Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 121

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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


AMTRAC‘s newest is a synth-filled sparkling venture, packed to the brim with beautiful melodies and irresistible vocals. The RCA Records venture is an impeccable combination of modern elements and nostalgic twists. It’s everything a house music fan could dream of, but it’s in a league of its own, categorized under the simple name of AMTRAC.

In early November, Grabbitz revealed his newest Ultra single: “Roam With You,” a tune soaked in emotion and vulnerability. A month later, the Brooklyn native has released a club mix of the original tune, incorporating a hastened tempo and more of notable beat in the chorus. This new interpretation opens the song up to new possibilities, making it more accessible to those crafting club sets.

Tycho‘s newest single leads to anything but its namesake: “Stress.” The relaxed single finds its place amongst the “No Stress” instrumental version and the original July release “No Stress” with Saint Sinner”—but in an unexpected way. It’s warm and breezy, embracing the listener with its enveloping synth work and dreamy melodies.

It’s been more than five years since Uppermost released the original version of “Night Walk.” But here, many years later, the artist has blessed us with a new interpretation of the track. Uppermost has reimagined the track, giving it a deeper, darker feel. It’s still the contemplative, dark piece many have grown to love—just a newer take on it.

Late last week, Matt Van released a new single, “Conifer.” The winter-ready piece took the listener inwards, encouraging them to look inward. Just one week later, Direct and Mr FijiWiji teamed up to concoct their own translation of the tune. One could argue that it’s an even more reflective construction of “Conifer,” incorporating others’ interpretations of the already-beautiful piece.

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.

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Tycho unwinds with ethereal EP, ‘Stress’

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Tycho has unveiled his newest EP, Stress, in all its atmospheric glory via Mom + Pop/Ninja Tune. A master of ambient textures, the Epoch producer delivered his fifth studio album Weather earlier this summer in a compelling vocal-centric integration by way of Saint Sinner. The latest three-tracker features a brand new single, “Stress,” the Grammy-nominated artist collaborative track with Saint Sinner “No Stress” from Weather, and the accompanying instrumental.

According to Tycho, Stress serves as previous LP Weather‘s companion album.

“The albums explore the same core concepts from two totally different perspectives. Stress builds on the foundation of ‘No Stress’ and expands into new spaces, further defining the message of the song,” Tycho posted on social media.

The Stress EP gifts two conversely titled tracks boasting ethereal soundscapes reminiscent of Tycho’s warm downtempo stylings. Titular track “Stress” offers up blooming instrumentals and soft vocals while “No Stress” pairs Saint Sinner’s soothing qualities with expansive bliss.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Good Morning Mix: Tycho spins soothing sunrise set at Burning Man

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For years, Tycho has treated Burning Man attendees to blissful sunrise sets and has also delivered his sets to those who couldn’t attend the festivities. This year, again, the producer has uploaded his 2019 sunrise set to SoundCloud, allowing all fans to experience two hours of dreamy beats even if they’re not in Black Rock City.

The new set takes listeners on an introspective journey, kicking off with Van Halen’s “1984” and setting the tone for the out-of-this-world collection of music that follows. From his own songs to selections from Bonobo, Chrome Sparks, Four Tet, and more, the celebrated artist thrills from start to finish.

“Happy to present this year’s sunrise set, live from the Dusty Rhino in Black Rock City on Thursday, August 29th, 2019,” Tycho notes in the mix’s description. “Thank you all for taking the time to share in this moment, it’s truly a highlight for me to spend this morning with you each year.”

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Tycho designed an app to curate playlists based on users’ local weather

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Accomplished producer Tycho is diving into the realm for technology with the launch of a brand new a web application that is the first of its kind. The artist worked with app developer Lee Martin to create Forecast, the web application that designs playlists based on the weather in the users’ location.

The app is simple in its design, inspired by many of Tycho’s single and album cover artworks. As it is simple in design, Forecast is also easy to use. The application locates the user, and within seconds curates a weather-inspired playlist that can be saved either to Spotify or Apple Music. Whether you’re looking to lean into the rainy day blues or you’re reaching for poolside pop, Forecast is ready for action, so give it a try.

RAC reimagines Tycho’s silky ‘Pink & Blue’ with Saint Sinner

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RAC reimagines Tycho’s silky ‘Pink & Blue’ with Saint SinnerRAC Photo Credit Claire Marie Vogel

When Tycho‘s “Pink & Blue” was first released, fans welcomed the contemplative tune and its silky vocals courtesy of Saint Sinner. The San Francisco-based musician had in the past focused mainly on instrumentals and composition, and the majority of his work didn’t include vocals.

This took a turn with Tycho’s fifth studio album, Weather, which debuted in July. He tapped songstress Saint Sinner for five of its eight tracks, instating a new chapter in his discography. This seems to have resonated with esteemed producer RAC, who lends his creative touch to a new official remix of “Pink & Blue.”

RAC’s interpretation of “Pink & Blue” sees the song take on a more pop-oriented, lighthearted atmosphere. It’s a brighter, breezier take on the tune, giving listeners the chance to absorb all three artists’ creativity in a new way. See what RAC said about this opportunity below.

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5 takeaways from Tycho’s Reddit AMA

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Just a few weeks after releasing his quixotic new Weather LP, producer/musician/visual artist Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, took a well-timed opportunity to open up the Reddit floor for fan questions. The session sheds light on Hansen’s first deep delve into vocal-driven productions, his approach to composition, and his extracurricular listening habits, to name a few.

Within Weather, Hansen explores exceedingly instrumental electronica soundscapes with the help of equally lush and delicate counterpart, Saint Sinner. Hansen shares that, for quite a while, he’s felt that a number of his productions were missing a certain ineffable (at the time) component. As it turns out, vocals, specifically Saint Sinner’s, succeeded in gratifying that elusive itch.

Find Dancing Astronaut’s five takeaways below:

1. As a fan, he has a complex relationship with music, as well as an unsurprisingly nuanced palette.

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2. His creative mindset is rather fluid.

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3. Experimenting with vocals on the new album was the level-up he’s been searching for.

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4. Saint Sinner was the missing piece in the Weather jigsaw.

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5. He breaks down his narrative-intensive, journey-oriented compositions.

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via/ Reddit

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Sink into Tycho’s fifth studio album, ‘Weather’ [Stream]

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Sink into Tycho’s fifth studio album, ‘Weather’ [Stream]Tycho Tile

The further an artist’s career extends, the less frequent are the opportunities for sonic firsts. Such would certainly seem to be the case for Tycho; the ethereal stylistics of Tycho’s sound spanned four studio albums, and spilled over into a fifth July 12, with the arrival of Weather. Weather is an ambient next installment in Tycho’s successive history of long-form outings that constitutes a new first for the electronic entity: the application of his own vocals.

“I wanted to finally fulfill what has been a vision of mine since the beginning, to incorporate the most organic instrument of all, the human voice,” writes Tycho.

Tycho integrates his vocals with measured subtlety, to foreground those of fellow artist, Saint Sinner, across five of the production’s eight total tracks. Tonally, Weather touts the light gossamer grace previously heard on Weather antecedents, Past Is Prologue, Dive, Awake, and Epoch. The warm familiarity of aesthetic, coupled with the distinctive novelty of Tycho’s vocals, creates a sense of skillful balance that sets Weather apart in the context of the producer’s catalog.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 99

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 99Deters 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. Stay tuned for next week’s special Vol. 100 edition!


Last Island and Alex Martyn are a match made in heaven. Their new joint endeavor, “Miles Away,” recently debuted on their own Island Life collective. The tune got its start from a simple jungle sample, and the two artists then built the song around it. It’s effortlessly groovy and makes for the perfect summer anthem with its funky guitar and drifting vocals.

Liquicity RecordsReflections compilation came out last month, but many of the collection’s songs are still making their way onto SoundCloud. One of these is Dualistic‘s remix of Edlan‘s “Dreamcatcher.” Dualistic has put a beautiful spin on this already-otherworldly song, allowing the listener to float above the earth on a cloud of melodic drum ‘n’ bass.

Netsky has teamed up with t1r to prepare his latest sun-soaked tune to hit the festival stage. The two producers have opted to remix Jon Lemmon’s “It’s Gonna Be Alright”—something Auckland producer t1r calls “a definite career highlight.”  This lighthearted remix focuses on Lemmon’s vocals, as the two producers complement his voice with subtle dance production.

Marc Madness recently unloaded a moody retrowave tune by the name of “1986,” hearkening back to the ’80s with its wistful guitar riffs and forceful vocals. Its dark and mysterious atmosphere takes the listener on a journey through the night, enhancing the mood with racing synths. The Polish producer holds nothing back here, and it’s thrilling to hear.

July 12 brings with it the arrival of Tycho‘s new album, Weather. It’s a gorgeous, contemplative venture comprised of previously released tracks like April’s “Easy” and May’s “Pink & Blue.” The album’s eighth and final track shares its name with the LP and is a perfect summation of the compilation with its breezy, relaxing melodies and beats.