Mark Knight’s Toolroom Academy: learn to produce from the best

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Mark Knight’s Toolroom Academy: learn to produce from the bestToolroom At Eden

Toolroom Records has bred house and techno connoisseurs alike since its 2003 foundation. Headed by UK-born DJ/producer Mark Knight, the label has launched booming careers for the likes Dombresky, Weiss, Danny Howard, and more—outside irs. In an effort to nurture more rising talent, Toolroom Academy recently announced some new production courses for beginners.

These courses are preceded by a number of opportunities for aspiring DJs and producers to jump start their careers, including sample packs, conferences to meet the staff, helpful editorial content, and even a DJ School based in the UK.

With 16 hours of video content, Q&A sessions, advice from Toolroom artist Ben Remember, and access to samples, students can start with a six-week crash course on the basics of Ableton Live. For those already familiar with the DAW, skipping to the second course is also an option, which is formulated as more of a masterclass and will help students bring their ideas to life. Ben Remember will be there every step of the way to breakdown his creative process.

Toolroom Academy students have gone on to sign with esteemed labels such as CR2, Toolroom Records, and many more, in addition to securing radio plays from Annie Mac and Danny Howard. Learn more about the courses here.

H/T: Mixmag

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Dombresky and Wh0 transport listeners on ‘Take Me Away’

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A month after the release of “Trust The Process,” Dombresky is back with another heater, “Take Me Away.”

The Parisian producer has taken to Toolroom Records to release his latest tune, teaming up with mysterious UK duo Wh0 to craft a club-ready original and an extended mix of the song. The trio of producers serve up a groovy beat and an infectious vocal hook that draw the listener in almost immediately. It’s a timeless tech house piece that wouldn’t be out of place in a nightclub 20 years ago and is also sure to enthrall fans for decades to come.

Wh0 are no strangers to the Toolroom scene, but this is marks one of Dombresky’s first on Mark and Stuart Knight’s 16-year-old label. Just in time for the holidays, this one’s sure to be heard at New Year’s Eve parties around the globe.

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

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak and Friend Within link, Loco Dice remixes ‘Midnight Hour’ + moreA Trak Photo Credit Jenny AndersonGetty

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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Good Morning Mix: Siphon some energy from Dombresky’s spry Diplo & Friends showing [Stream]

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Good Morning Mix: Siphon some energy from Dombresky’s spry Diplo & Friends showing [Stream]Dombresky

Threading modern house sound with soul is all part of Dombresky‘s personal brand. With an animated flourish, he stamps it on Diplo‘s famed “Diplo & Friends” serial, rendering an hour’s worth of tunes that scale the house continuum.

From galvanic four-on-the-floor rhythms to robust bass house inclusions, a subgenre in which Dombresky notably reigns as an electronic expert, the mix is Dombresky’s self classification: a force to be reckoned with. One would be hard pressed to disagree. Dombresky’s goody bag of cuts features originals from Steve Lawler, Pirate Copy, Bourbon, and more.

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Dombresky sheds house grooves on ‘Trust The Process’

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If there was a surefire candidate for owning this year, Dombresky would be at the top of the list. Now, the house maven capitalizes on his double-packed release and tour momentum with his newest release, “Trust The Process.”

The latest track follows “Meli-Melo,” released in August. The French producer has quickly risen as an excitable new force in the house scene, establishing bases in music-heavy cities Miami and Los Angeles while maintaining his roots. Backed by fellow Frenchmen Tchami and DJ Snake alongside releases on the former’s Confessions label, Dombresky has infected dance floors with his groove appeal on tracks like “Soul Sacrifice” and showcased his chameleon-like range with bass house-infused songs like “Utopia.”

The latest track to hone in on Dombresky’s house prowess, “Trust The Process” conjoins playful Chicago chords with soulful vocals that build to a spell-binding drop composed of irresistible basslines, groovy synth melodies, and percussive embellishments to the four-on-the-floor flow. With funky falsettos and expressive messaging, Dombresky is poised to take the throne as the next house healer.

Lunar Lunes: Ferry Corsten and Gabriel & Dresden link for ‘I Am You,’ graves and High Zombie reveal ‘Ghosts’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ferry Corsten and Gabriel & Dresden link for ‘I Am You,’ graves and High Zombie reveal ‘Ghosts’ + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

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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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 118

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 118Deters 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


The countdown to UKF10 continues, and with it comes the arrival of a new Mat Zo tune. This drum ‘n’ bass tune with some Latin flair sprinkled in is one of the producer’s most refreshing tunes to date. “Games” is both cool and collected and rambunctious and bold. Mat Zo holds nothing back and does so with style.

Drum&BassArena‘s newest release comes from Kove, a talented staple in today’s drum ‘n’ bass scene. The UK producer has followed up August’s grinding release on the label, “The Motor,” with “The Music,” an energetic piece that plays more into the more vocal-based side of Kove’s production. A frenzied vocal rings out over the powerful rhythm, drawing the listener in.

UKF continues to unleash heaters leading up to the UKF10 release on Nov. 29, including T & Sugah‘s “Never Be Alone,” which debuted earlier this week. This smooth dnb tune kicks off with a compelling vocal, quickly building to the commanding tune it soon morphs into. T & Sugah continue to dominate the scene, no matter what label they’re releasing on.

Au5 and Nori‘s Dusk EP hit the airwaves on Nov. 22. The four-track EP is an exploratory compilation that shows a different facet of Au5’s production. “Nori and I wanted to create a work that’s musically different all while exploring where the depths of one’s emotions can take us,” Au5 said of the release.

Dombresky has revealed an uplifting, empowering new house track called “Trust The Process” on Insomniac. The producer told Billboard the track “is not just about literally trusting the process in life, but about believing in yourself along the way.” It features a groovy piano melody, infectious beat, and irresistible vocals and leaves the listener no choice but to feel optimistic upon listening.

Good Morning Mix: Relive Dombresky tearing down the house at HARD Summer

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Good Morning Mix: Relive Dombresky tearing down the house at HARD SummerDombresky

Unflinchingly danceable Frenchman, Dombresky recently shared his hour-and-a-half house set from HARD Summer, gracious grooves abound. Needless to say, it’s the ideal vessel to rock listeners into a carefree weekend. The Parisian producer has racked an impressive set of releases this year along with major festival play. His standout singles from recent memory include “Meli-Melo,” the free-flowing, four-on-the-floor wave with a thumping bassline and filtered melodies, as well as an official remix for Diplo‘s LSD supergroup, by way of their single “No New Friends.”

Within the recent HARD Summer sonic affront, the DJ crafts an infectious and well-timed web of house music, to no longtime listener’s surprise. Fans have been expressing their desire for a more permanent slice of their memory from LA’s premier electronic music festival; and Dombresky delivered.

Dombresky is currently on tour finishing up shows at France’s Amnesia Cap d’Agde and Ushuaïa in Ibiza. Soon, he’ll bring down the house at New York’s Electric Zoo on Aug. 31. Catch an extended glimpse below of what to expect from a four-on-the-floor maven.

Dombresky rides a groovy wave on new single, ‘Meli-Melo’

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Dombresky rides a groovy wave on new single, ‘Meli-Melo’Dombresky

French producer Dombresky hasn’t slowed down for a second in 2019. The house maven has racked up an impressive set of releases already this year, and he’s also made appearances at some of dance music’s biggest festivals.

Following his remix of LSD‘s “No New Friends” in May, the artist has returned with a new original titled “Meli-Melo.” The single sees Dombresky truly in his element: crafting irresistibly infectious house music. “Meli-Melo” is crisp and clean, drawing listeners in with a pounding bassline, filtered vocals, and a dance-worthy synth melody. Judging by the track’s SoundCloud comments, fans have been waiting excitedly for this one since earlier this year.

The producer is currently on tour, and fans can catch him this month at France’s Amnesia Cap D’Agde on Aug. 12, Ushuaïa in Ibiza on the 15th, and New York’s Electric Zoo on Aug. 31.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX team up + 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.

Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”

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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