Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 56

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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.


Drum & bass maven Flite has had a banner 2018 so far. With releases on Play Me Records, Monstercat, Liquicity and now Viper Recordings, the Texas-based producer has time and time again demonstrated that stellar drum & bass doesn’t just come from the UK. His latest, “Titan,” is best categorized as organized chaos. It’s frantic and impeccably put-together, progressing at such a rapid speed it’s sometimes hard to keep up. But its accelerated pace leads the listener to tune in more closely, where they’ll realize the pure intricacy of this track.


Danny Byrd is no novice to the drum & bass scene. He was one of the first artists to sign to Hospital Records in 1999 and hasn’t slowed down for nearly two decades. His new 15-track LP, Atomic Funk, is packed with pure energy from start to finish — including this fun standout, “Lizard Steppa.” An infectious melody carries the fast-paced tune, injecting it with a fun, almost funky component that’s worth hitting repeat again and again. Atomic Funk was released in its entirety on Sept. 7.


Taking the tempo down to a steadier 125 BPM, Dombresky and Noizu have teamed up for a red-hot tech house heater. With searing “rave alarm” vocals and an actual alarm that builds as the song does, the two producers have created the perfect a track that’s primed to amp up a dark, sweltering club or warehouse. Both artists have showed no signs of slowing down in 2018: Dombresky has remixed Alessia Cara and performed at EDC, and Noizu has teamed up with Malaa for “Music Sounds Better With You” and remixed Valentino Khan, as well.


Prismo‘s latest venture is full of exactly what its title boasts. The Texas producer continues to evolve and grow his style in a way that’s never cliché or predictable. Last month’s track, “Solo,” delved more into an alternative rock atmosphere, but “Energy” sees him reincorporate plenty of bass and electronic elements. “I wrote ‘Energy’ about my experiences with an incredible person that recharged my spirit and enthusiasm,” the producer notes in the track description. “When I was at a low time in life, I was comforted knowing that I have someone that’ll support and re-energize me.”


Passionate musician and vocalist Fatherdude bids farewell to summer months in his newest release, “Summer Gone.” He effortless merges elements of pop, electronic and R&B in this latest effort, letting his soulful vocals take center stage with a supporting backbone of guitar and percussion. “Summer Gone” closely follows the release of “Let Me Live” just days ago and is complemented by an accompanying music video.

Exclusive: Dombresky shares boogie-inducing Splash House playlist

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Ahead of his debut Splash House appearance in August, Dombresky has provided Dancing Astronaut with a house-healing playlist as he gears up for the Palm Springs performance. Dombresky has been an omnipresent force in the French house scene as of late — with singles like “Utopia” and “Hostyl,” a collaboration with fellow Frenchman, Malaa, permeating throughout niche club and festival sets across the globe.

Track list:

1) The Smen – Who We Are (Extended Jacked Mix)

2) Friends Within – Lonely

3) Biscits – Burn It Down

4) Dombresky – Utopia

5) Mason Maynard – False Truths

6) Danny Howard – This Sound

7) Sonny Fodera, MANT – Moving Up (Radio Edit)

8) Dombresky, Samaran – Call 909

9) Low Steppa – The System

10) Dennis Quin, Shermanology – Move Out of My Way

11) Boogie Vice – Enter the Rave

12) Chris Lake, Walker & Royce – Drop Top

13) Huxley, Skapes – Say Nothing

14) Eli Brown – Kingston Crunch

Breakaway Music Festival announces two feverous lineups for Columbus & Grand Rapids

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Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.

The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.

Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.

Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.

As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.

Photo Credit: Tyler Church

Habstrakt & Dombresky – Antigone

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Habstrakt & Dombresky have released a new collaborative single, “Antigone.” The track, released on Mad Decent, sees two of France’s most innovative bass-house producers collaborate for the first time ever.

French producer and DJ Habstrakt has been chartering new territory by amalgamating bass music with traditional house influence, synthesizing his own blend of aggressive yet groovy melodies. With a massive collaboration with Skrillex on “Chicken Soup” under his belt and remixes for DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, and Zomboy, Habstrakt has built a proven track record in the EDM community. The producer is set to accompany Destructo next year on his Let’s Be Friends tour alongside Walker & Royce, Fisher, Will Clarke, Deux, Dillon Nathaniel, Gerry Gonza and Golf Clap.

In 2015, Dombresky was discovered by A-Trak, allowing him to produce an official remix of “We All Fall Down.” With new found recognition under his belt, Dombresky released both his first track “Wait” and his second “Utopia” on Tchami’s Confession label; the latter reaching over one million streams on Spotify.

The coalescence of two hard hitting players on “Antigone” results in a saturated dance floor ballad. Thick bass samples roll over hard hitting kicks and moody synth lines. The middle of the track alludes to UK rave, with ominous synths leading into the tracks second breakdown. The collaboration is sure to be played all across the festival circuit in 2018.

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NMF roundup: new heat from Hotel Garuda, DJ Tennis, Dombresky + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.

Manila Killa lent his dreamy style to a remix of Kailee Morgue‘s “Medusa”…

…and had a doubly productive day, as his collaborative project with Candleweather, Hotel Garuda, debuted their remix of Jai Wolf‘s “Gravity.”

Jauz‘s new imprint, Bite This, continues its hot start with a the manic dubstep track “Boss” from AFK and Carbin.

DJ Tennis puts a mysterious, melancholic spin on Tricky‘s “Running Wild.”

Zack Martino kicked the energy way up for the weekend with the release of “Hold On To Me.”

An evocation of twilight, Keys N Krates unleash the ponderous, RnB tinged “Glitter” with New Orleans-based vocalist Ambré.

Tchami‘s Confession label debuted an intriguing take on house courtesy of Movenchy and his Siamese Flamingo EP.

Dombresky and Tony Romero bring the fire with a funky, disco-infused heater, “Girls Night Out.”

Anjunadeep‘s Gallago debuted the airy “Lost Signal.”

Though LOUDPVCK is now a solo act after Ryan Marks left the duo, Kenny Beats keeps the momentum going with a hip-hop-infused trap anthem, “Jumanji” featuring Reese La Flare.

Closely following a remix of Kid Froopy‘s “Down” and an original, “You Don’t Really Know,” Ducky lightens the mood with an invigoratingly well-produced single, “Drop It.”

Gent & Jawns burst onto Monstercat by debuting a ferocious trap single, “The Meaning.”

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Dombresky – Call 909

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Paris is home to some of the most serious names in dance music, especially the house sector: Tchami, DJ Snake, Malaa, and the up-and-coming Dombresky. The enigmatic house and electro producer is typically seen donning a dark hat and sunglasses – taking a page out of the masked Malaa’s book, whom he recently collaborated with on their eerie house track, “Hostyl.”

Dombresky has unsurprisingly released his new track “Call 909” on Tchami’s Confession label. The “Aragon” producer has released multiple collabs with Tchami himself on Confession, including “Freakin” and his solitary effort that put him on the map in 2016, “Utopia.”

“Call 909” is a groovy, unadulterated display of Domebresky’s funk and French-electro (think Daft Punk) tendencies coagulated in the form of a house track. The song’s fluttering hi-hats and glitchy guitar sampling will likely be emanating from dance floors from LA to Paris.

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MUST LISTEN: Malaa teams up with Dombresky for shattering original ‘Hostyl’

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Mysterious masked producer Malaa has teamed up with heavy hitting house sensation Dombresky to produce a chilling original titled, “Hostyl.” The bruising track features raging waves of bass, fragmented samples of vocals, and a rich, layered bass line that makes groovin’ along irresistible. Malaa is known for his otherworldly, ominous style that showcases some of the heaviest beats in dance music, akin to the sounds of Tchami, Drezo, and Rezz.

“Hostyl” follows the release of “Paris ’96,” a track that brought dazzling vintage funk back with striking deep vibes. Malaa also has his own series of curated mixes titled, “Who Is Malaa” that he releases periodically for his SoundCloud followers. His set at Moonrise last weekend featured many originals and a few IDs that can only mean new music is on the way. With his latest, “Hostyl” we can only expect more to come from the masked, unknown phenomenon.

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Confession Revolution by Evolution of Sounds: Review

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Phenomenal preset packs have come far and few between in recent times. With sample and sound packs monster Cymatics taking over as the prime place to go for sounds, several others have tried and failed to mirror what they have done. But finally, they may have contest.

Evolution of Sounds (AKA: Evo Sounds) is a sample and preset company that has been making quality sounds for as long as I have been making music. Most people will recognize Evo Sounds’ boss, Zen World, as a Youtube star in the production community. From his sound remakes, production tips and more, Zen World has established himself as a great teacher for new beginners. After putting out several preset and sample packs, I truly believe Zen World and Evo Sounds have hit their stride with their new release: Confession Revolution.

With sounds based off of the biggest hits from Tchami’s label Confession, producers will have the ability to start and finish their own Confession-esque bass house records. Drums, bass sounds, FX, leads and more are to be found in this “megapack.”

When I first opened the pack, I reached straight for the Serum Presets. As I was flicking through the presets (playing the sounds through MIDI given inside of the pack), I found myself amazed at how many sounds there were, and how great they all sounded. Many are unique, and many are phenomenal remakes of Confessions’ largest records. One sound in particular amazed me: a sound remade from Dombresky’s hit “Utopia.” The preset, named after the song, was remade flawlessly. With so many leads, FX, plucks and more, inspiration is endless when making any genre with this pack. The sounds in here are truly remarkable. My only gripe? The macro knobs don’t show what they’re affecting, so you have to open up the Serum Matrix in order to see what you’re doing when turning the knob.

Reaching for the drums next, I was shocked at how well they fit in records without any processing. Claps are the perfect size, percussion is unique, and everything sounds tight and ready to go. Surprisingly, two sets of kick drums are included. Provided are your standard punchy/clicky kicks used to cut through a mix. Several of those larger, “thumpier” kicks are provided as well a la Jace Mek’sWhales.”

Also included are vocal shots, FX in the form of audio samples, MIDI and Sylenth1 Presets and even FL Studio and Ableton project files that you can go through and reverse engineer to learn how to make your own songs from start to finish.. Through and through, the pack impresses and is something I will reach to consistently when starting my own records. It’s well worth the money, and I’m excited to see what Zen World and Evo Sounds have to offer in the future!

Be sure to get the pack while it’s still on sale here!

 

 

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Source: Confession Revolution by Evolution of Sounds: Review

Tchami’s Confession Label Drops Stunning Video For Dombresky’s “Utopia”

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Dombresky’s “Utopia” gets a visually captivating music video.

Confession Releases An INSANE Remix Package For ‘Utopia’

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DOMBRESKY has received well deserved attention for the heavy vibes of “Utopia,” and now Tchami’s Confession imprint has seen to a proper remix collection for the record.

Featuring interpretations by Madeaux, Born Dirty, Pyramid, and Asdek, DOMBRESKY’s single is twisted in four starkly different directions, breathing a wealth of new flavor into the track. From insatiable basslines to crushing leads, if you like house, you will love every single one of these remixes. I can’t put a guarantee on it, but just hit play and listen for yourself.

The Utopia Remixes EP is available now on iTunes.

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Source: Confession Releases An INSANE Remix Package For ‘Utopia’