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…

Au5 & Nasty Purple Broaden Horizons With New Single “Funk Ain’t Even”

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Au5 is back on WAKAAN with a seriously tasty new collaboration. The Colorado-based classically trained producer and musician has teamed up with Nasty Purple for the downright addictive ‘Funk Ain’t Even.’ With a slapping groove and disco-edge vocals, this tune plays on old-school funk whilst injecting a hefty dose of stomping bass. Au5, Nasty Purple

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Monstercat reveals ‘Best of 2019’ list, voted on by fans

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After a few days of hard-fought voting, Monstercat fans have selected their top 40 songs of 2019.

The Canadian label revealed that fans picked RIOT‘s “Blackwater” as their No. 1 song of 2019, followed by Bossfight‘s “Overdose” and Grant‘s “Wishes.” This is the second year in a row that RIOT has topped the Monstercat charts, with 2018’s “Overkill” making its mark last year. Other notable releases on the charts include Pegboard Nerds‘ “Gunslinga” and Pixel Terror‘s “Amnesia,” which follow Bossfight and Grant, respectively. Voting for the annual list opened Dec. 3 and closed Dec. 5, and fans were able to vote for up to 10 songs.

In addition to the label’s fan-voted Best of 2019 list, listeners can find Monstercat staff picks in the latest episode of Call of the Wild.

Au5 is back with gorgeous four-track EP, ‘Dusk’

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Hailing from New Jersey, Austin Collins (Au5) is a frequent Monstercat-associated artist with a dedicated fanbase built around his beautiful soundscapes. He’s soared through 2019 with multiple releases, festival appearances, and even a feature on Andrew Huang’s “Four Producers Flip the Same Sample” YouTube series. As November draws to a close, he’s blessed us with a brand new four-track EP featuring rising star Nori.

Dusk opens with “Sunset,” an energetic and feel-good tune exquisitely complemented by the talented vocals of Nori. “Dusk,” after which the EP is named, takes a step back, relinquishing some of the prior energy in favor of warm, soothing chords partnered with infectious vocals. Au5’s exceptional production pairs perfectly with Nori’s voice, creating an immersive experience that ought to be heard in its entirety from start to finish.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 118

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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


The countdown to UKF10 continues, and with it comes the arrival of a new Mat Zo tune. This drum ‘n’ bass tune with some Latin flair sprinkled in is one of the producer’s most refreshing tunes to date. “Games” is both cool and collected and rambunctious and bold. Mat Zo holds nothing back and does so with style.

Drum&BassArena‘s newest release comes from Kove, a talented staple in today’s drum ‘n’ bass scene. The UK producer has followed up August’s grinding release on the label, “The Motor,” with “The Music,” an energetic piece that plays more into the more vocal-based side of Kove’s production. A frenzied vocal rings out over the powerful rhythm, drawing the listener in.

UKF continues to unleash heaters leading up to the UKF10 release on Nov. 29, including T & Sugah‘s “Never Be Alone,” which debuted earlier this week. This smooth dnb tune kicks off with a compelling vocal, quickly building to the commanding tune it soon morphs into. T & Sugah continue to dominate the scene, no matter what label they’re releasing on.

Au5 and Nori‘s Dusk EP hit the airwaves on Nov. 22. The four-track EP is an exploratory compilation that shows a different facet of Au5’s production. “Nori and I wanted to create a work that’s musically different all while exploring where the depths of one’s emotions can take us,” Au5 said of the release.

Dombresky has revealed an uplifting, empowering new house track called “Trust The Process” on Insomniac. The producer told Billboard the track “is not just about literally trusting the process in life, but about believing in yourself along the way.” It features a groovy piano melody, infectious beat, and irresistible vocals and leaves the listener no choice but to feel optimistic upon listening.

Lunar Lunes: R3HAB reveals new CYB3RPVNK single, Madeaux releases ‘ME & U’ + more

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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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 114

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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


New Gramatik always makes for a good day. The funk maestro’s latest piece of work is the eight-track Re:Coil, Pt. II, which includes tracks like “Don’t Give Up.” He taps the vocal talents of Ryan Shaw and ProbCause to polish off a piece of music that’s soulful, hopeful, and groovy.

Also releasing an eight-track body of work on Oct. 25 is StayLoose, who’s unveiled his Bad Star album. This contemplative compilation pulls together some of the artist’s best work to date, like the otherworldly “Deadspace” that’s dripping with mystery and a subtle feeling of melancholy.

Au5 takes to Metanoia Music for the release of his new single, “For You”—an emotive, romantic piece that strongly reflects Au5 in his prime. The vocals are sweet, and the production (as always) is top-of-the-line. He even goes for a completely different feel nearly four minutes into the song, showing just how far he can take the songs he creates.

Wilkinson is back swinging, coming through with a new single for UKF‘s 10th birthday celebration. “Machina” has a gorgeous introduction that allows the producer build the world he’s constructing for “Machina” to take place in. A vocal drop at the minute mark delivers the listener into intense drum ‘n’ bass madness—a Wilkinson specialty.

Grammy-nominated dance act Fatum takes the reins on the latest Win and Woo original, putting together a bold remix on Armada of “Here U R.” The original song had a mellow, slow-groovy feel to it, but Fatum give the tune a darker spin.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex remixes Kelsey Lu, Drezo returns with ‘Afterlife’ + 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.

The second-to-last NMF of May brings fresh material from Skrillex in the form of a Kelsey Lu remix. Drezo returns to drag his fans to the depths with a new original, “Afterlife,” and Spencer Brown delivers “Sapporo” as the title track for his new EP. Andrew Bayer brings two new tracks to Anjuna, including “Only You Boy,” and Kygo teams up with Chelsea Cutler for “Not Ok.” Chris Lake enters the summer months with a new groovy number, “Stay With Me,” and Nora En Pure fills her latest release with lush melodies and a breezy atmosphere. i_o takes on Above & Beyond in a formidable new extended mix, and Flux Pavilion joins forces with Nevve for “Lion’s Cage.” Borgeous links with RUNAGROUND for “Better Anyway,” and Chase & Status cook up some fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass on “Murder Music.” After debuting “Dragonfly” with DA earlier this week, Au5 releases his new LP, and Benny Benassi puts his own spin on Patrick Martin’s “Stranger Nights.” Curbi delivers some feisty new house music in “Flip It” and DVBBS rework Steve Aoki’s “Play It Cool.” Cedric Gervais returns with “Take You In,” and Don Diablo unveils a VIP mix of Jessie J’s “Brave.”

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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Exclusive: Au5 previews forthcoming LP with ‘Dragonfly’

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In the days leading up to his Divinorum LP release, Colorado producer Au5 has been slowly unveiling singles from the compilation, showcasing his meticulous dubstep style in its finest form.

He follows up the releases of “Stargate,” “Divinorum,” and “Mesmerize” with the latest: “Dragonfly” with Evoke. The album’s fourth track leads in with a slow build and drifting vocals. Evoke asserts himself from the get-go, demonstrating the sheer power that’s to come from the remainder of the song. The bridge gives a false sense of calm before casting the listener into a deep sea of shimmering synths and bass at the drop. Over the course of the song’s seven minutes, Au5 takes his listeners on a tumultuous sonic roller coaster, soaring above the clouds and diving deep under the earth.

From the looks of “Dragonfly” and its predecessors, Divinorum will see Au5 illustrate his most detailed and intricate work yet, spanning 10 songs that’ve been three years in the making.

Divinorum in this context translates to ‘[things] of the divine.’ The album is about a journey traversing through a series of different realms beyond reality,” the producer says of the compilation.

Divinorum will be the producer’s first solo LP since 2011’s Anchus Definy. Like Anchus Definy, Divinorum will be self-released and is out May 24.

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.