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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Andromedik‘s latest on Liquicity Records is full of intensity and sensational builds. Its introductory notes usher in an otherworldly landscape as the Belgian producer crescendoes into dramatic vocals and an unexpected drop. A drum ‘n’ bass rhythm moves the tune along at a rapid pace, gathering momentum from each verse and sending the listener up farther into the clouds.
Hidden Face‘s newest release showcases his signature moody house atmosphere, lending itself perfectly to the name of the song, “Hazy.” He’s remixed Funky Fool and Fredrik Ferrier’s lighthearted pop tune into something much more introspective and contemplative, encouraging listeners to hit the dance floor of a dark and, well, hazy, nightclub.
Just a week removed from the release of their collaboration with Mat Zo, The Knocks have taken on MILCK’s “If I Ruled The World.” This groovy remix preserves MILCK’s empowering vocals but steps up the tempo and introduces a fresh, summer-ready beat. A jol melody dances throughout the chorus, bringing a lighthearted touch as MILCK sings about her plans for an ideal world.
The Midnight released the stems for four of their songs at the end of March, giving producers the chance to mold their own takes on “Los Angeles,” “The Comeback Kid,” “River of Darkness,” and “Explorers.” StayLoose took the opportunity to craft his own rendition of “Los Angeles” and created a dreamy, trap-infused iteration that’s sure to thrill both fans of The Midnight and StayLoose.
TOKYO ROSE, PYLOT and Essenger—talk about a talented trio. The three have combined for an ’80s-fueled synthwave journey called “Out of Luck,” combining their skills for a dramatic and powerful soundscape. TOKYO ROSE noted that the tune marks his final synthwave effort, and what a way to go out.