Lil Nas X, DaBaby, Kaytranada make the cut on Barack Obama’s best of 2019 playlist

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True to his annual tradition, Barack Obama has shared a playlist of his favorite releases of 2019. As in past years, the 44th President of the United States highlights a diverse array of songs spanning a variety of genres. On the hip-hop end, Obama issues a nod to DJ Mustard‘s Migos feature, “Pure Water,” J. Cole‘s “Middle Child,” and DaBaby‘s “Suge,” among other high profile works from the genre, such as Frank Ocean‘s “In My Room.”

A genre-fluid goodie bag of speaker-satiating singles, Obama’s playlist embraces Lil Nas X‘s viral hit, “Old Town Road (Remix),” and additionally features some multilingual flair, courtesy of Ozuna‘s “Baila Baila Baila (Remix),” and the Rollo Tomasi rework of Angélique Kidjo’s “La Vida Es Un Carnaval.” The year-concluding collection also includes productions from Maggie Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, Koffee, Lizzo, and other artists.

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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…

Anjunadeep closes out the decade with extensive ‘Best of 2019’ mix [Stream]

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With less than a week remaining in the year, beloved Above & Beyond imprint Anjunadeep has gifted the world with a belated but sure to be treasured Christmas present: a nine-hour “Best of 2019” mix.

The lengthy mix looks back on some of the label’s most esteemed tunes of the past 12 months via a compilation of mixes from the course of the year. It kicks off with a March mix from Marsh, which comprises the first 12 or so tracks. Over the next several hours, fans are treated to mixes from James Grant, Luttrell, Simon Doty, and Lane 8.

While listeners may recall some of the mixes from past Anjunadeep editions, this extensive mix pulls countless tracks into one gargantuan episode to sum up the wildly successful year the imprint has enjoyed. Stream it in its entirety below.

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The Best Trance Of 2019 – A Year In Review

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Well, folks, it’s almost the end of 2019, the end of a decade, and it’s time for us all to reflect back on the year that was. I don’t like to look in the past, but for music, I feel you hear SOOO much new music that it’s easy to forget a track or completely

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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.

Sebastian Park Brings Us Back To The Summer With “Take Me Away (Bali Sunset Mix)”

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Even though the summer draws close for almost all of us, the thought of warm tropical breezes and late, chilled out beach nights never leaves our minds. Sebastian Park feels the same way, and has brought us a deep and melodic journey into music with his new track ‘Take Me Away’ (Bali Sunset Mix)’. A

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‘In Search Of Sunrise 15’ Continues It’s Path As The Greatest Trance Series Ever

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Outta-nowhere, last year’s surprise ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ caught the trance scene at large with a classic ‘gotcha’. Cloaked throughout its production, “the greatest trance series of them all”, hailed by most, sprang back from the release wilderness. While it’d received a new triple DJ/mix reshape, what hadn’t changed (lest it needs saying!) was its greatest

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Petey Mac Is Back With Vibrant New House Single, “Dance With Me”

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Petey Mac has had quite a year. The Seattle based artist has provided an official remix for legendary Trance artist Shane 54, earned a premiere from Triple J Radio on his previous single “Love Is The Answer”, which has racked up over 400,000 streams and was featured on Spotify’s Mint, Dance Rising, and Housewerk playlists.

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TaylorX & Corey Atony Bring The Deep Vibes On ‘Superpowers’

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Have you ever felt like you had superpowers? Well, two familiar faces in TaylorX & Corey Atony have joined forces on Gameroom to give you an anthem for those mighty times with Superpowers. A stark turn from Taylor’s last Gameroom tune, this time he brings the signature future deep sound that’s making waves throughout the

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ToonSquad and LAV8 Release ‘Waste Time’ Featuring BAER

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As a follow up to ToonSquad’s “Save The World” and LAV8’s “Distance,” the two producers have joined together to release the majestic new single “Waste Time.” For this chilled out new single, ToonSquad and LAV8 went with the soothing vocals of BAER. “When ToonSquad sent me their original track, the first feelings I felt upon

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