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.
This forthcoming Destinations, Vol. 1 EP from Pilot Records is looking huge. From its first release (Fox Stevenson‘s “Bruises”) to this newest one from Feint, the EP is sure to be a hit once it’s released in full on Sept. 12. In “Mirror Signal,” Feint flexes his strong ability to build a gorgeously atmospheric form of drum & bass. Highlighted by a slightly wistful melody and backed by a strong beat and even some strings, Feint continues to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with.
In one of Silk Music‘s latest releases, Kazakhstan’s Tim Iron teams up with Russia’s Michael Mashkov for a truly impressive two-track EP. The Quaresma EP consists of two renditions of the track: an original mix and a remix from Mashkov. Both takes on the song are gorgeous in their production and sound design, as the two producers have expertly crafted a track that’s both danceable and pensive.
The Dominican Republic’s Marcio Lama has enlisted the help of Emerelle in his latest piece of work, and the result is stunning. “Solid State” is a haunting affair, as Emerelle’s saintly vocals drift in and out of the track’s builds and drops. With subtle trap undertones and a hefty dose of bass amidst the track’s eerie melody, “Solid State” looks to be one of Lama’s most impressive works to date.
Over the course of the past few months, France’s Tony Romera has thrilled fans with high-profile releases on Mad Decent and CONFESSION. His infectious house beats make for exceptional remixes on tracks like Diplo‘s “Get It Right,” and his latest, a rework of Armand Van Helden, is no exception. “I don’t pretend to make something better than the original as it’s one of my fav track ever,” Romera notes in the track’s description. “Just wanted to give to it a lil more punch, a different structure and groove to add it to my sets.”
In his first release since last September’s remix of Rain Man and MAX‘s “Do You Still Feel?” Summer Was Fun takes on Gigi D’Agostino’s 1999 hit “I’ll Fly With You.” Adding his usual trippy, feel-good elements to the old-school dance track, Summer Was Fun modernizes the original and brings it into 2018. Chopped-up vocals and a lively trap beat make this rendition perfect for the end of summer… because, you know, “Summer Was Fun.”