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.
Dutch drum & bass beasts T & Sugah just unleashed a new EP on Liquicity Records called Say My Name. The two-track release features a pair of fast-paced heaters that thrill as their first release since last summer’s “Walk Her Way” and “Demons.” The duo have developed tunes that are the perfect blend of emotive and action-packed. This one, in particular, taps the beautiful vocals of Luna Morgenstern to accentuate the heartfelt atmosphere the duo has created.
Swedish producer F.O.O.L returns with his first release since 2016, “Highway.” The track is packed with cinematic-feeling synthwave production, highlighted by soaring melodies and eerie undertones. It’s rife with the same larger-than-life atmosphere of the killer Astronaut and Far Too Loud remix he did with Didrick years ago. Though its overall vibe is more subdued, it’s a brilliant comeback. With the release of the song, the producer revealed that there’s more to come, including an EP. Excited? Yes, I am.
Hopping back into some higher-BPM tunes with the latest from Sekai and Aleana Redd. This liquid drum & bass piece is simultaneously relaxing and spirited, accented by subtle background horns and gorgeous vocals from Redd. “Rain” is part of Sekai’s Canvas EP, out now on Lacuna Records. As the only drum & bass offering in the four-track collection, it’s an absolute stunner.
Italian producer Lozz has created a swagger-filled house party in his joint Gold Digger and Noir sur Blanc release. “Beast Mode” is a rousing number, emphasized by a hefty bassline and intense chopped-up vocals. With squeaky-clean production and a spirited beat, Lozz’s latest is guaranteed to get even the most stubborn onto the dance floor.
Swiss artist Faux Tales was quiet for the first half of 2018, leading me to wonder what he’s been cooking up. Yet in the past month, he’s dropped an official remix for Pink, along with this thrilling Arcadium release, “Origins.” Faux Tales spends the first portion of the song on a gorgeous piano ballad that steadily builds into something more foreboding. A dark-sounding choir and rapid string melody lead the listener into an epic chillstep section of the track. The producer has created something both beautiful and threatening in “Origins.”