Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 43

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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.


House maven BIJOU has returned with another tasty dance floor-ready offering, “Take A Hit,” with Gerry Gonza. His hard-hitting style fuses perfectly with that of Gonza’s as they pair sultry vocals with a bass-heavy beat for a g-house collaboration that’s sure to entice dance music listeners of all persuasions.


Rameses B‘s style of drum & bass can be summed up in one word: intense. With each new release, the UK artist tells an enthralling tale. During his latest’s six-minute length, “Prometheus” builds and drops in tremendous fashion. Mystery-filled breaks that tell a tale of the narrator searching for someone, adding to the suspense. “This is the first time I’ve combined psytrance and drum and bass, the result is a progressive and ever-evolving track that takes the listener on a journey,” Rameses B says of the Monstercat release. “This could spark future iterations of the psy-dnb genre.”


Hidden Face exhibits a mysterious feel to his music reminiscent of ZHU‘s. The up-and-coming Parisian artist pairs a dark beat with alluring vocals painting a foreboding picture as he goes. Though slightly eerie, the track is fascinating, and I find myself listening again and again. “Turn off the lights” marks Hidden Face’s opening track to his debut three-track EP, out now on Daruma.


I’ll admit I was surprised to see ATTLAS on Louis The Child‘s “Better Not” remix package — pleasantly so. The mau5trap artist has composed a beautiful rendition of the Chicago duo’s hit, layering in a variety of lighthearted synths that give the track an extra feel-good vibe. It’s impeccably produced and shows a lighter side of the Toronto artist’s style.


Elephante‘s Glass Mansion EP has just hit the airwaves, adding nine emotion-packed originals to his repertoire. The EP’s namesake is a blissful and catchy track with a deeper message. “It’s the story about building and dreaming about the “Glass Mansion,” where the streets are made of gold and everything is perfect – and then finally getting there, and realizing that it’s not what you were looking for,” Elephante told Billboard. “You can’t wait to be happy until you achieve something – you have to find joy in the process. Because we’ll never have it better than we do right now.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 42

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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.


Since he started releasing music again at the beginning of last year, Party Ghost has been on a roll with originals. Each one’s been quite varied in style, tied together with his signature dark and somewhat glitchy vibe. “Kill,” released in early April, slams its listener with deep, reverberating bass — much like his most recent: “Phantom.” This stormy, brooding vibe is executed perfectly in “Phantom,” though it’s more subdued than its April predecessor. “In the year 2145 the world is ran by Spectre Industries,” Party Ghost notes in the song description. “The story begins with Phantom.”


Ryan Browne has been consistently wreaking havoc on the dance music world with fiery remixes and originals that put a hardcore twist on tracks like Krewella‘s “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” In his latest, a cover of the classic “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, Browne whips out the drum sticks for a powerful take on the 2007 classic, mixing in elements of hardstyle and dubstep for a rendition that’s not for the faint of heart.


Armada powerhouse Armin Van Buuren has followed up his mid-April “Therapy” with the release of a funk-injected remix from Throttle. The Melbourne artist has made a name for himself with groovy hits like his take on “Hit the Road Jack” and his remix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s iconic “September.” His “Therapy” remix looks to be another stellar addition to his discography, as he adds a classic disco vibe to James Newman’s vocals.


There are few things I love more than the mixing of genres. German drum & bass duo Neonlight have put a VIP spin on one of their own tracks, combining gorgeous orchestral elements, soaring electric guitar and a drum & bass rhythm for a formidable four-minute venture. Its action-packed, cinematic feel is bolstered by hefty bass and dramatic builds that leave the listener wanting more as the synths peter out at the end.


Fresh off a four-track NEST HQ EP, Canadian duo Chuurch have come back with a sultry remix of REZZ and 13‘s celebrated collaboration, “DRUGS!” Digging into the style they call “lean bass,” the pair have crafted a remix saturated with wobbles and weighty bass. REZZ and 13’s haunting melody drifts in and out of the remix, allowing the duo to carry it through while adding their own unique twist.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 41

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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.


San Francisco producer Spencer Brown has been thrilling audiences with his ethereal progressive house style for years. Most recently, he’s released his debut album, Illusion of Perfection. One of the tracks, “Nightwalk,” perfectly conveys the subtle mystery of late nights and early hours of the morning. “This song was directly inspired by walks around the Marina Green (near the Golden Gate Bridge) in San Francisco very late at night near the end of last year,” Brown says of the song. “There is something spiritual for me about walks at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m.; I love the stillness, tranquility, and feeling that the entire landscape is yours.”


The fiery drum & bass coming out of Liquicity Records lately has been so inspiring. One of the label’s latest, a fervent collaboration between Madface, MC Coppa and Meditat1on, is a clear standout for 2018 on the Dutch label. “What It Looks Like” unites the talents of three countries (Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Italy, respectively) for a dynamic drum & bass tune that shines with intense vocals from MC Coppa and stellar production from the Madface and Meditat1on.


Disco Fries are typically the bringers of funk. On the heels of the groovy DF EP on Enhanced in November, the duo have opted for a change of pace in their latest release. “The Cut” shows a more intense side of the New York producers, as they layer on hefty bass and mysterious Middle Eastern-influenced melodies. With booming bass and an intense beat, “The Cut” shows there’s nothing these two can’t do.


A Nitro Fun release is always an adventure. The Mexican producer opens his latest release, “Time Goes By,” with a bold blast of ’80s-style synths (think Van Halen’s “Jump”) and an immediately addicting melody. He hooks the listener from the get-go, leading them into a formidable dosage of bass and a cacophony of glitchy, computerized synths. “Time Goes By” is a full demonstration of the breadth of the Monstercat artist’s production, and it’s a beauty to behold.


Unlike Pluto has spent the last few years establishing himself as an unquestionably versatile artist. With releases that have varied from a collaboration with Seven Lions to a cover of TLC‘s “No Scrubs,” the Los Angeles producer has made it known that each release will be an entirely fresh experience. Earlier this week, he released the first song in a collection he’s called the Pluto Tapes. With a laidback feel, impeccable harmonies and elements of dance music poking through, “Run, Bobby, Run” is an intriguing addition to his music arsenal.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 40

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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.


In his Landscapes & Dimensions album earlier this year, Hungarian producer Aeron Aether showcased his production prowess through a diverse series of tracks. About halfway through the compilation, he switched gears from ethereal, dreamy soundscapes to an energetic drum & bass song that caught my ear. “Pusaar,” like the rest of the album’s tracks, builds beautifully, dropping the listener into a dramatic fast-paced rhythm just a little after the minute mark.


In the second Silk Music release of this playlist, we have the latest from Jay FM: an elegant progressive house tune from his brand new Timeless EP. This six-minute venture is a meditatively peaceful piece, led by a graceful synth melody and accompanying piano. Periodic vocals assert the emotive qualities of “Good Times,” ensuring its listeners are taken on an introspective journey.


In April 2014, Au5 released a heavy track called “Reiteration.” His galactic wubs and expert sound design wowed in this production — so much so that he’s revived it for a VIP rendition for 2018. The Colorado producer shines in this powerful mix of dubstep and drum & bass, bringing “Reiteration” into 2018 with a burst of energy and vibrancy.


Hoodboi‘s seven-track Breathing Room EP is just days old . Throughout the EP, he brings on exceptional collaborators that bring diverse elements to the already-stellar collection of songs. “Drowning” with Djemba Djemba and Julius is a personal favorite from this EP. Beautiful harmonies and complementary synths weave a colorful web of emotion, making “Drowning” a clear standout for me.


For his latest, Dion Timmer has stepped away from rowdy dubstep and into a light, upbeat original perfectly primed for the high energy of the soundtrack it’s featured on: Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3. Since first listen, the infectious melody has echoed in my head, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of releases coming from the Dutch producer.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 39

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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.


Just a month after the release of “Satisfied” on his Science EP, Robotaki has tapped the talents of Machinedrum for a dynamic remix. “When my team and I were thinking of artists to hit up for remixes, we wanted to have a collection of remixes that would truly change the way the original tracks felt and sounded,” Robotaki says of the remix. “Travis’ creative, eclectic and hard-hitting take on ‘Satisfied’ is everything I could’ve hoped for.”


It makes my heart happy that people are still remixing Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill‘s beloved “Gecko (Overdrive).” It’s been nearly five years since its release, and it remains one of my favorites. The song been reworked into a drum & bass masterpiece (thank you, Matrix & Futurebound), spun into a progressive gem (thank you, Lost Kings), and now has been funk-ified into nu disco by Flamingos. With a laid-back, synth-filled vibe, Flamingos revamp this classic with a retro feel.


With each new Rocket League collaborative album, Monstercat continues to impress. Volume three features the latest from Bad Computer: a tantalizing house track with vocals from Skyelle. “Silhouette” marks the producer’s third release with the Canadian label. With captivating instrumentals and beautifully emotive vocals from Skyelle, this one is an alluring addition to Bad Computer’s arsenal of well-crafted tunes.


Bass music plunges to the depths of hell in WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s new track, “Devil Music.” Sprinkled with eerie vocals from fknsyd, this creepy collaboration is crammed with aggressive bass and compelling sound design.  The in-your-face atmosphere of “Devil Music” is invigorating and menacing, making it a breath of fresh air in the saturated bass music market.


There are few things I love more than a drum & bass song that’s equal parts passion-packed and energetic. Flite and Boxplot’s latest, “Sunroad,” is part of Liquicity‘s Galaxy of Dreams 3 compilation, which came out at the end of April. It’s a clear standout on the LP, bursting with life and gorgeous melodies.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 38

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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.


Bearson teams up with vocalist Ashe in his newest original, “Get Lost.” This lighthearted, carefree track is carried by the passion behind Ashe’s vocals and a grooving beat from Bearson. This one is clearly made to be played with the windows down on a sunny summer day.


Halogen are back with another hefty house heater. “Time” delivers a groovy deep house beat with emotive vocals that fit perfectly with the nostalgic atmosphere Halogen have created. The Atlanta duo have a knack for house music, and it shines brightly in this latest original.


One of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to featured Lenno and Arty as the headliners. Ever since, both of the talented producers’ tunes have held a special place in my heart, and I look forward to each new release. Lenno’s latest, a disco-injected remix of NIKÖ BLANK‘s “Ride,” is bursting with the retro vibe he’s become known for.


Oliverse surprises with each new release. He’s unpredictable in the best way, putting his own spin on everything from PVRIS to Modestep. On his latest, “GET 2 ME,” he’s revamped a classic dubstep sound. Loaded up with heavy wubs and frantic synths and vocals, “GET 2 ME” is solid energy and bass from start to finish.


Tim Schaufert honestly gets better and better with each new release, leading me to feature his tunes in here constantly when a new one comes out. He’s again teamed up with longtime collaborator CASHFORGOLD for “Let Me Go.” CASHFORGOLD’s vocals are haunting in the best sense of the world, and Schaufert’s production remains top-of-the-line in this song, serving as another stellar example of why he’s one to watch.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 37

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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.


Step into this beautiful house haven that Zookëper and Goshfather have created called “For Real.” With Goshfather still riding the high of his massive hit, “Everybody” with the Bingo Players, “For Real” makes an exceptional follow up. Zookëper ended his 2017 on a high note with a feisty remix for The Knocks, so these two teaming up was bound to be a surefire hit.


New Jersey brother duo Synchronice just released a self-titled five-track EP. The introductory track, “Light,” makes for a gorgeous lead-in to the Synchronice EP. With a gradual build and layers of heavenly synths, it paves the way for the remaining four tracks. Choir-like vocals and even a brief guitar melody draw the listener in beautifully.


13 is about to blow up in 2018. Already this year, he’s followed up last year’s massive REZZ collaboration with a remix for Krayysh, a Nest HQ mix, and now, an original. “Physical” brings 13’s signature dark style in full force, mounting his attack and sneaking up on the listener with an anticipatory, moody introduction. He layers in Darth Vader-like breathing for added eeriness, pausing midway through the song to drum up another build reminiscent of someone running. It’s haunting in every sense of the word.


Colorado producer brothel has taken on one of modern pop-punk’s biggest voices: Paramore. He steps up the intensity of Hayley Williams’ vocals by kicking them up an octave and adding heavy amounts of bass. One Reddit user says brothel is able to “merge filth and beauty like no one,” and I have to say I agree.


Outcry plays with melodies in this playful new original, “Skydancer.” The Australian producer lets a lively melody carry throughout the song, though he toys with stutter effects and other variants on the lighthearted theme that carry through as hits of bass weaves in and out. “Skydancer” is a long time in the making, as Outcry notes in the track description that he’s been working on it for two and a half years.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 36

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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.


Just a few weeks ago, Mad Zoo sent over an insane track from an artist they’d just signed called counsel pop. I was immediately drawn in by “fazeley industrial estate” and enthusiastically wrote it up. Only days later, the artist’s second track appeared on SoundCloud: “trino (counsel pop’s mental mix).” This one is more subdued than its predecessor but is still layered with gorgeous sound design and insane complexity that honestly transcends description. After hearing these first two releases, I’m even more excited for the artist’s debut EP, out a week from today.


Turning back time to the ’80s, We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself (WATWFTCTKI) present “Flashbacks,” a retro synthpop tune that drips with wistful nostalgia. The Danish pop act have crafted a retrospective song that’s true to its name. “Flashbacks” is brimming with pensive vocals, backed by a slow-moving, synth-laden beat. It’s a bit reminiscent of some of my favorite Goldroom songs, and that’s perhaps why I’m so drawn to it.


While I might not love Post Malone in his songs’ original forms, I’m all about some of the ingenious remixes that have been surfacing over the past few years. Like this one, for example. Oakwite has transformed “Psycho” into a groovy drum & bass rendition. While classified as a bootleg, Oakwite has crafted a smooth and clean take on the song that shows pure creativity and gives Postie’s hip-hop collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign a fresh, energetic vibe.


Los Angeles trio Wake the Wild have created the perfect feel-good anthem with their latest release, “Body Language.” They’ve intertwined elements of pop and funk for a dancefloor-primed single that’s authentically them. “When we wrote ‘Body Language’ it was just easy,” Wake the Wild say of the release. “It felt natural. Like the song was already there just waiting for us to unlock it. It’s fun, it’s upbeat, and it’s not trying too hard.” They cite influences like Disclosure and Michael Jackson in their music, something that’s evident in the cheery, bright feel of “Body Language.”


Drum & bass king Muzzy is prepping for the release of his massive EP, The Cascade, due out on Monstercat May 14. He’s kicked off the EP’s releases with “New Age” featuring Detroit powerhouse Celldweller. The track is pure energy and fury backed by top-notch quality, leading many SoundCloud commenters to relate it to respected Pendulum tracks. Fusing punk rock vocals with rapid drum & bass patterns, “New Age” shows Muzzy at his finest. The Cascade is sure to be worth the wait.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 35

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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.


One of the most recent releases out of the Hospital Records camp is Logistics‘ seventh studio album, Hologram. Its third track, “Broken Light” with award-winning singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver, is a soulful and simple drum & bass tune. Combined, Oliver’s captivating vocals and an emotive piano melody give off a slightly melancholy vibe. When brought together with the drum & bass pattern, these three elements make for a stunner of a song.


In his first release since “Tell Me Your Secrets,” DEMUR packs a powerful punch. “Open Your Eyes” is a striking bass house number that sets a dark atmosphere from its first few chords. Dramatic, hard-hitting bass strikes almost immediately, pounding a haunting cacophony into the listener’s ears.


Gallant makes an impressive return with a new original, “Gentleman.” The soulful slow jam brings the heat with a smooth, sexy vibe, showcasing the artist’s silky falsetto. It’s been months since we’ve seen new material from Gallant — and it was worth the wait for this effortlessly provocative tune.


It’s Alison Wonderland album release day! The 14-track Awake is out now, featuring an exceptional collection of originals and collaborations. Additionally, she released a set of remixes for “Church,” which came out in February. One such remix was from fellow Australian Naderi, who has amplified the track’s future bass elements with chopped vocals and bouncing synths.


Following March’s “Raver,” UK drum & bass mastermind Dimension returns with a new thrilling ride. Unlike its name, “Techno” is straight drum & bass fire, adding to the intensity with excitement-building counting in both English and French. Powerful spoken word ignites the middle portion of “Techno” and carries the momentum through the remainder of the track. “I will not be regretting any of my decisions – I stand by everything I say. I will stand in truth, I will be whatever I want to be. You can try to put me in a cage, but I will break out with my rage. Because everything is just energy, and I cannot die.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 34

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dexter's beat lab

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.


Dustycloud has done it again. With hollow hits of bass and haunting vocals, Dustycloud casts an ominous shadow on the dance floor with “Jumpin’.” Gradual, daunting builds give way to a forceful house beat of 126 BPM, priming it for shufflers around the world. “Jumpin’” closely follows a succession of the French producer’s 2018 hits, including “Move” and “Those Nights.”


Keeping on the house train, BIJOU has unleashed his latest house heater. The g-house sensation has built this bass-fueled house number from fiery vocals by Davonyea Marcel. “‘Pringles’ really started when I heard the original vocal from [Marcel] & asked if I could take a stab at it for a house tune,” BIJOU says of the tune. “Putting my own twist on it, I really wanted to combine every aspect of my own sound into one.”


Rameses B never lets me down. The UK artist’s latest piece of work is an emotive drum & bass original, “Story.” He uses chopped-up vocals and an adventurous tone to piece together his story, told through a rapid-fire drum & bass pattern and focus on the melody. Though contrasting greatly, “Story” serves as an exceptional follow-up to his ambient-focused new album, Spacewalk, which came out in January.


It’s been a few months since a new INTERCOM track has blessed the Monstercat airwaves. The Canadian project is less than a year old but has already given the music world treats such as a thrilling remix of Seven Lions and Echos‘ “Cold Skin” and a creative take on music from Stranger Things. This latest original, a feisty electro track called “Truth and Malice” is an energy-packed journey that’s perfect for the Rocket League compilation album it’s part of.


1788-L tackles electronic music in one of its earliest forms in a clever rework of Kraftwerk‘s 1975 hit, “Radioactivity.” A menacing revival of the decades-old song, 1788-L taps into the dark, brooding mood of the original and magnifies it for his own bass-filled, glitchy take on the song.