Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 23

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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.


There’s a serious shortage of glitch hop on my radar lately, so I’m delighted when some pops up. I’m a long-time fan of Au5 and his incomparable style. He crafts flawless, ethereal soundscapes that never fail to impress with their otherworldly qualities. He’s reworked APEK‘s “Supernatural” into a remix that juxtaposes Stassi’s delicate vocals with heavy glitchy elements. It’s both melodic and hard-hitting, which I love.


This next track continues with the theme of otherworldly music. WDMA’s “I Walk Alone” is an intense adventure of a track, containing elements of deep and tech house. Throughout its four-minute length, the song goes through an array of phases, making it more of a story than a song. With gorgeous builds and serene vocals, “I Walk Alone” caught my ear from first listen.


Stonebank and Darren Styles have teamed up for a legendary happy hardcore track on Monstercat called “Sky Is Falling.” With dreamy vocals from EMEL, the two top-notch producers are pushing BPM boundaries with this latest collaboration. As with many happy hardcore releases, the verses shine with emotive vocals, building up to a fiery, fast-paced drop. It’s addicting.


Party Ghost is back releasing music, and all is right with the world. Less than a month after the release of “Alone,” the Californian producer is back with a shimmery new track called “Keep Me Around.” The track focuses on Party Ghost’s vocals over a simple guitar melody, taking a minimalist approach to his music. Though it’s a bit melancholy, “Keep Me Around” still has catchy elements that keep the listener hitting “repeat.”


For his latest piece of work, GoodSex has released a remix of fellow Chicagoans Win & Woo. GoodSex gives the track a sultry vibe, with a deep bass line that gives the chorus a gritty, rough-around-the-edges feel while still maintaining top-notch production quality. It’s reignited my love for “Recognize” in an entirely fresh way.


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Monstercat unveils Best of 2017 results

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Canadian label Monstercat is ending their year on a decidedly strong note. On Dec. 6, they announced voting was open for their Best of 2017 selection, allowing fans to vote on their top 10 Monstercat tracks of the year and support their favorite artists. Just two days later, voting closed and results were released, unveiling longtime Monstercat artist Pegboard Nerds at the No. 1 spot with their track “Heaven Let Us Down,” which came out at the end of October. Also claiming top spots are Grant with “Are We Still Young,” Tokyo Machine with “Spooky,” MYRNE with “Confessions,” and Kuuro with “Possession.” View the full list of winners below.

1. Pegboard Nerds – Heaven Let Us Down

2. Grant – Are We Still Young ft Jessi Mason

3. Tokyo Machine – Spooky

4. MYRNE – Confessions

5. KUURO – Possession

6. Stonebank – Ripped To Pieces ft EMEL

7. Unlike Pluto – Everything Black ft Mike Taylor

8. Aero Chord – Drop It

9. Dirtyphonics & Sullivan King – Sight of Your Soul

10. Conro – Close

11. Muzzy – Spectrum

12. Slips & Slurs – Moving Hectic ft Harry Shotta

13. Tristam – Bone Dry

14. DROELOE – JUMP ft Nevve

15. Darren Styles – Us Against the World

16. Puppet – Bigger Picture

17. Kayzo & Slander – Holy ft Micah Martin

18. Bad Computer – New Dawn

19. Infected Mushroom – Spitfire

20. Gammer – The Drop

21. Feint – Outbreak ft MYLK

22. Ephixa & Laura Brehm – Losing You

23. Notaker & Declan James – Who I Am ft Karra

24. WRLD – Everything ft Ashdown

25. Anevo –  Waiting On Your Call ft Park Avenue

26. Rogue, Stonebank & Slips & Slurs – Unity

27. Bishu – Eyes Wide Open

28. Dirty Audio & Delta Heavy – Stay ft Holly

29. Duumu – Illuminate ft Slyleaf

30. Dion Timmer – Till I Make It ft Tima Dee

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Gammer puts psytrance spin on SLANDER’s ‘Superhuman’

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British DJ/producer Matt Lee, better known as Gammer, is one guy who doesn’t stick to one signature sound. One thing listeners can attest to, though, is that he drops rapid, heavy beats. Making huge strides over the past few months with an exclusive BBC Radio 1 Diplo & Friends mix as well as hit collabs with rising producers such as Kayzo and Darren Styles, Gammer delves into the psytrance phenomenon with an exclusive remix for SLANDER‘s hit single off Monstercat, “Superhuman.”

As to be expected, Gammer drastically speeds up the tempo from the original, yet maintains the beauty and suspense of Eric Leva’s vocals over smooth piano chords on the verses. However, the psytrance has to meddle its way in at some point, which Lee introduces perfectly with loud, high-pitched synths trance fans all know and love leading into a silent, yet hard-hitting drop bound to make its way into a SLANDER-esque festival set.

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Monstercat unleashes ‘Uncaged Vol. 2’ compilation

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The title is appropriate.

After the smashing success of its inaugural Uncaged compilation in May, Monstercat has followed up with a second set of tantalizing tunes.

The Canadian label’s Uncaged Vol. 2 came out on Aug. 25 and includes 31 songs and a nearly two-hour album mix. The album features Monstercat favorites like Pegboard Nerds and Tut Tut Child, along with newcomers to the label like Slander and RIOT. In addition to the producers, skillful vocalists like Elizaveta and David Benjamin also lend their voices to this incredible collection of music. Lovers of everything from playful house music to hardcore dubstep will find themselves immersed in this unique collection of music.

The independent label consistently pushes the boundaries of electronic music, uniting artists that might’ve otherwise never worked together. Uncaged Vol. 2 is Monstercat’s 32nd compilation album since its founding in 2011.

In addition to the collection of music, the label has also released an accompanying line of merchandise. Check it out here.

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Stonebank – The Only One feat. Ben Clark (Darren Styles Remix) [Monstercat]

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Just when you thought Monstercat was all out of surprises, BOOM, it’s Darren Styles. If you’re asking “Who?” it might be time for that to change. Styles has been one of the leading names in UK hardcore since the early 90s, before many of Monstercat’s dominant producers were even born.

Though Darren Styles’ Monstercat debut sadly didn’t come in the form of an original, a remix is probably the next best thing, especially when it’s for Styles’ fellow hardcore producer Stonebank.

Though not an extreme variant of the original, Darren Styles’ remix of “The Only One” is not to be taken for granted. Styles gives the original hardstyle track a beautiful happy hardcore flavor, something that comes pretty rarely to Monstercat. The original’s melody even arguably fits better in this remix than the original, which is truly impressive. Though it might be an off-day release, this remix is definitely not one to miss!

Listen to Darren Styles’ remix of “The Only One” and download the track below:

Free Download: monstercat.com/release/MCF033
Support on all platforms: Monstercat.lnk.to/OnlyOneRMX

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Source: Stonebank – The Only One feat. Ben Clark (Darren Styles Remix) [Monstercat]