Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 127

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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


Last Island‘s newest release positively sparkles with energy and flair. The artist notes that he wanted this song to be all about “colourful and vibrant synths all with an ’80s influence,” and he couldn’t have been more spot-on. “Dream On” is full of gorgeous melodies and is guaranteed to lift spirits even in its first few seconds.

In a recent tweet, Desert Star announced that he’d “been listening to a loooot of ’80s music (and it’s about to become very clear).” He was right. His latest Monstercat release, “Empty Sky,” would be right at home in a feel-good retro montage, complete with the open road and clear sky that are depicted in the song’s artwork.

Hospital Records is making its mark already this decade with a noteworthy new compilation, Sick Music 2020. The collection features 25 new songs from artists like Urbandawn, London Elektricity, and Etherwood. Etherwood’s contribution is the slow-burning “American Fruity,” which is highlighted by a dreamy piano melody and stellar drum ‘n’ bass production.

Lowly, too, appears to have a big year up its sleeves. The New York indie label just released Far Out‘s newest tune, “Strike,” which marks the first release from their forthcoming Bridges in Time EP. Like much of Far Out’s discography, “Strike,” has an intense and otherworldly atmosphere about it, leaving the listener wondering what’s coming next.

Tycho has a thrilling year ahead of him. After being nominated for a Grammy for Weather, the producer has announced he’s releasing its instrumental companion, Simulcast, in late February. “Outer Sunset” is the sister song to “Skate,” and its an instrumental-oriented treat for those who love the lush themes of the original.

Tycho announces instrumental appendage to ‘Weather,’ shares first two songs

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Tycho has announced the release of an instrumental appendage to his Grammy-nominated Weather project, Simulcast, set to drop Feb. 28.

The soothsayer already dropped two glistening tracks from the companion album, “Stress” and “Outer Sunset,” which are instrumental accompaniments of “Skate” and “No Stress” from the original work.

As described by Tycho on Twitter, the “Outer Sunset” title is an homage to the San Francisco beach community where much of Weather and Simulcast was recorded. The ocean has been an inspiration for the thoughtful artist ever since he moved to San Francisco 14 years ago.

The artist continues to provide discourse for the upcoming work: A Simulcast is the transmission of a program across different mediums and in different languages. The new project shifts the original into the abstract with instrumental soundscapes in place of lyrics, creating a visual space to interpret the message as a new language.

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

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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.


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…

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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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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