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

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


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

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

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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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 101

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 101Deters 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


Jay Cosmic has returned to Monstercat under his Desert Star moniker to deliver a feel-good, catchy-as-hell new single, “Carissa.” With its ’80s atmosphere and infectious vocals, the tune makes for stellar sophomore showing from the Manchester artist under this name. “Carissa” follows “Foreign Land,” which landed in April on the Canadian label’s Instinct section.

Nanobii‘s first release of 2019 has arrived in the form of “Children of the Sky,” an original tune that features the artist’s own vocals and his signature happy hardcore beats. Fans of Owl City will delight in its uplifting melodies before being rocketed into a sky full of clouds. The accompanying artwork fits perfectly with the lighthearted tone this song portrays.

Calgary-based producer Stilz has had a career that’s spanned many years, packed full of nostalgia-inducing songs of the synthwave/cyberpunk persuasion. One of his latest to pop up on SoundCloud, “Future World (2016),” gives listeners goosebumps with its eerie, otherworldly theme, adding to the mystery with a deep, pulsing beat. It’s intoxicating and full of hidden components with each listen.

Nora En Pure has had a banner 2019 already, keeping up with her weekly Purified show and still finding time to release hits like “Birthright” and a remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Her latest, “Heart Beating,” debuted on Enormous Chills earlier this month and has a darker tone than its predecessors, making it primed for late-night club sets. Sultry, pounding bass and infectious vocals make this one irresistible.

At the beginning of July, Serbian producer Vintage & Morelli revealed a massive collection of songs to the world in the form of Hymn to the Night. Tucked among the 21 songs is “Last Of Us,” a sensational tune that features angelic choral stylings and a relaxed beat. Silk Music‘s classified it as ambient, but it’s so much more than that. “Last Of Us” weaves in delicate orchestral interludes and serene guitar soundscapes that are easy to get lost in.

Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + moreFlu Pavilion Press Photo 2019

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.

Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + moreSkrille Troyboi

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.

Skrillex has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”

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.

Lunar Lunes: The Him shine on new single, AC Slater taps Kaleena Zanders for new Night Bass track + more

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Lunar Lunes: The Him shine on new single, AC Slater taps Kaleena Zanders for new Night Bass track + moreThe Him

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 Him have teamed up with songstress Maria Hazell on their new single, “Found Me,” and AC Slater brings “Final Fantasy” to his own Night Bass with Kaleena Zanders. Hardwell brings the sounds of the season with “Summer Air,” and Vintage & Morelli deliver listeners to the heavens with “Ascension.” SNBRN brings a plethora of new tunes on his new album, Solé, and Henry Fong and Rawtek join force on “IRIE.” Kai Wachi’s new Kannibalen album brings with it enticing collaborations like “Strangers” with Grabbitz, and Alexander Lewis brings the brass with his new single, “Win the War.” Kramder takes to Uprise Music to release his new tune, “No Time To Be,” and Prince Fox keeps “Runnin” through new music. Friction drops his formidable new Disconnected EP, and TWO LANES, too, release a new body of work in their Drifting EP.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Reinier Bergsma

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

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: Pablo Murillo

Lunar Lunes: kramder brings the funk, WAVEDASH and QUEST continue their tour de force, Chris Lorenzo and Taiki Nulight deliver new Night Bass heat + more

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Lunar Lunes: kramder brings the funk, WAVEDASH and QUEST continue their tour de force, Chris Lorenzo and Taiki Nulight deliver new Night Bass heat + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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.

In this week’s installation, WAVEDASH continue their run on SLANDER and NGHTMRE‘s new label, Gud Vibrations, by tapping frequent collaborator QUEST. Maurice West is bringing big room back with his latest, “The Kick,” and Chris Lorenzo teams up with Taiki Nulight on the latter’s new album, Murky Manor, for “Sinner.” Robbie Rivera‘s new album recently hit the airwaves, dishing up the fine house music he’s been generating for decades, and he thrills with the carefree “We Don’t Care.” Vintage & Morelli have returned with a gorgeous trance rework of Aly & Fila‘s “Paralyzed” with Hailene — and that’s just skimming the surface of the array of selections we’ve gathered this week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Silk Music Releases A Melodic Slice Of Heaven With Their Only Silk 05 Compilation

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If you are a deep, progressive, melodic house lover, then you know that today is a special day in our scene. Silk Music has presented us with “Only Silk 05”, the fifth edition in their near-annual compilation series, inspired by the radio show and podcast of the same name. A two-part compilation of 31 brand

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 63

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 63Deters 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 celebration of Wednesday’s holiday, Foxhunt unleashed a powerful seven-minute mashup of two of his songs: “Imperator 1.5” and “Graveyard Shift.” Titled “Dead End,” the producer combined the already-hefty tunes into a massive electro house heater. Catchy synth melodies dance intermittently through a churning house beat, keeping the track rocking at 128 BPM. The mashup marks the last release before the producer goes on an “extended hiatus” — and it’s a strong note to go out on.


Silk Music stalwart Vintage & Morelli has returned to the label for a scintillating original, “Come Home.” The emotive progressive house tune ebbs and flows between dancefloor-ready characteristics and a more subdued aura. A mid-song interlude ushers in a soft piano melody, accompanied by a flute, to carry the listener into a heavenly, vocal-filled bridge. Vintage & Morelli slows reintroduces the house beat, building “Come Home” back up to its original momentum. It’s a beautifully constructed piece of work, holding the listener’s attention keenly throughout its seven-minute entirety.


Since its introduction in August, Go Freek‘s “Love Is The Weapon” has popped up across the globe, from Australia to the United States. The proof of this lies in Aylen‘s latest piece of work, in which he’s taken on remixing the Sydney artists’ track. He’s given the track a fresh, even groovier vibe, layering in a subtle bassline and jungle-inspired percussion elements. These components complement the track’s vocals well, leaving listeners with an entirely new perspective on the song.


London duo Artificial Intelligence have been tearing up the drum & bass scene since 2003, consistently popping up on UKF with hot new tunes in the liquid funk sub-genre of drum & bass. Their latest, too, is a UKF release and is part of their upcoming installation of The Series, which is out November 2 via Integral Records. “B.A.D.A.” is the first in this new set of tunes and features a silky-smooth ambiance that serves as a perfect introduction to the collection. The dnb beat glides effortlessly, allowing snippets of vocals to peak through and add extra zest to the song.


Trivecta has been composing beautiful, atmospheric tunes for years, no matter the genre. Whether it’s dubstep or trance, the Tampa-based producer has a unique ability to transport his listeners to the exact world he’s created — and it’s a beautiful thing. His latest, “Ghost Of A Friend,” is equally captivating and alluring. “This is a super chill track that I’ve actually been sitting on for a few years now,” he says of the song. “I’m a big fan of music that’s super nostalgic and based around a slow-burning journey. That’s what this tune is all about.”