Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 111

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 111Deters 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.

Listen in playlist format here


Two powerhouse artists have come together for an innovative new collaboration, “Bruises.” NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have both had stellar 2019s so far, each with multiple well-received releases under their belts. “Bruises” seamlessly blends both of their styles for an irresistible electronic-alternative product.

The Knocks are unveiling remixes of their recent tunes to the world, and one of the latest of these is a sultry rework of “No Requests” by Steff Da Campo. The Dutch producer gives the lighthearted song a deeper, darker tone, backing its merry vocals with an ominous bassline. It’s groovy but bold in its reinvented soundscape.

The release date of Goldroom‘s Plunge / Surface LP draws nearer, as do the single releases that lead up to it. The latest is “Just Like a Dream,” a blissful, piano-laden piece that features longtime collaborator Nikki Segal on vocals. “Just Like a Dream” dreamily draws out the end of summer, shining bright rays into the early days of autumn.

Modernized disco is seeing a resurgence, popping up in festival sets and across streaming platforms from notable artists. The Disco Fries—as their name aptly implies—are helping lead the charge with fun bootlegs like this Janet Jackson one. “We put together this bootleg of Janet Jackson’s smash ‘All For You’ around the same time we did Mary J’s ‘Family Affair’ and it has crushed in our live sets,” Disco Fries said of the tune.

Scottish artists Last Island and Alex Martyn have clearly been having fun composing music together on their Island Life imprint. July saw the release of “Miles Away,” an effortlessly groovy and lighthearted collaboration, and now they’ve returned with “Romeo.” They call “Romeo” their “attempt at a disco track… not particularly disco,” but it still showcases that spirited soundscape they both seem to foster in their music.

Kraftwerk among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Kraftwerk among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomineesKraftwerk

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2019 Rock Hall class. Among the list for the fifth time is a pioneer of popular electronic music, Kraftwerk. Starting in 1970, the band became a leader in progressive rock by using synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments.

Their first three albums  Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), and The Man-Machine (1978) were characterized as “robot pop.” They used electronic elements with pop melodies, simple arrangements, and repetitive rhythms. Wearing matching suits had them checking off the branding portion of being a popular band.

These projects lead to the influence of many genres of modern music, including synthpop, ambient, hip hop, post-punk, techno, and club music. The Observer once editorialized, “no other band since The Beatles has given so much to pop culture.”

Kraftwerk was awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, their Autobahn album made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, and they won the 2018 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for their 3-D The Catalogue live album.

First-time nominated acts include Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Devo, Roxy Music, John Prine and Todd Rundgren. Other nominations went to the returning Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, Kraftwerk, and the Zombies. Previous nominees Kate Bush, Nine Inch Nails and Bad Brains were taken off the list.

The final list of inductees will be confirmed in December 2019  and the induction ceremony will take place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the meantime, fans can vote at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.

H/T: Billboard