Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 52

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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.


It’s a good week for drum & bass. Hospital Records just unleashed a powerful collaboration between veteran producer Danny Byrd and fellow UK artist Ownglow. The two have crafted an infectious drum & bass number, filled to the brim with soulful vocals, enticing builds and an unexpectedly minimalist drop. All aspects of “Just A Step Away” work together brilliantly to result in a slice of drum & bass heaven.


Danish trio We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself (WATWFTCTKI) have returned with a sugar-sweet synthpop track called “Out of Doubt.” Following their laid-back April original, “Flashbacks,” the group take a more upbeat approach with their newest, incorporating shimmery synths and dreamy vocals. Though they only have a few releases, two have been in the past few months, so hopefully we’ll be hearing more from this talented trio soon.


Fox Stevenson has done it again. I never tire of this man’s seemingly endless talents, as he continuously releases heater after heater. Kicking off his latest with a gritty, rock-oriented introduction, the UK singer/producer dives into a dnb pattern that’s awash with deep, kicking bass sure to lure fans of all areas of dance music. “Bruises” is part of Pilot Records‘ forthcoming Destinations EP, with five tracks from “forward-thinking talents from all corners of drum & bass” like Feint, Ownglow, Vorso and T & Sugah & Bensley.


Voice sound familiar? Alpines vocalist Catherine Pockson is perhaps most known for lending her talents to Sub Focus‘ iconic 2012 track “Tidal Wave,” but she and bandmate Bob Matthews have been busy since then, most recently releasing a Live At Metropolis Studio album last summer. One year later, they’ve released a mysterious single, “Out of View,” via Untrue Records. This new piece of work gives off a dark vibe, highlighted by Pockson’s wistful vocals and a distorted bass.


In February, Bristol’s Standerwick teamed up with songstress Hailene for a heavenly Armind release, “Deep End.” The trance track just received a melodic dubstep rework from Tampa’s Trivecta, and it’s an impeccable re-imagining of an already stellar song. Trivecta taps into the heart and soul of the song and digs deep, pulling at the listener’s heartstrings by emphasizing Hailene’s vocals and a the beautiful melody he’s created.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 36

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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.


Just a few weeks ago, Mad Zoo sent over an insane track from an artist they’d just signed called counsel pop. I was immediately drawn in by “fazeley industrial estate” and enthusiastically wrote it up. Only days later, the artist’s second track appeared on SoundCloud: “trino (counsel pop’s mental mix).” This one is more subdued than its predecessor but is still layered with gorgeous sound design and insane complexity that honestly transcends description. After hearing these first two releases, I’m even more excited for the artist’s debut EP, out a week from today.


Turning back time to the ’80s, We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself (WATWFTCTKI) present “Flashbacks,” a retro synthpop tune that drips with wistful nostalgia. The Danish pop act have crafted a retrospective song that’s true to its name. “Flashbacks” is brimming with pensive vocals, backed by a slow-moving, synth-laden beat. It’s a bit reminiscent of some of my favorite Goldroom songs, and that’s perhaps why I’m so drawn to it.


While I might not love Post Malone in his songs’ original forms, I’m all about some of the ingenious remixes that have been surfacing over the past few years. Like this one, for example. Oakwite has transformed “Psycho” into a groovy drum & bass rendition. While classified as a bootleg, Oakwite has crafted a smooth and clean take on the song that shows pure creativity and gives Postie’s hip-hop collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign a fresh, energetic vibe.


Los Angeles trio Wake the Wild have created the perfect feel-good anthem with their latest release, “Body Language.” They’ve intertwined elements of pop and funk for a dancefloor-primed single that’s authentically them. “When we wrote ‘Body Language’ it was just easy,” Wake the Wild say of the release. “It felt natural. Like the song was already there just waiting for us to unlock it. It’s fun, it’s upbeat, and it’s not trying too hard.” They cite influences like Disclosure and Michael Jackson in their music, something that’s evident in the cheery, bright feel of “Body Language.”


Drum & bass king Muzzy is prepping for the release of his massive EP, The Cascade, due out on Monstercat May 14. He’s kicked off the EP’s releases with “New Age” featuring Detroit powerhouse Celldweller. The track is pure energy and fury backed by top-notch quality, leading many SoundCloud commenters to relate it to respected Pendulum tracks. Fusing punk rock vocals with rapid drum & bass patterns, “New Age” shows Muzzy at his finest. The Cascade is sure to be worth the wait.