Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 75

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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.


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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Putting his own “post-apocalyptic horror house” spin on AWAY‘s “Honest to God,” Bloodtone returns in full force. The producer ramps up the energy from the original, bolstering it with a pounding bassline and down-pitched vocals. He calls the original “one of the my favorite electronic tracks that I have heard in the last five years” and brings his own creative flair to the piece by building a dark, eerie atmosphere. He gave a similar treatment to Alison Wonderland‘s “U Don’t Know” a few months ago and returns with an equally sinister reworking here.

F.O.O.L‘s new EP is one of the most fascinating bodies of work I’ve heard this year. Highway weaves its way from mystery-filled synthwave to high-powered electro, teaming up with collaborators like Laura Brehm and Anzo to complete the collection. After releasing the EP’s title track in June, fans knew to expect something dynamic and fresh from the Swedish producer — and that’s precisely what happened. The EP’s second track, “Escape Plan,” follows the synthwave path, thrilling with a frantic orchestral melody and backed by racing ’80s-style synths in the verses. The synthwave takeover is nigh, friends.

Oliverse recent joined the Disciple Records family, and he bursts onto the label with an EP that showcases his versatile production skills. The title track for the EP, “Get High,” is a powerful piece. Catchy vocals lead into a forceful, wobble-filled drop, pounding the ears with a perfect balance of old-school dubstep and contemporary elements. He makes an impressive showing for his Disciple debut, dropping a 30-minute mix just days before the release of Get High. From his Koo remix in 2015 to now, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed observing his experimentation across the EDM spectrum.

The release of deadmau5‘s “Monophobia” with Rob Swire in July led to an onslaught of remixes. Artists couldn’t wait to get their hands on the mau5trap masterpiece, and rightfully so. It’s been reworked every which way, but one in particular’s caught my ear. Essenger took the time not only remix “Monophobia,” but cover it as well. His take is a minimalist, garage-influenced one, leaving space for the listener to absorb the dreamy essence of his production and vocals. A guitar melody takes the place of the song’s plucky introduction, leading the unassuming listener into a dramatic synthwave switch-up about halfway through the cover. It’s a refreshing and compelling take on the original.

There’s just something special about this 11-minute piece from Chasing Dreams. I first heard it at the beginning of a Gorm Sorenson Silk Music mix and was captivated by its gorgeous ascending melodies and peaceful atmosphere. “The One Who Watches” begins with a simple piano melody and leads into harmonious chords, gently easing the listener into the serene soundscape that lingers long after the song has come to a close. It’s an uplifting, hopeful piece that’s part of Chasing Dreams’ Ascesa album, which has been described as “a lingering, gentle, pensive rise presented as a melodious milkshake of stories, experiences, and feelings.”