Au5 makes his Monstercat return with ‘The Journey’ ft Trove

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Au5 (real name, Austin Collins) has been wielding his atmospheric dubstep and bass music of all varieties since his training as a classical pianist led him to study electronic production as a teenager. His transcendent sea of releases is brimming with Monstercat‘s emblem, though until now he had been releasing elsewhere and independently for a few years’ hiatus from the imprint.

His latest track and reacquaintance with the Canadian label, “The Journey,” illuminates Au5’s tender tendencies. With steady metronome clicks, pensive piano chords, and Trove’s delicate vocals, the song takes its rightful place alongside Monstercat’s extensive catalog of dreamy downtempo. However, the track is not deficient of its fair share of vigor, exploding into a sun burst of jaunting chillstep around the two-minute mark.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 50

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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.

Serbian trance and progressive producer Vintage & Morelli doesn’t often dip his toes into drum & bass, but when he does, the product is unparalleled. “Beyond the Horizon,” part one of a two-track EP that just came out via Silk Music, exudes tranquil melodies that the producer juxtaposes brilliantly with track’s swift drum & bass pattern. He wastes no time, building a mystical aura from the first few seconds of the song. It’s simultaneously calming and invigorating and leads perfectly into the EP’s second track, “Autumn.”

For their latest original, A R I Z O N A take a throwback alt-rock approach. The Jersey trio dig deep into the ’80s for “What She Wants,” and the result is stunning. Singer Zach’s voice shines in this song as he exhibits an impressive range, switching seamlessly from the verses’ deeper tones to delicate crooning in the bridge to a powerful chorus. “What She Wants” closely follows last month’s “Freaking Out,” which also showcased a nostalgic, emotive ambiance. There’s a beautiful music video that accompanies the latest single, which can be found here.

Known for their tantalizing remixes of EDM greats like Illenium and Seven Lions, Crystal Skies have teamed up with Au5 to create an otherworldly collaboration, “Cataclysm.” Packed with ethereal melodies and spacey wubs, the trio deliver their listeners straight to outer space. The song touts hefty bass and heavy drops, satisfying both bass music lovers and those who revel in intricate melodies and outstanding sound design.

NoCopyrightSounds has delivered a soulful drum & bass heater from Showdown as one of their latest releases. IMAN‘s vocals kick off the track in fine fashion, leading the listener directly into a bold combination of brassy horn stabs and a furious drum & bass beat. “Freedom” is a powerful number from start to finish, with each of the track’s components working together to create an authoritative drum & bass atmosphere.

Two new originals from The Midnight in less than a month? Not quite sure what we did to deserve this, but these two synthwave angels have descended once again, this time delivering “America 2.” This subdued retro track is full of hope, with artwork depicting an abandoned ’80s-style mall and a sign that says “permanently closed.” Tyler Lyle’s vocals tell the tale of going to look for “America 2,” backed by the duo’s signature guitar melodies and wavy synths. It’s a gorgeous addition to their discography and an incredible follow-up to last month’s “Lost Boy.”

Illenium stuns with 15-track remix package for ‘Awake’

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Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.

Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.

From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.

The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.

Seven Lions unveils two-track remix pack for ‘Oceans’

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Fans of Jeff Montalvo’s emotive line of dubstep certainly have no reason to fret as Seven Lions has been on the prowl lately. With a 42-stop Journey 2 tour ahead of him, along with the launch of his own record label, Ophelia, and several new releases under his belt this year, Montalvo has become a gentle predator and 2018 is his prey.

Earlier this year, Seven Lions released one of his newly minted cornerstone tracks, “Ocean,” with Jason Ross and Jonathan Mendelsohn. He now unveils a powerful remix package for the single, featuring reinterpretations of the track from Au5 and Grant. Colorado-based producer Au5 brings an electrifying twist to the original, resulting in a glitchy-bass rendition of the track. On the other side of the coin is the upbeat, refreshing jolt of color and pop sensibility that Grant brings to “Ocean,” resulting in a version sure to be a summertime fan favorite.

Seven Lions, Jason Ross, and Au5 will all be hitting the road together this fall on The Journey 2 tour, along with additional support from MitiS.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 40

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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.

In his Landscapes & Dimensions album earlier this year, Hungarian producer Aeron Aether showcased his production prowess through a diverse series of tracks. About halfway through the compilation, he switched gears from ethereal, dreamy soundscapes to an energetic drum & bass song that caught my ear. “Pusaar,” like the rest of the album’s tracks, builds beautifully, dropping the listener into a dramatic fast-paced rhythm just a little after the minute mark.

In the second Silk Music release of this playlist, we have the latest from Jay FM: an elegant progressive house tune from his brand new Timeless EP. This six-minute venture is a meditatively peaceful piece, led by a graceful synth melody and accompanying piano. Periodic vocals assert the emotive qualities of “Good Times,” ensuring its listeners are taken on an introspective journey.

In April 2014, Au5 released a heavy track called “Reiteration.” His galactic wubs and expert sound design wowed in this production — so much so that he’s revived it for a VIP rendition for 2018. The Colorado producer shines in this powerful mix of dubstep and drum & bass, bringing “Reiteration” into 2018 with a burst of energy and vibrancy.

Hoodboi‘s seven-track Breathing Room EP is just days old . Throughout the EP, he brings on exceptional collaborators that bring diverse elements to the already-stellar collection of songs. “Drowning” with Djemba Djemba and Julius is a personal favorite from this EP. Beautiful harmonies and complementary synths weave a colorful web of emotion, making “Drowning” a clear standout for me.

For his latest, Dion Timmer has stepped away from rowdy dubstep and into a light, upbeat original perfectly primed for the high energy of the soundtrack it’s featured on: Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3. Since first listen, the infectious melody has echoed in my head, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of releases coming from the Dutch producer.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 28

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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.

I’m a sucker for Owl City and a sucker for melodic dubstep. Culture Code, in his latest, has combined both of these into one blissful piece of music: a remix of the iconic singer’s “Lucid Dream.” His dramatic style works perfectly with Adam Young‘s vocals, giving the track a gorgeous, magical vibe that pulls the listener further into the dreamy atmosphere of the original track.

Over the past few months, STéLOUSE has been flexing his versatility with everything from a remix of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke” to this anthemic original, “Nobody Told Me.” He and collaborator David Davis have poured their hearts and souls into this song, and it shows. Davis’ stellar vocal performance, backed by bold production from STéLOUSE, make for an impeccable pairing.

Approaching Nirvana‘s latest, “Deep Dark Blue,” starts off simply enough. With emotive vocals and a simple guitar melody, his new original could go anywhere, but the chosen path (much to my delight) is drum & bass. Around the minute mark, the producer surprises the listener with an intense synth melody that quickly builds into a rushing rhythm.

I did a double take when I first heard Kalide and Bianca’s “Fall Away” because I thought the vocalist was Rihanna. Bianca has an absolutely beautiful voice, and paired with intricately crafted production from Kalide, “Fall Away” is pure beauty. Bianca takes the reins on the verses, and Kalide brings in a melodic synth-filled chorus throughout the track, making for a perfect balance.

Au5‘s “I Miss You” is such an addicting track, so its remixes are bound to follow suit. This one by PREFEKT does a complete 180 on the original, as the Swedish producer forgoes the heavy dubstep elements for a bouncing beat and a smattering of glitchy electro elements. Its funky atmosphere gives the song a completely new vibe, presenting Kenny Raye’s vocals in a whole new way.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 23

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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.

There’s a serious shortage of glitch hop on my radar lately, so I’m delighted when some pops up. I’m a long-time fan of Au5 and his incomparable style. He crafts flawless, ethereal soundscapes that never fail to impress with their otherworldly qualities. He’s reworked APEK‘s “Supernatural” into a remix that juxtaposes Stassi’s delicate vocals with heavy glitchy elements. It’s both melodic and hard-hitting, which I love.

This next track continues with the theme of otherworldly music. WDMA’s “I Walk Alone” is an intense adventure of a track, containing elements of deep and tech house. Throughout its four-minute length, the song goes through an array of phases, making it more of a story than a song. With gorgeous builds and serene vocals, “I Walk Alone” caught my ear from first listen.

Stonebank and Darren Styles have teamed up for a legendary happy hardcore track on Monstercat called “Sky Is Falling.” With dreamy vocals from EMEL, the two top-notch producers are pushing BPM boundaries with this latest collaboration. As with many happy hardcore releases, the verses shine with emotive vocals, building up to a fiery, fast-paced drop. It’s addicting.

Party Ghost is back releasing music, and all is right with the world. Less than a month after the release of “Alone,” the Californian producer is back with a shimmery new track called “Keep Me Around.” The track focuses on Party Ghost’s vocals over a simple guitar melody, taking a minimalist approach to his music. Though it’s a bit melancholy, “Keep Me Around” still has catchy elements that keep the listener hitting “repeat.”

For his latest piece of work, GoodSex has released a remix of fellow Chicagoans Win & Woo. GoodSex gives the track a sultry vibe, with a deep bass line that gives the chorus a gritty, rough-around-the-edges feel while still maintaining top-notch production quality. It’s reignited my love for “Recognize” in an entirely fresh way.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 16

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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.

There’s something beautifully haunting about the call of a loon. Their eerie cry invokes deep nostalgia for me, taking me back to summer vacations spent in Canada and hearing the birds’ mesmerizing call echo across the lake in the late hours of the night. Sultan + Shepard have used a loon call in their latest release, “Bloom,” and it fits in perfectly to create a wilderness atmosphere surrounding a simple melody. It’s a beautiful song, made all-the-more beautiful by one of the coolest sounds in nature.

Teminite just hit 100,000 followers on SoundCloud and has released the perfect track to celebrate the occasion. “Party Time” is full of upbeat, dancing synths that frame a grooving melody, paired with pumped-up vocals that add to the party atmosphere. Though it starts off with a cheery vibe, Teminite brings his signature grinding dubstep elements to the chorus, creating a fun juxtaposition. “Party Time” is an intense, energetic piece of work, perfectly highlighting the producer’s excitement about the recent milestone.

Any song with Au5‘s name attached to it is bound to be a celestial, otherworldly journey. His latest, a collaboration with Last Heroes and vocalist Holly Drummond, is a carefully crafted exploration of a “Lush” soundscape. With intricate builds and a focus on Drummond’s soothing vocals, “Lush” is an impeccable example of melodic dubstep at its finest. And can we talk about that album art? Just beautiful.

RL Grime‘s “Core” is one of the most easily recognizable tracks in the dance music game. Since its release in July 2014, “Core” has fueled headbangers at festival stages around the world. On Nov. 21, “Core” was presented in a whole new light by flip guru Crystalize. He’s given the legendary track an even more bass-heavy makeover, adding dramatic synths behind the memorable siren-like melody and beefing up the trap elements in the chorus. “Core” marks Crystalize’s second RL Grime flip this year after his “Reims” rework in June.

Bass house is having a moment, and Spock is here for it. He’s just released “Digital War,” a ferocious, bass-driven single that’s complemented by plucky video game-like synths, staying true to its title. I first heard Spock’s music when he collaborated with Party Ghost years ago and have been thrilled to see the way he’s developed as an artist. His last release, “Floating,” is vastly different from “Digital War,” so there’s no knowing what he’ll cook up next. All we know is that it’ll be awesome.

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Psymbionic releases ‘Almost Human’ mixtape with tons of unreleased music

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Bass music tastemaker and Gravitas label head Psymbionic has released his first mixtape in more than a year. The Austin-based artist is calling his newest sonic venture into genre-crossing electronic music the “Almost Human” mixtape.

The hour-long mix takes listeners deep into a wormhole of sound covering the entire bass music gamut: from glitch-hop, breakbeat, and dubstep influences to the future funk, jamtronica oeuvre. It’s also a stable glimpse into Psymbionic’s vault of unreleased music, including his original track, “Hypnotoad” (appearing around the 22-minute mark), a collaboration with ProbCause titled “Homesick,” and his glitchy remix of Opiuo‘s “Airy Watson.”

Also included in the mixtape are unreleased bits from the likes of Minnesota, Au5, and Zebbler Encanti Experience.

Psymbionic & ProbCause – Homesick [Unreleased]
Of The Trees – Our Hero Returns (Part Two)
Signs – Monkey Shoulder
Esseks – Master of Ceremony
Ivy Lab – Socket
Zebbler Encanti Experience – Inner G (Rave Boar Remix)
Kursa – Smoked Out
Psymbionic – Retroactive VIP
Unlimited Gravity – Mind Misplacement
Psymbionic – Blast
Psymbionic & Of The Trees w/ Cristina Soto – One Thing (Bassnectar Remix)
Psymbionic & Esseks – Static
Psymbionic – Hypnotoad [Unreleased]
Psymbionic & Unlimited Gravity – Down Low
Pretty Lights – Reel15 Break05
Vanilla – Sunrise
Psymbionic & Manic Focus – Pushing
Gramatik – Satoshi Nakamoto (Psymbionic Remix) ft. ProbCause & Adrian
Psymbionic & Space Jesus – The Last Quasar (Luzcid Remix)
Dysphemic – The Hunted
Too Short – Weird Science (Psymbionic & Wolf-e-Wolf Remix)
Holly & Luzcid – Forgotten (Conrank Remix)
Ryanosaurus – Regained For The First Time [Unreleased]
Psymbionic & Holly – Shatter
Au5 – Goo Lagoon [Unreleased]
Minnesota – HiLow [Unreleased]
Psymbionic & CloZee – Biohackers
Opiuo – Airy Watson (Psymbionic Remix) [Unreleased]
Psymbionic & Of The Trees – 2 Wicked
Psymbionic & Of The Trees – 2 Wicked (Wolf-e-Wolf Remix)
Zebbler Encanti Experience – Sobek [Unreleased]
Psymbionic – Short Circuit
Psymbionic – A/S/L
Psymbionic & Cristina Soto – All I Need (Bassline Drift Remix)

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Au5 – I Miss You (Feat. Kenny Raye)

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New Jersey producer Au5 is known for his transcendent melodic dubstep tracks on labels like Monstercat, Simplify, OWSLA, and more. Over the years, fans have come to expect beautifully vivid soundscapes from the producer, but his latest release is something a little different.

In a genre he’s calling “future trap,” Au5 has released his latest song “I Miss You,” featuring vocalist Kenny Raye, on Simplify.

“I Miss You” initially appears to be completely different territory for the producer, but upon a closer listen, the components that make Au5’s music so unique are still very much present. The chorus contains heavy-hitting dubstep elements, and Raye’s vocals expertly capture the emotion of the song.

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