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.