Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 95

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 95Deters 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.


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.

Porter Robinson will replace Martin Garrix at Ultra Korea

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Porter Robinson will replace Martin Garrix at Ultra KoreaDA WM 54

Ultra Korea attendees guests have been given an excellent replacement for Martin Garrix‘ recent cancellation in Porter Robinson. The icon between hits like Language, “Shelter” with Madeon, and brand-new Said The Sky festival will be playing a double header at the event, keeping his Virtual Self slot as well as his new set at the main stage under his prime moniker. Garrix had been forced to back out of the event on account of an ankle injury acquired during a Vegas performance that needed surgery.

Porter’s surprise announcement is the latest in a flurry of news surrounding the artist. He recently confirmed to his fans that new music was under way, and also that he’d be opening his own festival to encourage earlier arrivals and music discovery. Second Sky takes place June 15 in Oakland.

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BREAKING: Martin Garrix cancels all upcoming shows due to ankle injury

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A May 25 stage jump gone awry via Martin Garrix’s OMNIA Las Vegas performance caused an unforeseen ankle injury for the 23 year old. After championing passed the pain for a brief stint in the time following, a pain-stricken Garrix pulled the plug on the show in order to receive medical attention. While the accident wasn’t initially believed to be too serious, he was transported to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution and in the days following, reassured fans that his “ankle was recovering.”

As of early Wednesday morning, recovery looks less expedient than initially thought. Garrix and his team have released a press statement explaining that he must cancel all of his upcoming performances due to mandatory surgery. The superstar DJ/producer was scheduled to appear at a handful of locations throughout the month of June including South Korea, Chicago, Washington D.C. and another performance in Las Vegas for his OMNIA residency.

“It is with deepest regrets that Martin Garrix has to announce that he is forced to cancel all his shows the coming weeks due to a serious ankle injury suffered during his show in Las Vegas on May 25th.
Even though feeling positive after some days of rest, further examinations have determined that all his ankle ligaments are torn and surgery is needed to prevent permanent damage to his ankle. Therefore Garrix is forced to follow the specialist’s advice and cancel all his shows for at least the upcoming four weeks.

Garrix: “’I’m devastated that I have to cancel these shows since nothing makes me happier than performing for you guys. I feel most alive when I’m on stage, seeing you guys smile. I was really looking forward to it and I never want to disappoint my fans. Unfortunately this is out of my control and I will need a surgery and enough rest to fully recover. If I won’t get surgery now I might permanently damage my ankle, which could mean I won’t be able to perform at all anymore. I want to thank everyone for their continuous support and I hope to be able to get back on stage to perform for you guys again really soon.’”


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Martin Garrix injured on stage during Vegas residency, left in ambulance

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Martin Garrix injured on stage during Vegas residency, left in ambulanceMartin Garri Breach

A stage jump took a wrong turn for Martin Garrix early Sunday morning, May 26, when the artist ended up injuring his ankle to the point of needing medical attention during his set at Omnia Las Vegas. He’d thought the injury wasn’t so bad at first, opting to hobble around throughout the rest of his performance, but eventually the pain and swelling grew bad enough for him to cut his show early. A video from his social media shows him leaving the club in an ambulance to take care of the injury. Word remains as to the exact severity, but it looks like he might have broken a bone.

Garrix currently has a residency at Omnia, among a few other festival performances throughout the summer season. He’s since updated fans saying he’s fine, so it appears gig cancellation has been avoided. In the meantime, fans can listen to his new single with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Macklemore.

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Martin Garrix injured on stage during Vegas residency, left in ambulanceMartin Garri Story2

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Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy drop off charming ‘Summer Days’ visual

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Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy drop off charming ‘Summer Days’ visualUnnamed

Martin Garrix has released the official music video for summer anthem “Summer Days” featuring Macklemore and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Team Garrix and director Colin Tilley spared no creativity when it comes to the story line for the new visual.

An older women who steals the spotlight at every turn thanks to her beauty and charm is the star of the story. In fact, the video’s star is so attractive that everyone around her becomes drenched in sweat when she passes by, which undoubtedly plays into the song’s’ theme and apt titling. Garrix, Macklemore, and Stump are not immune to her charm, either, as they each make cameos throughout the video and end up sopping in sweat and she passes them by.

Garrix, Macklemore, and Stump will all take the stage to perform “Summer Days” for the first time together on the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 17.

Revisit the cream of the crop from EDC Las Vegas 2019: Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Diplo, + more

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Revisit the cream of the crop from EDC Las Vegas 2019: Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Diplo, + moreEdclv 1

Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.

As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.

Shaky Beats offers a healthy helping of day and night soundtracking

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Shaky Beats offers a healthy helping of day and night soundtrackingDillonFrancis 2

Shaky Beats has become Atlanta’s top destination for caliber electronic dance music since its 2016. Nestled in its scenic, yet accessible home of Central Park, its organizers consistently book a top tier lineup of big room, bass, and beyond. In celebration of its third birthday, the festival has booked one of its most breathtaking lineups yet. Martin Garrix and RÜFÜS DU SOL top the bill, and are joined by the likes of Lane 8, Big Gigantic, Fisher, Ekali, and many more across May 10 and 11.

The festival is only the beginning, however. Shaky Beats will be hosting equally strong after parties all throughout the Georgia locale. Galantis, Big Gigantic, and Gryffin are just a few of the caliber acts taking over the vast Masquerade. Not to mention, the ‘Late Night Parties’ offer a taste of the experience for those who might not be able to attend the festival during the day. Securing top-notch billing from day into night, Shaky Beats brings the best of music, food and

Head here for more information on the festival and its afters, head here for tickets.

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Martin Garrix enlists Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Macklemore for feel-good track ‘Summer Days’

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Martin Garrix enlists Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Macklemore for feel-good track ‘Summer Days’Martin Garri Dryo

Martin Garrix likes to keep fans on their toes, and he is doing just that with newest collaboration with Macklemore and lead singer of Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump, titled “Summer Days.” Whether it is releasing “Dreamer” featuring a gospel choir and subway singer Mike Yung, which he originally recorded behind his label’s back, or dropping a surprise EP during Ultra taking fans back to his progressive roots, the producer is the perfect example of a musician who continues his experimentation amidst a roster of commercial leaning hits.

While “Summer Days” is certainly among the producer’s commercial leaning hits, it enlists a very different set of sounds and production techniques as compared to previous top 40 releases. The track leans heavily on jumpy guitar notes that frame both groovy high pitched vocals that could have easily been displaced from a 70’s disco era track. Stump’s vocals add the energy to the introduction and the chorus, while Macklemore’s singing propels the song forward serving as a framework for the drop.

Garrix spoke on the release, saying, “‘Summer Days’ is one of those tracks that makes you want to get in the car with your friends and blast it with the windows down. I’m honored to be working with Patrick and Macklemore on this track since I think they are both great artists. They are both very different in terms of style which gave the track new dimensions. I’m super happy with the end result!”

The track is most certainly the perfect melody to accompany a warm summer day with friends, and the music video, set to star all three artists, is rumored to be released shortly.

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Martin Garrix announces new collaboration with Fall Out Boy and Macklemore, ‘Summer Days’

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Martin Garrix announces new collaboration with Fall Out Boy and Macklemore, ‘Summer Days’Martin Garri Breach

Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Fall Out Boy all recently launched the same thinly veiled message on social media, alluding to what appeared to be a collaboration between the polarizing pop-rapper, Chicago-native pop-punk champions, and the “Dreamer” producer. Fans quickly caught on to three images all tagged minutes apart with the same caption, “I got this feeling on a Summer day,” sending the internet abuzz with speculation, and now Martin Garrix has confirmed the forthcoming joint effort.

The caption invoked the opening line of Icona Pop’s inescapable “I Love It,” though now Garrix has provided more concrete context for the upcoming release. Officially titled “Summer Days,” the track features Fall Out Boy’s rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump and the “Thrift Shop” rapper, and is due to land on April 25 on Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS.

Garrix has an impressive track record when linking with other artists, and he appears ready to add what many are expecting to be a summer anthem to his already impressive rap sheet of high profile collaborations with “Summer Days.”

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Live set roundup: Stream Ultra day two performances from Zedd, deadmau5, Martin Garrix + more

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Live set roundup: Stream Ultra day two performances from Zedd, deadmau5, Martin Garrix + morePhilippe Wuyts For Ultra Music Festival Day 3 1

Ultra Music Festival‘s second day of production was nothing short of explosive. Martin Garrix fans found an unexpected new Garrix single on major streaming platforms everywhere just minutes after Garrix took Ultra’s main stage. Sound familiar? It should have, for that single was none other than Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris’ collaboration, “Mistaken,” which comprised the opening of Garrix’s Ultra set. Garrix’s swift progression from the live debut of an unreleased ID, to the formal release thereof, however, was but one of the many noteworthy electronic developments of Ultra’s second day.

From deadmau5‘s presentation of the cutting-edge technology that is Cube 3.0 for the very first time during his main stage closing set, to Zedd’s gritty remix of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Save to World,” not to mention Illenium‘s Ultra debut, day two of the Miami flagship kept live streamers and attendees alike engaged in their uncertainty of just what would happen next. Relive the festival’s momentous sequel to day one with sets from Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Illenium, NGHTMRE & Slander (Gud Vibrations), Tchami, deadmau5, and Martin Garrix.

Revisit live sets from Ultra’s opening day, here.

Zedd, Main Stage

Armin van Buuren, Main Stage

Illenium, Main Stage

NGHTMRE & Slander (Gud Vibrations)

Tchami, Main Stage

deadmau5, Main Stage

Martin Garrix, Main Stage

Photo credit: Philippe Wuyts Photography