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.
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New Gramatik always makes for a good day. The funk maestro’s latest piece of work is the eight-track Re:Coil, Pt. II, which includes tracks like “Don’t Give Up.” He taps the vocal talents of Ryan Shaw and ProbCause to polish off a piece of music that’s soulful, hopeful, and groovy.
Also releasing an eight-track body of work on Oct. 25 is StayLoose, who’s unveiled his Bad Star album. This contemplative compilation pulls together some of the artist’s best work to date, like the otherworldly “Deadspace” that’s dripping with mystery and a subtle feeling of melancholy.
Au5 takes to Metanoia Music for the release of his new single, “For You”—an emotive, romantic piece that strongly reflects Au5 in his prime. The vocals are sweet, and the production (as always) is top-of-the-line. He even goes for a completely different feel nearly four minutes into the song, showing just how far he can take the songs he creates.
Wilkinson is back swinging, coming through with a new single for UKF‘s 10th birthday celebration. “Machina” has a gorgeous introduction that allows the producer build the world he’s constructing for “Machina” to take place in. A vocal drop at the minute mark delivers the listener into intense drum ‘n’ bass madness—a Wilkinson specialty.
Grammy-nominated dance act Fatum takes the reins on the latest Win and Woo original, putting together a bold remix on Armada of “Here U R.” The original song had a mellow, slow-groovy feel to it, but Fatum give the tune a darker spin.