Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 130

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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


Moon Boots and Mat Zo are a match made in heaven. In his new release, Zo took Bimini Road‘s “Tied Up” and put a funky spin on it, opting for slight key change, a slightly quicker pace, and grooving bassline to make it his own. Zo’s rendition will likely reignite fans’ love of the original tune, along with this fresh remix.

Metrik‘s first release of the year is a powerful one. The UK producer takes to Hospital Records for the release of “We Are The Energy,” a mighty drum ‘n’ bass number that’s packed with all the energy and emotion that fans have come to know and love from the producer.

1991 has been switching things up, surprising listeners with a trap-oriented release on RL Grime‘s Sable Valley in early February. The UK producer, who’s primarily known for making drum ‘n’ bass, couldn’t stay away from racing BPMs for long, though. In his new release, he launches “The People” into drum ‘n’ bass madness, likely to the delight of his dnb-loving fans.

For his latest house heater, SNBRN tapped the talents of vocalist Cappa. “Colder” is effortlessly cool, as SNBRN incorporates some nostalgic house elements to bring the record to life. “I had such an incredible experience working on this record,” he said in a tweet. “Really got to throw some 90s house sounds on this one.”

AMTRAC continues the journey to the full debut of his Oddyssey album with “Teenage Love,” featuring singer Saint Kenaire. The song has a melancholic tone to it and is fairly minimalist with its drifting synth melodies and vocals. AMTRAC left percussion out of the tune, noting that “sometimes you gotta let the synths breathe.”

NMF Roundup: Seven Lions and Tyler Graves make magic, Claude VonStroke delivers ‘Freaks & Beaks’ LP + 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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AMTRAC unveils third single from upcoming LP, ‘Accountable’

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AMTRAC unveils third single from upcoming LP, ‘Accountable’AMTRAC Photo Credit Grant Spanier

It’s been a slow but steady rollout as AMTRAC prepares for the release of his sophomore album, Oddyssey. Fans haven’t been left wanting, though. AMTRAC first revealed the LP’s debut single, “Between the Lines,” in December, followed by “Radical” with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs in early January. A little more than a month later, listeners have gotten another peek at what’s to come from Oddyssey with “Accountable,” which hit airwaves Feb. 7.

Where its predecessor, “Radical,” took a more dance floor-friendly approach, “Accountable” is primed for low-key Sunday mornings drenched in sunshine. Fans of synthwave will delight in the wavy textures throughout the tune, as AMTRAC’s relaxing vocals lead the listener through sparkling instrumental themes.

A release date for Oddyssey has yet to be announced, but the artist has noted it’ll be early 2020.

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Jody Wisternoff and James Grant deliver complete ‘Anjunadeep 11’ compilation [Stream]

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Earlier this week, the Anjunadeep crew surprised fans by releasing the first half of Anjunadeep 11 with no prior announcement. Label boss James Grant explained the decision for the highly-anticipated series’ partial early release was motivated by a desire for all featured artists to be properly recognized. Now, CD 2 joins its predecessor to complete the acclaimed compilation’s full double-disc roll-out.

Mixed by legends Jody Wisternoff and James Grant, CD 2 welcomes the likes of Yotto, Dosem, and Frost among many others. Additionally, Durante & HANA team up for a tranquil vocal-driven track, Amtrac unites with Alex Metric‘s groovy new offering, and beloved duo Tinlicker assists on a couple of songs. Showcasing Anjunadeep’s riveting sound going into 2020, Anjunadeep 11 proves yet again that the heavyweight label delivers on sky-high standards.

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NMF Roundup: Mat Zo drafts ‘The Next Chapter,’ Galantis release ‘Church’ LP + 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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AMTRAC and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs make magic on ‘Radical’

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AMTRAC and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs make magic on ‘Radical’AMTRAC Photo Credit Grant Spanier

The sophomore release from AMTRAC‘s sophomore LP has hit the airwaves and brought with it an unexpected collaboration.

The Kentucky-born producer has tapped Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for his forthcoming album’s second release, “Radical,” and it’s a true treat for the eardrums. These producers’ styles mesh so cohesively, making “Radical” a dreamy, seamless period of relaxation. With a mellow beat, drifting melodies, and calming vocals from TEED, this single is sure to further excite listeners who eagerly await AMTRAC’s upcoming Oddyssey.

It’s been nearly a decade since the producer’s debut LP, Came Along, which arrived in 2011. In mid-December, the producer announced that he’d signed with RCA Records and that his second album was on its way with the release of “Between the Lines.” Oddyssey is coming in early 2020, though a set date has yet to be announced.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 124

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 124Deters 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


AMTRAC and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are a match made in heaven. Leading up to the release of his sophomore LP, Oddysey, AMTRAC has been trickling tunes out slowly to his fan base, including December’s “Between The Lines.” “Radical” makes a stunning follow-up to its predecessor, with dreamy melodies and infectious vocals from TEED.

Following the release of the Ship Wrek remix of “Problems” in November, A R I Z O N A have revealed a new remix from ASYLUM: a Cruise Control rendition of “Still Alive.” This groovy slow-burner has a slightly darker tone to it than the upbeat original, with deeper vocals and melancholy chords.

Last Island looks to be kicking off the new year in fine form by releasing the appropriately titled “New Things.” His first work of 2020 slows things down a bit, as the Scottish producer concocts a funky downtempo tune that would be right at home in a sunrise set.

Madeon‘s Good Faith has been remixed into oblivion since its release in mid-November, but artists continue to develop new and refreshing takes on the LP’s 10 tracks. One of the latest of these is camoufly, who’s added his own “kawaii bounce” spin on “All My Friends.” It’s sparkly, joyous, and smile-inducing.

Former Hero lends his thoughtful creative process to San Holo‘s “surface” via a new remix. The UK producer spends the majority of the track’s introduction building a serene soundscape for the listener to bask in. What’s unexpected, though, is the burst of energy just after the two-minute mark.

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein remixes ROSALÍA, ATTLAS continues to preview upcoming LP + 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.

Photo credit: Jorge Meza Photos

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

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


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…

AMTRAC soars on upcoming LP’s debut single, ‘Between The Lines’

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AMTRAC soars on upcoming LP’s debut single, ‘Between The Lines’AMTRAC Photo Credit Grant Spanier

As 2019 comes to a close, many producers look to the new year for new beginnings and—if fans are lucky—a whole slew of new tunes. This looks to be true for AMTRAC, who’s revealed the debut single from his forthcoming sophomore album, landing in early 2020.

“Between The Lines” is a heavenly preview of what’s been nearly nine years in the making. AMTRAC recorded his own vocals for this one and opens the track with a dramatic piano melody, thrumming bassline, and infectious lyrics. A sparkling synth theme leads the listener into the more dance music-oriented segment of the song, demonstrating the artist’s production range.

“It’s been a lot of trial and error, things coming together and falling apart, not really feeling comfortable with it,” the producer told Billboard about the forthcoming album. “I finally got to a place where it feels like it needs to get out there, because I can’t just keep working on it forever.”

Oddyssey is due out in early 2020.

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