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.

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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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass Playlist

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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.


There’s just something about drum ‘n’ bass that’s always spoken to my soul. I remember hearing my first Pendulum song a decade ago and thinking “what on earth is this, and where can I get more?”

The genre began making its way into the electronic music sphere in the early 1990s, right around the time I was born. Its rapid breakbeats took over London and Bristol, ramping up the jungle and rave scene to 160-180 BPM. While still more widespread in the UK to this day, the genre has slowly trickled into the United States EDM scene. We still have a long way to go before drum ‘n’ bass artists are regularly installed as main stage performers at major US festivals, but there’s so much to discover and embrace in the US drum ‘n’ bass scene (I see you, Flite and Boxplot). There’s also an endless stream of quality dnb being churned out overseas, with imprints like RAM Records, Hospital Records, and Liquicity Records as strong as ever in their supporters and fan base.

I regularly tell people that have never really gotten into drum ‘n’ bass to just try. It’s a diverse and ever-evolving genre, full of sub-genres and offshoots. I guarantee you’ll find something you like in some format. Dig through the 100-song playlist I’ve compiled to celebrate 100 installments of this series to see if there’s something there for you!

Thank you, drum ‘n’ bass, for your tireless energy, emotive vocals, and the ability you always have to yank me out of a bad mood and reignite my love for electronic music in today’s day and age. Here’s to you, and the brilliant artists who create you.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 94

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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.


One week ago, Madnap and Yetep revealed an absolutely show-stopping collaboration with Miranda Glory. “It’s Just You” is an emotive journey through Glory’s shimmering vocals, interspersed with dramatic breakdowns and heavy synthwork. The powerful instrumentals were what first hooked me on this tune, but as I’ve listened to it over and over again, I’ve come to truly appreciate the harmonious contrast of Glory’s soothing vocals and the forceful production.

Kramder continues to thrill with a steady stream of infectious house releases. For his latest, he’s taken to Uprise Music for some disco-infused production. “No Time To Be” is a steady-rocking funk tune that uses choppy vocals and a grooving beat to lure the listener in. In his latest release, the French producer has developed a fun, retro edge to his style, helping pave the way for the reemergence of disco elements in today’s house music.

For her new remix package, MARINA has tapped celebrated producer Claptone for a sultry house spin. This dark and moody rendition of “Orange Trees” deviates from the summery atmosphere of the original, which MARINA created to pay homage to the island she grew up on in Greece. Claptone dives to the depths of the nearby ocean on his remake, creating an almost somber backdrop with a deep bassline and shadowy synth melodies.

After six years, Camo & Krooked have made their return to Hospital Records with “Loa.” According to UKF, this new single was “inspired by Haitian voodoo rituals” and Haitian instruments, making for a drum ‘n’ bass song that’s in a league of its own. The introduction is complex and compelling, leaving the listener wondering what’s in store and what the drop will be like. With a unique and addictive drop, fans will find themselves racing through the jungle as the duo paints a vivid sonic picture with their impeccable production.

Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018 continues to inspire us with an impressive showing so far in 2019. He follows up his debut LP, Irene, and February’s “Mr. Skitters” with a gorgeous remix of Local Natives’ “When Am I Gonna Lose You.” Medasin’s dreamy style fits in perfectly with the nostalgic feel of Local Natives’ music. Medasin’s subtle trap beat paired with falsetto and pensive harmonies are a match made in heaven.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77

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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.


After a slew of impressive originals in 2018, Mielo kicks off his 2019 with the first single from his debut EP, “ILY.” His contemplative style is beautifully exhibited here, ands he teams up with vocalist Sarah De Warren to bring an even more heavenly element to the tune. Gorgeous piano melodies and dreamy synths create a perfect backdrop for the vocals and subdued percussion in “ILY.” Mielo leaves listeners wanting more with this one, and it serves as an introspective precursor to the forthcoming EP.

Speaking of first singles from new EPs, Haywyre has returned to kick off his funky-fresh Panorama: Form EP with “Let Me Hear That.” This one, like much of his music, is irresistibly groovy. It’s packed full of lively piano and synth melodies that embody Haywyre’s sound in every way. He’s categorized this surefire hit as “maximum funk,” and rightly so. It’ll be tricky to get this one out of your head.

Camo & Krooked are putting themselves on the map with the release of “Atlas.” This one manages to contain the powerful, wall-busting energy their tracks tend to have, bottling it carefully with meticulous production. Its journey-like qualities truly make the title appropriate, and the prolonged introduction builds anticipation in a spectacular way. When the drop hits, the listener is taken on a wild ride of dramatic drum & bass rhythms and thrilling themes.

House heavy-hitter Dustycloud has returned to deliver yet another powerful number. The Parisian powerhouse looks to be asserting his dominance in 2019 with “Brave,” which pounds the listener with copious doses of bass right from the get-go. He gives a brief taste of what to expect in the beginning before diving into a deep canyon of bass. A restrained break in the middle of the song gives the listener a brief chance to catch their breath again before the bass again takes over. It’s pure intensity.

Fans of i_o know that he’s been teasing a massive collaboration with Tommy Trash for weeks. “Let Me Go” has finally arrived on mau5trap, much to the delight of those who’ve been waiting seemingly for ages (read: me). The dance floor-primed track reunites the two producers, who first collaborated on “Oxygen” in 2017. They’ve tapped the gorgeous vocals of songstress Daisy Guttridge to deliver this silky-smooth progressive track—and it’s well worth the wait.

NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + 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.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

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: Annika Berglund

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!

Lunar Lunes: Hermitude brings blissful beats, Protostar and Muzzy captivate in new collab, DROELOE and Sem ‘face the sea’ together + 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 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 selection of tunes includes new releases from Nora En Pure to TroyBoi to Morgan Page. Kicking off, Aussie duo Hermitude return for a blissful collaboration with Bibi Bourelly. Nora En Pure launches her Polynesia EP with a gorgeous song of the same name, and fellow beats queen WHIPPED CREAM goes from zero to 60 in “Bad For Me.” In “Facing the Sea,” DROELOE and Sem find themselves and “[acknowledge] that it’s going to be hard and that you’re going to struggle and that you should face those problems head-on.” Protostar and Muzzy hold nothing back on their new Monstercat drum & bass heater, “MELTDOWN.” Darude taps JVMIE for “Timeless,” a powerful trance number on Gareth Emery‘s Garuda.

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Shambhala announces initial 2018 lineup: Claude Von Stroke, Destructo, Feed Me, Gramatik, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, Opiuo, & more

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After celebrating a historic two decades last year, Shambhala Music Festival returns to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada, on August 10–13, 2018. Organizers of the transformational event have already dangled some tantalizing teasers in REZZThe Glitch Mob, Kyle Watson, and DJ QBert. Today, the festival announces the first phase for its 21st annual edition. 

This year’s roster will boast the first-ever Canadian debut of UK hip-hop legend Dizzee Rascal!, Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dubstep aficionado Feed Me, renowned bass renegade DESTRUCTO, crossover hip-hop/electronic producer Mr. Carmack, mysteriously masked Malaa, world-class producer Gramatik, British creator of the “purple sound” sub-genre Joker, French world-music producer Fakear, UK drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, melodic dubstep duo Adventure Club, the electrifying 2¢ project from DJ CRAZE and Four Color Zack, Mad Decent’s Boombox Cartel, electro house trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, Montreal bass music phenomenon Snails, Grammy winning live duo Brasstracks, and the glitched out Australian act OPIUO, plus many more.

Arriving as the most intriguing act of the weekend, arguably so, is 29 Palms, a collaborative side-project between Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob.

Shambhala’s full line-up will arrive April 9th. Tickets and travel packages are almost sold out, grab yours here

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Camo & Krooked – Good Times Bad Times (1991 Remix)

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British producer 1991 had an extremely solid 2017, releasing a wide selection of classy tunes ranging from traditional liquid drum & bass, while also showing off his versatility with the neurofunk heater.

Continuing his fine form from the previous year, 1991 recently dropped another high-calibre track, a remix of Camo & Krooked‘s “Good Times Bad Times.” Leaving the intro and vocals mostly untouched, 1991 has directed his efforts into converting Camo & Krooked’s silky original track into one that is quintessentially drum & bass — a fact that sees him swap out the original’s atmospheric bass drop for a more conventional dance floor-themed drop.


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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.

Check in next Friday for the Top 50 tracks of 2017 playlist!


In July, REZZ released a collaboration with an unknown artist named Knodis. “Premonition” was a mysterious, dark journey, capturing the attention of REZZ fans across the globe and leading them to wonder who this “Knodis” could be. His social media profiles disclose little, other than that he makes “space music.” Earlier this week, he released his latest original song, following his first solo venture later in July. “The Machine Is Feeling” is a complex, trippy composition that has been well worth the wait in between releases. Knodis’ use of computerized sounds truly make it sound like “The Machine Is Feeling.” I’m looking forward to hearing more from the producer in 2018.


2017 has been a year of me trying to get my hands on as much content from The Midnight as possible. The duo have created a ton of beautiful music in the past few years, inspiring other artists to remix their songs. Chillwave duo We Are All Astronauts just released their heartfelt remix of The Midnight’s “Synthetic,” an emotion-packed song from The Midnight’s 2016 album Endless Summer. Their take on “Synthetic” is a “post-rock” rendition, highlighting rare vocals from Tim McEwan over a beautiful bed of stringed instruments and piano. We Are All Astronauts have taken an already passion-filled song and brought out the best features for a refreshing — yet almost wistful — take on the song.


Around 2013/2014, Party Ghost was one of my favorite artists. His unique style of full of dancing synths and fun vocals was ahead of its time, and I looked forward to each new release. As time went on, releases from the California producer dropped off. I was thrilled when a new release popped up on SoundCloud earlier this week. “It’s been awhile since I released anything,” he says in the song description. “I wrote this song about a year ago. I feel like I changed a lot as a person and as a artist. I hope you enjoy this new song. I have many more to come.” This new track contains traces of his older music, but also brings an entirely fresh feel to it.


Drum & bass remixes are often unpredictable. I’ve been keeping an eye on 1991 since his stellar remix of Chris Lake‘s “I Want You” and was thrilled to see he’s remixed one of drum & bass’ biggest talents right now: Camo & Krooked. With an ambient introduction that highlights the vocals, 1991 takes his time to building up to a classic drum & bass drop around the two-minute mark. It’s well worth the wait, as he’s crafted a remix that is packed with energy from start to finish.


For a few years now, miƶu has been releasing top-notch remixes and originals, gathering a modest following while doing so. After finding his music through an emotive Ember Island remix last summer, I was hooked on his versatility and the pure quality of the music he was putting out. Apprehensive as I was to see he remixed Madeon, my doubts were immediately wiped away in the first few seconds of his “You’re On” remix. miƶu has created a thrilling take on the standout Adventure track — one that’s entirely different from the original. This remix toys with Kyan‘s vocals, chopping them up into a glitchy, whirling soundscape. It’s so much fun, just like the track it’s built from.


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