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.

No Mana drops the beautifully complex ‘Melted Candy’ LP

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No Mana has released his second album of the year, Melted Candy. Following the release of Assorted Repetitions released earlier in 2018, this release sees the LA artist explore new territory in sound to round out the year.

While the release opens with “In My Mind,” which starts out with a new, intricate and melancholic take on the acidic synths from the complextro of yesteryear, the song – and the rest of the EP – develops into something exploratory, canvassing a range of dance music sounds. There’s elements of gritty, bass-heavy house as well as familiar progressive basics sprinkled throughout the project. This creates beautifully layered music that at first glance might seem one way, but with each twist and turn tells a beautiful story all its own. No Mana’s talent and focus are clear – and tactfully executed – across the duration of Melted Candy.

This 6-track release is yet another we’ve seen this year that cements 2018 as the year of the short long form release, with Melted Candy dubbed as an LP.

Melted Candy is out now via mau5trap.

deadmau5 collaborates with Nick DenBoer, on avant-garde video, ‘Drama Free,’ featuring Lights [WATCH]

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Emerging from a brief hiatus, deadmau5 has partnered with prolific animator and film director, Nick DenBoer, once again on the music video for “Drama Free” featuring the ever-talented Lights off the mau5ville: Level 2 project.

DenBoer worked on the producer’s previous music video “Monophobia” featuring Rob Swire, with the weirdness level of kooky, colorful creatures grooving to the beat of Joel Zimmerman’s house yielding a second hire. The new video takes on a different, off-the-wall narrative alongside familiar animation themes, accompanied by a cacophony of hands, a tentacle-like circulatory system, and squirmy ravers from deadmau5’s previous pool party, Lights commands center stage with cuts to the inner workings of DenBoer’s mind throughout the intentional chaos.

The mau5trap mastermind has had a productive-as-ever 2018, absolving himself from standard practices with his own creative liberties such as his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5ville: Level 1 export. These last two music videos show a side of Zimmerman listeners shouldn’t be surprised to see; however, should still be surprised upon first, (and probably second and third) viewings.

 

REZZ delivers decadent Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’ remix

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REZZ never shies from an opportunity to provide her fans with precisely what they’ve been craving. For her latest demonstration, REZZ has dimmed the lights on a feverishly beloved Porter Robinson production, “Divinity” from his iconically insurgent Worlds album.

REZZ’s commanding rendition of “Divinity” materializes like a malevolent stepsister. Glitchy and deliciously wicked, REZZ’s “Divinity” is like a fiery lullaby from the netherworld, as the track’s original, ethereal vocals and twinkling synth allure give way to her thunderous and highly nuanced bass and percussion infusion.

Quite characteristically of the Canadian mau5trap talent, REZZ delivered on her Twitter intonations of the remix in under a week. Her patently expedient turnaround in the studio is evident in her packed release record in recent years, with back-to-back August album releases in 2017 and 2018 amid a wall-to-wall touring schedule.

REZZ delivers decadent Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’ remix

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REZZ delivers decadent Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’ remixRezz Divinity 1

REZZ never shies from an opportunity to provide her fans with precisely what they’ve been craving. For her latest demonstration, REZZ has dimmed the lights on a feverishly beloved Porter Robinson production, “Divinity” from his iconically insurgent Worlds album.

REZZ’s commanding rendition of “Divinity” materializes like a malevolent stepsister. Glitchy and deliciously wicked, REZZ’s “Divinity” is like a fiery lullaby from the netherworld, as the track’s original, ethereal vocals and twinkling synth allure give way to her thunderous and highly nuanced bass and percussion infusion.

Quite characteristically of the Canadian mau5trap talent, REZZ delivered on her Twitter intonations of the remix in under a week. Her patently expedient turnaround in the studio is evident in her packed release record in recent years, with back-to-back August album releases in 2017 and 2018 amid a wall-to-wall touring schedule.

REZZ delivers decadent Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’ remix

This post was originally published on this site

REZZ delivers decadent Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’ remixRezz Divinity 1

REZZ never shies from an opportunity to provide her fans with precisely what they’ve been craving. For her latest demonstration, REZZ has dimmed the lights on a feverishly beloved Porter Robinson production, “Divinity” from his iconically insurgent Worlds album.

REZZ’s commanding rendition of “Divinity” materializes like a malevolent stepsister. Glitchy and deliciously wicked, REZZ’s “Divinity” is like a fiery lullaby from the netherworld, as the track’s original, ethereal vocals and twinkling synth allure give way to her thunderous and highly nuanced bass and percussion infusion.

Quite characteristically of the Canadian mau5trap talent, REZZ delivered on her Twitter intonations of the remix in under a week. Her patently expedient turnaround in the studio is evident in her packed release record in recent years, with back-to-back August album releases in 2017 and 2018 amid a wall-to-wall touring schedule.

i_o tempts listeners with a dance in ‘Low’ places on new two-track EP

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From the smoldering crevices of a mau5trap backroom, i_o is feverishly taunting listeners to get “Low.”

Hot out of the oven of his new two-track Low EP, i_o uses the lead track–which avid fans will recognize from mau5trap’s mix series (Ep 6) where it was teased earlier this year–to continue his maniacal spiral into the deepest throes of torrential techno. As the bass line throbs like its hooked up to an EKG, a decadent female vocal cut declares: “I don’t wanna get high / I wanna get low.” The LA producer’s intentions for the Low EP become clear with the second track, titled “Move,” solidifying the devilishly dancey motif with its skittering hi-hats and abundant low-end bass–topped off by another hypnotic, looping vocal, of course.

When he’s not on Twitter faux-beefing with his like-minded producer pal, No Mana, he’s relentlessly churning out gritty, pulsating dance music as a mainstay on mau5trap, in spite of i_o-scorning “techno purists,” who helped spawn his pervasive recent single, “Not Techno.”

deadmau5 drops off eclectic ‘mau5ville: Level 2’ project

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2018 is certainly a good year to be a deadmau5 fan. After releasing his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5trap-focused project, mau5ville: Level 1, the production extraordinaire has put out the next iteration of the mau5ville series, mau5ville: Level 2.

Providing an array of originals and remixes, deadmau5 taps his mau5trap family and some special guests on this new project. He starts off with a feature from fellow Canadian vocalist, Lights, on “Drama Free.” The dark and pulsing track is then given the UK bassline treatment by longtime deadmau5 remixer Chris Lorenzo. Followed by the experimental downtempo piece, “10.8,” with Mr. Bill, deadmau5 shows the true diversity in his production skillset. With both mau5trap veteran Monstergetdown and newcomer Gallya partaking in collaborations and remixes to close out the project, mau5ville: Level 2 is a testament to the deadmau5’s ability to break new talent while providing solid releases from mau5trap’s current roster.

Sunday Morning Medicine, Vol. 152: featuring ATTLAS, Icarus, Khåen, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Bristol’s Icarus brethren avoid flying too close to the sun, with this ambient house offering, “October.” Instead, like a warm summer’s rain, they’re here to absolve you of weekend transgressions with skittering, precipitous percussion and revelatory vocal incantations.

Listeners of intention may recognize “Third Evangelist,” as well as most of Khåen’s new Solace In The Night album, from Lane 8‘s adorned seasonal mixes and live sets, as well as featured on the latter’s recently incepted This Never Happened label housing. With minimal production froth, “Third Evangelist” glows with a transcendental twinkle, intended to rescue listener’s from the icy precipice of a Sunday afternoon.

ODESZA addicts will revel inside the redemptive reverb of Satin Jackets’s “So I Heard.” The sultry track’s languorous strings and otherworldly vocal harmonies are likely to incite wakeful dreams through lustrous beaches eons from the throes of office monotony.

Sexy doesn’t even begin to chronicle the audible encounter that is mossy.’s reworking of Lido‘s “Dye.” The track experiments, unfettered, with beat-deliberate downtempo mechanisms, most notably its lush and languid harp plucks.

ATTLASmau5trap endeavor from earlier this year, “Concussion,” is an equal parts blissful and torrential odyssey that eventually lands listeners back on their feet—once its effects have abated—much like a night of heavy drinking. Its rattling percussion and stormy synth blasts are mediated by a tender, steadying melody that reminds the listener of lighter arenas, like a ghost of dance floors past.

deadmau5 updates fans on his well-being, confirms European tour dates

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deadmau5 updates fans on his well-being, confirms European tour datesDeadmau5 Hiatus Update

After announcing an indefinite hiatus from social media to focus on mental health, deadmau5 provided an update via Twitter for fans regarding his progress and the status of previously scheduled tour dates. According to the mau5trap boss, he seems to be getting exactly what he needs out of his commitment to his psychological well-being after receiving hefty backlash over his longstanding, highly controversial interactions with both peers and fans on digital platforms–most notably Twitter.

“With the support from family and friends, and the help of health professionals, I’m on the right track and I’m feeling better,” said deadmau5 in the post.

He also confirmed his upcoming performances at a sundry of upcoming European tour dates, but made it clear the update did not mean a return to the producer’s vice of choice (Twitter). With his label handling deadmau5 socials for now, here’s to hoping mau5 2.0 continues this bout of reflection and surfaces healthier than ever.

 

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