Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 93

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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.

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Swedish producer F.O.O.L has a flair for the dramatic. This is impeccably evidenced in each piece of music he creates, and his latest is no exception. His remix of Magic Sword’s “Legend of the Keeper” is a dark, shadow-infested synthwave rendition, using powerful retro synths to drive home an eerie theme. A strong beat makes up the backbone of F.O.O.L’s remix, making this an enticing song for dance music lovers of all persuasions.

The last New Music Friday of May brings with it the arrival of SNBRN highly anticipated Solé LP. Spanning 10 tracks, including previously released singles like “Feel My Love” and “Never Let You Go,” the LA-based producer brings his own brand of flaming-hot house to tracks like “Bailas Conmigo.” “I’m so humbled to share Solé with the people who made it what it is!” the producer said in a release. “My friends, family and fans are all behind this, and it’s been an amazing year preparing everything to share with everyone.”

A few weeks ago, StayLoose (formerly known as StéLouse) reissued a 2014 EP, The City, in a deluxe format that included a rework of “Sixteen,” now titled “Illusions (Sixteen).” He’s added talented vocalist Fatherdude into the mix, bringing a whole new layer to the tune. The song maintains the ’80s elements it initially possessed but is given an even more pop-oriented vibe with the addition of the spirited vocals. It’s ridiculously catchy, and it’s fun to hear how it’s evolved over the years.

After few months after the release of his Anywhere But Here EP, Mielo has tapped Ryan Collins to remix standout single “ILY” with Sarah De Warren. The original was a somewhat somber affair, lush with moody melodies and sultry vocals. Collins has decided to revamp the tone entirely, picking up the pace from start and integrating a pounding house beat early on. This upbeat rendition gives listeners a fresh new way to absorb the intricacies of Mielo’s original, along with Collins’ added elements.

RÜFÜS DU SOL are continuing to celebrate the success of their Solace LP, gradually releasing several volumes of remixes for the October 2018 album. They’re now on volume six, which features three remixes of “Underwater,” two of which are from Anjunadeep’s Yotto. Yotto offers up both a “dusk” and “dawn” remix of the iconic song. The melancholy tune is taken a step deeper by the talented Finnish producer, who’s leaned fully into the moody undercurrents of the song.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 68

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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.


It’s been more than two years since StayLoose released his twinkling original, “Let Go,” with Andrew Paley. Today, he blesses fans with an extended vocal cut of the original track, noting that Paley “added some additional vocals to this one to make it extra special.” The inclusion of addition vocals makes this new version particularly dynamic, as Paley’s emotive voice bounces off StayLoose’s timeless future bass stylings.

Laszlo‘s time on Monstercat dates back more than four years, and in that time, he’s delivered a multitude of innovative originals, many playing off an outer space theme. He’s now revealed a full LP on the Canadian label: Liftoff. Laszlo has been building to this 10-track collection for years, with songs like “Airglow” and “Sphere” dating back to 2016. The versatile album sees Laszlo flex a full range of production talents, from drum & bass to trap and everything in between. I instantly gravitated toward “Rendezvous,” a gorgeous piece of work that takes off quietly and builds into a feel-good drum & bass track with a beautiful melody.

SevenDoors makes a bold reappearance on the mau5trap roster with his latest offering, Rising Sun. The EP’s latter half, “Spirit,” is an intricate, seven-minute piece of work that showcases the minimalist techno style he’s been debuting on the label in past releases. “Spirit” is a pensive piece, highlighted by the haunting chants of solemn choirs woven in between its dark, pulsating beat. A variety of airy synth melodies float in and out as well, setting a tranquil tone for the song surrounding them.

Following a mellow remix of TS Graye‘s “Take Notes” in September, Philly’s Instupendo is back with a new rework. This time, he’s taken on sakehands’ “GOODBYE FOREVER.” This rendition is more subdued than the original’s pop-leaning elements, as Instupendo walks the remix along with elements of percussion sakehands’ version lacked. Subtle bass and an easygoing beat make this take on “GOODBYE FOREVER” a fresh listening experience and open it up to the world of dance music a bit more.

“Darkness comes before the dawn,” red. teases to introduce his new original, “Dispatch.” While the minute-long introduction appears to lead into a bright, sunny soundscape, the artist proves to have deceived his listeners by quickly dipping into a deep, resounding bass pattern. While red. appears to have delved into a dark soundscape, he continuously leads listeners back up into the light by introducing glowing melodies. “Dispatch” is a true journey of a song and exudes a vibrantly colored aura from start to finish.

StayLoose and Rozes share their latest collaboration, ‘Mean To Me’

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This isn’t the first time StayLoose and Rozes have put their talents together to create a magical and uplifting piece of work. Their first collaboration came as a StayLoose remix for one of Rozes’ first songs, “R U Mine,” back in 2015. The track garnered millions of plays and brought the spotlight to both of them, which would ultimately lead to another collaboration, and this time in the form of “Mean To Me,” via Dim Mak Records.

“Mean To Me,” shines with StayLoose’s masterful production in the form of gripping bass and powerful retro synths and percussion, as Rozes sprinkles her sultry voice up and down the track. The pop-leaning song bubbles with energy and delivers on the sound listeners have come to expect from both artists.

“I met the very talented Rozes back in 2015 when I remixed her song R U Mine,” StayLoose says of the track. “A few months later we began playing around with the ideas for Mean To Me. It’s been a long time coming to release this one and I think it shows that great songs stand the test of time.”

StayLoose takes a swing at Louis The Child’s ‘Better Not’ ft Wafia

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Denver producer StayLoose, previously known as StéLouse, has been fine-tuning his pop-infused electronic productions since his initial debut in 2014. In the past couple of years, he has grown his following with stellar singles like “Sociopath” featuring Bryce Fox and his vibrant remix of Rozes‘ “R U Mine.”

He got connected with Louis the Child‘s Freddy in 2014, and they continued to stay friends as their careers progressed. After hearing the Chicago duo’s release of “Better Not” featuring Wafia, StayLoose immediately connected with it and decided to put his own spin on it.

In his rendition, StayLoose keeps the integrity of the track by introducing delicate guitar riffs, and Wafia’s whimsical voice, while subtly building with percussion which then guides in the synth-heavy and emotion-filled drop.

Illenium stuns with 15-track remix package for ‘Awake’

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Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.

Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.

From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.

The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.

Exclusive: NIKÖ BLANK – Do U ft Jacob Luttrell (STéLOUSE Remix)

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Ahead of the release of his remix EP for The Frame, NIKÖ BLANK has revealed a heavenly remix of “Do U” by STéLOUSE.

NIKÖ BLANK’s “Do U,” highlighted by the heartfelt vocals of Jacob Luttrell, features a soulful atmosphere with bouncing future bass elements. Denver producer STéLOUSE has put his own twist on the track, taking the future bass aspect of the track to new heights. He’s gracefully maximized on the glowing atmosphere of “Do U,” pushing Luttrell’s vocals to the forefront of the song over layers of heavenly synths.

STéLOUSE has already had a stellar 2018, with the release of the gorgeous original “Nobody Told Me” in February and remixes of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke” and Yahtzel‘s “Someone Else.” As he continues to gather momentum this year, STéLOUSE continues to prove there’s no slowing him down.

Yahtzel – Someone Else ft Savoi (StéLouse Remix)

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In August, Australian producer Yahtzel released a grooving single called “Someone Else” with Savoi. With an easygoing vibe and mellow vocals, the track was a clear standout on ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective.

Months later, a heavenly rendition of the track by StéLouse has surfaced on SoundCloud. Just weeks after releasing his emotive original “Nobody Told Me,” the producer has returned with a magical rendition of Yahtzel’s track. He maintains many of the original track’s qualities — like its smooth-flowing vibe in the verses — but flips the chorus, giving it a heavier, most intense feel. StéLouse lays the synths and bass on thick in the chorus, contrasting with the carefree ambiance of the verses.

The remix pack also features one by Amastro and is out now on Foreign Family.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 28

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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.


I’m a sucker for Owl City and a sucker for melodic dubstep. Culture Code, in his latest, has combined both of these into one blissful piece of music: a remix of the iconic singer’s “Lucid Dream.” His dramatic style works perfectly with Adam Young‘s vocals, giving the track a gorgeous, magical vibe that pulls the listener further into the dreamy atmosphere of the original track.


Over the past few months, STéLOUSE has been flexing his versatility with everything from a remix of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke” to this anthemic original, “Nobody Told Me.” He and collaborator David Davis have poured their hearts and souls into this song, and it shows. Davis’ stellar vocal performance, backed by bold production from STéLOUSE, make for an impeccable pairing.


Approaching Nirvana‘s latest, “Deep Dark Blue,” starts off simply enough. With emotive vocals and a simple guitar melody, his new original could go anywhere, but the chosen path (much to my delight) is drum & bass. Around the minute mark, the producer surprises the listener with an intense synth melody that quickly builds into a rushing rhythm.


I did a double take when I first heard Kalide and Bianca’s “Fall Away” because I thought the vocalist was Rihanna. Bianca has an absolutely beautiful voice, and paired with intricately crafted production from Kalide, “Fall Away” is pure beauty. Bianca takes the reins on the verses, and Kalide brings in a melodic synth-filled chorus throughout the track, making for a perfect balance.


Au5‘s “I Miss You” is such an addicting track, so its remixes are bound to follow suit. This one by PREFEKT does a complete 180 on the original, as the Swedish producer forgoes the heavy dubstep elements for a bouncing beat and a smattering of glitchy electro elements. Its funky atmosphere gives the song a completely new vibe, presenting Kenny Raye’s vocals in a whole new way.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 22

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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.


Over the past few weeks, the United States has been racked with harsh winter conditions. As cruel as winter can be, there are some songs make the perfect soundtrack for the more serene, peaceful side of the season. Ennja’s latest release, “Mirrors” is such a song. With glistening vocals and a minimalist, ambient pattern, the nearly 7-minute song is an ethereal journey that encompasses the sounds of the season in an impeccable manner.


StéLouse has been on a roll lately, releasing a fiery cover of Post Malone just last month and following it up with a fresh flip of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke.” He’s transformed the R&B track into an EDM-friendly future bass remix that’s more lighthearted than its foundation track. “[I] wanted to throw it back to some of that OG StéLouse sound I was doing back in ’14-’15,” the producer explains.


Crystalize promised his fans a big 2018, and he wasn’t kidding. Just four days into the new year, he unleashed a powerful remix of Knife Party‘s iconic “Rage Valley.” It kicks off with pure bass madness that’s rings true to the song’s name. Halfway through, Crystalize steps back, then builds to something even more intriguing: a shimmery, synth-laden, downtempo pattern that’s bursting with creativity and passion. The second half of the song is by far my favorite, and it makes me wish I had more than a minute and a half of it.


It’s been 14 years since ATB‘s “Ecstasy” came out, but passing time hasn’t stopped producers of all persuasions from modernizing the track in their own way. The latest such artists are “8-bit rogue” duo Pixel Terror. Their revival of “Ecstasy” uses the original’s vocals to draw the listener in before building into a formidable melodic drop. Its harmonized layers of synths lay the groundwork for a rework that’s glitchy and computerized, while still maintaining the emotive power of the root song.


BIJOU is in for a huge year. Just watch. The g-house guru has been cranking out a steady stream of top-notch songs for a few years now, making appearances on AC Slater‘s Night Bass imprint and kicking it into high gear the past few months with originals like “Warning” and “Assassin.” He tells of the work that went into his latest, “Count On Me,” on SoundCloud. “This song has been over a year in the making with over 10 different versions worked during that time. This final record is one that is a crossover record with Kaleena’s beautiful vocals, but a dark and driving drop that has the potential to be a dance floor killer.”


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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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