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.

New Music Friday: it’s the ciiiIIRRCCEELLLofLLIIIIIFFFFFE

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Plus new music from Guetta & Solveig, Sofi Tukker, Ina Wroldsen, Call Me Loop and K.Flay.

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Lunar Lunes: Autograf share ‘Casual Love,’ FANGS thrills on ‘Money,’ Grabbitz flips Dog Blood + 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.

Autograf preview their forthcoming EP with the release of their new single, “Casual Love,” with The Griswolds, and FANGS debuts on Big Beat Records with a fiery new single, “Money.” Grabbitz ups the intensity of Dog Blood‘s “Turn Off the Lights” in his new flip, and Matroda teams up with Dances With White Girls for “Bang.” Grant returns to Monstercat with “Color,” and Luis da Silva releases a formidable remix of 13’s “Uppercut.” Jarvis‘ new EP, The Bro Code, is out now via Firepower Records, as is um..‘s on Deadbeats, featuring tracks like “what?” Rootkit teams up with Bryan Finlay for “Feel Your Love,” and Dombresky takes a “Simple Hit” in his new single. Chime reveals his take on Dodge & Fuski, PhaseOne, and The Arcturians‘ “Mistakes,” and Dutch producer NWYR unleashes a dreamy new single, “Artificial Intelligence.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 89

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 89Deters 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.


In celebrating the return of Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s Dog Blood project in late March, Grabbitz has taken on the task of flipping “Turn Off The Lights.” Grabbitz cranks up the intensity on this take of the pair’s first offering since 2014, speeding up the intro and leading straight into a glitchy, distorted drop. With its simultaneously fun and heavy atmosphere, this feisty but brief flip is sure to make its rounds at festivals this summer.

One of the reigning kings of anthemic drum ‘n’ bass has returned with his first offering of the year, “Devotion.” Dimension has linked with the talented Cameron Hayes for this latest single, building a sinister drum ‘n’ bass instrumental around her powerful vocals. These two are a force to be reckoned with, and what they’ve created in “Devotion” is pure energy from start to finish.

While we’re on the topic of drum ‘n’ bass power ballads, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tip my hat to Koven‘s latest. Katie Boyle and Max Rowat have composed a truly mighty piece in their latest single for Liquicity. Boyle gives her heart and soul to this song, and it’s readily apparent in every line she belts. The combination of her vocals and authoritative instrumentals is goosebump-inducing, and I love it.

The world saw just one bit of new material from Timecop1983 last year in the form of “Back To You” (which was brilliant, by the way), and the ’80s-inspired producer has now returned with a new single, “My Delorean.” The Dutch producer has teamed up with fellow ’80s enthusiast Primo for the beautifully emotive tune, which tugs at listeners’ heartstrings with nostalgic synths and dreamy vocals.

SIGMA follow up their end-of-March release, “Here We Go Again,” with a merry remix from Just Kiddin. Where the former UK duo chose a breezy pop-oriented feel for their original, the latter UK duo have opted for a more dance floor-ready rendition. A bouncing house beat makes this tune even more infectious, and a fun, filtered twist on Louisa‘s vocals makes this remix one worth hitting “repeat” on many times.

NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + more

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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.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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.

Exclusive: Sigma – Anywhere (Blinkie Remix)

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UK drum & bass phenoms Sigma returned in June with new sound in the form of summer anthem “Anywhere.”

The upbeat, vocal-focused song shone a new light on Sigma’s production, showcasing it in a more pop-centered way. The new direction turned into a huge success for the platinum-selling duo, and “Anywhere” has racked up more than 450 million YouTube plays to date since its release on June 15.

To celebrate the song’s success, Sigma have tapped a collection of artists to craft their own renditions of the song. Part of the remix package is London’s Blinkie, who’s added his own sun-soaked flair to the track. He leans into the song’s feel-good atmosphere, emphasizing the lively piano melody and spirited house beat.

The full remix package for Sigma’s “Anywhere” is out Friday, Aug. 3 and will feature reworks by Lucas Maverick, Tough Love, Wh0, White N3rd, and Macky Gee & Mollie Collins in addition to Blinkie’s remix.

Dimension to mix Fabriclive 98

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London-based drum& bass producer, Dimension, known, among other things, for his residency at Amnesia in Ibiza, mixed his first official Fabriclive mix.

Stringing together a collection of 56 tunes from the likes of Skrillex, deadmau5, Andy C, Sub Focus, and Chase & Status, alongside a handful of exclusive productions, Dimension presents a definitive snapshot of drum-n-bass in 2018. Fabricive 98’s 56-strong tracklist also features 22 exclusives from its talented array of artists. Though listeners can expect a bass-brimming production, Dimension also spoke about how the energy of this mix isn’t solely of the dance floor.

“I wanted to make the mix special,” Dimension says in a press release. “I wanted it to represent my attitude towards the energy experienced at shows, but also appreciated the fact that the mix isn’t always going to be heard on a dance floor.”

Fabriclive 98 Tracklist (Exclusives in bold):

  1. Dimension – Intro /Pull Me Under feat. RAPHAELLA [MTA]
  2. Culture Shock – Rush Connection [RAM]
  3. Concept 2 – Cause & Effect (Calyx & Teebee Remix) [RAM]
  4. The Prototypes – Pale Blue Dot (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  5. Dimension – Jet Black (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  6. Calyx & Teebee – Skank (VIP Mix) [RAM]
  7. Document One – Uh Huh (VIP Mix) [Technique Recordings]
  8. Chase & Status – No Problem (VIP Mix) [Chase & Status]
  9. Dimension – Whip Slap (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  10. Dimension – Beg & Borrow (VIP Mix) [Dimension]
  11. Culture Shock – Bunker [RAM]
  12. 1991 – Witchdoctor [MTA]
  13. Calyx & Teebee – Sawn Off (Dimension Edit) [RAM]
  14. Dimension – Techno [Dimension]
  15. SpectraSoul – 4URGH [Ish Chat Music]
  16. Culture Shock – Lower Frequencies [Culture Shock]
  17. Metrik – Fatso [Hospital]
  18. Dimension – Love To Me (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  19. 1991 – Jungle Cats [1991]
  20. Dimension – Generator [Dimension]
  21. Sub Focus – Circadian [Sub Focus]
  22. Chase & Status – Tribes [Chase & Status]
  23. Dimension – UK (VIP) [Dimension]
  24. Dimension – UK (Skrillex Edit) [Dimension]
  25. My Nu Leng & Flava D – Soul Shake (1991 VIP Remix) [My Nu Leng]
  26. Dimension – Raver [Dimension]
  27. Bensley – Ascension [RAM]
  28. Benny L – Low Blow (VIP Mix) [Metalheadz]
  29. Dillinja –Friday [Valve Digital]
  30. DJ Fresh feat. Sigma – Cylon [Breakbeat Kaos]
  31. Sub Focus – Stomp [RAM]
  32. Chris Lake – I Want You (1991 Remix) [OWSLA]
  33. High Contrast – If We Ever [Hospital]
  34. B-Complex – Beautiful Lies [Hospital]
  35. Rockwell – User [Shogun Audio]
  36. Fred V & Grafix – Just A Thought (2018 Mix] [Viper Recordings]
  37. Deadmau5 – Avarita (Dimension 2018 Remix) [Universal]
  38. Chase & Status – Is It Worth It (VIP Mix) [Mercury]
  39. Sub Focus – Deep Space [RAM Records]
  40. IllSkillz – Directions [Hospital]
  41. Wilkinson & Dimension – Rush [RAM]
  42. Wilkinson – Afterglow [RAM]
  43. Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (Sub Focus Remix) [The Sleepy Jackson / Nick Littlemore]
  44. Dimension – Automatik [Dimension]
  45. Dossa & Locuzzed – Shag (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  46. Turno – The Invaderz (VIP Mix) [Charge]
  47. Metrik – Want My Love feat. Elisabeth Troy [Hospital]
  48. Chase & Status – All Crew [Self-Release]
  49. Koncept – Breathe In [Viper Recordings]
  50. Commix – Be True [Metalheadz]
  51. Sub Focus – X-Ray (Metrik Remix) [RAM]
  52. Tantrum Desire – Pump (Dimension Edit) [Technique Recordings]
  53. Chase & Status – International (Dimension Remix) [Chase & Status]
  54. Cyantific – Infinity Plus 1 [RAM]
  55. John B – Up All Night [Metalheadz]
  56. Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid (Metrik Remix) [Polydor]

Fabric Records will release Fabriclive 98 on May 25.

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Sigma Release New Single ?Forever? Featuring Quavo and Sebastian Kole

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This duo is not afraid of trying new things.

Sigma drops new FIRE collab, ‘Forever’ with Quavo & Sebastian Kole

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British DJ and record production duo Sigma unveil their new single, ‘Forever’, which is out now via Astralwerks. The single follows a busy summer of live performances playing to over 400,000 fans, including a sold out headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and appearances at the likes of V Festival, Creamfields, Pukklepop, South West Four,

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