Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass Playlist

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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.


There’s just something about drum ‘n’ bass that’s always spoken to my soul. I remember hearing my first Pendulum song a decade ago and thinking “what on earth is this, and where can I get more?”

The genre began making its way into the electronic music sphere in the early 1990s, right around the time I was born. Its rapid breakbeats took over London and Bristol, ramping up the jungle and rave scene to 160-180 BPM. While still more widespread in the UK to this day, the genre has slowly trickled into the United States EDM scene. We still have a long way to go before drum ‘n’ bass artists are regularly installed as main stage performers at major US festivals, but there’s so much to discover and embrace in the US drum ‘n’ bass scene (I see you, Flite and Boxplot). There’s also an endless stream of quality dnb being churned out overseas, with imprints like RAM Records, Hospital Records, and Liquicity Records as strong as ever in their supporters and fan base.

I regularly tell people that have never really gotten into drum ‘n’ bass to just try. It’s a diverse and ever-evolving genre, full of sub-genres and offshoots. I guarantee you’ll find something you like in some format. Dig through the 100-song playlist I’ve compiled to celebrate 100 installments of this series to see if there’s something there for you!

Thank you, drum ‘n’ bass, for your tireless energy, emotive vocals, and the ability you always have to yank me out of a bad mood and reignite my love for electronic music in today’s day and age. Here’s to you, and the brilliant artists who create you.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 89

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 89Deters 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.


In celebrating the return of Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s Dog Blood project in late March, Grabbitz has taken on the task of flipping “Turn Off The Lights.” Grabbitz cranks up the intensity on this take of the pair’s first offering since 2014, speeding up the intro and leading straight into a glitchy, distorted drop. With its simultaneously fun and heavy atmosphere, this feisty but brief flip is sure to make its rounds at festivals this summer.

One of the reigning kings of anthemic drum ‘n’ bass has returned with his first offering of the year, “Devotion.” Dimension has linked with the talented Cameron Hayes for this latest single, building a sinister drum ‘n’ bass instrumental around her powerful vocals. These two are a force to be reckoned with, and what they’ve created in “Devotion” is pure energy from start to finish.

While we’re on the topic of drum ‘n’ bass power ballads, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tip my hat to Koven‘s latest. Katie Boyle and Max Rowat have composed a truly mighty piece in their latest single for Liquicity. Boyle gives her heart and soul to this song, and it’s readily apparent in every line she belts. The combination of her vocals and authoritative instrumentals is goosebump-inducing, and I love it.

The world saw just one bit of new material from Timecop1983 last year in the form of “Back To You” (which was brilliant, by the way), and the ’80s-inspired producer has now returned with a new single, “My Delorean.” The Dutch producer has teamed up with fellow ’80s enthusiast Primo for the beautifully emotive tune, which tugs at listeners’ heartstrings with nostalgic synths and dreamy vocals.

SIGMA follow up their end-of-March release, “Here We Go Again,” with a merry remix from Just Kiddin. Where the former UK duo chose a breezy pop-oriented feel for their original, the latter UK duo have opted for a more dance floor-ready rendition. A bouncing house beat makes this tune even more infectious, and a fun, filtered twist on Louisa‘s vocals makes this remix one worth hitting “repeat” on many times.

Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + moreA TRAK NWM 11.1

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.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Spencer Flohr

Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + moreMat Zo Self Assemble

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.

Mad Zoo label head Mat Zo brings a brand new glitchy original to his imprint, “Deep Inside,” and Nicky Romero shares a club mix of “Se7en.” Dutch producer Joris Voorn makes his Anjunadeep debut with a highly anticipated remix of Yotto‘s “Walls,” and Nora En Pure thrills with a gorgeous remix of “We Found Love” with Passenger 10. Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak and Tasha Baxter for a dramatic new single, “Saviour,” and Malaa brings “Addiction” to Tchami’s CONFESSION. Kayzo brings the heat with a new collaboration with blessthefall, “Before the Storm,” and BIJOU and Schade throw a “House Party” in their new Unlocked Vol. 1 contribution. TheFatRat, Anna Yvette, and Laura Brehm tug on listeners’ heartstrings in an emotive new collaboration, “Chosen,” and Dion Timmer and Micah Martin bring the electro-fueled “Internet Boy” to Monstercat. Barren Gates and RMND cook up a moody new original, “In the Darkness,” and DVBBS tap Saro for their new single, “Somebody Like You.” Julian Jordan‘s newest does anything but “Backfire,” and Justice Skolnik brings the feels in a new emotive remix of RL Grime‘s “I Wanna Know.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 81

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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.


Bishu‘s sixth Monstercat single comes at the listener swinging. He taps songstress Mister Blonde on the anthemic “Get To Know Me,” a booming future bass track that’s refreshing in a genre saturated with repeated sounds. Just like in last spring’s “Machine,” Mister Blonde’s sultry vocals again complement Bishu’s production perfectly, as she leads the listener up to a booming drop. “Get To Know Me” is part of the Canadian producer’s forthcoming debut EP, The Hali 2 Cali EP.

Since bursting onto the scene just two years ago, Midnight Kids have garnered support from some of the industry’s biggest names. From massive remixes to their debut original last June, this duo has shown no signs of slowing down—particularly with their newest remix: Porter Robinson‘s iconic 2010 “Say My Name.” Hardcore Robinson fans might be a bit wary of any remix of this notable track, but Midnight Kids have done it justice by focusing on the melodies and playing up the emotive aspects of the track. “Porter Robinson changed the way we look at making music,” Midnight Kids noted in their song description. “Without this record coming out things could have been different for us.”

I was obsessed with The McMash Clan’s swing-oriented moombahcore “Swing Break” in 2013 but had a hard time finding any other tunes that incorporated a swing element as flawlessly as that one. When I found out Teminite and Swing’it Dixieband had teamed up for a funky electro-swing track called “Party Like it’s 1923,” I was thrilled. Straight out of a Great Gatsby scene, this track employs bold horns, a swinging electro beat, and retro vocals for an overall classy and brassy aura. Teminite continues to demonstrate his versatility as a producer, giving fans the collaboration they never knew they needed.

Mazare returns to Monstercat after his October remix of Hailene with a gorgeously emotive collaboration with vocalist RUNN. The Italian artist also recently created an otherworldly drum & bass remix for Seven Lions and only continues to improve with each new piece of work. This new top-notch single has fans raving about the impeccable blend of RUNN’s flawless vocals and Mazare’s meticulous production—and rightly so. It’s one of the most blissful pieces of music to hit the Monstercat airwaves so far this year.

UKF has been showcasing some exceptional music so far in 2019, the latest of which is a collaboration of two drum & bass powerhouse acts: Hybrid Minds and Koven. Koven member Katie Boyle’s voice positively drips with emotion in this piano-fueled drum & bass number. It’s a vulnerable piece, and though the track is backed by a racing beat, it maintains an ethereal, wistful atmosphere the whole way through. The artists’ passion for their art form is raw and unguarded in “In Your Arms,” and it’s beautiful to experience.

NMF Roundup: Rusko goes old school with ‘Mr. Policeman,’ W&W remix Steve Aoki and BTS, Galantis jet to ‘San Francisco’ + 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.

As 2018 winds down, Rusko cranks it back up with the release of the feisty “Mr. Policeman.” W&W try their hand at remixing Steve Aoki and BTS‘ “Waste It On Me,” and Galantis close the year with the reveal of their latest original, “San Francisco” with Sofia Carson. The Disciple Records team got together to create one massive holiday collaboration called “Fix The Rail.” NGHTMRE shows no mercy on a VIP remix of The Chainsmokers‘ “Save Yourself,” and Koven tap into Ilan Bluestone‘s new remix compilation with their take on “Another Lover.” Xilent and Chime team up for a hefty dubstep tune, “Twinkle,” and Promnite takes on Alexander Lewis‘ “Off Guard.” Throttle unveils a groovy new Spinnin’ release, “Like This,” and Lipless takes on Nervo in “Emotional.”

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

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

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).

Exclusive: Take flight with Koven’s out-of-this-world ‘Do You’ music video

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Exclusive: Take flight with Koven’s out-of-this-world ‘Do You’ music videoReality Reach Sent Into Space Koven

On Reality Reach‘s release day, UK duo Koven did something completely out-of-this-world — they sent their EP into space.

After working with 100 fan-submitted vocals for “Voices,” the Monstercat artists have one-upped themselves once again. They partnered with Sent Into Space and Jägermeister to launch physical copies of their EP (along with Monstercat’s signature plushie) up high into the atmosphere.

To celebrate the package’s return from space, the pair have released a music video for the EP’s second track, “Do You.” The music video was created from the 360° footage of the package’s flight, showing the EP as it leaves the ground and sails for the heavens. As it ascends, viewers can observe the temperature, atmospheric pressure and altitude it travels. At the height of the song, the balloon camera offers stunning footage of the Earth from miles above its surface, showing breathtaking views from above the clouds. As the song draws to a close, the package descends back to Earth, where it lands in a field just as the Katie Boyle’s vocals drift off.

Reality Reach isn’t the only body of music that’s been sent into space. Over the years, Sent Into Space has worked with Metallica, Kelvin Jones, and Mystery Jets to present their music to fans in a unique way.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 33

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Fresh off his debut album in October, KRANE continues to wow. His latest is a stunning remix of Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One.” Backed by top-notch sound design throughout and a series of dramatic, fluttering synths in the chorus, KRANE’s crafted a beautiful rendition of an already tiptop song.


After months of waiting, dubstep fans finally have new Dodge & Fuski material. Turns out they’ve been working on an 13-track album, humbly titled The Greatest Album of All Time, and “Mistakes” with PhaseOne and The Arcturians is one of its latest singles. The Disciple track is one of pure energy. It’s packed with the heavy wubs we know and love from both bass acts, along with haunting vocals from The Arcturians that give the track a unique flavor.


Koven kick off the sophomore installment in the Monstercat x Rocket League collaborative album series with a drumstep original, “My Love.” Katie Boyle’s heartfelt vocals put a more lighthearted touch on the verses, but other parts of the song are a whole different animal. The duo have put together a track that exudes intensity in the best way, making it the perfect kick-off for the forthcoming compilation album.


Unlike Pluto has tapped into my nostalgia. Last Friday, he released an incredibly emotive cover of My Chemical Romance‘s 2004 hit, “Helena.” His vocal-centered rendition strips down the original track to a slower-paced ballad that oozes pure emotion and passion. Unlike Pluto’s voice is so well-suited for this track, and I’ve found myself re-obsessed with it 14 years later.


Seven years and countless remixes later, Porter Robinson‘s “Unison” remains one of the greatest hits of the early “EDM” era. It’s been reworked, revamped, reshaped, and re-imagined into genres across the board — and some are truly a treat. This latest one from SYN is a substantial contender. The mysterious producer ushers in the iconic melody before plunging listeners into a sea of glitchy bass. It’s raw and harsh, but in the best possible way.

H/T to DA managing editor M. Cooper for this one.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 19

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Tired of a SoundCloud feed packed with Post Malone remixes, edits and covers? I thought I was, too — until I heard StéLouse‘s cover of “Rockstar” with Still Haze and Manus. StéLouse takes us back to a “gone but never forgotten SoundCloud era of 2014” with a feel-good cover of the iconic song, coming at the listener hard with the Flume vibes. A swinging beat, gorgeously redone vocals that are arguably much better than the original, and a light trap beat give their cover a life all of its own. It’s revamped my love of the song in a whole new way.


In their latest release, drum & bass powerhouse duo Koven tap into their dark side. “With You” is ushered in by Katie Boyle’s strong vocals and a delicate piano melody that quickly builds into something more forceful. Six-minute “With You” is a formidable BPM-cranked journey that ends the UK pair’s successful year on a strong note, showcasing all the best parts of their skill set.


Lost Kings have been on fire on 2017, shifting their focus to from remixes to original content like “Look At Us Now,” “Quit You,” and “First Love.” They’re rounding out the year with another original: a catchy pop-influenced number called “Don’t Call.” The single is a classic Lost Kings track, centered on catchy vocals and a solid dance beat. And don’t worry — they’re still in the remix game.


Kasbo‘s latest creation is a beautiful but melancholy single. He calls “Snow In Gothenburg” one of the most atmospheric and personal tracks he’s ever made, and that’s made completely clear by the somber soundscape he paints as the song progresses. “The song itself about loneliness and isolation, and the freedom of coming to terms with those feelings,” he says. “Seeing the beauty of realizing that everyone has their own ways to go in life and that not everyone is supposed to have someone.”


For the final track of this week’s playlist, we shift gears completely. Monstercat veteran Ephixa and label newcomer Bossfight thrill in this heavy electro creation called “Subside.” With dancing synth melodies and pounding bass, these two take the listener on a wild ride throughout their collaboration, with countless unexpected twists and turns. The surprise factor throughout the course of the song makes it practically unclassifiable, putting “Subside” in a league of its own.


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