Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 104

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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.

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On a recent synthwave binge, I stumbled across a group by the name of Lebrock. It only took one track (“Runaway“) for me to become completely hooked, and I was thrilled to see the release of a new tune called “Takes All Night” on Aug. 8. Soak it up in all its retro glory.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Oliver Nelson and Tobtok are a dream team. Their latest piece of work together is no exception, and they add their groovy touch to Wilder Woods’ “Supply & Demand” with ease. A steady-rocking bassline and the original track’s vocals work in harmony for a blissful remix.

UK drum ‘n’ bass aficionado Kove has proven himself force to be reckoned with in 2019 with releases like “Echoes” and “BEARCLAW.” He’s returned in the heart of festival season with a new Drum&BassArena heater, “Motor,” which grinds with all the ferocity of, well, a powerful motor. It’s an epic piece of work.

Aug. 16 marks the release of HEYZ‘s first EP since his Schedule 1 compilation on mau5trap, and the three-track Human 404 is in a league of its own. Tracks like “In My Arms” clearly demonstrate a new sonic path for the producer, and it’s exciting to see. Read my Q&A with him here.

Sullivan King‘s rock-infused touch has been far-reaching in the electronic music sphere since his appearance on the scene, and he’s made a name for himself by continuously demonstrating his versatile skill set. His latest is a cover of Excision and Illenium‘s 2018 collab, “Gold,” and the musician’s vocals work flawlessly with the version he’s created.

HEYZ launches his next sonic chapter with ‘Human 404’ EP [Q&A]

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The artist known as HEYZ has only been releasing music for a little more than two years, but he’s been making early waves with high-profile releases like his Schedule 1 EP on mau5trap. Though still early on in his music career, the producer has transitioned to what he calls the “next chapter” of his sound, which listeners can observe in his new Human 404 EP, out Aug. 16 on Bite This.

Over the course of the three-track EP, fans will still be able to observe the shadowy realm of his techno and heavy bass roots, but tracks like “Castaway King” and “Clear” tap into a more vocal-oriented side of the North Carolina artist’s production.

Read our Q&A with HEYZ, then stream the new EP below.


What can fans expect from the Human 404 EP?

Fans can expect for their lives to completely change once they listen to the EP. All personal issues should be erased, debts cleared… if someone was having an issue getting a girlfriend or boyfriend, the EP will immediately make them a sex magnet with a personality to boot that would stand up to a three-hour one-on-one conversation with Matthew McConaughey at a half-empty bar in the middle of nowhere. Truly transformative shit. On the real, fans can expect to hear three (hopefully great) records that are a mixture of strong melodic and cinematic concepts with heavy-bassy backbones and “get-stuck-in-your-head” type vocals. 

What does this EP mean to you?

The EP means a lot to me, honestly, it’s a representation of the “next chapter” of the HEYZ project. I titled it Human 404 because the lyrical themes deal with personal relationships and the emotions that come with them. For example, “Castaway King” is a metaphor for when a beautiful girl lures a guy to his demise using Greek mythology to paint the picture of a siren luring in a ship. MAYLYN and her writers killed it… some Shakespeare-type shit, straight up.

What are some of the key differences between Human 404 and the Schedule 1 EP?

Schedule 1 was me at my adolescence of producing, each record was among the first 10 records or so I ever wrote and finished. I think my actual production/writing skills have improved since then, and that should be reflected in Human 404. I just try to get better with each new record. Human 404 is slower, grittier, heavier and a tighter “song writing” wise. You’ll still hear my love for beautiful melodies in both EPs and a focus on thicc boy basslines, but Human 404 is me being truer to myself as a producer. I hope if you have been a fan of mine, or are just discovering me, you’ll enjoy both. 

What prompted this “next chapter” in your sound?

It was actually a really specific instance. I played a headline show in LA last year and played a techno set from start to finish. The room was half-full and I felt like I couldn’t get the crowd as engaged as I wanted to. I compared how I felt during and after that set to how I felt playing very small local sets in North Carolina throwing down nasty bass music and how absolutely raucous it made me and the crowd. I had a realization that the music I was making wasn’t quite what I wanted to play in my sets. I started writing Human 404 on the plane ride back to North Carolina with a focus on creating a vibe that could both light up a venue and be an everyday listening experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some killer techno sets, but yeah, I really enjoy playing and making bass music. 

Why did you choose “Castaway King” as the initial single?

I found it to be always stuck in my head and thought it was a good “single-package” representation of the EP as a whole. People I showed the EP to early also gravitated towards that song in particular… there were also many cases of “Clear” and “In My Arms” coming out as favorites as well.

How did the collaborations with MAYLYN and TIAAN come about?

My good friend Joey, who actually discovered my early music and got it signed to mau5trap, linked me with both of them. Both “Castaway King” with MAYLYN, and “Clear” with TIAAN were pretty effortless endeavors when it came to meshing their respective vocals with the instrumentals I was writing. Kudos to both those amazing artists for killing it! 

What’s coming up for the remainder of 2019?

I’m going to keep finishing records. I’m writing some even gnarlier records and actually have another one finished with MAYLYN. I’m going to find a manager and agent and become the world’s most famous and attractive EDM artist on the planet. Once that’s done, we’ll likely be focusing on solidifying my contracts to headline Coachella and Ultra next year if we can get the money right, I’m not stooping below 10 million and an 18-wheeler full of Virginia tobacco Juul pods and Bud Light.

Who are some artists you’re inspired by lately?

I’m really inspired by Porter Robinson‘s all around musical greatness. His melody writing is fantastic and he really has a talent for writing records that will endure the test of time. I also love Peekaboo and his ability to write really stripped down records that smack like a donkey on Adderall (dunno if that metaphor made any sense but it did to me). I also listen to a lot of progressive house like Lane 8 and Anjuna peeps. ALWAYS inspired by The M Machine as well!

What are you most excited about in the electronic music scene right now?

I’m excited about how damn good everyone is. It’s quite frankly annoying but inspiring, because you hear new records every week that make you go “how in the fuckleberry did they do that? How did they think of that?” It seems like electronic music just keeps reaching new heights in terms of quality. I don’t think the bubble has burst, matter of fact I think it’s going to keep getting bigger and bigger… unless country/trap completely takes over and everyone is wearing ass-chaps, boots, and gold chains. 


Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 103

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 103Deters 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


ShockOne recently debuted his sophomore LP, A Dark Machine, and its title track is—in a word—thrilling. Featuring the entrancing vocals of Reija Lee, this drum ‘n’ bass tune is expertly crafted and has a unique quality to it that’s both dark and enticing.

Last Island has been on a roll this year. After his May Sustain EP, the Scottish producer has continued to churn out quality works, including his latest, a funky rework of Xan Langston’s “Don’t Think Just Feel.” In his interpretation, the vocals to glide over an effortlessly groovy beat in such a fun way.

Tom Budin‘s originals are consistently smooth and sleek, and whether he’s creating an original piece of work or remixing another artist, fans can always expect top-of-the-line production. His newest, a remix of Loui PL’s “Right Here,” is no exception. A sexy bassline anchors the tune, complemented by sultry vocals.

HEYZ previews his forthcoming LP with its first single, “Castaway King,” featuring the vocal talents of MAYLYN. The song is a dynamic initial showing from the compilation, incorporating light, flowy elements with a reverberating, dramatic bass.

Murtagh‘s new EP is comprised of just two songs, but in this pair, listeners will find 14 minutes of sheer bliss. This progressive Macarize release sees the producer tackle two times of day, 9 and 10 a.m., with vast differences in tone and ambiance. “9AM” is a gorgeously dreamy number, painting a picture of a perfect morning.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX team up + 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.

Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”

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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HEYZ comes into his own with ‘Darkest Little Friend’

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Over the course of the past year and a half, mau5trap‘s HEYZ has put forth an enticing array of tunes — from his originals like the powerful “Nice” to his “Schedule” series. He’s made a name for himself through an ominous techno theme, but now he’s looking to switch things up a bit.

“After reflecting on my first year of HEYZ, I wanted to step in a new direction with my sound and really put forth records that utilize my full capabilities as a musician, songwriter, and producer,” the North Carolina producer says of his new release. “I grew up with a natural ability to play instruments without training and write poetry at a high level. It was refreshing to step away from a ‘pure techno’ sound, pick up my guitar, and write lyrics to create ‘Darkest Little Friend’ — a record I’m really proud of.”

HEYZ has released “Darkest Little Friend” independently, tapping the talents of regular collaborator darkDARK to craft a tune that evokes nostalgia through its downtempo beat and synthwave elements. Many of the shadowy ingredients fans have come to know and love from the producer are still folded into “Darkest Little Friend,” but they’re tucked cleverly behind Chris James’ alluring vocals, which take center stage in this song.

NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + 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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

HEYZ casts more dark magic with new mau5trap single, ‘Schedule 4’

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Any techno heads not currently aware of the consistent heat coming from HEYZ won’t be able to ignore the North Carolina-based producer for much longer. Although his 2017 debut offering on mau5trap‘s Foar Moar Vol. 3 compilation was a track titled “Quietly,” the arrival of HEYZ to the darker genres of dance music has been anything but. HEYZ has steadily unleashed meticulously crafted creations for the past year, crowned by a debut EP via mau5trap called Schedule 1 in February 2018.

“Schedule 4” arrives as a final aftershock from the Schedule 1 era. The song is a beautifully bleak journey through desolate soundscapes and seismic techno drops, with previous co-collaborator Genevieve Vincent of darkDARK providing ominous vocal ambiance. HEYZ’s direction for the track comes in crystal clear, as the producer explained his mindset during the creative process.

“Schedule 4 is a special track, and the perfect ending to the ‘Schedule 1’ series. With ‘Schedule 4,’ I wanted to recreate those surreal experiences I’ve had in clubs when a record hits so hard it takes your breath away. Genevieve of darkDARK’s vocals adds the perfect eerie touch to make the record extra dark and menacing.”

HEYZ frequently describes his sound as “power and beauty.” On “Schedule 4,” he brings the former element in spades.

The Radar 111: Mixed by HEYZ

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Merely a year ago, North Carolina’s HEYZ burst onto the scene with a synth-heavy original, “Odyssey.” Just months after, he made his debut appearance on mau5trap with “Quietly” and has been with the label since. Earlier this year, his Schedule 1 EP was released — a collection of music “all about putting forth a sound that naturally wanted to come out of me, music with beauty and power.”

The techno-leaning producer also started a mix series called House of HEYZ, which made its debut with his “for lack of a better radio” guest mix for mau5trap. He packed the mix with everything from emotive house tracks to dark and sinister techno, luring fans with an enticing blend of danceable beats. Now, HEYZ presents his sophomore House of HEYZ mix in the form of a DA Radar mix, below.

In addition to this dynamic mix, there’s also a chance that Electric Forest weekend two attendees will be able to catch this techno titan amongst the trees. Keep an eye out.

HEYZ – Daylight ft darkDARK

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One month after the release of his debut EP on mau5trap, HEYZ has returned with a euphoric house tune on Ride Recordings.

The North Carolina producer has teamed up with duo darkDARK for “Daylight,” a nostalgic progressive house song that departs from the heavy techno vibes HEYZ offered on his Schedule 1 EP. Singer Genevieve Vincent’s captivating vocals help set the tone for the collaboration, slowly submerging the listener in a warm but slightly melancholic pool of dreamy synths.

This change of pace shows a different side of HEYZ, demonstrating his versatility as a producer.

deadmau5 unleashes complete track collection from BBC Radio 1 residency on Spotify

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Deadmau5‘s struck an underground gold mine, and luckily, he’s happy to share the wealth.

After an exciting string of announcements amidst the mau5’s final BBC Radio 1 residency show, the big cheese has thrilled fans with a more immediate gift. Fans of deadmau5’s radio show can relish in a complete collection of the music the artist slung out over the course of the last year thanks to the amusingly-named Spotify playlist “for a lack of a better playlist.”

From the music of Pryda, Gallya, ATTLAS, No Mana, Josh Butler, Rinzen, and many more, Mau5trap‘s gathered together the show’s complete 207-track long list that’s plenty easy to get lost in for 22 hours and 42 minutes if one feels so inclined.

Mau5trap’s looking towards an eventful new year. With fresh music from Joel Zimmerman, a new show, new signees, and more, it’s a good time to be a fan of the label, indeed.

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