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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 28

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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. I’m a […]

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Meet the underground talent of CRSSD Fest: Nicole Moudaber

CRSSD‘s 7th edition is a special one —it marks the official third birthday of the festival. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Cirez D, Empire of the Sun, Henry Saiz, and Tchami onto its bill across March 3 & […]

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Dirty South’s third album ‘XV’ is an aural exploration [Album Review]

Four-years after the release of Dirty South’s cinematic album, With You, Dirty South has re-entered the album release ring with XV. The expression “the third time’s a charm” could be applied to XV, which is indeed the visionary’s third LP. Such an application, however, would err in its adjectival minimalism — for the art of XV’s […]

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Launchpad: Decompress with this lush downtempo playlist

Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here.  DA Playlist Selects: Occupanther feat. Plateau Green – “Akira” Inspired by the organic […]

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Ganja White Night explore the dynamic depths of low end bass in seventh LP, ‘The Origins’ [Interview + Album Review]

Who exactly is Mr Wobble? It’s question that has been on the minds of many since Ganja White Night released a series of music videos late last year. One that has answers partly in the release of their newest and most ambitious album to date, dubbed The Origins, out now on their own imprint SubCarbon […]

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The resilience of Dirtybird: How the grassroots collective overcame their biggest hurdle yet

Words by Grace Fleisher and John Flynn “I did everything humanly possible,” Barclay Crenshaw, known by most as Claude VonStroke, says in an older Billboard interview — circa 2015 —  on the focus that led to the genesis of the Dirtybird record label. After having moved out west to San Francisco from Detroit, VonStroke makes mention of the immense amount […]

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Post vs Pop: the growing divide within EDM

2017 marked a tumultuous year in EDM’s history. With artists like Kygo, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, and The Chainsmokers all enjoying streaming counts ascending into the hundred millions — some even reaching one billion — the genre has never reached such ubiquitous popularity. But as it continues to evolve, it’s evident that growing factions within it have become increasingly entrenched, and […]

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Tor talks upcoming Envision Festival performance, forthcoming album [Interview]

Since the release of his debut album in 2012, Canadian producer Tor has been captivating listeners with his unique ambient style. Tor’s music incorporates elements of all genres, bringing together countless percussion sounds, alluring woodwinds and strings, glimmering sound effects, and occasional vocals for an otherworldly, peaceful vibe. His carefully crafted ambient soundscapes are almost hypnotic in a […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 27

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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. This week’s […]

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Meet the underground talent of CRSSD Fest: Rodriguez Jr.

CRSSD‘s 7th edition is a special one —it marks the official third birthday of the festival. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Cirez D, Empire of the Sun, Henry Saiz, and Tchami onto its […]

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Ibiza’s Airbnb ban will have significant implications on the global dance destination economy

Ibiza’s latest nightlife crackdown illustrates daunting realities about the Balearic utopia. After having recently announced the island would be closing its bars and clubs significantly earlier, the White Isle will now also be banning Airbnb and other tourist rental platforms  beginning as early as this summer — as originally reported by the Spain outlet El Confidencial. The ban comes […]

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Launchpad: January remix roundup

Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here.  DA Launchpad Selects: Yellow Shoots – “wild fire (Nick AM) Remix” Known for […]

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DA investigates: which DJs could carry a Super Bowl halftime show?

As Justin Timberlake prepares to perform at his second Super Bowl halftime performance Dancing Astronaut got to thinking: when will electronic music finally achieve the mainstream status required for the ultimate American act of validation — a Super Bowl halftime performance slot. Behold; our curious shortlist for those producers and performers we nominate to carry the torch of performing […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 26

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.Since discovering GANZ […]

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What are the larger implications of The Grammys steep ratings drop? [OP-ED]

By most accounts, the Grammy Awards in 2018 was a big swing, and a big miss. The ceremony’s ratings plummeted by nearly 25% according to Nielsen Media, dropping from last year’s 32.9 million viewers down to 19.8 million for its most recent iteration. While the evening’s results have come under under considerable scrutiny following the event, […]

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Exclusive: Meet FANGS, the breakout artist with an all star team that’s poised to take 2018 by storm

While ascending artists usually come out of the gate ready to prove themselves with a SoundCloud full of music and a hungry drive, few make their entrance with a live show and a stacked artist team. For FANGS, producer Danny D’Brito, this is exactly what his foray into his solo music career looks like.In fact, […]

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Trippy Turtle talks ‘Last Leg’ tour and why he’s chosen an eco-conscious lifestyle [Interview]

With a penchant for eclectic musical productions and environmentalism, Trippy Turtle has made waves within dance music over the last few years. Following years of touring the globe alongside the FoFoFadi animals, Trippy has acquired a fanbase that extends from North America to Asia.Having reached the pinnacle of his career, Trippy Turtle has partnered with Dancing Astronaut to reveal his final venture: the […]

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SNBRN talks family love, new tech house EP ahead of Groove Cruise [Interview]

After hit release “Raindrops,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took off thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as SNBRN, has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety of genres something to like.Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite […]

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Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Ciszak

Dirtybird Campout has grown past a simple gathering and into a phenomenon that has gained national interest. Claude VonStroke and his flock have created a truly unforgettable experience that harkens back to childhood memories while also offering an immersive transformational festival experience — complete with an endless supply of rage-worthy music. 2018 marks a milestone year, in which […]

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LAXX unveils track ‘Join Me’ featuring Dion Timmer in anticipation of forthcoming album [Q&A]

UK-born DJ/producer LAXX (aka James Churchill) gears up for his forthcoming debut album with the release of “Join Me,” featuring Amsterdam-native Dion Timmer. Churchill, who’s gone from creating original film soundtracks to producing hard-hitting bass music and remixing for some of the best in the game — including Jauz and Slander — decided to team-up with the […]

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