Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 62
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.
Listen in playlist format here.
Silk Music has been consistently been releasing some of the prettiest music in the electronic music game right now. In a seemingly endless span of releases, the label pumps out beautiful songs and EPs like this one: eleven.five and Andromedha’s Ode to the Rising Sun EP. The introductory track, “To Mean It,” is a sparkling composition of twinkling synths and soaring melodies. Its transportive qualities have me hitting repeat over and over.
Silky-smooth producer/vocalist Fatherdude returns after September’s “Summer Gone” with a new offering, “Business.” This swanky tune is driven by a funky guitar lick and some groovy percussion, with Fatherdude’s vocals serving as the cherry on top of this soulful piece of work. Each of Fatherdude’s releases seems to surpass the last – with this one being perhaps his most well-polished tune to date. I can’t get it out of my head.
After remixing Drake‘s “In My Feelings” this summer, Jersey club king DJ Sliink has delivered his latest: a bumping rework of Bruno Mars’ hit “24K Magic.” This remix serves as a perfect reminder of why Sliink is one of the most notable producers of the genre: its impeccably produced, with his signature vocal chops cutting up Mars’ vocals in a compelling manner. Its lighthearted atmosphere delivers a fun new side of this hit song.
Who knew The Knocks‘ “House Party” would mesh so effortlessly with Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic? The New York duo surprised fans a week before the spooky October holiday with a seven-minute rendition of their standout single woven into “Thriller,” and they match up undeniably well. This is a perfect one to add to Halloween playlists with its modernized flair – and, of course, Vincent Price’s unforgettably creepy narration.
Knife Party‘s classic “Sleaze” with Mistajam will forever remind me of college parties when it first came out. The infamous chant of “until they kick us out, people, move your feet” would get louder and louder as the song went on, and it’s seared into my memory with the hazy nights that accompanied it. So when No Mana and i_o began teasing their resurrection of the song, the nostalgia hit hard and I couldn’t wait to hear the full product. It has finally arrived, and it’s everything I could’ve hoped for. They’ve held onto the iconic chant but have warped and skewed it in their techno-oriented ways, adding a furious build that leads into a speedy, bass-fueled drop.