Dexter's Beat Laboratory Vol. 80 – Dancing Astronaut

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly assortment of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a style that may solely be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a reputation that lends itself to punnery — DA is blissful to current a collection of tracks personally curated by Dexter in your listening pleasure.

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

Dutch producer Maduk has returned with a brilliantly numerous three-track EP Liquicity Records. In the EP’s opener, “Go,” Maduk groups up with vocalist Lachi to craft a euphoric drum & bass piece that delivers the listener on to the heavens with spirited horns and hovering vocals. “I began engaged on ‘Go’ one yr in the past and the instrumental gave me a lot vitality and happiness straight away,’ Maduk says in a launch. “I've by no means recorded this many brass devices (trumpet, saxophone, trombone, tuba) for a observe earlier than, so it’s very thrilling!”

French artist Icy Lust has gone via an enormous life transformation over the previous yr. The former internet developer stop his job and moved to Paris examine sound engineering at Abbey Roads Institute, one thing he calls among the best decisions of his life. “Lots of issues began to get clearer,” he informed DA. “Got surrounded with inspiring individuals, misplaced myself in deeply listening to music that enhanced my moods. I began to actually ask myself what do I like, really feel, and how much tales my mind builds via these information. It has been a complete introspection, and nonetheless is.” His latest observe, out now Tasty, takes place at this turning level. It’s a fantastically and deeply introspective piece, comprised of moody melodies and plush vocals. His future is aware of no “bounds.”

Essenger‘s clear knack for manufacturing and realizing what “works” shines brighter and brighter with every launch. The Kansas City artist has solely been releasing music underneath this moniker for lower than a yr, however he’s already made a reputation for himself with progressive originals and distinctive takes on songs like deadmau5‘s “Strobe” and WRLD‘s “Rooms.” His newest is an unique referred to as “Afterburner,” which he’s branded as a “synthwave/alt.” The single is far more than both of those classifications, nevertheless. He builds slowly, with emotive vocals and twinkling melodies. The refrain, nevertheless, takes off like a rocket, with a strong guitar melody and racing synths. It’s a beautiful mix of nostalgia-inducing synthwave and one thing that’s all Essenger’s personal.

Party Ghost‘s newest is a quick however satisfying quantity, full of all the weather that comprise an ear-catching piece by the California producer. “Thinking About You” marks his first launch since December’s “Wraith,” which was a decidedly darker piece. This newest one has a wistful and dreamy environment to it, sprinkled with lighthearted melodies and refined bass. Distant vocals of “I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout you” weave out and in between a bouncing beat, creating the easygoing setting of somebody caught in a daydream. Its message is easy and candy.