Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 67

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 67Deters 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.


Electronic music’s favorite bickering best friends are at it again. After teaming up for a powerful remix of Knife Party‘s “Sleaze” last month, contending colleagues No Mana and i_o have returned for a collaborative original, “Bad Things.” They’ve enlisted vocalist Fay to give their bass-pounding venture an even more sultry vibe and unleashed it to the world via mau5trap. In the track, they’ve managed to blend a variety of genres, making “Bad Things” pleasing to fans of techno, house, trance, and everything in between.

With Skrillex now releasing music on a more regular basis, his latest endeavors are, of course, being remixed into the ground. His mega-collab with JOYRYDE, “AGEN WIDA,” has been flipped, revamped and recycled countless times since its release in late October. One of the latest to take on the fiery track is FREAK ON, a Venice Beach producer whose catalog only contains this track and one other (a remix of Spice Girls). This intense tech house rework of “AGEN WIDA” provides an awesome new perspective on the track, leaning into its house elements for a groovy rendition.

After sitting on the track for a while, Monstercat‘s Grant found that “Castaway” made for a perfect addition to the label’s reoccurring partnership with video game phenomenon Rocket League. “It’s a song about starting over, and the desire to escape from your current life or whatever it is that’s holding you back,” he says of the track. He enlisted vocalist Jessi Mason as a complement to the serene, easygoing soundscape he’d created and built a song that’s simultaneously complex and smooth.

graves can do no wrong. Just weeks after contributing a massive rendition of “If Only You Knew” to What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things Remixes album, he’s back with a new original piece of work. Tapping the talents of singer EZI, graves uses her breezy vocals to set the tone for the meticulously produced pop/trap synthesis he’s created. His versatile ways of production shine no matter what he’s making, and it’s such a refreshing thing to witness and hear.

“i was lost but i was amazed at what i had discovered,” reads dull machine’s description of “the beauty in the hatred.” I, too, am amazed at what I’ve discovered in this track. This carefully designed song ascends with a minute-long introduction, its delicate melody building up to a theme of full-bodied instrumentation and crashing percussion. There’s a unique, endearing quality here — one that’s hard to put a finger on. Fans of Porter Robinson: pay attention.

Lunar Lunes: BIJOU remixes Sinden & LO’99, Andrew Rayel builds beautiful ‘Horizon,’ Sound Remedy takes us ‘Higher’ + more

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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.

Bass house heavyweight BIJOU has returned to AC Slater‘s Night Bass for a hefty remix of Sinden and LO’99‘s “Natural High.” Sound Remedy has delivered his first original tune since April, “Higher,” which is lush with gorgeous vocals and cascading melodies. In celebration of his birthday, Prince Fox has posted a few of his older remixes, including his take on Ariana Grande‘s “Side To Side.” blanke stuns with an impressive remix of Madeon‘s iconic “Imperium,” and Voliik takes on T.A.T.u’s seminal “All The Things She Said.” Tom Fall returns to Armada for an ethereal remix of Limelght’s “Don’t Leave Me Now,” and ECHOS tug at listeners’ heartstrings with the exquisite “Revival.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 65

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 65Deters 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.


I first heard i_o‘s “Low” in the early months of 2018 when he sprinkled the track in a mau5trap mix. Its thumping bass and sultry vocals immediately caught my attention, and in the months since, I’ve replayed that snippet of the mix more times than I’d care to mention. This is i_o in his finest form: churning out preposterously filthy beats with a catchy vocal loop that lures the listener from the get-go. “Low” makes up the first half of his latest EP, which is out now on mau5trap.

So much respect for American drum & bass producers who are pushing the scene here in the States! One of my current favorites is BoxPlot, a Boston-based artist who’s been building a following through releases like “Sunroad” with Flite (who’s also American!) on Liquicity. His latest is a rework of Mint Royale’s 2002 “Blue Song.” BoxPlot has modernized the track and brought it swiftly into 2018, switching up the pace considerably by adding a truly intimidating drum & bass backbone to the song.

Following his “Mirage” release in July, Monstercat mastermind Rogue has returned to deliver “Badlands.” This track is a breath of fresh air in a genre where there’s often little variety in sound: future bass. Badlands is beautifully complex, lush with airy melodies and an overall ferociousness that’s apparent from the first few seconds. This intense atmosphere makes it perfect the compilation its a part of: the latest Monstercat x Rocket League compilation.

After building anticipation through singles like “Just Life” and “Behind Those Clothes,” Jaguar Dreams have at last unveiled their debut self-titled EP. The seven-track collection of songs leads the listener on a somewhat nostalgic journey, dwindling down with the last song, “Tapts.” This one’s a bit darker than its predecessors but is equally beautiful. “This first EP is a collection of songs that came about somewhat effortlessly in a shack in the middle of the jungle using basic instruments,” they tell their listeners in the EP’s description. “We produced and arranged everything back in our studio in NYC and the collection became a true culmination of our collective pasts embodied in a new shape that felt right.”

While I can’t understand a word of this song, its beauty is so utterly apparent. “Hislerim” manages to build a bridge between what many would consider a “heater” and a more melodic, ethereal piece. It ebbs and flows from bass-filled choruses to verses of gorgeous vocals backed by minimalist instrumental elements. This song has it all: twinkling piano melodies, heavenly vocals, a hefty dose of bass — and still comes together in a neatly packaged, comprehensive way. Good music truly transcends language barriers.

i_o tempts listeners with a dance in ‘Low’ places on new two-track EP

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From the smoldering crevices of a mau5trap backroom, i_o is feverishly taunting listeners to get “Low.”

Hot out of the oven of his new two-track Low EP, i_o uses the lead track–which avid fans will recognize from mau5trap’s mix series (Ep 6) where it was teased earlier this year–to continue his maniacal spiral into the deepest throes of torrential techno. As the bass line throbs like its hooked up to an EKG, a decadent female vocal cut declares: “I don’t wanna get high / I wanna get low.” The LA producer’s intentions for the Low EP become clear with the second track, titled “Move,” solidifying the devilishly dancey motif with its skittering hi-hats and abundant low-end bass–topped off by another hypnotic, looping vocal, of course.

When he’s not on Twitter faux-beefing with his like-minded producer pal, No Mana, he’s relentlessly churning out gritty, pulsating dance music as a mainstay on mau5trap, in spite of i_o-scorning “techno purists,” who helped spawn his pervasive recent single, “Not Techno.”

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend 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.

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

i_o and No Mana join forces for a frenetic flip of Knife Party’s ‘Sleaze’

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i_o and No Mana join forces for a frenetic flip of Knife Party’s ‘Sleaze’I O No Mana Knife Party Sleaze Remi

Remixing Knife Party classics is a potentially daunting task for the faint of heart. Two of mau5trap’s most prominent agents of techno, i_o and No Mana, have stepped up to the plate and blasted the challenge out of the park with an ultra heavy remix of Knife Party‘s 2012 track, “Sleaze.”

The producers maintain the raw suspense of the original, but transform its rolling moombahton feel into a relentless monster packed with techno and electro elements. The familiar vocal samples hold serve over a noticeably more up-tempo build. As the madness reaches boiling point, the song arrives at a demonically relentless drop. The kick takes no prisoners on this one, as subtle risers keep the tension steadily rising. It’s borderline impossible to hit as hard as classic Knife Party, but with their collaborative take i_o and No Mana have managed just that.

Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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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 will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 62

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 62Deters 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.


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.

NMF Roundup: Lido’s EP is a must-listen, Dzeko goes deep on bass house heater, The Glitch Mob bring rocking new League of Legends theme song + more

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NMF Roundup: Lido’s EP is a must-listen, Dzeko goes deep on bass house heater, The Glitch Mob bring rocking new League of Legends theme song + moreFalls Festival 2

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


The Magician casts his infectious house melodies on Michael Calfran’s “It’s Wrong,” featuring smooth vocals from Danny Dearden. A bouncing bassline dances with the melody, adding a groovy swing to the remix.

Russian DJ ARTY brings an effervescent light to “Perfect Strangers,” A Euro dance build falls into stuttering electro house. Big, bright synths are part of the lush atmosphere he’s built here, seemingly drawing inspiration from Avicii in his early works.

Timmy Trumpet and Maddix have teamed up to bring stadium-sized psytrance in “The Prophecy,” released off Hardwell‘s Revealed imprint. Middle Eastern vocals dance alongside big kicks and a hefty bassline, while on the verses, bright synths croon above a bed of casual drums, unaware of what’s to come next.

Dzeko teams up with Brazilian producer, Liu, to show off intimidating bass house with body-tingling bass and rhythm-bouncing vocal chops. The melody builds anticipation on “Don’t Stop,” which then drops listeners deep down low into a bass abyss.

Abby Diamond walks along filtered sultry synths, twinkling texture, and accompanying percussive elements in “Irrelevant.” The harmony wafts in the air or flows like water, with Diamond’s dynamic atmosphere personifying elements.

Armada Music has released “Antares,” a bright electro house festival thumper from the two Dutch brothers, DubVision. Inspiring melodies build and maintain anticipation while the kick drives.

Phantoms feature Vanessa Hudgens on their pop-inspired single, “Lay With Me.” Hudgens rides the groove, showing off her range and spirit-lifting hooks.

Anna Yvette gets retro on “Shooting Star,” with her vocals gliding along ’80s synths, old-school drums, and a sparkling atmosphere, while slowing the tempo down for breakdowns. “Shooting Star” also features a sick guitar solo during the bridge.

Lido has released his I O U 1 EP off Emmanuel de Buretel’s Because Music label. “Partake” stands out among the list of must-listens, as a melancholy Lido slows heartbeats and mourns over distraught emotions. The song takes a turn halfway through, touting a story of resiliency.

i_o builds flawlessly on “Feel You Now,” sliding the arrangement into melodic bliss that sounds like stars shimmering in the night. A pulsating bassline drives alongside the big kick rhythm.

League of Legends is known for collaborating with great artists and releasing fire tracks. This time around, they team up with The Glitch MobMako, and The Word Alive for their 2018 theme song, “Rise.” Notes of electronic rock give way to a bit of headbanging in a more pop avenue.

Secondcity delivers groovy funk house with soulful vocals on top in “Tomorrow’s World.” Chord progressions of keys build with sax sounds to create a must-listen for any disco lover.

DJ Doctor Boom delivers a remix pack of JoJo‘s “Oh Yes Oh Yes” off his Del Sol imprint based out of Tampa, Florida. Brian Busto’s stands out for its infectious percussive swing and contrast between gritty lows and scintillating highs.

Hanne Mjøen’s newest single might be called “Sounds Good To Me,” but in actuality it sounds good to everyone. The blossoming Norwegian singer has been signed to Warner — a sign of true talent — and is already capturing worldwide attention with infectious hits like the one above.

Adam Port and RÜFÜS DU SOL make for an enticing combination. The Keinemusik member put his simmering, hypnotic touch on the Australian trio’s original “Underwater,” which works extraordinarily well with the airy chords and feel-good vocals of the song’s first iteration.

Reaper Burst Onto The Scene Dropping Fire

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I stumbled upon a dnb remix of Pendulum’s Granite by a newcomer Reaper. I absolutely love that people can seemingly come from thin air and produce such quality music. Artists such as 1788-L, SWARM, i_o, all have burst on the scene dropping straight fire; You can add Reaper to that list. With under 1k followers

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