i_o offers Armin van Buuren’s ‘Mr. Navigator’ a kinetic rework

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A singular stream of i_o‘s remix of “Mr. Navigator” reveals one truth: i_o has left nothing in his meticulous composition up to cruise control. The producer injects Armin van Buuren’s pumping, main stage-destined original with a high dose of intoxicating underground allure.

i_o’s revamp is intensive. The tech-trance classification of van Buuren’s track still applies to i_o’s stimulating revision, but nearly all else—excluding Tempo Giusto’s distinguishing vocal—is new. The crown jewel of i_o’s editing is the beat, which pointedly and precisely pounds from the very first second of the producer’s take. Best buckle up.

The tantalizing character of i_o’s submission deepens with atmospheric flushes of synths that fade in and out with fury. Breathing and beeping samples contribute to the mau5trap native’s cinematic, sonic drama, which unfolds for a near six minutes. If i_o hadn’t powerfully asserted the magnetic force of his aural design within the electronic purview, he certainly does so now with “Mr. Navigator (i_o Remix).”

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Ubbi Dubbi unveils phase two lineup: i_o, Dom Dolla, JOYRYDE, Whipped Cream, Zomboy, and more

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Returning for its second edition, Ubbi Dubbi Festival has announced its phase two lineup. The two-day electronic event will take place at Globe Life Park in Fort Worth, Texas over April 18 – 19, 2020. Ubbi Dubbi’s inaugural year saw massive artists like Zeds Dead, Illenium, and Ganja White Night perform and featured a Deadbeats-hosted stage.

Ubbi Dubbi shared its initial lineup last November with names like Adventure Club, Kaskade, Seven Lions, and Camelphat topping the list. Now, the full lineup welcomes a bass-heavy emphasis, with talent such as JOYRYDE, Whipped Cream, Liquid Stranger, ATliens, Zomboy, and more gracing the roster. Ubbi Dubbi’s diverse programming also attracts house and techno acts from i_o, Dom Dolla, Shiba San to Green Velvet and Valentino Khan. The 2020 iteration will also feature two new stages hosted by WAKAAN and All My Friends respectively.

General admission tickets begin at $149. Purchase tickets here.

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

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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.


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…

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Seismic Dance Event 2019 brought massive tech and house vibes to Austin, TX – photos by Alexis Sturm, Mario Garza and Edgar Valdes

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i_o releases ‘ACID 444,’ the first of his three-part album series [Stream]

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After a huge year of bringing hard-hitting techno sounds to a wider audience, i_o—real name Garret Lockhart—is closing out 2019 in fine style. He just released ACID 444, a four-tracker which will serve as the first part of his upcoming three-part album series entitled 444.

As the title suggests, all four of the tracks harbor the unmistakable wonky sound of the 303 that carved out an entire genre. Being a mau5trap release though, the symphonic influences of deadmau5 and i_o’s mix of throbbing and groovy sounds all fit together like a dance music jigsaw puzzle.

Details surrounding the other two parts of i_o’s three-part album have yet to surface but given his reputation for ambition and innovation, the smart money says to expect more trendsetting four-on-the-floor beats.

Grimes unearths album plans alongside double-cut, ‘So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth’

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Grimes, Canada’s queen of elaborate concept projects and sonic thought experiments, has materialized for another unearthly release, the two-sided “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth.” The multi-talented icon of all things eternally odd has delivered two renditions of the song, a radio-intended cut, or Algorithm Mix, as well as an extended Art Mix. She’s also set a date, February 21, 2020, for her forthcoming LP, Miss_Anthropocene, which she’s said will lean heavily on climate change-adjacent themes, from the perspective of… wait for it, a misanthropic demon. The 10-track album is expected to be a stark departure from its 2015 predecessor, Art Angels, which was riddled with frothy, often disjointed pop singles and to which Grimes now refers as “a piece of crap,” and a “stain” on her life.

The song’s cosmically odd appeal harkens back to her Visions era. The ethereal downtempo production wistfully jaunts beneath Grimes’ signature moody, high-pitched croons. It’s the second single from the impending album, preceded by the equally astral and thematically weighty “Violence,” produced by smoldering mau5trap talent, i_o.

“So Heavy” arrives alongside an environmentally despondent visualizer: a foreboding portrait of Earth some years from now, scorching and uninhabitable, from the vantage point of outer space, where Grimes is engaged in a sword fight with a dragon. Armored literally and aurally, Grimes is a valiant envoy to usher us all towards our fiery ends.

Igloofest Montréal announces 2020 season lineup, including RÜFÜS DU SOL, REZZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Igloofest makes its imprint on the international music festival scene with its signature, trademark characteristic—embracing the arctic climate known as Canadian winters. The Montréal-based festival has just announced its 2020 season lineup, amassing a proudly diverse selection of male and female artists to top each of the four weekends of its outdoor winter series.

For its upcoming 14th edition, Igloofest welcomes a new slate of headliners over each weekend, held from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2020. The opening weekend kicks off performances from headliners THE BLAZE, ANNA, Reinier Zonneveld, and curated stage takeover from Anjunabeats—with a lineup to be announced. Over the remaining three weekends, the festival’s headliners include REZZ, Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, ZEDS DEAD, and Charlotte De Witte to close out each chilly night of the series.

Among the headlining performances, Igloofest welcomes an abundance of varied local and international support from artists like i_o, VNSSA, Jeremy Olander, Honey Soundsystem, Robert Hood, and many others. Held in the charismatic grounds of the city’s Old Port, the festival will debut a redesigned layout to increase their capacity, filled with handfuls of activities, treats and vendors within the magical Igloovillage and increased heated IGLOOVIP areas.

Tickets and more information on Igloofest can be found online here.

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‘Day of the deadmau5 2019’ mix is here [Stream]

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The cat’s out of the bag: mau5trap’s new day of the deadmau5 mix is here to slay.

Mixed by deadmau5 himself, the hour-long Halloween treat highlights some of the talent that’s fleshed out mau5trap’s menacing bass-forward sound over the past 16 months. Let’s be honest though—it wouldn’t be a deadmau5 Halloween mix without “Ghosts N’ Stuff,” but day of deadmau5 is largely a coming-out party for some of the label’s upcoming acts. The result is a mix that covers the majority of the current dance music spectrum, diving headfirst into the mosh pit with tracks from Callie Reiff and Getter, while sprinkling a bit of techno dust onto the mix with a handful of tracks from i_o, who is proving to be less a flavor of the week and more a flavor of the year with his constant stream of techno-infused heat.

day of the deadmau5 mix is now available now through Apple Music, for those daring to get their spook on.

Solaris Music Festival resurrects for 2019, announces headliners deadmau5 and Above & Beyond

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Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.

In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.

After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.

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