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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Fans have come to expect consistently groovy tunes from The Knocks, and they always deliver. The New York duo has released some mighty remixes already this year including ones for Charli XCX and Joe Janiak. Now, they’ve taken on ODESZA‘s “Falls,” flipping it into a “Get Up Mix” of easygoing swankiness. This remix brings The Knocks’ signature good vibes, giving listeners a new way to digest one of ODESZA’s most iconic tracks.
BLOODTONE‘s latest original comes at the listener dark and heavy. Fitting in perfectly with his “post-apocalyptic horror house” brand, “Drag Me Down” does just what its name implies and drags its listener down to the deepest depths of his breed of house music. Haunting vocals drift in and out between a weighty bassline and sharp kicks, giving an eerie atmosphere to the song’s entire length. It’s deliciously spooky.
Julian Calor returns to Monstercat with his second single, a spirited psytrance track called “You Might Get Lost.” The track is brilliantly deceptive, with an introduction that seems easygoing enough. A computerized voice warns to not wander around your memories, because you might get lost. Even when a build begins to crescendo, it’s still hard to grasp the pounding trance beat that hits at the drop. The melody is infectious, too.
Hidden Face‘s latest takes on a bit of a different feel, showing a vulnerable and emotive side to his often-mysterious production. “Looking For Happiness” leads in with a delicate guitar introduction and soothing vocals, setting the tone for the minimalist instrumentals to follow. These components together give the track a dreamy and contemplative feel throughout course of the song. It feels deeply personal and somehow familiar, and it’s a beautiful thing.
For his first release of the year, Grabbitz leans into his pop/hip-hop skills. “Polaroid” on Ultra Music is all about heartbreak and the raw emotions that come with it, which Grabbitz showcases perfectly with wistful vocals and solemn instrumentals. Its smooth beat flows effortlessly with the heartfelt verses, illustrating Grabbitz’s production capabilities in their finest form. The Buffalo native continues to demonstrate his versatility with each release, leaving fans wondering what’s coming next.