Lunar Lunes: Just A Gent flips RL Grime and graves, The Knocks put their spin on Houses’ ‘Fast Talk’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Just A Gent flips RL Grime and graves, The Knocks put their spin on Houses’ ‘Fast Talk’ + moreJust A Gent

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 A Gent steps up to the remixing plate once again with a fierce reworking of RL Grime and graves‘ “Arcus,” as do The Knocks with their remix of Houses’ “Fast Talk.” Dillon Francis crafts his most contagious song yet with “Catchy Song,” featuring That Girl Lay Lay and T-Pain, and techno duo Gettoblaster bring “Get Dat” to Dirtybird. Paris Blohm taps Romysa for a gorgeous new single, “Warriors.” Flite flexes his drum & bass muscles on a feisty remix of Skrillex and Habstrakt‘s iconic “Chicken Soup,” and Kwon puts a laid-back spin on Hotel Garuda‘s “One Reason.” Adrian Lux unveils an extended cut of “Meditation,” and Kramder goes all in on a “raw sauce mix” of Splinta’s “Shock Therapy.” GANZ takes on Kovacs’ “My Love” in a new remix, and Barely Alive turn up the volume on a ferocious dubstep original, “Wack.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Premiere: The Midnight shine on synthwave remix of SYML’s ‘Clean Eyes’

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Premiere: The Midnight shine on synthwave remix of SYML’s ‘Clean Eyes’The Midnight Photo Credit Timothy Chan

After releasing their nostalgia-fueled Kids LP in September, LA-based synthwave duo The Midnight continue their tour de force into 2019 with new material: a remix for SYML.

SYML’s “Clean Eyes” initially came out the same week as Kids. Its upbeat, catchy vibe caught the ears of listeners across the country, leading the track into the top 30 on Billboard‘s alternative charts. Upon its release, SYML told Nettwerk Music Group that “Clean Eyes” was a “fun challenge” to create because of “the contrast between the intimate lyrics and anthemic choruses.”

Here, months later, The Midnight’s Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle have leaned into the song’s intimate lyrics to craft something that’s wistful and introspective. Their retro take on the track uses ’80s-inspired synths and dreamy melodies to create a completely different mood. The dramatic synth stabs and filtered harmonies shape a new way to digest SYML’s vocals, and the final product is a beautifully slow-burning synthwave production that fits perfectly with SYML’s wistful lyrics.

“I’ve been a fan of [McEwan] for a minute,” SYML told DA. “I absolutely love what he did with the song. It’s one thing to slap some synths and beats on something and call it a remix. What The Midnight brings is another level.”

The Midnight’s “Clean Eyes” remix beautifully encompasses the concepts the duo build their music around: the sad beauty of seeing time pass and the aching awareness of impermanence.

Photo credit: Timothy Chan

Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight’s new album, ‘Kids’

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Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight’s new album, ‘Kids’The Midnight Kids

Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight’s new album, ‘Kids’The MidnightLong gone are the carefree days of our youth. The breezy, blissful moments of our childhood have faded away into adulthood, and The Midnight take time to reflect on those times gone by in their new album. Though vocalist Tyler Lyle insists that “we are not a sentimental age,” the duo’s latest venture may suggest otherwise.

The nine-track Kids contrasts its somewhat darker predecessor: 2017’s Nocturnal, which was primed for late-night drives with its dramatic saxophone riffs and shadowy, intense undertones. Kids, which was released on Sept. 21, has an entirely different feel to it.

Set in 1985, the LP is ushered in by “Youth,” a shimmery track layered with audio snippets of broadcasters and children talking about the rise of computers and video games and what the technology could mean for the future of the world as it was known at the time. The album’s next track, “Wave,” starts much the same way, but it morphs into something much more recognizable as The Midnight’s style. Lyle’s vocals make their album debut on this track, insisting that “we are not a sentimental age,” and cites not wanting parents’ china and hooking up with strangers, never to be seen again. The album’s namesake track is broken into two parts: a prelude that follows “Wave” and a reprise that wraps up the collection. The prelude takes a somber tone, as Lyle sings wistfully about the arcade closing and monsters in the spare bedroom.

“Kids are sad, the sky is blue
There are monsters in the spare bedroom”

Its forlorn theme carries into the introduction of the previously released “Lost Boy,” a clear album standout. The duo teased the track’s July release by pairing it with clips of emotive scenes from Stranger Things, as the filtered vocals serenade, “I was a lost boy when I met you.” A soaring guitar melody accentuates the song’s themes flawlessly, leading out into into a brief interlude.

“‘Cause in the dark there are no strangers at all”

Cereal hits the bowl as a kid flips through the television channels in “Saturday Mornings,” finding commercials for The Tranformers, Blockbuster video, Atari Games, and more. The interlude gracefully delivers the listener from a carefree weekend morning to the empowering, adventure-filled “Explorers.” The Midnight pay homage to the explorers of the ’80s, giving a hat tip to the “spark-igniters,” the “Lost Ark Raiders,” the “lion-tamers.”

“Let it be said, and let it be known
He who is free is never alone”

Its hopeful undertones merge into the equally hope-filled “America 2.” Lyle’s vocals tell the tale of going to look for “America 2,” backed by the duo’s signature guitar melodies and retro synths. When it was released in August, the artwork for “America 2” depicted an ’80s-era mall, with a sign reading “permanently closed.” The neighboring arcade, however, was still lit up in its hazy neon glow, leading The Midnight to one of the LP’s final songs, “Arcade Dreams.” The instrumental track twinkles with a plucky melody and a dreamy atmosphere.

“We grow up and move away
The seasons pass, but the monsters stay”

To close out their latest endeavor, Lyle and Tim McEwan have tapped the West LA Children’s Choir to truly bring the kids to Kids. They bring back the theme from the prelude in a six-minute rendition that spans from an introspective guitar segment to the simple and sweet vocals children’s choir, summing up the LP’s overall contemplative and nostalgia-filled aura.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 55

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 55Deters 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.


Talented Monstercat standout Richard Caddock has reimagined himself as an artist with the debut of a new moniker, Keepsake. His first release, “This Time Around” featuring Slyleaf, is a lighthearted, bouncing track that’s highlighted by a merry melody and spirited vocals from himself and Slyleaf. Its carefree atmosphere is reminiscent of old-school Owl City tracks and marks his first release on the label since 2016.


Continuing on the multi-week of loving and promoting the forthcoming Destinations, Vol. 1 EP, Vorso delivers “Crisis.” This intense, four-minute ball of energy is marks the fourth release on the five-track EP. It’s a drum & bass slice of heaven, smashing and exceeding expectations with its forceful, bass-heavy tendencies.


In mid-August, Faux Tales tapped vocalist Ingrid Lukas for an alluring cinematic experience he calls “Rise Now.” Lukas’ voice captivates immediately, drawing the listener in with her wistful singing. Faux Tales backs up her vocals with astoundingly stellar production, crafting a mesmerizing soundscape of dramatic interludes and delicate piano melodies.


Friction‘s “Running” featuring Raphaella may have come out last October, but I’ll confess: I didn’t discover it until the release of the UK drum & bass maestro’s debut album on Sept. 7. All of Connections is beautifully constructed, highlighted by entrancing standouts like this one. Connections has been four years in the making, and it’s well worth the wait.


In an interesting turn of events leading up to their album release, The Midnight have unveiled an instrumental track called “Arcade Dreams.” Kids‘ other releases so far have been vocal-centric, but “Arcade Dreams” doesn’t need vocals to stand out. It’s beautiful as it is. Twinkling synths rise and fall in a dreamy pattern, invoking waves of nostalgia that wash over the listener from start to finish.

North Coast touts lush afterparty lineup: Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Manic Focus, RL Grime x Cashmere Cat, + more

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North Coast touts lush afterparty lineup: Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Manic Focus, RL Grime x Cashmere Cat, + moreNorth Coast Afters 1

Just a little more than two weeks out from Labor Day weekend’s annual North Coast Music Festival, organizers have announced the official coinciding afterparty list. North Coast afters are a must for those who are keen on keeping the fun flowing past the fest’s prompt 10 p.m. completion each night.

As always, North Coast’s promoters (Silver Wrapper, Metronome, and Cold Grums) have cast an all-encompassing net of talent across some of the most in-demand venues in Chicago. For the electronic enthusiasts, Axwell Λ Ingrosso will succeed their headlining festival performance Friday night at PRYSM, while Cashmere Cat will accompany RL Grime Saturday night at The Mid.

Meanwhile, jam/experimental devotees will be satiated by a Breaking Biscuits (union of members from both Disco Biscuits and Break Science) performance with support from Thriftworks. Synthwave will run rampant Sunday night at The Mid where The Midnight will be accompanied by Maddy O’Neal. To help close out the weekend, the recently incepted and Vulfpeck-allied Fearless Flyers will be funkin’ out at Concord. There’s a North Coast after party for every attendee’s sonic taste buds this year.

Tickets to North Coast Music Festival are still available here, and official afterparty tickets are available here.

Photo Credit: Josh Timmermans

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 50

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 50Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Serbian trance and progressive producer Vintage & Morelli doesn’t often dip his toes into drum & bass, but when he does, the product is unparalleled. “Beyond the Horizon,” part one of a two-track EP that just came out via Silk Music, exudes tranquil melodies that the producer juxtaposes brilliantly with track’s swift drum & bass pattern. He wastes no time, building a mystical aura from the first few seconds of the song. It’s simultaneously calming and invigorating and leads perfectly into the EP’s second track, “Autumn.”


For their latest original, A R I Z O N A take a throwback alt-rock approach. The Jersey trio dig deep into the ’80s for “What She Wants,” and the result is stunning. Singer Zach’s voice shines in this song as he exhibits an impressive range, switching seamlessly from the verses’ deeper tones to delicate crooning in the bridge to a powerful chorus. “What She Wants” closely follows last month’s “Freaking Out,” which also showcased a nostalgic, emotive ambiance. There’s a beautiful music video that accompanies the latest single, which can be found here.


Known for their tantalizing remixes of EDM greats like Illenium and Seven Lions, Crystal Skies have teamed up with Au5 to create an otherworldly collaboration, “Cataclysm.” Packed with ethereal melodies and spacey wubs, the trio deliver their listeners straight to outer space. The song touts hefty bass and heavy drops, satisfying both bass music lovers and those who revel in intricate melodies and outstanding sound design.


NoCopyrightSounds has delivered a soulful drum & bass heater from Showdown as one of their latest releases. IMAN‘s vocals kick off the track in fine fashion, leading the listener directly into a bold combination of brassy horn stabs and a furious drum & bass beat. “Freedom” is a powerful number from start to finish, with each of the track’s components working together to create an authoritative drum & bass atmosphere.


Two new originals from The Midnight in less than a month? Not quite sure what we did to deserve this, but these two synthwave angels have descended once again, this time delivering “America 2.” This subdued retro track is full of hope, with artwork depicting an abandoned ’80s-style mall and a sign that says “permanently closed.” Tyler Lyle’s vocals tell the tale of going to look for “America 2,” backed by the duo’s signature guitar melodies and wavy synths. It’s a gorgeous addition to their discography and an incredible follow-up to last month’s “Lost Boy.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


What better genre than disco for a Friday? French producer kramder astounds with this funky fresh original, “Indigo Bay.” With heavily processed vocals, an infectious mesh of groovy synths, and an irresistible retro beat, “Indigo Bay” adds to the producer’s growing armory of hits. His last appearance was in May on Tchami‘s CONFESSION label, ensuring this up-and-comer has a bright future ahead of him.


The release of Pendulum‘s remix album a few weeks ago seems to have inspired other producers to revive some of the Australian group’s hits, too. SYN, a mysterious producer who’s been making waves with remixes of hard-hitters like Slipknot and Metallica, has joined in the Pendulum remix fun with a “new rave” rendition of “Tarantula.” It’s energy-packed and intense, and still manages to maintain an old-school vibe.


Keeping with the revival of old tracks, Prismo has breathed new life into Kaskade‘s seminal “Disarm You.” The Texan producer adds a dramatic touch to the emotive 2015 track, flinging the listener into a bed of impressive synths at the first drop. He flies through styles throughout the remix, even dropping a sound bite from Jay-Z‘s “Public Service Announcement” before an intense dubstep-influenced second drop. His remix is a whirlwind of sounds and emotions, guaranteed to keep the listener engaged from start to finish.


Russian producer Stendahl brings a serene and peaceful environment with his latest release, “Sunrise,” on Silk Music. The song, part of his three-track Dystopia EP, paints a more pensive atmosphere than one would expect with an EP of the name it has. “Sunrise” is guided by a smooth-flowing piano melody, soothing vocals and a downtempo beat that’s easy to get lost in.


And now, the track I’ve been most excited for all week: The Midnight‘s new single. The synthwave duo began teasing the release of “Lost Boy” a week ago, drumming up excitement by pairing the emotive audio snippet with Stranger Things clips. Upon its release, it’s apparent that this might be one of their best pieces of work to date — even with the absence of their usual ascending saxophone melodies. “Lost Boy” tugs at the heartstrings and is highlighted by passionate vocals and soaring guitar themes. Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle have concocted the perfect dose of smoldering ’80s nostalgia, topped off with impeccable production to complete this four-and-a-half-minute piece of magic.

Good Morning Mix: The Midnight – Group Therapy Mix #247

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What better way to wake up than to some relaxing, retro synthwave?

This past September, Above & Beyond hosted Los Angeles-based duo The Midnight on their iconic Group Therapy show. Over the course of 30 minutes, The Midnight bring back the 1980s with their dreamy electro-influenced tracks, brought to life by ethereal vocals. Citing artists ranging from Phil Collins and Toto to deadmau5 as their influences, The Midnight travel back in time three decades to bring an innovative, refreshing twist to 80s music.

The Group Therapy mix complements the duo’s remix package, which had just come out at the time, and features remixes of The Midnight’s tracks by Michael Cassette, Johan Vilborg, Dezza, Lifelike, PROFF, Terry Da Libra, and many more.

If you prefer kick drums and red wine, this is the mix for you.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 20

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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.

Check in next Friday for the Top 50 tracks of 2017 playlist!


In July, REZZ released a collaboration with an unknown artist named Knodis. “Premonition” was a mysterious, dark journey, capturing the attention of REZZ fans across the globe and leading them to wonder who this “Knodis” could be. His social media profiles disclose little, other than that he makes “space music.” Earlier this week, he released his latest original song, following his first solo venture later in July. “The Machine Is Feeling” is a complex, trippy composition that has been well worth the wait in between releases. Knodis’ use of computerized sounds truly make it sound like “The Machine Is Feeling.” I’m looking forward to hearing more from the producer in 2018.


2017 has been a year of me trying to get my hands on as much content from The Midnight as possible. The duo have created a ton of beautiful music in the past few years, inspiring other artists to remix their songs. Chillwave duo We Are All Astronauts just released their heartfelt remix of The Midnight’s “Synthetic,” an emotion-packed song from The Midnight’s 2016 album Endless Summer. Their take on “Synthetic” is a “post-rock” rendition, highlighting rare vocals from Tim McEwan over a beautiful bed of stringed instruments and piano. We Are All Astronauts have taken an already passion-filled song and brought out the best features for a refreshing — yet almost wistful — take on the song.


Around 2013/2014, Party Ghost was one of my favorite artists. His unique style of full of dancing synths and fun vocals was ahead of its time, and I looked forward to each new release. As time went on, releases from the California producer dropped off. I was thrilled when a new release popped up on SoundCloud earlier this week. “It’s been awhile since I released anything,” he says in the song description. “I wrote this song about a year ago. I feel like I changed a lot as a person and as a artist. I hope you enjoy this new song. I have many more to come.” This new track contains traces of his older music, but also brings an entirely fresh feel to it.


Drum & bass remixes are often unpredictable. I’ve been keeping an eye on 1991 since his stellar remix of Chris Lake‘s “I Want You” and was thrilled to see he’s remixed one of drum & bass’ biggest talents right now: Camo & Krooked. With an ambient introduction that highlights the vocals, 1991 takes his time to building up to a classic drum & bass drop around the two-minute mark. It’s well worth the wait, as he’s crafted a remix that is packed with energy from start to finish.


For a few years now, miƶu has been releasing top-notch remixes and originals, gathering a modest following while doing so. After finding his music through an emotive Ember Island remix last summer, I was hooked on his versatility and the pure quality of the music he was putting out. Apprehensive as I was to see he remixed Madeon, my doubts were immediately wiped away in the first few seconds of his “You’re On” remix. miƶu has created a thrilling take on the standout Adventure track — one that’s entirely different from the original. This remix toys with Kyan‘s vocals, chopping them up into a glitchy, whirling soundscape. It’s so much fun, just like the track it’s built from.


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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.


Ever want to crawl inside a song and live there? That’s how I feel about The Midnight‘s latest release, “Crystalline.” This six-minute synthwave slice of heaven is flawless from every angle. From Tyler Lyle’s enchanting vocals to the dramatic drums to the soaring saxophone melodies, “Crystalline” is perhaps one of The Midnight’s best tracks to date. It’s not just a song — it’s a fine-tuned piece of art composed of the most intricate, mesmerizing details.


From a calming synthwave track, we move drastically into a headbanging collaboration from Sullivan King and Riot Ten. Featuring Sullivan King’s heavy guitar riffs and heated vocals to Riot Ten’s neck-breaking bass, these two complement each other perfectly. This isn’t the first time this duo of talented heavyhitters have teamed up. They’ve been fusing metal and dubstep together for much of 2017 on remixes like Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix and Like Mike‘s “Tremor” and Dada Life‘s “Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker,” along with original mixes like “Fuck It” and this latest one, “Body Bag.”


More strings in electronic music, please! Jinco‘s latest track caught my attention immediately. He’s woven the elements of a trap song into a beautiful orchestral composition he’s named “Scherzo in E Minor.” In this genre he calls “cinematrap,” Jinco has knitted together the classical and electronic/dance music worlds flawlessly. Racing violins take center stage in this piece of work — as well they ought. They’re sorely missing from the world of electronic music, and I applaud his integration of them into this track.


Protohype calls “Made It Home” a “glimpse into [his] life.” He shows his softer side in this latest track, which features a soaring synth melody over a rapid drum & bass rhythm. Vocals from The Arcturians add to the emotion, as Protohype shows the listener how hard being on the road is for him. It’s been a few months since we’ve had new material from Protohype, and this is a welcome addition to his already stellar discography.


Remember Alex Clare‘s “Too Close”? The track was released in 2011 and skyrocketed to popularity after being used in a Microsoft commercial for Internet Explorer 9. Though it’s been years since its release, but Prismo has revived the hit track with a unique cover. Revived, honestly, is putting it mildly. Prismo has blown the original out of the water with pounding bass and anthemic synths that elevate “Too Close” to the next level.


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