Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 117

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 117Deters Beat Lab@0.

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


The Knocks released “Colors” in the final days of summer 2019, seeming to wish farewell to warm-weather days with the dreamy and bright single. A few months later, remixes for the tune have begun to trickle out, including this latest one from Robokid. The Los Angeles-based producer has kicked the song into a new key and injected it with energy. It’s infectious.

Scottish disco maestro Last Island has been on a roll in 2019, churning out more than a dozen tunes since February. Among them are his Sustain EP and an otherworldly rendition of Madeon‘s “All My Friends,” and he follows them up with a remix of Ellis and ILY‘s “Falling Through.” He’s infused the single with more electro and disco elements, giving it an entirely new feel.

Vancouver duo The Funk Hunters are back with another effortlessly funky masterpiece. They’ve tapped the talents of A.Skillz for “Body Move,” and the result is a piece that’s captivating both in its beats and in its vocals. It combines elements across the electronic music spectrum, encouraging listeners of all persuasions to embrace it in its entirety.

Friction‘s music is timeless, and his deep involvement in the drum ‘n’ bass community has led more than two decades worth of fans to embrace his artistry. The former BBC Radio 1 host takes to his own Elevate Records to release his newest tune: the much-anticipated “Good To Me.” Powerful female vocals lead the introduction, building steadily into the hefty drum ‘n’ bass rhythms the producer’s become so well-known for.

Side note: Only a snippet of “Good To Me” is available on SoundCloud, but you can find the full version here.

Camo & Krooked never shy away from pushing the drum ‘n’ bass envelope. Their incorporation of different styles of dnb make singles like their latest, “Set It Off,” make their music intriguing to the ear. American rapper Jeru The Damaja lends his fearless vocals to the verses, largely stepping back on the chorus to let the unique drop shine through.

The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019

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Best-New-Bands-Artists-2019Every autumn here at Stereogum, we look long and hard at the last 12 months and pinpoint which new artists make us excited about the future of music. We then organize those artists into our annual Best New Bands list, celebrating what they’ve already accomplished and highlighting them as someone to keep an eye on … More »

Lunar Lunes: What So Not and Flux Pavilion join forces, The Bloody Beetroots and Holly deliver ‘DAWGS’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: What So Not and Flux Pavilion join forces, The Bloody Beetroots and Holly deliver ‘DAWGS’ + moreWhat So Not Decadence Nye 2017 Rukes

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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Zedd, Jonas Aden, Ellis, and KUURO deliver electrifying flips of ‘365’

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Zedd, Jonas Aden, Ellis, and KUURO deliver electrifying flips of ‘365’Zedd Press Photo

Zedd‘s newly released collection of “365” remixes is proof that the producer is on a musical mission to draw his listeners to the dance floor. The four-track remix pack features takes from Jonas Aden, Ellis, KUURO, and of course, Zedd himself, as the established hit-maker submits a an electrifying rework of his original production. The group of remixes kicks off with Zedd’s revisionist effort, an extended revamp with considerable sonic horsepower.

Zedd’s alternative version of “365” departs from the radio-friendly construction of the original in many ways. The four-on-the-floor beat arrangement, the rousing build that Zedd develops at the beginning of the track, the bass grounded drop that ensues, and inverted, looping vocal cuts from the original all serve as examples. Long-term Zedd listeners will hear elements of Zedd’s early electronic style audible in this “365” remix, which materializes as Zedd’s refined return to his dance driven roots, with a deeper, house  inspired twist.

The exhilarating character of Zedd’s opening endeavor extends to the remaining three inclusions of 365 (Remixes). Jonas Aden and Ellis’ remixes quicken the original’s BPM count, to amplify the affective power of “365.” The remix collection closer, KUURO provides a formidable finale to the four-cut showing.

Artist Portraits From Stereogum Range Life 2019

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bbymuthaStereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own BandMore »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

Ellis – “Something Blue”

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Linnea Siggelkow — the woman behind the musical moniker Ellis — is a rising purveyor of wistful dream pop and shoegaze. The Hamilton, Ontario-based musician was one of our Artists To Watch last year upon releasing her breakout debut EP, The Fuzz. Now, having recently signed to Fat Possum, Ellis is back with … More »

The Year Of The EP… Or Is It An Album? Or Is It A “Project”?

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BoygeniusFor once, Vince Staples wasn’t sure what to say. Five days after dropping another incredible collection of songs, the Long Beach rapper and reigning Twitter MVP logged into his account and wrote, “I was about to tell y’all FM! not an album but I don’t even know what an album is anymore so … More »

25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

Ellis – “NYE” Video

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Ellis - "NYE" VideoThis week we named darkly dreamy Ontario indie rocker Ellis an Artist To Watch and premiered her fantastic The Fuzz EP. The project is out officially today, and with it, a video for closing track “NYE.” … More »