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.
When the two-track remix package for Modestep‘s inaugural original Monstercat release, “Higher,” came out earlier this week, I was eager to see what other artists had done with the unique track. Champion‘s take on “Higher” is a drum & bass reworking that’s a true delight. The fast pace works perfectly with the song’s original vocals, creating an even more intense atmosphere.
Milk N Cooks have crafted the absolutely perfect earworm in their latest remix: a rework of Bohnes’ “My Friends.” Choppy vocals in the chorus add to the overall catchy factor of this remix, set over top of a simple, bouncy dance beat. Its laid-back vibe perfectly ushers in the weekend.
To be honest, I’ve barely taken Jay Cosmic‘s latest release off repeat since it came out three days ago. Though it sits at just under three minutes long, “Ocean Eyes” packs a powerful drumstep punch — complete with gorgeous vocals and heart-wrenching melodies.
Joe Garston‘s latest piece of work is a lighthearted collaboration with Arild Aas. Though it also clocks in at less than three minutes, Garston has fit a variety of styles into the short length of “We Are Something.” With verses that have acoustic leanings and a chorus that flourishes with future bass elements, it’s a gorgeous creation.
Imogen Heap‘s “Hide and Seek” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Heap’s flawless harmonies are timeless, making the 2005 song stand the test of time. Bishu continues his “childhood remix series” by taking on this classic, bringing “Hide and Seek” into the world of electronic music with playful melodies and an underlying trap beat.