Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 119

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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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Yotto revealed his dreamily deep techno tune, “Nova,” in August and was met with enthusiasm for its dramatic horns and otherworldly atmosphere. Now, Cassian has put his own spin on the tune, giving listeners a refreshing new way to absorb its recognizable melodies.

French producer Kramder has kept the hits coming in 2019, polishing off November with a spirited new original, “A Kiss From Stacy.” Leading in with a funky guitar melody and even some cowbell, the artist crafts a brilliant disco tune that further solidifies his place in today’s nu-disco/house scene.

On Nov. 29, UKF‘s long-anticipated UKF10 compilation finally debuts in full to the world. Tucked among its 37 tracks is Flite‘s “Tragedy, Humanity,” an introspective drum ‘n’ bass piece that shows the producer at his finest. “It takes a special amount of energy to convey how I’ve felt about life,” he says of the release. “I hope that you can experience and understand.”

Also making an appearance with the UKF10 compilation is Futurebound and Trei’s “Stars Will Fall,” a perfect demonstration of the intensity these two producers can harness when they collaborate. The four-minute tune is loaded with energy from start to finish and makes for a stellar addition to the collection.

Volant‘s name has bounced around the electronic music community for six-plus years, demonstrating time and time again his aptitude for just about every genre he sets his mind to. Many of his recent releases have an outer space feel to them, including his latest, “【 interloper 】,” a gorgeous and ethereal piece.

Cassian brightens Yotto’s ‘Nova’ with new remix [Stream]

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Cassian brightens Yotto’s ‘Nova’ with new remix [Stream]Cassian Facebook 2

In 2019, the words “remix” and “Cassian” should go hand in hand. The Australian producer has reworked a number of tracks this year already, including RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Treat You Better,” The Aston Shuffle and Fabich‘s “Stay,” and Bob Moses‘ “Listen To Me.” Cassian even got the full remix treatment himself, receiving a trio of remixes for “Same Things.”

Now, his remix of Yotto’s brooding deep house track “Nova” has arrived. Cassian repurposes “Nova’s” sinister horns to set a more playful tone. While the core identity of “Nova” remains intact, Cassian’s take creates an entirely new atmosphere and feeling. This remix marks Yotto’s first collaborative effort under his recently-launched imprint Odd One Out. Cassian is slated to open for Yotto on his final two US tour stops in New York and Los Angeles.

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Bob Moses share ‘Battle Lines’ remix EP with selects from Cassian, Jamie Jones, Hayden James, and more [Stream]

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Bob Moses share ‘Battle Lines’ remix EP with selects from Cassian, Jamie Jones, Hayden James, and more [Stream]Bob Moses Press Photo Lucas MK

Capitalizing on the success of their 2018 studio album Battle Lines, Bob Moses have released a massive 16-track remix package for the LP. The release coincides with the premiere of a brand new remix of Bob Moses’ “Listen to Me” by Australian producer Cassian. The remix album revitalizes the electronica indie dreamscapes championed by the original album with a compilation of eclectic selections from various producers.

Cassian’s remix transforms “Listen to Me” from downtempo ambiance into dance-floor affections, embracing energizing high-hats and rich brass in its change of pace. Having received airplay from Diplo’s Revolution, Sirius BPM, and other US commercial dance stations, Battles Lines [Remixed] encompasses remixes and edits from Jamies Jones, Hayden James, DJ Tennis, Eagles & Butterflies, and more as well as an extended mix of “Heaven Only Knows.” Stream the EP below.

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Cassian submits club-ready remix of The Aston Shuffle and Fabich’s ‘Stay’

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Cassian submits club-ready remix of The Aston Shuffle and Fabich’s ‘Stay’Impact Template Lead Immersive Cassian 01

After evidencing his sound to be that of a particularly sleek house caliber via original productions like “Same Things,” Cassian extends his artistic vision to The Aston Shuffle‘s and Fabich‘s “Stay.” Underground sensibilities collide on the remix, which meshes Cassian’s style with the groovy, smooth character of The Aston Shuffle’s sound.

Unlike the original, which unfurls at a viscous pace, Cassian’s take is decidedly danceable. The producer’s choice to quicken the song’s BPM positions the revamp for late-night club rotation, as do the staticky, atmospheric tones that endure from the remix’s opening to closing second. Cassian preserves the vocal contribution of featured artist, Dana Williams, limiting the scope of his masterful, musical revision to the track’s electronic body.

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Lunar Lunes: Mija grooves on ‘Sweat It Out,’ Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey team up for ‘Helix’

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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.

Mija takes to Hot Haus Recs for her latest release, the groovy “Sweat It Out.” SG Lewis puts his own spin on a familiar tune, and Alexander Lewis closes his new EP with “Left U on Red.” Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey have teamed up for “Helix,” and Borgore taps Abella Danger for “911.” Cassian gives his own take on Just Kiddin’s “There for You,” and Modestep reveal “Blood” on Disciple. 13 puts an eerie spin on Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up,” and Cristoph and Jem Cooke unveil a clip of “Slowly Burning 2019.” Godlands, JEANIE, and Jelacee hold nothing back on “No Stress,” and Phantoms tap Kate Morgan for “5AM.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert deliver “Melt,” and Party Favor and EZI strip down their collaboration, “Be Ok,” for an acoustic rendition.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + moreLSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

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.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

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.

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Cassian spins sonic silk on new single, ‘Same Things’

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Cassian, a favorite duly of RÜFÜS DU SOL, and of the Australian alternative dance trio’s newly minted, Rose Avenue, has returned to the imprint with his latest effort, “Same Things.”

A silken-bodied production that fluidly paces forth, the melodic house offering calls on the vocal talents of Gabrielle Current. Cassian suspends Current’s sleek vocal contribution atop a lush bed of rounded synths that entreat listeners to sink into the song’s smooth construction. The track’s mid-tempo arrangement, and bright electronic elements work symbiotically to craft a current of sonic chill that complements the sensual indie sound aesthetic that Rose Avenue has cultivated.

With mixing credits on two of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s studio efforts, Solace and Bloomin his back pocket, and a prior Rose Avenue debut via “Lafayette” in his recent rearview, it’s clear that Cassian is no stranger to the landscape of sound production. Listeners who can’t get enough of Cassian’s style need not consider the “repeat” button their only method of satiation: Cassian will join RÜFÜS DU SOL for a number of the group’s Australian tour dates, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and more.

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