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.
Habstrakt is always at the forefront of bass house music. The French producer’s sound is consistently fresh and invigorating, and his latest piece of work is no exception. His remix of Zomboy‘s “Saints and Sinners” has two aspects to it: a haunting, mellow trap introduction and a ferocious bass house drop and chorus. I was hooked on this one from the first listen, as it perfectly showcases his production talents and has a merciless, driving beat.
“In light of recent of events, we’d like to focus on an idea: the simple notion that if we as a global community want to see change in the world, we have to be the change… Only we can make the difference and inspire people to follow.” With a simple SoundCloud description, Young Bombs set the perfect tone for their Paperwhite remix. Their rework of “Only Us” is beautifully hopeful, interspersed with playful vocal chops and tinkling synths. It’s simple and optimistic — perfect for kicking off the weekend.
Deadmau5‘s “Ghosts N Stuff” is iconic. For many of today’s electronic music fans, the 2009 song still brings waves of nostalgia from their early days getting into the dance music scene, myself included. Over the years since its release, “Ghosts N Stuff” has undergone remix treatments across all genres — but none quite like this new one from Matroda. With pounding bass, dramatic violins and a gutsy variety of beats, Matroda’s remix revives the beloved track and gives it a life of its own.
Since their unique twist on Oliver Nelson‘s “Found Your Love” nearly two years ago, I’ve kept an ear on Kill Them With Colour‘s releases. Their latest, a remix of Sam Bruno‘s “Hello Hater,” softens the original’s bouncing, pop-saturated feel into an easygoing, future bass-influenced rework. Carefree synths float breezily throughout the remix, as do Bruno’s sassy lyrics.
There’s not much better than a catchy house track with an infectious melody. ArtPlay and Jasted have composed just such a tune with “Hold On.” They use heartfelt lyrics, a dramatic background piano and a memorable synth melody to form their inaugural piece of collaborative work, and the result is impressive. With a classic house feel, these Russian producers have hit the nail on the head with “Hold On.”