NMF Roundup: Lane 8 paves introspective path on new LP, Oliver Heldens and Mesto link + 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.

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.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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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.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


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Snails drops new collaboration-stacked EP, ‘World of Slime’

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Self-proclaimed founder of grimy dubstep genre “vomitstep,” Snails is back with an eight-track EP packed to the brim with powerhouse collaborations courtesy of his own label Slugz Music. Snails is already an extremely accomplished bass music producer by himself, but combining his signature sound with the likes of Barely Alive, Kill the Noise, Sullivan King, Wooli, Subtronics, Carbin, and more has created a truly one-of-a-kind EP filled with dubstep anthems.

Snails’ career rose to new heights in 2019 with massive performances at EDC Las Vegas, as well as Kill the Noise collaborative project Kill the Snails taking over Red Rocks Amphitheater. Now, this eclectic escargot is wrapping up the tail-end of his World of Slime headline tour that features his one-of-a-kind holographic Shell stage production. See his remaining tour dates here.

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Forbidden Kingdom reveals expansion details for 2020, along with bass-laced phase one lineup

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Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival took over Sunset Cove in Florida for its inaugural edition this year, and now the festival has announced it will be coming back once again for its second iteration in February of 2020. Taking place on February 15 – 16 in Boca Raton’s beautiful Sunset Cove Amphitheater, ​Forbidden Kingdom​ is set to expand the event in many ways for its second iteration.

Festival organizers have revealed that Forbidden Kingdom will seek to diversify its programming, while continuing to explore the widening bass music spectrum. They will be adding a new stage as well as an expansion of the festival area through the park to be able to accommodate multiple activations and relaxation areas for the fans. Forbidden Kingdom will also be doubling the line-up size to over 40 acts, which is great news for bass fans.

Acts who have already been announced include Excision​ performing two sets (Solo + Detox), Rezz​, ​Svdden Death, Sullivan King, Dion Timmer, and more. To relive Forbidden Kingdom 2019 and to see what is in store for 2020, check out the festival’s official after-movie below. Tickets can be purchased here.

SNAILS, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King are back together on ‘Front 2 Back’

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SNAILS, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King have teamed up to deliver their next heavy-hitting masterpiece in the form of “Front 2 Back.” The single follows previous collaborative effort “Shake The Ground.” Fans of the infusion of screamo and electronic music will find a small slice of heaven in the song, which lures listeners in with Sullivan King’s gut-wrenching vocals from the single’s first note.

Initially, the song seems to be a primarily metal release until a surprise drop engulfs the listeners with the heaviest sounds the three producers can come together to yield. “Front 2 Back” will leave listeners’ heads spinning as bass drops, pulsing metal accents, and dubstep accents overtake the final few minutes of the release.

Kill The Noise speaks about the collaboration in an official release, stating, “Even when this was still a demo it went off so hard every single time. Literally the first time I played it people heard the hook once and were singing along. Really cool moment for sure! Really stoked to work with these guys again we always have a lot of fun workin’ on ideas together.”

The track is out on SNAILS’s own Slugz Music imprint.

NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + 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.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

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.

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DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]

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Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.

Highlights include cult leader, REZZ, in the form of two tracks from her most recent project, Beyond The Senses; a tantalizing taste from fiendish newcomer, Kim Petras‘s horror-themed TURN OFF THE LIGHT studio album; chilling sound design from G-Jones, Eprom, KOAN Sound, and Flume; eerie melodies from Gesaffelstein, deadmau5, NGHTMRE, ZHU, and Wolfgang Gartner; and many more ghoulishly heavy hitters.

Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.

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Lunar Lunes: Louis Futon and The Philharmonix flip ‘Hey Arnold,’ Marshall Jefferson and Solardo deliver ‘Move Your Body’ + 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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Sullivan King releases debut LP, ‘Show Some Teeth’

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The wait is over, the time is nigh: Sullivan King has released his highly-anticipated debut album, Show Some Teeth, on Kannibalen Records. Bass music doused in heavy metal scream throughout the project as King’s supporting cast includes a sloth of low-end contemporaries such as TYNAN, Kompany, SWARM, and more vocalists and producers engaging in the dark arts.

The 15-track long play showcases the live performer’s creative studio strengths inciting a verity of styles that place the electronic metal behemoth in an upper echelon of producers.

With his iconic hybrid production, electrifying guitar riffs, raw vocals, and vigorous songwriting. Though bridging the gap between alternative mainstream and electronic music, Sullivan King, is making his mark and continuing his rise to the top of the dance music world.

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