Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 89

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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 celebrating the return of Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s Dog Blood project in late March, Grabbitz has taken on the task of flipping “Turn Off The Lights.” Grabbitz cranks up the intensity on this take of the pair’s first offering since 2014, speeding up the intro and leading straight into a glitchy, distorted drop. With its simultaneously fun and heavy atmosphere, this feisty but brief flip is sure to make its rounds at festivals this summer.

One of the reigning kings of anthemic drum ‘n’ bass has returned with his first offering of the year, “Devotion.” Dimension has linked with the talented Cameron Hayes for this latest single, building a sinister drum ‘n’ bass instrumental around her powerful vocals. These two are a force to be reckoned with, and what they’ve created in “Devotion” is pure energy from start to finish.

While we’re on the topic of drum ‘n’ bass power ballads, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tip my hat to Koven‘s latest. Katie Boyle and Max Rowat have composed a truly mighty piece in their latest single for Liquicity. Boyle gives her heart and soul to this song, and it’s readily apparent in every line she belts. The combination of her vocals and authoritative instrumentals is goosebump-inducing, and I love it.

The world saw just one bit of new material from Timecop1983 last year in the form of “Back To You” (which was brilliant, by the way), and the ’80s-inspired producer has now returned with a new single, “My Delorean.” The Dutch producer has teamed up with fellow ’80s enthusiast Primo for the beautifully emotive tune, which tugs at listeners’ heartstrings with nostalgic synths and dreamy vocals.

SIGMA follow up their end-of-March release, “Here We Go Again,” with a merry remix from Just Kiddin. Where the former UK duo chose a breezy pop-oriented feel for their original, the latter UK duo have opted for a more dance floor-ready rendition. A bouncing house beat makes this tune even more infectious, and a fun, filtered twist on Louisa‘s vocals makes this remix one worth hitting “repeat” on many times.

Good Morning Mix: Dimension, Friction, Culture Shock, and 1991 go B2B in massive two-hour drum & bass mix

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As he gears up for the release of his debut FABRICLIVE mix, UK drum & bass savant Dimension is drumming up excitement in a big way. As if the stacked track list for the forthcoming mix isn’t enough, Dimension also recently tapped friends Friction, Culture Shock and 1991 for a nearly two-hour back-to-back rooftop set. Fans of drum & bass will find an impeccable blend of new twists and turns on classics in the lengthy compilation, along with a dynamic array of unreleased songs.

FABRICLIVE 98 is out May 25.

Watch the live video of the two-hour set on UKF‘s channel here.

Dimension to mix Fabriclive 98

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London-based drum& bass producer, Dimension, known, among other things, for his residency at Amnesia in Ibiza, mixed his first official Fabriclive mix.

Stringing together a collection of 56 tunes from the likes of Skrillex, deadmau5, Andy C, Sub Focus, and Chase & Status, alongside a handful of exclusive productions, Dimension presents a definitive snapshot of drum-n-bass in 2018. Fabricive 98’s 56-strong tracklist also features 22 exclusives from its talented array of artists. Though listeners can expect a bass-brimming production, Dimension also spoke about how the energy of this mix isn’t solely of the dance floor.

“I wanted to make the mix special,” Dimension says in a press release. “I wanted it to represent my attitude towards the energy experienced at shows, but also appreciated the fact that the mix isn’t always going to be heard on a dance floor.”

Fabriclive 98 Tracklist (Exclusives in bold):

  1. Dimension – Intro /Pull Me Under feat. RAPHAELLA [MTA]
  2. Culture Shock – Rush Connection [RAM]
  3. Concept 2 – Cause & Effect (Calyx & Teebee Remix) [RAM]
  4. The Prototypes – Pale Blue Dot (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  5. Dimension – Jet Black (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  6. Calyx & Teebee – Skank (VIP Mix) [RAM]
  7. Document One – Uh Huh (VIP Mix) [Technique Recordings]
  8. Chase & Status – No Problem (VIP Mix) [Chase & Status]
  9. Dimension – Whip Slap (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  10. Dimension – Beg & Borrow (VIP Mix) [Dimension]
  11. Culture Shock – Bunker [RAM]
  12. 1991 – Witchdoctor [MTA]
  13. Calyx & Teebee – Sawn Off (Dimension Edit) [RAM]
  14. Dimension – Techno [Dimension]
  15. SpectraSoul – 4URGH [Ish Chat Music]
  16. Culture Shock – Lower Frequencies [Culture Shock]
  17. Metrik – Fatso [Hospital]
  18. Dimension – Love To Me (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  19. 1991 – Jungle Cats [1991]
  20. Dimension – Generator [Dimension]
  21. Sub Focus – Circadian [Sub Focus]
  22. Chase & Status – Tribes [Chase & Status]
  23. Dimension – UK (VIP) [Dimension]
  24. Dimension – UK (Skrillex Edit) [Dimension]
  25. My Nu Leng & Flava D – Soul Shake (1991 VIP Remix) [My Nu Leng]
  26. Dimension – Raver [Dimension]
  27. Bensley – Ascension [RAM]
  28. Benny L – Low Blow (VIP Mix) [Metalheadz]
  29. Dillinja –Friday [Valve Digital]
  30. DJ Fresh feat. Sigma – Cylon [Breakbeat Kaos]
  31. Sub Focus – Stomp [RAM]
  32. Chris Lake – I Want You (1991 Remix) [OWSLA]
  33. High Contrast – If We Ever [Hospital]
  34. B-Complex – Beautiful Lies [Hospital]
  35. Rockwell – User [Shogun Audio]
  36. Fred V & Grafix – Just A Thought (2018 Mix] [Viper Recordings]
  37. Deadmau5 – Avarita (Dimension 2018 Remix) [Universal]
  38. Chase & Status – Is It Worth It (VIP Mix) [Mercury]
  39. Sub Focus – Deep Space [RAM Records]
  40. IllSkillz – Directions [Hospital]
  41. Wilkinson & Dimension – Rush [RAM]
  42. Wilkinson – Afterglow [RAM]
  43. Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (Sub Focus Remix) [The Sleepy Jackson / Nick Littlemore]
  44. Dimension – Automatik [Dimension]
  45. Dossa & Locuzzed – Shag (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  46. Turno – The Invaderz (VIP Mix) [Charge]
  47. Metrik – Want My Love feat. Elisabeth Troy [Hospital]
  48. Chase & Status – All Crew [Self-Release]
  49. Koncept – Breathe In [Viper Recordings]
  50. Commix – Be True [Metalheadz]
  51. Sub Focus – X-Ray (Metrik Remix) [RAM]
  52. Tantrum Desire – Pump (Dimension Edit) [Technique Recordings]
  53. Chase & Status – International (Dimension Remix) [Chase & Status]
  54. Cyantific – Infinity Plus 1 [RAM]
  55. John B – Up All Night [Metalheadz]
  56. Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid (Metrik Remix) [Polydor]

Fabric Records will release Fabriclive 98 on May 25.

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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. 31

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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.


Tim Schaufert‘s releases in the past few months have been nothing short of perfection. His latest, “Runaway,” is a gorgeously haunting partnership with frequent collaborator CASHFORGOLD. Her delicate vocals juxtaposed with a minimalist trap beat make for an almost eerie atmosphere.


This sultry number comes to us from Luna and Sarah De Warren. With a deep-set melody driving the verses, the collaborators lead up to a chorus that brings a Middle Eastern accent to the song. The dance floor-ready track brings a modern flair to the exotic melody, combined with vocals that are both seductive and heavenly at the same time.


Whenever London producer Dimension posts a new track, madness is sure to ensue. His latest release, “Raver,” draws its power directly from its name. “Raver” is pure UK drum & bass insanity in the best possible: it’s chock-full of deep bass, racing BPMs and energized vocals. Unlike his last release (an emotive, melodic collaboration with Wilkinson), “Raver” brings out the raw intensity of a London dance floor late at night.


Earlier this week, Sound Remedy quietly released a 10-track LP called Seeds. Most of the album’s track tap into the softer side of the LA artist’s production, like this one. “Sunset in Palos” is the opening track on the album and serves as the perfect introduction to the nine tracks ahead. Something about the subtle sweetness of the guitar reminds me of Lost Frequencies‘ “Are You With Me,” and I love it.


I typically try to use new-ish tracks on this series, but this one is an exception. I found StarGuy and Flamingo‘s remix of Rihanna‘s “Kiss It Better” last week after hearing it in StarGuy’s StarCast mix with Lenno and have had it stuck in my head ever since. It’s a few months old, but its old-school disco vibes bring a funky twist to the modern song.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 14

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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.


Convex says he’s re-written this track no fewer than 10 times. The final product is a futuristic creation that blends of styles and is unlike anything I’ve heard before. Its dreamy feel, particularly in the introduction, is reminiscent of ODESZA‘s abstract style. Convex notes in the description that dainichi is the zen Buddhist embodiment of emptiness. “Essentially it’s the idea that everything is void of meaning or value,” he says. “All things are impermanent and in a state of constant flux. In a way, it teaches us to be optimists because problems and pain are both only temporary.”


In July 2014, Crystalize posted his first track on SoundCloud: a remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Sad Machine.” Here, more than three years later, he’s remixed Robinson’s first track under his new alias, Virtual Self. The original “Eon Break” is an intense synth-heavy frenzy that caught many Robinson fans off guard. Crystalize has made the daring track a bit more digestible, trading the pounding whirlwind of synths that dominate the chorus for a more melody-focused take on the song. It’s a beautiful adaptation — probably one of the best I’ve heard yet.


2017 has been a huge year for Ekali. He’s worked with ZHU, been remixed by Skrillex, and done massive mixes for Triple J and Diplo and Friends. In the midst of it all, he’s still had time to work on a handful of beautifully emotive singles, like “Past Life” with Opia. The sensual track manages to be both delicate and heavy at the same time, allowing listeners to absorb the depth of his creativity. With each listen, “Past Life” unveils new, intricate details that come together for a passionate collaboration.

I also just found out he’s going to be in St. Louis with Medasin in a few weeks at one of my favorite intimate venues, and I am so there.


Always a sucker for energetic new drum and bass, I was ecstatic to see the release of a new Dimension song. In his collaboration with UK heavyweight Wilkinson, the pair have built a dramatic, melody-centric tune that’s both classic and fresh at the same time. The build heightens anticipation for the beat to kick in, with echoing vocals and drifting synths that clear the way for the fast-paced rhythm that kicks in post-drop. It’s a collaboration made in heaven, making the long-anticipated release of this track well worth the wait.


A standout melodic track on their new Vantablack EP, Sullivan King and Dirtyphonics‘ “Sight of Your Soul” is more reminiscent of a 2007-era punk rock song than its EP companions. It’s a refreshing break from “bangers” and “lit” EDM songs that saturate SoundCloud feeds, leading to praise from music fans who were raised on the likes of Green Day and Incubus. “Sight of Your Soul” highlights Sullivan King’s powerful vocals, paired with a nostalgic guitar melody and a hint of a dubstep beat in the chorus. As someone who basically drowned herself in alternative and punk rock in high school, “Sight of Your Soul” resonates with me so much. More like this, please.


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Wilkinson and Dimension release hotly anticipated collab, ‘Rush’

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Dimension has made a name for himself in the UK drum and bass scene with his standout production talents. The producer has released track after track that capably highlights his abundance of skill— the most recent of them being “Black Church.”

Ending his three-month hiatus, Dimension has just released his hotly anticipated collaboration with another one of England’s finest producers, Wilkinson— aptly titled “Rush.”  Each producer’s contribution to the melodious single is clear to hear, as their combined effort has surely produced a modern drum and bass classic.

 

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British producer Dimension has returned in style. Buoyed by the success of his fantastic drum & bass edit of Eric Prydz’s “Generate,” the veteran D&B maestro has just dropped a new single, titled “Black Church.”

Characterized by a stark, string plucked chord progressions and healthy helpings of bass, Dimension goes out of his way to give the track a definite air of defiance and a good dose of infectious energy — a fact that is further emphasized by the powerful female vocals, which add an extra level of intrigue to the track’s unique personality.

“Black Church” is definitely one of Dimension’s more interesting tracks, and would be perfectly suited to a high octane gym setting.

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Dimension drops a drum & bass edit of Eric Prydz’s “Generate”

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There is no denying Dimension’s prowess as a quality Drum & Bass producer. That talented Englishman is currently a signee on MTA Recordings, and is no stranger to high profile remixes – having previously reworked Deadmau5’s classic single ‘Strobe,’ and Nero’s ‘Two Minds.’

His latest creation is a fantastic rework of Eric Prydz’s “Generate.” As is the case with remixing any hit single, preserving the soul of the original plays a critical role in determining the new version’s reception. Luckily, Dimension has absolutely nailed it with his tasteful edit, keeping the main melody and vocal samples virtually untouched, while adding in crisp percussion and deep bass lines- making for a gorgeous re-imagination of a modern dance classic.

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