Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 66

This post was originally published on this site

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 66Deters 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.


How many flips of ZHU‘s “Faded” is too many? The limit does not exist! I’m always intrigued to hear new takes on this monumental 2016 release. Tiny Elephant gathers momentum quickly in the introduction he’s built, leading up to a dramatic bass drop in the chorus. He’s filtered the original’s vocals in the chorus in a unique way, bolstering the song’s backbone with a pounding house beat. This sensational remix is perfect for those who can’t get enough of the original, as it maintain’s ZHU’s ever-present dark atmosphere.

In his most recent effort, josh pan teams up with AWAY for an eerily melancholy OWSLA release, “Mask.” This trapped-out bass collaboration is highlighted by pan’s sinister vocals, which are ushered in by a plinking piano introduction. The duo hold nothing back in this release, creating a jarring environment that yanks the listener back and forth between more traditional trap elements and stuttered, unpredictable vocal and beat chops.

After making his Monstercat debut earlier this summer, CloudNone has quickly proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Canadian label. His chilled-out take on modern electronic music is perfect for the winter months and is filled with lush soundscapes and subdued vocals. CloudNone has expertly captured the wistful sounds of the season with the union of instrumentals and minimalist percussion. The song is out now as a part of Monstercat’s latest Rocket League compilation.

A.M.R.’s Silver Lining EP kicks off with a gorgeous intro mix of the collection’s title track. This six-and-a-half-minute venture is built around a subtle house beat, but A.M.R.’s introduction of elements like piano and children singing tucks the bass into the background and allows for the melody to shine through. Strings, too, many an appearance, elevating the “Silver Lining” intro mix to a whole new level.

As we settle into colder months, songs like Steve Brian‘s latest are perfect for brightening up a dreary winter day. “Playa de Santiago,” out as part of Enhanced Chill Vol. 5, brings blissful beats and a cheery piano melody that’ll light up any room. Brian has painted a vivid soundscape of rich, resounding synths, layered to perfection. The breaks and variation in percussion keep this song alive throughout its seven-minute entirety.

In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracks

This post was originally published on this site

In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracksWhat So Not Skrille

We’re inching closer to Skrillex’s imminent return, and while his now-canonized debut LP, Recessis nearing its fifth birthday, he’s carved out a Hall of Fame career since his momentous mainstream breakout. He’s become one of the most in-demand pop producers of the modern day, while managing to keep close to his post-hardcore roots, build on his electronic music legacy, and explore new sounds all at once. This year, in celebration of turning 30, Skrillex took a much-deserved year off, though a not-so-secret comeback is beginning to take shape, and signs suggest OWSLA’s head honcho could be primed to change the game all over again very soon.

In the meantime, label recruit JOYRYDE is snapping a shorter hiatus as well, linking up with the boss man for his upcoming album’s lead single — the long awaited “Agen Wida.” The pair more than deliver on their new joint effort, so to celebrate, Dancing Astronaut put together an additional 11 (unranked) Skrillex-assisted classics. See if your favorite Skrillex feature made the list below.


Mr. Oizo and Skrillex – End of the World 

A few weeks after the release of his highly anticipated Rick Ross feature, “Purple Lamborghini” (not featured) for the ill-fated Suicide Squad soundtrack, Skrillex switched gears and went full experimental house with veteran French mastermind, Mr. Oizo on “End of the World.” Somewhere between cheeky setlist tool and thumping club cut, Mr. Oizo and Skrillex link up for a memorable house cut featured on Oizo’s 2016 LP, All Wet. 

 

Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup

Featured on OWSLA’s 2017 label compilation, HOWSLA, “Chicken Soup” finds Skrillex linked with French bass-house linchpin Habstrakt. The collaboration originally received a live debut during a surprise Skrillex set at Coachella’s DoLab and would eventually come to be one of the biggest tracks of the year. Skrillex’s house output often takes a backseat to some of his heavier studio hallmarks, but “Chicken Soup,” launched Skrillex towards a considerable club-leaning kick, and has since grown to be a fan favorite within a sprawling catalog of monstrous bass hits.

 

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance The Rapper

Taking on Hundred Waters’ 2014 standout from Moon Rang Like a BellSkrillex reunited with Chance the Rapper, the frequent to breathe new life into “Show Me Love,” with help from vocalists Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal. The remix, which became Hundred Waters‘ most commercially lauded track to date also served as Skrillex’s directorial debut, crafting a feel-good adventure feature for the cameras, rounding off the remix effort with a perfectly complementary video for “Show Me Love.”

 

Justin Bieber – Sorry (prod. by Skrillex)

The unconventional nature of Skrillex and Justin Bieber’s creative partnership was perhaps what made the duo so enticing at first. But after a proven knack for crafting hits together, there’s no denying that when the two link up, they’re bound for radio-ready gold. Such was the case on the tropical chart-topper “Sorry” from Bieber’s inescapable Purpose. The album wound up being a massive commercial success and catapulted Skrillex to untouchable pop producer status alongside Bieber for a second time.

 

Yogi & Skrillex – Burial (feat. Pusha T, Moody Good, TrollPhace)

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable cuts from the entire OWSLA catalog, the boss man orchestrated a super-collaboration remix of Yogi‘s “Burial” that will probably never get old. It’s just too damn good. It has even become Arby’s unofficial theme song. The 2015 posse cut came after the Aftermath-championed production outfit had already collected remixes of the track from Moody Good and Trollphace. So mashing every rendition together with the additions of Skrillex, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T, and a cameo from Denis Rodman in the music video rounded this one out at full blockbuster status for the final product.

 

RL Grime, What So Not, Skrillex – Waiting

What So Not and RL Grime‘s “Tell Me” will always be remembered as the defining emblem of the year trap music took over the EDM zeitgeist. The track is still a hallmark in both producer’s catalogs, though after their first booming collaboration, the world needed a second. In fact, it was practically demanded. So when RL and his Aussie counterpart finally did link back up, they brought along Skrillex for “Waiting,” which became one of the most anticipated tracks of the year in 2016. The track played on the same bombastic trap theme from a few years before, and managed to recreate most of the magic from trap’s extended moment in the sun.

 

ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. – Working for It

Long before the Mind of a Genius roster was crushing the music world, Skrillex pulled up for “Working For It,” a now legendary posse cut with ZHU and THEY. handling vocal duties. The track combined ZHU’s twanging guitars and ludicrously crisp synth lines with signature Skrillex bass stabs. The result was a certified late-night ready club anthem that hits as hard on the thousandth play as it did on the first.

 

Vindata, NSTASIA, and Skrillex – Favor

After striking Top 40 gold twice with Justin Bieber, and creating unique collaborations with artists ranging from K-pop heavyweight CL to Chance The Rapper on 2014’s Recess LP, Skrillex solidified a knack for bringing his productions into a featured vocalist’s unique world. 2017’s “Favor” is a prime example, as Skrillex and Vindata combine Jack Ü-inspired percussion with an lush instrumental that lets NSTASIA’s breezy lines float effortlessly on top.

 

Vic Mensa – No Chill (prod. by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex)

Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa is joined by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex for a collaboration that was essentially the OWSLA head’s 2015 follow up to “Wild For The Night” with A$AP Rocky. Scratching the itch to make another repeat-worthy rap-meets-electronic anthem, Skrillex and Jahlil Beats proctor a cinematic trap beat for Mensa to deliver his bars over, that winds up being one of Skrillex’s more unique, albeit less hyped, features in the rap space to date. The final product was then turned over to Zane Lowe for his debut premiere on the newly launched Apple Music platform.

 

JAUZ and Skrillex – SQUAD OUT! ft. Fatman Scoop

Skrillex has a history of head-turning video concepts, though his animated joint with JAUZ for their Adult Swim Single “SQUAD OUT!” with Fatman Scoop may take the cake. The video is directed by Adult Swim veteran Adam Fuchs, whose credits previously included Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Ugly Americans for the network, as well as music videos for artists such as Flying Lotus and Neon Indian.

The video, unsurprising given its director, is an extension of Adult Swim’s trademark gonzo animation. It opens innocuously enough, with animated avatars of Skrillex and JAUZ riding an elevator. It doesn’t take long though, for things to get very weird. The collaboration was a standout to begin with, and the video made it even better.

 

The Game – El Chapo (prod. by Skrillex)

To assist on The Game’s The Documentary 2, a follow up LP to his debut solo project from a decade earlier, the OWSLA boss served a trunk-rattling dose of bombastic bravado on “El Chapo.” The Recess producer brought his half of the Escobar-ian swagger with a latin-flavored horn loop and shattering subs providing the perfect backdrop for The Game’s snarling bars. The cartel homage was a little harder than the previous rap features in Skrill’s repertoire, but on his joint with The Game, he proves he can undoubtedly run with the big dogs on “El Chapo.”

Khamsin & Kidswaste connect on new single, ‘Plastic Dreams’

This post was originally published on this site

Khamsin & Kidswaste connect on new single, ‘Plastic Dreams’Khamsin Plastic Dreams Art

French producers Khamsin and Kidswaste linked up for a new jam, “Plastic Dreams.” Both multi-talented musicians are former members of Slow Hours Collective and have been crushing the solo game. Khamsin’s been recruited for remixes by ZHU and Mura Masa, to name a few. The latter, since releasing a debut album in early 2017, has received increased attention with a Manila Killa collaboration and peak Spotify playlist placement. Needless to say, they’ve built quite the listener base for this release.

The track is unique in its own right, with a smooth melody that builds into a pleasing combination of guitar riffs, electro-synths, and captivating vocals. Khamsin said he started on the track a few months ago and then fired it off to Kidswaste.

“He really liked it and told me he wanted to try some guitars & vocals stuff on it… I’m more than happy with the final result on this song, and I think it blends perfectly our mutual universes.”

This is just the start of some new content from the producers, as Khamsin will be releasing a series of singles in the coming months called Reminiscence, and Kidswaste is working on a sophomore album.

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

This post was originally published on this site

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 


Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.


Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”


There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

ZHU x TOKIMONSTA host pop-up show in Brooklyn for collaborative fashion line

This post was originally published on this site

ZHU x TOKIMONSTA host pop-up show in Brooklyn for collaborative fashion lineZhu Tokimonsta 1

This Saturday, September 29, ZHU has announced he’ll be taking Brooklyn by storm to showcase his new fashion line with TOKIMONSTASERPENTS & ATELIER, designed by the former’s own NGHTDAY COLLECTION.

The duo will not only be highlighting items from the new line, along with pop-up-exclusive merchandise, but will also be throwing down on a surprise, four-hour back-to-back set at the legendary Brooklyn Steel from 4-8 pm. The pop-up caps off three consecutive sold-out nights for ZHU in New York, with the better part of his newly commenced fall tour still ahead of him.

TOKI and ZHU have intertwined in more ways than one in these passed few months. The two doubled down on a seductively ambient track, “Light It Up,” which ZHU featured on his latest album, RINGOS DESERT.

Zhu’s dynamic track ‘Chasing Marrakech’ soundtracks Apple’s new iPhone ad [Watch]

This post was originally published on this site

Zhu’s dynamic track ‘Chasing Marrakech’ soundtracks Apple’s new iPhone ad [Watch]Zhu Apple Iphone Ad

Zhu‘s autumn keeps getting bigger, with the latest coup coming in the form of a new Apple iPhone XS ad featuring his 2017 song “Chasing Marrakech.” The mind-of-a-genius producer becomes the latest in a long line of illustrious Apple ad soundtrack contributors including Gorillaz, Daft Punk, ODESZA, and more. Zhu’s theatrical flair fits perfectly over the sleek visuals, and it’s worth wondering he could someday join Gorillaz as a twice-tapped Apple artist.

It’s not the first time that Apple has played a key part in Zhu’s music, with the tracklist for his recently released LP Ringos Desert seeing first light via Apple Music. The spot is a prime avenue of discovery for Zhu, and will likely be the latest chapter from the brand’s history in expanding artists’ audiences to casual music fans. For those not living under a dance music rock, “Chasing Marrakech” is just one of a slew of songs fans hope to hear as Zhu embarks across North America on his DUNE tour.

Photo credit: Tobias Hutzler

Zhu’s ‘Ringos Desert’ is an invitation to a pulp western oasis [Album Review]

This post was originally published on this site

Zhu’s ‘Ringos Desert’ is an invitation to a pulp western oasis [Album Review]Zhu Ringos Desert Album Review

It’s no accident that every first listen to a new Zhu project feels like a carefully guarded private screening. He is, after all, a master curator. The stage was set long before an audience fills the seats, the impending vision immortalized long before scenes were spliced and set in stone. It’s also no accident that Ringos Desert could be seen on the horizon for months in advance. The Mind of a Genius artist’s presence in the dance music world is as carefully crafted as his music, with omissions and inclusions carrying equal weight. What the man of mystery wants seen, heard, and known, is exactly what is received.

First came rumors in the spring of literal tons of sand ready for transport to stops on Zhu’s impending “Dune” tour, and a mysterious phone number rigged for a secretive BLACKLIZT set deep in the Mojave. In the midst of it all were releases — high profile singles like the Tame Impala-assisted “My Life,” and “Coming Home,” with Majid Jordan. More music followed, with the lion’s share ending up on the producer’s Ringos Desert, Pt. 1 EP. Zhu’s sophomore full length effort has crept into fans’ peripherals for the better part of the year – so just how different does a full listen feel? That’s the funny thing about the wilderness: No matter how many dunes one passes on the way to its center, looking out from the middle of an ocean of sand is a different existence entirely.

Upon arrival, Ringos Desert makes it immediately clear that its identity as an invitation carried over to the track list itself. The LP contains a large amount of powerhouse collaborators — eight, to be exact — with each packing impact. From heavyweights like TOKiMONSTA to relative unknowns like Karnaval Blues, Zhu’s call to the desert seems to have drawn a crowd before the album ever reached fans’ ears. That spirit of openness can be felt in every joint effort, as TOKiMONSTA personally attested to when speaking of her album appearance on “Light It Up:”

“It was truly special how this song came together in that it is very much the result of both our minds,” she said of the track. “Collaborating with Zhu was creatively effortless. We both knew exactly where this song could go and we got it there. I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”

Every song is polished to absolute perfection, each sound given dedicated space to exist like modern art in an exhibit. Tucked into the songs is a cheeky dose of western sonic flavor that seasons the entire album. The high-noon shootout whistles and echoing crow calls on album opener “Stormy Love” are unapologetic pulp, but there are subtler instances at play as well. Twanging guitar lines ranging from full-on distorted wails (“Desert Woman”) to sad cowboy strums (“Ghost In My Bed”) permeate the project, giving a human touch counterbalance to the grooves’ ultra-cool polish. Through golden hour slow-burners and starry dance cuts, that layer of crackle and dust deepens the thematic experience, feeling deliberate without gimmick.

The body of work is upper echelon electronic music pure and simple. Only a handful of artists possess the kind of vision and polish to make a body of work this consistent, and at the same step out fearlessly to push creative genre boundaries. But where does this primal call to Ringos Desert lead? The album has always been an invitation — but to what? The material embodies an expansive array of feelings and experiences; love, drugs, sex, pain, loss, doubt, and almost everything in between. Repeated listens can immerse in the moment and just as easily transport through potent escapism. That power is no accident — after all, Zhu has beckoned the world to the dunes from the very beginning. To listen is to join him beneath the stars and sun and feel without distraction or interruption. If not all who wander are lost, Ringos Desert proves not all who are lost need saving.

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealed

This post was originally published on this site

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Release Date

There’s been no shortage of new ZHU teases from the enigmatic artist’s hotly anticipated second album. The hype has reached fever pitch with singles featuring top tier collaborators, including a genius link with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker for “My Life,” and a satin smooth joint effort with Majid Jordan, “Coming Home.” Now, ZHU has unveiled his master plan with a full track list, official cover art, and release date. Ringos Desert hits stores and streaming September 7 on his longtime home label, Mind of a Genius records.

The album’s 14 tracks include previously released singles, as well as material from ZHU’s spring EP, RINGOS DESERT PT. 1. Despite the track list’s heavy chunk of available material, the full experience promises plenty of future hits – including monster collaborators like Karnaval Blues and TOKIMONSTA. The same day his sophomore LP drops, ZHU will kick off his DUNE tour in El Ray, California. Can’t wait until September to hear the new LP? The “Working For It” producer has an ultra secret BLACKLIZT premiere party  planned somewhere in the sands of the Mojave on August 31.

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Tracklist

 

ZHU teases new album artwork ahead of ensuing release

This post was originally published on this site

ZHU teases new album artwork ahead of ensuing releaseDSC04615 2

ZHU fans can expect new music very soon.

The Ringo’s Desert Part 1 producer shared the album artwork for his next project via Instagram, an effort that will be “dropping soon,” according to the photo’s caption.

Album cover. Dropping soon.

A post shared by ZHU (@zhu) on

Slated to perform at Burning Man on August 31, ZHU will not only premiere his latest album offering at the festival, but will also host a Blacklizt Mojave set in Black Rock Desert, Burning Man’s longterm location.

ZHU teases new album artwork ahead of ensuing releaseSt6hfw4zmvp1dk0jfm6s

The album will presumably arrive as the second part of ZHU’s Ringo’s Desert series. Whether ZHU will release the work on August 31 on all platforms, or will only debut the fresh material at Burning Man? Only time will tell.

 

Photo Credit: This Song is Sick

H/T: This Song is Sick

Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and more

This post was originally published on this site

Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and moreDiplo Burning Man2

Every year, fans can expect some wild performances at Burning Man, and this year proves to be no different. Leading the pack, we have Diplo and Flume plotting a special back-to-back set from the Playa this year. While Diplo will deliver several different sets during the course of the week-long event, he will notably appear alongside the Skin producer on August 31 for a 12:00 to 2:00am.

BURNING MAN CREW See you in black rock city next week 🔥🐋🦈⬆

A post shared by diplo (@diplo) on

Diplo and Flume’s joint appearance won’t be the only exciting performance at Black Rock City this year. ZHUSkrillex, Seven Lions and more will also take the decks at Burning Man, with Skrillex slowly revamping his presence on the events circuit as the year winds down. Skrillex recently appeared on the lineups for Arizona’s Snowta and Decadence festivals, and now he’s making his annual trip out to the burn. With people currently flocking to the Nevada desert for this year’s iteration of the event, expect a number of additional high profile artists to spring up at Burning Man too.

Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and moreOpulent Temple Lineup Burning Man 2018