Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 32

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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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 25

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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 it came out a few days ago, Mielo‘s track “The Wayfarer” with Pauline Herr hasn’t left my rotation. There’s something completely riveting about this track — from Herr’s haunting, melancholy vocals to the journey-like soundscape Mielo’s composed. Every time I listen, I find myself completely caught up in “The Wayfarer” and its pure beauty.


This one was discovered because of a Savoy repost, which makes perfect sense given their “electronic rock music” branding. This track by newcomers Crymynals and Fatherdude is a fierce electronic tune that dips its toes into elements of rock ‘n’ roll along the way. With a driving bassline and powerful vocals from Fatherdude, “One More Day” caught my ear immediately.


Kayzo‘s debut album, Overload, has been out for a full week now, and I’m still hooked on almost every track. For me, nostalgia hard with this LP, as Kayzo’s incorporated elements of punk rock into almost every track. Songs like “Alright Then” feature The Zealots’ Micah Martin, whose voice matches up impeccably with Kayzo’s heavy style.


London producer Wilkinson has been making huge strides over the past year, from a fiery collaboration with Dimension to his sophomore studio album in April of last year. His latest track, “Decompression,” is another fine example of his drum & bass proficiency. Wilkinson skillfully builds and drops the track throughout its length, drawing the listener in with computerized sound bites and a fast-paced drum & bass pattern.


Continuing with the UK drum & bass theme, The Prototypes have released a sweltering remix of their standout 2017 track, “Electric,” by Mind Vortex. This incredible take on “Electric” is part of The Prototypes’ Get Hype Remixed EP, which is chock full of bold, energy-packed reworks like this one.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 14

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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.


Convex says he’s re-written this track no fewer than 10 times. The final product is a futuristic creation that blends of styles and is unlike anything I’ve heard before. Its dreamy feel, particularly in the introduction, is reminiscent of ODESZA‘s abstract style. Convex notes in the description that dainichi is the zen Buddhist embodiment of emptiness. “Essentially it’s the idea that everything is void of meaning or value,” he says. “All things are impermanent and in a state of constant flux. In a way, it teaches us to be optimists because problems and pain are both only temporary.”


In July 2014, Crystalize posted his first track on SoundCloud: a remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Sad Machine.” Here, more than three years later, he’s remixed Robinson’s first track under his new alias, Virtual Self. The original “Eon Break” is an intense synth-heavy frenzy that caught many Robinson fans off guard. Crystalize has made the daring track a bit more digestible, trading the pounding whirlwind of synths that dominate the chorus for a more melody-focused take on the song. It’s a beautiful adaptation — probably one of the best I’ve heard yet.


2017 has been a huge year for Ekali. He’s worked with ZHU, been remixed by Skrillex, and done massive mixes for Triple J and Diplo and Friends. In the midst of it all, he’s still had time to work on a handful of beautifully emotive singles, like “Past Life” with Opia. The sensual track manages to be both delicate and heavy at the same time, allowing listeners to absorb the depth of his creativity. With each listen, “Past Life” unveils new, intricate details that come together for a passionate collaboration.

I also just found out he’s going to be in St. Louis with Medasin in a few weeks at one of my favorite intimate venues, and I am so there.


Always a sucker for energetic new drum and bass, I was ecstatic to see the release of a new Dimension song. In his collaboration with UK heavyweight Wilkinson, the pair have built a dramatic, melody-centric tune that’s both classic and fresh at the same time. The build heightens anticipation for the beat to kick in, with echoing vocals and drifting synths that clear the way for the fast-paced rhythm that kicks in post-drop. It’s a collaboration made in heaven, making the long-anticipated release of this track well worth the wait.


A standout melodic track on their new Vantablack EP, Sullivan King and Dirtyphonics‘ “Sight of Your Soul” is more reminiscent of a 2007-era punk rock song than its EP companions. It’s a refreshing break from “bangers” and “lit” EDM songs that saturate SoundCloud feeds, leading to praise from music fans who were raised on the likes of Green Day and Incubus. “Sight of Your Soul” highlights Sullivan King’s powerful vocals, paired with a nostalgic guitar melody and a hint of a dubstep beat in the chorus. As someone who basically drowned herself in alternative and punk rock in high school, “Sight of Your Soul” resonates with me so much. More like this, please.


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Wilkinson and Dimension release hotly anticipated collab, ‘Rush’

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Dimension has made a name for himself in the UK drum and bass scene with his standout production talents. The producer has released track after track that capably highlights his abundance of skill— the most recent of them being “Black Church.”

Ending his three-month hiatus, Dimension has just released his hotly anticipated collaboration with another one of England’s finest producers, Wilkinson— aptly titled “Rush.”  Each producer’s contribution to the melodious single is clear to hear, as their combined effort has surely produced a modern drum and bass classic.

 

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They could do this more often.

Matrix and Futurebound – Human

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Matrix and Futurebound have released their third single of 2017, Human on Viper Recordings. The drum and bass duo have been on a tour in 2017 that has taken them to the four corners of the globe. The song contains vocals by Raphaella whose work you may know from working with the likes of Rudimental,

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Get Hypnotized with ?Hypnotic? – Wilkinson on New Music, the Writing Process and Much More [Interview]

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The drum n bass phenomenon spoke to us about his latest album ‘Hypnotic’.