Dexter's Beat Laboratory Vol. 15 – Dancing Astronaut
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
Since they’re on tour together, it was only a matter time until we got some form a / collaboration. Australian producer Just A Gent has flipped San Holo and ‘s “The Future” into some unclassifiable futuristic (appropriate, right?) bass madness. He’s classified his flip as “newskool trap,” and as always, his sound design is top--the-line. Read more about his creative process in earlier this week.
It had been 10 months since Irish producer Murtagh had uploaded any new music… until eight-minute “Pressure” hit his SoundCloud prile on Nov. 14 and refreshed his fans on his style — which, by the way, has changed drastically. “Pressure” is vastly different from the release before it, “Synapse,” which the producer attributes to honing his style and realizing the kind music he wanted to produce. “The new music will be more focussed than what I have released to date,” he explains. If what’s coming is anything like the cinematic, bass-heavy journey “Pressure,” I’m looking forward to it.
‘s “” was enchanting in its original form: a picture-perfect hopeful song about the possibility new love. Seven months after its initial release, MICA has put out his own rendition the track. He’s turned it into something even more moving, including emotional soundbites from The Perks Being A Wallflower and The Spectacular Now to complement the slow-paced remix he’s crafted. Its dreamy, spacey feel brings out the passion behind the track, and it’s entrancing.
Remember “Smooth” by and Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas? It came out in 1999 on Santana’s Supernatural album and was a huge hit, winning three Grammys and charting across the globe. When a modernized remix it appeared on ‘s SoundCloud, I was promptly carted f to my childhood — this time experiencing the song in a whole different light. Bishu’s remix plays up the Latin flair the track and adds components contemporary dance music, making it fresh while still hitting the nostalgia factor.
Ever since his incredible covers ‘s “Careless Whisper” and ‘s “Too Close,” I’ve kept an eye out for new material from . His latest single, “Pretty Stranger,” surfaced on Nov. 10 and has remained in my music rotation this whole week. With its catchy vocals, lighthearted melody and a bouncing beat, he’s once again hit the mark.