Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 69

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 69Deters 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.

Listen in playlist format here.


It’s a good week for drum & bass. Feint has teamed up with vocalist Heather Sommer for a brilliant new NoCopyrightSounds release, “Shockwave.” This new release dips back and forth between melodic drum & bass and heavier, wobble-laden interludes that make “Shockwave” appealing to fans of the full drum & bass spectrum. This track is feel-good drum & bass at its finest, and Feint’s production remains unparalleled.

Twenty-five-year-old Ram Records has released its annual drum & bass compilation, and with it comes a slew of exclusives and classics. UK producer Culture Shock makes his mark early in the 60-song collection with the emotive “There For You” as the second track. This touching track pulls the listener in right from the beginning with its infectious vocal hook and builds — with the help of some elegant synth melodies — into a welcoming drum & bass number.

RL Grime‘s NOVA has received an impressive array of remixes since its release in July. The final installation, released this week, features hot takes from artists from Vincent to Valentino Khan to Alexander Lewis, who’s crafted a heavy trap take on “Take It Away.” Lewis’ signature horns add an extra punch to the bassline and command a more authoritative and fiery atmosphere than the original, making it a standout on the latest remix compilation.

Hidden Face has had a steady stream of solid songs this year, never seeming to slow his release schedule. A stringed melody demands the spotlight in his latest, “Flowers,” which is backed by a steady deep house beat to drive it along. Intermittent snaps and twinkling notes comprise two brief interludes, giving the song an extra element of diversity. With countless releases this year, 2019 is sure to hold even more stellar work from the mysterious Parisian artist.

Tut Tut Child began a new project in August called Forest Knot, in which he creates a new song each month for a year. Each month since then, he’s been thrilling old and new fans with ambient and contemplative tunes he’s composed from years of traveling. He told listeners to “expect downtempo, explorative electronica, filled to the brim with real sounds,” and he’s delivered on that promise with a gorgeous tune called “We Walk Through The Streets Of Lisbon.”

NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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: Christian Miller

The first round of remixes for RL Grime’s ‘Nova’ has arrived [Stream]

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The first round of remixes for RL Grime’s ‘Nova’ has arrived [Stream]RL Grime Nova Remi

RL Grime‘s Nova saw the trap maestro easily surpassing the sophomore slump and further cementing his stance in the world outside basic electronica with cutting-edge sound design and allstar collaborators that included the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Torey Lanez, and beyond. The LP was well received by a wide spread of fans, quickly climbing to the top of multiple charts after its official release. Nova has since inspired a good deal of interpretations from other artists, eleven of which were selected by RL Grime and his team to appear on the first official remix compilation.

A notable addition to the group is k?d, who’s become a power player in recent years since his break in to the dance music scene. He provided quite a wild take on “Rainer,” peppering the original with ricocheting synthesizers and adding his unique sound design into the mix for a sinister remake. Up-and-coming talent 1788-L also contributed a remix to the pot, transforming “Era” into chaotic, dubstep piece designed to break necks on the dancefloor.

 

 

Order the ‘Nova’ remix compilation here

NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

Dog Blood, A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Ray slated for Buku Music + Art Project 2019

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Dog Blood will return to the stage next year with the delivery of New Orleans mainstay music and art festival Buku‘s 2019 lineup.

The festival dropped off one of the most diverse lineups of 2019 so far, topped by Lana Del Ray who is amid the release of her highly anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell LP, A$AP Rocky, GRiZ, and Excision — along with an ultra rare appearance from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s acid-laden side project, signaling the pair are likely ready to deliver long awaited new music next year. Louis The Child, RL Grime, and Kevin Gates round out the headlining block, with Claude VonStroke, Playboi Carti, Ekali, The Black Madonna, and a b2b performance from SLANDER and NGHTMRE featured on the undercard.

The festival is famous for its impeccably curated blend of hip-hop, rock, and dance music, and in 2019 they couldn’t have hit the mark more perfectly, pairing the likes of J.I.D. Denzel Curry, and a DJ set with members of From First To Last with performances by 1788-L, Getter, TOKiMONSTA and more. Buku Music + Art Project takes place March 22 – 23, and tickets go on sale December 11.

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1788-L pushes the remix envelope with massive take on RL Grime’s ‘Era’

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1788-L is back to what made the enigma so popular in the first place: remixes. This time, the sophisticated producer tackles the trap stylings of RL Grime on a remix of “Era,” a single from the No. 1 Billboard Dance album, NOVA. Combining elements of trap and heavy bass, the remix extraordinaire computerizes the festival anthem original into three different drops of glitch-filled dubstep and psy-trance.

2018 proved to be a successful year for for 1788-L, collaborating with some of the biggest names in dance music and releasing his debut extended play, S E N T I E N C E, on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint. The artist also recently ended a fall touring stint, supporting Ekali and REZZ in select cities.

Relive RL Grime and Baauer’s legendary B2B at Sydney’s Metro Theatre

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A performance of the ages at Sydney’s Metro Theatre has been immortalized. Trap legends RL Grime and Baauer threw down what will likely be considered a legendary B2B in Australia’s largest city. To start things off, the electronic trap trendsetters began the set with a crowd rattling mix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and RL Grime’s “Era.”

The set lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, unearthing loads of trap gold and accompanying genres while also making sure to include creative edits, crossover collaborations, and cult classics. While keeping with up-to-date hype with “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes or rewinding back to the electro trap glory days with Baauer’s remix of Rollup by Flosstradamus, the set was quite the holistic exploration between the two veteran electronic musicians.

Other artists the B2B was sure to hit were Skrillex, MigosTravis ScottTNGHTParty Favor, Flux Pavilion, GalantisGesaffelsteinBoombox CartelWhat So Not, Disclosure, Flume, and many many more.

MTV Acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival and Announces Expansion Plans

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MTV Acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival and Announces Expansion PlansSnowglobe MF

Not only has MTV brought Teen Mom and Jersey Shore back to the airwaves in 2018, but the company is now announcing its acquisition of U.S. based New Year’s Eve event, SnowGlobe Music Festival. The annual three day event returns to South Lake Tahoe, California on December 29-31 for its eighth year. Terms of the deal had not yet been disclosed at time of writing.

“With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo in an official release. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.”

MTV in collaboration with the SnowGlobe Team also plan to expand the festival to additional dates and locations worldwide. The festival will also be a platform for MTV to expand their New Year’s Eve coverage.

2018’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists performing across three stages. SnowGlobe will also feature all-new art installations and the festival’s signature “Big Air” activation showcasing extreme winter sports demonstrations.Tickets for this year’s iteration of the event are still available for purchase here.

Photo Credit: Eric Pratt

Milwaukee’s first JAWBREAKER fest was a haunting for the history books – photography by Ryan Pergola & Christian Holland

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Celebrate spooky season by revisiting each of RL Grime’s seven Halloween mixes [Listen]

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Celebrate spooky season by revisiting each of RL Grime’s seven Halloween mixes [Listen]RL Grime Day Of Dead Billboard 1548

Double, double trap and trouble, fire burn and beats bubble on RL Grime‘s Halloween mix series. New RL Grime music and Halloween are mutually inclusive and have been ever since 2012, when the trap tastemaker dropped off the inaugural installment in what would go on to become an October tradition. Since then, the NOVA producer’s Halloween mix has been rife with bone-rattling bass and annually released in time for Halloweekend play for the past seven years.

Grime’s Halloween mix has cultivated somewhat of a cult following over the years, and now that the seventh mix in the sonic saga has arrived, Dancing Astronaut ensures that what to play next on the aux once “Halloween VII” times out will be the least of costumed celebrators’ worries, by revisiting each of RL Grime’s past Halloween mixes.


2018

“Halloween VII” sees Shaq, RL Stine, and Jake Foushee hop in the cut alongside Grime to collaboratively stagger shiver-worthy drops throughout the mix. A heavy hybrid of hip-hop selects and trap-oriented inclusions, “Halloween VII” provides a forceful soundtrack to weekend festivities, with Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and more receiving nods. With no calories, no sugar, and no consequential hangover, the one-hour mix bears absolutely no tricks.


2017

The prelude to RL Grime’s sophomore album, NOVA, “Halloween VI” only laid claim to one ID, despite streamers’ collective belief that Grime would use the sixth mix as a platform to debut new music from the forthcoming production. Fans later championed “Halloween VI” as the best crafted installment in the series thus far. With  Rae Sremmurd, Eprom, Post Malone, DROELOE, and more on the track list, it’s no wonder that “Halloween VI” was so warmly received.


2016

RL Grime spiked adrenaline at “Halloween V’s” intro with a spoken intro delivered by none other than Pharrell Williams. “Halloween V” melded a series of rap-flavored releases with electronically grounded selections from GTA, Baauer, and more, making for a monstrous genre mashup. “Halloween V” additionally ushered in an advanced listen of Grime’s collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not. Grime dropped the single, entitled “Waiting,” several days later on November 3, 2016.


2015

2015’s Halloween mix marked RL Grime’s fourth consecutive year of sinister, seasonal material. Comedian Hannibal Buress verbalizes the mix’s intro and Goosebumps author, RL Stine, makes his yearly appearance as well.


2014

Backtrack to 2014, a time in which rising producer, Henry Steinway, was still solidifying his trap reign as RL Grime. Grime’s third annual Halloween mix predated the release of his debut album, VOID, which pulled up on the electronic scene with fervor on November 14, 2014. With his inaugural longform production looming, but still a ways off, 2013’s Halloween mix enabled RL Grime to work some unreleased magic into the mix’s track list, including the then unreleased “Monsoon.” 2013’s mix featured tunes from Mr. Carmack, Bobby Shmurda, and 2 Chainz, among others.


2013

2013 brought an approximate 60 minutes of musical madness to streamers’ sound systems, as RL Grime followed 2012’s inaugural release of his Halloween mix series with a chilling sequel. Jam-packed with momentous drops and exhibitive of RL Grime’s deft ear for mixing, 2013’s mix was a formidable follow up to 2012’s, with releases from Drake, Gesaffelstein, Sage The Gemini, and Dog Blood.


2012

“Happy Halloween everyone…picked out some of my favorite spooky tracks in celebration of today,” RL Grime on SoundCloud when he uploaded his inaugural Halloween mixtape. The first of the series to feature a spoken gambit from literary legend, RL Stine, Grime’s 2012 Halloween mix arrived as a humble 33-minute product comprised of just 18 tracks.