Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 8
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.
The internet has been abuzz with Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble” since Skrillex dropped his remix of the iconic track last Friday. In the seven days since its release, SoundCloud feeds have been overrun with a diverse range of remixes of both the remix and the original — among them this electro flip from Moris Blak. Its racing synths and heavy electro patterns make it a standout in a sea of remixes, and it’s completely addicting.
In the few days since its release, Vincent‘s tantalizing remix of Boombox Cartel‘s “Alamo” has racked up an impressive number of plays. Fans (me included) seem drawn to its understated introduction and dramatic build, all leading up to a gorgeous future bass-influenced drop. Vincent takes a minimalist approach to the verses, letting the vocals take charge. This approach makes for a sensational, timeless take on the track, and it’s beautifully executed.
Rain Man and MAX‘s heavenly “Do You Still Feel” has received an impressive horn-heavy rework from Summer Was Fun as a part of the single’s remix package on Dim Mak. The original track, an emotional production from Rain Man and vocalist MAX, blended the elements of pop and electronic music, showing a softer side of the producer’s skill set. Summer Was Fun has injected the track with subtle builds and raring horn stabs for a more playful take on the solemn track. It’s a breath of fresh air — one he’s calling his favorite song he’s produced this year.
Remember this song? It’s been a minute. One-hit-wonder Iyaz originally released this track in 2010, and I remember having it on so many iPod playlists as a teenager. When Bishu’s take on the track popped up, I was intrigued before I even hit “play.” I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bishu had completely modernized the track with a funky moombahton-infused beat and some choppy pitched vocals. Fun find.
Jay Cosmic never, ever disappoints. With his latest, “Ascension,” out on Monstercat, the UK producer has wowed audiences of all genres. “Ascension” is billed as a dubstep track, but it’s so much more. With a euphoric introduction that builds for nearly two minutes, Cosmic takes the listener on journey that descends down into the bass world and back up briefly into the world of hardstyle. It’s masterfully produced, with the fine-tuned details making for an insane listening experience.