Duck Sauce announce first new music in six years

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2020 started off with news that A-Trak and Armand Van Helden would be teaming back up to revive their beloved Duck Sauce side project, marked by impending comeback sets at this year’s edition of Coachella. Now, we’re about to get our first disco duck droppings of the year. Duck Sauce’s defunct Twitter account shared an image on January 24, announcing new material from the duo is expected to land on Friday, January 31. No telling if the upcoming delivery is a single or batch of new tunes, or perhaps the rollout to a more fleshed out project.

As for the image itself, it effortlessly encapsulates Duck Sauce‘s aesthetic in one single photo. It rounds together’s the group’s most recognizable visual themes, all saturated in the perfect blend of throwback zaniness, suggesting Armand and A-Trak are ready to pick back up exactly where they left off in 2014 with Quack. See the teaser below and prepare for some delectable new disco underway.

A-Trak and Armand Van Helden plot Duck Sauce’s 2020 comeback

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2020 started on a high note with the delivery of Coachella‘s upcoming two-weekend lineup. This year’s roster is stacked with exciting billings, from Thom Yorke and Flume to Madeon and Testpilot, though chief among them might be the return of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden‘s beloved Duck Sauce project. The Fool’s Gold Records head teased the project’s return on social media a few days before Duck Sauce appeared on the Coachella lineup, alluding to new music on the way as well as more live performances slated for 2020.

The pair first linked in 2009 and instantly started stealing hearts with sensational disco-inspired dance-pop singles like “aNYway” and the inescapable “Barbra Streisand.” By 2014, Duck Sauce had dropped off their lone studio album, The Quack, which was named one of Dancing Astronaut‘s top albums of the last decade. However, the duo went radio silent shortly thereafter, and really, nobody thought much of it. The New York-based selectors had set out to make a loveably goofy homage to the disco era that could still garner danceability with modern audiences—and they nailed it on the first run. Though now, it appears Duck Sauce is back, and they’re likely going to pick back up exactly where they left off.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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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.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


A look back…

NMF Roundup: A-Trak and Friend Within link, Loco Dice remixes ‘Midnight Hour’ + more

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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.

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.

Photo credit: Jenny Anderson/Getty

A-Trak offers tasty twofer with Loods and Friend Within on ‘Blaze,’ and ‘What Can I Do’ [Stream]

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As the decade draws to a close and we flock to dance floors to celebrate a momentous ten-year span for dance music, A-Trak has dropped off two easy-going setlist enhancers to ring in the party with. First, grabbing Friend Within for “Blaze,” followed by a Loods-assisted “What Can I Do,” the Fools Gold figurehead delivers a double sided disco-inspired listen that brings all the feels just ahead of the ball drop.

The release’s first offering, “Blaze” does just that, as a solid five-minute dance floor burner. The track is a funky, howling house piece that invokes a distinct Duck Sauce recall, while the second cut, “What Can I Do,” slows things down considerably, while keeping things firmly in the same lane set by “Blaze.” A more vocal-driven take that derives from a much heavier disco influence, “What Can I Do,” weaves bellowing piano strokes into a tasty dance groove. Both tracks share an unmistakable A-Trak quality, laying a nice ribbon and bow over Fool’s Gold’s catalog for the year.

A-Trak offers tasty track with Friend Within on ‘Blaze’ [Stream]

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A-Trak offers tasty track with Friend Within on ‘Blaze’ [Stream]A Trak DJs Gotta Dance More Music Video

As the decade draws to a close and we flock to dance floors to celebrate a momentous ten-year span for dance music, A-Trak has dropped off an easy-going setlist enhancer to ring in the party with. Grabbing Friend Within for “Blaze,” following Loods-assisted “What Can I Do,” the Fools Gold figurehead delivers a double sided disco-inspired listen that brings all the feels just ahead of the ball drop.

The release’s first offering, “Blaze” does just that, as a solid five-minute dance floor burner. The track is a funky, howling house piece that invokes a distinct Duck Sauce recall, while the second cut, “What Can I Do,” slows things down considerably, while keeping things firmly in the same lane set by “Blaze.” A more vocal-driven take that derives from a much heavier disco influence, “What Can I Do,” weaves bellowing piano strokes into a tasty dance groove. Both tracks share an unmistakable A-Trak quality, laying a nice ribbon and bow over Fool’s Gold’s catalog for the year.

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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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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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.

Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson

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.