Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 33

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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.

Fresh off his debut album in October, KRANE continues to wow. His latest is a stunning remix of Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One.” Backed by top-notch sound design throughout and a series of dramatic, fluttering synths in the chorus, KRANE’s crafted a beautiful rendition of an already tiptop song.

After months of waiting, dubstep fans finally have new Dodge & Fuski material. Turns out they’ve been working on an 13-track album, humbly titled The Greatest Album of All Time, and “Mistakes” with PhaseOne and The Arcturians is one of its latest singles. The Disciple track is one of pure energy. It’s packed with the heavy wubs we know and love from both bass acts, along with haunting vocals from The Arcturians that give the track a unique flavor.

Koven kick off the sophomore installment in the Monstercat x Rocket League collaborative album series with a drumstep original, “My Love.” Katie Boyle’s heartfelt vocals put a more lighthearted touch on the verses, but other parts of the song are a whole different animal. The duo have put together a track that exudes intensity in the best way, making it the perfect kick-off for the forthcoming compilation album.

Unlike Pluto has tapped into my nostalgia. Last Friday, he released an incredibly emotive cover of My Chemical Romance‘s 2004 hit, “Helena.” His vocal-centered rendition strips down the original track to a slower-paced ballad that oozes pure emotion and passion. Unlike Pluto’s voice is so well-suited for this track, and I’ve found myself re-obsessed with it 14 years later.

Seven years and countless remixes later, Porter Robinson‘s “Unison” remains one of the greatest hits of the early “EDM” era. It’s been reworked, revamped, reshaped, and re-imagined into genres across the board — and some are truly a treat. This latest one from SYN is a substantial contender. The mysterious producer ushers in the iconic melody before plunging listeners into a sea of glitchy bass. It’s raw and harsh, but in the best possible way.

H/T to DA managing editor M. Cooper for this one.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Two Friends keep fans happy with another new remix of Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ [Free Download]

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Keep em’ coming Two Friends.

The LA-based duo have released a new remix of Dua Lipa‘s hit track “IDGAF.” The high school best-friends rose to fame with their highly-esteemed remixes of tracks like “Mr. Brightside” and MGMT‘s“Kids” (played at college parties everywhere). Capitalizing off their previous successes, the duo have recently taken their talents to original works like “Just A Kid” with Kevin Writer.

Returning to what they do best, Two Friends have thrown a wavy spin on Lipa’s chart-topping pop single. Catch them in concert as they approach the final dates of their “Just A Kid” tour.

Martin Garrix Received Both Gold and Platinum Records This Week

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It is no secret that Martin Garrix is kind of a big deal in the world of EDM. He is constantly releasing some of the most infectious tracks, and continues to sell out arenas all over the world. Earlier this week Martin closed down the winter Olympic games with a powerful set that was seen

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Alice Merton Is Ruling Rock Radio. Is A Pop Crossover Next?

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Do you remember where you first heard “Royals”? Almost any guess could be correct — and not just because the song achieved the sort of ubiquity you’d expect from a #1 hit. More »

Watch Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Alma, and MØ perform ‘IDGAF’ in BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge

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This is a photograph of five recording artists.

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This is, if nothing else, a feat of scheduling.

This is also 76m combined monthly Spotify listeners.

This is the answer all popstars should give when they are inevitably asked, because they’re always asked aren’t they, who they’d cast in a modern version of Lady Marmalade.

This is a stage school kid whose big break was a telly ad for The X Factor, alongside someone who went to art school and joined a punk band, alongside someone who crashed out of a European version of Pop Idol five years ago, alongside someone who was playing shithole gigs when she was 14, alongside someone who won a Swedish TV show when she was 10.

This is people who’ve pursued success, it’s someone who found herself on the most-streamed song of all time, and it’s one person who’s deliberately swerved chart domination, despite it being theirs for the taking, in pursuit of their own musical vision.

This is three people who didn’t break through with their first album, one person who did, and one who’s TBC.

This is one person smiling like she’s on an 80s pop magazine cover, one person doing that mouth-open thing only popstars can pull off without it looking like they’re in the middle of eating, two people looking like they mean serious business and one person avoiding eye contact all together.

This is, admittedly, not the greatest advert for ethnic diversity in pop.

This is still a hint of what happens when different personalities with different ideas and different experiences and different talents, of different ages, from different backgrounds in different countries, make sense in a room together.

This is a group of people whose ages range from only-just-20 to a-few-months-off-30.

This is five artists nobody who’s currently putting bands together would put in a band together. They’d write their own Number One single and direct their own video.

This is a one-off moment, but why does it need to be?

This is what girlbands could be like in 2018 if the music industry wasn’t such a bag of shit.

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Like The Stay Puft Man Before Him, Marshmello Just Keeps Getting Bigger

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Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »

Watch Dua Lipa Cover Arctic Monkeys For BBC Radio 1

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Dua Lipa, the rising British pop star who’s coming for America next, stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to cover the Arctic Monkeys today. She offered a soulful, stripped-down take on “Do I Wanna Know?” accompanied only by a piano, and you can watch her live interpretation below. More »

Tomorrowland tickets are on sale now

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After drumming up excitement over the past few weeks with lineup announcements, general sale tickets for Tomorrowland 2018 are finally on sale.

The iconic Belgian festival added artists like Dua Lipa, Rødhåd b2b Âme, Pan-Pot just days ago, in addition to previous announcements of Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz and many more.

Pre-sale tickets for the iconic Belgian festival sold out rapidly, and general admission tickets are sure to fly off the virtual shelves as well.

Tomorrowland will return to Boom, Belgium July 20–July 22 and July 27-July 29. For tickets and more information, visit the festival’s website.