Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 12

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


It’s been a minute since I started out a volume of Beat Lab with a confession, but it’s time for another one. I first heard “Let Go” when Boys Like Girls did a cover of it in 2007, and I honestly had no idea it wasn’t their song. So when a remix of Frou Frou’s “Let Go” by Aylen popped up on SoundCloud, I had to investigate. This rework is a bit of a double-edged sword. It holds true to the emotion of the original track, but Aylen still manages to inject it with heavy elements that give it a more appealing angle to the EDM crowd. The juxtaposition works perfectly.


One of the latest releases from Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint is a mellow, almost haunting original from Kid Froopy. The producer tugs at the listener’s nostalgic heartstrings with a simple melody, sprinkled with sparkling synths and fun vocal chops. “New You” is part of Kid Froopy’s new EP, Drive Slow, which came out a week ago and features three other tracks that are just as fresh as this one — along with a remix of “New You” from umru.


This beautiful track from Swedish duo Galavant deserves all the attention in the world. The new Armada release packs a powerful punch of emotion and is featured as the inaugural track on episode 179 of Armada Night Radio, which is how I stumbled across it. The introduction pulls the listener in right away with soulful vocals and a gradual build that drops into a chorus of swirling synths. It’s catchy and fueled by a clear passion the duo have for making music.


Arty‘s return to his Alpha 9 alias is such a beautiful thing. In tracks like his most recent, “Burning Heart,” he’s able to re-explore his progressive trance roots — something he clearly hasn’t forgotten how to do. With dreamy vocals and steady, twinkling builds, Alpha 9 shows off his perfected trance chops. The only unfortunate part of this track is its length: it’s short at less than three minutes. Here’s hoping for an extended version in the future.


Following up an impressive selection of tracks earlier this year, Notaker has released his biggest collection of music to date: his Genesis EP. In the middle of this EP is a track called “So Much Love,” a 7-minute journey of epic proportions through an underground, visceral sound. Each piece of work Notaker releases is a carefully fine-tuned, almost cinematic masterpiece, and this latest one is no exception.


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Alpha 9 – Blossom

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Russian born DJ/producer Arty is here with a brand new tune made of solid progressive trance gold under his Alpha 9 moniker. “Blossom” brings a taste of light and love to a world amidst chaotic times. As the song begins, listeners are greeted by ethereal female vocals that perfectly accent the tunes bouncy percussive elements. It then builds into its exciting climax soaring synths culminate in a euphoric drop that will prickle listeners with goosebumps.

It’s easy to imagine this track absolutely smashing festivals and clubs around the world with its scintillating and enthralling energy. With the days growing shorter and winter quickly approaching, “Blossom” is the ideal for bringing back memories of summer. It seeps into the psyche and guides the fingers toward the “replay” button.

 

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Arty remixes Moby’s Iconic ‘Porcelain’ and discusses his creative process and Moby’s Influence

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Moby, otherwise known as Richard Melville Hall, is one of the founding fathers and most influential figures in dance music. Many say he is the reason dance music found popularity in the U.S. and the U.K, thus catapulting electronic dance music to the global phenomenon it is now. The American musician recently wrote a memoir Porcelain: A Memoir, where he dedicated a chapter to his experience remixing his song “Go.” In honor of this, Moby has asked a wide range and some of the most respected music producers of today to remix four of his most seminal tracks “Go,” “Why Does my Heart,” “Natural Blues” and “Porcelain.” Over 40 artists will release their remixes of one of the four tracks in the spirit of creative spirit and collaboration. The project is called Black Lacquer

Few are more versatile than progressive house and trance producer Arty. The Russian DJ and producer, whose real name is Artyom Stolyarov, was drawn to music at a young age leading his grandmother to enroll him in music school at the age of eight. Originally a pianist, Stolyarov graduated from music school at the age of 14 and decided to forego becoming a professional pianist because his passion for the instrument had faded. What did not fade, however, was his passion for video games and electronics, which thus led him to discover electronic music production.

Upon entering the music production world, Arty quickly created a name for himself, and in 2009, the producer was signed to Anjunabeats. Stolyarov creates under two different monikers– Arty for his progressive house hits and Alpha9 for his Trance anthems. Still with Anjunabeats today, the producer was asked to remix Moby’s “Porcelain,” which he considers to be one of his all time favorite songs. Arty comments on not only how honored he is to be given the opportunity to remix an iconic song, but how difficult it is to change something that many consider to be “perfect” as is. Arty’s take on the song is a slight variation of the original with its addition of a few upbeat chords and a vocal layer. Arty discusses Moby, his influence on himself as an artist, and his creative process when approaching this legendary remix.

Read Our Interview with Arty below.

What does this track mean to you / why did you choose this track?

“Porcelain” was the first record that I heard from Moby since this track was the part of huge commercials on Russian TV back in early 2000’s. From then I fell in love with it, so when Moby’s management reached out to me about the remix opportunity, I could only think of “Porcelain.” Having a chance to remix your childhood song is not something you want to miss out on. It’s a huge responsibility, but at the same time, a great opportunity. I just tried to do my best.

How has Moby impacted not just this industry, but you as a musician? What does Moby mean to you?

He shaped the dance music industry and has always been a huge inspiration for many generations of producers. He has been able to make all sorts of styles by putting his signature sound behind his productions and songs. He is an Iconic musician.

Can you tell us about your creative process and why you made the decisions you did in your remix of this song? 

Since this song means so much to me, I didn’t want to take too far from original. So my remix is more of me revisiting the record and trying to imagine how it would sound nowadays. As easy as it sounds, making this remix was quite challenging, plus you unintentionally put so much pressure on yourself because of the status of the song. But in the end I was happy with final result.

 What will Moby’s musical legacy be?

I’m sure that his music will stay forever in many people’s hearts, and it will inspire more musicians in the future, since, in my personal opinion, his music is timeless.

You can only listen to one version of “Porcelain” for the rest of your life. Is it your remix, another remix, or the original?

It would definitely be original song, since none of the remixes would beat it.

If Moby were to remix one of your songs, which one would you want him to remix? 

If this dream would come true, I would ask him to remix “Kate” or “Last Kiss,” cause those are probably the most meaningful and personal songs I’ve ever made.

 

Bruce Springsteen credited as writer on Arty’s new track

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To the average listener, Russian producer Arty‘s latest track, “Supposed To Be,” with vocalist Coyle Girelli might just sound like another fun, electronic-pop crossover.

Take a closer look at the song’s credits, though: Artem Stolyarov, Girelli, David Brook, Smarterchild and… Bruce Springsteen?

The 67-year-old rock legend appears to have had a part in Arty’s latest piece of work, marking Springsteen’s entrance into the ever-growing dance music scene. Over his many years as a musician, “The Boss” has won 20 Grammy awards and sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of rock music’s most decorated and celebrated artists of all time.

“Supposed To Be,” which came out Sept. 8 on Martin Garrix‘s selective STMPD Records, is an emotion-packed pop song that dips its toes lightly into the electronic side of music. With a focus on stirring vocals and light guitar undertones, Springsteen’s involvement makes sense. Parts of the introduction and verses even seem to echo loosely of Springsteen’s 1982 hit, “Atlantic City.”

While how such a collaboration came to be remains unknown, we can rest assured knowing that if The Boss had something to do with it, the piece of work will be a masterpiece.

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Arty – Supposed to Be (Original Mix)

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Between Arty and Alpha 9, it’s hard to keep up with the onslaught of new music the Russian producer has been releasing as of late. His newest single is titled “Supposed to Be” and is out now on STMPD Records, Martin Garrix‘s label. Arty joins a small group of artists who have been carefully chosen to release music on Garrix’s emerging label.

The track itself is downtempo with a tropical pop flair, and it will likely appeal to a much broader audience with its catchy vocals combined with the unique style. Arty spoke about working on the song and its meaning to him as a producer.

“Working on this record was an unbelievable experience. The lyrics are so meaningful and powerful that I wanted to make sure that all of the instruments I was using were reflecting the overall significance of the song. We all go through the tough moments in our life when we lose purpose, get stuck in the past, and don’t see how to move on. At these points, we need to remember that God is smiling on us and we have so many reasons to live.”

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Alpha 9 – Skin (Original Mix)

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Russian DJ and producer Arty has a new moniker: Alpha 9. The latest release “Skin” is now available on the legendary Anjunabeats — Above & Beyond‘s label.

Arty has long been at the forefront of the electronic music scene, particulaly in the progressive trance scene. Arty has brought his talents into more commercial music, but will remain original and “old school” Arty with the Alpha 9 moniker. The producer has collaborated with artists like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.

“Skin” begins with the classic, luscious synth pad that all Arty fans know and love. Swiftly transitioning into the wondrous atmosphere that characterized by bass and subtle kick, Alpha 9 takes us on a journey through impeccable plucks, pads, and stereo effects. Taking us back into the classic Arty feel, Alpha 9 combines the pumping pads and bell arpeggios into a truly immersive listening experience.

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Arty releases his second single of 2017, ‘Idea of You (Feat. Eric Nam)’

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Arty is known for his keen ability to produce stirring progressive house and trance, which has cultivated an enthusiastic following over the years. Recently, Russian artist tends to reserve his trance producctions for “Alpha 9″alias while releasing his progressive hits under his traditional moniker.

Having recently announced the return of Alpha 9, we were unsure of how many Arty tracks to expect in 2017. Arty has, however, proven he can handle it all. His latest single, “Idea of You,” with Eric Nam on vocals, has now been released within a month of his latest Alpha 9 track, “Higher Place.” Arty’s newest output is an upbeat dance track with catchy vocals that has the ability to be played on a top 40 radio station or interlaced into a club set.

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