Camo & Krooked detail pivoting to singles, upcoming Red Bull Vienna shows, and working with Jeru The Damaja [Interview]

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For veterans holding more than 12 years of music-making, Camo & Krooked continue to ignite the drum ‘n’ bass scene with the fresh energy of newcomers. The Austrian duo consisting of Reinhard Reitsch and Markus Wagner have proved an indomitable force since their formation in 2007—signing to mammoth Hospital Records and winning the Drum&BassArena’s Best Newcomers DJs Award just three years after their debut. After captivating listeners with their explosive debut album, Above & Beyond, Camo & Krooked went on to assert themselves as ambassadors of multi-genre productions in their colorful exploration of d’n’b and its relationship to electronic music as a whole.

If d’n’b were a canvas, the color palette would be sub-genres and the painters: Camo & Krooked. Fundamentally loyal to their d’n’b roots while welcoming intuitive influences from dubstep, house, techno, grime, electro-house, and more, the d’n’b influencers have made it their standard to challenge the boundaries of genre-centric lines and push the sonic expectations exceedingly further.

They have embraced dubstep in their hit single “All Fall Down,” emulated disco in Zeitgeist, played off hip-hop in their 2019 single, “Set It Off” featuring Jeru The Damaja, and recreated their d’n’b sound with ever-cinematic expressions in their latest UKF10’s “Atlas” VIP remix. Now, with two massive orchestral Vienna shows locked in, a highly anticipated Rampage performance, and a pipeline of new music, Camo & Krooked are poised to take on 2020.

Dancing Astronaut sat down to catch up with Camo & Krooked on their pivot to single releases, insights into their Red Bull Vienna show, and the creative process behind “Set It Off.”


For a while, you were quiet on the music front, but 2019 was a massive year of releases with “Atlas,” “Sidewinder,” and recently “Set It Off” among other tracks. Will 2020 be a music-centric year as well or focus more on the tour side?

We are completely back on track musically so 2020 will continue along the lines of 2019 with lots of new music, trying to evolve in music production skills and find new directions. Really loving writing music at the moment!

You mentioned that the two of you went into studio hibernation to concentrate on new music. Do we have a new album in store? 

We are planning on working single-based, as it leaves us more freedom of creativity and we can fully concentrate on one track at a time. Writing an album of 12 tracks you have to apply new learned techniques on each of the tracks while writing over and over again, it takes lots of power and we really like the ease of releasing one tune after another at the moment, feels more up to date.

What inspiration came first for “Set It Off”—wanting to produce a hip-hop/funk-infused track or wanting to collaborate with Jeru The Damaja? 

As always, we tried to make a drop that is different to what everybody is doing at the moment, because that is basically what excites us when producing music, reinventing ourselves over and over again. After nailing it we thought that adding hip-hop flavor would give the tune more character than just your usual DJ tune. After nailing the halfstep part we approached some ’90s hip-hop legends and Jeru got back to us, being totally excited about the project!

Coming up on 12 years since you started releasing music, how has your respective approaches to the creative process evolved? 

When you start making music you imitate and recreate your favorite producers, learning all the techniques needed to find you own niche to explore. Now we feel like being in a position where, with every tune we make, we want to learn something or use new techniques, what makes the tune feel more special and valuable for us. Making simple sounds sound as pristine and big as possible and including new influences in each track.

Speaking of milestones, UKF’s decade anniversary saw your track “Atlas” on UKF10 and the release of its VIP counterpart. What elements did you want to add in remixing the cinematic aspects of the original? 

The VIP got even more cinematic actually and been influenced by the techniques we learned for the Red Bull Symphonic Show, C&K orchestra shows in Vienna beginning of February, at which we perform our biggest tunes with a 70-person symphony orchestra.

We’re just a few weeks away from the Vienna orchestra shows. How did this collaborative concept come alive and what type of experience would you like attendees to take away?

Red Bull approached us with this project and we loved the idea from the very first second. We have been working hard on it for the last three months and its going to be a really special event that no one really can say how exactly it will turn out in the end. We reworked most of our tunes to make space for the orchestral elements, so it’s not just the original tune with another layer, it’s a melting pot for both genres creating something completely unique.

Learn more about the Feb. 1 and 2 Vienna shows here.

What can we expect of your first ever back-to-back with Mefjus at Rampage 2020? 

This back-to-back was on our minds for very long already and what better platform than Rampage could you ask for as Introduction of Camo & Krooked b2b Mefjus. We will have lots of exclusive material and looking forward how the set will turn out, will start preparing soon!

Rampage 2020 has locked in an incredible program including you all. Who are you excited to see?

Lots of our friends are there and its going to be good times! Special acts are the Noisia farewell tour and the Pendulum Trinity Show!

You’ve mentioned that Tame Impala and Flume are musical influences for you, respectively (Krooked the former, Camo the latter). They both had returned this year with some pivotal releases. What did you think?

We are huge fans from all their recent output and took some influences from Flume especially as his sound is always changing and very exciting!

Any resolutions for the new year? 

Make new music, be healthy, be happy!

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 122

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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


LO’99‘s new iteration of his own track, “Stay High” with Doolie, recently hit the airwaves with a vengeance. The Australian producer’s dreamy original made its initial debut earlier in the fall, but this new VIP edition sees the artist prepping the tune for a late-night shadowy dance floor.

Mazare is celebrating a stellar first year with Monstercat by revealing a VIP version of his and RUNN‘s emotive “Where Do We Go.” In the new take on the track, Mazare lets the listeners sink deeper into the melodies that endeared them to the track in the first place. This drumstep-inspired tune is a divergence from the original’s strictly drum ‘n’ bass pattern and is a refreshing new spin on the tune.

San Holo‘s album1 has received a variety of remixes since its birth last September, but the bitbird head honcho has chosen to end 2019 with a 15-track set of remixes. This varied set includes a thought-provoking rework from Rootkit, who’s added a drum ‘n’ bass spin on “go back in time.” It’s a completely different way to experience the minimalist track, and the creativity is just bursting from this new version.

T & Sugah have really come out swinging with their latest RAM Records release. The Dutch duo has quite a story behind this powerful number, and it’s no wonder it’s as brilliantly polished as it is.

“‘Mithras’ is a special one for us, since we started working on it back in 2015,” the duo said in a Facebook post. “At the time it didn’t sound the way we wanted it to, but after having revisited it a couple of times over the years it’s now finally out on RAM Records! This is an example (and reminder to ourselves) that shows it’s better to be patient than to rush a tune.”

UKF‘s massive 10-year anniversary compilation kicked off with the release of Camo & Krooked‘s “Atlas,” and it ended the way it began: with a VIP mix of the same song. This approach to “Atlas” packs a bit more of a punch than its predecessor, but overall it’s different in fairly subtle ways. It’s one of those VIPs that’s fun to listen and re-listen to, discovering all its intricacies.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak and Friend Within link, Loco Dice remixes ‘Midnight Hour’ + 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.

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: Jenny Anderson/Getty

Lunar Lunes: Autograf link with Jared Lee, Vincent and The Griswolds release ‘Lost & In Love’ + 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).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 117

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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 Knocks released “Colors” in the final days of summer 2019, seeming to wish farewell to warm-weather days with the dreamy and bright single. A few months later, remixes for the tune have begun to trickle out, including this latest one from Robokid. The Los Angeles-based producer has kicked the song into a new key and injected it with energy. It’s infectious.

Scottish disco maestro Last Island has been on a roll in 2019, churning out more than a dozen tunes since February. Among them are his Sustain EP and an otherworldly rendition of Madeon‘s “All My Friends,” and he follows them up with a remix of Ellis and ILY‘s “Falling Through.” He’s infused the single with more electro and disco elements, giving it an entirely new feel.

Vancouver duo The Funk Hunters are back with another effortlessly funky masterpiece. They’ve tapped the talents of A.Skillz for “Body Move,” and the result is a piece that’s captivating both in its beats and in its vocals. It combines elements across the electronic music spectrum, encouraging listeners of all persuasions to embrace it in its entirety.

Friction‘s music is timeless, and his deep involvement in the drum ‘n’ bass community has led more than two decades worth of fans to embrace his artistry. The former BBC Radio 1 host takes to his own Elevate Records to release his newest tune: the much-anticipated “Good To Me.” Powerful female vocals lead the introduction, building steadily into the hefty drum ‘n’ bass rhythms the producer’s become so well-known for.

Side note: Only a snippet of “Good To Me” is available on SoundCloud, but you can find the full version here.

Camo & Krooked never shy away from pushing the drum ‘n’ bass envelope. Their incorporation of different styles of dnb make singles like their latest, “Set It Off,” make their music intriguing to the ear. American rapper Jeru The Damaja lends his fearless vocals to the verses, largely stepping back on the chorus to let the unique drop shine through.

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.

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