Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 64

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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.


There’s something so intriguingly uplifting about this remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Happiness Amplified” with Richard Bedford. Josep takes the original’s infectious melody and amplifies it (pardon the pun) with a guitar riff that adds a whole new level to an already incredible track. Bedford’s optimistic vocals carry this compelling remix in a powerful way, as it transforms from a trance track to a progressive rock-inspired rework.

warner case‘s good time heart dance arrived just a few days ago, featuring two tracks primed for both easy listening and the dance floor. After delivering “good time” in September with Zak Downtown, the New York artist returns in full force to shore up the full EP via the lighthearted “heart dance.” This one is highlighted by spunky horn stabs and an irresistibly groovy beat. Spencer Ludwig lends his vocals to the EP’s second track, launching “heart dance” into its full funky potential.

Hidden Face isn’t messing around on his latest pieces of work. The Parisian artist has been diving deep into the melancholy dance music realm, channeling ZHU-like vibes with his mystery-shrouded melodies. His newest, “You Don’t Know,” is another dominant display of his style. A minimalist bouncing beat contrasts with vocals that call out, “you don’t know.” Hidden Face takes the time to let each note sink in, and that’s perhaps part of what makes his style so compelling.

Hillsdom and Novokan3 make their return to Pilot Records with a two-part collection of drum & bass goodies. “Obsession” and “Colours” impeccably showcase their style of drum & bass: laid-back and packed with emotion. In “Obsession,” they create a mellow atmosphere that features warped, wonky synths and emotive vocals. A mid-song interlude takes a break from percussion to deliver a smooth-gliding melody before then ramping back up into a rapid drum & bass rhythm.

This. Goes. So. Hard. Known for his well-crafted soundscapes, Au5 takes on Detroit industrial artist Celldweller‘s “Eon.” This seven-minute venture rattles the ribcage with its grinding dubstep elements, intensified by Celldweller’s screamo interludes. Fondly dubbed “metalstep” by a SoundCloud commenter, this classification seems to fit this heavy hybrid perfectly. Both artists’ otherworldly styles mesh incredibly in this remix, highlighting the best of each of their talents. Color me impressed.

Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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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 will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Au5 makes his Monstercat return with ‘The Journey’ ft Trove

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Au5 (real name, Austin Collins) has been wielding his atmospheric dubstep and bass music of all varieties since his training as a classical pianist led him to study electronic production as a teenager. His transcendent sea of releases is brimming with Monstercat‘s emblem, though until now he had been releasing elsewhere and independently for a few years’ hiatus from the imprint.

His latest track and reacquaintance with the Canadian label, “The Journey,” illuminates Au5’s tender tendencies. With steady metronome clicks, pensive piano chords, and Trove’s delicate vocals, the song takes its rightful place alongside Monstercat’s extensive catalog of dreamy downtempo. However, the track is not deficient of its fair share of vigor, exploding into a sun burst of jaunting chillstep around the two-minute mark.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 50

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Serbian trance and progressive producer Vintage & Morelli doesn’t often dip his toes into drum & bass, but when he does, the product is unparalleled. “Beyond the Horizon,” part one of a two-track EP that just came out via Silk Music, exudes tranquil melodies that the producer juxtaposes brilliantly with track’s swift drum & bass pattern. He wastes no time, building a mystical aura from the first few seconds of the song. It’s simultaneously calming and invigorating and leads perfectly into the EP’s second track, “Autumn.”


For their latest original, A R I Z O N A take a throwback alt-rock approach. The Jersey trio dig deep into the ’80s for “What She Wants,” and the result is stunning. Singer Zach’s voice shines in this song as he exhibits an impressive range, switching seamlessly from the verses’ deeper tones to delicate crooning in the bridge to a powerful chorus. “What She Wants” closely follows last month’s “Freaking Out,” which also showcased a nostalgic, emotive ambiance. There’s a beautiful music video that accompanies the latest single, which can be found here.


Known for their tantalizing remixes of EDM greats like Illenium and Seven Lions, Crystal Skies have teamed up with Au5 to create an otherworldly collaboration, “Cataclysm.” Packed with ethereal melodies and spacey wubs, the trio deliver their listeners straight to outer space. The song touts hefty bass and heavy drops, satisfying both bass music lovers and those who revel in intricate melodies and outstanding sound design.


NoCopyrightSounds has delivered a soulful drum & bass heater from Showdown as one of their latest releases. IMAN‘s vocals kick off the track in fine fashion, leading the listener directly into a bold combination of brassy horn stabs and a furious drum & bass beat. “Freedom” is a powerful number from start to finish, with each of the track’s components working together to create an authoritative drum & bass atmosphere.


Two new originals from The Midnight in less than a month? Not quite sure what we did to deserve this, but these two synthwave angels have descended once again, this time delivering “America 2.” This subdued retro track is full of hope, with artwork depicting an abandoned ’80s-style mall and a sign that says “permanently closed.” Tyler Lyle’s vocals tell the tale of going to look for “America 2,” backed by the duo’s signature guitar melodies and wavy synths. It’s a gorgeous addition to their discography and an incredible follow-up to last month’s “Lost Boy.”

Illenium Releases Awake Remix Album

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A year ago, Illenium launched his sophomore album, Awake, with huge success. Rightfully so, since the album contained such hits as Fractures, Crawl Outta Love, and Sound Of Walking Away, just to name a few. With complex melodies and raw emotion, the album really took Illenium to the next level. Yesterday Illenium released the Awake

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Illenium stuns with 15-track remix package for ‘Awake’

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Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.

Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.

From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.

The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.

Seven Lions unveils two-track remix pack for ‘Oceans’

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Fans of Jeff Montalvo’s emotive line of dubstep certainly have no reason to fret as Seven Lions has been on the prowl lately. With a 42-stop Journey 2 tour ahead of him, along with the launch of his own record label, Ophelia, and several new releases under his belt this year, Montalvo has become a gentle predator and 2018 is his prey.

Earlier this year, Seven Lions released one of his newly minted cornerstone tracks, “Ocean,” with Jason Ross and Jonathan Mendelsohn. He now unveils a powerful remix package for the single, featuring reinterpretations of the track from Au5 and Grant. Colorado-based producer Au5 brings an electrifying twist to the original, resulting in a glitchy-bass rendition of the track. On the other side of the coin is the upbeat, refreshing jolt of color and pop sensibility that Grant brings to “Ocean,” resulting in a version sure to be a summertime fan favorite.

Seven Lions, Jason Ross, and Au5 will all be hitting the road together this fall on The Journey 2 tour, along with additional support from MitiS.

Last Heroes Create Melodic Dubstep Gold in Dimensions

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Last Heroes have dropped Dimensions, a MONSTER melodic dubstep track. In a genre that was labeled dead, or at least dying, two young producers on the scene have breathed a bit of life. Surely I am joking, by no means has the genre ever been in any trouble, with artists around like Seven Lions, Said

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 40

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


In his Landscapes & Dimensions album earlier this year, Hungarian producer Aeron Aether showcased his production prowess through a diverse series of tracks. About halfway through the compilation, he switched gears from ethereal, dreamy soundscapes to an energetic drum & bass song that caught my ear. “Pusaar,” like the rest of the album’s tracks, builds beautifully, dropping the listener into a dramatic fast-paced rhythm just a little after the minute mark.


In the second Silk Music release of this playlist, we have the latest from Jay FM: an elegant progressive house tune from his brand new Timeless EP. This six-minute venture is a meditatively peaceful piece, led by a graceful synth melody and accompanying piano. Periodic vocals assert the emotive qualities of “Good Times,” ensuring its listeners are taken on an introspective journey.


In April 2014, Au5 released a heavy track called “Reiteration.” His galactic wubs and expert sound design wowed in this production — so much so that he’s revived it for a VIP rendition for 2018. The Colorado producer shines in this powerful mix of dubstep and drum & bass, bringing “Reiteration” into 2018 with a burst of energy and vibrancy.


Hoodboi‘s seven-track Breathing Room EP is just days old . Throughout the EP, he brings on exceptional collaborators that bring diverse elements to the already-stellar collection of songs. “Drowning” with Djemba Djemba and Julius is a personal favorite from this EP. Beautiful harmonies and complementary synths weave a colorful web of emotion, making “Drowning” a clear standout for me.


For his latest, Dion Timmer has stepped away from rowdy dubstep and into a light, upbeat original perfectly primed for the high energy of the soundtrack it’s featured on: Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3. Since first listen, the infectious melody has echoed in my head, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of releases coming from the Dutch producer.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 28

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


I’m a sucker for Owl City and a sucker for melodic dubstep. Culture Code, in his latest, has combined both of these into one blissful piece of music: a remix of the iconic singer’s “Lucid Dream.” His dramatic style works perfectly with Adam Young‘s vocals, giving the track a gorgeous, magical vibe that pulls the listener further into the dreamy atmosphere of the original track.


Over the past few months, STéLOUSE has been flexing his versatility with everything from a remix of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke” to this anthemic original, “Nobody Told Me.” He and collaborator David Davis have poured their hearts and souls into this song, and it shows. Davis’ stellar vocal performance, backed by bold production from STéLOUSE, make for an impeccable pairing.


Approaching Nirvana‘s latest, “Deep Dark Blue,” starts off simply enough. With emotive vocals and a simple guitar melody, his new original could go anywhere, but the chosen path (much to my delight) is drum & bass. Around the minute mark, the producer surprises the listener with an intense synth melody that quickly builds into a rushing rhythm.


I did a double take when I first heard Kalide and Bianca’s “Fall Away” because I thought the vocalist was Rihanna. Bianca has an absolutely beautiful voice, and paired with intricately crafted production from Kalide, “Fall Away” is pure beauty. Bianca takes the reins on the verses, and Kalide brings in a melodic synth-filled chorus throughout the track, making for a perfect balance.


Au5‘s “I Miss You” is such an addicting track, so its remixes are bound to follow suit. This one by PREFEKT does a complete 180 on the original, as the Swedish producer forgoes the heavy dubstep elements for a bouncing beat and a smattering of glitchy electro elements. Its funky atmosphere gives the song a completely new vibe, presenting Kenny Raye’s vocals in a whole new way.