Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + more

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Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + moreArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

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).

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 109

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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


When Haywyre‘s “Tell Me” first came out last November, I was immediately hooked. It’s effortlessly funky, incorporating Haywyre’s own vocoder-filtered vocals and array of bright and blissful synth and keyboard elements. As part of a set of remixes, Notaker is the latest to take on the groovy tune. The St. Louis producer has put his own moody, atmospheric spin on the original, packing a serious punch with dramatic builds and hefty bass. It gives an entirely different tone to the piece, and it’s breathtakingly powerful.

Disco overlords Goshfather and Aylen are at it again. The duo have a joint two-track EP out, featuring the previously released “Found You” and the debut of “Coastin’.” The tune seeks to continue the effortless, sun-soaked tone of the summer months, incorporating a retro melody and carefree lyrics to move the steady bassline along. It’s hard not to move your feet to this one.

Liquicity mainstay Maduk is back with new heat. The Dutch producer teamed up with Calixte to create a truly infectious tune. “Everytime” seems subdued enough in the beginning, but steadily builds into a mighty drum ‘n’ bass song. A piano melody and rushing beat carry Calixte’s vocals beautifully from start to finish. “Everytime” is a tune that’s as alluring as its hypnotic cover art.

Fans of Metrik have long anticipated the arrival of “Gravity.” The release is the first time Metrik has ever featured his own vocals, and the addition rounds out what I believe is one of his best releases in recent history. “This track represents a new wave of music I’ve been developing using my voice, guitar & synthesisers and is the purest expression of my sound yet,” Metrik said of the release.

UKF is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and with it comes an exclusive set of singles and EP from the notable platform. The latest of these is Kove‘s “Le Retour,” a drum ‘n’ bass number with cheery horns and an irresistible overall retro style. It’s quite a swerve from its predecessor, “Motor,” which had a decidedly darker feel to it, but the difference in the songs just demonstrates Kove’s ridiculously wide range when it comes to production and sound design.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 104

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 104Deters 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


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.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + moreSkrille Troyboi

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 has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”

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.

NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + moreDillon Francis Change Your Mind Preferred Press Shot By Lindsey Byrnes E1553870003361

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.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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.

Exclusive: Kove delivers subtle and smooth ‘Echoes’ as first 2019 offering

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In his first release of 2019, British producer Kove offers a powerful liquid drum & bass number on Drum&BassArena.

“Echoes” looks to kick off Kove’s year in fine fashion, measuring out a subtle and smooth track with vocalist Ben Duffy. Duffy’s vocals cast an almost mysterious spell on the track’s swift-moving beat, giving the entirety of “Echoes” a enigmatic aura. Kove’s production is better than ever on this newest offering, leaving listeners wanting more and wondering what’s in store for the remainder of the year.

The track marks Kove’s return to Drum&BassArena for the first time since late 2017, where he unleashed his four-track In From the Cold EP. The style he returns with is similar, too, though “Echoes” delivers a more subdued sonic experience than energetic tracks like “Valkyrie.”

He told DA in 2017 that the drum & bass scene “seems super healthy at the moment” and shows continued support for the ever-evolving genre through its ups and down across the globe.

NMF roundup: new Aoki remix, Wiwek unleashes a ferocious new tune, and Birocratic explores a new sound + many more

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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.

Steve Aoki remixed one of the hottest acts in the world, Korea’s omnipresent boy band BTS.

Lost Frequencies joined with Zonderling for the bouncy single, “Crazy.”

“Ni de Coña” is the raucous result of Wiwek and Mike Cervello joining forces.

Russian duo Volac had their track “No Love” receive the remix treatment from the likes of Dillon Nathaniel, Jay Robinson, and more.

Newcomer Wolves By Night releases his debut EP on BMKLTSCH!, a two-tracker of downtempo, vocally prominent, tunes that portend big things to come.

Korean producer Raiden teamed with France’s Tom Tyger for a “C’est La Vibe,” a gritty house tune that’s sure to set the dance floor ablaze.

Noah Cyrus tapped One Bit for her latest collaboration, the thudding electro-infused single “My Way.”

Birocratic expanded his style with his remix of of Pool Cosby’s “Thrive,” maintaining his trademark groove while building a structure of vigorous synth patches around smooth, breathy vocals.

Kove followed up his recent chat with DA with a new atmospheric single “Ain’t No Love.”

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James Rockhill, known to the music world as Kove, has been taking the drum & bass world by storm since his beginnings as an artist in 2012. In the five years since his debut, Rockhill’s sound has morphed and transformed as he’s honed his sound. He’s toyed with house music for singles like “Jericho” and “Comin’ On Strong” in 2016, but his forthcoming collection of music takes him back to his fast-paced drum & bass roots. In From The Cold is a four-track exploration of the very essence of Rockhill as an artist, showcasing his raw, old-school style.

In From The Cold is out Nov. 24, and we have an exclusive first listen of “Dig It,” below.

Why was “Ain’t No Love” chosen as the EP’s lead single? How does it pave the way for the rest of the EP? 

I feel like it is representative of where I am musically at the moment so it felt like the right one to re-introduce myself with after the break I’ve just had. It’s got an old-school raw flavour to it in my opinion, which is a theme that runs through this EP and a lot of the stuff I’m making.

How long has this EP been in the works?

It’s actually been a relatively short turnaround with this one. I had the demo of “Aint No Love” knocking about for a fair while before anyone really heard it. Risky at DNBA got hold of it and suggested putting it out, and that really kickstarted writing DnB again for me. The rest of the tunes on the EP were written in the space of a few weeks and here we are now!

How does In From the Cold differ from your previous Nightfires collections?

The most obvious difference would be it’s all drum & bass. I really used Nightfires to explore different styles and techniques, such as exploring rock music through different vocalists and using guitars instead of synthesizers. There’s also a lot of house tunes on those EPs. With In From the Cold, I wanted to get back to the sound that I started out producing, going back to my roots so to speak.

What are you most excited about in today’s dance music scene?

Dance music is exciting at the moment. It seems to be equally looking forward and dipping back into the old school at the same time, which I think is a good place to be. There was so much talk of the ‘EDM bubble’ and its inevitable burst, but electronic music seems to be from strength to strength and diversifying all the time. It’s also interesting to see how much pop is becoming influenced by more left field styles like trap and the whole ‘SoundCloud rap’ thing, rather than pop-house being so prevalent.

What do you see for the future of drum & bass?

It seems super healthy at the moment. I don’t think you’re going to see it bothering the charts as much as it has been in recent years but that seems healthier for the more underground sounds. I personally think we’re going to see a bit of a resurgence in more melodic dancefloor tunes, much in the same way dubstep is hinting towards pre-2010 sounds.

What are your plans for 2018?

Plenty more new music! I’ve been on a writing spree recently so I can’t wait to get new beats out. Apart from that, I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road!

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