Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 13
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.
Fox Stevenson‘s For Fox Sake EP made its debut on Disciple on Oct. 27, featuring three original mixes and one remix. Stevenson, who has been releasing a little bit of everything lately, largely featured dubstep on this EP — aside from the fourth track, a drum and bass remix of “Miss You.” He returns to his roots for this bass-heavy rework of his own track, implementing a racing beat to complement his vocals and the original track’s grungy dubstep wobbles.
As a sucker for emotion-packed vocals over a drum and bass rhythm, Dualistic’s “Thunder” featuring MENN caught my ear immediately. Dreamy vocals take center stage in the minute-long build, leading up to a surprisingly bold drum and bass drop. Liquicity Records hit the nail on the head with this release, as it perfectly evokes a feeling of nostalgia while still providing the fast-paced rhythm listeners like me crave.
KRANE‘s new Fallout LP is insane. Throughout the entirety of its 10-track length, the producer takes his listeners on a deeply personal journey, “a celebration of where [his] sound is today.” A stand-out track to me is “Titan,” featuring Nolan Van Lith. This dramatic, anthemic trap tune is so detail-oriented, setting it apart in the saturated trap market. Powerful synth melodies shine in the chorus, made more dramatic by an underlying trap beat.
Rob Gasser‘s playful, glitchy style shines through perfectly in the release of his “Ricochet” VIP mix. In the track description, he notes that the drop featured in this VIP rework was originally supposed to be used in the March NoCopyrightSounds release before he scrapped it. Though it’s short at 2 minutes and 10 seconds, it’s a fun new look at the original track with trippy video game-like vibes and a heavy beat.
Since seeing Puppet live for the first time in September, I have an even greater appreciation for his completely unique style. In recent releases, he’s been showcasing his own vocals layered over top of his impeccably produced instrumentals. August’s “Here Again” and the latest release, “Bigger Picture,” highlight a more punk rock-based style of electronic music with raw vocals and catchy guitar riffs. I’m loving this new style and can’t wait to see what he releases next.