Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 104

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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.

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On a recent synthwave binge, I stumbled across a group by the name of Lebrock. It only took one track (“Runaway“) for me to become completely hooked, and I was thrilled to see the release of a new tune called “Takes All Night” on Aug. 8. Soak it up in all its retro glory.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Oliver Nelson and Tobtok are a dream team. Their latest piece of work together is no exception, and they add their groovy touch to Wilder Woods’ “Supply & Demand” with ease. A steady-rocking bassline and the original track’s vocals work in harmony for a blissful remix.

UK drum ‘n’ bass aficionado Kove has proven himself force to be reckoned with in 2019 with releases like “Echoes” and “BEARCLAW.” He’s returned in the heart of festival season with a new Drum&BassArena heater, “Motor,” which grinds with all the ferocity of, well, a powerful motor. It’s an epic piece of work.

Aug. 16 marks the release of HEYZ‘s first EP since his Schedule 1 compilation on mau5trap, and the three-track Human 404 is in a league of its own. Tracks like “In My Arms” clearly demonstrate a new sonic path for the producer, and it’s exciting to see. Read my Q&A with him here.

Sullivan King‘s rock-infused touch has been far-reaching in the electronic music sphere since his appearance on the scene, and he’s made a name for himself by continuously demonstrating his versatile skill set. His latest is a cover of Excision and Illenium‘s 2018 collab, “Gold,” and the musician’s vocals work flawlessly with the version he’s created.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 103

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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.

Listen in playlist format here


ShockOne recently debuted his sophomore LP, A Dark Machine, and its title track is—in a word—thrilling. Featuring the entrancing vocals of Reija Lee, this drum ‘n’ bass tune is expertly crafted and has a unique quality to it that’s both dark and enticing.

Last Island has been on a roll this year. After his May Sustain EP, the Scottish producer has continued to churn out quality works, including his latest, a funky rework of Xan Langston’s “Don’t Think Just Feel.” In his interpretation, the vocals to glide over an effortlessly groovy beat in such a fun way.

Tom Budin‘s originals are consistently smooth and sleek, and whether he’s creating an original piece of work or remixing another artist, fans can always expect top-of-the-line production. His newest, a remix of Loui PL’s “Right Here,” is no exception. A sexy bassline anchors the tune, complemented by sultry vocals.

HEYZ previews his forthcoming LP with its first single, “Castaway King,” featuring the vocal talents of MAYLYN. The song is a dynamic initial showing from the compilation, incorporating light, flowy elements with a reverberating, dramatic bass.

Murtagh‘s new EP is comprised of just two songs, but in this pair, listeners will find 14 minutes of sheer bliss. This progressive Macarize release sees the producer tackle two times of day, 9 and 10 a.m., with vast differences in tone and ambiance. “9AM” is a gorgeously dreamy number, painting a picture of a perfect morning.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 102

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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.

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Leave it to Laszlo to always make fun songs even more fun. On his latest, the Dutch producer tackles Julian Jordan‘s “To The Wire,” revamping it with his own upbeat energy. While preserving the easygoing groove of the original, Laszlo picks up the pace and packs more punch with his rendition. Laszlo’s remix is out via Martin Garrix‘s Stmpd Rcrds, as part of a set of remixes that also includes a rework by Siks.

Flite continues to trailblaze the drum ‘n’ bass movement in the United States, and he’s been busy this year. Just weeks after releasing a well-received EP on Liquicity Records, the Texas-based producer has teamed up with Spanish producers Dub Elements for “Abandoned.” The tune leads the listener through the jungle with mysterious vocals and anticipatory melodies, building gradually to a formidable, rapid-paced drop.

Australian producer Blaine Stranger has been making waves in the international drum ‘n’ bass scene for the past few years, making his way to Futurebound’s Viper Recordings to unveil his latest, “Losing Myself.” Incorporating sultry female vocals atop a furiously racing beat, this newest tune sees the producer further assert himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Shortly after announcing a European and U.S. tour with Haywyre, KOAN Sound have revived a 2011 OWSLA classic: “Meanwhile, In The Future.” This “What Year Is It Remix” strays from its glitch hop origins to march smartly into 2019, bringing with it its iconic wobbles and interlude melodies. This rework is more laid-back than its predecessor eight years prior, but it’s sure to thrill all who loved and embraced the original.

I’m so grateful I stumbled across this EP. Parisian artist LÜNE has created a meticulous and delicate six-track collection of “chillsynth” songs that are visibly personal and heart-touching. “When you are close to death, your survival instinct makes you see happy memories (souvenirs), of people and things you love, that could bring you the courage to get back to life,” the producer says of the new collection. “That’s what this EP is about, these are my souvenirs.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 101

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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.

Listen in playlist format here


Jay Cosmic has returned to Monstercat under his Desert Star moniker to deliver a feel-good, catchy-as-hell new single, “Carissa.” With its ’80s atmosphere and infectious vocals, the tune makes for stellar sophomore showing from the Manchester artist under this name. “Carissa” follows “Foreign Land,” which landed in April on the Canadian label’s Instinct section.

Nanobii‘s first release of 2019 has arrived in the form of “Children of the Sky,” an original tune that features the artist’s own vocals and his signature happy hardcore beats. Fans of Owl City will delight in its uplifting melodies before being rocketed into a sky full of clouds. The accompanying artwork fits perfectly with the lighthearted tone this song portrays.

Calgary-based producer Stilz has had a career that’s spanned many years, packed full of nostalgia-inducing songs of the synthwave/cyberpunk persuasion. One of his latest to pop up on SoundCloud, “Future World (2016),” gives listeners goosebumps with its eerie, otherworldly theme, adding to the mystery with a deep, pulsing beat. It’s intoxicating and full of hidden components with each listen.

Nora En Pure has had a banner 2019 already, keeping up with her weekly Purified show and still finding time to release hits like “Birthright” and a remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Her latest, “Heart Beating,” debuted on Enormous Chills earlier this month and has a darker tone than its predecessors, making it primed for late-night club sets. Sultry, pounding bass and infectious vocals make this one irresistible.

At the beginning of July, Serbian producer Vintage & Morelli revealed a massive collection of songs to the world in the form of Hymn to the Night. Tucked among the 21 songs is “Last Of Us,” a sensational tune that features angelic choral stylings and a relaxed beat. Silk Music‘s classified it as ambient, but it’s so much more than that. “Last Of Us” weaves in delicate orchestral interludes and serene guitar soundscapes that are easy to get lost in.

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

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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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 99

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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.

Listen in playlist format here. Stay tuned for next week’s special Vol. 100 edition!


Last Island and Alex Martyn are a match made in heaven. Their new joint endeavor, “Miles Away,” recently debuted on their own Island Life collective. The tune got its start from a simple jungle sample, and the two artists then built the song around it. It’s effortlessly groovy and makes for the perfect summer anthem with its funky guitar and drifting vocals.

Liquicity RecordsReflections compilation came out last month, but many of the collection’s songs are still making their way onto SoundCloud. One of these is Dualistic‘s remix of Edlan‘s “Dreamcatcher.” Dualistic has put a beautiful spin on this already-otherworldly song, allowing the listener to float above the earth on a cloud of melodic drum ‘n’ bass.

Netsky has teamed up with t1r to prepare his latest sun-soaked tune to hit the festival stage. The two producers have opted to remix Jon Lemmon’s “It’s Gonna Be Alright”—something Auckland producer t1r calls “a definite career highlight.”  This lighthearted remix focuses on Lemmon’s vocals, as the two producers complement his voice with subtle dance production.

Marc Madness recently unloaded a moody retrowave tune by the name of “1986,” hearkening back to the ’80s with its wistful guitar riffs and forceful vocals. Its dark and mysterious atmosphere takes the listener on a journey through the night, enhancing the mood with racing synths. The Polish producer holds nothing back here, and it’s thrilling to hear.

July 12 brings with it the arrival of Tycho‘s new album, Weather. It’s a gorgeous, contemplative venture comprised of previously released tracks like April’s “Easy” and May’s “Pink & Blue.” The album’s eighth and final track shares its name with the LP and is a perfect summation of the compilation with its breezy, relaxing melodies and beats.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 98

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


In mid-June, Liquicity Records continued the celebration of its 10th anniversary with the release of Reflections Pt. 2. One of the album’s eight tracks—Shock One’s remix of Ekko & Sidetrack‘s “Long Summer”—recently made its way to SoundCloud. It’s a gorgeous drum ‘n’ bass piece, featuring the heavenly vocals of songstress Reija Lee. She sets the mood for the emotive song with a silky introduction, paving the way for the pure, soulful energy that is to follow.

Black Caviar have gracefully morphed Bazzi‘s trap-infused “Paradise” into an upbeat house remix in their latest release. The Pennsylvania natives maintain the original’s smooth-flowing vocals and prep the instrumentals for the dance floor by adding a steady-grooving beat. They keep the mood light with a piano melody that reflects the easygoing simplicity of summer nights—which this tune seems to have been made for.

Fresh off a remix of Local Dialect’s “Poseidon,” Gorgon City have returned to deliver a brand new original, “Elizabeth Street.” The UK duo pay homage to the birthplace of house music, Chicago, in this new piece of work, luring listeners in with a somewhat dark atmosphere and an irresistible bassline. “Elizabeth Street” makes an excellent addition to the pair’s 2019 discography, which at only halfway through the year is already impressive.

I wrote about StayLoose and Fatherdude‘s “Illusions” in May, and my obsession with the tune carries into the remixes of it that’ve followed. One of the latest is from an Australian producer by the name of Dream Fiend. The artist takes a retro approach to his take on the track, bringing in elements of nu disco and synthwave to deliver listeners to the past. Bright synths elevate the song to new levels, and it’s addicting.

Pittsburgh synthwave duo Arcade High recently released their 10-track New Impressions LP, giving fans a taste of the ’80s over the course of the album. The last track before the digital bonus track is “Only Memories,” which harkens back to simpler times with a moody synth melody and a retro beat. It’s wistful and nostalgic, sprinkled with elements of a beloved decade that’s seeing a resurgence in recent years.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 97

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Australia bass heavyweight ShockOne makes his first appearance on Monstercat in fine fashion, teaming up with The Bloody Beetroots for “Run.” This dramatic electro single is a hefty one, coming from ShockOne’s upcoming second studio album, A Dark Machine. With pulsing synths and striking vocals, its ’80s undertones shine through the modernized electronic music themes.

A-Trak‘s “Work It Out” just got a disco-influenced refresher from Friend Within, and it’s as groovy as it sounds. In his rework, the UK producer has beefed up and lengthened the build-ups, drawing out the anticipation for the funky drop that follows. It retains the retro flair of the original, while adding an extra touch of zest that is sure to keep dance floors packed into the early hours of the morning.

Diplo‘s Higher Ground EP has received a variety of reinterpretations since its release in April. One of the latest of these is from Yotto, who’s given the moody “Win Win” a dreamy, more ethereal tone with its fluttering synth melodies and subtle incorporation of the original’s vocals from Tove Lo. Yotto pays close attention to his world-building in this remix, creating a fantastical and mysterious soundscape out of “Win Win.”

The journey back to the ’80s continues with scintillating synthwave releases from the likes of PYLOT. “Fearless” kicks off with the introduction of a striking bass, building gradually until it’s rich with full-fledged anthemic synth melodies. In the spaces between the powerful verses, listeners will find moody interludes that give an even more dramatic tone to the the overall song. Its retro and timeless qualities make it easy to latch onto.

Dreamchaser knows how to translate a rock song into a synthwave sensation, as exhibited in the Florida producer’s latest: a remix of Captives’ “Signs.” He’s removed the hard-hitting drums and guitar, favoring instead a subtle beat and powerful synths. Matt Flood’s vocals take center stage in this remix, allowing the listener to experience his vocals in a raw and emotional way. With Dreamchaser’s choice of instrumentals, it’s addictive.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 96

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Grabbitz and Sullivan King‘s roots are firmly planted in rock ‘n’ roll, and their new Monstercat collaboration showcases that fact perfectly. “Crazy As You” manages to be simultaneously vulnerable and heavy, weaving seamlessly between Grabbitz’s emotive vocals and Sullivan Kings fiery guitar progressions. This song is inspiring, allowing both artists’ talents to shine in their rawest forms. Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged.

Ever in pursuit of a party, The Knocks have created a pristine summer tune called “Awa Ni.” Just in time for the longest day of the year, they’ve linked with Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for an easygoing, carefree single. The phrase “awa ni” roughly translates to “that’s us” in Yoruba, one of the native languages spoken in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, where Kah-Lo’s from. She said in a release that the beat The Knocks concocted “gave me the vibe of rolling around town back home with my friends” and made her want to write something about where she’s from. “Awa Ni” is the perfect result.

The countdown to Flite‘s Calm Before the Storm EP continues with the release of a new single, “Skywalker,” on Liquicity Records. The tune follows the debut single of the compilation, “Decisions,” which arrived a few weeks ago. Both songs are are impeccable examples of top-quality U.S. drum ‘n’ bass, as Flite continues his mission to bring such music to the States’ masses. “Skywalker” is a full-throttle launch into outer space, rocketing through its drum ‘n’ bass rhythm and gliding at a more graceful pace through interludes of twinkling melodies and soothing vocals.

BLOODTONE brings listeners back to earth with the release of “Already Dead,” an ominous techno endeavor that pounds furiously in listeners’ ears. Backed by a frenetic beat of the deepest bass, “Already Dead” drifts between melancholy piano melodies and eerie vocals chanting “already dead” that bleed into the corners of the brain. BLOODTONE continues to cement his dark and sinister style with captivating releases such as this one.

Horn connoisseur Alexander Lewis is back again with another trap-infused heater. He continues to make music that’s unpredictable and completely unique, opting this time to take a cinematic and orchestral approach. He described “Soar” perfectly in the song’s description: “‘Soar’ is an amalgamation of my influences from current movie scores and trap. It features three string players (recorded and layered to sound like a full orchestra) and eight brass players (two horns, two trumpets, four trombones). At the time of writing the song, ‘chaos’ was the only word to express how I was feeling, but when I had a final product it ended up being so much more than that. It represented/represents positive ways of dealing with chaos, and finding the beauty in it.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 95

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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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Who would’ve thought Bring Me The Horizon and Sub Focus were a match made in heaven? The English drum ‘n’ bass producer has truly worked his magic on this subtle January release from the rock band, meticulously maintaining its delicate aspects while sprinkling in more intense drum ‘n’ bass elements. The beauty of this remix is that it doesn’t detract from the brilliance BMTH’s original. Instead, it gives listeners a refreshing new way to digest its intricacies.

Haywyre was the perfect person to tap for an official remix of Martin Garrix‘s “Summer Days.” The pianist brings an effortlessly groovy air to the track, incorporating funk-laden synths during the instrumental-focused sections and gorgeous piano chords to the vocal intervals. Like all Haywyre tunes, it’s impossible to not bob your head or tap your foot on this one. Check him out playing it live here.

In his new two-track EP for Liquicity Records, mystery producer Oakwite shines. “Chlorophyll,” in particular, is full of intrigue. The name for the song is fitting, as the artist appears to convert sunlight into alluring drum ‘n’ bass. The new body of work follows the February release of Oakwite’s bootleg of nothing,nowhere’s “Hammer,” which also proved to be beautifully unique.

London-based drum ‘n’ bass artist Etherwood is fresh off a new six-track release, which contains a graceful tune called “Away From It All.” Featuring a beautiful reoccurring piano melody and drifting vocals, this one instantly transports the listen to a still forest or a scenic vista. If the listener can fully submerge themselves in the sonic landscape Etherwood’s composed, it’s likely they’ll find themselves in a truly blissful state.

Speaking of six-track releases, Pierce Fulton, too, has released a new body of work. Hoarder’s Paradise made its full appearance on Potential Fun on June 14, featuring songs like “The Move.” This four-minute song is an introspective one, carrying with it an almost wistful theme as it ebbs and flows. Throughout the tune, piano melodies build from delicate to more forceful and are backed by a subtle but substantial beat. The journey-like qualities of “The Move” are completely entrancing.