Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 97

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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.


Australia bass heavyweight ShockOne makes his first appearance on Monstercat in fine fashion, teaming up with The Bloody Beetroots for “Run.” This dramatic electro single is a hefty one, coming from ShockOne’s upcoming second studio album, A Dark Machine. With pulsing synths and striking vocals, its ’80s undertones shine through the modernized electronic music themes.

A-Trak‘s “Work It Out” just got a disco-influenced refresher from Friend Within, and it’s as groovy as it sounds. In his rework, the UK producer has beefed up and lengthened the build-ups, drawing out the anticipation for the funky drop that follows. It retains the retro flair of the original, while adding an extra touch of zest that is sure to keep dance floors packed into the early hours of the morning.

Diplo‘s Higher Ground EP has received a variety of reinterpretations since its release in April. One of the latest of these is from Yotto, who’s given the moody “Win Win” a dreamy, more ethereal tone with its fluttering synth melodies and subtle incorporation of the original’s vocals from Tove Lo. Yotto pays close attention to his world-building in this remix, creating a fantastical and mysterious soundscape out of “Win Win.”

The journey back to the ’80s continues with scintillating synthwave releases from the likes of PYLOT. “Fearless” kicks off with the introduction of a striking bass, building gradually until it’s rich with full-fledged anthemic synth melodies. In the spaces between the powerful verses, listeners will find moody interludes that give an even more dramatic tone to the the overall song. Its retro and timeless qualities make it easy to latch onto.

Dreamchaser knows how to translate a rock song into a synthwave sensation, as exhibited in the Florida producer’s latest: a remix of Captives’ “Signs.” He’s removed the hard-hitting drums and guitar, favoring instead a subtle beat and powerful synths. Matt Flood’s vocals take center stage in this remix, allowing the listener to experience his vocals in a raw and emotional way. With Dreamchaser’s choice of instrumentals, it’s addictive.

Diplo taps Solardo, Michael Brun, and more for ‘Higher Ground’ remix package

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Diplo has fervently embraced house music of late. Last summer, he played Annie Mac‘s festival, AMP Lost & Found, on the main stage between Jackmaster and Annie herself. He also played Damian LazarusGet Lost party in Miami during Miami Music Week this year, soon followed by house sets during both weekends of Coachella. To cap it off, last month he released his ‘Higher Ground‘ EP with four original house tracks.

Now the Mad Decent boss delivers a fresh remix package full of heavy hitters to put their original twist on his four-on-floor cuts.

Many of the remixes honor the house-heavy direction of the EP like Riton‘s remix of “Bubble Up” and Solardo‘s remix of “Hold You Tight.” South Africa’s Cueber even put some techno tinges on his own rendition of “Hold You Tight.”

However, there are also remixes on the EP fit the worldly catalog of Mad Decent. Haitian-born Michael Brun puts an upbeat dance-hall groove on “Give Dem,” and Mr. Pauer gives “Bubble Up” a fresh helping of Miami bass.

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Yotto breathes his atmospheric reverie into Diplo’s ‘Win Win’ [Review]

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In recent years, Yotto‘s earmark has become synonymous with dreamily danceable aural world building. The Finnish DJ/producer’s expansive tenure on the auspicious deep/tech house Anjunabeats subsidiary, Anjunadeep, has yielded eons of ethereal, journey-like experimentation in and around his chosen realm of cerebral electronica.

The latest notch on his effervescent catalog is a reverie-soaked remix of Diplo‘s “Win Win,” released through the Mad Decent boss’s own label, no less. Yotto takes the Tove Lo collaboration from the club to the clouds. The tech-y synth line swirls and swims like flowing fractals, while Tove Lo’s vapory intonations rise and fall above the track like a euphoric breeze. Yotto, as he does with nearly every offering, actualizes the exceedingly difficult endeavor of creating amorphous electronic music, equally suited for open-air dancefloors and sedate apartment dens.

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

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.

Lane 8 and Yotto lift spirits on new collaboration, ‘I/Y’

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Anjunadeep label-mates Lane 8 and Yotto have joined forces for the first time on a blissfully progressive collaboration, “I/Y.”

Released on Lane 8’s This Never Happened, the new track follows a busy run for both deep house heavyweights, with Lane 8 recently dropping his seasonal summer mixtape series and Yotto coming off a massive Hyperfall tour and releasing a string of new music, including his Anjunadeep 10 track “Nothing Like You” with SØNIN and a Hyperfall remix package. Both will be at Anjunadeep presents: Explorations festival; Yotto is slated for Anjunadeep Open Air dates later this summer and Lane 8 will continue playing dates for his This Never Happened show.

The track opens with light orchestral strings, quickly introducing Lane 8’s distinctive plucky synths and a rhythmic bass that establishes energy before it shutters out to ambient strings again. Playing with careful layers and delicate textures, the track slowly crescendos into a momentous release, accompanied by a finally-realized drum-line before passing ephemerally and closing out with mellow chords.

By withholding certain track elements and simultaneously building and deconstructing layers, Lane 8 and Yotto showcase their ability to craft euphoria in a manner that only those with an innate understanding of progressive storytelling can.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 93

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 93Deters 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.


Swedish producer F.O.O.L has a flair for the dramatic. This is impeccably evidenced in each piece of music he creates, and his latest is no exception. His remix of Magic Sword’s “Legend of the Keeper” is a dark, shadow-infested synthwave rendition, using powerful retro synths to drive home an eerie theme. A strong beat makes up the backbone of F.O.O.L’s remix, making this an enticing song for dance music lovers of all persuasions.

The last New Music Friday of May brings with it the arrival of SNBRN highly anticipated Solé LP. Spanning 10 tracks, including previously released singles like “Feel My Love” and “Never Let You Go,” the LA-based producer brings his own brand of flaming-hot house to tracks like “Bailas Conmigo.” “I’m so humbled to share Solé with the people who made it what it is!” the producer said in a release. “My friends, family and fans are all behind this, and it’s been an amazing year preparing everything to share with everyone.”

A few weeks ago, StayLoose (formerly known as StéLouse) reissued a 2014 EP, The City, in a deluxe format that included a rework of “Sixteen,” now titled “Illusions (Sixteen).” He’s added talented vocalist Fatherdude into the mix, bringing a whole new layer to the tune. The song maintains the ’80s elements it initially possessed but is given an even more pop-oriented vibe with the addition of the spirited vocals. It’s ridiculously catchy, and it’s fun to hear how it’s evolved over the years.

After few months after the release of his Anywhere But Here EP, Mielo has tapped Ryan Collins to remix standout single “ILY” with Sarah De Warren. The original was a somewhat somber affair, lush with moody melodies and sultry vocals. Collins has decided to revamp the tone entirely, picking up the pace from start and integrating a pounding house beat early on. This upbeat rendition gives listeners a fresh new way to absorb the intricacies of Mielo’s original, along with Collins’ added elements.

RÜFÜS DU SOL are continuing to celebrate the success of their Solace LP, gradually releasing several volumes of remixes for the October 2018 album. They’re now on volume six, which features three remixes of “Underwater,” two of which are from Anjunadeep’s Yotto. Yotto offers up both a “dusk” and “dawn” remix of the iconic song. The melancholy tune is taken a step deeper by the talented Finnish producer, who’s leaned fully into the moody undercurrents of the song.

Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + moreMat Zo Self Assemble

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.

Mad Zoo label head Mat Zo brings a brand new glitchy original to his imprint, “Deep Inside,” and Nicky Romero shares a club mix of “Se7en.” Dutch producer Joris Voorn makes his Anjunadeep debut with a highly anticipated remix of Yotto‘s “Walls,” and Nora En Pure thrills with a gorgeous remix of “We Found Love” with Passenger 10. Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak and Tasha Baxter for a dramatic new single, “Saviour,” and Malaa brings “Addiction” to Tchami’s CONFESSION. Kayzo brings the heat with a new collaboration with blessthefall, “Before the Storm,” and BIJOU and Schade throw a “House Party” in their new Unlocked Vol. 1 contribution. TheFatRat, Anna Yvette, and Laura Brehm tug on listeners’ heartstrings in an emotive new collaboration, “Chosen,” and Dion Timmer and Micah Martin bring the electro-fueled “Internet Boy” to Monstercat. Barren Gates and RMND cook up a moody new original, “In the Darkness,” and DVBBS tap Saro for their new single, “Somebody Like You.” Julian Jordan‘s newest does anything but “Backfire,” and Justice Skolnik brings the feels in a new emotive remix of RL Grime‘s “I Wanna Know.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more062 Ile Soniq Day 1 Photo Susan Moss

îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Anjunadeep to roll out tenth anniversary compilation, mixed by James Grant and Jody Wisternoff

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Since its humble beginnings as an Anjuna appendage in 2005 in London, Anjunadeep has become one of the top purveyors of deep, textured, and melodic house music. Known for their towering catalog currently spanning over 400 releases, Anjunadeep artists and fans have come to revere the label’s compilation series since Above & Beyond released the very first in 2009. Coming in scorching yet tender as always, Anjunadeep have put together a special offering for their 10th mix in 10 years.

Due out Feb 22, the compilation features the label’s top-tier talent, new and old, like Luttrell, Yotto, and Lane 8, while pulling out deeper cuts from newcomers like BAILE, Ocula, and GRAZZE. Seamlessly mixed by Anjunadeep co-founder, James Grant, and Bristol-based DJ Jody Wisternoff, the release has been a profound source of reflection for the esteemed and aptly suited pair.

In trying to maintain a fresh and all-encompassing tone for the compilation, the DJs note that, “It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 10th volume in the Anjunadeep compilation series. Despite Anjunadeep 10 being a bit of a milestone, we’ve resisted any temptation to go down a nostalgic route. Instead we’ve tried to keep the mix as forward-looking as possible. Our amazing family of artists have been creating far too much exciting new music for us to contemplate any other approach.”

With such high precedents already in place, anticipation for the newest installment is imminent. Fans can find the trailer, tracklist, and dates for global release parties below.

Tracklist:

Disc 1
Hiatus – Relic
Lycoriscoris – Belong
Ocula – Immunity
BAILE – Soft Light
Ole Biege – All The Time (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Nox Vahn feat. Mimi Page – There Is Peace Beyond (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Tomas Barfod – Things That Matter feat. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Luttrell – Still Dreaming
16BL – You Are High
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Lane 8 Remix)
CRi – Initial
Modd & Hosini – Swallow’s Nest
Spencer Brown & Qrion – Sapporo
GRAZZE – Querencia
Nuage – H.A.L.O.
boerd – Someone (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Modd – Ruskeala
Ben Böhmer – Little Lights

Disc 2
Aiiso – City Lights
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Prospect
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Dapple
Jani R – Autumn’s Feathers (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Savvas – Peace Of Mind
Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Aiiso – Programmer
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Serena’s Garden
Jazz Do It – For A Moment
Joseph Ashworth – Heavy
Dosem – Stay True
Jack Lost – Walls
SØNIN vs. Yotto – Nothing Like You
Fluida – A Self And A Mind
Luttrell – Out Of Me
Ben Böhmer – In Memoriam
Lane 8 – Feld (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
Antic & i_cann – Jura
Kidnap – Tempest

Anjunadeep 10 Release Parties

Feb 08 – Sound, Los Angeles – James Grant, Marsh
Feb 17 – Phonox, London – James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (Open To Close)
Feb 22 – The Penthouse at FIVE Palm, Dubai – James Grant, 16BL, Dom Donnelly

Snowbombing Canada unveils 2019 lineup, featuring headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill

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Snowbombing Canada makes a grand return for the festival’s third edition, promising three days filled with winter sports, day and night activities, and an influx of talented DJs over the April 5-7 weekend. Hosted amidst the snowy mountain peaks of Kamloops, British Columbia, the annual festival is set to light up Sun Peaks Resort for one last run before the end of the season, complete with a talented array of artists that bring tinges of house, future bass and hip-hop to envelope the weekend.

Featuring nine unique stages that are located on the snowy peaks of the mountains to the dark and brooding tunnels to the underground haven, headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill remain responsible for closing out the nights, while being accompanied by a handful of reigning talent like Lane 8, Sasha, and Yotto to further soundtrack the festival. Marking the end of skiing and snowboarding season, Snowbombing Canada welcomes everyone from first-timers to experts on the hills for a winter sports and dance music spectacle.

Festival packages are available for purchase here.

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