Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 126

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 126Deters 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


Essenger‘s forthcoming album on FiXT Neon has been full of surprises. In his latest single release, “Lost Boys,” he recruits synth-rock trio Young Medicine. The nostalgia-inducing tune is full of twists and turns, creating an air of mystery in the beginning before building to include a plethora of dramatic rock elements.

Foxhunt‘s new album, Unhallowed, is an intense journey from start to finish. From hard-hitting “Macabre Magnifique” to the emotive “Memorium,” this 11-track LP has it all. As someone who loves electro-swing, a track called “1932” caught my ear. A pounding bassline contrasted with retro vocals and horns makes for such a fun listen.

Flite just continues to get better and better. His new two-track Liquicity EP is one of his finest releases to date, with the first half bringing “Joy” to the listeners’ ears right away. A dreamy melody drifts leads into a relaxing drum ‘n’ bass pattern, topped off by powerful vocals that proudly proclaim “I give you love / you bring me joy.”

Party Ghost takes a subdued approach to his newest piece of work, “Awake,” capturing the first waking moments in a delicate and contemplative manner. The producer says he was inspired to incorporate guitar elements into the track after playing consistently, and the result is peaceful and soothing.

I first fell in love with Matt Van‘s “Conifer” upon its initial release in early December and wondered how other producers would interpret his beautifully wistful tune. Summer Was Fun follows Direct and Mr FijiWiji in reworking “Conifer,” adapting the song in an upbeat and refreshing manner.

Lunar Lunes: Kaskade proves third time’s a charm with ‘Redux 003,’ Com Truise remixes Hermitude + more

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Lunar Lunes: Kaskade proves third time’s a charm with ‘Redux 003,’ Com Truise remixes Hermitude + moreKaskade Photo Cred MarkOwens

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.

Kaskade has delivered the third installment of his beloved Redux series in the form of Redux 003, featuring tunes like “Ruckus” with Sego. Com Truise puts a retro spin on Hermitude‘s “Every Day” as part of a remix pack for the single, and EASTGHOST returns to bitbird to deliver “Remote Viewing.” After premiering on Dancing Astronaut, Madeaux‘s revival of “Black Magic Woman” makes its official debut, and Wuki takes to his Wukileaks channel for “Boasty.” Shakewell reveals a remix of Dillon Francis‘ “Fix Me,” and Example releases a set of remixes for “All Night,” including Jamie Roy’s “Up All Night Remix.” Conro breathes new life into “Remember You” with a new chill mix, and Zonderling releases a remix of Dannic and Promise Land‘s “Over.” Ryos takes to Proximity to unveil “Only You” featuring Sara Skinner, and Pegboard Nerds kick up the tempo on “Back to Me.” Timmy Trumpet releases “World At Our Feet” just in time for festival season, and R3HAB links with Norway’s Julie Bergan for “Don’t Give Up On Me Now.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Mark Owens

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).

Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + moreEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

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.

After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 80

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 80Deters 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.


Korean pop star teamed HYO up with 3LAU for the sassy “Punk Right Now” in late 2018, drafting both English and Korean iterations. Months later, the track has been given a bold rework by Madeaux, who’s put his signature dark, bold stamp on it with a booming bassline and formidable builds. His steamy style works effortlessly with HYO’s unabashed vocals, and the result is a remix that’s equally gritty and cohesive. Madeaux’s rework is part of a three-track remix EP also includes takes by KUURO and Raiden.

Dutch producer Maduk has returned with a brilliantly diverse three-track EP via Liquicity Records. In the EP’s opener, “Go,” Maduk teams up with vocalist Lachi to craft a euphoric drum & bass piece that delivers the listener directly to the heavens with spirited horns and soaring vocals. “I started working on ‘Go’ one year ago and the instrumental gave me so much energy and happiness right away,’ Maduk says in a release. “I have never recorded this many brass instruments (trumpet, saxophone, trombone, tuba) for a track before, so it’s very exciting!”

French artist Icy Lust has gone through a huge life transformation over the past year. The former web developer quit his job and moved to Paris study sound engineering at Abbey Roads Institute, something he calls one of the best choices of his life. “Lots of things started to get clearer,” he told DA. “Got surrounded with inspiring people, lost myself in deeply listening to music that enhanced my moods. I started to really ask myself what do I love, feel, and what kind of stories my brain builds through those records. It has been a whole introspection, and still is.” His newest track, out now via Tasty, takes place at this turning point. It’s a beautifully and deeply introspective piece, comprised of moody melodies and lush vocals. His future knows no “bounds.”

Essenger‘s clear knack for production and knowing what “works” shines brighter and brighter with each release. The Kansas City artist has only been releasing music under this moniker for less than a year, but he’s already made a name for himself with innovative originals and unique takes on songs like deadmau5‘s “Strobe” and WRLD‘s “Rooms.” His latest is an original called “Afterburner,” which he’s branded as a “synthwave/alt.” The single is much more than either of these classifications, however. He builds slowly, with emotive vocals and twinkling melodies. The chorus, however, takes off like a rocket, with a powerful guitar melody and racing synths. It’s a gorgeous blend of nostalgia-inducing synthwave and something that’s all Essenger’s own.

Party Ghost‘s latest is a brief but satisfying number, packed with all the elements that comprise an ear-catching piece by the California producer. “Thinking About You” marks his first release since December’s “Wraith,” which was a decidedly darker piece. This latest one has a wistful and dreamy atmosphere to it, sprinkled with lighthearted melodies and subtle bass. Distant vocals of “I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout you” weave in and out between a bouncing beat, creating the easygoing environment of someone caught in a daydream. Its message is simple and sweet.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 48

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 48Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Oliver Nelson is back with another polished disco tune. In “Talk,” Linae’s glossy vocals complement Nelson’s production perfectly, creating a disco atmosphere that’s both modern and retro. The original comes as the Swedish producer’s first release since his January collaboration with Tobtok, “99 Red Balloons.”


I stumbled across a visionary trio a few days ago and was intrigued by the combination of synthwave and Fleetwood Mac. Brooklyn musicians Jaguar Dreams used “simple instruments and modern machines to feed the primitive appetite for dance” in this cover, and it’s a dreamy, gorgeous wonderland. Did I mention that this is their first release ever? The future is bright for this trio.


No matter the feelings toward Drake‘s smash hit “In My Feelings” and its accompanying viral dance movement, listeners will surely appreciate this take from talented brass aficionados Brasstracks. Abandoning Drizzy’s vocals for bright horn stabs, the duo have crafted an infectious rendition that’s packed with power and energy.


Party Ghost‘s venture into darker music has led to some incredible productions. His latest, “Cloak and Dagger,” is completely unpredictable. It gathers momentum slowly, building and dropping into pounding, shadowy bass, followed by another surprise that hits just before the two-minute mark. Incorporating dubstep and heavy wobbles into the final part of the track, Party Ghost demonstrates there’s nothing he can’t do.


Rameses B has been on a roll this year, dolling out one drum & bass masterpiece after another. For his latest, though, he’s followed up his January Spacewalk album with its second installation: Spacewalk II: Zero Gravity. This psytrance track, “Space Race,” is perhaps one of the most upbeat of the album and is both delicate and complex at the same time. “We are explorers and diverge with grace because no matter which path we choose we end up exactly where we need to be,” he says of the album. “Music can tell that story and this music can help us get there.” Couldn’t agree more.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 42

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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.


Since he started releasing music again at the beginning of last year, Party Ghost has been on a roll with originals. Each one’s been quite varied in style, tied together with his signature dark and somewhat glitchy vibe. “Kill,” released in early April, slams its listener with deep, reverberating bass — much like his most recent: “Phantom.” This stormy, brooding vibe is executed perfectly in “Phantom,” though it’s more subdued than its April predecessor. “In the year 2145 the world is ran by Spectre Industries,” Party Ghost notes in the song description. “The story begins with Phantom.”


Ryan Browne has been consistently wreaking havoc on the dance music world with fiery remixes and originals that put a hardcore twist on tracks like Krewella‘s “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” In his latest, a cover of the classic “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, Browne whips out the drum sticks for a powerful take on the 2007 classic, mixing in elements of hardstyle and dubstep for a rendition that’s not for the faint of heart.


Armada powerhouse Armin Van Buuren has followed up his mid-April “Therapy” with the release of a funk-injected remix from Throttle. The Melbourne artist has made a name for himself with groovy hits like his take on “Hit the Road Jack” and his remix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s iconic “September.” His “Therapy” remix looks to be another stellar addition to his discography, as he adds a classic disco vibe to James Newman’s vocals.


There are few things I love more than the mixing of genres. German drum & bass duo Neonlight have put a VIP spin on one of their own tracks, combining gorgeous orchestral elements, soaring electric guitar and a drum & bass rhythm for a formidable four-minute venture. Its action-packed, cinematic feel is bolstered by hefty bass and dramatic builds that leave the listener wanting more as the synths peter out at the end.


Fresh off a four-track NEST HQ EP, Canadian duo Chuurch have come back with a sultry remix of REZZ and 13‘s celebrated collaboration, “DRUGS!” Digging into the style they call “lean bass,” the pair have crafted a remix saturated with wobbles and weighty bass. REZZ and 13’s haunting melody drifts in and out of the remix, allowing the duo to carry it through while adding their own unique twist.