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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 40

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. In his Landscapes & Dimensions album […]

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#FBF: 10 iconic Lost&Found releases ahead of the label’s Detroit showcase

2012 marked the year that Guy J left the Bedrock nest to form his own label, Lost&Found. It’s since become one of the top labels within the progressive arena, with its owner and his colleagues showing impressive curation skills through their choice of artists to work with. The label only continues to grow in this […]

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Rinzen ponders new worlds to help understand & appreciate our own with bewildering interplanetary voyage, ‘Exoplanet’ [EP Review + Interview]

Rinzen is traversing through the interplanetary realm at light-speed with his latest conceptual EP Exoplanet. Rinzen’s undergone a most sudden awakening — seen through his continual creation of compelling sonic narratives — embodying the English translation of his Japanese moniker in the process. With a visceral pursuit of progressive house and compelling techno undulations, Rinzen’s music highlights the creative powers […]

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Sian prepares for Movement weekend with a tasty techno playlist

Detroit’s Techno Week is in full motion, and the city is finalizing preparation for one of its biggest annual affairs: Movement. Thousands from all over the world are trickling into the genre’s birthplace for a Memorial Day Weekend filled with quality music and equally good energy. Outside the festival, set in Hart Plaza, Detroit’s venues […]

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Charlotte De Witte on her intellectual bond with music, perseverance, and wisdom gained along the way [Interview]

“My goal at that stage [of my career] was just to be happy with what I do . . . and to feel satisfaction in what I’m doing right now,” mused Charlotte De Witte on her earlier days. Little did she know when taking up the art of producing and DJing at the age of […]

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Kim Ann Foxman preps for Movement with a high-energy Orbit playlist

“Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty,” proclaims the New York-based DJ Kim Ann Foxman. If there were ever a DJ who’s an embodiment of that notion, not to mention adheres to a commendable free-flowing expression, it would be Foxman. Virtually unfazed by outside trends and one […]

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Beyond the Booth 014: Marques Wyatt & the ritual of self care

Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to […]

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[Q&A] Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Tiësto

This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including Tchami, Virtual Self, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 39

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. Just a […]

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Navigating the technosphere with Ø [Phase]: a pre-Movement discussion

An enigmatic persona exists deep within the techno rabbit hole. Using the moniker Ø [Phase] (né Ashley Burchett), the stalwart DJ and producer has made his mark on things dark, atmospheric, and downright technical. His productions are as hypnotic and diverse as his sets, covering a mélange of stylings that range from subdued and almost tribal, […]

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Now solo, Alex Seaver is breathing new life into Mako

“Do you want to come to EDC?”… I said “What is that?” “It’s In Vegas”. Logan Light was of course referring to Electric Daisy Carnival while speaking to Alex Seaver for the first time when their dads, former college roommates, introduced them in 2011. However you want to look at it, their introduction, whether fate […]

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How Positiva Records has shaped the dance music scene since 1993, A&R director Jason Ellis tells all [Interview]

Positiva Records has been a unique influence in the music industry since its birth 25 years ago, known best for its eclectic roster of artists and breathtaking productions. With all the support Positiva has garnered over the years, the imprint has become more than just a label, but a flourishing platform for artists from all […]

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Movement Afters? Dancing Astronaut is here with a comprehensive, yet well-curated guide

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching for the city of Detroit. Soon, thousands of house and techno fans will embark on their annual pilgrimage to Movement Festival in order to celebrate their music of choice in its very birthplace. The festival itself is going to be quite the thrill; talent from all over the house […]

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Techno Tuesday: Avision tells a tale of techno and working hard for success

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music. Passion, patience, and […]

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All eyes on Spotify: The music streaming giant is called to continue removing artists accused of sexual misconduct

Following last week’s removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from Spotify‘s “editorial or algorithmic playlists,” as part of the platform’s new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy, many voices have sprouted up in response to the controversial move. To some, the move seems altruistic and honorable. In an age of conscious consumerism, media companies have not only the right, but a […]

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Introducing Dorfex Bos: A rising underground bass talent talks inspirations, collaborative hopefuls, and his penchant for low-end vibrations in debut ‘Opinions’ EP [Interview + EP Review]

Who exactly is Dorfex Bos? Dorfex Bos may not be a household name in electronic dance music, nor may he ever wish to be. However, the Madison House-signee is one name in underground bass that we’ve been keeping tabs on here at Dancing Astronaut since appearing on Bassnectar‘s tenth full-length studio album, Into the Sun, back in […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 38

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. Bearson teams […]

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Microsoft One-Ups Sony And Nintendo By Allowing Game-Gifting On Xbox One

While it’s been possible to gift video games to people on digital PC storefronts like Steam for years, Xbox One is now the first modern console to offer it. Microsoft has offered the option to Xbox One Insiders since last fall, and later expanded it to more people for select games. Today, Microsoft is enabling…Read […]

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Stimming crafts dreamscape ahead of Lightning in a Bottle [Exclusive Mix]

It’s quite fascinating to know that, when arranged a certain way, something as simple as a four-note progression can make a profound impact on those it touches. A Hamburg-bred Stimming, whose classically-trained roots gave way to electronic production at a young age, is hyper aware of this fact, and each of his productions indicate the […]

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Beyond the Booth 013: Carmada give us a taste of their outdoor lives

Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to […]

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