A-Trak explains how he made ‘Heads Will Roll’ for remix’s 10th anniversary

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A-Trak‘s lauded remix of “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is celebrating is 10th anniversary, and as such, the producer took the time to make a video for fans outlining the creative process behind it.

In a short YouTube clip, the Canadian producer talks over a screen recording of his beat lab while showing the progression the song took to its final form.

In addition to explaining how the song was made, A-Trak also gave an anecdote as to why the project was so special for the artist. In a tweet, he remembers seeing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and immediately wanting to get his hands on their version of “Heads Will Roll.” He reached out to band asking to remix it—a process that typically happens the other way around.

After a few long months of working on the track while touring, the label Interscope rejected the release. It wasn’t until the remix circulated and gained popularity that the label eventually asked to release it. A year later, A-Trak’s version of “Heads Will Roll” ended up in the climax scene of the comedic film, “Project X.” From then on, the song was cemented in greatness.

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ gets a rework from Dance System, Matt Lange releases ‘Drift’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ gets a rework from Dance System, Matt Lange releases ‘Drift’ + moreMATT LANGE PRESS PHOTO CREDIT DONSLENS

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Good Morning Mix: A-Trak beasts a two-hour hip-hop mix for BBC

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Good Morning Mix: A-Trak beasts a two-hour hip-hop mix for BBCA Trak Photo Credit Jenny AndersonGetty

A-Trak throws down with a hip-hop-heavy mix for BBC 1Xtra’s rap show with Tiffany Calver. The two-hour audio also features an interview with the Fool’s Gold label boss and a stop by from South Londoner A2, who recently released his All Spill album.

London grime dominates the beginning of the mix, throwing slowthai, Krept & Konan, Digga D, and Octavian in the first 20 minutes. J. Cole’s “Dreamville” flies by and the chart-topping “Suge” by DaBaby brings the commercial appeal early on. After A2’s showcase soon after, more popular names continue to douse the decks with Drake, DJ Snake, NAS, Chance The Rapper, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, and many more heavy hitters looking to amp a Saturday night pregame or prime-time Wednesday night alike. A-Trak’s single with Young Thug and Falcon featuring 24hrs, “Ride For Me,” also makes an opportune appearance towards the end.

Listen to the mix on BBC, here.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 97

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Australia bass heavyweight ShockOne makes his first appearance on Monstercat in fine fashion, teaming up with The Bloody Beetroots for “Run.” This dramatic electro single is a hefty one, coming from ShockOne’s upcoming second studio album, A Dark Machine. With pulsing synths and striking vocals, its ’80s undertones shine through the modernized electronic music themes.

A-Trak‘s “Work It Out” just got a disco-influenced refresher from Friend Within, and it’s as groovy as it sounds. In his rework, the UK producer has beefed up and lengthened the build-ups, drawing out the anticipation for the funky drop that follows. It retains the retro flair of the original, while adding an extra touch of zest that is sure to keep dance floors packed into the early hours of the morning.

Diplo‘s Higher Ground EP has received a variety of reinterpretations since its release in April. One of the latest of these is from Yotto, who’s given the moody “Win Win” a dreamy, more ethereal tone with its fluttering synth melodies and subtle incorporation of the original’s vocals from Tove Lo. Yotto pays close attention to his world-building in this remix, creating a fantastical and mysterious soundscape out of “Win Win.”

The journey back to the ’80s continues with scintillating synthwave releases from the likes of PYLOT. “Fearless” kicks off with the introduction of a striking bass, building gradually until it’s rich with full-fledged anthemic synth melodies. In the spaces between the powerful verses, listeners will find moody interludes that give an even more dramatic tone to the the overall song. Its retro and timeless qualities make it easy to latch onto.

Dreamchaser knows how to translate a rock song into a synthwave sensation, as exhibited in the Florida producer’s latest: a remix of Captives’ “Signs.” He’s removed the hard-hitting drums and guitar, favoring instead a subtle beat and powerful synths. Matt Flood’s vocals take center stage in this remix, allowing the listener to experience his vocals in a raw and emotional way. With Dreamchaser’s choice of instrumentals, it’s addictive.

A-Trak spices up The Magician’s ‘Ready To Love’

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A-Trak spices up The Magician’s ‘Ready To Love’A Trak Photo Credit Jenny AndersonGetty

2019, like in years past, has seen A-Trak draw from an assortment of cultures and sounds for his creations. From his infectious bootleg series to a remix of Axwell to original pieces like “Work It Out,” the seasoned producer can always find a way to connect with fans of all ages and backgrounds.

His latest release is a remix of The Magician‘s “Ready To Love,” which builds on the easygoing atmosphere of the original. As always, A-Trak brings added flair to his production, weaving in a variety of fun elements like ringing finger cymbals and a reoccurring playful whistle.

With psychedelic interludes and an addictive drum beat, this rendition of “Ready To Love” is worldly and creative, offering a fresh perspective on The Magician’s March tune.

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + moreA Trak

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Your Paradise Fiji unveils 2019 lineup led by A-Trak, Gorgon City, Mija, and more

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Your Paradise Fiji unveils 2019 lineup led by A-Trak, Gorgon City, Mija, and moreYour Paradise 16

Your Paradise Fiji looks ahead to another year of placid production with the roll out of 2019’s talent lineup. The underground island affair will see headlining sets from A-Trak, Gorgon City, What So Not, Cosmo’s Midnight, Mija, Noisia, and Getter‘s hip-hop alter ego, Terror Reid. A myriad of additional artists complete Your Paradise Fiji’s forthcoming 2019 iteration, including Yotto, Weiss, Bag Raiders, AC Slater, and Chris Lorenzo, among others. Attendees can expect expertly curated parties from Anjunadeep, Night Bass, and Desert Hearts.

The picturesque event will host its seventh installment from December 6-12, 2019. Your Paradise Fiji represents a unique opportunity for electronic music fans to bear witness to live performances from some of their favorite entities amid white-sand beaches and mid-ocean settings. Those interested in attending Your Paradise Fiji 2019 can visit the festival’s official website for more information.

A-Trak and Chromeo’s Dave1 star in new MLS ‘Our Soccer’ campaign spot, ‘Like That’

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A-Trak and Chromeo’s Dave1 star in new MLS ‘Our Soccer’ campaign spot, ‘Like That’Dave 1 And A Trak Cred Rolling Stone

Major League Soccer has steadily been on the rise in North America over the last decade. In the spirit of bringing incredibly passionate fan bases and a diverse array of cultures together, MLS has launched a new addition to the ongoing “Our Soccer” campaign, with a national spot featuring the Macklovitch brothers, Chromeo frontman Dave1 and Fool’s Gold co-founder, A-Trak.

In the new spot, titled “Like That,” highlight clips flash by as A-Trak’s voice over reads, “Our soccer is a vibe. Everybody’s welcome. We pull up. Laced up. Link up. And get down. When we make it happen. Move how we move. Like that. Our way. Our Soccer.” The new ad’s behind-the-scenes footage features the two Montreal-natives delving into what soccer means to them, and how growing up in Quebec exposed the two to things that hadn’t necessarily caught on in the United States. Says A-Trak,

“Montreal is already up on certain things before the rest of North Americans caught on. I saw it as a DJ with electronic music. It’s the way of the future. It’s the way forward. We’ve got to keep embracing that.”

MLS debuted the “Our Soccer” campaign back in 2018. Previous campaign spots have featured 2 Chainz, Miguel, and TOKiMONSTA. See the new campaign spot and behind-the-scenes visual below.

A-Trak flips Axwell’s ‘Nobody Else’

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A-Trak flips Axwell’s ‘Nobody Else’A Trak DJs Gotta Dance More Music Video

A-Trak takes on Axwell‘s wall-to-wall house heater, “Nobody Else,” in a brand new remix that expounds on the groove that Axwell laid down in his original offering. The old-school soul of “Nobody Else” gets an instrumental update in A-Trak’s version. The Fool’s Gold founder pads the track’s distinguishing vocal contribution with trumpet work that brightens the song’s deep house stylings.

A-Trak certainly adds his accessibly quixotic flair, quickening the pace of “Nobody Else,” as piano chords fluidly filter in, to add a multi-instrumental layer to A-Trak’s vision. Axwell captured the spirited mystique of a European nightclub in “Nobody Else,” a tightly constructed track that placed an emphasis on a funky vocal centerpiece, and a particularly cinematic build towards the tune’s end. But now, A-Trak affects an aural image of equal caliber on his rhythmic rework, marking another strong showing from the more-than-capable producer.

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NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + moreDiplo Tim MosenfelderGetty Images

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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