Lunar Lunes: Just A Gent flips RL Grime and graves, The Knocks put their spin on Houses’ ‘Fast Talk’ + 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 A Gent steps up to the remixing plate once again with a fierce reworking of RL Grime and graves‘ “Arcus,” as do The Knocks with their remix of Houses’ “Fast Talk.” Dillon Francis crafts his most contagious song yet with “Catchy Song,” featuring That Girl Lay Lay and T-Pain, and techno duo Gettoblaster bring “Get Dat” to Dirtybird. Paris Blohm taps Romysa for a gorgeous new single, “Warriors.” Flite flexes his drum & bass muscles on a feisty remix of Skrillex and Habstrakt‘s iconic “Chicken Soup,” and Kwon puts a laid-back spin on Hotel Garuda‘s “One Reason.” Adrian Lux unveils an extended cut of “Meditation,” and Kramder goes all in on a “raw sauce mix” of Splinta’s “Shock Therapy.” GANZ takes on Kovacs’ “My Love” in a new remix, and Barely Alive turn up the volume on a ferocious dubstep original, “Wack.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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!

Premiere: Tim Schaufert & CASHFORGOLD – Always High [Q&A]

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Tim Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD have collaborated on more than a dozen songs since they began releasing tracks together last spring. The German producer’s and Detroit songstress’ styles come together brilliantly from across the sea, blending into a glowing atmosphere that’s simultaneously ethereal and eerie. From last November’s “Gold” to July’s “Awake,” the duo demonstrate a perfect mastery of a style that’s all their own.

In their latest piece of work together, “Always High,” Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD spin a mysterious and complex web, packed with melancholy chords, wistful vocals, and a subtle trap beat.

DA caught up with Schaufert to hear about his production process with CASHFORGOLD’s Jacqueline Torgerson and what he has in store for the remainder of the year.

What has your evolution been like as an artist over the past few years? What’s most important to you as an artist?

In my teens, I listened to minimal and house, which is very prominent in Germany, but took a complete shift in my listening and producing habits two years ago. After a break from electronic music due to university and mental health stuff, I came back in 2016 and started all over. I got disinterested in house and instead got into chill and wave music. I started taking music seriously and since I couldn’t stand studying and not doing something creative any longer, made the decision to pursue it professionally.

What is your production process like when you and CASHFORGOLD work together?

I usually start by making an instrumental, either a loop or a quick sketch of an arrangement, nothing too complex. The chord progression is the important part for Jacqueline to write the vocal to. After the vocal is recorded the song can take on a lot of new directions. I’ve been enjoying working this way, because it gets me to think more creatively and try out different song structures and styles. If I planned out everything in advance, it would more formulaic.

How do your styles fit together?

The great thing is that they don’t always line up, so we force each other to be open in that way and try out ideas that you wouldn’t have tried when working on your own. This comes with obstacles, but I much prefer it to becoming stagnant.

How would you describe your music in three words to someone who’s never heard it?

haunted, emo, chill

What’s coming up for you in the second half of 2018?

CASHFORGOLD and I have our first EP coming up in July, which I am very excited about. It’s got a dark, witchy theme and the EP format glues that side of our sound together. The weeks before and after that are filled with singles, pretty much every Friday there will be something new.

If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would it be?

In the middle of a hillside, in a warm evening in spring. Not a huge crowd, intimate. My focus has very much been production, so I actually haven’t played a single show since 2016, but maybe that’ll change soon.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 38

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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.


Bearson teams up with vocalist Ashe in his newest original, “Get Lost.” This lighthearted, carefree track is carried by the passion behind Ashe’s vocals and a grooving beat from Bearson. This one is clearly made to be played with the windows down on a sunny summer day.


Halogen are back with another hefty house heater. “Time” delivers a groovy deep house beat with emotive vocals that fit perfectly with the nostalgic atmosphere Halogen have created. The Atlanta duo have a knack for house music, and it shines brightly in this latest original.


One of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to featured Lenno and Arty as the headliners. Ever since, both of the talented producers’ tunes have held a special place in my heart, and I look forward to each new release. Lenno’s latest, a disco-injected remix of NIKÖ BLANK‘s “Ride,” is bursting with the retro vibe he’s become known for.


Oliverse surprises with each new release. He’s unpredictable in the best way, putting his own spin on everything from PVRIS to Modestep. On his latest, “GET 2 ME,” he’s revamped a classic dubstep sound. Loaded up with heavy wubs and frantic synths and vocals, “GET 2 ME” is solid energy and bass from start to finish.


Tim Schaufert honestly gets better and better with each new release, leading me to feature his tunes in here constantly when a new one comes out. He’s again teamed up with longtime collaborator CASHFORGOLD for “Let Me Go.” CASHFORGOLD’s vocals are haunting in the best sense of the world, and Schaufert’s production remains top-of-the-line in this song, serving as another stellar example of why he’s one to watch.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 31

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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.


Tim Schaufert‘s releases in the past few months have been nothing short of perfection. His latest, “Runaway,” is a gorgeously haunting partnership with frequent collaborator CASHFORGOLD. Her delicate vocals juxtaposed with a minimalist trap beat make for an almost eerie atmosphere.


This sultry number comes to us from Luna and Sarah De Warren. With a deep-set melody driving the verses, the collaborators lead up to a chorus that brings a Middle Eastern accent to the song. The dance floor-ready track brings a modern flair to the exotic melody, combined with vocals that are both seductive and heavenly at the same time.


Whenever London producer Dimension posts a new track, madness is sure to ensue. His latest release, “Raver,” draws its power directly from its name. “Raver” is pure UK drum & bass insanity in the best possible: it’s chock-full of deep bass, racing BPMs and energized vocals. Unlike his last release (an emotive, melodic collaboration with Wilkinson), “Raver” brings out the raw intensity of a London dance floor late at night.


Earlier this week, Sound Remedy quietly released a 10-track LP called Seeds. Most of the album’s track tap into the softer side of the LA artist’s production, like this one. “Sunset in Palos” is the opening track on the album and serves as the perfect introduction to the nine tracks ahead. Something about the subtle sweetness of the guitar reminds me of Lost Frequencies‘ “Are You With Me,” and I love it.


I typically try to use new-ish tracks on this series, but this one is an exception. I found StarGuy and Flamingo‘s remix of Rihanna‘s “Kiss It Better” last week after hearing it in StarGuy’s StarCast mix with Lenno and have had it stuck in my head ever since. It’s a few months old, but its old-school disco vibes bring a funky twist to the modern song.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 17

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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.


Versatile producer Sickick surprises with each new release. The mysterious Canadian artist has produced everything from pop music hip-hop to trippy “sickhop.” His latest, “Bermuda,” sneaks into your ear and stays there. It’s simultaneously catchy and intense, with seductive vocals layered over a dark trap vibe. The single is second in his “Sicks Weeks” series, ensuring that more top-notch production is coming our way.


This track from Mekanism has everything I love most about drum & bass: it’s emotion-packed, features gorgeous vocals and is fueled by a racing beat. Though NoCopyrightSounds released the track, there isn’t any information available about the artist. All they’ve revealed is that Mekanism is “coming soon.” If this is just the beginning for Mekanism, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.


This is perhaps my favorite release from the past week. Bishu seems to be capable of producing just about anything (remember that Santana and Rob Tomas remix from a few weeks ago?) His sophomore Monstercat release, “Eyes Wide Open,” makes a huge splash. With a foreboding introduction that leads up to an unexpected drop, Bishu continues to surprise. Each listen of this track brings out new details, revealing the complexity of it composition. It’s completely addicting.


Unlike Pluto recently announced a shift in the direction of his musical journey, citing that he’s going back to his roots after realizing he was “extremely unhappy” with what he was doing musically. “I was making music that I personally didn’t connect with – music that didn’t represent me,” he says in a Nov. 20 Facebook post. “I Need A Win” passionately marks his return to music that’s truly him, and it’s absolutely beautiful.


Tim Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD have once again crafted a gorgeous, ethereal soundscape with their latest collaboration, “Gold.” Schaufert’s flawless sound design skills truly shine on this single, and CASHFORGOLD’s delicate voice lends itself perfectly to the structure of the song. It’s light, airy and dreamy, making it the perfect nightcap for this week’s playlist.


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