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).

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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 1

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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.

I’ll start Volume 1 with a confession: I didn’t know the original version of this song when I heard this edit. Laszlo, an 18-year-old up-and-comer from The Netherlands, has continuously impressed with releases both on Monstercat and independently. He usually produces epic electro house tracks, so this smooth, sexy Post Malone rework was a bit unexpected. Lazslo toys with the vocals layered over slick synths and a melody that glides the listener effortlessly through the track. It’s completely refreshing, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since it came out on June 27.

(Note: I did finally go out and listen to the original. I much prefer Laszlo’s version).

Gareth Emery and Christina Novelli‘s “Concrete Angel‘ is an iconic example of the emotional beauty that permeates trance music. Celebrating the song’s 5-year anniversary, Emery released a set of remixes to “Concrete Angel” and among them was this perfect trance rework of the original track, masterfully done by ReOrder. It packs a harder punch than the original, but still maintains the initial integrity of the track. ReOrder’s trance beats are slightly more aggressive than Emery’s, but his builds are beautiful and soulful.

Drum & bass has a special place in my heart. Since Pendulum established my love of electronic music in 2010, I’ve always gone back to the genre-well in search of tracks that give me the same euphoric feeling songs like “Witchcraft” and “Watercolour” did when I heard them for the first time. When I first heard T & Sugah’s “Cast Away” three years ago, I got that same feeling. After following the Dutch duo’s music and loving everything they released, seeing a new track of theirs pop up was a thrill. “Sleepless” showcases the duo’s mastery of drum & bass with a swift beat that intensifies MVE’s vocals in the best way.

While browsing the latest content on SoundCloud’s feed, something unexpected cropped up: a new track from KDrew. KDrew has always made consistently solid music (c’mon, who doesn’t love “Last Train to Paradise” and “Summer Ashes“?) so it was interesting to see what his latest original track was like, especially since he hasn’t released new music in a while. With fun pitched vocals and a rushing trap-infused beat, “Back To You” marks KDrew’s triumphant return to the dance music world.

Since its release earlier this year, Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s hit “Stay” has, unsurprisingly, gotten a whole variety of remixes. Among these is a refreshing remix from producer Aylen. In a world where so many remixes sound the same, Aylen’s funky take on the track is catchy and new. He takes an otherwise mainstream-sounding track and pumps it up with a heightened tempo. Flawless harmonies line the bridge of the song, building up to a driving drop that begs shufflers to hit the dance floor and bust out their moves.

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