NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin team up + 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.

After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

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.

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + 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.

After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + 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.

Just one week after the release of his massive “R U I N” collab with 1788-L, Ekali returns with an emotive remix of Alina Baraz and Khalid‘s “Floating.” Rusko brings a new body of work to Deadbeats in MEGARAD, and Hermitude links with Hoodlem for the slow-burning “Every Day.” K?d throws it back with a grinding remix of SMF’s 2011 “HAHAHA,” and Modestep and Virtual Riot make a formidable trio in their new Disciple release, “Nothing.” Brasstracks paint a soulful soundscape with a slew of smooth releases in their new R&B-oriented EP, Before We Go, and KDrew unleashes his first track of the year, “Sometimes.” Apashe takes no prisoners in his new The Good The Bad & The Fake EP, and KUURO take on 3LAU and HYO in a new remix of “Punk Right Now.” Two Friends put their own spin on Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes,” and Grabbitz turns The Japanese House’s “Lilo” into an upbeat wonder. Justice Skolnik throws it back more than a decade with a fresh take on Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E,” and Phantoms tap Shaylen for “Are You Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Monstercat announces stacked ADE lineup

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As 2018’s edition of Amsterdam Dance Event draws near, Monstercat has announced a stacked lineup of talent for their third year.

On Oct. 18, Monstercat artists of the Uncaged persuasion will descend on Melkweg’s ADE for an unforgettable series of performances. The array of talent includes Noisia, Feed Me, Modestep, Pegboard Nerds, Gammer, Muzzy, Going Quantum, Tokyo Machine, and Orri + Friends.

The Bassrush event will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Early bird tickets and tier one tickets are already sold out, but additional tiers and a final set of tickets will be released as the event nears.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Modestep and Dion Timmer team up on ‘Going Nowhere’

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Modestep and Dion Timmer make their 2018 Monstercat debut with a cutthroat collaboration, “Going Nowhere.”

They introduce their partnership with a build-up of emotive vocals, powerfully stating that “we ain’t going nowhere.” The anthemic build of the verse leads into an energetic, dubstep-packed chorus, complete with chopped vocals and pounding bass.

The artists’ passion is crystal clear in the verses, and the heavy wobbles of the chorus appeal to a party-ready audience of listeners — making this collaboration a surefire hit.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 24

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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.


When the two-track remix package for Modestep‘s inaugural original Monstercat release, “Higher,” came out earlier this week, I was eager to see what other artists had done with the unique track. Champion‘s take on “Higher” is a drum & bass reworking that’s a true delight. The fast pace works perfectly with the song’s original vocals, creating an even more intense atmosphere.


Milk N Cooks have crafted the absolutely perfect earworm in their latest remix: a rework of Bohnes’ “My Friends.” Choppy vocals in the chorus add to the overall catchy factor of this remix, set over top of a simple, bouncy dance beat. Its laid-back vibe perfectly ushers in the weekend.


To be honest, I’ve barely taken Jay Cosmic‘s latest release off repeat since it came out three days ago. Though it sits at just under three minutes long, “Ocean Eyes” packs a powerful drumstep punch — complete with gorgeous vocals and heart-wrenching melodies.


Joe Garston‘s latest piece of work is a lighthearted collaboration with Arild Aas. Though it also clocks in at less than three minutes, Garston has fit a variety of styles into the short length of “We Are Something.” With verses that have acoustic leanings and a chorus that flourishes with future bass elements, it’s a gorgeous creation.


Imogen Heap‘s “Hide and Seek” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Heap’s flawless harmonies are timeless, making the 2005 song stand the test of time. Bishu continues his “childhood remix series” by taking on this classic, bringing “Hide and Seek” into the world of electronic music with playful melodies and an underlying trap beat.

Modestep release vigorous single on Monstercat, ‘Higher’

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Iconic dubstep duo Modestep has released their brand-new track, “Higher,” via Monstercat — showcasing their talent for the first time on the popular Canadian label. The single is the official kickoff for the forthcoming label compilation, Uncaged Volume 4. The daring UK pair also performed the single 6,500 feet above an icy ravine in New Zealand, paying homage to the track’s title.

“Higher” provides nostalgic dubstep notes mixed with smooth vocals — a perfect combination of energy that propels the track from beginning to end. The track showcases Modestep’s ability to create authentic sounds, as 2018 marks more than 10 years of touring and producing for the duo.

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