Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass Playlist

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass PlaylistDeters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.


There’s just something about drum ‘n’ bass that’s always spoken to my soul. I remember hearing my first Pendulum song a decade ago and thinking “what on earth is this, and where can I get more?”

The genre began making its way into the electronic music sphere in the early 1990s, right around the time I was born. Its rapid breakbeats took over London and Bristol, ramping up the jungle and rave scene to 160-180 BPM. While still more widespread in the UK to this day, the genre has slowly trickled into the United States EDM scene. We still have a long way to go before drum ‘n’ bass artists are regularly installed as main stage performers at major US festivals, but there’s so much to discover and embrace in the US drum ‘n’ bass scene (I see you, Flite and Boxplot). There’s also an endless stream of quality dnb being churned out overseas, with imprints like RAM Records, Hospital Records, and Liquicity Records as strong as ever in their supporters and fan base.

I regularly tell people that have never really gotten into drum ‘n’ bass to just try. It’s a diverse and ever-evolving genre, full of sub-genres and offshoots. I guarantee you’ll find something you like in some format. Dig through the 100-song playlist I’ve compiled to celebrate 100 installments of this series to see if there’s something there for you!

Thank you, drum ‘n’ bass, for your tireless energy, emotive vocals, and the ability you always have to yank me out of a bad mood and reignite my love for electronic music in today’s day and age. Here’s to you, and the brilliant artists who create you.

AC Slater x Champion – Diamonds

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AC Slater x Champion – DiamondsAC Slater Bass Culture

AC Slater and Champion have released a bass house heater, “Diamonds,” from UKF‘s fourth Bass Culture project. With haunting underlings laying the frame for old-school house percussion elements, ad libs fly through the track into alarming anticipation. The hook comes in hot, with groovy bass synths bouncing to house rhythms.

Slater has had quite the month, after releasing his Undefeated Champions EP off his own Night Bass records. Collaborating with artists such as Wax MotifChris Lorenzo, and Redlight, the label boss continues to show his prominence in the popular bass house realm.

In addition to his new single, AC Slater, also released a mix for Tiësto‘s CLUBLIFE podcast series. The mix can be found on the series’ SoundCloud page, as bass house heads will get their four-on-the-floor fix.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 24

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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.


When the two-track remix package for Modestep‘s inaugural original Monstercat release, “Higher,” came out earlier this week, I was eager to see what other artists had done with the unique track. Champion‘s take on “Higher” is a drum & bass reworking that’s a true delight. The fast pace works perfectly with the song’s original vocals, creating an even more intense atmosphere.


Milk N Cooks have crafted the absolutely perfect earworm in their latest remix: a rework of Bohnes’ “My Friends.” Choppy vocals in the chorus add to the overall catchy factor of this remix, set over top of a simple, bouncy dance beat. Its laid-back vibe perfectly ushers in the weekend.


To be honest, I’ve barely taken Jay Cosmic‘s latest release off repeat since it came out three days ago. Though it sits at just under three minutes long, “Ocean Eyes” packs a powerful drumstep punch — complete with gorgeous vocals and heart-wrenching melodies.


Joe Garston‘s latest piece of work is a lighthearted collaboration with Arild Aas. Though it also clocks in at less than three minutes, Garston has fit a variety of styles into the short length of “We Are Something.” With verses that have acoustic leanings and a chorus that flourishes with future bass elements, it’s a gorgeous creation.


Imogen Heap‘s “Hide and Seek” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Heap’s flawless harmonies are timeless, making the 2005 song stand the test of time. Bishu continues his “childhood remix series” by taking on this classic, bringing “Hide and Seek” into the world of electronic music with playful melodies and an underlying trap beat.