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.
Since discovering GANZ a few years ago, I’ve been consistently impressed with the Dutch producer’s music. His latest, recently premiered by TOKiMONSTA on BBC Radio 1, is no exception. With its hip-hop-influenced beats and signature pounding synths, “I’ll Be Gone (I Miss You)” is another great addition to GANZ’s discography.
It would basically be a crime to not include What So Not‘s latest in this playlist. With the announcement of a forthcoming LP and massive tour, Emoh Instead has been taking the electronic music world by storm this week. “Stuck In Orbit” with vocalist BUOY is one of his most compelling pieces of work to date. The five-and-a-half-minute single serves as a gorgeously emotive precursor to what we can expect from his stacked debut album, and I can’t wait.
Australians J-Trick and Folly have crafted an absolutely ruthless g-house house tune with “No Games.” The track packs a heavy punch with rap-fueled verses, a driving bassline, and subtle trap elements. Its catchy beat and hard-hitting builds and drops have been stuck in my head since its release last Friday.
As a longtime Crywolf fan, I’m always interested in seeing how other producers transform his unique music. AWAY has taken his good friend’s iconic “Quantum Immortality” and reworked it into a dark, glitchy remix layered with elements of trap, future bass, and just about everything in between. The Los Angeles producer has delicately crafted a complicated soundscape full of twists and turns that complements Crywolf’s original vocals beautifully.
Last week, Direct teamed up with Matt Van for an elegant composition called “I Don’t Mind.” The track is vastly different from many of Monstercat‘s recent releases and is a breathtaking, refreshing addition to the label’s Instinct brand. Van’s moving vocals over piano-centered production from Direct make for a relaxing addition to any chill-type playlist.
What So Not is kind of a big deal when it comes to electronic music these days. The former partner in crime of Flume has made a name for himself that rivals that of even his old group mate. Many will say that Emoh Instead has even surpassed Flume in many ways. While we will
“Demons” ft Rome Fortune & Tommy Swisher (collaboration with James Earl)
“GOH” ft KLP (collaboration with Skrillex)
“We Keep On Running” (collaboration with Toto)
“If You Only Knew” ft Daniel Johns (collaboration with San Holo)
“Monsters” ft Michael Christmas & Tobi Lou
“Bottom End” (collaboration with Dyro)
“Same Mistakes” ft Daniel Johns
“Us” ft Daniels
In addition to this announcement, What So Not released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Stuck In Orbit” featuring Buoy. The five-and-a-half-minute emotive piece beautifully flaunts the artist’s top-notch production, set off by gorgeous vocals from Buoy. If “Be Ok Again” and “Stuck In Orbit” are any indication of what the world can expect from What So Not’s debut album, we’re in for a real treat.
Anticipation continues to build for the release of What So Not‘s debut solo LP with the release of a brand new music video for the Daniel Johns-assisted single, “Be Ok Again,” released last November. The Australian producer, formerly known as Emoh Instead, has been quietly preparing for the album’s release some time this year. Emoh also spoke to the new ground he conquered in the music video.
“If nothing else, this video is quite a personal feat for me… Diving head first into to new territory (with filmmaker buddy Luke Eblen by my side) I wrote, co-directed, played a character roll, dabbled in film editing & even managed to convince Daniel Johns to trust our vision & have him feature as one of the main protagonists in this piece.”
2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.
The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.
What So Not is evidently aiming for the top in 2018. The artist has been laying low for most of the year besides a few shows and a B2B tour with Baauer… other than that he has been preparing for his worldwide takeover in 2018 with the release of his yet to be titled debut LP.
AWOLNATION‘s “Run” shows off the band’s aptitude in electronic sound design, making the single an ideal candidate for re-molding. This reality finally manifested when prolific bass talents What So Not and QUIX elected to provide their take on the piece, and the result is quite raunchy.
The pair amplify the original’s hardened nature with a trap layout, creating an even more tense feel by moving the strong portions to the beginning and cascading into a deep pit of bass and wild synthesizers. If their aim was to design a piece to rattle the dancefloor, they’ve certainly accomplished it in full force.
What So Not has had quite a busy year in 2017, making each release a welcome treat by fans. Meanwhile, QUIX has been steadily burrowing his way into the bass sphere with a plethora of remixes and collaborations with other burgeoning talent.
A new, aesthetically-appealing music video for What So Not’s first release of the year, “Better, has been finally been released. The video’s unveiling comes in wake of the Australian producer’s announcement of his tour with Baauer.
“Better’s” visual counterpart pairs strongly with the track itself featuring LPX, as both bring dream-like, artistic elements that blend together immaculately to deliver a full-sensory experience. The video itself features What So Not and vocalist LPX, backdropped against various arbitrary images that quickly disperse through different geometrical patterns. Enticingly visual frames and bold transitions create a truly surreal experience.
What So Not and Bauuer gear up to co-headline their East Cast tour starting Thursday, October 19.