Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 29
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’s more insane than a Black Tiger Sex Machine and Sullivan King collaboration? The answer: not much. The Canadian trio have teamed up with the LA metal powerhouse for the aptly named “Madness.” With King’s heavy vocals and top-notch production from both parties, “Madness” fulfills the needs of both bass and metalheads.
Castor Troy returns with a vivacious bass-packed single, “You Never Know.” Sinister vocals in the introduction allude to the dark vibe the producer casts over this production, as he leads up to a heavy, trap-influenced chorus of grinding synths and rigorous bass. In this song, Castor Troy has created a captivating hybrid of hip-hop, dubstep, and trap — showing just how far the bass will go.
Houston producer KLO has put a gorgeous spin on Astrid S’s “Atic.” She’s concocted an infectious rework of the pop track, luring the listener in with an enticing build and a chorus jam-packed with soaring synths. With a subtle trap beat, KLO’s take on “Atic” is a refreshing new interpretation of the track.
Killabyte has teamed up with powerhouse songstress Danyka Nadeau for a beautifully emotive original, “Wicked Ways.” Nadeau leads the listener into the song with a delicate, vocal-centered introduction as Killabyte slowly adds in the instrumentals. By the time they reach the chorus, the song has gathered momentum, letting a cheery, synth-filled melody take center stage. “Wicked Ways” is an elegant amalgamation of the skills of two visibly talented musicians.
For his remix of Rhodz’s “Rain Machine,” Becko has crafted an adventurous soundscape. He takes the listener on a journey through the song’s peaks and valleys, sprinkling in horns, piano breaks, chopped vocals and everything in between. Though it’s a step in a different direction from his rock/punk-inspired Reborn EP from September, this take on “Rain Machine” shows just how multi-faceted the Italian producer is.