Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 105

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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


Pauline Herr has truly been thriving in 2019, producing everything from a cover of “Skinny Love” to her newest original, “Long Gone.” The single simmers with the passion of love lost, and Herr’s emotive vocals tug at listeners’ heartstrings from the first words.

These are exciting times to be a Fox Stevenson fan. The producer just announced his debut LP, killjoy, set to arrive Oct. 18. Among the 13 tracks is his latest single, “Hold Steady,” which shows how the artist has honed his sound over the years to find a voice that’s all his own.

Haywyre‘s music takes many different forms, so each release is a new experience. In his latest, he’s “exploring some of the darker themes for the next chapter of Panorama,” he said in the track’s description. “I was expressing the frustrations I felt for disappointing myself and others around me, and it ended up giving me more confidence to make better decisions.”

Horn masters Brasstracks have teamed up with vocalist Kyle Dion for a slow-grooving new original, “Professional.” The New York City-based duo call this tune “the beginning of a new chapter,” and what an exciting first chapter it is. It’s effortlessly funky, soulful, and filled to the brim with talent.

Drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights Camo & Krooked never seem to sleep, churning out quality tune after quality tune on labels like Hospital Records. The Austrian duo teamed up with Mefjus for their newest piece of work, taking drum ‘n’ bass to new heights with this unpredictable new tune.

Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + 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.

Just one week after the release of his massive “R U I N” collab with 1788-L, Ekali returns with an emotive remix of Alina Baraz and Khalid‘s “Floating.” Rusko brings a new body of work to Deadbeats in MEGARAD, and Hermitude links with Hoodlem for the slow-burning “Every Day.” K?d throws it back with a grinding remix of SMF’s 2011 “HAHAHA,” and Modestep and Virtual Riot make a formidable trio in their new Disciple release, “Nothing.” Brasstracks paint a soulful soundscape with a slew of smooth releases in their new R&B-oriented EP, Before We Go, and KDrew unleashes his first track of the year, “Sometimes.” Apashe takes no prisoners in his new The Good The Bad & The Fake EP, and KUURO take on 3LAU and HYO in a new remix of “Punk Right Now.” Two Friends put their own spin on Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes,” and Grabbitz turns The Japanese House’s “Lilo” into an upbeat wonder. Justice Skolnik throws it back more than a decade with a fresh take on Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E,” and Phantoms tap Shaylen for “Are You Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Brandon Artis Photography

Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + 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.

In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 70

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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. Check back next week for her annual favorite tracks of the year playlist!


I was a big fan of Tim Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD‘s original “Gold,” so a recent remix of the track by SNOWMASS intrigued me. The wintery producer has added a chilling melodic dubstep touch to the original, adding in a gorgeous whirlwind introduction of synth melodies leading up to the drop. This pleasing rendition, while much different from its predecessor, maintains the same aura of mystery and wonder as the original — just in a different form.

It’s been nearly two and a half decades since the release of Desree’s “You Gotta Be,” and artists are still picking up on its timeless vocals and message today. New Jersey producer Aylen is the latest to put his own spin on the iconic number, bolstering its bold theme with an easygoing house beat.

Scotland’s Last Island is closing out 2018 in a big way: with a massive remix of The 1975. This rework is effortlessly funky and primed to take over a dance floor. “I’ve always loved The 1975,” Last Island says of the track. “With their latest album, this track stood out to me the most… the line ‘Love It If We Made It’ is so infectious, creating a track ’round it was so much fun and it fell into place perfectly.”

Camo & Krooked‘s “History of the Future” first made its debut in 2010, but given its re-release on Audioporn Records’ 10 Years of Audioporn Records compilation, I’ve deemed now a great time to re-recognize its greatness. This successful duo has been pushing drum & bass boundaries for well over a decade, and tracks like “History of the Future” are perfect examples of just how timeless the genre can be.

New York duo Brasstracks have been all across the continent this year, giving eager fans earfuls of powerful, dynamic horns. They close out their 2018 by bringing the sounds of the season in “Snowdaze,” a collaboration with Charles Gaines. “Snowdaze” paints a serene soundscape of gliding vocals and lush horns rounding out the background for a full, rich R&B number. Its relaxing tone encourages — and rightfully so — everyone to slow down this holiday season and take in the soulful tones of tracks like these. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Brasstracks pay homage to Kendrick Lamar with ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ medley

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Many were inspired by the release of Kendrick Lamar‘s second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, in 2012. Among those still inspired six years later are New York duo Brasstracks, who’ve been stunning the world with their horn-infused takes on hit tracks like Drake‘s “In My Feelings,” along with their own hip-hop and R&B originals they’ve recently taken on the road.

Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne embarked on their debut headlining tour earlier this year and were listening to Lamar’s full discography while on the road. Remarking that the album that still resonates the most with them is Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Jackson and Rayne had the idea to make an ode to the album by putting a medley together.

“Good Kid, Brass City” was released on October 22 in its eight-minute entirety and has been met with enthusiasm by fans who’ve embraced the medley’s creative nostalgia.

“Most of the songs on the project have a really healthy relationship between jazz and hip-hop,” the duo said of their medley. “It was pretty easy for us as jazz musicians turned hip-hop producers, to go into the studio with all of our friends and make some magic happen based on what Kendrick did in 2012. This was honestly just fun for us. If anybody else really digs it, Kendrick hears it or something crazy, that’s just a bonus. Because this was an amazing project for us to do.”

View a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Good Kid, Brass City” here.

Brasstracks release their soul-packed EP, ‘For Those Who Know Pt.II’

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For Those Who Know” the soul infused duo, Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums) of Brasstracks, today comes as a special day. They’ve release their 5-track For Those Who Know Pt.II EP that shimmers as much as it shines. The work gives three new tracks, and flaunts an attractive line-up of new features like Thirdstory and X’avier Omar, along with repeat features from the likes of S’natra and Robert Glasper.

On each track Brasstracks guide the listener through funky trumpet melodies, jazzy pianos, and expert level percussion, which leaves the listener in musical bliss, feeling almost as if they had just left a worship service where people are dancing, singing, and letting themselves be free. This EP oozes style and attention to detail at every turn, and will be in high demand during their last couple tour dates this year.

See tour dates and get tickets here.

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Brasstracks team up with Thirdstory for ‘Too Far, Too Fast’

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The Brooklyn-based duo Brasstracks, composed of Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Ivan Rayne (drums), have conquered their effortlessly groovy style that combine styles all the way from jazz and R&B to electronic elements. Fans have anxiously been awaiting their next EP, For Those Who Know Part II, which will be fully released on Aug. 24, and will feature Robert Glasper, S’natra, Xavier Omär and Thirdstory.

To tide over fans, the guys have released their second single, “Too Far, Too Fast,” featuring Thirdstory. The brassy duo have teamed up with the NYC-based pop trio, known for touring with Chance The Rapper as the backing band for his 2017 Be Encouraged Tour. The track exemplifies all that Brasstracks has grown into with heavy R&B influence, from soulful piano and crispy percussion, to a topline that will catches the ear with every turn.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 48

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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.


Oliver Nelson is back with another polished disco tune. In “Talk,” Linae’s glossy vocals complement Nelson’s production perfectly, creating a disco atmosphere that’s both modern and retro. The original comes as the Swedish producer’s first release since his January collaboration with Tobtok, “99 Red Balloons.”


I stumbled across a visionary trio a few days ago and was intrigued by the combination of synthwave and Fleetwood Mac. Brooklyn musicians Jaguar Dreams used “simple instruments and modern machines to feed the primitive appetite for dance” in this cover, and it’s a dreamy, gorgeous wonderland. Did I mention that this is their first release ever? The future is bright for this trio.


No matter the feelings toward Drake‘s smash hit “In My Feelings” and its accompanying viral dance movement, listeners will surely appreciate this take from talented brass aficionados Brasstracks. Abandoning Drizzy’s vocals for bright horn stabs, the duo have crafted an infectious rendition that’s packed with power and energy.


Party Ghost‘s venture into darker music has led to some incredible productions. His latest, “Cloak and Dagger,” is completely unpredictable. It gathers momentum slowly, building and dropping into pounding, shadowy bass, followed by another surprise that hits just before the two-minute mark. Incorporating dubstep and heavy wobbles into the final part of the track, Party Ghost demonstrates there’s nothing he can’t do.


Rameses B has been on a roll this year, dolling out one drum & bass masterpiece after another. For his latest, though, he’s followed up his January Spacewalk album with its second installation: Spacewalk II: Zero Gravity. This psytrance track, “Space Race,” is perhaps one of the most upbeat of the album and is both delicate and complex at the same time. “We are explorers and diverge with grace because no matter which path we choose we end up exactly where we need to be,” he says of the album. “Music can tell that story and this music can help us get there.” Couldn’t agree more.

Brasstracks release soulful new tune, ‘Stay There’

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Whenever a Brasstracks song comes on it’s almost like being transported to the past, into a church full of instrumental music and, most importantly, soul.

The Grammy-winning duo comprised of Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums), brilliantly managed channel the spirit of older music, while completely revamping it and turning it into something brand new.

With both of them being classically trained musicians, it’s no surprise that the duo seamlessly creates catchy tunes full of silky smooth horns, R&B feels and percussion so good that goosebumps start to form. Now, they grace speakers with “Stay There,” featuring Xavier Omär, which comes as the lead single off of their upcoming EP, For Those Who Know Pt. II.

“Stay There” is an anthem that speaks to leaving the past in the past. With vibrant and uplifting trumpet melodies along with a funky fresh bassline, the duo create the perfect space for Omär to come and shine all over the track with his sultry voice. The three of them together might just be better than Corona and lime, but who knows…crack one open and listen and see if its true.

Trombone takes center stage in Alexander Lewis’ new hip-hop EP

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In February 2017, Alexander Lewis released the first track from what would later become the seven-track Omni EP. The iconic “March” track has since garnered more than 1 million SoundCloud streams, wowing listeners with its uniquely bold trombone stabs. In the many months since that initial release, the musician has continued to unveil pieces of the EP, including the intense “Clockwise” with Nick Row.

Now, Omni is out in full. It includes collaborations with fellow brass enthusiasts Brasstracks, rappers S’natra and Armani White, and many more. Smooth vocals, hip-hop beats, and bright instrumentals unite in this beautifully genre-smashing collection of originals.