by: Robyn Dexter
Mar 27, 2020
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.
F.O.O.L knows how to take listeners on a journey of epic proportions. “Revenger,” out now on Monstercat, lets loose dark and powerful energy from its initial chords. In a tweet late last month, the Swedish producer noted that the single and upcoming EP are “pretty dark heavy and I know some of you have missed this vibe from me, I heard you and I will deliver.” Rocket League fans can also find this formidable tune in-game as of March 26.
Speaking of dark and powerful, Sian and i_o have unleashed a daunting collaboration called “Halogen” as part of Sian’s new mau5trap EP, Electricity. This five-minute piece exudes hypnotic energy, with an eerie melody, pounding techno bassline, and ghostly vocals that haunt the listener for the song’s duration. The collaboration feels right at home between the EP’s other two tracks: “Electricity” and “No Salvation.”
Those who’ve been longing for a Seven Lions–Au5 collaboration at last have their wants satiated on the former’s new EP. Seven Lions’ new five-track Find Another Way on his own Ophelia Records brings with it some major talent, including a track called “Remember” that features Au5 and Crystal Skies. Seemingly seamlessly, these four producers bring their distinct sounds to the table and weave them all together for one big mind-bending creation.
The world could use a little company in these times of isolation and quarantine. Maduk brings just that in his first Liquicity single of 2020, “Company,” featuring Juul. The song is quickly identifiably as a Maduk song, starting with an emotive introduction that leads into to a classic drum ‘n’ bass sound. The producer shared that he’s working on new music and he he hopes the the fresh single “will give you positive energy in these crazy times.”
A few weeks ago, Toolroom Records blessed hopeful Miami Music Week attendees with with a 20-song set of tunes to prepare them for easygoing poolside days full of the best in today’s electronic music scene. While the dream of actually attending didn’t come true, fans found solace in songs like Hoodboi and LEFTI‘s extended mix of “4ever”—a disco-drenched collaboration that effortlessly brings the party to wherever fans are listening.