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.

Steve Aoki remixes ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ by My Chemical Romance

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Long before rave culture took the United States by storm, much of the American youth were listening to emo music, a once-popular genre from the early to mid-2000s. My Chemical Romance became one of the genre’s most iconic bands, with their third studio album The Black Parade serving as their breakout feature.

To commemorate its 10-year release, The Black Parade has been reissued to include additional unreleased demos and live recordings. Joining My Chemical Romance on their emo resurgence is Steve Aoki, an electronic producer who is also tirelessly reviving his own career. Aoki is no stranger to working with defunct genres and artists, contributing collaborative efforts on tracks with rock bands way past their prime, such as Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer.

On his remix of “Welcome to the Black Parade,” Aoki retains lead singer Gerard Way’s vocals and infuses his signature cacophony of generic electro sounds that neither complement nor honor the original, which Aoki claims is one of his “favorite songs by My Chemical Romance.”

Emo fans who are seeking a proper electronic remix of their beloved bands should divert their attention to notable work from Ryan Hemsworth, like “Feeling This” by Blink-182 and “In Too Deep” by Sum 41.

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