Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59Deters 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.


Putting his own “post-apocalyptic horror house” spin on AWAY‘s “Honest to God,” Bloodtone returns in full force. The producer ramps up the energy from the original, bolstering it with a pounding bassline and down-pitched vocals. He calls the original “one of the my favorite electronic tracks that I have heard in the last five years” and brings his own creative flair to the piece by building a dark, eerie atmosphere. He gave a similar treatment to Alison Wonderland‘s “U Don’t Know” a few months ago and returns with an equally sinister reworking here.

F.O.O.L‘s new EP is one of the most fascinating bodies of work I’ve heard this year. Highway weaves its way from mystery-filled synthwave to high-powered electro, teaming up with collaborators like Laura Brehm and Anzo to complete the collection. After releasing the EP’s title track in June, fans knew to expect something dynamic and fresh from the Swedish producer — and that’s precisely what happened. The EP’s second track, “Escape Plan,” follows the synthwave path, thrilling with a frantic orchestral melody and backed by racing ’80s-style synths in the verses. The synthwave takeover is nigh, friends.

Oliverse recent joined the Disciple Records family, and he bursts onto the label with an EP that showcases his versatile production skills. The title track for the EP, “Get High,” is a powerful piece. Catchy vocals lead into a forceful, wobble-filled drop, pounding the ears with a perfect balance of old-school dubstep and contemporary elements. He makes an impressive showing for his Disciple debut, dropping a 30-minute mix just days before the release of Get High. From his Koo remix in 2015 to now, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed observing his experimentation across the EDM spectrum.

The release of deadmau5‘s “Monophobia” with Rob Swire in July led to an onslaught of remixes. Artists couldn’t wait to get their hands on the mau5trap masterpiece, and rightfully so. It’s been reworked every which way, but one in particular’s caught my ear. Essenger took the time not only remix “Monophobia,” but cover it as well. His take is a minimalist, garage-influenced one, leaving space for the listener to absorb the dreamy essence of his production and vocals. A guitar melody takes the place of the song’s plucky introduction, leading the unassuming listener into a dramatic synthwave switch-up about halfway through the cover. It’s a refreshing and compelling take on the original.

There’s just something special about this 11-minute piece from Chasing Dreams. I first heard it at the beginning of a Gorm Sorenson Silk Music mix and was captivated by its gorgeous ascending melodies and peaceful atmosphere. “The One Who Watches” begins with a simple piano melody and leads into harmonious chords, gently easing the listener into the serene soundscape that lingers long after the song has come to a close. It’s an uplifting, hopeful piece that’s part of Chasing Dreams’ Ascesa album, which has been described as “a lingering, gentle, pensive rise presented as a melodious milkshake of stories, experiences, and feelings.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 57

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 57Deters 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.


Seven Lions is a master at building cinematic, picturesque soundscapes. When “Dreamin’” with Fiora came out in July, listeners were enraptured with the blissful beauty of the vocals layered over Seven Lions’ production. The artist just revealed a three-track set of remixes for the track, featuring a drum & bass take by Mazare, a trance remix by Sunny Lax, and melodic dubstep version by Last Heroes. While each one brings something refreshing to the table, Mazare’s drum & bass rendition is particularly entrancing. It’s subtle but strong — my favorite kind of music.


QUIX continues his consistent release schedule with a future bass-meets-trap power piece with Jaden Michaels. The contrast in this track is  jarring — but in a good way. While Michaels’ vocals can be tender at times, she amps up the power in sync with QUIX, who builds into a series of gut-punching drops over the course of the song. This was intentional. “I especially wanted this track to be remembered  for having a powerful first drop and a hard second drop,” he notes in the track’s description.


Hunter Siegel has been churning out a series of genre-spanning tracks this year, ranging in classification from hip-hop to house to electro. His latest, though, dives deep into the bass house realm. He teams up with Seelo for a searing bass-backed heater called “12 Gauge” on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint. With feisty vocals and an overpowering dosage of bass, these two have crafted a short but engaging piece of work, encouraging a late-night dance floor fiend to “pump ya body like 12 gauge shotty.”

Talk about a talented trio of artists. Bearson links up with Lemaitre and josh pan for this stunning original, “It’s Not This.” Though seemingly simple, this laid-back track is backed by crisp production, a mellow beat, and a moving melody. Though summer ends officially tomorrow, songs like “It’s Not This” show the timeless quality of sun-soaked rhythms and vocals.


Dutch downtempo producer Allay just released an ethereal collection of tracks, Journey Of The Velvet Adorned Nomad. As mystical-sounding as the LP title, Allay delivers “Adrift In the Borderless Sea” with Rod V. This six-minute venture is ushered in by a saintly set of synths that crescendo into a haunting melody. Its enigmatic qualities draw the listener in immediately, leading them into a song that’s rich in light percussion and lush piano themes.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 53

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 53Deters 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.


This forthcoming Destinations, Vol. 1 EP from Pilot Records is looking huge. From its first release (Fox Stevenson‘s “Bruises”) to this newest one from Feint, the EP is sure to be a hit once it’s released in full on Sept. 12. In “Mirror Signal,” Feint flexes his strong ability to build a gorgeously atmospheric form of drum & bass. Highlighted by a slightly wistful melody and backed by a strong beat and even some strings, Feint continues to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with.


In one of Silk Music‘s latest releases, Kazakhstan’s Tim Iron teams up with Russia’s Michael Mashkov for a truly impressive two-track EP. The Quaresma EP consists of two renditions of the track: an original mix and a remix from Mashkov. Both takes on the song are gorgeous in their production and sound design, as the two producers have expertly crafted a track that’s both danceable and pensive.


The Dominican Republic’s Marcio Lama has enlisted the help of Emerelle in his latest piece of work, and the result is stunning. “Solid State” is a haunting affair, as Emerelle’s saintly vocals drift in and out of the track’s builds and drops. With subtle trap undertones and a hefty dose of bass amidst the track’s eerie melody, “Solid State” looks to be one of Lama’s most impressive works to date.


Over the course of the past few months, France’s Tony Romera has thrilled fans with high-profile releases on Mad Decent and CONFESSION. His infectious house beats make for exceptional remixes on tracks like Diplo‘s “Get It Right,” and his latest, a rework of Armand Van Helden, is no exception. “I don’t pretend to make something better than the original as it’s one of my fav track ever,” Romera notes in the track’s description. “Just wanted to give to it a lil more punch, a different structure and groove to add it to my sets.”


In his first release since last September’s remix of Rain Man and MAX‘s “Do You Still Feel?Summer Was Fun takes on Gigi D’Agostino’s 1999 hit “I’ll Fly With You.” Adding his usual trippy, feel-good elements to the old-school dance track, Summer Was Fun modernizes the original and brings it into 2018. Chopped-up vocals and a lively trap beat make this rendition perfect for the end of summer… because, you know, “Summer Was Fun.”

Good Morning Mix: Tom Fall blends trance and progressive in new Silk Music Showcase

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Good Morning Mix: Tom Fall blends trance and progressive in new Silk Music ShowcaseTom Fall

Finland’s Tom Fall takes to the Silk Music Showcase to bring listeners a soothing blend of trance and progressive tunes.

The Armada producer has collaborated with the likes of Matisse & SadkoJES, and Jochen Miller and returns to Silk Music once again to provide a glowing hour-long mix. He kicks off the 451st mix with an extended rendition of DJ Les’ “Another World,” leading into the smooth-flowing “Kami” by lessov. The mix moves seamlessly through warm-toned hits from all over the world, including songs from artists like Canada’s Assaf, Norway’s The Blizzard, Germany’s BXT, Iran’s Milad E and many more.

The diversity in artists proves to be perfect for this podcast, leading listeners on a venture through trance and progressive movements from all over the world.

Good Morning Mix: Gorm Sorensen delights in new Silk Music chillout session

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Good Morning Mix: Gorm Sorensen delights in new Silk Music chillout sessionGorm Sorensen

In what could only be called one of the most perfect mixes to wake up to, Gorm Sorensen has delivered a beautifully ethereal Silk Music chillout session.

The Denmark producer specializes in mellow, downtempo tunes, which he’s been creating since 2002. As Silk Music’s “chillout coordinator,” Sorensen has expertly crafted a blend of tunes from Chasing Dreams, Mango & Astroleaf, Allay, Narrow Skies & Skyline Drive, and many more in his newest mix.

Opening with a lengthy track from Chasing Dreams called “The One Who Watches,” Sorensen leads his listeners into a heavenly compilation of some of the best of today’s melodic and atmospheric tunes. He weaves a web that’s both delicate and powerful, making welcoming the day effortless.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

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Dexter's Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

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.


This is the track I’ve been most excited about this week. Hot off his release with Bingo Players earlier this year, Los Angeles producer Goshfather returns with a dirty disco remix of Drake‘s “Nice For What.” He cranks up the original’s intensity and adds an irresistibly groovy beat. It’s impossible to sit still during this one, and I’m probably responsible for half of the plays on it. I’m not sorry.


Los Angeles label Silk Music continues to tap some of the most creative and emotive pieces of work for their releases, thrilling listeners with each new feature. One of this week’s is Polish producer Andromedha’s two-track return to the label: “Luminosity” and “Purple Skies.” While both are beautifully atmospheric progressive house pieces, “Luminosity” in particular caught my ear, with its airy, heavenly feel drawing me in each time I listened.


UK drum & bass maven Friction turns up the heat in his latest: a collaboration with vocalist JP Cooper. “Friction,” out now on Elevate Records, masterfully combines fiery drum & bass production with impassioned vocals from JP Cooper. The award-winning producer demonstrates time and time again that there’s a reason he’s garnered so many accolades over the past several years: he’s endlessly talented and knows exactly the right formula for the perfect drum & bass piece.


Sinden continues to expand on his Houseline imprint with the release of Houseline Vol. 3 last week, featuring three tracks that flex the grooving g-house muscles of the compilation’s featured aritsts. While the volume’s first two tracks highlight artists CLB, Steve Darko and Danny Kolk, Sinden himself teams up with Wongo on the final track. The pair have crafted a deep, powerful house track, and it’s a true treat.


Disco Fries are letting the good times roll with a remix of Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign to kick off the weekend. They’ve put their signature feel-good stamp on Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign’s original piece of work, decking their remix out with a catchy background melody and rocking beat. The New York duo are on a roll this year, following up their self-titled November EP with funky originals like “The Cut” and “U Make Me.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 40

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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.


In his Landscapes & Dimensions album earlier this year, Hungarian producer Aeron Aether showcased his production prowess through a diverse series of tracks. About halfway through the compilation, he switched gears from ethereal, dreamy soundscapes to an energetic drum & bass song that caught my ear. “Pusaar,” like the rest of the album’s tracks, builds beautifully, dropping the listener into a dramatic fast-paced rhythm just a little after the minute mark.


In the second Silk Music release of this playlist, we have the latest from Jay FM: an elegant progressive house tune from his brand new Timeless EP. This six-minute venture is a meditatively peaceful piece, led by a graceful synth melody and accompanying piano. Periodic vocals assert the emotive qualities of “Good Times,” ensuring its listeners are taken on an introspective journey.


In April 2014, Au5 released a heavy track called “Reiteration.” His galactic wubs and expert sound design wowed in this production — so much so that he’s revived it for a VIP rendition for 2018. The Colorado producer shines in this powerful mix of dubstep and drum & bass, bringing “Reiteration” into 2018 with a burst of energy and vibrancy.


Hoodboi‘s seven-track Breathing Room EP is just days old . Throughout the EP, he brings on exceptional collaborators that bring diverse elements to the already-stellar collection of songs. “Drowning” with Djemba Djemba and Julius is a personal favorite from this EP. Beautiful harmonies and complementary synths weave a colorful web of emotion, making “Drowning” a clear standout for me.


For his latest, Dion Timmer has stepped away from rowdy dubstep and into a light, upbeat original perfectly primed for the high energy of the soundtrack it’s featured on: Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3. Since first listen, the infectious melody has echoed in my head, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of releases coming from the Dutch producer.