Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 76

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 76Deters 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.

Metal and electronic music have been colliding more and more as of late. This collision takes many different forms, including artists like Matt Lange putting their own spin on the instrumentals of a song originally fueled by rock elements. Lange has taken Periphery’s “Lune” and leaned into its subdued beauty, crafting a minimalist backbone of warped bass and a dreamy guitar melody that drifts softly throughout the course of the remix. He allows Spencer Sotelo’s vocals to take center stage in his remix and has crafted a perfect atmosphere to complement Periphery’s original.

Notaker‘s off to an incredible start of 2019. His latest, “Into The Light,” pairs beautifully with its accompanying artwork, which depicts a shadowy forest highlighted by beams of sunlight. Karra‘s heavenly vocals set the scene, leading listeners into a gradual build before dropping into a booming melodic drop. Chirping birds and atmospheric layers of synths create an environment that’s both serene and powerful, as Notaker demonstrates his strong command of sound design.

Far Out’s “Worlds Apart” is what today’s future bass wishes it could be. Much like Notaker’s “Into The Light,” Far Out assemble this dreamy soundscape slowly, building gradually with lush beds of synths, piano, and strings. One could easily mistake this for an orchestral piece until just after the minute mark, when bass and drums enter to assert their dominance. “Worlds Apart” is a world within itself, full of mystery and anthemic melodies that make this a real showstopper.

And now, for a darker turn. Krayysh returns to Mad Zoo with a positively eerie remix of Shadient‘s “Leidenfrost.” He’s been making a name for himself on the Canadian label with his shadowy creations, only stepping briefly into the light for “Talk To Me.” Overall, though, his work takes a trippy, walk-in-the-woods-at-night tone, bolstered by glitchy bass and ominous melodies. His take on Shadient follows along this creepy pathway, pummeling listeners’ ears with haunting ambiance the entire way.

In a world full of endless “Shelter” remixes, it can be difficult to stand out. But REAPER is making his mark with daunting take on the iconic Madeon and Porter Robinson track by packing it full of bass and giving it an unexpected twist toward the end. The vocals have been pitched down in a way that’s a bit menacing, making the song feel more aggressive right from the beginning. With a drum & bass switch-up that takes over the last minute of the song, REAPER makes sure this remix is unforgettable.

NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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: Christian Miller

Exclusive: Ric Wilson – ‘No Hands’ (produced by Madeon & Lido)

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Exclusive: Ric Wilson – ‘No Hands’ (produced by Madeon & Lido)Ric Wilson

Rising talent Ric Wilson clearly has a bright path ahead; the young hip-hop act is new on the circuit, yet has already caught the attention of both Madeon and Lido. Both agreed to produce his latest effort, “No Hands,” and the result is an infectious piece of music. Free-flowing bass and cheery melodies make an appearance, trademarks of the producers making the background track, while Wilson’s smooth verses speak of victory and growth. It’s a pieced that oozes with positivity, and succeeds in brightening the mood wherever played — especially when the sax solo ties everything together at the end.

This rapper and activist is certainly one to keep an eye on; not only is he getting cosigns from bass greats, but he’s also started a cultural movement in his own right with his BANBA (Black Art Not Bad Art), in which he’s been known to tackle deep subjects in his art. This is the kind of talent the world needs right now, and based off glowing reviews from Pitchfork to the Chicago Tribune, Wilson’s on the path toward spreading good in a huge way.

Of the collaboration, Wilson had this to say:

“Madeon’s a good friend and this isn’t the last you’ll hear from us.. This song is for everyone that I’ve inspired and has been an inspiration to me. We young and we out here and we got this. I LOVE YALL.”



Photo credit: Michael Salisbury

Lido Credits Skrillex, Madeon, Halsey And More For The Production Of A Single Off His New EP

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Lido has become synonymous with quality production over the last few years. The Norweigan producer is best known for his outside the box production methods, clean, crisp records and his innate ability to inject layers of emotion into his music. This past Friday Lido released his new EP, I O U 2. The lead-off single

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup win

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup winDJ Snake World Cup

France defeated Croatia in the World Cup finals on Sunday by a score of 4-2, marking their 2nd ever world cup victory. Countless French DJs took to social media to share their support and excitement. Below are reactions from some of them.


With the Wolrd Cup trophy and FIFA’s Young Player Award winner, Kylian Mbappe.


Made a song.


Translation: “Proud to be French.” Him and Tchami just finished a No Redemption show in ELECTROBEACH at Le Barcarès, France.


Repping the blue, white, and red. Go blues!


Sharing with fans one of his earliest memories and letting people know there’s a good atmosphere in France right now.


Wasn’t born during the last world cup. Translates to “dedicated to all the adults who told us kids we didn’t “know the World Cup.” WHAT NOW?!?!


Celebrating out in Place de la Bastille in Paris, France.


Shouting out the French coach.



“Champions my brother.”


Promises a song with Alison Wonderland regardless of result.

Saddened with his Croatian grandmother.

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Madeon Teases New Announcement With Help From The Pixel Empire Podcast

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Like many artists of the same caliber, Madeon has a cult following. Rezz has her cult, Bassnectar has his Bass Heads, and Madeon has The Pixel Empire. His fans went so far as to create a podcast dedicated to discussing the artist, as well as music productions. Madeon is incredibly involved with his fans. So

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Madeon Finally Uploads His EVIL Edit Of ‘Shelter’ As A Free Download

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Madeon and Porter Robinson’s collaborative single, ‘Shelter’, and tour of the same name was one of the musical highlights of 2016. It was the in-between time that separated the Worlds era of Porter and Virtual Self. It was the time where we saw Madeon mature from boy-wonder to full out dance music superstar. It was

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Madeon’s debut studio album ‘Adventure’ is three years old

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On March 27, 2015, French producing powerhouse Madeon released his debut studio album, Adventure.

The album was the result of years of work from Hugo Pierre Leclercq. He first announced the beginning stages of the album in May 2013 and, though the album was rumored to come out in 2014, Leclercq took some additional time to get Adventure just right.

It was worth the wait.

The inaugural LP, which featured standout tracks like “Pay No Mind” with Passion Pit, “Home” and “Imperium,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top dance/electronic albums and was met with high praise from fans and media outlets around the world. Madeon released two editions of Adventure: a 12-track LP and an 18-track deluxe format that included additional tracks like “The City” and “Cut the Kid.”

The debut collection of songs truly lived up to its title as an adventure. Whether he’s collaborating with Kyan in “You’re On” or Foster the People‘s Mark Foster in “Nonsense,” Madeon further cemented his status as a first-class artist through an LP that’s only become more loved as time has passed.

Relive Adventure in all its glory below.

A-Trak shares sharp scratch routine of Porter Robinson and Madeon’s ‘Shelter’ [WATCH]

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A-Trak‘s taste in music is generally a pretty solid barometer for what’s hot right now. He closely keeps up with fan favorite pop, dance, and hip-hop, but where he differs from the rest of us mere mortals is his ability to step behind Technics and a mixer and do something magical with the earworms he’s into. In the tail-end of the year, A-Trak has ramped up his video channel, frequently sharing short scratch routines and personal edits of the tracks that are in his rotation at the moment. He’s covered Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Post Malone, N.E.R.D. and more, though his latest addition to the ‘#REALDJing’ video series is a flawless tribute to Porter Robinson and Madeon‘s sweeping success “Shelter.”

Clocking in at just a minute, A-Trak chops up the young superstars’ hit collaboration with his legendary Midas touch, finessing his way through immaculate padwork and scratch breakdowns. Not quite a remix, but rather an homage so to speak, A-Trak’s rendition of “Shelter” and obvious seal of approval for the next generation of dance music’s torch carriers.

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A-Trak, Bauuer team up on new tracks, ‘Fern Gully’ & ‘Dumbo Drop’

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A-Trak Flips Porter Robinson and Madeon’s ‘Shelter’ In Ridiculous Live DJ Routine

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‘Shelter’ was easily one of the biggest release of 2016. The collaborative project between Porter Robinson and Madeon which gave life to a tour of the same name helped cement the talents of the young duo more or less forever. It was a powerful and emotional track which captivated fans everywhere. A-Trak who has been

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