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Mexican boogie maestro, The Funk District has been all over my radar with his groove-laden, scalpel reworks. His first, solo offering comes in the form of the latest release from Denver-based, Hotbox Boogie, with the ‘Get On Down EP.’ Kicking things off is ‘I’m Gonna Get You Baby,’ with it’s uber-classy bass riff and slinky guitars. Following right behind is a loopy take on Cameo’s undisputed boogie classic, ‘Rigor Mortis,’ here transformed into ‘Get On Down’ and highlighting the incomparable, Cameo horn section. On the wrap up, we get ‘Feelin’ Alright,’ a filtered, Moog driven stepper that conjures visions of sunsets in Tulum.

BUY it HERE.



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Dino Soccio may not be the strongest household name, but the Razor-N-Tape affiliate and Only Children member is certainly deserving of his comeuppance. Case in point: his latest rework of The Roots, pre-Fallon era classic, ‘Break U Off.’ The Chicago-native/LA transplant let’s his mid-west…um, ‘roots’ shine through on this chunky, uptempo revision chalk full of uplifting organ stabs and bottom-heavy beats. Cop the FREE DOWNLOAD below.

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Leeds based duo, Hearts Of Darkness take us on a foggy, subterranean journey through their deep and moody sounds on our latest mix installment. Comprised of British beat makers, Al Bradley and Phil Towers, Hearts Of Darkness is the recent guise of these musical partners which are responsible for such institutions as 3am Recordings and the Deadbeat Disco Radio Show.

Strap in for an hour long tour of the dark and dusty hallways that comprise the Hearts Of Darkness, a trip that is to be taken anything but lightly.

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Enigmatic duo, Marvin & Guy are responsible for the newest slab of black gold to bless the Young Adults imprint with their impeccable, “Dance Abilities EP”. This triple header kicks off with the aptly titled, “Dance Ability (The Journey)”, a 10 minute romp of uptempo, minimalistic psychedelia. A chunky disco beat sets the pace for extended progressions of staccato arps, glistening guitar riffs and euphoric pads of epic proportions…certainly a highlight for this outing.

Flip it over and we have “Dancity feat. Athena”, a thick-as-mud, funk-chugger with a relentless synth bass, disjointed guitar plucks and a squawking sax… top it off with Athena’s deadpan, spoken lyrics and you have the perfect soundtrack for some eastern European opium-den discotheque. Wrapping things up nicely is “Dancenergy”, a crackling dance-floor pounder that serves as the perfect middle ground between “Dance Ability’s” euphoria and “Dancity’s” sleaziness.

Highly recommend for the discerning dance music lover. BUY IT HERE.

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Like a perfect breeze of warm, southern air, Falcon Punch descends from the clouds to bless us with his latest in the form of ‘Donald’s Bird.’ A summery, mid-tempo cut from one of the the funkiest Blue Note albums of the 70′s, Flacon Punch does it justice with his Horizontal Disco update that’s chalk full of beefy drums, sweeping pads and a smooth as silk synth solo. Plenty of wonderful jams are up for gratis grabs on the mans SC page… find it linked above and show some love.

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The UK’s most prestigious remix/re-edit/re√ision fiend, The Reflex comes correct with his latest offering, a multi-track remix of the Deee-Lite classic, ‘Groove Is In The Heart.’ Using the stems from the original recording session, The Reflex brings out the raw funk elements and cheeky vocals from Mr. Bootsy Collins plus the sly, deadpan rapping of Tribesmen, Q-Tip.

This is just a preview to get your juices flowing, follow the man to stay on top of his brilliant work and snag a copy when the time comes.

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Described as ‘an outlet for his more emotional outpourings,’ Sydney based mainstays, Matt Van Schie (Van She/Du Tonc) and Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) unleash a tidal wave of ocular juice as Tear Council via their debut cut,’Anywhere.’ Taking you back to the rhythm of the 80s and “Drive”-esque memories from summer days past, “Anywhere” will make you relive those throwback-thrills – an experience that is guaranteed to get you on your feet. With a video for “Anywhere” scheduled for March, and their music credentials and fashion game already strong, Tear Council are ready to take 2015 by storm.

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Fast rising, Barcelona based house producer, Playless, straps into the pilot seat for the latest installment of our exclusive mix series to demonstrate his fine cross section of skills. Not only is he a staple in the Barcelona club scene, commonly seen warming up crowds for the likes of The Chemical Brothers or George Fitzgerald but his exceptional productions have found their way to releases by Toolroom Records or Ministry of Sound affiliate, Love & Other.

His latest offering, the the self released, “Fade EP” on his very own Highlights Recordings, is a brilliant benchmark of whats in store for the 2015 season and sure not to be missed. Peep a bevy of new and unreleased material in this fantastic, hour long mix provided by Playless, a future household name!

Peep the video for “Juno”:

And check out his new single for Love & Other below –>