Lunar Lunes: Nathan C remixes Flume, Flite takes on RL Grime’s ‘Core’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Nathan C remixes Flume, Flite takes on RL Grime’s ‘Core’ + moreNathan C Press Photo

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).

Instupendo bursts into 2019 with a fresh ‘Persona’

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Instupendo bursts into 2019 with a fresh ‘Persona’Instupendo PaigeFrey

Fresh on the heels of a feature on Toro Y Moi‘s newest LP, Instupendo wastes no time in debuting his first original of 2019. “Persona” sees the NY-based, Philadelphia-bred producer reexamine the sound that originally put him on the map, while simultaneously exploring new techniques to freshen his approach.

Released by Urban Outfitters as a part of their New Sounds Series, “Persona’s” light, wandering melody will invoke feelings of nostalgia for longtime fans. The track’s second half offers added experimentation, with re-sampled effervescence and a fuzzy bass keeping the listener committed.

Following a fall spent on tour in support of like-minded counterparts, Ryan Hemsworth and Giraffage, and hints at a new direction evident in “Persona,” Instupendo is poised to continue his upward swing well into 2019.

Photo credit: Paige Frey

Instupendo bursts into 2019 with a fresh ‘Persona’

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Instupendo bursts into 2019 with a fresh ‘Persona’Instupendo PaigeFrey

Fresh on the heels of a feature on Toro Y Moi‘s newest LP, Instupendo wastes no time in debuting his first original of 2019. “Persona” sees the NY-based, Philadelphia-bred producer reexamine the sound that originally put him on the map, while simultaneously exploring new techniques to freshen his approach.

Released by Urban Outfitters as a part of their New Sounds Series, “Persona’s” light, wandering melody will invoke feelings of nostalgia for longtime fans. The track’s second half offers added experimentation, with re-sampled effervescence and a fuzzy bass keeping the listener committed.

Following a fall spent on tour in support of like-minded counterparts, Ryan Hemsworth and Giraffage, and hints at a new direction evident in “Persona,” Instupendo is poised to continue his upward swing well into 2019.

Photo credit: Paige Frey

Lunar Lunes: Seven Lions, SLANDER & Dabin go acoustic, Nora En Pure finds love, Sullivan King and Grabbitz collab on ‘Show Stopper’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Seven Lions, SLANDER & Dabin go acoustic, Nora En Pure finds love, Sullivan King and Grabbitz collab on ‘Show Stopper’ + moreSevenlions.da 29 Of 44

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.

Just days after the release of their thrilling mega-collab, Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin have revealed an acoustic version of “First Time.” Nora En Pure brings smooth sonic goodness in her new single, “We Found Love” with Ashibah, and Canada’s Grandtheft turns up the intensity with his latest, “Bags.” Italian duo VINAI are ready to hit main stages in 2019 with their festival heater, “WILD,” with Fatman Scoop. As part of his new The Demented EP, Sullivan King teams up with Grabbitz for a formidable dubstep number, “Show Stopper.” NERVO continue to dominate the space between pop and dance music with their newest single, “Habit,” and The Aston Shuffle and Fabich pump out an extended mix of “Stay.” Dezza floods listeners’ ears with the gorgeous “Toadaso,” and FETISH cooks up an emotive deep house remix of Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina’s iconic “Stereo Love.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 68

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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 more than two years since StayLoose released his twinkling original, “Let Go,” with Andrew Paley. Today, he blesses fans with an extended vocal cut of the original track, noting that Paley “added some additional vocals to this one to make it extra special.” The inclusion of addition vocals makes this new version particularly dynamic, as Paley’s emotive voice bounces off StayLoose’s timeless future bass stylings.

Laszlo‘s time on Monstercat dates back more than four years, and in that time, he’s delivered a multitude of innovative originals, many playing off an outer space theme. He’s now revealed a full LP on the Canadian label: Liftoff. Laszlo has been building to this 10-track collection for years, with songs like “Airglow” and “Sphere” dating back to 2016. The versatile album sees Laszlo flex a full range of production talents, from drum & bass to trap and everything in between. I instantly gravitated toward “Rendezvous,” a gorgeous piece of work that takes off quietly and builds into a feel-good drum & bass track with a beautiful melody.

SevenDoors makes a bold reappearance on the mau5trap roster with his latest offering, Rising Sun. The EP’s latter half, “Spirit,” is an intricate, seven-minute piece of work that showcases the minimalist techno style he’s been debuting on the label in past releases. “Spirit” is a pensive piece, highlighted by the haunting chants of solemn choirs woven in between its dark, pulsating beat. A variety of airy synth melodies float in and out as well, setting a tranquil tone for the song surrounding them.

Following a mellow remix of TS Graye‘s “Take Notes” in September, Philly’s Instupendo is back with a new rework. This time, he’s taken on sakehands’ “GOODBYE FOREVER.” This rendition is more subdued than the original’s pop-leaning elements, as Instupendo walks the remix along with elements of percussion sakehands’ version lacked. Subtle bass and an easygoing beat make this take on “GOODBYE FOREVER” a fresh listening experience and open it up to the world of dance music a bit more.

“Darkness comes before the dawn,” red. teases to introduce his new original, “Dispatch.” While the minute-long introduction appears to lead into a bright, sunny soundscape, the artist proves to have deceived his listeners by quickly dipping into a deep, resounding bass pattern. While red. appears to have delved into a dark soundscape, he continuously leads listeners back up into the light by introducing glowing melodies. “Dispatch” is a true journey of a song and exudes a vibrantly colored aura from start to finish.

Remix package for Instupendo’s ‘Faces I Know’ arrives

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Remix package for Instupendo’s ‘Faces I Know’ arrivesInstupendo Faces I Know Remied Cover Art

From his humble beginnings as a viral star rising out of SoundCloud, Instupendo is in the midst of a banner 2018. The soon-to-be NYC-based producer debuted his second EP, Faces I Know, followed shortly after by a visual accompaniment, and parlayed a remix of Rostam‘s “Half-Light” into a supporting slot at Brooklyn Steel.

Instupendo is now up for the remix treatment himself, as Slow Magic, Owsey, and Laxcity take on the Faces I Know‘s “Fleur,” “Boy,” and “Clementine,” respectively.

Slow Magic turns the energy up a few notches on ” Fleur” with undulating synths and crisp percussion fills, while the track remains steeped in Instupendo’s trademark haze. Owsey’s take on “Boy” veers more sharply into different direction, adding vocal chops for new melodic lines, and capacious synths and drums that almost make the remix a guarantee to be played at big festival spots under an icosahedron.

Finally, Laxcity flips “Clementine” entirely, at times a stuttering, fluttering track bound by the original’s arpeggios before smoothing out a spacey atmospheric exploration anchored by a rumbling low end.

It’s a testament to Instupendo’s originals and their sound songwriting that each can be flipped in entirely different directions, and similarly that the remixers themselves took such disparate routes to produce new takes that pay homage to the originals and yet remain wholly their own.

First Look: Instupendo debuts visual accompaniment for latest EP, ‘Faces I Know’

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First Look: Instupendo debuts visual accompaniment for latest EP, ‘Faces I Know’Instupendo Bksteel RalphNardell

After the release of his sophomore EP in April 2018, Philadelphia-based producer Instupendo now released an accompanying visual accompaniment. The EP’s four tracks each received their own distinct video, filmed and directed by the group Altabrea, who previously worked with the artist for the video to his single “Homme” and produced visuals for his performance at Brooklyn Steel in support of Rostam.

The visuals match well with Instupendo’s dreamy, mellifluous style, with montages that evoke the optimism and melancholy, the youthful possibilities with the nostalgia that are readily apparent in the EP.

On working with Altabrea again, Instupendo said, “James Ronkko and Alice Agrusa are two of my favorite film-makers. They’re lovely people to work with and I appreciate and trust their aesthetic. I was excited to see how they’d interpret the EP.”

The visual for Faces I Know‘s second track, “Sunny,” is available above, with the entire visuals, hosted by Majestic Casual, available below.

Photo Credit: Ralph Nardell

Rostam gets the indie electronic treatment on new ‘Half-Light Remixes: EP1’

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After producing all three of Vampire Weekend‘s iconic albums, former bandmate and producer Rostam found his own place in the indie landscape. Having releasing his debut LP, Half-Light, last year, Rostam has now revealed a four track remix EP for the quiet yet comforting album.

Half-Light Remixes: EP1 is a reimagining of some of Rostam’s top tracks. Tourist leads off the EP with their remix of “Gwan,” an acoustic track that gets a slow-burning and ethereal spin. Jim-E Stack and Instupendo follow, each putting forth subdued and synth-filled efforts that breathe new life into the already beautiful tracks. Matsor Projects’ cheery and upbeat take on “Bike Dream” tosses in an infectious bass line and groovy beat to close out the EP.

Rostam – Half-Light ft Kelly Zutrau (Instupendo Remix)

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Rostam, the mononymic musician formerly of Vampire Weekend, tapped rising producer Instupendo for a remix of his track, “Half-Light” — as well as a supporting slot at his recent performance at Brooklyn Steel.

Instupendo crafts a gentle lattice of sounds and atmosphere that elevate Rostam and Kelly Zutrau’s vocals. The producer’s signature style is stilly clearly evident, though he opts to turn down the haze for a more focused, easily defined design. The production matches the vocals’ yearning nature, rising slowly into a subdued yet emotive catharsis.

Instupendo’s remix of “Half-Light” is featured on Half-Light Remixes: EP1, which also features selections from Tourist, Jim-E Stack, and Matsor Projects.