Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 111

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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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Two powerhouse artists have come together for an innovative new collaboration, “Bruises.” NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have both had stellar 2019s so far, each with multiple well-received releases under their belts. “Bruises” seamlessly blends both of their styles for an irresistible electronic-alternative product.

The Knocks are unveiling remixes of their recent tunes to the world, and one of the latest of these is a sultry rework of “No Requests” by Steff Da Campo. The Dutch producer gives the lighthearted song a deeper, darker tone, backing its merry vocals with an ominous bassline. It’s groovy but bold in its reinvented soundscape.

The release date of Goldroom‘s Plunge / Surface LP draws nearer, as do the single releases that lead up to it. The latest is “Just Like a Dream,” a blissful, piano-laden piece that features longtime collaborator Nikki Segal on vocals. “Just Like a Dream” dreamily draws out the end of summer, shining bright rays into the early days of autumn.

Modernized disco is seeing a resurgence, popping up in festival sets and across streaming platforms from notable artists. The Disco Fries—as their name aptly implies—are helping lead the charge with fun bootlegs like this Janet Jackson one. “We put together this bootleg of Janet Jackson’s smash ‘All For You’ around the same time we did Mary J’s ‘Family Affair’ and it has crushed in our live sets,” Disco Fries said of the tune.

Scottish artists Last Island and Alex Martyn have clearly been having fun composing music together on their Island Life imprint. July saw the release of “Miles Away,” an effortlessly groovy and lighthearted collaboration, and now they’ve returned with “Romeo.” They call “Romeo” their “attempt at a disco track… not particularly disco,” but it still showcases that spirited soundscape they both seem to foster in their music.

Lunar Lunes: Whethan’s ‘GOING UP’ in new release, Robokid taps longtime collaborators Manila Killa and AOBeats for ’17’ + 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.

As 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trap We Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


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Saturday Night Session 005: BRKLYN crafts heavy mix and talks the significance of releasing debut EP

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Cameron Alexander and Cody Nadeau may be based in Los Angeles, but that hasn’t stopped the duo from creating feel-good music and quickly gaining momentum within the electronic music scene under moniker BRKLYN. The duo started to make a name for themselves after releasing “Steal Your Heart” in 2015, and from there, they have toured around the country opening for larger names like Audien as well as headlining their own shows. While their style fluctuates from progressive house to commercial crossover releases, they have found a way to keep each track they make fresh and original in a cluttered landscape of catchy vocals and predictable drops.

Both Alexander and Nadeau grew up playing the piano and the guitar, eventually joining bands that kickstarted their musical journey. They then joined forces to make electronic group BRKLYN, but their first shows under the moniker included the artists playing guitars during their sets and bringing out singers to perform live. The duo sat down with Dancing Astronaut and notes, “We will always play instruments and will always incorporate live instruments into all of our records and live shows.” In addition to infusing instrumentals into their live shows, every track they write is built on the foundation of a guitar or a piano.

While impressive that both artists create thanks to a foundation of instrumentals, they are quick to call out that claiming to play an instrument and infusing it with a live electronic show is becoming overdone to the point of inauthentic. When asked about their response to the stigma that electronic music artists are not ‘real musicians,’ the duo claps back, “You either write good tunes or you don’t. And you either have a killer live show that blows minds and creates experience, or you don’t.” They continue, “Now it almost feels like a gimmick. Everybody is so dire to prove they are talented musicians, so they started playing drum pads. I could never find the strings on those things.”

BRKLYN has released their first EP titled Things I’ve Learned with five tracks spanning from feel-good “Gotta Have It” to infectious “Good Vibe,” which has the capacity to be a radio fixture. Things I’ve Learned features collaborators including Zack Martino and Disco Fries among others. The duo spoke about what it feels like to finally have their first EP out, saying, “For us, an EP rather than just a single was something we always felt strongly about.” They continue, “We wanted to finish a body of work that our fans could listen to on repeat that captured this shared time in the world.”

In honor of the release, BRKLYN put together an hour long mix for Saturday Night Sessions, and the set takes the listener all over the map whether it be current hip hop releases or old school Skrillex infused drops. For those curious what a BRKLYN live show would be like, this mix is the perfect taste of what is to come.

Read the full Q&A with BRKLYN below:

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What jobs did you work before becoming full time musicians?

Cameron: Lighting technician at a local music venue called Chain Reaction.
Cody: I taught guitar lessons And was an Intern at Sunset Sound Studios in LA.

How important are instruments to your creative process when you start working on a new song?

BRKLYN: Live instruments have always been crucial to our creative process. Every song we write starts on a foundation of guitar or piano.

Although it is becoming better, what do you say in response to the stigma that electronic music artists are not ‘real musicians’? Especially curious since you both are skilled instrumentalists

BRKLYN: I think it doesn’t matter anymore, and the whole stigma is whack. You either write good tunes or you don’t. And you either have a killer live show that blows minds and creates experience, or you don’t. Now it almost feels like a gimmick. Everybody is so dire to prove they are talented musicians so they started playing drum pads. I could never find the strings on those things. But I do think there is a distinct advantage for writing records if you know how to play an instrument. For us, all we know is guitar and piano and instruments. We grew up playing in bands, and to gain any type of success or recognition, we had to be better at playing, writing, and performing than anybody else. During our very first BRKLYN shows we played guitars live in our sets and brought out singers. So, we will always play instruments and will always incorporate live instruments into all of our records and live shows.

How does it feel to finally have your debut EP out?

BRKLYN: It feels tight. We been crafting these tunes and felt it was ready to release into the world. For us, an EP rather than just a single was something we always felt strongly about. We wanted to finish a body of work that our fans could listen to on repeat that captured this shared time in the world. We are all tapped into the same energies and some of us are better at identifying what they are and others will know it and it will feel familiar or like an answer when they do experience it. I feel songs are that. So, we are very happy to share a mutual experience with our fans. And hopefully they are expanding and learning through our music just like we are expanding and learning through them.

What is one thing about each of you that your fans would not know?

Cameron: I want to have twins.
Cody: Hmm… One of my favorite places is being inside a theatre. Musicals, plays etc… Such a creative vibe in there.

What other hobbies keep you sane as you balance living the lives of touring artists?

Cameron: Exercise, meditating, and reading. My physical, mental, and spiritual health has been an important journey for me.
Cody: I love working out to clear my mind, running outside specifically.

What is your musical guilty pleasure?

Cameron: French Horn and Christmas music.
Cody: John Mayer has been my favorite artist since about 8th grade.

What kind of a Saturday night is your mix getting us ready for?

Cameron: This mix is tight! This mix will get you ready to blast off into another dimension that you didn’t know existed. This shit is hype and lit at the same goddamn time.
Cody: This mix is a little heavier for the pregame vibes. Throwing in some things y’all might hear at our shows!

Good Morning Mix: BRKYLN spreads the ‘Good Vibes’ on new Radar mix [EXCLUSIVE]

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There’s a new duo in town. LA-based BRKLYN continues to become a strong force heading into 2019. Cameron Alexander and Cody Nadeau kicked off the year with a remix of “Everybody Hates Me” from The Chainsmokers Sick Boy project, garnering enough traction for a Sirius XM Cookout Mix on Diplo’s Revolution. From there, it was all about increasing creativity, leading toward a 5-track debut EP released on Tritonal‘s Enhanced Music imprint. With their first full body of work, BRKLYN earned a spot on Dancing Astronaut‘s Radar mix series.

The mix will lift some spirits and bring back nostalgic memories, thanks to BRKLYN’s seamless mashing of historic dance tracks with hits of present day styles. Kicking off with their EP’s first official single “Good Vibe” featuring label-mate Zack Martino, the mix quickly descends into Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” dropped into Kaskade. Other highlights include a heartfelt Avicii feature on “Silhouettes” mashed with Martin Garrix‘s recently released “Yottabyte,” and an early Chainsmokers vocal from ROZES layered perfectly over Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity.” The duo also includes some new tracks from the EP, including a collaboration with Disco Fries on “Brightside.”

BRKLYN’s Things I’ve Learned EP is out now and they’ll provide direct support for Audien at Academy LA and Metropolitan in New Orleans NYE weekend.

 

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

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Dexter's Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

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.


This is the track I’ve been most excited about this week. Hot off his release with Bingo Players earlier this year, Los Angeles producer Goshfather returns with a dirty disco remix of Drake‘s “Nice For What.” He cranks up the original’s intensity and adds an irresistibly groovy beat. It’s impossible to sit still during this one, and I’m probably responsible for half of the plays on it. I’m not sorry.


Los Angeles label Silk Music continues to tap some of the most creative and emotive pieces of work for their releases, thrilling listeners with each new feature. One of this week’s is Polish producer Andromedha’s two-track return to the label: “Luminosity” and “Purple Skies.” While both are beautifully atmospheric progressive house pieces, “Luminosity” in particular caught my ear, with its airy, heavenly feel drawing me in each time I listened.


UK drum & bass maven Friction turns up the heat in his latest: a collaboration with vocalist JP Cooper. “Friction,” out now on Elevate Records, masterfully combines fiery drum & bass production with impassioned vocals from JP Cooper. The award-winning producer demonstrates time and time again that there’s a reason he’s garnered so many accolades over the past several years: he’s endlessly talented and knows exactly the right formula for the perfect drum & bass piece.


Sinden continues to expand on his Houseline imprint with the release of Houseline Vol. 3 last week, featuring three tracks that flex the grooving g-house muscles of the compilation’s featured aritsts. While the volume’s first two tracks highlight artists CLB, Steve Darko and Danny Kolk, Sinden himself teams up with Wongo on the final track. The pair have crafted a deep, powerful house track, and it’s a true treat.


Disco Fries are letting the good times roll with a remix of Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign to kick off the weekend. They’ve put their signature feel-good stamp on Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign’s original piece of work, decking their remix out with a catchy background melody and rocking beat. The New York duo are on a roll this year, following up their self-titled November EP with funky originals like “The Cut” and “U Make Me.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 41

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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.


San Francisco producer Spencer Brown has been thrilling audiences with his ethereal progressive house style for years. Most recently, he’s released his debut album, Illusion of Perfection. One of the tracks, “Nightwalk,” perfectly conveys the subtle mystery of late nights and early hours of the morning. “This song was directly inspired by walks around the Marina Green (near the Golden Gate Bridge) in San Francisco very late at night near the end of last year,” Brown says of the song. “There is something spiritual for me about walks at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m.; I love the stillness, tranquility, and feeling that the entire landscape is yours.”


The fiery drum & bass coming out of Liquicity Records lately has been so inspiring. One of the label’s latest, a fervent collaboration between Madface, MC Coppa and Meditat1on, is a clear standout for 2018 on the Dutch label. “What It Looks Like” unites the talents of three countries (Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Italy, respectively) for a dynamic drum & bass tune that shines with intense vocals from MC Coppa and stellar production from the Madface and Meditat1on.


Disco Fries are typically the bringers of funk. On the heels of the groovy DF EP on Enhanced in November, the duo have opted for a change of pace in their latest release. “The Cut” shows a more intense side of the New York producers, as they layer on hefty bass and mysterious Middle Eastern-influenced melodies. With booming bass and an intense beat, “The Cut” shows there’s nothing these two can’t do.


A Nitro Fun release is always an adventure. The Mexican producer opens his latest release, “Time Goes By,” with a bold blast of ’80s-style synths (think Van Halen’s “Jump”) and an immediately addicting melody. He hooks the listener from the get-go, leading them into a formidable dosage of bass and a cacophony of glitchy, computerized synths. “Time Goes By” is a full demonstration of the breadth of the Monstercat artist’s production, and it’s a beauty to behold.


Unlike Pluto has spent the last few years establishing himself as an unquestionably versatile artist. With releases that have varied from a collaboration with Seven Lions to a cover of TLC‘s “No Scrubs,” the Los Angeles producer has made it known that each release will be an entirely fresh experience. Earlier this week, he released the first song in a collection he’s called the Pluto Tapes. With a laidback feel, impeccable harmonies and elements of dance music poking through, “Run, Bobby, Run” is an intriguing addition to his music arsenal.

“U Make Me” by Disco Fries Will Make U Dance

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As imaginative and inventive as always, the latest Disco Fries release may be today’s unsung hero of New Music Friday. It’s the perfect follow-up to the New York duo’s previous Enhanced release, the “DF EP,” arriving right on time as the spring sunshine finally begins to return to light the 2018 festival season upon us.

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Dancing Astro tours Disco Fries’ favorite NYC eateries

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“What’s more reckless than eating a half a pound of pastrami in the middle of the day?”

Find out as DA teams up with funk masters Disco Fries on a journey through New York City. The hilarious duo take us to some of their favorite spots in The Big Apple, including Third Rail Coffee, Vinny Vincenz Pizza, Double Down Saloon, and more — all while talking about their EP, DF.

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Listen To Disco Fries New EP ‘DF’

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After a powerhouse year, Disco Fries are ready to close out the year in fashion with their ‘DF’ EP on Enhanced Music. Get ready for a colorful mix of shimmery synth patterns funky melodies, piano-led progressions and live instrumentation as the duo showcase their timeless dance music potential. This EP struck a chord in particular with

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Disco Fries thrill with groovy sophomore EP [Exclusive]

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New York-based duo Disco Fries have solidified their place in the dance music community over the past few years with consistent releases and well-polished, dance floor-ready production.

2017 has been highlighted by a No. 1 Hype Machine spot with their remix of Avicii‘s “Without You” and a No. 2 spot on the popular charts with their original “Side by Side.” In addition to these accomplishments, they’ve continued their monthly hour-long Liftoff Radio episodes and released a series of stellar remixes like their rendition of Rita Ora‘s “Your Song” and Selena Gomez‘s “Fetish.” Somewhere in the midst of their busy schedule, Nick Ditri and Danny Danger found time to finalize more than two years worth of work into their sophomore EP, DF, which is out Dec. 1 on Enhanced Music.

Eight-track DF is a thrilling collection of work that showcases the breadth of Disco Fries’ music — from the funky to the heartfelt. They’ve worked with an array of vocalists for the EP including Daisy Guttridge, Great Good Fine Ok, Jared Lee, Shy Martin and more. The EP is largely vocal-centric, letting the respective singer(s) take center stage for songs like emotion-packed “Reckless” and funky “Love Tonight.” Groovy beats support the backbone of the songs throughout the EP, along with the incorporation of instruments. “Reconnected,” for example, is accented by bright, brassy horns throughout, including a funky trumpet solo for the lead-out.

“Over 2 years of dozens of ideas, some scrapped, some transformed, sometimes creatively stuck, life and artistic growth, reinvention, highs and lows, but most importantly, an evolution… we bring you DF,” the duo shared in a Nov. 14 Facebook post.

To celebrate the EP’s release, the duo are hosting a release party at Mercury Lounge in New York on Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets are available here.

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