Oliver Heldens and Mesto join forces for dance floor ready ‘G.O.A.T.’

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Oliver Heldens and Mesto join forces for dance floor ready ‘G.O.A.T.’Oliver Heldens Photo Credit Rukes

Oliver Heldens and Mesto are two artists hailed for their ability to craft an inimitable mainstage anthem. They have now combined forces to create just that, with new single “G.O.A.T.”

Heldens and Mesto sample vintage-veering synths and combine them with robotic undertones, crafting a unique yet upbeat cacophony of sounds. The single has the ability to draw energy from a crowd placed in a quaint club setting or on a larger-than-life festival stage.

This is not the first time Heldens and Mesto have worked together, as seen in their creative synergy. “G.O.A.T.” is a worthy continuation of this collaborative spirit. The single is out now via Heldeep.

Photo Credit: Rukes

NMF Roundup: Lane 8 paves introspective path on new LP, Oliver Heldens and Mesto link + 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.

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.

Photo credit: Michael Drummond

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019Deters 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.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


A look back…

Djakarta Warehouse Project celebrates an explosive 11th anniversary — photos by RUKES, Nareend, HIGH ISO, and Vinodii

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Oliver Heldens shares club-ready ‘Aquarius’

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Oliver Heldens shares club-ready ‘Aquarius’Oliver Heldens Paladium Rukes

Aquarius season is right around the corner; get ready with a wavy new single from Dutch superstar Oliver Heldens. Titled after Heldens’ horoscope, “Aquarius” is a club-ready house track full of bounce and energy. Regardless of your stars’ alignments, expect to hear this effervescent beat mixed into sets everywhere.

“Aquarius” closes out quite a busy week for Heldens. Just a few days ago, Heldens was joined by rising star Gryffin to spin some tracks on the latest episode of Night Owl Radio, and Heldens’ mix ahead of the Djakarta Warehouse Project premiered yesterday on Dancing Astronaut.

Aquarius is released via Heldeep, Heldens’ own label imprint.

Photo credit: Rukes

NMF Roundup: Four Tet remixes ‘Midnight Hour,’ Dillon Francis flips Maroon 5 + more

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NMF Roundup: Four Tet remixes ‘Midnight Hour,’ Dillon Francis flips Maroon 5 + moreFour Tet Photo Credit DAN WILTON

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.

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.

Photo credit: Dan Wilton

Exclusive: Oliver Heldens dishes bouncy house hits in Heldeep Radio ahead of Djakarta Warehouse Project performance

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Exclusive: Oliver Heldens dishes bouncy house hits in Heldeep Radio ahead of Djakarta Warehouse Project performanceOliver Heldens Photo Credit Rukes

Oliver Heldens led the perky, future-house sound to triumph in 2013, where his signature style brought his first single, “Gecko,” to top charts across the world. Six years later, the 24-year-old now beholds a world of accomplishments including performing on some of the largest festival stages like EDC and Tomorrowland, heads his very own record label, Heldeep Records, and radio station, Heldeep Radio, along with maintaining his not-so-secret alias as HI-LO, allowing him to express a deeper, bassline-driven sound from his typical sonic direction.

While all equally as impressive feats, Oliver Heldens has continued to impress the nation with continuous musical prowess as he tours across the globe. Before closing out the decade, he’s slated to perform at the Djakarta Warehouse Project, one of the largest electronic music festivals in Southeast Asia. Ahead of his anticipated mainstage set, he’s released an hour-long mix, available exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.

In his latest mix, Heldens hand selects a curation of tunes from his current musical carousel including tracks from his own seasoned discography and snippets of singles from other artist friends. In this release, he drifts through a grand majority of his own productions, from his recent ’80s sample-infused collaboration, “Turn Me On,” to high-energy dance floor shakers like “Renegade Mastah” under his HI-LO moniker.

Tickets and more information about the Djakarta Warehouse Project are available online.

Photo credit: Rukes

Good Morning Mix: Gryffin and Oliver Heldens team up on Night Owl Radio mix

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Good Morning Mix: Gryffin and Oliver Heldens team up on Night Owl Radio mixOliver Heldens Photo Credit Rukes

The latest installation of the incomparable Night Owl Radio series sees two artists in their prime come together. Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella opens the mix with more than an hour of primarily house cuts before rising superstar Gryffin takes over for a brief bit. During his time, Gryffin opens with Gessafelstein‘s timeless track “Pursuit” and closes with “San Frandisco” by Dom Dolla, Dancing Astronaut‘s 2019 breakout artist of the year.

Oliver Heldens then takes over to close out the mix, spinning a variety of original dance tracks and remixes. Heldens begins by playing CID‘s remix of his recent collaboration with Nile Rodgers, “Summer Lover,” and later plays tribute to the music legend with his remix of Chic’s “Le Freak.”

The mix comes on the heels of Gryffin’s long-awaited debut LP, Gravity, and mid-way through both artists winter tours. Insomniac has a number of events lined up to close out 2019, including their New Year’s Eve countdown in San Bernadino, California.

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Oliver Heldens and Firebeatz present ideal shuffling soundtrack, ‘Lift Me Up’

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Future house maestro Oliver Heldens is back with “Lift Me Up,” a collaboration with big room duo Firebeatz and Dutch producer Schella, featuring the elevating vocals of singer Carla Monroe.

Released on Heldeep Records, the bouncy track has a driving groove and funky bassline that encourages listeners to get up and start moving in any way they know how. The original mix features the full vocal stylings of Monroe, while the club mix relies mostly on the repeating titular phrase and energetic bass lead to get dancers out of their seats.

Heldens has been busy on the touring side, coming off international stops in Europe that include an ADE showcase and will be playing the infamous Printworks in London later this month. Expect to to see “Life Me Up” as the backing track to a bevy of shuffling videos in the near future, and plenty of it at his tour stops as well.

NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + moreDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

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.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

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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