Notaker impresses with full release of long-awaited six-track EP, ‘PATH.FINDER’

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St. Louis-based music producer David Nothaker, more commonly known in the music world as Notaker, has dropped his long-awaited six-track EP, PATH.FINDER. Previous releases “Into the Light” featuring Karra and “Each Other” featuring Eric Lumiere are joined by the introductory “Only In My Dreams” and three additional never-heard-before originals.

The dynamic tracks on the EP all have an underlying dark edge that frames a collection of upbeat, vocal-lead, and ominous singles juxtaposed against one another. “Melophonic” features unique soundscapes with dancing notes that has an underlying future bass melody propelling the track forward. On tracks like “The Longest Night,” Notaker transports listeners to another universe, heightening anticipation through dreamy builds and otherworldly melodies. He caps off PATH.FINDER with a VIP mix of “Into the Light,” which features new glitched-out drops for the original.

PATH.FINDER is out now via Monstercat.

Notaker Releases Second/Final Single From PATH.FINDER EP – Each Other

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Notaker has released Each Other feat. Eric Lumiere, on Monstercat. This is the second release from the upcoming EP PATH.FINDER which is slated for an April 8th release. This is a follow up to the 2018 EREBUS EP, released on Maustrap. Notaker is no stranger to Monstercat, having released Genesis on the Canadian label back

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Au5 taps Danyka Nadeau for transportive single, ‘Eden’

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Lifelong musician Au5 has thrilled fans for years with his unique, complex brand of melodic dubstep and surrounding genres. Fans can always count on the meticulous producer to create songs with flawless sound design, and his Monstercat latest, “Eden,” is no exception.

He crafts an ethereal introduction initially, launching longtime collaborator Danyka Nadeau‘s vocals for added emotion. Her voice soars in the bridge, and Au5 steadily builds anticipation with crescendoing percussion. The drop hits in fine style, favoring heavenly melodies over thumping bass or gnarly wubs. “Eden” is packed with the same blissful, goosebump-inducing qualities that endeared listeners to his music in the beginning, creating feelings of nostalgia for all who listen.

He also recently uploaded his downtempo set from The Ogden in Denver, for those seeking a diverse hour of ambient production.

Good Morning Mix: Take a bass-heavy journey with Notaker in his new Radar mix

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As a dance music taste-maker, producer Notaker demonstrated his skills in this exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut‘s mix series, The Radar. Since early 2018, the St. Louis native has derived support from some of the most respected labels in the game, taking shelter at mau5trap for his debut EP Erebus I that peaked at No. 6 on the iTunes top electronic albums chart. In addition, he’s seen increased success with the Vancouver-based imprint Monstercat, a relationship he forged to release his latest single, ” Into The Light” featuring Karra.

This mix will guide listeners on a “sonic journey,” as he explores a diverse arrangement of sounds within the “electronic spectrum.” Kicking things off with “Into The Light,” Notaker maintains a balance between light and heavy bass music, including the REZZ remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity,” the 2017 Flume hit “Hyperreal,” k?d‘s show edit of “Find Paradise,” a collaboration from up-and-comer 1788-L featuring Totto on “Full Burst,” and more.

Notaker’s latest single is out now on Monstercat.

Lunar Lunes: Lemaitre reveal new single, NWYR and Andrew Rayel join forces, Mark Knight releases new Toolroom original + 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.

Norwegian indie duo Lemaitre bring their breezy, easygoing style to “Fast Lovers,” and Andrew Rayel teams up with W&W under their NWYR alias for “The Melody.” The Disco Fries reveal a funky remix for “Blue” from Kaidro on Armada, and Rogue returns to Monstercat for the dreamy “Oceans.” Dirty Audio taps Shai Hicari for powerful “Run & Go,” and Maddix turns up the intensity on his noteworthy big room number, “Zero.” Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight delivers a new original, “The Mystery of Old Ma Clifton,” and Mako drops a remix of last summer’s “Murder” by Alex Ariete. MELVV takes on Katelyn Tarver‘s “Kool Aid” in his newest venture, and Steve Brian remixes Tritonal‘s “Gonna Be Alright.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 76

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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.


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.

Notaker Drops Heavenly Track Into The Light Feat Karra

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Yesterday, Notaker released Into The Light featuring Karra on Monstercat. This marks the second time the two artists worked together on a track since the hit collaboration between Declan James and Notaker titled Who I Am. Notaker is no stranger to the label having played several Monstercat stages as well as having multiple label releases.

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Saturday Night Session 008: Vicetone talks about their custom built studio home and how their love for technology has impacted their creative output

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Dutch duo Vicetone is known for their quintessential feel good sound that has been inducing nothing short of euphoria over the past seven years. Friends turned music producers Ruben den Boer and Victor Pool quickly started gaining momentum in 2012 after signing to Monstercat, and later joining as support for Nicky Romero‘s Nothing Toulouse: North American Tour. Their career ascension fortuitously coincided with the peak of the progressive house era, and from there, Vicetone has become a poster-child for the genre.

Despite their lengthy career, Den Boer and Pool have mainly stuck to releasing singles and remixes as opposed to full length albums. They are set to release their second EP this spring, titled Elements, and it is the follow up from their previous EP release in 2016, Aurora. Elements will be the first creation to come out of their brand new studio compound in Nashville that is described as, ‘a home custom-built to maximize their creative output with a state-of-the-art space housing two separate studios.”

The duo spoke about their creative process, and how having two separate studio spaces has greatly heightened their efficiency and output, saying, “we have two studios on separate floors that are connected with a very fast server. We can sync up all our projects, samples, and presets. The great thing is that we’re a short walk from each other, so we work together in the same studio a lot, but still have the opportunity to work on different tracks at the same time.” They continue, “When a track has been completely arranged, and we have all the sounds picked out as well, we usually start the mixdown process, which is often easier done solo as it’s more technical than creative. The fact that we can work together in a studio and 10 seconds later work in two studios separately speeds up our workflow a lot.” Their state of the art studio spaces have also been able to fulfill another hobby of the friends, which is translating their love of technology into custom built PCs created specifically to maximize their production abilities with Ableton.

Vicetone explains, “We love all things technology. We love video games as well – we have all modern consoles and a sweet gaming rig as well. Fun fact: we hand-build all our computers, including our studio computers, which are completely overkill, but it allows us to run the biggest projects in Ableton without lag.” Fans will now get to hear the creative output of their brand new studio set up with Elements. The first release from the EP was “Something Strange” featuring Haley Reinhart, and Vicetone’s Saturday Night Session includes brand new release, “Fences.” The track is a subtle melody that features guitar as the leading instrumental element that provides the perfect sonic juxtaposition with the bouncy drop.

 

 

When speaking to what their Saturday Night Session mix will get listeners’ ready for, the duo exclaims, “If you want to go out, our mix will get you energized. If you want to stay in and watch Netflix documentaries about the cosmos, this mix will get you in the right mood.” The versatile mix is certainly fitting for any night the listener wishes to have, and it’s the perfect sneak peak into what is to come from EP, Elements.

 

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To each of you- what is the favorite song you have ever released of all time?
Ruben: It’s really hard to say. It’s almost like picking your favorite kid as a parent. If I had to choose, I’d say “Nevada.” It was a complicated track for us to mix right, but a very rewarding and fun experience. I still love playing it out to this day and get a fuzzy feeling.
Victor: Our “Sparks” remix was the first song of ours to ever be played on the radio. That was a huge moment for us in our career, and I still remember it very fondly – it’s a special track for us for that reason.

I read that you have a state of the art space in Nashville that you produced your new EP
Elements in, and within this space, you each have your own studio. Can you tell us a little more about your creative process- and how you work together?
We have two studios on separate floors that are connected with a very fast server. We can sync up all our projects, samples, and presets. The great thing is that we’re a short walk from each other, so we work together in the same studio a lot, but still have the opportunity to work on different tracks at the same time. When a track has been completely arranged, and we have all the sounds picked out as well, we usually start the mixdown process, which is often easier done solo as it’s more technical than creative. The fact that we can work together in a studio and 10 seconds later work in two studios separately speeds up our workflow a lot.

The last EP you released was Aurora in 2016. What can fans expect from the new EP Elements? How has your music evolved?
We still love how the Aurora EP turned out, but we both feel that this EP is stronger and catchier compared to Aurora. It’s hard to put into words how we have evolved – this is something our listeners should comment on – but we feel our sound is improving every year. The goal of Elements was to showcase multiple facets of the Vicetone sound, while still keeping the melodic and energetic core the same. There should be a track for just about every type of Vicetone fan out there on this project. We’re really excited to hear the feedback on the different songs on there.

When you both started producing together, did you ever imagine you would have ended up here?
We always dreamt of this lifestyle and dreamt of doing music full-time, but it always felt like a pipe dream. Slowly realizing that this was actually happening for us was extremely exciting. We really feel this is what we’re meant to be doing, so we’re lucky to have this job.

What is your favorite club and favorite festival respectively to play at?
Very hard to choose. We’d say New City Gas is our favorite music venue as far as indoors goes. It is an amazing venue, and it has even more amazing crowds. Montreal is really special for us! As for festivals, it’s hard to pick a favorite. They’re all great and unique in their different
ways. We loved playing Ultra, Tomorrowland, Escapade, Electric Love, Amsterdam Music Festival, the list goes on!

Given you have made a career out of creating music for raves… do you ever actually go to clubs/raves yourselves anymore? When is the last time you went to enjoy the music as a spectator and not a performer?
We got to experience going out to raves during our early years. We used to stay at raves until the early hours of the morning, till 6am, and take a train ride back home for 2 hours. These days we get a lot more enjoyment out of playing our own livesets. Nothing really beats that feeling for us. So we don’t go to raves in the same way as we used to, but we were very big on raves before we started creating our own music.

What are your hobbies outside of music?
We love all things technology. We love video games as well – we have all modern consoles and a sweet gaming rig as well. Fun fact: we hand-build all our computers, including our studio computers, which are completely overkill, but it allows us to run the biggest projects in Ableton without lag. And recently we’ve brushed up our cooking skills as well – it’s a nice break from being in the studio all day.

Worst thing about this career? Best thing?
Best thing is doing what you love the most and getting paid for it. Our work is our hobby – it doesn’t get any better than that. Our least favorite thing is probably not seeing our family and friends as often as we’d like.

What kind of a Saturday night is this mix getting our listeners’ ready for?

Whatever they want. If you want to go out, our mix will get you energized. If you want to stay in and watch Netflix documentaries about the cosmos, this mix will get you in the right mood.

Monstercat Gets Sirius in 2019: Joins Forces With Diplo’s Revolution

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Monstercat: Call of the Wild radio show gets a warm welcome today to the Diplo’s Revolution channel on SiriusXM. Those tuning into channel 52 on SXM every Friday at 9pm PST/ 12AM EST will enjoy what has been an essential piece in bringing the Monstercat community together for more than 4 years; fostering a tight-knit

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 72

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 72Deters 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.


The pure, vibrant energy of this Oliver Heldens remix from Tom Staar is what initially drew me to it. The original is also full of life, but Staar’s take gives it an extra kick in the chorus, priming it for festival stages around the world. I’m hooked on the anthemic kick of the bass and the added percussion elements that make it completely irresistible. Songstress Shungudzo’s vocals work impeccably with the groovy beat, too.

nanobii is a master at flipping iconic childhood songs into modernized EDM masterpieces. He’s done takes on “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid and “Go The Distance” from Hercules. His infectious happy hardcore elements somehow meld perfectly with these nostalgic tracks, and his latest is no different. He’s taken “I2I” from 1995 Disney classic A Goofy Movie and flipped into a powerful live edit. In its brief 1-minute-and-36-second length, nanobii weaves in elements of hardstyle and thumping bass… and it works. Don’t ask me how — it just does.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: any day with Feint in it is a good day. But any day with brand new Feint in it is an even better day. The Manchester artist has revealed his first release of 2019: “Drifters,” out now on Monstercat. In true Feint fashion, “Drifters” is comprised of lush melodies, emotive vocals, and pristine production. This one also contains a gorgeous guitar theme in the background that complements the drum & bass rhythm beautifully.

Also from 1995 is this original piece of music from Japanese film Ghost in the Shell. American drum & bass producer Flite has put his own spin on “Making of Cyborg” from the movie, calling the tune “truly exceptional and timeless” in his description. This five-minute remix is a true journey, as Flite meticulously works to preserve the cinematic atmosphere of the song while adding his own intense stamp on the number. It’s thrilling.

With the release of mau5trap‘s We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation on January 4 comes the arrival of two new i_o songs: a remix of deadmau5‘s “Imaginary Friends” and an original called “404 Anonymous.” The shadowy producer welcomes his listeners to hell in these two authoritative pieces that cement his standing in the music world after a strong 2018. “404 Anonymous,” in particular, shows off his dark and eerie style perfectly, dragging fans into the deepest depths of techno with sinister synths and pounding bass.