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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.
Drum & bass masterminds Matrix & Futurebound are back at it again. In their latest, they’ve tapped the talents of songstress Zelah for an impeccable combination of adrenaline-pounding drum & bass and heavenly vocals. “I Got You There” marks the longstanding duo’s first release of 2019 and also gives fans a first look at their upcoming album, Mystery Machine, on Metro/Viper Recordings.
Kill Paris delighted fans by dropping a funky-fresh LP on Valentine’s Day, featuring collaborations with artists like Big Gigantic, Fatherdude, Tim Moyo, and more. While all tracks bring something special to the table, his swanky collaboration with Fatherdude is particularly ear-catching, featuring silky-smooth vocals from the New York artist. Kill Paris describes how the track came about in its description: “Sent the beginning ideas of this track to Fatherdude, who instantly wrote these wicked lyrics and just like that – a song is born!”
The music world was also gifted with new Goshfather music on Valentine’s Day. In his newest disco-infused venture, the Los Angeles artist drew from Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” and created his own fun spin on the iconic 1989 hit. Goshfather brought along singer AU8UST for the vocals, and the pair have crafted a fresh take that’s both 1989 and 2019 with filtered vocals and a grooving bassline.
Norwegian artist Rootkit has a fluid style that’s led him to create music across the genre spectrum. From melody-centered future bass remixes to dark house originals, he’s demonstrated his production aptitude across the board. For his newest release, Rootkit takes his talents to Monstercat to drop “Voyage,” a house number that has journey-like qualities, making the title completely appropriate. Beautiful vocals also lend themselves to “Voyage,” accentuating its adventurous spirit.
For weeks, Fox Stevenson has been hyping a new body of work he says is a “little bit different” from what fans may have come to know his music as. He returns to his original focus of songwriting and puts out the first from this new focus of tunes called “Out My Head,” a pop-oriented track that still contains many of the dance-friendly elements his fans have come to know and love. But the spotlight is very much on his vocals in this new release, and it’s beautifully catchy.