Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59

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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.


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.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 45

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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.


Dutch drum & bass beasts T & Sugah just unleashed a new EP on Liquicity Records called Say My Name. The two-track release features a pair of fast-paced heaters that thrill as their first release since last summer’s “Walk Her Way” and “Demons.” The duo have developed tunes that are the perfect blend of emotive and action-packed. This one, in particular, taps the beautiful vocals of Luna Morgenstern to accentuate the heartfelt atmosphere the duo has created.


Swedish producer F.O.O.L returns with his first release since 2016, “Highway.” The track is packed with cinematic-feeling synthwave production, highlighted by soaring melodies and eerie undertones. It’s rife with the same larger-than-life atmosphere of the killer Astronaut and Far Too Loud remix he did with Didrick years ago. Though its overall vibe is more subdued, it’s a brilliant comeback. With the release of the song, the producer revealed that there’s more to come, including an EP. Excited? Yes, I am.


Hopping back into some higher-BPM tunes with the latest from Sekai and Aleana Redd. This liquid drum & bass piece is simultaneously relaxing and spirited, accented by subtle background horns and gorgeous vocals from Redd. “Rain” is part of Sekai’s Canvas EP, out now on Lacuna Records. As the only drum & bass offering in the four-track collection, it’s an absolute stunner.


Italian producer Lozz has created a swagger-filled house party in his joint Gold Digger and Noir sur Blanc release. “Beast Mode” is a rousing number, emphasized by a hefty bassline and intense chopped-up vocals. With squeaky-clean production and a spirited beat, Lozz’s latest is guaranteed to get even the most stubborn onto the dance floor.


Swiss artist Faux Tales was quiet for the first half of 2018, leading me to wonder what he’s been cooking up. Yet in the past month, he’s dropped an official remix for Pink, along with this thrilling Arcadium release, “Origins.” Faux Tales spends the first portion of the song on a gorgeous piano ballad that steadily builds into something more foreboding. A dark-sounding choir and rapid string melody lead the listener into an epic chillstep section of the track. The producer has created something both beautiful and threatening in “Origins.”