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.