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

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019Deters Beat Lab@0.

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…

Com Truise reveals Anatasia Kristensen remixes of ‘Persuasion System’

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Com Truise reveals Anatasia Kristensen remixes of ‘Persuasion System’Anastasia Kristensen Photo Credit Only By Nght

The namesake for Com Truise‘s latest album made its debut in April of 2019 on Ghostly International. The dreamy, synth-filled “Persuasion System” paved the way for the dynamic nine-track LP that would follow a month after and caught the attention of Com Truise fans and beyond.

To cap off the year, “Persuasion System” has received a two-track rework treatment from Russian producer Anastasia Kristensen. She’s concocted a six-minute initial remix of the track and a four-minute “ambient rework” to give fans a chance to digest the iconic song in new ways. The former is a slowed-down, tech-heavy take on Com Truise’s original, giving the song a darker, more industrial tone. Her “ambient rework” is a minimalist deconstruction of “Persuasion System,” leading listeners down a eerier, introspective path.

“When I’ve heard ‘Persuasion System’ first time I – couldn’t help, but ask to make a remix,” Kristensen said in a Facebook post. “So glad we made this work.”

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NMF Roundup: Blond:ish remix Diplo and Born Dirty, ATTLAS previews forthcoming LP + more

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NMF Roundup: Blond:ish remix Diplo and Born Dirty, ATTLAS previews forthcoming LP + moreCredit Aneta Pruszynska 01

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.

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + moreFlu Pavilion Press Photo 2019

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.

Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Premiere: Com Truise soaks Gold Fields’ ‘Waterfall’ in synthwave splendor

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Premiere: Com Truise soaks Gold Fields’ ‘Waterfall’ in synthwave splendorCom Truise Press Photo

Fresh off his new album, Persuasion System, Com Truise hasn’t slowed down. The notable synthwave producer unveiled the full LP in May on Ghostly International and has followed it up with a scintillating remix of Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” from the band’s Dalawa album.

The New York producer wastes no time in putting his signature vintage stamp on the indie electronic tune. Where the November 2018 original had an otherworldly, slightly psychedelic tone to it, Com Truise has added in a plethora of retro synths to complement the wafting filtered vocals. It’s dark and dreamy and full of nostalgia—even for the first-time listener. This remix of “Waterfall” is perfectly suited for a late-night drive and will be a welcome continuation for those who enjoyed the moody sounds found on his latest LP.

Next month, Com Truise takes off on a late summer European tour that consists of performances in Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, and more. Learn more and get tickets here.

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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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Varien calls his latest single his “favorite track [he’s] made in years.” He’s tapped Strix as the vocalist on the metal-tinged song called “Hush The Storm Away.” Like all Varien music, it’s a beautifully pieced together composition, packed with dramatic percussion, soaring strings, and powerful breakdowns. Given the sheer complexity of his songwriting, I find something new every time I listen to “Hush The Storm Away.” I love it.

In their latest endeavor, T & Sugah have again taken to Liquicity, this time to release the title track for the Descenders video game. This breathtaking track has been two years in the making, according to the Dutch duo, and it’s well worth the wait. They bring their precise sound design and a healthy dose of bass to “Descenders,” thrilling drum ‘n’ bass lovers of all persuasions.

Polish producer Guy Arthur has taken on a classic: Nero‘s “Crush on You,” which skyrocketed to electronic music fame after its release in 2011. It’s been remixed countless times in the eight years since, perhaps most notably by Knife Party in the same year. Guy Arthur’s given his version an upbeat, retro feel, which is appropriate, since Nero sampled a 1985 Jets song to create their initial revival.

Goldroom classifies his latest single, “U,” as “some disco house for a late night on the beach”—and it’s perfect for just that. Following “Do You Feel It Now?” at the end of April, the LA-based producer has this time joined forces with Chela to kick the tempo up a notch. This simmering dance floor heater is primed for both relaxing in the sun and a late-night nightclub, making it the perfect song to ease fans into the summer months.

It’s Com Truise Persuasion System release day! The nine-track “mini-LP” made its full debut on Ghostly International on May 17, showcasing the synthwave producer at his finest. A shining example of this is “Ultrafiche of You,” a glowing five-minute piece that combines varied percussion and twinkling synth melodies. “It’s a love song, and I don’t write many of those,” the producer told Mixmag.

Producer Sessions 001: Converse Sample Library

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Producer sessions

Sample Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.

This week, Splice released the Converse Sample Library, which is a collection of high-quality sounds recorded during 50+ studio sessions at Converse Rubber Tracks studios with industry leading artists such as Com Truise, Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), Soul Clap, Machinedrum, Ryan Hemsworth, members of the Tonight Show Band, and many more.

The pack contains a lot of authentic, live sounds from electronic, jazz, alternative rock, and various percussion recording sessions, great for melody inspiration, ambiance, and a real drum vibe. There are specialty packs for horns, violin, guitar, bass, piano, keys, flute, sax, and plenty of analog synths.

On the vocal side of things, there’s soul, R&B, gospel, funk, blues, indie, rock, and even talkbox funk. Sounds from Australian rock to Ethiopian music make it in this eclectic bundle of sounds from all over the world. For those looking to liven up their audio, using royalty-free samples from professionals isn’t a bad start.

The video below is the creation story of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” It’s about how her producer, Oak Felder, made the main chord progression from an 808 off Splice’s Lex Lugar kit. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples. More and more companies like Splice are filling that need. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire 2 million + library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5, Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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