Lunar Lunes: Alesso concocts a ‘Sad Song,’ DJ Snake taps J. Balvin & Tyga + 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.

Alesso links with TINI for a mellow summer tune, “Sad Song,” and Botnek ramps up the intensity on “Jiffy.” Haywyre takes on Martin Garrix’s “Summer Days” in a delightful, piano-infused remix, and DJ Snake taps J. Balvin and Tyga for the feel-good “Loco Contigo.” Sonny Fodera’s crafted a remix of Dom Dolla’s “Take It,” and Merk & Kremont bring the heat on “KIDS.” Conro takes to Monstercat for a new original, “All I Want,” and Uproot Andy offers a spicy remix of Sofi Tukker and Bomba Estero’s “Playa Grande.” SYN brings the bass on “Danger,” and Pleasurekraft doesn’t hold back on a rework of Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani, and Green Velvet’s “Space Date.” Ephixa and Heartful have delivered some synthwave goodness on “Sundance,” and Justin Caruso continues his slew of edits with a new combo of Brohug vs. Valentino Khan, “DatDatDat.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 95

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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.


Who would’ve thought Bring Me The Horizon and Sub Focus were a match made in heaven? The English drum ‘n’ bass producer has truly worked his magic on this subtle January release from the rock band, meticulously maintaining its delicate aspects while sprinkling in more intense drum ‘n’ bass elements. The beauty of this remix is that it doesn’t detract from the brilliance BMTH’s original. Instead, it gives listeners a refreshing new way to digest its intricacies.

Haywyre was the perfect person to tap for an official remix of Martin Garrix‘s “Summer Days.” The pianist brings an effortlessly groovy air to the track, incorporating funk-laden synths during the instrumental-focused sections and gorgeous piano chords to the vocal intervals. Like all Haywyre tunes, it’s impossible to not bob your head or tap your foot on this one. Check him out playing it live here.

In his new two-track EP for Liquicity Records, mystery producer Oakwite shines. “Chlorophyll,” in particular, is full of intrigue. The name for the song is fitting, as the artist appears to convert sunlight into alluring drum ‘n’ bass. The new body of work follows the February release of Oakwite’s bootleg of nothing,nowhere’s “Hammer,” which also proved to be beautifully unique.

London-based drum ‘n’ bass artist Etherwood is fresh off a new six-track release, which contains a graceful tune called “Away From It All.” Featuring a beautiful reoccurring piano melody and drifting vocals, this one instantly transports the listen to a still forest or a scenic vista. If the listener can fully submerge themselves in the sonic landscape Etherwood’s composed, it’s likely they’ll find themselves in a truly blissful state.

Speaking of six-track releases, Pierce Fulton, too, has released a new body of work. Hoarder’s Paradise made its full appearance on Potential Fun on June 14, featuring songs like “The Move.” This four-minute song is an introspective one, carrying with it an almost wistful theme as it ebbs and flows. Throughout the tune, piano melodies build from delicate to more forceful and are backed by a subtle but substantial beat. The journey-like qualities of “The Move” are completely entrancing.

Haywyre unleashes his creativity in six-part ‘Panorama’ series [Interview + Photos]

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For two decades, the piano has been Martin Vogt’s forte. He’s been tickling the ivories for the majority of his 26 years and has been releasing under the name Haywyre for a decade this year, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, electronica, dubstep, and more across a wide catalog of music.

In recent years, the classically trained pianist has been particularly fond of creating concept series, first exploring comprehensive themes over the course of a body of work through his Twofold LP series on Monstercat in 2014 and 2016. With a slew of releases on the Canadian label spanning four years under his belt, Vogt has now opted to strike out on his own for the time being.

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“[Monstercat] helped me in my career big time, but I wanted to put myself in a position where I’m thinking more independently, and that meant working more independently,” Vogt said.

He began working on a new set of music: a concept series called Panorama that he planned to self-release, but it was “tough to get the ball rolling” at first.

“Seeing the difference between, for example, Panorama: Discover and Panorama: Form has been substantial in terms of reception,” he said, speaking to the first and second parts of the ongoing concept series. “People are more organically engaging with the content. I feel like I’m getting a better understanding of who listens to my music, and that really appeals to me.”

Vogt revealed near the end of last year that the initial Panorama release, Panorama: Discover, was only the first in a set of six EPs that would comprehensively make up the Panorama series.

“I’d been writing a bunch of different music for about two years, so between my album Twofold Pt. 2 and the first chapter of Panorama, I’d been coming up with all sorts of different ideas… everything from six-second loops to full-fledged pieces,” Vogt said. “They were just so different and so all over the place, and I started wondering how to piece it together. After putting some thought into it, I came up with this six-EP series.”

Vogt started sorting the songs into different categories based on how they complement each other, noting the importance of their order and how they guide the listener through the Panorama experience.

“There’s a definite ebb and flow that’s intentional,” he said. “[Panorama] is supposed to be listened to from beginning to end, more or less.”

Vogt kicked off the Panorama series with the release of Discover’s “Tell Me” in mid-November and was met with wild enthusiasm from fans who’d been waiting two years for new material.

The remainder of Discover followed a few days later, spanning from the effortlessly groovy “Stepping Stones” introduction all the way through to a full-fledged jazz number, “Blind Faith.”

Giving fans a few months to digest the new material, Vogt returned in early February to reveal the funk-laden “Let Me Hear That,” which he released with an accompanying one-take music video.

The four-track Form EP saw its official release a few weeks later, at which time he struck out on the Discover/Form Tour. In the weeks since, the tour has taken him across the United States, joined by friends like StayLoose, Balkan Bump, JNTHN STEIN, Jenaux, and K+Lab for select dates.

“Tour’s been very cool,” Vogt said. “It’s been surprising because I haven’t done a headlining tour in a long time. I hadn’t really had a chance to engage with Haywyre fans in this way for at least two years, and it’s been a really refreshing reminder that there are these real-life people that enjoy watching me perform my music.”

Unlike most of today’s electronic and dance music artists, Vogt doesn’t DJ—and doesn’t know how. His performances are purely live and dynamic, giving fans the chance to see how quick he is on the keys up close. On his Discover/Form Tour, Vogt delivers his performance on the keyboard (tilted toward the audience so they can watch him play), keytar, and vocoder-filtered vocals, making for a captivating set from start to finish. His passion for his music and for performing is unmistakable during his live performances as he switches seemingly effortlessly between instruments, showing just how far he’s come over the past decade.

“I’m more in touch with priorities creatively and what it means to me to be a musician… what it is beyond a potential lifelong career, but also what impact I want to have and how I want to be engaging with the people that are listening to my music,” Vogt said.

When he finishes his current tour, Vogt will be getting back into the studio to work the next two parts of Panorama, which he says we can expect later this year. Before that, though, he’s going to focus on some remixes and collaborations that’ve been on the back burner.

“I’ve been working on so much original content that I think it’d be cool to just switch things up for a little bit and work with [artists] I’ve talked with for years,” Vogt said. “It’s going to be exciting to see some of those come to life.”

All of that comes to fruition via the piano for Vogt, which has been the tool he’s been channeling his creativity into long before “Haywyre” was born.

“The piano is the closest thing I have to translating ideas in my head directly into something concrete,” he said. “I don’t have that kind of relationship with anything else.”


Catch Haywyre his remaining Discover/Form tour dates:

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NMF Roundup: San Holo reveals new single, JOYRYDE returns with ‘IM GONE,’ Vincent releases debut EP + 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.

Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.

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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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + 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.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77

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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.


After a slew of impressive originals in 2018, Mielo kicks off his 2019 with the first single from his debut EP, “ILY.” His contemplative style is beautifully exhibited here, ands he teams up with vocalist Sarah De Warren to bring an even more heavenly element to the tune. Gorgeous piano melodies and dreamy synths create a perfect backdrop for the vocals and subdued percussion in “ILY.” Mielo leaves listeners wanting more with this one, and it serves as an introspective precursor to the forthcoming EP.

Speaking of first singles from new EPs, Haywyre has returned to kick off his funky-fresh Panorama: Form EP with “Let Me Hear That.” This one, like much of his music, is irresistibly groovy. It’s packed full of lively piano and synth melodies that embody Haywyre’s sound in every way. He’s categorized this surefire hit as “maximum funk,” and rightly so. It’ll be tricky to get this one out of your head.

Camo & Krooked are putting themselves on the map with the release of “Atlas.” This one manages to contain the powerful, wall-busting energy their tracks tend to have, bottling it carefully with meticulous production. Its journey-like qualities truly make the title appropriate, and the prolonged introduction builds anticipation in a spectacular way. When the drop hits, the listener is taken on a wild ride of dramatic drum & bass rhythms and thrilling themes.

House heavy-hitter Dustycloud has returned to deliver yet another powerful number. The Parisian powerhouse looks to be asserting his dominance in 2019 with “Brave,” which pounds the listener with copious doses of bass right from the get-go. He gives a brief taste of what to expect in the beginning before diving into a deep canyon of bass. A restrained break in the middle of the song gives the listener a brief chance to catch their breath again before the bass again takes over. It’s pure intensity.

Fans of i_o know that he’s been teasing a massive collaboration with Tommy Trash for weeks. “Let Me Go” has finally arrived on mau5trap, much to the delight of those who’ve been waiting seemingly for ages (read: me). The dance floor-primed track reunites the two producers, who first collaborated on “Oxygen” in 2017. They’ve tapped the gorgeous vocals of songstress Daisy Guttridge to deliver this silky-smooth progressive track—and it’s well worth the wait.

NMF Roundup: Anti Up return, Above & Beyond team up with Spencer Brown, Gryffin debuts new original + 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.

Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”

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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NMF Roundup: 12th Planet delivers new heat, josh pan and AWAY team up, Nicky Romero goes acoustic + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. Even if you’re still in a turkey-induced coma — fret not. DA has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

To kick things off, josh pan and AWAY have teamed up for a hefty sizzler called “Mask.” DubVision and Raider bring us warm rays of summer with “Yesterday,” and Tom & Collins deliver some house heat with “Swoon.” Bass veteran 12th Planet has unleashed his heavy Swamplex Terrestrial EP, featuring songs like its title track. After a two-year hiatus, Haywyre has released his second track in two weeks, the groovy “Storyteller.” FTampa thrills in a feel-good remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Brazilian Soul,” and Nicky Romero delivers an acoustic rendition of “Rise” with Matluck and Stadiumx. Chime continues his tour de force with “Goldfinch,” and Tisoki opens up the dancefloor with “All Like That.”

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.

Lunar Lunes: KOAN Sound return, Zomboy showcases feisty ‘Lone Wolf,’ Doctor P gives listeners ‘something to believe in’ + 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.

Three years in the making, KOAN Sound have unveiled a single from their forthcoming debut album, Polychrome. Also making a comeback is Haywyre, who’s released his first single in two years: the disco-infused “Tell Me.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Out of Me,” a mystical venture that propels the listener deep into outer space. Dubstep powerhouses Teminite, Chime and PsoGnar have teamed up for a dynamic single, “Monster,” which showcases all three artists’ skillful wobble-crafting abilities, along with PsoGnar’s vocals. Also in the dubstep realm, Doctor P returns with his fourth release of the year, “Something To Believe In.” Xavi’s created a clever take on Porter Robinson‘s notable “Sea of Voices,” and Nitti Gritti molds his own bass-heavy version of Dillon Francis‘ “White Boi.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Haywyre returns with groovy and grin-inducing single, ‘Tell Me’

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Haywyre has finally returned to inject his signature electro-jazz stylings into a more dance-friendly canvas with “Tell Me” — the first offering from his forthcoming six track EP called Panorama: Discover. After two long years in the lab, it’s the clear the genre-blending producer was rearing to go. Fans are in for a slew of funked-up new favorites on the upcoming record, it seems, based off this shining self-released number.

Haywyre has disco’ed before – take slap bass extravaganza “Memory,” for example. But, the full on nostalgic thrill of “Tell Me” is something truly special. Bright strings and creamy talk box vocals set the tone, and the groove burns bright and steady before the decks are cleared an extended piano solo.Instead of handing the first beat section an encore, however, the artist puts his vocal synth through its paces. Expressive runs and lightning quick fills jolt the funk into overdrive as the track comes to a head. For those who like their dance music a with a little more soul, Haywyre’s November 30 EP release is shaping up to be well worth the wait.