Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 86

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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.


It’s been years in the making, but Matrix & Futurebound‘s sophomore LP is finally here. The 16-track album is filled to the brim with melodic drum ‘n’ bass gems, including this beautiful tune with Ayak, “Follow Me.” The LP’s sixth track is everything Matrix & Futurebound fans have come to know and love from the UK duo. It’s led by gorgeous vocals and backed by an irresistibly infectious beat. This one will be stuck in fans’ heads for days.

It’s been only a few days since the release of Flip-Flop’s new EP on mau5trap, Synthesizer. The compilation’s formidable second track, “Just Do It,” came to life in the old converted church the duo turned into a studio. “We camped out for two weeks and made a serious amount of noise. The sample comes from the cult classic film Pump Up the Volume about a high school student in a sleepy suburb of Phoenix, Arizona who starts an FM pirate radio station prompting a revolution in his school.”

When Oliver Nelson, Tobtok, and Liv Dawson’s “Yellow” first came out in February, I couldn’t get enough of it. (Honestly, I still can’t.) There’s something about that melody that just lodges in my brain, so new and inventive takes on the song are always welcome. Russia’s Kepa is one of the latest to tackle the tune, putting a more subdued spin on it. He’s crafted a dreamier version of “Yellow,” chopping up Dawson’s vocals and giving the background synths a more restrained role. This more mellow “Yellow” is a relaxing breath of fresh air, giving the song an entirely different feel.

Volant and Punker have built a gorgeous, serene soundscape in their new song, “Godwave.” They spend the first minute of their collaboration weaving distant bird calls in between drifting synth notes, building up to a dark, ’80s-inspired drop. The song dives quickly into synthwave territory, building an otherworldly feeling sonic realm. With the overall EP, One, seeming to draw inspiration from outer space and its mysteries, “Godwave” makes for an impeccable addition, leaving the listener feeling as if they’re floating weightlessly into the unknown.

Tut Tut Child‘s Forest Knot project has been built from his experiences traveling and gathering sounds under what has morphed into a new style for the producer. He says the Forest Knot songs “come from a very different place musically and emotionally to the vibe of Tut Tut Child,” and fans have had a chance to experience fully what he means by that in the releases since August. The latest, “Undra,” exudes beauty in every form. It’s a peaceful beauty, though—the kind one might take in while exploring someplace quiet and full of nature’s wonder.

Lunar Lunes: Bingo Players delivers groovy ‘1000 Years,’ josh pan and Dylan Brady team up for soulful ‘Wheels’ on OWSLA + more

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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.

Bingo Players kicks off his 2019 releases with a groovy new original, “1000 Years.” josh pan and Dylan Brady have unveiled a mellow single from their forthcoming OWSLA LP, “Wheels,” and Myon hops on Gryffin‘s Gravity remix EP for a euphoric take on “Just For a Moment.” Bishu puts a booming future bass twist on QUIX‘s “Giving Up,” and Duskus crafts a dancefloor-ready take on DROELOE‘s “Only Be Me.” GTA, Dillon Francis and Wax Motif‘s “I Can’t Hold On” gets a formidable psytrance rework from Slippy, and Jay Robinson makes his mau5trap debut with “Nineteen81.” Ray Volpe flexes his dubstep skills on a collab with Armanni Reign, and Jeremy Olander takes listeners on an eight-minute journey with “Shogun.” LP Giobbi puts a fresh spin on Hotel Garuda‘s “One Reason,” and Bear Grillz kicks it up to 150 BPM for his new bass house/dubstep heater, “Flow.” Ryan Browne casts an eerie spell in his newest original, “The Reaper,” and Rameses B polishes his newest LP off with a gorgeous trance number, “Cyclone.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 69

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 69Deters 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.


It’s a good week for drum & bass. Feint has teamed up with vocalist Heather Sommer for a brilliant new NoCopyrightSounds release, “Shockwave.” This new release dips back and forth between melodic drum & bass and heavier, wobble-laden interludes that make “Shockwave” appealing to fans of the full drum & bass spectrum. This track is feel-good drum & bass at its finest, and Feint’s production remains unparalleled.

Twenty-five-year-old Ram Records has released its annual drum & bass compilation, and with it comes a slew of exclusives and classics. UK producer Culture Shock makes his mark early in the 60-song collection with the emotive “There For You” as the second track. This touching track pulls the listener in right from the beginning with its infectious vocal hook and builds — with the help of some elegant synth melodies — into a welcoming drum & bass number.

RL Grime‘s NOVA has received an impressive array of remixes since its release in July. The final installation, released this week, features hot takes from artists from Vincent to Valentino Khan to Alexander Lewis, who’s crafted a heavy trap take on “Take It Away.” Lewis’ signature horns add an extra punch to the bassline and command a more authoritative and fiery atmosphere than the original, making it a standout on the latest remix compilation.

Hidden Face has had a steady stream of solid songs this year, never seeming to slow his release schedule. A stringed melody demands the spotlight in his latest, “Flowers,” which is backed by a steady deep house beat to drive it along. Intermittent snaps and twinkling notes comprise two brief interludes, giving the song an extra element of diversity. With countless releases this year, 2019 is sure to hold even more stellar work from the mysterious Parisian artist.

Tut Tut Child began a new project in August called Forest Knot, in which he creates a new song each month for a year. Each month since then, he’s been thrilling old and new fans with ambient and contemplative tunes he’s composed from years of traveling. He told listeners to “expect downtempo, explorative electronica, filled to the brim with real sounds,” and he’s delivered on that promise with a gorgeous tune called “We Walk Through The Streets Of Lisbon.”

Lunar Lunes: Golf Clap remix BROODS, Chime takes on Super Smash Bros, Volac return to Night Bass + more

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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.

In this week’s installment, Golf Clap put a groovy spin on BROODS‘ “Peach.” Nicky Romero re-imagines Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” with Mike Yung as a melody-centric big room track, and Moscow duo Volac return to AC Slater‘s Night Bass with their Funky EP. Chime holds nothing back on an creative dubstep remake of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate “Main Theme / Lifelight.” Prince Fox continues his string of remixes with a take on Travis Scott‘s chart-topping “Sicko Mode,” and QUIX puts his own spin on GASHI‘s “Creep On Me.” KUURO deliver a formidable Monstercat release, “What U Wanna Do” with Spencer Ludwig, and Alvin Risk reveals his latest as HA with Hodgy, “O.P.E.N.” Culture Code and Rabinik tug at the heartstrings with “Love Somebody,” and Trivecta pounds out a powerful trance beat on his remix of Myon and Late Night Alumni‘s “Hearts & Silence.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).