Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 106

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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


A new set of remixes of The Midnight draws near. The Midnight Remixed 02 arrives on Silk Music on Sept. 27, previewed by this exceptional rework of “Shadows” by Uppermost. The French producer bathes the duo’s original in light, bringing it out of the, erm, shadows, to give it a blissful new tone.

Grum‘s latest Anjunabeats venture is a rework of Luminary‘s “Amsterdam.” The four-minute introspective piece is saturated with emotive trance goodness, composed of dreamlike synths, accented melodies, and drifting vocals. It’s dramatic and infectious.

We’re just a week shy of Moon Boots‘ new album, Bimini Road, and the producer continues to drop hints of what fans can expect from his second studio album. Moon Boots taps vocalist Nic Hanson for “Clear,” crafting a clean-cut, soulful atmosphere, with a dance floor-ready beat.

Dabin and Essenger‘s original “Home” tugged at listeners’ heartstrings all around the world upon its initial release. Now, with Dabin’s Wild Youth (The Remixes) compilation making its debut, fans can experience songs like “Home” in a new light, thanks to talented producers like Mazare, who adds a whole new layer to the emotive core of the tune.

On Aug. 30, Danny Howard relaunched his Nothing Else Matters imprint and celebrated with the release of a new song: “If You Were” with Eli & Fur. This six-minute house heater is the perfect combination of sultry vocals and irresistible beats.

Danny Howard launches ‘next chapter’ of Nothing Else Matters imprint with Eli & Fur collaboration

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After taking a nearly year-long hiatus from his Nothing Else Matters imprint, Danny Howard has revived the label with the release of “If You Were,” featuring Eli & Fur.

Howard called the new release the “start of the next chapter” for Nothing Else Matters, saying in a tweet that he’s “so excited take this label in a new direction of quality underground, straight up club music. I’m feeling proud as fuck to be launching with the amazing Eli & Fur. More music info soon. NEM IS BACK.”

“If You Were” is a simmering late-summer heater, primed for dance floors across the globe. The BBC Radio 1 tastemaker is undoubtedly back in full force, and this new collaboration is living proof.

According to a press release, releases on the label from artists like Kill Frenzy, Gerd Janson, Waze & Odyssey, Alex Metric, and more are also in the works.

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year

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Every year without fail, Miami Music Week draws some of the dance music’s strongest talent and most raucous crowds for its seven-day frenzy, this year notwithstanding. From Virtual Self‘s acclaimed Clubsystem set with support from Boys Noize to over 30 Diskolab hosted parties, including Green Velvet‘s curated La La Land series, showcases and special sets will run rampant from March 25-31. In addition to the omnipresent and immaculately curated live parties, the week also features the Winter Music Conference (WMC), which hosts industry-revered speakers and hot-button programming galore.

With a global array of DJ talent, producers, and multifarious talent from the music industry at large flocking to the city every year, the cultural significance of Miami Music Week simply can not be overstated. By reaching out to a spoonful of the week’s top performers, Dancing Astronaut was able to discover, from the artists themselves, why the event series is such an impactful celebration for electronic music patrons worldwide.

Tony of Above & Beyond:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year9769 F2 Bw“Miami hosts the most concentrated, crazy, event-filled week in the year. What with Ultra, the conference, spring break, and all the shows around town it’s a unique chance to see anyone and everyone in the world of electronic dance music. It’s like the whole Ibiza season in a few days, a chance to escape the winter weather and dance in the sunshine, by the pool, on a boat or in a club. We’ve been doing our own shows in Miami for more than a decade now and they are always up there with the best of the year.”

Above & Beyond play Diskolab x Above & Beyond Miami 2019 on Thursday March 28th

Gorgon City:

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“We’ve been going to Miami music week for years. I actually first went when I was 19! It’s a crazy place with countless parties. There’s people from all over the world in one place and that’s what makes it so special and important. We can’t wait for this year as we’re playing some amazing events.”

Gorgon City play Diskolab x La La Land on Saturday March 30th

Riva Starr:

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“WMC time is when I get to meet all my DJ and industry friends in one place. No names attached to an email but real faces, being able to chat face to face about our world is priceless. It’s still one of the best windows to showcase your sound.”

Riva Starr plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Green Velvet:

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“I have been going to the MMW since the ’90s. It is a longstanding tradition that marks the beginning of the festival season.”

Green Velvet Plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

La Fleur:

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“WMC, a week when everyone from all over the world comes together in sunny Miami for some of the best parties of the year. You never know where you’re going to end up, clubs, rooftops, pool parties, boat parties, the list goes on. Aside from the party atmosphere, it’s a valuable opportunity to discuss some of the hot topics and issues in the industry. There are few events throughout the year where the music world gets together, so we should make the most of them. For us Europeans, it’s also a valuable time of year for us to connect with fans, promoters, other artists, labels and industry professionals who are based over the pond that we might not necessarily get to see as often.”

La Fleur plays Pete Tong Pool Party on Thursday 28th at Surfcomber and Ultra Resistance on Saturday 30th.

Doorly:

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“MMW is an institution for me. I have rarely missed it since first coming around 15 years ago. Literally everybody in house music is there somewhere or another and for a week Miami turns into this magical playground where the whole city becomes one big festival in what’s already one of the coolest cities on the planet.”

Doorly plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

James Zabiela:

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“Although there are many electronic music conferences now, Miami is the original one for me and still relevant in that you will always discover a few electronic gems or maybe find some inspiration from a random set somewhere on South Beach. Ultra, of course, remains a great gateway for young new recruits to the electronic music scene especially with them investing so much into their Resistance brand of which I’m very fortunate to be a part of this year.”

James Zabiela plays Ultra Resistance on Sunday 31st

Hector Couto:

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“MMW is a hub for labels and all different types of artists and genres to congregate together. It’s definitely the place to be.”

Hector Couto plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Danny Howard:

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“I think any event that brings together the world’s best DJs in one place at the same time, to connect with people on the dance-floor is a special moment, and Miami is one of those moments. However, Miami is the original showcase of our beloved dance music that’s rich in its heritage and legendary in its purpose. Miami Music Week is the time when we hear the music we’ll be dancing to all summer long.”

Danny Howard plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! On Thursday March 28th

Nathan Barato:

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“MMW still matters because it’s one of the best stretches of a week when you can hear hundreds of the world’s best DJs in a short amount of days. And, for the DJ community it’s a great time to meet, hang, inspire and even break new music.”

Nathan Barato plays Diskolab x elrow Miami on Saturday March 30th

Matthias Meyer:

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“MMW is one of the few times of the year that the music community comes together for a week of some of the best parties, networking, and just general good times. For me, as an artist it’s a chance to play at some super cool parties. This year I play Do Not Sit – always a good time. It’s also a chance to meet up with my friends from the industry who come to Miami from all around the world – there’s a good vibe in Miami that makes everyone a little wild.”

Matthias Meyer plays Diskolab x Do Not Sit By The Pool on Tue March 26th

Cassy:

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“Miami is still important because it’s not so important, so whoever is a hardcore fan or a lover of it will go. I meet so many people from around the world, and there is a combination of parties and acts you cannot see anywhere else. Miami is a party place, home to house music and house music artists, and so many parties and trends started there. I have been playing since around 2005, so it’s now a ritual for me, and very important to me personally. I’ve met and formed close friendships and partnerships over the years. I love it and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

NMF Roundup: Hotel Garuda delivers infectious melody on ‘One Reason,’ ORIENTAL CRAVINGS embody Alison Wonderland’s ‘Sometimes Love,’ Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ receives a disco edit + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

Electronic artists have blessed out eardrums once again with heavy-hitting percussive projects, sultry harmonies, catchy melodies, and crisp vocals. Fatboy Slim‘s festival classic, “Praise You,” receives a funky edit from Purple Disco Machine. Hotel Garuda lends his crafty melody-chop work alongside Imad Royal and Kiah Victoria, while Taska Black continues to show why bitbird is bending boundaries in the future bass space. Midnight Kids and Tritonal do what they do best with uplifting atmospheres and infectious melody drops. Former member of Krewella — Kris “Rain Man” Trindl — caresses Vikki Gilmore’s vocals amongst bouncing guitars and driving harmonies on “Take It Closer.” JayKode and ORIENTAL CRAVINGS go hard on their projects for Flux Pavillion & Doctor P‘s Circus Records imprint and a remix of Alison Wonderland‘s single with SLUMBERJACK, “Sometimes Love,” respectively.

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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Defected Croatia unveils lineup ahead of 2018 edition

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Defected Croatia has announced their lineup for the 2018 edition of the storied festival. Set on the idyllic coast of Tisno, Croatia, the festival promises boat parties across the Adriatic sea, impromptu sunrise DJ sets, world renowned DJs, and a flock of like minded fans gathered in an intimate setting.

The festival’s lineup does not disappoint, either, with this year’s bill featuring such electronic stalwarts as Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Danny Howard, Honey Dijon, Josh Butler, and Nightmares on Wax.

“Defected Croatia 2017 was a family affair;” reads the festival’s official website, “house heads of all generations and their favourite DJs [came] together as one.”

“It is a unity that continues long after people return home and eagerly plan their return this following August…”

More acts are to be announced for the festival, which will take place Thursday, August 9th — Tuesday, August 14th.