Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 112

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 112Deters 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.

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Netsky and Aloe Blacc‘s “Snitch” came out swinging in July, thrilling listeners with wobbling synths, powerful bass, and forceful lyrics. Since it’s Netsky, it was only a matter of time before a drum ‘n’ bass iteration made its debut, and the world is treated to just that via Toronto Is Broken‘s remix. This “Snitch” remix is packed with energy from start to finish.

Matrix & Futurebound are slowly unraveling sets of remixes for Mystery Machine on Viper Records. In the latest set, Flite, T & Sugah, and Glitch City lend their production talents to the April LP. Flite takes on “Believe,” which was initially released last October. He gives the dreamy drum ‘n’ bass track a rougher edge, introducing a drop and following rhythm that are more vigorous than the initial track they’re derived from.

The release of Fox Stevenson‘s debut album, Killjoy, is only a week away. He’s been steadily drumming up excitement by revealing some of its components, including the latest, “Headlights.” Stevenson’s songwriting and production shines in this tune, as his vocals soar over a delicate introduction before he kicks it up a notch in the chorus.

Who doesn’t love “Million Voices” by Otto Knows? The tune is nearly at 30 million YouTube plays and has soundtracked countless parties since its release in 2012. Win & Woo have put their signature slow-burning-yet-groovy take on this beloved song after it was well-received by festival crowds over the summer. “We made it for our Lollapalooza set & loved it so much we knew we had to put it out,” the duo said in the song’s description.

A R I Z O N A‘s ASYLUM album has been two years in the making, and it finally made its full debut on Oct. 11 via Atlantic. The nine-track LP includes tunes like the previously released “Nostalgic” and “Freaking Out,” along with several new cuts like “Where You Are.” The New Jersey trio have a special knack for tapping into listeners’ emotions, and their retro instrumentals complement lead singer Zach Hannah’s vocals impeccably.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass Playlist

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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.


There’s just something about drum ‘n’ bass that’s always spoken to my soul. I remember hearing my first Pendulum song a decade ago and thinking “what on earth is this, and where can I get more?”

The genre began making its way into the electronic music sphere in the early 1990s, right around the time I was born. Its rapid breakbeats took over London and Bristol, ramping up the jungle and rave scene to 160-180 BPM. While still more widespread in the UK to this day, the genre has slowly trickled into the United States EDM scene. We still have a long way to go before drum ‘n’ bass artists are regularly installed as main stage performers at major US festivals, but there’s so much to discover and embrace in the US drum ‘n’ bass scene (I see you, Flite and Boxplot). There’s also an endless stream of quality dnb being churned out overseas, with imprints like RAM Records, Hospital Records, and Liquicity Records as strong as ever in their supporters and fan base.

I regularly tell people that have never really gotten into drum ‘n’ bass to just try. It’s a diverse and ever-evolving genre, full of sub-genres and offshoots. I guarantee you’ll find something you like in some format. Dig through the 100-song playlist I’ve compiled to celebrate 100 installments of this series to see if there’s something there for you!

Thank you, drum ‘n’ bass, for your tireless energy, emotive vocals, and the ability you always have to yank me out of a bad mood and reignite my love for electronic music in today’s day and age. Here’s to you, and the brilliant artists who create you.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 86

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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.


It’s been years in the making, but Matrix & Futurebound‘s sophomore LP is finally here. The 16-track album is filled to the brim with melodic drum ‘n’ bass gems, including this beautiful tune with Ayak, “Follow Me.” The LP’s sixth track is everything Matrix & Futurebound fans have come to know and love from the UK duo. It’s led by gorgeous vocals and backed by an irresistibly infectious beat. This one will be stuck in fans’ heads for days.

It’s been only a few days since the release of Flip-Flop’s new EP on mau5trap, Synthesizer. The compilation’s formidable second track, “Just Do It,” came to life in the old converted church the duo turned into a studio. “We camped out for two weeks and made a serious amount of noise. The sample comes from the cult classic film Pump Up the Volume about a high school student in a sleepy suburb of Phoenix, Arizona who starts an FM pirate radio station prompting a revolution in his school.”

When Oliver Nelson, Tobtok, and Liv Dawson’s “Yellow” first came out in February, I couldn’t get enough of it. (Honestly, I still can’t.) There’s something about that melody that just lodges in my brain, so new and inventive takes on the song are always welcome. Russia’s Kepa is one of the latest to tackle the tune, putting a more subdued spin on it. He’s crafted a dreamier version of “Yellow,” chopping up Dawson’s vocals and giving the background synths a more restrained role. This more mellow “Yellow” is a relaxing breath of fresh air, giving the song an entirely different feel.

Volant and Punker have built a gorgeous, serene soundscape in their new song, “Godwave.” They spend the first minute of their collaboration weaving distant bird calls in between drifting synth notes, building up to a dark, ’80s-inspired drop. The song dives quickly into synthwave territory, building an otherworldly feeling sonic realm. With the overall EP, One, seeming to draw inspiration from outer space and its mysteries, “Godwave” makes for an impeccable addition, leaving the listener feeling as if they’re floating weightlessly into the unknown.

Tut Tut Child‘s Forest Knot project has been built from his experiences traveling and gathering sounds under what has morphed into a new style for the producer. He says the Forest Knot songs “come from a very different place musically and emotionally to the vibe of Tut Tut Child,” and fans have had a chance to experience fully what he means by that in the releases since August. The latest, “Undra,” exudes beauty in every form. It’s a peaceful beauty, though—the kind one might take in while exploring someplace quiet and full of nature’s wonder.

NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + moreLSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

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.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

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: JUCO

Exclusive: Matrix & Futurebound captivate with ‘Spellbound’ ahead of second LP release

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Exclusive: Matrix & Futurebound captivate with ‘Spellbound’ ahead of second LP releaseMatri Futurebound Mystery Machine

Fans have long awaited Matrix & Futurebound‘s sophomore LP. It’s been more than 12 years since release of their debut Universal Truth album, which hit the airwaves on April 9, 2007. The wait for a new body of work has finally come to an end, though, with the forthcoming release of Mystery Machine, a joint release on both duo counterparts’ labels, Viper and Metro Recordings.

Fans will quickly identify several of the LP’s tracks, which have been released over the years as singles, like 2014’s chart-topping “Control” and 2018’s “Believe,” which kicks off the album. They also ramped up for the album’s release in the early months of 2019 with the release of “Got You There” in February. Additionally, tucked in amidst an array of originals are remixes the duo has composed of their own songs, like a “smoke and mirrors mix” of “Live Another Day” and a “cheap thrills mix” of “Happy Alone.”

A song fans won’t have previously heard is “Spellbound,” which sits pretty in the fourth slot on the album. The duo has tapped Grammy-winning vocalist Polina for a truly captivating drum & bass number. “Spellbound” grabs the listener’s attention from the get-go, drawing them in with an infectious background melody and Polina’s compelling vocals. As the song climbs toward the impending drop, its anthemic qualities build. Polina’s flawless voice soars over an impeccably produced bed of synth melodies, adding in just the right amount of bass to complete the sound.

The 17-track Mystery Machine LP is out in full April 12. Pre-order your copy here.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 78

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 78Deters 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.


Drum & bass masterminds Matrix & Futurebound are back at it again. In their latest, they’ve tapped the talents of songstress Zelah for an impeccable combination of adrenaline-pounding drum & bass and heavenly vocals. “I Got You There” marks the longstanding duo’s first release of 2019 and also gives fans a first look at their upcoming album, Mystery Machine, on Metro/Viper Recordings.

Kill Paris delighted fans by dropping a funky-fresh LP on Valentine’s Day, featuring collaborations with artists like Big Gigantic, Fatherdude, Tim Moyo, and more. While all tracks bring something special to the table, his swanky collaboration with Fatherdude is particularly ear-catching, featuring silky-smooth vocals from the New York artist. Kill Paris describes how the track came about in its description: “Sent the beginning ideas of this track to Fatherdude, who instantly wrote these wicked lyrics and just like that – a song is born!”

The music world was also gifted with new Goshfather music on Valentine’s Day. In his newest disco-infused venture, the Los Angeles artist drew from Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” and created his own fun spin on the iconic 1989 hit. Goshfather brought along singer AU8UST for the vocals, and the pair have crafted a fresh take that’s both 1989 and 2019 with filtered vocals and a grooving bassline.

Norwegian artist Rootkit has a fluid style that’s led him to create music across the genre spectrum. From melody-centered future bass remixes to dark house originals, he’s demonstrated his production aptitude across the board. For his newest release, Rootkit takes his talents to Monstercat to drop “Voyage,” a house number that has journey-like qualities, making the title completely appropriate. Beautiful vocals also lend themselves to “Voyage,” accentuating its adventurous spirit.

For weeks, Fox Stevenson has been hyping a new body of work he says is a “little bit different” from what fans may have come to know his music as. He returns to his original focus of songwriting and puts out the first from this new focus of tunes called “Out My Head,” a pop-oriented track that still contains many of the dance-friendly elements his fans have come to know and love. But the spotlight is very much on his vocals in this new release, and it’s beautifully catchy.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 51

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Barely Alive‘s latest is completely unexpected and so unbelievably funky. The dubstep hard-hitters can generally be found creating some of the filthiest wobbles in today’s scene, but their brand new LP sees them painting a canvas of incredibly varied genres. From this groovy collaboration with Great Good Fine Ok to drum & bass on “Warrior” and hip-hop on “Ride Out,” the duo are taking their style to new heights in such a refreshing way.


Prismo gets down and dirty on his latest release, “Solo.” This power anthem puts Jason Derulo’s “Riding Solo” to shame, packing a much grittier, stronger punch. Prismo’s categorized this track as alternative rock, and it certainly leans much more than way than his previous electronic releases. Turns out this is the first of many new tracks in the Austin, Texas artist’s next chapter. “This is the first single from the next chapter of Prismo,” he says in the track’s description. “It’s a statement of my evolution and the passion behind my project.”


And from here on out, we merge into full-fledged drum & bass. New Music Friday has been good to the drum & bass community, delivering heaters from T & Sugah, Matrix & Futurebound, Friction, and so many more. This first one from T & Sugah is the second part of their new two-track Viper Recordings EP. The 3/4 pattern makes for an interesting touch, catching the listener’s ear with its unique beat. Subtle builds and detail-oriented breaks beautifully showcase why this Dutch duo has been on the rise.


Viper Recordings has also delivered the latest from the UK’s famed Matrix & Futurebound: “TARDIS.” They build anticipation impeccably in the introduction, leading the listener down a dark hallway straight into a frenzied drum & bass beat. It’s vivid and eerie, packed with intense, pounding bass and a furious melody. Unfortunately, it’s not out in its entirety yet, but the two-minute clip already previews the immaculate sound design these two demonstrate time and time.


Described by Pete Tong as “one of the big dogs,” Drum & Bass Hall of Famer Friction never ceases to thrill. In his latest, the Brighton producer has remixed UK legends The Prodigy and their song “Need Some1.” This rework is perhaps one of the most intense and creative drum & bass tracks I’ve heard in recent months, further hyping The Prodigy’s forthcoming No Tourists album, due out later this year.

Pendulum’s long-awaited remix album has arrived

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Pendulum’s long-awaited remix album has arrivedPendulum 1

Drum ‘n’ bass dynasty, Pendulum, sent the EDM world reeling when they reunited for a live set at Ultra in 2016 after a five-year hiatus, with new tour dates and festival appearances following soon after. But as of this March, fans have been writhing in anticipation after the group announced there was a remix album in the works, consisting of both their most-famed hits and personal favorites.

Finally, the prolific collection has arrived, with offerings from some of the scene’s most profound presences, including Skrillex (the previously shared “The Island, Pt. 1 (Dawn)“) and drum ‘n’ bass counterparts, Noisia (“Hold Your Color”). Other outstanding offerings include that of Pendulum’s own dubstep duo Knife Party, consisting of the former’s founding members, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, for a full-throttle hardcore remix of “Blood Sugar;” as well as a racing rendition of “Witchcraft” from Pegboard Nerds; and ATTLAS gets uncharacteristically dark for a “Streamline” switch-up.

Pendulum will be touring modestly this summer, making stops in Romania, Ibiza, and even the U.S., for all of which fans would be hard-pressed not to hear some of these new momentous revisions.

First Listen: Matrix & Futurebound release soulful drum & bass heater, ‘Live Another Day’

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There’s no slowing UK drum & bass powerhouses Matrix & Futurebound.

For their latest creation, the duo have tapped British vocalist Alex Hepburn to craft an emotive and soul-packed original called “Live Another Day.” Their music style continues to tie together passionate vocals and the impeccable drum & bass production they’ve spent years perfecting. Hepburn bears her soul in “Live Another Day” — her powerful voice soaring over a perfectly crafted pattern of pounding bass and lively drums.

With euphoric harmonies and and an upbeat vibe, “Live Another Day” solidly unites a star vocalist and two of drum & bass’ biggest names.

Matrix & Futurebound’s new album, Mystery Machine, is due out this fall on Viper Recordings.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 30

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Aylen‘s latest remix is a groovy take on Wuki and Wax Motif‘s “Buns.” He uses a deep bassline to cement the mood of the song: dark, but still funky. I haven’t been able to get this one out of my head.


The vocals in this recent Hegemon release hooked me right away. Ivan Reys, T.Wild and Stinie Whizz mesh together for a beautifully catchy, pop-leaning number. A soaring guitar that fades out into a piano melody toward the end wraps up the track in a captivating way.


French producer Dustycloud continues his tour de force with a new single, “Move.” He uses passionate old-school vocals to fortify this track, driving the chorus with a growling bassline. It’s another excellent addition to his growing discography.


Matrix & Futurebound continue to prove their ranking as two of drum & bass’ head honchos with each new release. This BBC Radio 1 premiere of “Mystery Machine” shows the pure energy and controlled chaos behind the UK duo’s music in the best way.


Ever hear a song and get completely mesmerized by the sheer power behind it? Element‘s new song, “Needles,” had me hooked from the first few seconds. The Brooklyn producer builds a foreboding atmosphere in the introduction, leading to a gut-wrenching drop. Gritty bass and a mysterious melody combine impeccably for three minutes the listener won’t soon forget.