LowRIDERz, Sweater Beats, Slow Magic, Kraddy plus many more, as well as their famous misting guns that kept the crowds cool under the Coachella sun.

Lucent Dossier Experience plunged their eager audience into their world of mystifying magic at The Do LaB stage on Friday night and closed out the entire festival on the Gobi stage on Sunday night. Both performances delivered a totally unique and unparalleled energy that left festival-goers stunned and inspired as they stepped back into the world outside. Through a synthesis of heart pounding music and outrageous acrobatics, a new era of Coachella performance art was born. As a window into a new vision of humanity, Lucent Dossier Experience crafted a portal in which such otherworldly conceptions could be realized by all who attended.

As your guide to the best 300 festivals in the world, Fest300 captured the magic of The Do LaB and Lucent Dossier in this beautiful video or visit the Fest300 website and Facebook page.

To get more from The Do LaB and Lucent Dossier Experience, come experience their magic at The Do LaB’s 9th Lightning in a Bottle festival this memorial day weekend near Monterey, California. And if you’re looking for more action from The Do LaB before LIB next month, check out the LiB pre-parties starting this weekend and in the weeks leading up to Lightning in a Bottle!  Check out the LiB Website and LiB Facebook for info more on those.


Jamie xx Releases New Song “Girl”

A few weeks ago, James Blake debuted Jamie xx‘s “Girl” on his BBC radio show. Now, Jamie xx has properly shared “Girl” on its own. It’s from the double A-side 12″ “Girl”/”Sleep Sound”, which is out May 5 via Young Turks. Listen to it above.

(via Pitchfork)



GDD™ Morning Update: Tycho, Chet Faker, Bicep, Icy Lake


• Download a New Mix from Tycho
Chet Faker unveils new clip and tour dates
Bicep announce new release on Will Saul’s Aus label
• Watch the trailer for Night Slugs and Fade to Mind’s documentary Icy Lake


Download a New Mix from Tycho

Fresh off the release his new Awake LP for Ghostly—and having recently offered up a set of Artist Tips for our Gear section—San Francisco producer Tycho has put together a breezy new mix. Clocking in at almost 73 minutes, Tycho’s session for The FADER offers up a helping of summery tunes, touching on effervescent hip-hop beats, throwback synth jams, and melancholy electronics in the course of its run. Though there is no tracklist included, Tycho’s dynamic set can be streamed and downloaded in full below; The FADER’s accompanying interview, which covers everything from Tycho’s current tour schedule to food preferences, can be read here.

(via XLR8R)


Chet Faker unveils new clip and tour dates


Melbourne singer and producer Chet Faker has unveiled a new clip for latest single ’1998′, following the announcement he’ll tour Australia in June.

The new house-inspired track is the second single off the down-tempo producer’s debut album ‘Built On Glass’, released last week through Future Classic.

Faker will also be taking off around Australia for a headline tour in support of the album, with things kicking off at The Wool Exchange in Geelong on June 12 and finishing up at Hobart’s The Odean on July 5.

New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma will be the main support for the tour.

Chet Faker 2014 Australian tour dates below:

12/6- The Wool Exchange, Geelong
13/6- Forum Theatre, Melbourne
19/6- Astor Theatre, Perth
21/6- The Tivoli, Brisbane
22/6- Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast
24/6- Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
25/6- Civic Theatre, Newcastle
27/6- Enmore Theatre, Sydney
28/6- Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong
3/7- HQ, Adelaide
5/7- The Odean, Hobart

Watch the video for ’1998′ below:

(via Mixmag)


Bicep announce new release on Will Saul’s Aus label


London duo Bicep have announced details of another record to be released on Will Saul’s Aus label.

It will be a two track 12”, with ‘Circles’ b/w and ‘NRG106’, and will be released next month on May 30.

The EP with have a strong techno flare, which the duo say has “two steady analog techno grooves” to please DJs “looking for modern dance tracks that are still faithful to the classics.”

This will be the third time they will have released on Aus. Stream the ‘Stash’ EP, which was also out on Aus, here.

(via Mixmag)


Watch the trailer for Night Slugs and Fade to Mind’s documentary Icy Lake

The sister labels’ first joint release will be accompanied by a documentary.

Last month, Night Slugs and Fade to Mind detailed the long-planned re-release of Dat Oven’s cult single ‘Icy Lake’. The release is also the jumping-off point for a short documentary of the same name that explores “connections between 90s tribal house, vogue culture, and the NYC underground past and present.”

Icy Lake was directed by jack-of-all-trades Wills Glasspiegel, who co-wrote the documentary with L-Vis 1990, and it features L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Kingdom, Total Freedom, MikeQ and ballroom performers Kevin Aviance and Anthony Aviance. The film will premiere on Friday, April 25 via Thump; watch the trailer above.

(via FACT Mag)

GDD™ Guest Mix: Mikey Lion – Desert Hearts Edition

One of Southern California’s finest producer/DJs, Mikey Lion, had early beginnings scratching hip-hop records at the age of 13, but since then, he’s moved on to dance music, cultivating his career through productions and DJ residencies at renowned parties such as Lovelife. Additionally, this San Diego-based artist is also a co-founder and resident of the underground festival, Desert Hearts, that is quickly building a strong community of likeminded House and Techno aficionados, while receiving critical acclaim from respected media outlets like Resident Advisor.

In celebration of the upcoming Desert Hearts festival (Tickets) being held in Apple Valley, CA from April 25-27th, Mikey Lion has delivered an excellent mix of his refined brand of “Tribal Gangster Tech-House” that’ll keep you coming back for more deep grooves. Enjoy the mix below, then head after the jump for Mikey’s upcoming tour dates (including Coachella this weekend), more info on Desert Hearts, and the tracklist for the mix.


Tour Dates:
April 19th – The Do LaB at Coachella, 1:30-2:55PM
April 25th-27th – Desert Hearts, Apple Valley, CA
May 1st – Bang Bang w/ Claude VonStroke, San Diego, CA
May 2nd-4th – Electric Poncho, Guadalupe Canyon, Mexico

In case you missed it, here’s the Desert Hearts lineup! Purchase tickets here.
New Desert Hearts Flyer


1. Richy Ahmed – The Drums
2. R&AB&MD – MS
3. Steve Lawler – Do Ya (Bunte Bummler Remix)
4. Oliver Schmitz, Micah Sherman – Default (Luca M, JUST 2 Remix)
5. Dr Needles – Mr Crazy (Lui Maldonado Remix)
6. Dale Howard – Break
7. Mr Jefferson, Nobody Else – How To Be A Gangster
8. Luca M, JUST2 – Body Freak
9. Ramon Tapia – House Assignment
10. An-Beat, Camilo Do Santos – Husky
11. Youcef Elaid – Open Air
12. Mikey Lion, Jonjo Williams – Voltron


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GDD™ Morning Update: Diplo, Bonobo, The Do LaB


Diplo launches SoundCloud account supporting new music
Bonobo digs deep for an Essential Mix debut you should hear
The Do LaB announces Coachella Weekend 2 set times


Diplo launches SoundCloud account supporting new music

Mad Decent head honcho Diplo has launched a SoundCloud account hosting music he approves of.

Aptly titled Diplo Approved, he took to Twitter to let his followers know about the new account, where he’ll re-post any tunes that tickle his fancy.

Only a few tracks appear on there at the moment, including a Genesis remix of Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Collard Greens’ collaboration, Emoh Instead’s ‘Say So’ EP, a remix of Slum Village and ‘Suburbs’ by Norwegian singer Mr Little Jeans.

Check out Diplo Approved here.

(via Mixmag)


Bonobo digs deep for an Essential Mix debut you should hear


Basking in the critical success of his most recent album The North Borders, Simon Green AKABonobo has been riding high well into 2014, following a massive 140-date tour and plans to headline the iconic Alexandra Palace in London in November. This past weekend was especially big for the UK producer, performing at Coachella Music Festival on the same evening as the airing of his debut Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.

While Bonobo’s approach to the mix was to simply play out the “broader spectrum” of music he enjoys, one quick glance at the tracklist below is evidence enough of his seasoned selection skills. Soulful cuts from artists like Awanto 3, Dauwd, Cuthead, Jimpster and Romare sound out among deeper, broodier tracks from Mano Le Tough, Ten Walls and Throwing Snow. Aside from showing his home label Ninja Tune some love by highlighting music from label-mates Kelis and Illum Sphere, Green showcases some of his own work, including his remix of Maya Jane Coles’ Something in the Air. Check it out below.

Bonobo Essential Mix tracklist
01. Vangelis – Abraham’s Theme
02. Bonobo – Don’t Wait
03. Letherette – D&t (Dorian Concept Remix)
04. Dark Sky – Clear
05. Maya Jane Coles – Something In The Air (Bonobo Remix)
06. Catching Flies – Mama’s Wisdom
07. Mano Le Tough – Primitive People (Tale Of Us Remix)
08. Dauwd – Lydia
09. Cuthead – Maputo Jam
10. Maribou State – Moon Circles
11. Sharon Van Etten – We Are Fine (Tourist Remix)
12. Jimpster & Porchlight – Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix)
13. Lorca – Naoko
14. Bonobo feat. Grey Reverend – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
15. Jungle – Drops (Pedestrian Edit)
16. Werkha – Lapwing
17. Ten Walls – Requiem
18. Francis Bebey – Bissao (Pilooski Edit)
19. General Ludd – Woo Ha
20. Romare – Jimmy
21. William Arcane – Reflected
22. London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)
23. Taylor Mcferrin feat. Emily King – Decisions
24. Throwing Snow feat. Adda Kaleh – The Tempest
25. Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)
26. Illum Sphere – Embryonic (Lone Remix)
27. Martyn – Glassbeadgames (Four Tet Dub)

(via inthemix)


The Do LaB announces Coachella Weekend 2 set times


Our friends at The Do LaB have announced the set times for Coachella weekend 2! Much like weekend 1, they bring a stacked lineup including some of my personal favorites such as Kidnap Kid, DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, Sweater Beats, Opiuo, and many more. See you out there this weekend!


[DOWNLOAD] YNGCULT – 2014 Coachella Mix

The LA-based live indie-electronic act, YNGCULT, may be brand new to the scene, but they showcase a matured and developed sound with their unmistakable, soulful music. After releasing a pair of singles off of their forthcoming Capitøll EP (after the jump), and crushing their debut gig at the historic LA venue, The Mint, they deliver an outstanding Coachella mix that not only features tasteful selections from the festival’s performers, but also a handful of their own distinctive originals and an unreleased remix. Whether you went to the festival or not, this YNGCULT mix will conveniently bring the Coachella vibe through your speakers. Keep tabs on YNGCULT and mark your calendars for their Capitøll EP that’s set for release next Tuesday, April 22nd.

Tracklist after the jump…



1. YNGCULT – Absølute
2. Banks – Waiting Game
3. Drake ft. Jhené Aiko – From Time (Atu & Sango Edit)
5. Anna Lunoe & Flume – I Met You
6. Poolside – Harvest Moon
7. Lettuce – Ghost of Jupiter (YNGCULT Remix)
8. Bastille – Of The Night
9. Disclosure – You & Me
10. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
11. Chocolate Puma feat. Kris Kiss – Step Back (Original Mix)
12. Classixx – Holding On
13. YNGCULT – Piano Songs
14. Oliver Heldens – Gecko (Original Mix)
15. Bonobo – Cirrus
16. YNGCULT – Sides of War
17. Yellow Claw – Kaolo
18. YNGCULT – Let’s Get It Back



GDD™ Morning Update: Disclosure/Friend Within, Culprit, Hyperdub


Disclosure and Friend Within Premiere New Track, “The Mechanism”
Culprit celebrates five years with global showcases
Hyperdub Details New Kyle Hall 12″, Shares Mini-Mix from Kode9


Disclosure and Friend Within Premiere New Track, “The Mechanism”

A new collaboration between Friend Within and Disclosure (pictured) has surfaced.

BBC Radio 1′s Annie Mac got the exclusive first play of ‘The Mechanism’ for the ‘Special Delivery’ segment of her show last night, with the track pencilled in for a release via PMR Records at the end of April.

Disclosure are currently on tour, and are set to play at Coachella again this coming weekend.

Listen to ‘The Mechanism’ below.

(via Mixmag)


Culprit celebrates five years with global showcases


Culprit is in the midst of its fifth anniversary celebrations. 

The label started in LA back in 2009 with a release from H.E.A.D.S., going on to count the likes of Subb-an, Lee Foss, MANIK and Adriatique among its ranks. Since the beginning it’s grown into quite an empire of gigs and parties around the world, perhaps most famously the Culprit series of of summer rooftop parties in LA, which will have an early jumpstart this year with an April 27th show featuring Maya Jane Coles and Edu Imbernon

From there, they’ll begin a fifth anniversary tour that’ll bring their artists all around the world, but only a few gigs have been announced so far. Justin Jay, a local who debuted on Culprit last year, will rep the crew in Panama City on May 10th and Albuquerque a week later on the 17th, and then he’ll head to New York to join a larger crew with Lee Curtiss and UK label associates jozif and Matt Tolfrey for a special nighttime Culprit Sessions at Verboten. Tickets for that one are available on RA, and more five-year celebration gigs are set to be announced soon. 

You can check out a stream of Culprit’s latest release, featuring Francesca Lombardo and PBR Streetgang, below. 

United States of America Apr 27  Culprit Roofto.., Standard Hotel Rooftop, California (South)
Panama May 10  Culprit 5 Year Showcase, Hotel Brisas de Amador, Panama
United States of America May 17  Culprit 5 Year Showcase, Effex Nightclub, New Mexico
United States of America May 31  Culprit Sessions: Droog / Matthias T.., Verboten, New York

(via RA)


Hyperdub Details New Kyle Hall 12″, Shares Mini-Mix from Kode9


Celebrating 10 years of releasing quality, uncompromising electronic music from around the world, Hyperdub has its sights set on a very big year for 2014. New records from the likes of Cooly G, Fatima Al Qadiri, and King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm alias have alreadybeen announced or released, and we’ve also received the details of the first in a series of four compilations that will arrive this year to help celebrate the anniversary. Adding to that today, the label has unveiled a forthcoming 12″ from Detroit iconoclast Kyle Hall(pictured above) and a mini-mix of new music from Hyperdub honcho Kode9.

Kyle Hall’s “Girl U So Strong” b/w “Take Me Away” 12″ will be the first record to arrive with a previously unreleased track lifted from the upcoming Hyperdub 10.1 comp, and is set to drop on May 12, one week before the aforementioned collection hits retailers. That record’s a-side is among the myriad tracks crammed into Kode9′s 10-minute Hyperdub 10.1 Mini-Mix, which also features new productions from Mala, Kuedo, DJ Rashad, the mixmaster himself, and others. Though no tracklist was shared, Kode9′s quick session can be streamed in full below. The artwork for Hall’s “Girl U So Strong” b/w “Take Me Away” is also below.

(via XLR8R)

GDD™ Morning Update: Coachella, EDC UK, Pete Tong, Edu Imbernon


Coachella announces live stream set times
• Milton Keynes Bowl hosts two-day 
Electric Daisy Carnival UK
Pete Tong‘s All Gone To Sea Plans Revealed
Edu Imbernon previews new single, “Dalt,”and  announces tour


Coachella announces live stream set times

Coachella has announced the set times of the live streams on their YouTube channel.

Both weekends will be broadcast live from the desert, including sets from headline acts Skrillex, Fatboy Slim and Disclosure.

Duck Sauce, Chromeo, Calvin Harris and Little Dragon (pictured) can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa, with the possibility that other acts could be added last minute.

The action kicks off this weekend, April 11-13. The following weekend, April 18-20, will be broadcast on the AXS TV website.

Head to Coachella on YouTube to see all the times.

(via Mixmag)


Milton Keynes Bowl hosts two-day Electric Daisy Carnival UK

On Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13, the world-famous dance music festival Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will return to the UK for an epic two-day party that will further establish this international event as a highlight of the UK summer calendar. Electric Daisy Carnival UK promises to be even bolder and more spectacular than 2013’s sold out inaugural event, making the trailblazing festival the most impressive show of 2014. 

Electric Daisy Carnival UK will transform iconic outdoor entertainment venue Milton Keynes Bowl into a brand new world. Milton Keynes Bowl has hosted concerts by some of the most famous musical acts of all time, including Queen, David Bowie, U2 and REM, Bon Jovi and Metallica, It provides the perfect setting for Electric Daisy Carnival UK and everything that comes along with it, including a line-up that boasts the brightest dance music stars, with stages including Kinetic Field, Circuit Grounds and Cosmic Meadow.

The festival will feature its signature creative elements including state-of-the-art production and special effects, roaming costumed performers and interactive art installations. EDC UK will be a vibrant hub of creative energy and activity, taking fans from day into night. Expect an unrivalled visual experience, as Electric Daisy Carnival UK presents the biggest LED show, never seen before in the UK for one weekend only, and takes pyrotechnics to a whole new level.

The line-up is as impressive as ever, reading like a who’s who of electronic music. On Saturday July 12, arguably the biggest and most successful global star of 2013, Avicii, will take over the decks of the Kinetic Field, while house music hero and one of the most prominent acts in the history of electronic music, Steve Angello, will also play, as well as US electro house star Steve Aoki, plus Nicky Romero, chart-storming Martin Garrix and bombastic brothers Showtek.

Circuit Grounds presents a list of heavyweights on July 12 who epitomise the trance genre. Undisputed trance master Paul van Dyk travels to Milton Keynes Bowl, alongside the unique Ferry Corsten, progressive head Ørjan Nilsen, captivating Brit Simon Patterson, the multi-talented Ben Gold, and a very special guest appearance from the daddy himself Paul Oakenfold

On July 12 Cosmic Meadow represents techno’s leading artists. Italian techno ambassador and Music On man Marco Carola heads a line-up that includes electronic pioneer Dubfire, house hot property Hot Since 82, figurehead and innovator Davide Squillace and the always-electric Timo Maas.

 The UK’s very own Calvin Harris takes to the Kinetic Field stage on July 13, along with legend Fatboy Slim, the unstoppable Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, dancefloor-destroying duo NERVO, Dutch DJ of the moment R3hab and Carnage. The focal point of the festival, the Kinetic Field stage will be bigger than ever, with all the out-of-this-world production that can be expected from an EDC event.

 The Circuit Grounds stage will be transformed on July 13, hosting some of the leaders and up-and-comers in dance music. Electro hotheads Blasterjaxx join new-gen DJ Dannic, and chart topper DVBBS. Dyro brings his breakthrough sounds, wunderkind DJ and producer Julian Jordan appears, Laidback Luke provides unparalleled mayhem, Rebecca & Fiona supply high energy revelry, and Sander van Doorn raises hands.

And on July 13 the Cosmic Meadow stage takes things harder and heavier, with genre-bending turntablist A Trak, BBC Radio 1 bass connoisseur B.Traits with MC Juma, HARD Events head honcho Destructo, moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis, bassbin-shaking Gorgon City, dynamic electronic mixing duo Jack Beats, moody house outfit My Nu Leng and Shift K3Y drops garage-infused beats.

Expect fireworks, foods from around the world, dancers, performance artists, costumes, sound, light and creative energy. There will be carnival rides and dramatic décor and fans are encouraged to dress up and make this their most special day.

Electric Daisy Carnival UK is brought to the UK by a power partnership between Insomniac and Cream. Electric Daisy Carnival parent company Insomniac has long been established as one of the world’s finest party producers. Insomniac has built an international reputation for hosting some of the biggest shows on the planet, producing more than 250 music events for more than 3,000,000 concert goers across America including a ground-breaking 345,000 revellers to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas last year, as well as producing dozens of other music festivals and club shows annually.

“Every time I think back to the last summer, I’m humbled that over 50,000 fans showed up to share their amazing energy and enthusiasm during our first international show, EDC in the UK. Because of their amazing support we’re bringing the festival back for its second year and, it’s going to be bigger and brighter than before. Milton Keynes Bowl is such a world-renowned venue and we’re excited to transform it into something that’s never been seen before,” Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac.

One of the UK’s longest-running, most respected frontline promoters of electronic music, Cream has built an unprecedented reputation for hosting some of the best events the UK has to offer, including Creamfields festival, which has amassed a global following and is considered a badge of honour for all who play there.

The illustrious and iconic Milton Keynes Bowl will feature theatrical elements, performers and dance troupes, and fully immersive arts installations for Headliners to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the multi-sensory wonders that make Electric Daisy Carnival events so completely unforgettable. Electric Daisy Carnival UK will be a multi-faceted, vibrant, pulsing hub of energy and activity

An experience to remember forever, Electric Daisy Carnival UK is the very best of days.

Tickets are on sale now. Early bird tickets are priced at £55 (+ booking fee) for the day, and £100 (+ booking fee) for the whole weekend, and are available for a limited time.


Pete Tong’s All Gone To Sea Plans Revealed


Pete Tong has unveiled the plans for his new project, ‘All Gone to Sea’.

Tong will be captaining a four-day cruise, from Miami to Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos. Confirmed crew members so far are Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Nervo, R3HAB, Eats Everything, Scuba, Chris Lake, Kolsch and Jackmaster.

The trip, which departs from Miami on November 6 and returns November 10, will include four sunrises, four sunsets, one beach party, 96 hours and 40 DJs.

Tong says: “All Gone to Sea will be an exciting adventure on the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Bringing together the best hit makers from the world’s big rooms, together with a mischievous bunch of rebels from the deeper underground hot spots has always been my mission. With All Gone to Sea we take that passion on to a big ship for the first time.”

More information and tickets are available here 

(via Mixmag)


Edu Imbernon previews new single, “Dalt,” and announces tour


Valencia’s Edu Imbernon has carved out a stellar reputation for his vibrant and colourful club constructions since first breaking onto the scene back in 2009 with the extraordinary ‘El Baile Alemán’. With further releases on Suara, Get Physical and his own label Eklektisch, as well as remix work for the likes of Jamie XX and Maya Jane Coles already under his belt, Edu’s reputation continues to grow.

 Having also played at locations across the globe, including those as far-reaching as Lebanon and even Brazil, as well as appearances at Ultra Music Festival in Miami and a residency at Space in Ibiza set to enter it’s fourth year this summer, he looks set to enjoy another hugely successful year. With a glistening remix of Hot Natured’s ‘Emerald City’ already supported by the likes of Jamie Jones and Tiesto set for release in March too, Edu has the perfect springboard to launch soulful new single ‘Dalt’ on April 28th.

Built around a classic house template, ‘Dalt’ gathers pace for a little over a minute before suddenly exploding into life with introduction of a trademark, thick-edged bassline. Full to the brim with sunshine rhythm and groove, it charges along with a certain Balearic charm as gentle strings and flickering synths intertwine to mesmeric effect. Sure to make a significant impression in the clubs, Imbernon’s ability to blend such a vast array of sounds on ‘Dalt’ is sure to earmark him as one to watch throughout 2014. 

Catch Edu Imbernon live on tour:




GDD™ Morning Update: Kaytranada, Lockah, Motions


• Download Kaytranada‘s Bandcamp catalog before he takes it down
• Listen to Lockah‘s ‘Yahoo or the Highway’ LP for Donky Pitch
Motions debuts on Body High


Download Kaytranada’s Bandcamp catalog before he takes it down

Montreal producer Kaytranada has built up quite the Bandcamp back catalogue in the last few years but he’s told fans to grab the releases while they can.

The 13 releases appear on his Kaytradamus page, the pseudonym he used to produce under, including last year’s excellent ‘Kaytra Todo’ EP and his collaborative work with The Celestics.

He let his Facebook fans aware by saying: “Go out there and cop a Kaytradamus/Kaytranada album. Most of them are free. I’m gonna take em off soon so…yeah.”

The ‘Hilarity Duff’ producer recently collaborated with Mobb Deep for their new album and featured in the March issue of the magazine.

(via Mixmag)


Listen to Lockah’s ‘Yahoo or the Highway’ LP for Donky Pitch


One of the handful of exciting new talents emerging from burgeoning Brighton labelDonky PitchBubblin’ Up Scottish producer Lockah is just under a week from releasing hisdebut LP, Yahoo or the Highway, and has preemptively unleashed the whole record to be streamed online. The artist born Tom Banks delivers 13 neon-hued, rave-indebted, and—on occasion—surprisingly poignant productions across his album’s 45 minutes, focusing as much on dancefloor-friendly beats and hooky melodies as he does atmospherics and other intricate subtleties. Before they drop on April 14, each of Lockah’s new tunes from Yahoo or the Highway can be heard in their entirety here, courtesy of Pitchfork Advance.

(via XLR8R)


Motions debuts on Body High


Brendan Neal, formerly of Grown Folk, will make his debut as Motions on April 29th.

Neal formed Grown Folk a few years ago in Montreal with partner Drew Kim (who now goes by Druture), and the two built up a reputation making hip-hop beats for rappers like Main Attrakionz as well as crafting more house-oriented work for themselves (like their 2013 EP for Icee Hot). After a trip to London last year for a holiday and a Boiler Room session, Neal decided to obtain a work visa and stay in the UK for an extended period of time. After the dissolution of Grown Folk due to stylistic differences, Neal used his time alone to focus on the more house and techno aspect of his work, eventually resurfacing as Motions.

He’s signed to LA label Body High for his first EP, and we spoke with Neal over e-mail to discuss his rebooted career. We’ve also got a stream of “All Gone” below.

(via XLR8R)


GDD™ Morning Update: SoundCloud, Scuba, Brian Eno/Karl Hyde


• SoundCloud set to hold discussions with major labels
• Stream a Mini-Mix of Scuba‘s ‘Phenix 1′ EP
Brian Eno and Karl Hyde reveal another collaborative track, ‘Daddy’s Car’

SoundCloud set to hold discussions with major labels

SoundCloud is set to hold copyright discussions with major labels and publishers, according to reports.
Digital Music News claims a pair of sources, who wish to remain anonymous, say that labels are unhappy with the manner SoundCloud works, due to owned content being uploaded by third parties.

As a result of user-uploaded content, the music site operates under a loophole within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

One of the sources claimed that keeping track of all content is difficult for labels but used the British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) policing of Google and YouTube as a good example.

“Their [catalog] is all over SoundCloud, and it’s essentially too hard to police but that doesn’t mean they won’t start. If you look at what’s happening over at Google and YouTube, you have the BPI flooding Google and YouTube with takedown notices.

“SoundCloud doesn’t want to start that because they could get completely flooded [with DMCA takedown demands]. And that’s just one way [the major labels] will start a war.”

(via Mixmag)


Stream a Mini-Mix of Scuba’s ‘Phenix 1′ EP


With the first in his series of three EPs arriving on April 14, Berlin-based Hotflush bossScuba has put together and shared a very quick mini-mix which previews all four tracks from his impending Phenix 1 EP. The nearly four minute session seems to barely break the surface of the forthcoming record, especially after we’ve already heard some of its tracks in full, and breezes by all too quickly. However, the new sounds we do hear fromPhenix 1 are certainly enticing, including the soft vocal melodies that grace the mix’s opening minute and the array of almost palpable atmospherics that Scuba has woven into each of his new productions. All three minutes and 40 seconds of the Phenix 1 mini-mix can be streamed below.

(via XLR8R)


Brian Eno and Karl Hyde reveal another collaborative track, ‘Daddy’s Car’


Another dispatch from Someday World. 

Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde, you’ll likely have heard by now, are making an album together. The pair’s first collaborative effort, ‘The Satellites’ ,wasn’t exactly heartily received: the saccharine, vocal-led track quickly became something of a Twitter punchline, and got the shoe pie treatment in the FACT Singles Club.

Warp have now unveiled a second track from the pair, titled ‘Daddy’s Car’. Carnivalesque and cheery, it’s cut from a similar cloth to ‘The Satellites’ – which means you’ll already know whether you’re going to enjoy this one or not. Click below to listen.

Someday World is due on May 5 on Warp.

(via FACT Mag)

[GDD™ Premiere] ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Worthy’s Raw Remix) + Q&A

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.


GDD™ x Worthy Q&A

Gotta Dance Dirty: GDD™ Interview tradition: what do you like to drink?
Worthy: I like spinich,blueberry, and banana smoothies in the morning, and Vodka Tonics at night.

GDD: What’s new?
Worthy: So much it’s crazy, lots of fun things on the horizon both in terms of my releases, and a tour I am putting together.

GDD: So you have an EP coming out on OWSLA on April 21st. How did this come about and what is it like?
Worthy: I just shot the guys at OWSLA some tracks I thought would fit in with their vibe, as a follow up to my Crickets and Joints EP from last year. They were into it, which was awesome. There are two track on it: “Hit Me” which has some hard bass with this old school break beat in the middle. The other track is “Secure” which has this kind of ragga feel to it, with a big epic break in the middle.

GDD: We just premiered this Wu Tang re-work of yours. Why did you choose that track and what does Wu Tang mean to you?
Worthy: I found this funk rework of Shimmy Shimmy Ya by the El Michaels Affair where there were some pianos and horns on there own and it got me thinking about how I could do a sweet remix with those parts. I tried to do it a year ago but did not get it going as I was totally preoccupied with producing my full length album, but I decided to try again this year and it just came together really smoothly. Like I said in my write up of the tune: I think since WuTang recently came out with new material, the energy was out there and the Shaolin came down and blessed me creatively. And yes, I seriously believe this. Wu-tang has had such a powerful influence on my generation and the hiphop movement in general, and I wanted to pay homage to that.

GDD: What can you tell us about your forthcoming album?
Worthy: I am super excited to get my album out and it will finally be coming out in June. It has been a two year journey of creation, locking myself up in my cave and really pushing myself in a way I never have before. It is definitely a bit of a departure, or rather I should say, an evolution of my usual sound, but of course it still has the flavor. The name of the album is Disbehave. I think I decided to call it that, because I was going against the grain of what is typically expected of me in my music, and just doing what felt right for me as an artist at the time. It has 13 tracks on it, varying from downtempo to deep house. But of course it still has some big bass tunes like most people know to expect from me. I really think people will enjoy it.

GDD: What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Worthy: My team and I are working on putting together a nice tour around the album and then we are doing a big remix package of the album that will come out in the fall. I also have an EP on Safer At Night which is a new label from Curses that will drop in July. And as to be expected, I will have some more remixes to giveaway too, so keep an eye out for those.