Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 98

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


In mid-June, Liquicity Records continued the celebration of its 10th anniversary with the release of Reflections Pt. 2. One of the album’s eight tracks—Shock One’s remix of Ekko & Sidetrack‘s “Long Summer”—recently made its way to SoundCloud. It’s a gorgeous drum ‘n’ bass piece, featuring the heavenly vocals of songstress Reija Lee. She sets the mood for the emotive song with a silky introduction, paving the way for the pure, soulful energy that is to follow.

Black Caviar have gracefully morphed Bazzi‘s trap-infused “Paradise” into an upbeat house remix in their latest release. The Pennsylvania natives maintain the original’s smooth-flowing vocals and prep the instrumentals for the dance floor by adding a steady-grooving beat. They keep the mood light with a piano melody that reflects the easygoing simplicity of summer nights—which this tune seems to have been made for.

Fresh off a remix of Local Dialect’s “Poseidon,” Gorgon City have returned to deliver a brand new original, “Elizabeth Street.” The UK duo pay homage to the birthplace of house music, Chicago, in this new piece of work, luring listeners in with a somewhat dark atmosphere and an irresistible bassline. “Elizabeth Street” makes an excellent addition to the pair’s 2019 discography, which at only halfway through the year is already impressive.

I wrote about StayLoose and Fatherdude‘s “Illusions” in May, and my obsession with the tune carries into the remixes of it that’ve followed. One of the latest is from an Australian producer by the name of Dream Fiend. The artist takes a retro approach to his take on the track, bringing in elements of nu disco and synthwave to deliver listeners to the past. Bright synths elevate the song to new levels, and it’s addicting.

Pittsburgh synthwave duo Arcade High recently released their 10-track New Impressions LP, giving fans a taste of the ’80s over the course of the album. The last track before the digital bonus track is “Only Memories,” which harkens back to simpler times with a moody synth melody and a retro beat. It’s wistful and nostalgic, sprinkled with elements of a beloved decade that’s seeing a resurgence in recent years.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 78

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Drum & bass masterminds Matrix & Futurebound are back at it again. In their latest, they’ve tapped the talents of songstress Zelah for an impeccable combination of adrenaline-pounding drum & bass and heavenly vocals. “I Got You There” marks the longstanding duo’s first release of 2019 and also gives fans a first look at their upcoming album, Mystery Machine, on Metro/Viper Recordings.

Kill Paris delighted fans by dropping a funky-fresh LP on Valentine’s Day, featuring collaborations with artists like Big Gigantic, Fatherdude, Tim Moyo, and more. While all tracks bring something special to the table, his swanky collaboration with Fatherdude is particularly ear-catching, featuring silky-smooth vocals from the New York artist. Kill Paris describes how the track came about in its description: “Sent the beginning ideas of this track to Fatherdude, who instantly wrote these wicked lyrics and just like that – a song is born!”

The music world was also gifted with new Goshfather music on Valentine’s Day. In his newest disco-infused venture, the Los Angeles artist drew from Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” and created his own fun spin on the iconic 1989 hit. Goshfather brought along singer AU8UST for the vocals, and the pair have crafted a fresh take that’s both 1989 and 2019 with filtered vocals and a grooving bassline.

Norwegian artist Rootkit has a fluid style that’s led him to create music across the genre spectrum. From melody-centered future bass remixes to dark house originals, he’s demonstrated his production aptitude across the board. For his newest release, Rootkit takes his talents to Monstercat to drop “Voyage,” a house number that has journey-like qualities, making the title completely appropriate. Beautiful vocals also lend themselves to “Voyage,” accentuating its adventurous spirit.

For weeks, Fox Stevenson has been hyping a new body of work he says is a “little bit different” from what fans may have come to know his music as. He returns to his original focus of songwriting and puts out the first from this new focus of tunes called “Out My Head,” a pop-oriented track that still contains many of the dance-friendly elements his fans have come to know and love. But the spotlight is very much on his vocals in this new release, and it’s beautifully catchy.

NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + more

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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.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 62

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Silk Music has been consistently been releasing some of the prettiest music in the electronic music game right now. In a seemingly endless span of releases, the label pumps out beautiful songs and EPs like this one: eleven.five and Andromedha’s Ode to the Rising Sun EP. The introductory track, “To Mean It,” is a sparkling composition of  twinkling synths and soaring melodies. Its transportive qualities have me hitting repeat over and over.


Silky-smooth producer/vocalist Fatherdude returns after September’s “Summer Gone” with a new offering, “Business.” This swanky tune is driven by a funky guitar lick and some groovy percussion, with Fatherdude’s vocals serving as the cherry on top of this soulful piece of work. Each of Fatherdude’s releases seems to surpass the last – with this one being perhaps his most well-polished tune to date. I can’t get it out of my head.


After remixing Drake‘s “In My Feelings” this summer, Jersey club king DJ Sliink has delivered his latest: a bumping rework of Bruno Mars’ hit “24K Magic.” This remix serves as a perfect reminder of why Sliink is one of the most notable producers of the genre: its impeccably produced, with his signature vocal chops cutting up Mars’ vocals in a compelling manner. Its lighthearted atmosphere delivers a fun new side of this hit song.


Who knew The Knocks‘ “House Party” would mesh so effortlessly with Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic? The New York duo surprised fans a week before the spooky October holiday with a seven-minute rendition of their standout single woven into “Thriller,” and they match up undeniably well. This is a perfect one to add to Halloween playlists with its modernized flair – and, of course, Vincent Price’s unforgettably creepy narration.


Knife Party‘s classic “Sleaze” with Mistajam will forever remind me of college parties when it first came out. The infamous chant of “until they kick us out, people, move your feet” would get louder and louder as the song went on, and it’s seared into my memory with the hazy nights that accompanied it. So when No Mana and i_o began teasing their resurrection of the song, the nostalgia hit hard and I couldn’t wait to hear the full product. It has finally arrived, and it’s everything I could’ve hoped for. They’ve held onto the iconic chant but have warped and skewed it in their techno-oriented ways, adding a furious build that leads into a speedy, bass-fueled drop.

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.

Fatherdude’s latest is chill in all the right ways

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Fatherdude must really be feeling the heat leave New York, because his latest release is chill in all the right ways.

Flush with R&B and electronic elements, the listener quickly realizes Fatherdude is taking it to a new level with his latest single, “Let Me Live.” The track smoothly welcomes itself into the listener’s headspace with snaps and a subtle thump of a kick drum. By the time a foot’s tapping, Fatherdude’s vocals make sure to hold the door for the rest of the track.   

The New York native known for his powerful voice sings with a soulful resolute tone, “The devil dared me just to get me to stop/ but you think I still needed saving/ let me live my life” moments before a bountiful bombardment of bass joins the beat and sends it from chill to unarguably catchy. The true tone of the track isn’t overtly dance-y, nor is it reminiscent of any other work; rather it’s music with a message. The crystalline lyrics and gripping sonic transitions encourage the listener to demand what growth and being present demands, absolute freedom.

WATCH: Brasstracks, FatherDude, S’natra and friends record a song in one take

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 25

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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.


Since it came out a few days ago, Mielo‘s track “The Wayfarer” with Pauline Herr hasn’t left my rotation. There’s something completely riveting about this track — from Herr’s haunting, melancholy vocals to the journey-like soundscape Mielo’s composed. Every time I listen, I find myself completely caught up in “The Wayfarer” and its pure beauty.


This one was discovered because of a Savoy repost, which makes perfect sense given their “electronic rock music” branding. This track by newcomers Crymynals and Fatherdude is a fierce electronic tune that dips its toes into elements of rock ‘n’ roll along the way. With a driving bassline and powerful vocals from Fatherdude, “One More Day” caught my ear immediately.


Kayzo‘s debut album, Overload, has been out for a full week now, and I’m still hooked on almost every track. For me, nostalgia hard with this LP, as Kayzo’s incorporated elements of punk rock into almost every track. Songs like “Alright Then” feature The Zealots’ Micah Martin, whose voice matches up impeccably with Kayzo’s heavy style.


London producer Wilkinson has been making huge strides over the past year, from a fiery collaboration with Dimension to his sophomore studio album in April of last year. His latest track, “Decompression,” is another fine example of his drum & bass proficiency. Wilkinson skillfully builds and drops the track throughout its length, drawing the listener in with computerized sound bites and a fast-paced drum & bass pattern.


Continuing with the UK drum & bass theme, The Prototypes have released a sweltering remix of their standout 2017 track, “Electric,” by Mind Vortex. This incredible take on “Electric” is part of The Prototypes’ Get Hype Remixed EP, which is chock full of bold, energy-packed reworks like this one.