Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 20
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.
Check in next Friday for the Top 50 tracks of 2017 playlist!
In July, REZZ released a collaboration with an unknown artist named Knodis. “Premonition” was a mysterious, dark journey, capturing the attention of REZZ fans across the globe and leading them to wonder who this “Knodis” could be. His social media profiles disclose little, other than that he makes “space music.” Earlier this week, he released his latest original song, following his first solo venture later in July. “The Machine Is Feeling” is a complex, trippy composition that has been well worth the wait in between releases. Knodis’ use of computerized sounds truly make it sound like “The Machine Is Feeling.” I’m looking forward to hearing more from the producer in 2018.
2017 has been a year of me trying to get my hands on as much content from The Midnight as possible. The duo have created a ton of beautiful music in the past few years, inspiring other artists to remix their songs. Chillwave duo We Are All Astronauts just released their heartfelt remix of The Midnight’s “Synthetic,” an emotion-packed song from The Midnight’s 2016 album Endless Summer. Their take on “Synthetic” is a “post-rock” rendition, highlighting rare vocals from Tim McEwan over a beautiful bed of stringed instruments and piano. We Are All Astronauts have taken an already passion-filled song and brought out the best features for a refreshing — yet almost wistful — take on the song.
Around 2013/2014, Party Ghost was one of my favorite artists. His unique style of full of dancing synths and fun vocals was ahead of its time, and I looked forward to each new release. As time went on, releases from the California producer dropped off. I was thrilled when a new release popped up on SoundCloud earlier this week. “It’s been awhile since I released anything,” he says in the song description. “I wrote this song about a year ago. I feel like I changed a lot as a person and as a artist. I hope you enjoy this new song. I have many more to come.” This new track contains traces of his older music, but also brings an entirely fresh feel to it.
Drum & bass remixes are often unpredictable. I’ve been keeping an eye on 1991 since his stellar remix of Chris Lake‘s “I Want You” and was thrilled to see he’s remixed one of drum & bass’ biggest talents right now: Camo & Krooked. With an ambient introduction that highlights the vocals, 1991 takes his time to building up to a classic drum & bass drop around the two-minute mark. It’s well worth the wait, as he’s crafted a remix that is packed with energy from start to finish.
For a few years now, miƶu has been releasing top-notch remixes and originals, gathering a modest following while doing so. After finding his music through an emotive Ember Island remix last summer, I was hooked on his versatility and the pure quality of the music he was putting out. Apprehensive as I was to see he remixed Madeon, my doubts were immediately wiped away in the first few seconds of his “You’re On” remix. miƶu has created a thrilling take on the standout Adventure track — one that’s entirely different from the original. This remix toys with Kyan‘s vocals, chopping them up into a glitchy, whirling soundscape. It’s so much fun, just like the track it’s built from.