Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 17
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.
Versatile producer Sickick surprises with each new release. The mysterious Canadian artist has produced everything from pop music hip-hop to trippy “sickhop.” His latest, “Bermuda,” sneaks into your ear and stays there. It’s simultaneously catchy and intense, with seductive vocals layered over a dark trap vibe. The single is second in his “Sicks Weeks” series, ensuring that more top-notch production is coming our way.
This track from Mekanism has everything I love most about drum & bass: it’s emotion-packed, features gorgeous vocals and is fueled by a racing beat. Though NoCopyrightSounds released the track, there isn’t any information available about the artist. All they’ve revealed is that Mekanism is “coming soon.” If this is just the beginning for Mekanism, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.
This is perhaps my favorite release from the past week. Bishu seems to be capable of producing just about anything (remember that Santana and Rob Tomas remix from a few weeks ago?) His sophomore Monstercat release, “Eyes Wide Open,” makes a huge splash. With a foreboding introduction that leads up to an unexpected drop, Bishu continues to surprise. Each listen of this track brings out new details, revealing the complexity of it composition. It’s completely addicting.
Unlike Pluto recently announced a shift in the direction of his musical journey, citing that he’s going back to his roots after realizing he was “extremely unhappy” with what he was doing musically. “I was making music that I personally didn’t connect with – music that didn’t represent me,” he says in a Nov. 20 Facebook post. “I Need A Win” passionately marks his return to music that’s truly him, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Tim Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD have once again crafted a gorgeous, ethereal soundscape with their latest collaboration, “Gold.” Schaufert’s flawless sound design skills truly shine on this single, and CASHFORGOLD’s delicate voice lends itself perfectly to the structure of the song. It’s light, airy and dreamy, making it the perfect nightcap for this week’s playlist.