Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 6

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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.


What starts as a light, playful tune quickly turns into something much more formidable. Icehunt’s latest tune on Pantheon wastes no time dropping the listener into a vat of heavy, glitchy bass. The producer takes turns switching between lighthearted synths and filtered vocals to a darker, bass-centered sound. It’s completely unexpected and caught me off guard the first time I heard it — but in the best way. A SoundCloud user in the comments described it best: “Was not expecting that. Awesome!”


After seeing SOFI TUKKER open for M83 last summer (and admittedly having no idea who they were), I became transfixed with their unique tongue-in-cheek style. They’re sassy and their music is cheeky and they’re just all-around great. For “Best Friend,” which was recently featured in an iPhone X commercial, they’ve brought along talented friends The Knocks, NERVO and Alisa Ueno. “Best Friend” is probably one of their catchiest songs to date, with a grooving, downtempo bass line and funky filtered vocals.


Oh, Ember Island. The things you do to my emotions. This talented Swedish trio has been on the rise over the past few years with a slew of creative covers and thought-provoking originals. Lately, they’ve been releasing songs from their forthcoming EP through a set of beautiful videos. “Hide Me” is probably my favorite of theirs to date. Singer Alex’s vocals are soaring and flawless, and her strong harmonies give the song an incredibly sturdy backbone. The video for this track is incredible, too. Ember Island’s debut EP comes out in November, and if it’s anything like this, my little heart won’t be able to handle it.


I am so, so happy Arty‘s back to making music under his Alpha 9 moniker. He’s been releasing a lot of pop-oriented music lately as Arty, which is great, but I’ve really missed this kind of ethereal music from him. Earlier this week, the world caught a glimpse of “Lily,” which comes out on Flashover Recordings in early October. He started his journey with the label in 2009, and it’s so awesome seeing him go back to his roots. Though this is only a clip, it’s apparent trance is still deeply ingrained in Alpha 9 as an artist. Can’t wait to hear more like this.


Cheating a bit here because this isn’t a song — it’s a mix. When The Midnight’s “Kyra” randomly began playing on my stream earlier this year, I was hooked immediately. These guys have masterfully modernized ’80s music in the best way: with a combination of heartfelt lyrics, disco beats and groovy saxophone breaks. Being a total sucker for anything with a saxophone, I perused the rest of their music and was wholeheartedly impressed with everything from their Days of Thunder and Endless Summer albums. A few weeks ago, they took over Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy show with an absolutely impeccable guest mix. I couldn’t not share it.

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Arty – Supposed to Be (Original Mix)

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Between Arty and Alpha 9, it’s hard to keep up with the onslaught of new music the Russian producer has been releasing as of late. His newest single is titled “Supposed to Be” and is out now on STMPD Records, Martin Garrix‘s label. Arty joins a small group of artists who have been carefully chosen to release music on Garrix’s emerging label.

The track itself is downtempo with a tropical pop flair, and it will likely appeal to a much broader audience with its catchy vocals combined with the unique style. Arty spoke about working on the song and its meaning to him as a producer.

“Working on this record was an unbelievable experience. The lyrics are so meaningful and powerful that I wanted to make sure that all of the instruments I was using were reflecting the overall significance of the song. We all go through the tough moments in our life when we lose purpose, get stuck in the past, and don’t see how to move on. At these points, we need to remember that God is smiling on us and we have so many reasons to live.”

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Alpha 9- Skin (Original Mix) 

Arty releases his second single of 2017, ‘Idea of you’ (feat Eric Nam)

Arty – Falling Down (feat. Maty Noyes)

Alpha 9 – Skin (Original Mix)

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Russian DJ and producer Arty has a new moniker: Alpha 9. The latest release “Skin” is now available on the legendary Anjunabeats — Above & Beyond‘s label.

Arty has long been at the forefront of the electronic music scene, particulaly in the progressive trance scene. Arty has brought his talents into more commercial music, but will remain original and “old school” Arty with the Alpha 9 moniker. The producer has collaborated with artists like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.

“Skin” begins with the classic, luscious synth pad that all Arty fans know and love. Swiftly transitioning into the wondrous atmosphere that characterized by bass and subtle kick, Alpha 9 takes us on a journey through impeccable plucks, pads, and stereo effects. Taking us back into the classic Arty feel, Alpha 9 combines the pumping pads and bell arpeggios into a truly immersive listening experience.

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Arty releases his second single of 2017, ‘Idea of You (Feat. Eric Nam)’

Arty – Falling Down (feat. Maty Noyes)

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Arty releases his second single of 2017, ‘Idea of You (Feat. Eric Nam)’

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Arty is known for his keen ability to produce stirring progressive house and trance, which has cultivated an enthusiastic following over the years. Recently, Russian artist tends to reserve his trance producctions for “Alpha 9″alias while releasing his progressive hits under his traditional moniker.

Having recently announced the return of Alpha 9, we were unsure of how many Arty tracks to expect in 2017. Arty has, however, proven he can handle it all. His latest single, “Idea of You,” with Eric Nam on vocals, has now been released within a month of his latest Alpha 9 track, “Higher Place.” Arty’s newest output is an upbeat dance track with catchy vocals that has the ability to be played on a top 40 radio station or interlaced into a club set.

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Arty – Falling Down (feat. Maty Noyes)

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