Notaker impresses with full release of long-awaited six-track EP, ‘PATH.FINDER’

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St. Louis-based music producer David Nothaker, more commonly known in the music world as Notaker, has dropped his long-awaited six-track EP, PATH.FINDER. Previous releases “Into the Light” featuring Karra and “Each Other” featuring Eric Lumiere are joined by the introductory “Only In My Dreams” and three additional never-heard-before originals.

The dynamic tracks on the EP all have an underlying dark edge that frames a collection of upbeat, vocal-lead, and ominous singles juxtaposed against one another. “Melophonic” features unique soundscapes with dancing notes that has an underlying future bass melody propelling the track forward. On tracks like “The Longest Night,” Notaker transports listeners to another universe, heightening anticipation through dreamy builds and otherworldly melodies. He caps off PATH.FINDER with a VIP mix of “Into the Light,” which features new glitched-out drops for the original.

PATH.FINDER is out now via Monstercat.

Lunar Lunes: R3HAB refreshes ATC’s ‘Around The World (La La La),’ Notaker unveils ‘PATH.FINDER’ EP + 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.

It’s been 18 years since the release of ATC’s classic “Around the World (La La La),” but R3HAB has revived the seminal track with a rework of his own. Notaker‘s new EP, PATH.FINDER, makes its full debut on Monstercat on April 8, featuring tracks like a VIP mix of “Into The Light.” DROELOE return to San Holo‘s bitbird with a new original, “Snow Shovels,” and Tiësto teams up with SWACQ for “Party Time.” Figure and Whiskey Pete join forces on bass-heavy “Exterminate,” and DEVAULT takes a dark approach with “RUNWAY.” Syn Cole‘s crafted a remix of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s “Selfish,” and Bear Grillz taps vocalist Micah Martin for “Stay.” Dream team MOTi and Icona Pop have created “Sink Deeper,” and KAAZE and Aloma Steele flaunt their city pride with “My City.” Afrojack, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have put their own spin on Jewelz & Sparks‘ “Bring It Back,” and DJ Sliink brings a Jersey club bounce to “Murda On My Mind.” Lost Frequencies throws it back with a remix of Estelle’s “American Boy,” and Sam Feldt takes on Rita Ora‘s “Only Want You.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Good Morning Mix: Take a bass-heavy journey with Notaker in his new Radar mix

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As a dance music taste-maker, producer Notaker demonstrated his skills in this exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut‘s mix series, The Radar. Since early 2018, the St. Louis native has derived support from some of the most respected labels in the game, taking shelter at mau5trap for his debut EP Erebus I that peaked at No. 6 on the iTunes top electronic albums chart. In addition, he’s seen increased success with the Vancouver-based imprint Monstercat, a relationship he forged to release his latest single, ” Into The Light” featuring Karra.

This mix will guide listeners on a “sonic journey,” as he explores a diverse arrangement of sounds within the “electronic spectrum.” Kicking things off with “Into The Light,” Notaker maintains a balance between light and heavy bass music, including the REZZ remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity,” the 2017 Flume hit “Hyperreal,” k?d‘s show edit of “Find Paradise,” a collaboration from up-and-comer 1788-L featuring Totto on “Full Burst,” and more.

Notaker’s latest single is out now on Monstercat.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 76

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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.

Metal and electronic music have been colliding more and more as of late. This collision takes many different forms, including artists like Matt Lange putting their own spin on the instrumentals of a song originally fueled by rock elements. Lange has taken Periphery’s “Lune” and leaned into its subdued beauty, crafting a minimalist backbone of warped bass and a dreamy guitar melody that drifts softly throughout the course of the remix. He allows Spencer Sotelo’s vocals to take center stage in his remix and has crafted a perfect atmosphere to complement Periphery’s original.

Notaker‘s off to an incredible start of 2019. His latest, “Into The Light,” pairs beautifully with its accompanying artwork, which depicts a shadowy forest highlighted by beams of sunlight. Karra‘s heavenly vocals set the scene, leading listeners into a gradual build before dropping into a booming melodic drop. Chirping birds and atmospheric layers of synths create an environment that’s both serene and powerful, as Notaker demonstrates his strong command of sound design.

Far Out’s “Worlds Apart” is what today’s future bass wishes it could be. Much like Notaker’s “Into The Light,” Far Out assemble this dreamy soundscape slowly, building gradually with lush beds of synths, piano, and strings. One could easily mistake this for an orchestral piece until just after the minute mark, when bass and drums enter to assert their dominance. “Worlds Apart” is a world within itself, full of mystery and anthemic melodies that make this a real showstopper.

And now, for a darker turn. Krayysh returns to Mad Zoo with a positively eerie remix of Shadient‘s “Leidenfrost.” He’s been making a name for himself on the Canadian label with his shadowy creations, only stepping briefly into the light for “Talk To Me.” Overall, though, his work takes a trippy, walk-in-the-woods-at-night tone, bolstered by glitchy bass and ominous melodies. His take on Shadient follows along this creepy pathway, pummeling listeners’ ears with haunting ambiance the entire way.

In a world full of endless “Shelter” remixes, it can be difficult to stand out. But REAPER is making his mark with daunting take on the iconic Madeon and Porter Robinson track by packing it full of bass and giving it an unexpected twist toward the end. The vocals have been pitched down in a way that’s a bit menacing, making the song feel more aggressive right from the beginning. With a drum & bass switch-up that takes over the last minute of the song, REAPER makes sure this remix is unforgettable.

NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic 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.

deadmau5 has returned to deliver the third installation in his thrilling mau5ville series, bringing with it a seven-minute opener called “Polyphobia.” Galantis and OneRepublic team up for the easygoing “Bones,” and SNBRN drops off slow-burning “Never Let You Go.” Lane 8 and Rbbts pump their latest, “Visions,” with emotions, as does Dabin with his brand new “Alive.” DROELOE deliver their first original of the year, “Only Be Me,” and Ephwurd cranks up the heat with his new “Hectic” collaboration with SWAGE. Alok and Timmy Trumpet bring their talents to Spinnin’ Records with “Metaphor,” and CAZZETTE take on Midnight Kids‘ “Serious” with Matthew Koma. Win & Woo tap the enticing vocals of Kaleena Zanders for their new single, and Crystal Skies exhibit their flawless melodic dubstep style in “Never Change.” Snakehips bring Rivers Cuomo aboard for their new “Gucci Rock N Rolla” with KYLE, and R3HAB tries his hand at remixing Kygo for the second time with a grooving take on “Happy Now.”

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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Notaker takes listeners to new heights in new Monstercat release, ‘The Storm’

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Following an otherworldly mau5trap EP, EREBUS I, in July, versatile producer Notaker is back at it again.

The St. Louis artist opens his latest venture with an air of mystery, building anticipation with formidable, distant drums and a haunting synth melody. A brief crescendo leads to another type of build, this time layered with additional mystical elements, before launching the listener deep into the heart of “The Storm.”

As seems to be his specialty, Notaker has built another transcendental, visionary experience in “The Storm.” The world he’s built within the song’s five-minute length serves as both the calm before the storm and the storm itself. He doesn’t shy away from heavy doses of bass, but allows his ethereal synth melodies to take center stage and mold this otherworldly experience.

“The Storm” seems to serve as a darker counterpart to his February 2017 Monstercat release, “Shimmer.” Both tracks are compelling sonic journeys, each carefully crafted to transport their listeners to a world undiscovered.

Notaker releases must-listen cosmic ‘EREBUS’ I EP

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Notaker has released an interstellar EP off deadmau5‘s mau5trap label. The project is called EREBUS I, named after a primordial deity who represents the personification of darkness. With an explorative feel and focus on sound design, EREBUS I is yet another example of audio experimentation and discovery from the label that brought us REZZ, Excision, i_oFeed Me, and Skrillex‘s second EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

Right off the bat, we’re hit with “Fatal System Error,” a cinematic buildup that leads into that space bass feeling one might get from 1788-L or REZZ. Metallic high-ends are juxtaposed by gritty sub bass to contrast the twinkling verses.

Corrupted” is a collaboration with labelmate and bass adventurer, BlackGummy. DA premiered the track, calling it a collaboration that “leans into the shadowy side of the artists’ production, bringing the listener slowly into their lair as the song opens up.”

“Hypersleep” is a more grounded, rhythmic bass track with randomized arpeggiation and unique time stamps. The track is more ambient and self-reflective, creating a calming atmosphere during the verses and chaotic vibe on the hooks, while personifying the definition of exploratory electronic music.

The next track, “Machina,” is a collaboration with Eminence. Building off from the confusion of the last track, “Machina” is a confident liftoff into gritty bass territory. This track is the final action scene in the EP.

“Believe” concludes the space journey with a dramatic crescendo that glides away into the abyss of space.

EREBUS I is an expansion of Notaker’s Vessel EP series, which started with his previous Genesis project released on Monstercat. The story is an audio journey about a space vessel.

Notaker tells Dancing Astronaut, “the concept behind this EP was to expand on the idea of my Vessel series by creating a story using the track list order, mood, and artwork for each song to tell an ambiguous sci-fi / space story about the Vessel. Essentially the Vessel’s A.I. experiences a Fatal System Error after The Vessel travels through a wormhole, the Corrupted A.I. then becomes hostile towards the crew forcing many of them to jettison the Vessel and go into Hypersleep. The remaining crew then cuts the power supply to the A.I. and has to travel back through the wormhole without any guidance. Also in the promo mix, I spliced in a few audio clips of dialogue from movies that I drew inspiration from for the story and artwork (Interstellar, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Alien).”

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Notaker teams up with Grey MTTR for ‘Too Smooth’ on Monstercat [Q&A]

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For his first release of 2018, St. Louis producer Notaker diverts from the darker feel of tracks like “Retribution” for an upbeat collaboration with vocalist Grey MTTR. “Too Smooth,” out now on Monstercat, perfectly embodies its title, with a swanky vibe and fluid, clean-cut production. Grey MTTR’s lively vocals pair impeccably with the dance floor-ready track Notaker’s crafted, making “Too Smooth” a stellar addition to both artists’ discographies.

We caught up with Notaker to hear what went into making this track and what’s in store for 2018, below.

How did this collaboration with Grey MTTR come to be? 

My manager Steve introduced me to Grey MTTR in spring of 2017 and sent him over a version of what is now “Too Smooth.” Him and I connected via email and chatted on the phone about ideas and decided to work on it together.

What was the process like for creating “Too Smooth?” How long has it been in the works?

Initially, I designed the bass sound in the song and from there it gave me the idea to write a groove / disco influenced record around that sound. Once I had the instrumental done, I sent it over to Grey MTTR and we worked on incorporating his vocals and lyrics into the song in a comprehensive way.

“Too Smooth” is pretty different from many of your other recent releases, like “Retribution.” How do you see your sound evolving in 2018?

“Too Smooth” is a small deviation from what my music will sound like in 2018, most of the other releases I have are way less poppy and groove-orientated. I’m planning to get back to the more electronic sound people know me for and continue telling stories with my tunes.

Why is Monstercat the perfect platform for a song like “Too Smooth?”

Because their fans are very accepting of artists’ trying new things and pushing their boundaries with music. The same can be said for the staff over at Monstercat, they’re open to sign new things from their artists and unlike other labels aren’t trying to pigeonhole an artist to one specific style forever.

What’s coming up for you in 2018?

Amazing things, lots more with The Vessel, lots more storytelling. There are some tracks I’ve written recently that are some of my best work to date and I can’t wait to get to show them off.

Monstercat unveils Best of 2017 results

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Canadian label Monstercat is ending their year on a decidedly strong note. On Dec. 6, they announced voting was open for their Best of 2017 selection, allowing fans to vote on their top 10 Monstercat tracks of the year and support their favorite artists. Just two days later, voting closed and results were released, unveiling longtime Monstercat artist Pegboard Nerds at the No. 1 spot with their track “Heaven Let Us Down,” which came out at the end of October. Also claiming top spots are Grant with “Are We Still Young,” Tokyo Machine with “Spooky,” MYRNE with “Confessions,” and Kuuro with “Possession.” View the full list of winners below.

1. Pegboard Nerds – Heaven Let Us Down

2. Grant – Are We Still Young ft Jessi Mason

3. Tokyo Machine – Spooky

4. MYRNE – Confessions

5. KUURO – Possession

6. Stonebank – Ripped To Pieces ft EMEL

7. Unlike Pluto – Everything Black ft Mike Taylor

8. Aero Chord – Drop It

9. Dirtyphonics & Sullivan King – Sight of Your Soul

10. Conro – Close

11. Muzzy – Spectrum

12. Slips & Slurs – Moving Hectic ft Harry Shotta

13. Tristam – Bone Dry

14. DROELOE – JUMP ft Nevve

15. Darren Styles – Us Against the World

16. Puppet – Bigger Picture

17. Kayzo & Slander – Holy ft Micah Martin

18. Bad Computer – New Dawn

19. Infected Mushroom – Spitfire

20. Gammer – The Drop

21. Feint – Outbreak ft MYLK

22. Ephixa & Laura Brehm – Losing You

23. Notaker & Declan James – Who I Am ft Karra

24. WRLD – Everything ft Ashdown

25. Anevo –  Waiting On Your Call ft Park Avenue

26. Rogue, Stonebank & Slips & Slurs – Unity

27. Bishu – Eyes Wide Open

28. Dirty Audio & Delta Heavy – Stay ft Holly

29. Duumu – Illuminate ft Slyleaf

30. Dion Timmer – Till I Make It ft Tima Dee

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 12

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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.

It’s been a minute since I started out a volume of Beat Lab with a confession, but it’s time for another one. I first heard “Let Go” when Boys Like Girls did a cover of it in 2007, and I honestly had no idea it wasn’t their song. So when a remix of Frou Frou’s “Let Go” by Aylen popped up on SoundCloud, I had to investigate. This rework is a bit of a double-edged sword. It holds true to the emotion of the original track, but Aylen still manages to inject it with heavy elements that give it a more appealing angle to the EDM crowd. The juxtaposition works perfectly.

One of the latest releases from Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint is a mellow, almost haunting original from Kid Froopy. The producer tugs at the listener’s nostalgic heartstrings with a simple melody, sprinkled with sparkling synths and fun vocal chops. “New You” is part of Kid Froopy’s new EP, Drive Slow, which came out a week ago and features three other tracks that are just as fresh as this one — along with a remix of “New You” from umru.

This beautiful track from Swedish duo Galavant deserves all the attention in the world. The new Armada release packs a powerful punch of emotion and is featured as the inaugural track on episode 179 of Armada Night Radio, which is how I stumbled across it. The introduction pulls the listener in right away with soulful vocals and a gradual build that drops into a chorus of swirling synths. It’s catchy and fueled by a clear passion the duo have for making music.

Arty‘s return to his Alpha 9 alias is such a beautiful thing. In tracks like his most recent, “Burning Heart,” he’s able to re-explore his progressive trance roots — something he clearly hasn’t forgotten how to do. With dreamy vocals and steady, twinkling builds, Alpha 9 shows off his perfected trance chops. The only unfortunate part of this track is its length: it’s short at less than three minutes. Here’s hoping for an extended version in the future.

Following up an impressive selection of tracks earlier this year, Notaker has released his biggest collection of music to date: his Genesis EP. In the middle of this EP is a track called “So Much Love,” a 7-minute journey of epic proportions through an underground, visceral sound. Each piece of work Notaker releases is a carefully fine-tuned, almost cinematic masterpiece, and this latest one is no exception.

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