Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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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.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


A look back…

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 121

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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


AMTRAC‘s newest is a synth-filled sparkling venture, packed to the brim with beautiful melodies and irresistible vocals. The RCA Records venture is an impeccable combination of modern elements and nostalgic twists. It’s everything a house music fan could dream of, but it’s in a league of its own, categorized under the simple name of AMTRAC.

In early November, Grabbitz revealed his newest Ultra single: “Roam With You,” a tune soaked in emotion and vulnerability. A month later, the Brooklyn native has released a club mix of the original tune, incorporating a hastened tempo and more of notable beat in the chorus. This new interpretation opens the song up to new possibilities, making it more accessible to those crafting club sets.

Tycho‘s newest single leads to anything but its namesake: “Stress.” The relaxed single finds its place amongst the “No Stress” instrumental version and the original July release “No Stress” with Saint Sinner”—but in an unexpected way. It’s warm and breezy, embracing the listener with its enveloping synth work and dreamy melodies.

It’s been more than five years since Uppermost released the original version of “Night Walk.” But here, many years later, the artist has blessed us with a new interpretation of the track. Uppermost has reimagined the track, giving it a deeper, darker feel. It’s still the contemplative, dark piece many have grown to love—just a newer take on it.

Late last week, Matt Van released a new single, “Conifer.” The winter-ready piece took the listener inwards, encouraging them to look inward. Just one week later, Direct and Mr FijiWiji teamed up to concoct their own translation of the tune. One could argue that it’s an even more reflective construction of “Conifer,” incorporating others’ interpretations of the already-beautiful piece.

NMF Roundup: Four Tet remixes ‘Midnight Hour,’ Dillon Francis flips Maroon 5 + 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.

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.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

NGHTMRE taps Gunna for latest hip-hop offering, ‘CASH COW’

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NGHTMRE taps Gunna for latest hip-hop offering, ‘CASH COW’NGHTMRE Gunna

NGHTMRE is keeping his portfolio of music diverse with newest release “CASH COW” featuring Gunna. The single is a Hip Hop release, and it is a refreshing change of pace for listeners who are a fan of NGHTMRE’s ability to produce a wide variety of musical genres.

Many electronic producers have diversified their sound by releasing cross genre singles. These songs frequently enlist elements of non-electronic genres but fuse them with electronic drops. Unlike many electronic music producers who release cross-genre singles, NGHTMRE is known to release strictly Hip Hop singles with no electronic elements juxtaposed with his heavy hitting electronic output.

“CASH COW” is an example of one of NGHTMRE’s strictly Hip Hop releases thanks to its simple and catchy note progression that builds around Gunna’s lyrics. Gunna’s rapping serving as the focal point of the release, and the low BPM makes the track the antithesis of what fans could expect to be featured in NGHTMRE’s live sets. “CASH COW” would find a perfect home in a Hip Hop club.

The single follows NGHTMRE’s recent collaboration with Grabbitz, “Bruises,” which is contrastingly melodic. “CASH COW” is out now via Ultra Records.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 116

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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


Grabbitz‘s latest release is an appearance on Ultra Music for the guitar-laden “Roam With You.” His heart-wrenching voice guides listeners through an emotive introductory verse before launching into a dramatic chorus. The second verse finds the artist harmonizing with himself to further the wistful tone of the piece.

Another Buffalo native, Snow-Key, takes to Future Vibes for a vibrant and powerful future bass-inspired piece, “716.” Likely a nod to the area code of that western corner of New York, “716” comes at the listener swinging after a relaxing introduction. Trippy bass and synth punches wallop the eardrums in an unexpected and enticing way, drawing the listener deeper into the dynamic world the artist has crafted.

Seven LionsOphelia Records plays host to Crystal Skies‘ newest set of tunes: the five-track Constellations EP. The duo have tapped collaborators like Satellite Empire, Gallie Fisher, and RUNN for the EP, and songs like “On My Own” prove that the EP is a gorgeous collection of songs. “Incredibly proud and excited to show you guys this EP,” the duo note in the EP’s description. “Some of our favorite music we’ve ever made and we hope you guys think so too.”

Sofi Tukker have remixed Laurent Wolf and Eric Carter’s 2008 classic, “No Stress”—something that seems to be a career highlight for duo member Tucker Halpern. “When I first fell in love with dance music and started to learn how to DJ, I remember the first ever playlist I made and ‘No Stress’ was on it,” he says in a press release. “I remember being so excited to play it in my first ever set, and it went OFF.” Their rendition is a groovy, up-to-date interpretation, allowing fans of the original to relive the original in a fun new way.

SNBRN comes at New Music Friday hot with a new collaboration with 1993, “DMs.” As sultry as ever, the producer has whipped up an irresistibly deep beat to pair with hazy vocals from 1993. While the vocals may sound passive, the lyrics are feisty, claiming “I got million-dollar deals in my DMs.”

NMF Roundup: Audien reveals debut album, G Jones crafts an ‘Acid Mix’ of ‘Drift’ + 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.

After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”

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.

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Good Morning Mix: Listen to NGHTMRE’s unrelenting Lost Lands Set

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Excision’s Lost Lands has been bass lovers’ haven since 2017, and the 2019 iteration of the festival proved to be no exception. Excision played an unrelenting two-hour lone set in addition to a b2b with Illenium, while other heavy-hitting acts during the festival included Zeds Dead, Borgore, NGHTMRE and more. The event took place between September 27-29, and some of the artists are now slowly releasing their full festival sets for fans to relive.

NGHTMRE is one of said artists, and the LA-based producer has now released his set from the festival for free download via his Soundcloud. The seventy-five-minute set is filled with dubstep and bass that will appeal to fans of heavy-hitting live sets.

NGHTMRE’s style has grown increasingly experimental and diverse over the years. He first became known for his expertise in purely low-end records that riled his crowds, but since then has delved into the realms of hip-hop, and even rock. The producer recently teamed up with Grabbitz for emotive single “Bruises” proving that despite a heavy tour schedule, new music is still always in his pipeline. Those who are craving an energetic start to their day can find the perfect morning mix in NGHTMRE’s Lost Lands set.

Grabbitz and NGHTMRE unveil emotive, bass-fueled ‘Bruises’

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Grabbitz and NGHTMRE have teamed up for the first time with new Ultra Music release, “Bruises.” Grabbitz lends not only his production skills to the track, but also a compelling vocal line that he has dubbed one of his most “challenging vocal performances to date.”

A vocal-led introduction paired with an instrumental-paved pathway guides Grabbitz’s singing before yielding to an unrelenting bass drop. The crux of the tune overtakes the listener’s conscious thanks to punching melody fused with a searing bassline, giving the track versatility for both live performance and radio play. Indie elements fuse with a future bass foreground, giving both producers’ fanbases something to agree on in “Bruises.”

Grabbitz elaborates on this theme in an official release, stating, “There is just something special about ‘Bruises.’ It’s tough to pinpoint, but the raw emotion and high energy came together just right. It’s the perfect blend of our styles.”

NGHTMRE & Grabbitz Fuse Their Sounds On Melodic Ball Of Fire “Bruises”

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After working with A$AP Ferg on ‘REDLIGHT,’ Colluding with Lil Jon, Shaq on ‘Bang,’ and linking with ZHU on “Man’s First Inhibition” – 2019 is nowhere close to ending for NGHTMRE. Arriving at Ultra Records is the epic new collaborative single ‘Bruises’ from NGHTMRE and Grabbitz. NGHTMRE & Grabbitz – Bruises The two prove to be a strong musical match for each other. Delivering

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