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.
There isn’t much better than being completely surprised and caught off guard by a track. 1788-L and 4AM have teamed up for an enthralling original that starts delicately, building up with dreamy synths. I was not ready for what happened around 1:15, when “M U L T I V E R S E” drops into bass-heavy madness. It’s pure insanity, but in the best possible way. Looking back, I should’ve known. Remember what 1788-L did with Daft Punk?
Dance music’s fascination with M83‘s “Midnight City” will never die. The nostalgia-inducing song has been remixed time and time again, as artists seek to create their own spin on it. New York duo The 1989 have put their own spin on the track — keeping much of the integrity of the original. They’ve brought the 2011 song into 2018 with a more bass-heavy beat, adding swirling synths and chopping up bits and pieces of the original to put their own stamp on it.
“Want It” comes to us as the introductory track on SNBRN‘s debut EP, U Want It. The moody, deep house vibe it exudes is simultaneously complex and simple and is primed for a dance floor. “I wanted to get in touch with my house roots and really let out my crazy side out,” he says in the EP’s description. Oh, we can tell.
Scottish producer Last Island says he’s been experimenting with French funk/house lately, as evidenced by his new original, “Good For You.” The feel-good tune paints a colorful picture full of chopped up vocals, grooving bass and a dance floor-ready beat. I can’t get it out of my head.
Drum & bass powerhouses Wilkinson and Sub Focus have put their masterful brains together to compose a mighty collaboration, “Take It Up.” With a furious pace and powerful vocals, this dream team take the drum & bass scene to new heights in a compelling track that’s guaranteed to energize crowds around the world.