Episode 130 

Hardwell Returns with Techno, New ODESZA, 5 DJs to Unite the World, and more
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Welcome to Episode 130 of Beyond the Beats: a podcast about dance music news and culture. 

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Samir: Sonique - It Feels So Good (Ben Hemsley Edit)


Note: New to this year, we will be rating each of the songs in the new music section!

Martin Garrix, Zedd - Follow

Chris Lake - 400

ODESZA, the knocks - Love Letter

Kanine - Set it Off/The Weapon



Hardwell is back with a new sound

  • His full set it up on YouTube

  • Check out his 2010 track Smoke in 2010

Rotating Topic of the week


Samir's blind question for Alec: If you had to pick 5 DJs to play sets that would unite the rave world, who would they be and where would you host it?

Note: The rotating topic segment is new to this season of the show! Every week there will be a different topic. Topics rotate between a history lesson, live event or culture stories, a blind question for Alec or Samir, or Anti-Plur.


Samir: Redrum // Soundcloud // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter // Chaos Theory (track)

  • Genre: Dubstep

Alec: Stiv Hey // Soundcloud // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter // Starlight (track)

  • Genre: Techno (peak-time)


Shoutout to our main man Tyler Lawrence for creating our 2021 intro song! Alec no longer hates our theme song!

And a very special thank you to all of YOU - the EDM Champion community.


Your support week-in-week-out means the absolute world to us. It inspires us to continue growing the global community and, most importantly, connect as many people as possible with the very essence of dance music.