Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91Deters 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.


Varien calls his latest single his “favorite track [he’s] made in years.” He’s tapped Strix as the vocalist on the metal-tinged song called “Hush The Storm Away.” Like all Varien music, it’s a beautifully pieced together composition, packed with dramatic percussion, soaring strings, and powerful breakdowns. Given the sheer complexity of his songwriting, I find something new every time I listen to “Hush The Storm Away.” I love it.

In their latest endeavor, T & Sugah have again taken to Liquicity, this time to release the title track for the Descenders video game. This breathtaking track has been two years in the making, according to the Dutch duo, and it’s well worth the wait. They bring their precise sound design and a healthy dose of bass to “Descenders,” thrilling drum ‘n’ bass lovers of all persuasions.

Polish producer Guy Arthur has taken on a classic: Nero‘s “Crush on You,” which skyrocketed to electronic music fame after its release in 2011. It’s been remixed countless times in the eight years since, perhaps most notably by Knife Party in the same year. Guy Arthur’s given his version an upbeat, retro feel, which is appropriate, since Nero sampled a 1985 Jets song to create their initial revival.

Goldroom classifies his latest single, “U,” as “some disco house for a late night on the beach”—and it’s perfect for just that. Following “Do You Feel It Now?” at the end of April, the LA-based producer has this time joined forces with Chela to kick the tempo up a notch. This simmering dance floor heater is primed for both relaxing in the sun and a late-night nightclub, making it the perfect song to ease fans into the summer months.

It’s Com Truise Persuasion System release day! The nine-track “mini-LP” made its full debut on Ghostly International on May 17, showcasing the synthwave producer at his finest. A shining example of this is “Ultrafiche of You,” a glowing five-minute piece that combines varied percussion and twinkling synth melodies. “It’s a love song, and I don’t write many of those,” the producer told Mixmag.

Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + moreEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

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.

After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Brandon Artis

NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + moreMedasin Felly

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.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

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.

NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + moreArmin And Above Beyond

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.

Gesaffelstein and Pharrell Williams top this week’s Hot 25 with their new collaboration, “Blast Off.” Audien layers on the nostalgia with a gorgeous remix of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, “Giant.” Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren‘s mega-collab, “Show Me Love,” has finally hit the Armada airwaves, and Midnight Kids unveil a melody-packed remix of Gryffin‘s “Bye Bye.” Yellow Claw follow up their 2018 LP, New Blood, with a new single, “Give It To Me,” with Nonsens, and KSHMR joins forces with Krewella and Yves V for “No Regrets.” TOKiMONSTA releases a mellow new single with Ambré, “Strange Froot,” and W&W bring hardcore back with “The Light.” Sullivan King thanks fans for raging with a metal and dubstep-infused cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic “Save The World,” and Fedde Le Grand puts his own spin on Loud Luxury‘s “Love No More.” 3LAU and Justin Caruso tap vocalist Iselin for a sugar-sweet new single, “Better With You,” and Varien covers Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” with Andrew Zink. Fox Stevenson and Feint link on a new remix of Fox’s own “Out My Head,” and Steff da Campo reworks Galantis and OneRepublic‘s “Bones.”

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.

Lunar Lunes: kramder brings the funk, WAVEDASH and QUEST continue their tour de force, Chris Lorenzo and Taiki Nulight deliver new Night Bass heat + more

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Lunar Lunes: kramder brings the funk, WAVEDASH and QUEST continue their tour de force, Chris Lorenzo and Taiki Nulight deliver new Night Bass heat + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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.

In this week’s installation, WAVEDASH continue their run on SLANDER and NGHTMRE‘s new label, Gud Vibrations, by tapping frequent collaborator QUEST. Maurice West is bringing big room back with his latest, “The Kick,” and Chris Lorenzo teams up with Taiki Nulight on the latter’s new album, Murky Manor, for “Sinner.” Robbie Rivera‘s new album recently hit the airwaves, dishing up the fine house music he’s been generating for decades, and he thrills with the carefree “We Don’t Care.” Vintage & Morelli have returned with a gorgeous trance rework of Aly & Fila‘s “Paralyzed” with Hailene — and that’s just skimming the surface of the array of selections we’ve gathered this week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Varien concocts haunting video game medley, featuring themes from Pokémon, Super Mario, and more

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Varien concocts haunting video game medley, featuring themes from Pokémon, Super Mario, and moreVarien Press Shot 1

The chill of Halloween is in the air, and Varien‘s here to send even more shivers down listeners’ spines.

Just days after the release of his new EP, Death Asked A Question, the producer/composer has delivered something entirely different: a video game Halloween medley. The eight-minute orchestral suite is packed with nostalgia, mixing in themes from popular ’90s video games. It kicks off with the Lavender Town theme from Pokémon before leading the listener into Super Mario’s “Beware of the Forest Mushrooms.” Gliding hauntingly through each piece of work, he takes the latter half of his composition to pay homage to Banjo Kazooie with “Gruntilda’s Lair” and “Mad Monster Mansion.” Paired with gameplay visuals to accompany the music, Varien succeeds in both evoking fond memories of the past and crafting a gorgeous orchestral piece.

While the producer has made a name for himself through his dark, shadowy electronic compositions like My Prayers Have Become Ghosts, his work over the years has largely been influenced by video games music like these.

Varien weaves a dark and vulnerable web in ‘Death Asked A Question’ [EP Premiere + Interview]

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Varien weaves a dark and vulnerable web in ‘Death Asked A Question’ [EP Premiere + Interview]Varien Press Shot

In his seven years producing as Varien, Nick Kaelar has consistently surpassed genre constructs and proven himself a true mastermind of the electronic music realm. Having always fostered an affinity for music and composing, Kaelar made a name for himself with notable works such as his Skrillex orchestral suite and innovative originals like “Valkyrie” with Laura Brehm and “Moonlight” with SirensCeol and Aloma Steele. For years, his music has seamlessly blended industrial, metal and orchestral elements into modern EDM, and he’s become a figurehead for a shadowy genre all his own.


On Halloween in 2016, Kaelar released his noteworthy My Prayers Have Become Ghosts EP.  The seven-track body of work fully encompassed his dark style with components of ambient, baroque, and progressive metal.

“I still consider My Prayers to be my best work,” Kaelar says. “It’s a very artistic and accurate representation of what Varien means to me. I got to explore all the roots.”

Varien weaves a dark and vulnerable web in ‘Death Asked A Question’ [EP Premiere + Interview]Varien Press Shot 1

Though riding the high of My Prayers in 2016, the following year would prove to be full of hardship for Kaelar. Both of his parents became ill, and the nine-year relationship he was in “started to fall apart at the seams.” With these factors on top of a grueling producing schedule, Kaelar sunk into a deep hole of depression and anxiety, overcome by elements in his life he felt he had no control over. Wanting to take a step back and clear his mind, he deleted his social media accounts and disappeared from the internet scene entirely. After six years of making music as a full-time job without a break, he took 2017 to take care of himself mentally and emotionally — reemerging at the start of this year ready to get back on the horse.

He returned in February 2018 with “Blood Hunter” and has since released a variety of singles and the title track to his latest endeavor: the Death Asked A Question EP. Where My Prayers marked the end of “Varien 1.0,” this year’s releases have been all about part two of Kaelar’s journey as an artist.

“I’ve been staying positive this year and working harder than I’ve ever worked before,” Kaelar says. “That’s led to lots of days and weeks in this year where I have had a lot of struggles with depression and bouts of panic and anxiety, though… and even small flirtations with self harm.”

In early September, Kaelar released a beautifully haunting track called “Oh, Sparrow…” and was open with his fans about the story behind it. “I was sitting in my car and had that depressive, thousand-yard stare,” he recalls. “I had planned to go home that night and take some [Oxycontin] and go back to old addictive, escapist habits. Instead, I made a track and played around with an idea. I woke up the next day feeling better.”

He calls this year’s re-acclimation to the music scene a “crawl,” but says he’s in a “much better place” now. “I’ve definitely found out I’m a lot stronger than I think I am,” he says.

“The main thing that I preach and practice often is to never forsake your future self and own the consequences of your actions,” he says. “I’m working really hard now so my future self can be happy and thank my past self. A lot of great opportunities have come my way, and it’s starting to feel like people believe me when I say I’m here.

And here he is.

The new Varien EP, Death Asked A Question, is out October 26 via Most Addictive and is premiering here a day early on Dancing Astronaut. Fans old and new will find differences between this body of work and My Ghosts, as Kaelar seeks to explore things that “aren’t quite so kosher or as ‘Varien’ as people would think.”

“In my entire discography spanning back to 2011 as Varien, there’s always a sense of very deliberate storytelling. This EP is nothing like that. It’s a refraction. In the same way a mirror might bounce light, I’m bouncing the emotions of this year and last year into music format. It’s the most personal experience. It’s very raw. It’s very vulnerable.”

Buy Death Asked A Question here.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 61

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 61Deters 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.


One wouldn’t think Varien‘s darker style would mix well with a group like The Chainsmokers. But the Florida-based producer is here to flex his versatility with a brilliant rework of “This Feeling.” He flips the song’s major key into a minor key and gives it a more shadowy edge, going the synthwave route and giving the song a fresh, new tone. “I think my remix brings a new way of looking at the song,” he says. “I believe it’s a much more emotional and deeper vibe, compared to the upbeat and cheerful vibe of the original.”


At the end of August, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs debuted a groovy, bass-fueled original by the name of “Body Move.” A few months later, he’s unleashed a remix pack for the song, featuring the talents of Bag Raiders and Raito. Raito, who often manufactures intense techno and house tracks like his Virtual Self flips, takes a smooth route on his TEED remix. Gliding percussion elements deliver a more relaxed vibe than the original, as Raito levels out the songs roots for a techno-oriented, dreamy flip.


It’s been a minute since we’ve seen new material from Mt. Eden. The dynamic powerhouse producer revealed a brief mixtape in February and a “Lion King” remix in August, but has since been quiet. Turns out he’s been cooking up a fiery house tune called “Momentum.” Backed by his usual top-notch production and a sizable amount of bass, this dancefloor-ready tune shows Mt. Eden truly hasn’t lost any “momentum” and knows no genre limits.


Becko‘s impeccable combination of beats, bass, and alternative/emo-inspired vocals have become a favorite of mine. Drawing inspiration from “Stranger Things,” he’s labeled his latest “Mindflayer” and released it via The Arcadium. His powerful vocals shine in this dramatic track, weaving in and out between heavy synth melodies and climactic choruses. Originally released as part of his DIGITAL HEAVEN EP a few months ago, he showcases striking pieces that thrill with each listen.


Rameses B has been busy this year. He’s released not one, but two Spacewalk albums, each taking listeners to new heights with their astral-inspired serene productions. Rameses B returns after July’s Spacewalk II release with “Portal” featuring GLaDOS. Glitchy vocals tell a story of life and death over a psytrance backing. Bittersweet violin melodies swim in and out of the production, interspersed seamlessly with elements for a range of genres. The producer again demonstrates why he’s caught so much attention over the past seven years with a piece that’s as intriguing as it is relaxing.

Varien sets loose dark and pulsating, ‘Death Asked A Question’

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Varien sets loose dark and pulsating, ‘Death Asked A Question’Varien Death Asked A Question 2

Varien is forever manifesting his self-appointed status as EDM’s “Prince Of Darkness.” The American producer is widely recognized in the electronic realm for his promiscuity in the studio, seamlessly switching from industrial, to metal, to dance music by way of his handful of aliases, all with a quick flip of his highlighted hair tips.

His latest medley of musings, “Death Asked A Question,” reflects on Varien’s “own demons, as well as a way for listeners to better understand their own.” Merging house and electro ingredients, the track drums up images of a club-themed graveyard, where evil and benevolent spirits float fervidly. The vaporous soundscape is equipped with both benignly ambient piano chords and devilish synth stutters.

Finger never far from the trigger, Varien performs and produces under a sundry of aliases, including Nick Kaelar (his real name) and Koinu. His multifarious catalog includes extensive work with stalwart labels like freaky-friendly Monstercat, as well as Spinnin’ and OWSLA.