Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 90

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 90Deters 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.


After releasing his blue! EP via the label earlier this year, Brock Wilson returns to Mad Zoo to reveal a new single: “Moment of Clarity.” This track shows the full breadth of Wilson’s skill set, as he moves fluidly between smooth, ambient sections and choppier segments. The middle passage of “Moment of Clarity” features the artist’s own vocals over a bed of minimalist percussion, ebbing and flowing until it returns to a calming outro.

Earlier this week, the music world was blessed with a slew of remixes of Seven Lions, Wooli and Trivecta‘s “Island,” featuring takes from Sullivan King, TYNAN, and many more. Among these is a celestial reinvention from Au5. He’s created a meticulously pieced together version of the song, adding his signature melodic dubstep elements and a heavy helping of bass to craft an adaptation that’s all his own.

Over the years, Canadian duo Eminence have tried their hand at a number of genres, garnering fans worldwide through EPs and singles on Monstercat. In their latest effort, they’ve taken on Vicetone‘s February track “Home,” a slightly wistful piece that still maintained an upbeat atmosphere. Eminence, however, lean into the melancholic elements of Vicetone’s original to create a house remix that’s more understated and alluring.

In his latest tune, Anakim has opted to remix LUNR’s “Shadows.” The LA-based artist has constructed an even darker take on LUNR’s original, tapping into the shadowy elements of Max Comeau’s vocals and sprinkling in ominous synth undertones. At seven minutes long, Anakim’s rendition is a truly eerie but satisfying sonic journey. “I don’t do remixes often, but this one I just couldn’t say no to,” the artist told Groove Cartel.

Just days after announcing a nine-stop US tour, Hannah Wants has unveiled a new single on her Etiquette label, “Love Somebody.” The tech house tune, released in original mix and extended mix formats, consists of retro vocals over an irresistibly infectious beat. This one’s primed for a dance floor and practically begs listeners to keep their feet moving into the wee hours of the morning.

New single ‘Island’ by Seven Lions, Wooli, and Trivecta featuring Nevve is as captivating as they come

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New single ‘Island’ by Seven Lions, Wooli, and Trivecta featuring Nevve is as captivating as they comeIsland Artwork

Seven Lions continues to captivate with a shimmering new collaboration with Wooli and Trivecta titled “Island.” Nevve, a proven vocal talent with multitudes of top charting collaborations under her belt, lends her vocals to what shapes up to be an inspiring listen.

“Island” open with Nevve’s vocals and light progressions that dance around each other until swelling into an ethereal dubstep crescendo that leaves listeners feeling like they’re soaring. The smooth and melodic moments of the introduction ultimately twist into unexpected heavy dubstep chords about halfway through the track, where cutting synths pierce through the lighter notes and overtake the vocals. “Island” finds a way to meld blissful yet abrasive melodic dubstep elements together — a tough task for many, but one that Seven Lions has mastered. The release is out now on the producer’s own label, Ophelia Records.

NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + more

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NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + moreSevenlions.da 24 Of 44

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.

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.

Stream Snails’s ‘SLIMEAGEDDON’ EP, a grotesque project from the ‘Slug King’ himself

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Stream Snails’s ‘SLIMEAGEDDON’ EP, a grotesque project from the ‘Slug King’ himselfSnails Slimeageddon EP

Snails‘s SLIMEAGEDDON EP is here, with its arrival just as viscous as the sagely chosen title intends.

The seven-track mass of swampy tracks saw release off the Canadian dubstep DJ/producer’s newly minted Slugz Music. Prior to the EP release, the “Slug King” slowly seeped out a foreboding foray of offerings from the project, including “Follow Me,” with Adventure Club featuring Sara Diamond, “Snailephant” with Wooli, “Redline” with Boogie T, and “Magnets” with Zeds Dead featuring Akylla.

“RAVN,” “Crank Bass,” featuring Liam Cormier, and “Bonkers” featuring Sirah are the newly released tracks off the project, all of which carry Snail’s signature cutthroat bass format and mayhem persona. “RAVN” has more of a cinematic appeal, acting as the opening segment to what is undoubtedly a well-curated project amongst friends.

The EP’s rollout comes soon after the unveiling of Snails’s original comic book, THE SLUGGERNAUT, a culmination of the music producer’s persistent use of vivid visuals and unique character fantasy. His website describes the comic book as “SLIMEAGEDDON, King Slugz, SLUGGTOPIA, and The Shell are all part of a bigger vision — one that hasn’t been fully explained…until now.”

Snails crossbreeds with Wooli to create ‘Snailephant,’ and announces a new EP ‘Slimeageddon’ coming soon off Slugz Music

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Snails crossbreeds with Wooli to create ‘Snailephant,’ and announces a new EP ‘Slimeageddon’ coming soon off Slugz MusicSnails Wooli

Snails and Wooli have come together to cause a reckoning by bass music that combines sludge infested synths with mammoth-esque rhythms. Feeling like it came straight from a TV laboratory, the final product of collaboration comes out to be a “Snailephant” — a mixing and melding of the two heavy bass producer’s wildly animalistic dubstep styles.

The buildup contains a Mortal Kombat vocal sample describing the audio beast as “half snail, half elephant, taking over the galaxy one by one.” Insanity ensues after that, with war-like, distorted sub-bass that sounds oozing out of the speakers in a dominating way. Snails also announced his new EP Slimeageddon is coming soon off his label Slugz Music. There’s no exact date, it’s simply coming out soon. After recent releases with Boogie T, “Redline” and Zeds Dead, “Magnets,” fans are ready for an extended play filled with the gooey sounds that made Frédérik Durand so popular in the first place.

Snails crossbreeds with Wooli to create ‘Snailephant,’ and announces a new EP ‘Slimeageddon’ coming soon off Slugz Music

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Snails crossbreeds with Wooli to create ‘Snailephant,’ and announces a new EP ‘Slimeageddon’ coming soon off Slugz MusicSnails Wooli

Snails and Wooli have come together to cause a reckoning by bass music that combines sludge infested synths with mammoth-esque rhythms. Feeling like it came straight from a TV laboratory, the final product of collaboration comes out to be a “Snailephant” — a mixing and melding of the two heavy bass producer’s wildly animalistic dubstep styles.

The buildup contains a Mortal Kombat vocal sample describing the audio beast as “half snail, half elephant, taking over the galaxy one by one.” Insanity ensues after that, with war-like, distorted sub-bass that sounds oozing out of the speakers in a dominating way. Snails also announced his new EP Slimeageddon is coming soon off his label Slugz Music. There’s no exact date, it’s simply coming out soon. After recent releases with Boogie T, “Redline” and Zeds Dead, “Magnets,” fans are ready for an extended play filled with the gooey sounds that made Frédérik Durand so popular in the first place.

Gammer releases first remix pack for ‘The Drop’ with Stonebank, Skellism, and more

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Gammer releases first remix pack for ‘The Drop’ with Stonebank, Skellism, and moreUnnamed 3

There’s no doubt that Gammer‘s “THE DROP” has taken festivals by storm since its release last November. With the track’s intense nature that cascades from each drop, along with the intricate production, he created yet another heater that’s not for the faint of heart.

With the success of the original, Gammer enlisted 4B x NvrLeftStonebankSkellismSlippy and Wooli for the first of two remix packs to take the track to the next level. Each artist carefully dissects the elements and then pieces them back together in completely new ways without losing any energy.

4B and NvrLeft channel some stuttering Jersey club, Skellism add cinematic elements and vocal chops, Slippy get experimental in the drops and adds some delicate arps, Stonebank creates drops with pumping synths and plentiful percussion, and Wooli puts a couple of edits that bring the original to a new level.

The remix package is out now via Monstercat.

NMF Roundup: Fox Stevenson drops funky original, Manila Killa teams up with Nevve, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Fox Stevenson‘s long-awaited Metanoia debut brings forth a playful set of big room bounce sounds to the table on “Bulgogi.”

Panda Eyes & Chime amalgamate future bass overtones with heady dub inspired bass lines on their newest track “White Magic.”

Wooli steps outside the constructs of Delta Heavy and Dirty Audio‘s original production in favor of an atmospheric, vocally grounded future bass ballad.

Shallou’s newest sees the tropical house producer synthesize his bubbly synth tones with Riah’s infectious vocals.

As tech house continues to break into mainstream western dance culture, Brett Gould is placing himself on the forefront of the genre with his biting new track, “Drum Machine.”

Roisto‘s new track, “All Yours,” uses a heightened Axtone platform to showcase saccharine deep house-influenced melodies and a soulful vocal line from PowerDress.

Nevve‘s distorted vocals serve as ear candy for a patterned drum breakdown on Manila Killa‘s newest track “Everyday, Everyday.”

Unlike Pluto‘s emotive ballad “Fade All My Life” is an emotive step into teenage angst through the lens of mainstream electronic music, the result is likely to save a few teenagers from sleepless, thought-racing nights.

Budakid continues to magnify his presence through the release of the progressive masterpiece, “Memories.”

Sneijder‘s rework of Jackob Roenald’s “Shades” is further proof that the tech trance producer is ready to elevate himself further into the worldwide dance music sphere.

Ray Volpe has finally released an original that he’s been playing out for nearly a year, “Walk Away.”

Excision releases relentless remix pack for ‘Virus’ album

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Excision‘s powerful, slamming Virus album featured collaborations with heavyweights like Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Protohype, and Datsik on standout songs like “Throwin’ Elbows,” “Are You Ready,” and “Final Boss.” Like everything Exicision does, Virus was all-encompassing, showcasing the power the dubstep genius is able to harness.

The remix album is unforgiving to say the least. From start to finish, the impressive slew of remixers skillfully put their own heavy spins on the album’s biggest hits. The collection contains powerful remixes from Dillon Francis, FuntcaseCookie Monsta, 12th PlanetAntiserum, Kai Wachi, Wooli, Sullivan King, Wavedash, DubloadzSeven Lions and Dimibo

Stream it in full below.

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Exclusive: Wooli – Back (Original Mix)

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A pioneer of the dubstep scene since its swell in the early 2000s, Flux Pavilion has built a multifaceted career in dance music that many seek to attain. Outside of his own productions and solo project, the UK beat-smith also champions his own imprint, Circus Records, that has bred some of dubstep’s finest young talent. Among the newest names to emerge from the label is rising producer Wooli.

With touring experience alongside bass favorites Excision, SpagHeddy, and Bear Grillz, Wooli looks to continue his upward trajectory with a new ear-splitting single, “Back.” While the build is a tension-swelling assortment of hard kick strikes and eerie melodies, the New York-based producer shines in his crisp yet thrashing drop of scraping, snarling composition.

Stream Wooi’s “Back” below, exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.

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