Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 34
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.
Dustycloud has done it again. With hollow hits of bass and haunting vocals, Dustycloud casts an ominous shadow on the dance floor with “Jumpin’.” Gradual, daunting builds give way to a forceful house beat of 126 BPM, priming it for shufflers around the world. “Jumpin'” closely follows a succession of the French producer’s 2018 hits, including “Move” and “Those Nights.”
Keeping on the house train, BIJOU has unleashed his latest house heater. The g-house sensation has built this bass-fueled house number from fiery vocals by Davonyea Marcel. “‘Pringles’ really started when I heard the original vocal from [Marcel] & asked if I could take a stab at it for a house tune,” BIJOU says of the tune. “Putting my own twist on it, I really wanted to combine every aspect of my own sound into one.”
Rameses B never lets me down. The UK artist’s latest piece of work is an emotive drum & bass original, “Story.” He uses chopped-up vocals and an adventurous tone to piece together his story, told through a rapid-fire drum & bass pattern and focus on the melody. Though contrasting greatly, “Story” serves as an exceptional follow-up to his ambient-focused new album, Spacewalk, which came out in January.
It’s been a few months since a new INTERCOM track has blessed the Monstercat airwaves. The Canadian project is less than a year old but has already given the music world treats such as a thrilling remix of Seven Lions and Echos‘ “Cold Skin” and a creative take on music from Stranger Things. This latest original, a feisty electro track called “Truth and Malice” is an energy-packed journey that’s perfect for the Rocket League compilation album it’s part of.
1788-L tackles electronic music in one of its earliest forms in a clever rework of Kraftwerk‘s 1975 hit, “Radioactivity.” A menacing revival of the decades-old song, 1788-L taps into the dark, brooding mood of the original and magnifies it for his own bass-filled, glitchy take on the song.