Gareth Emery & Standerwick – Saving Light ft. Hailene (Notaker Remix)

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Gareth Emery, Standerwick and Hailene took 2017 by force when they released “Saving Light” and its powerful accompanying music video at the beginning of the year. Listeners and fans were swept away by the emotive power of the trance track, shooting it to No. 1 on Beatport — the first trance track ever to do so.

The trio just released a pack of remixes. Among them, Notaker‘s. St. Louis’ Notaker has steadily made a name for himself in the Monstercat and mau5trap community with impressive tracks like “Shimmer” and “Abyss,” respectively. After posting a video of the artist appearing to work on a “Saving Light” remix months ago, his fans went crazy, speculating what such a remix could entail.

The end result is a beautiful piece of music the likes of which we’ve never seen. What starts off slow and delicate delivers the listener straight into a mesmerizing glitchy drop. Notaker’s “Saving Light” rendition switches back and forth between dark beats and heavenly, symphonic builds that perfectly accentuate Hailene’s vocals.

Notaker’s sound design is second to none, and he continues to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with in the dance music community.

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Pegboard Nerds & Quiet Disorder – Move That Body (Soltan Remix)

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The Pegboard Nerds recently finished up their Revenge of the Nerds tour and released their Nerds By Nature (The Remixes) EP back in May.

Now, alongside the highly respected Monstercat label, they’ve released a powerful remix by Soltan of their “Move That Body” track with Quiet Disorder. Soltan put a very different spin on this from the original.

Beginning with Middle Eastern sounds, Soltan takes no time building the energy within the remix. Soltan blends the Middle Eastern elements with Spanish melodies during a few of the breaks and transitions. The drop is much heavier, having more of a Zomboy or Getter feel to it. Its minimalist vibe allows for maximum power throughout.

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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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Stream Muzzy’s drum & bass mix for BBC Radio 1

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One of BBC Radio 1’s latest mixes includes an eclectic and energy-packed set from UK drum & bass powerhouse Muzzy.

The producer has graced the airwaves with a wild 30-minute mix of some of the best drum & bass, preceded by a short interview. In the interview, Muzzy discloses that he’s working on a number of collaborations, including one with his interviewer, Metrik.

“I always try to do something different with every release,” he says in the interview. “I’m doing a bunch of collabs, and I think that’s the next big thing to put out… this collection of music I’ve been making with other people.”

He mentions working with other Monstercat artists and other established drum & bass producers, along with a few “curve balls” that veer away from the drum & bass scene.

“It’s all about working with artists who are masters of their craft and know the different types of music — not just one particular style, so I think that’s the game plan with this next record,” he says.

On the heels of his Spectrum EP earlier this year, the drum & bass producer seems to be working tirelessly on new material. He calls his BBC Radio 1 mix an “energetic and chaotic” blend of what he likes to include in his DJ sets.

Find the interview between 0:00 and 3:40, with the mix beginning afterwards.

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Savoy & Grabbitz – Contemplate (Original Mix)

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It’s a match made in heaven.

Dynamic trio Savoy teamed up with skilled producer and vocalist Grabbitz to release a song that impeccably combines both of their styles.

As Grabbitz shifts his music in a more performance-based, rock hybrid direction, working together with a group that bill themselves as “electronic rock music” made perfect sense. In a May interview with Dancing Astronaut, Grabbitz noted that his style and Savoy’s “fit together and coincide in a way,” making way for the beautiful blending of genres that is “Contemplate.”

Grabbitz’s soulful vocals unite with a softer side of Savoy’s typically edgy rock sound. “Contemplate” has an effortless ’80s groove to it, with a carefree synth melody that floats smoothly throughout the course of the song.

The production in the Monstercat release is flawless, showcasing all four artists’ attention to detail and ability to build a song that’s accessible for fans of all genres.

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Pegboard Nerds & Spyker – Extraordinary ft. Elizaveta (Original Mix)

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The Pegboard Nerds have a knack for excelling at any genre they touch. The Scandinavian duo has created everything from glitch hop to dubstep to drum & bass, garnering a wide range of listeners along the way.

For their latest piece of work, they’ve teamed up with Danish producer Spyker and vocalist Elizaveta for a catchy house tune called “Extraordinary.”

Though “Extraordinary” isn’t as heavy as the majority of their music, the Nerds continue to bring a consistent mastery of their style and sound with each release. With it’s gradual builds and bouncing house beat, this tune is guaranteed to move dance floors across the world.

Vocals sound familiar? Three years ago, Elizaveta’s voice graced the Nerds’ explosive original track, “Hero.”

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Stream the ‘Rocket League x Monstercat Vol 1’ compilation in full

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Monstercat is currently one of the better well-respected and engaging labels out there, mainly due its fabulously talented roster and wide range of genre coverage, aimed at catering to a wider audience- a tactic that seems to be working.

In a bid to acquaint their rapidly-growing label to an even wider audience, Monstercat has released an exclusive compilation album for one of the most extensively played video games in the world, Rocket League. Dubbed Rocket League x Monstercat Vol 1, the  compilation album features a typically eclectic selection of music, including Vicetone and Notaker’s progressive house tracks, Aero Chord’s hardcore trap sounds, and Slushii’s future bass vibe.

With this collaboration, Monstercat seems to be heading in a refreshing new direction; exciting times for their fans.

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Skrillex – Voltage (Slushii Bootleg)

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After premiering the track at EDC Las Vegas last weekend, powerhouse Slushii has released his bootleg of Skrillex‘s “Voltage” to the world.

Though it starts off slowly, beginning with the iconic lines from Skrillex’s “Cinema” remix, the bootleg quickly picks up speed and drops into dubstep madness.

The producer uploaded the bootleg to his archive account, where he posts “when I get bored.” “Everything on this account should be taken with a grain of salt,” he notes on the channel.

The producer has been busy cranking out music, including a track for Monstercat‘s collaborative album with Rocket League.

His future bass track, “LUV U NEED U,” was released on the label 1earlier in the monthand has a heavy video game influence to accompany the popular soccer video game.

Slushii’s “Voltage” bootleg is so incredibly different from “LUV U NEED U,” but shows the versatility of his music styles and influence.

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Fresh off the release of his debut album, Things Change, Grabbitz has unveiled the music video for the LP’s latest single: “I Think That I Might Be Going Crazy.” The abstract video shows the producer running through a forest, mixed in with a wide range of graphics and images. Its darker tone matches the unusual time signature of the song, and it perfectly emulates the artist’s complex inner struggle.

Things Change, released last month, is a diverse collection of tracks that show Grabbitz’s true versatility as a producer, singer and songwriter. He hasn’t slowed down since the album’s release, and performed at Monstercat‘s Art Car at EDC Las Vegas.

“This album is about accepting change and learning to grow with it,” Grabbitz told Dancing Astronaut in an interview last month. “[It’s about] being able to understand things aren’t always going to be the way you thought they were going to be.”

Grabbitz has also partnered with Dancing Astronaut to give his fans the chance to win a signed copy of the CD and a T-shirt. Fans can enter by posting a memory from a time in their life when they feel like ‘things changed’ for them using the #ThingsChange hashtag.

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Tristam – Bone Dry (Original Mix)

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It’s been nearly a year since the Internet has been blessed with new music from Monstercat favorite Tristam.

In July 2016, “Before We Fade” was released as part of the Canadian label’s five-year anniversary compilation and, in Tristam form, the song was lighthearted, yet complex.

The UK producer’s releases are always a special occasion since they’re so spaced out, and “Bone Dry” is no exception. With sentiments like “LONG LIVE THE KING” littering the SoundCloud comments, the piece has spread like wildfire in the few hours since its release.

Where “Before We Fade” was cheery and upbeat, “Bone Dry” takes these sensibilities one step further. Tristam’s emotional vocals paint a melodic soundscape over top of flawless sound design by the talented producer.

“Bone Dry” is part of Monstercat’s partnership with the popular video game Rocket League. The 18-track compilation will include artists like Slushii, Eminence, Aero Chord, Rameses B, Zero Hero, ConroWRLDRogueTristam, Feint, Vicetone, and others.

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