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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Rameses B makes his return to Monstercat in fine fashion tapping vocalist Zoe Moon to create “Forever.” The trance-infused drum ‘n’ bass tune adapts an uplifting tone, giving the listener the boost they need in these trying times. Rameses B and Moon wrote the lyrics together, and the former relates that “they’re about still having a connection with someone despite them not being around and I feel that can relate to a lot of people out there, especially nowadays.”
Kramder says he has a “special background with future funk,” which propelled his new two-track collection, Glossy Days Vol. 1. The EP’s first track, “98 Percent You,” incorporates a little bit of everything, including undeniably infectious vocals, ***y saxophone riffs, and catchy key changes. Welcome to a little corner of happiness from the French producer.
For Haywyre‘s first release of 2020, he’s remixed Bazzi‘s “Young and Alive.” The groovy keyboardist injects cheer into everything he creates, and this latest remix is no exception. Where the original was laid-back and mellow, Haywyre kicks up the tempo and adds wavy synths for his own upbeat rendition.
Duke Dumont‘s debut full-length LP arrived April 17 at long last, bringing with it wavy tunes like “Nightcrawler” with Say Lou Lou. The album’s fifth track adopts a retro ambiance from its introductory chords, letting a minimalist bassline and percussion take a back seat to Say Lou Lou’s dreamy vocals. As the song moves along, a groovy guitar melody enforces its nostalgic tone.
Electronic music fans might recognize fknsyd‘s name from her vocal features on songs like the WAVEDASH‘s “Deathwish” and SLANDER and Kompany‘s “Broken.” The songstress has made a name for herself through hauntingly beautiful contributions, but getting to hear her on her own is an even bigger treat. She recently shared a cover of Bullet For My Valentine’s “Tears Don’t Fall,” and it’s a truly entrancing iteration of the heart-wrenching original.