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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 it came out a few days ago, Mielo‘s track “The Wayfarer” with Pauline Herr hasn’t left my rotation. There’s something completely riveting about this track — from Herr’s haunting, melancholy vocals to the journey-like soundscape Mielo’s composed. Every time I listen, I find myself completely caught up in “The Wayfarer” and its pure beauty.
This one was discovered because of a Savoy repost, which makes perfect sense given their “electronic rock music” branding. This track by newcomers Crymynals and Fatherdude is a fierce electronic tune that dips its toes into elements of rock ‘n’ roll along the way. With a driving bassline and powerful vocals from Fatherdude, “One More Day” caught my ear immediately.
Kayzo‘s debut album, Overload, has been out for a full week now, and I’m still hooked on almost every track. For me, nostalgia hard with this LP, as Kayzo’s incorporated elements of punk rock into almost every track. Songs like “Alright Then” feature The Zealots’ Micah Martin, whose voice matches up impeccably with Kayzo’s heavy style.
London producer Wilkinson has been making huge strides over the past year, from a fiery collaboration with Dimension to his sophomore studio album in April of last year. His latest track, “Decompression,” is another fine example of his drum & bass proficiency. Wilkinson skillfully builds and drops the track throughout its length, drawing the listener in with computerized sound bites and a fast-paced drum & bass pattern.
Continuing with the UK drum & bass theme, The Prototypes have released a sweltering remix of their standout 2017 track, “Electric,” by Mind Vortex. This incredible take on “Electric” is part of The Prototypes’ Get Hype Remixed EP, which is chock full of bold, energy-packed reworks like this one.