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 discovering GANZ a few years ago, I’ve been consistently impressed with the Dutch producer’s music. His latest, recently premiered by TOKiMONSTA on BBC Radio 1, is no exception. With its hip-hop-influenced beats and signature pounding synths, “I’ll Be Gone (I Miss You)” is another great addition to GANZ’s discography.
It would basically be a crime to not include What So Not‘s latest in this playlist. With the announcement of a forthcoming LP and massive tour, Emoh Instead has been taking the electronic music world by storm this week. “Stuck In Orbit” with vocalist BUOY is one of his most compelling pieces of work to date. The five-and-a-half-minute single serves as a gorgeously emotive precursor to what we can expect from his stacked debut album, and I can’t wait.
Australians J-Trick and Folly have crafted an absolutely ruthless g-house house tune with “No Games.” The track packs a heavy punch with rap-fueled verses, a driving bassline, and subtle trap elements. Its catchy beat and hard-hitting builds and drops have been stuck in my head since its release last Friday.
As a longtime Crywolf fan, I’m always interested in seeing how other producers transform his unique music. AWAY has taken his good friend’s iconic “Quantum Immortality” and reworked it into a dark, glitchy remix layered with elements of trap, future bass, and just about everything in between. The Los Angeles producer has delicately crafted a complicated soundscape full of twists and turns that complements Crywolf’s original vocals beautifully.
Last week, Direct teamed up with Matt Van for an elegant composition called “I Don’t Mind.” The track is vastly different from many of Monstercat‘s recent releases and is a breathtaking, refreshing addition to the label’s Instinct brand. Van’s moving vocals over piano-centered production from Direct make for a relaxing addition to any chill-type playlist.
“Demons” ft Rome Fortune & Tommy Swisher (collaboration with James Earl)
“GOH” ft KLP (collaboration with Skrillex)
“We Keep On Running” (collaboration with Toto)
“If You Only Knew” ft Daniel Johns (collaboration with San Holo)
“Monsters” ft Michael Christmas & Tobi Lou
“Bottom End” (collaboration with Dyro)
“Same Mistakes” ft Daniel Johns
“Us” ft Daniels
In addition to this announcement, What So Not released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Stuck In Orbit” featuring Buoy. The five-and-a-half-minute emotive piece beautifully flaunts the artist’s top-notch production, set off by gorgeous vocals from Buoy. If “Be Ok Again” and “Stuck In Orbit” are any indication of what the world can expect from What So Not’s debut album, we’re in for a real treat.
Anticipation continues to build for the release of What So Not‘s debut solo LP with the release of a brand new music video for the Daniel Johns-assisted single, “Be Ok Again,” released last November. The Australian producer, formerly known as Emoh Instead, has been quietly preparing for the album’s release some time this year. Emoh also spoke to the new ground he conquered in the music video.
“If nothing else, this video is quite a personal feat for me… Diving head first into to new territory (with filmmaker buddy Luke Eblen by my side) I wrote, co-directed, played a character roll, dabbled in film editing & even managed to convince Daniel Johns to trust our vision & have him feature as one of the main protagonists in this piece.”
2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.
The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.
AWOLNATION‘s “Run” shows off the band’s aptitude in electronic sound design, making the single an ideal candidate for re-molding. This reality finally manifested when prolific bass talents What So Not and QUIX elected to provide their take on the piece, and the result is quite raunchy.
The pair amplify the original’s hardened nature with a trap layout, creating an even more tense feel by moving the strong portions to the beginning and cascading into a deep pit of bass and wild synthesizers. If their aim was to design a piece to rattle the dancefloor, they’ve certainly accomplished it in full force.
What So Not has had quite a busy year in 2017, making each release a welcome treat by fans. Meanwhile, QUIX has been steadily burrowing his way into the bass sphere with a plethora of remixes and collaborations with other burgeoning talent.
A new, aesthetically-appealing music video for What So Not’s first release of the year, “Better, has been finally been released. The video’s unveiling comes in wake of the Australian producer’s announcement of his tour with Baauer.
“Better’s” visual counterpart pairs strongly with the track itself featuring LPX, as both bring dream-like, artistic elements that blend together immaculately to deliver a full-sensory experience. The video itself features What So Not and vocalist LPX, backdropped against various arbitrary images that quickly disperse through different geometrical patterns. Enticingly visual frames and bold transitions create a truly surreal experience.
What So Not and Bauuer gear up to co-headline their East Cast tour starting Thursday, October 19.
It feels as though it was bound to happen sooner or later. What So Not and Baauer have officially announced a run of joint shows coming this fall, throwing fans the bone they’ve been waiting for since Baauer’s blistering 2014 “Tell Me” remix. Both artists have made their respective names on masterfully produced experimental bass and hip-hop works, and now they’re taking their talents on the road together for a long-overdue debut mini tour this fall. The co-headlining venture caps out at seven stops across the Northeast U.S., with the pair hitting venues in New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.
Baauer’s debut full length album landed a year and a half ago, while What So Not’s hotly anticipated debut LP is nearing its completion. Both producers are coming off of marquee outings at HARD Summer earlier this month, and could both presumably have new music to showcase on their new mini tour. With a handful of stops already booked, hopefully Baauer and What So Not’s trial run develops into a full scale tour in the future.
Luca Lush has been a Soundcloud staple since the explosion of the future trap sub-genre on the platform around 2014, providing a flurry of originals, remixes, bootlegs, and more, all saturated in his signature style. This year alone, he’s taken on Skrillex, What So Not, and M83. Now, for his latest “lift,” the deft remixer has dropped off his take on up-and-coming Florida trap star Lil Pump’s track “Molly.”
Lush tackles the rapper’s harsh, bass-boosted track with his distinct percussion arrangements and explosive synths. Exaggerating Lil Pump’s happy chord progression, the mood of the song swings from lean-infused southern-inspired rap to euphoric, blissful melodic trap. Proffering another taste of his eccentric creativity, Luca Lush once again bridges the gap between electronic dance music and hip-hop with another inventive remix to add to his booming repertoire.
What So Not has given fans a brief taste of what’s to come musically with his dynamic new remix to Era Istrefi’s “Redrum.” Minimal in nature, smooth bass and bursts of high-charged melodies wrap around Istrefi’s powerful vocals. Fluttering guitar chords also make well-placed appearances, adding to the impactful nature of the overall record.
The production came about when the Australian icon was recruited to create a background track for “Redrum,” according to his posting in SoundCloud. Though what was intended to be the original version didn’t quite click with European Radio or in his sets, both parties involved in its production were pleased with it regardless and chose to release it as a remix.
Additionally, What So Not stated that this would be the first of a good deal of music he’s about to release. His re-work to the “Stranger Things” theme song is on this list, as well as his debut album.