Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 9
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.
What kind of fellow St. Louisan would I be if I didn’t start off this week’s Beat Lab by hyping one of the city’s finest producers? Notaker‘s intricate production skills grow more fine-tuned with each release, and his newest track is no exception. “Who I Am” came out on Oct. 2 on Monstercat, and the producer shared his extended cut of the song a day later. Being a fan of extended cuts due to the opportunity they present for the artist to expand on the initial concept, it’s the one I’ve chosen to share here.
Alexander Lewis is such a unique artist. His incorporation of live instruments like the trombone in his music makes him a standout in the dance music community. His latest, “Off Guard,” lives up to its name. Lewis impresses with an almost tropical sound in this one, integrating bold, brassy horns as a backdrop to beautiful female vocals.
Avicii‘s “Without You” has been everywhere since its release nearly two months ago. Heck, it was even on Snapchat, featured with the user’s dancing Bitmoji. Fareoh has swooped in with a remix of his own, putting more of a fun, upbeat twist on the original’s progressive house vibe. “Avicii was one of my biggest inspirations when I first began learning music production,” Fareoh says in the track description. “I’ve played multiple shows with him over the years, and truly admire the space he created in electronic music.”
Every single STéLOUSE release is unique. The producer switches up his style constantly, making each release more exciting than the last. His latest, a collaboration with vocalist Bryce Fox, is a downtempo song with attitude-packed lyrics about love lost. It’s overflowing with passion from every angle, and I can’t stop listening to it. His EP out Oct. 20 is sure to thrill.
Matroda‘s “On My Mind” in its initial form was a deep house track out on Heldeep Records. The producer has released it again in an entirely contrasting form: drum & bass. Though it’s short at under three minutes, it’s an action-packed, energetic take on the original. It’s always fascinating to me when artists rework their own music, and this one’s left me captivated.