Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 33

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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.


Fresh off his debut album in October, KRANE continues to wow. His latest is a stunning remix of Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One.” Backed by top-notch sound design throughout and a series of dramatic, fluttering synths in the chorus, KRANE’s crafted a beautiful rendition of an already tiptop song.


After months of waiting, dubstep fans finally have new Dodge & Fuski material. Turns out they’ve been working on an 13-track album, humbly titled The Greatest Album of All Time, and “Mistakes” with PhaseOne and The Arcturians is one of its latest singles. The Disciple track is one of pure energy. It’s packed with the heavy wubs we know and love from both bass acts, along with haunting vocals from The Arcturians that give the track a unique flavor.


Koven kick off the sophomore installment in the Monstercat x Rocket League collaborative album series with a drumstep original, “My Love.” Katie Boyle’s heartfelt vocals put a more lighthearted touch on the verses, but other parts of the song are a whole different animal. The duo have put together a track that exudes intensity in the best way, making it the perfect kick-off for the forthcoming compilation album.


Unlike Pluto has tapped into my nostalgia. Last Friday, he released an incredibly emotive cover of My Chemical Romance‘s 2004 hit, “Helena.” His vocal-centered rendition strips down the original track to a slower-paced ballad that oozes pure emotion and passion. Unlike Pluto’s voice is so well-suited for this track, and I’ve found myself re-obsessed with it 14 years later.


Seven years and countless remixes later, Porter Robinson‘s “Unison” remains one of the greatest hits of the early “EDM” era. It’s been reworked, revamped, reshaped, and re-imagined into genres across the board — and some are truly a treat. This latest one from SYN is a substantial contender. The mysterious producer ushers in the iconic melody before plunging listeners into a sea of glitchy bass. It’s raw and harsh, but in the best possible way.

H/T to DA managing editor M. Cooper for this one.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 19

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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.


Tired of a SoundCloud feed packed with Post Malone remixes, edits and covers? I thought I was, too — until I heard StéLouse‘s cover of “Rockstar” with Still Haze and Manus. StéLouse takes us back to a “gone but never forgotten SoundCloud era of 2014” with a feel-good cover of the iconic song, coming at the listener hard with the Flume vibes. A swinging beat, gorgeously redone vocals that are arguably much better than the original, and a light trap beat give their cover a life all of its own. It’s revamped my love of the song in a whole new way.


In their latest release, drum & bass powerhouse duo Koven tap into their dark side. “With You” is ushered in by Katie Boyle’s strong vocals and a delicate piano melody that quickly builds into something more forceful. Six-minute “With You” is a formidable BPM-cranked journey that ends the UK pair’s successful year on a strong note, showcasing all the best parts of their skill set.


Lost Kings have been on fire on 2017, shifting their focus to from remixes to original content like “Look At Us Now,” “Quit You,” and “First Love.” They’re rounding out the year with another original: a catchy pop-influenced number called “Don’t Call.” The single is a classic Lost Kings track, centered on catchy vocals and a solid dance beat. And don’t worry — they’re still in the remix game.


Kasbo‘s latest creation is a beautiful but melancholy single. He calls “Snow In Gothenburg” one of the most atmospheric and personal tracks he’s ever made, and that’s made completely clear by the somber soundscape he paints as the song progresses. “The song itself about loneliness and isolation, and the freedom of coming to terms with those feelings,” he says. “Seeing the beauty of realizing that everyone has their own ways to go in life and that not everyone is supposed to have someone.”


For the final track of this week’s playlist, we shift gears completely. Monstercat veteran Ephixa and label newcomer Bossfight thrill in this heavy electro creation called “Subside.” With dancing synth melodies and pounding bass, these two take the listener on a wild ride throughout their collaboration, with countless unexpected twists and turns. The surprise factor throughout the course of the song makes it practically unclassifiable, putting “Subside” in a league of its own.


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Ilan Bluestone – Another Lover (feat. Koven)

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Rising Anjunabeats talent Ilan Bluestone has released the third track, “Another Lover” from his upcoming 2018 EP, Scars. The melodic trance tune features Katie Boyle from Koven‘s spellbinding, otherworldly vocals, over a fervent beat and dynamic synth worth.

Bluestone has squandered none of the last 18 months, with four consecutive Beatport trance #1s — an unprecedented feat. The Anjunabeats artist has been consistently releasing his progressive trance tunes on the world renowned label since 2013. In 2015, he was consigned to mix the fifth installment in the Anjunabeats Worldwide compilation series, trailing past Anjuna giants like Arty and Mat Zo who were previously entrusted with the same role.

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Seven Lions and Echos release diverse set of ‘Cold Skin’ remixes on Monstercat

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What do Koven, Stonebank, V!RTU, Mr FijiWiji, MitiS, and INTERCOM all have in common? They all have freshly released remixes of Seven Lions and ECHOS‘ “Cold Skin” out on Monstercat.

“Cold Skin,” released on the Canadian label in November of last year, is the perfect meld of both ECHOS and Seven Lions’ styles. Both artists tend to make darker, melodic music that’s somehow uplifting at the same time, and “Cold Skin” is a culmination of those skills. The verses have a darker tone to them, while the chorus paints a brighter soundscape that gives the listener a hopeful feeling.

Seven months later, six artists have released their own takes on the song – and each one is wildly different.

Koven delivers a melodic dubstep rendition of “Cold Skin” with faint trap undertones. While we often get drum & bass from the UK duo, they dial back the BPM in this contribution for a dubstep track that is soothing and beautiful.

Veering in the opposite direction, Stonebank brings his hardcore mastery to the table. The producer works with ECHOS’ vocals for impeccable builds and drops the listener into unexpected hardcore madness.

V!RTU’s remix of “Cold Skin” is a laid-back future bass tune that focuses on the vocals during the verses and shows off his synth skills at the drop. A track that manages to be both mellow and energetic at the same time, V!RTU’s take on the track is an excellent addition to this compilation.

Monstercat veteran Mr FijiWiji incorporates a very different beat into his remix of “Cold Skin.” His downtempo, deep dubstep take on the track is like most of his music: unexpected and truly enthralling.

After losing an entire hard drive of unreleased music that was set to be his new album earlier this year, MitiS has returned in full force. His future bass remix is a pleasantly melodic rendition that builds gradually and showcases his versatility as a producer.

Monstercat newcomer INTERCOM closes out the EP with a surprisingly deep bass remix. Though the artist’s socials are new and mum on any details about what we can expect down the road, here’s to hoping this beautiful “Cold Skin” remix is indicative of the material we’ll see in the future.

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