Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77
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.
After a slew of impressive originals in 2018, Mielo kicks off his 2019 with the first single from his debut EP, “ILY.” His contemplative style is beautifully exhibited here, ands he teams up with vocalist Sarah De Warren to bring an even more heavenly element to the tune. Gorgeous piano melodies and dreamy synths create a perfect backdrop for the vocals and subdued percussion in “ILY.” Mielo leaves listeners wanting more with this one, and it serves as an introspective precursor to the forthcoming EP.
Speaking of first singles from new EPs, Haywyre has returned to kick off his funky-fresh Panorama: Form EP with “Let Me Hear That.” This one, like much of his music, is irresistibly groovy. It’s packed full of lively piano and synth melodies that embody Haywyre’s sound in every way. He’s categorized this surefire hit as “maximum funk,” and rightly so. It’ll be tricky to get this one out of your head.
Camo & Krooked are putting themselves on the map with the release of “Atlas.” This one manages to contain the powerful, wall-busting energy their tracks tend to have, bottling it carefully with meticulous production. Its journey-like qualities truly make the title appropriate, and the prolonged introduction builds anticipation in a spectacular way. When the drop hits, the listener is taken on a wild ride of dramatic drum & bass rhythms and thrilling themes.
House heavy-hitter Dustycloud has returned to deliver yet another powerful number. The Parisian powerhouse looks to be asserting his dominance in 2019 with “Brave,” which pounds the listener with copious doses of bass right from the get-go. He gives a brief taste of what to expect in the beginning before diving into a deep canyon of bass. A restrained break in the middle of the song gives the listener a brief chance to catch their breath again before the bass again takes over. It’s pure intensity.
Fans of i_o know that he’s been teasing a massive collaboration with Tommy Trash for weeks. “Let Me Go” has finally arrived on mau5trap, much to the delight of those who’ve been waiting seemingly for ages (read: me). The dance floor-primed track reunites the two producers, who first collaborated on “Oxygen” in 2017. They’ve tapped the gorgeous vocals of songstress Daisy Guttridge to deliver this silky-smooth progressive track—and it’s well worth the wait.