Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 108

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 108Deters 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 really, really love Mamma Mia. It’s fabulous, and so is its soundtrack. In the rare moments when today’s electronic music scene acknowledges the greatness of ABBA, I rejoice. So this week, I rejoice in Kramder‘s “disco tool” edit of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” It’s just way too fun.

Aero Chord‘s new EP, The Sound, arrived Sept. 12 via Monstercat, delivering four songs of broad sonic range. The collection’s title track bursts into the listeners’ ears with anthemic production, booming with powerful, trap-oriented goodness from start to finish.

Unexpected drum ‘n’ bass is the best drum ‘n’ bass. I certainly wasn’t expecting it when I saw Manic Focus had released his sixth studio album, but I was pleasantly surprised when the first track had a racing beat. “Star Sweeper” still contains many of the groovy, jammed out elements fans have come to expect from a Manic Focus track, but they’re incorporated in an unexpected way.

Duskus‘ new original is a relaxing piece, leading the listener to sonic bliss with a subdued beat and filtered vocals. The orchestral interlude brings a different form of calm, delivering an almost therapeutic sense of peace.

Direct and Matt Van are an iconic duo, consistently delivering impeccable sound design and production when they get together. Their newest, “Cold Ground,” is no different, bringing their fans a flawless, mellow experience. The artists seem to implore the listener to get lost in the passion they’ve put into their music, and it’s easy to do.

Luca Lush, YehMe2, Manic Focus, and more amplify PLS&TY originals on ‘Run Wild/Feeling Forever (The Remixes)’

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Luca Lush, YehMe2, Manic Focus, and more amplify PLS&TY originals on ‘Run Wild/Feeling Forever (The Remixes)’PLSTY 2018 Portrait 1

Flaunting an organic, instrumentally eclectic makeup, PLS&TY‘s two-track EP, Run Wild/Feeling Forever, tapped into a fluidly developing sonic freshness that swiftly set the production apart from fellow releases in the electronic circle. With ebbing vocals of a hypnotic caliber and metallic textures to offset the silk of these looping vocals, “Run Wild” touts elements that lend the track well to re-imaginative endeavors. Luca Lush, former Flosstradamus constituent, YehMe2, Manic Focus, and Ducky accordingly submit their remixes of the PLS&TY original on Run Wild/Feeling Forever (The Remixes).

Luca Lush amplifies the record’s potency via his addition of striking pops of bass and an accelerated beat arrangement. Likewise never one to shy from the integration of bass, YehMe2 offers a gritty, low-end heavy take on the lucid track. Manic Focus’s rendition surfaces as a comparatively more muted reprieve from the intensity that Luca Lush and YehMe2 bring to speakers, while Ducky ups the ante with another high octane flip.

PLS&TY’s “Feeling Forever” is also the recipient of two revamps, courtesy of Vindata and Bondax. Vindata’s is a glitchy, beat oriented rework that preserves much of PLS&TY’s original. Bondax’s is an ambient showing that newly engages piano chords, to add another instrumental layer to PLS&TY’s already mellifluous effort.

Lunar Lunes: Deorro and Danny Avila team up, Nofone makes mau5trap debut + more

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Lunar Lunes: Deorro and Danny Avila team up, Nofone makes mau5trap debut + moreDeorro Press

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.

Deorro and Danny Avila start the week off right with the release of their new collaboration, “Keep It Goin’,” and Nofone makes a mau5trap debut with “Who Is It?” Volant pays homage to Avicii with a remix of “Fade into Darkness,” and Bishu takes on one of today’s hottest songs, “Old Town Road.” Above & Beyond unveil Trance Wax’s rendition of “Clear Blue Water, and Mielo puts his own spin on NERVO‘s “Habit.” Thomas Gold kicks up the intensity with “HI LO,” and Trivecta brings aboard Monika Santucci for “Tornado.” Manic Focus brings his effortless good vibes to “Never Grew Up,” and Super8 & Tab deliver “Trigger” on Armada. Seattle’s Manatee Commune crafts the perfect spring soundtrack with “Growing Pains,” and ZΛCK MΛRTINO links with Dyson for “Mood.” SICK INDIVIDUALS rework August’s “Reaction” into a “SICK remode,” and Tennyson remixes PLS&TY‘s “Motives.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Manic Focus drops huge Liquid Stranger remix, announces ‘Minds Rising Remixed’ track list

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Almost one year has passed since Manic Focus released his smashingly fun fifth studio album, Minds Rising. Since that time, John “JmaC” McCarten has laid down landmark performances at Hulaween, Envision, and the biggest headlining show of his career in his hometown of Chicago.

Now, JmaC announced his Minds Rising remix album, in which the electro-soul producer hand selected the remixers for the package with an emphasis on portraying the wide reaching styles of his wildly ambitious original. The LP includes the blow out halftime destruction of Liquid Stranger, the psychedelic beat-smithing of Emancipator, the bass infused jam rhythms of Sunsquabi and Wick-It The Instigator, the downtempo hip-hop stylings of Edamame, and many more.

To celebrate the forthcoming release, Manic Focus gives fans a first listen of the Prob Cause-assisted track, “Putting All of my People on,” remixed by WAKAAN label boss, Liquid Stranger. The track takes a more subdued approach to it’s original, replacing the deep horns and kick snares with warbly synth lines and the broken beat stylings of his free form bass stamp. Be on the lookout for the full album on May 10, 2018.

Mind Against Remixed Track List:
1.) Drop In (feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns) (SoDown Remix)
2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. Prob Cause (Liquid Stranger Remix)
3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)
4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)
5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)
6.) Pushing feat Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)
7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)
8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)
9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)
10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)
11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)
12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)
13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)