Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 15
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.
Since they’re on tour together, it was only a matter of time until we got some form of a San Holo/Just A Gent collaboration. Australian producer Just A Gent has flipped San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow‘s “The Future” into some unclassifiable futuristic (appropriate, right?) bass madness. He’s classified his flip as “newskool trap,” and as always, his sound design is top-of-the-line. Read more about his creative process in our interview with him earlier this week.
It had been 10 months since Irish producer Murtagh had uploaded any new music… until eight-minute “Pressure” hit his SoundCloud profile on Nov. 14 and refreshed his fans on his style — which, by the way, has changed drastically. “Pressure” is vastly different from the release before it, “Synapse,” which the producer attributes to honing his style and realizing the kind of music he wanted to produce. “The new music will be more focussed than what I have released to date,” he explains. If what’s coming is anything like the cinematic, bass-heavy journey of “Pressure,” I’m looking forward to it.
Autograf‘s “You Might Be” was enchanting in its original form: a picture-perfect hopeful song about the possibility of new love. Seven months after its initial release, MICA has put out his own rendition of the track. He’s turned it into something even more moving, including emotional soundbites from The Perks of Being A Wallflower and The Spectacular Now to complement the slow-paced remix he’s crafted. Its dreamy, spacey feel brings out the passion behind the track, and it’s entrancing.
Remember “Smooth” by Santana and Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas? It came out in 1999 on Santana’s Supernatural album and was a huge hit, winning three Grammys and charting across the globe. When a modernized remix of it appeared on Bishu‘s SoundCloud, I was promptly carted off to my childhood — this time experiencing the song in a whole different light. Bishu’s remix plays up the Latin flair of the track and adds components of contemporary dance music, making it fresh while still hitting the nostalgia factor.
Ever since his incredible covers of George Michael‘s “Careless Whisper” and Alex Clare‘s “Too Close,” I’ve kept an eye out for new material from Prismo. His latest single, “Pretty Stranger,” surfaced on Nov. 10 and has remained in my music rotation this whole week. With its catchy vocals, lighthearted melody and a bouncing beat, he’s once again hit the mark.