It’s been more than five years since the release of Skrillex‘s debut album, Recess. In the years since then, he’s worked with countless collaborators and friends on a wide-spanning range of productions, including returning to his post-hardcore band, From First to Last, and a return to his Dog Blood project with Boys Noize.
While everyone knew new music has been in the works, the storied artist took to Twitter to let fans know that he’s “going full speed ahead” on new music. He addresses the rumors of a new album (sort of) by saying that he doesn’t “know what it is or what to call it,” but that “this is just the warm up.”
Though the format of the new body of work may still be unclear even to the artist, it seems fans can rest assured that something is coming, and there’s “no turning back.”
There’s simply no denying Diplo‘s ability to craft a hit, but his remarkably chameleonic quality as a producer is what makes him such a dynamic talent. He can produce fizzy bass anthems with Skrillex as Jack Ü or switch to breezy pop anthems with Major Lazer on a dime. Now, he’s exploring psychedelic new avenues alongside Sia and Labrinth as LSD, with the trio officially releasing their debut full-length together, a self-titled Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.
A supergroup of certified hitmakers—with writing and production credits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more among them—LSD manages to maintain an incredibly complementary blend, considering the outfit’s blockbuster talent. Following 2018’s “Genius,” the group has released a number of singles this year ahead of the album’s full release, including “No New Friends,” and the ubiquitous “Thunderclouds,” by far their most popular piece to date. Stream LSD’s debut album in full below.
In the summer of 2013, Avicii was preparing to release his debut LP, True. The album’s lead single, “Wake Me Up” featuring soul vocalist Aloe Blacc, would eventually go on to become a chart-topping crossover anthem that would ultimately serve as the resounding snapshot for that entire year in pop music. Now, more than half a decade later, as the lead single for Avicii’s anxiously anticipated posthumous album TIM is finally ready to be heard, history may repeat itself, this time with the Aloe Blacc-assisted “SOS.” Though, whereas the atmosphere around “Wake Me Up” was triumphant and empowering, Avicii’s first posthumous release lands with an unmistakable air of melancholy and heartache. Avicii is gone—and with the first listen to his latest material, it’s clear that fact is still a profoundly painful swallow for everyone.
“SOS” finds Blacc’s stirring, heartfelt delivery gliding over Avicii’s instantly recognizable foundation. The tune’s uplifting melody and soulful lyrics come together in a poignantly complementary blend, making for an emotional lead single between two respected collaborators—one still here, and the other only in sound. Hear Avicii’s “SOS” below.
On April 5, Tim Bergling‘s team announced they’ll be releasing a posthumous Avicii album, with proceeds going to a nonprofit under his name. Only a few short hours after their announcement, they’ve followed up with an accompanying video giving a behind-the-scenes look into the artist’s younger years, as well as the decision-making that went into the forthcoming posthumous album release.
Avicii’s father and Universal Music Group president Per Sundin are the focal points of the video, with clips of Avicii producing the music on the forthcoming album scattered in between. Sundin gives insight into how they had planned on releasing a 16-song album while Bergling was still alive, and even notes that as a team they finalized the song selection alongside the artist the day he arrived in Oman, where he passed away on April 20 at the age of 28.
It’s been nearly a year since, and the music group has been trying to find a way to release the music in a way that would honor’s Bergling’s legacy and original wishes for the compilation. Together with the Bergling family, the music group decided that working with the co-producers of the 16 songs was the best way to proceed in releasing the music, as they were the ones who worked the long hours in the studio with the Bergling. Carl Falk and Vargas & Lagola are among the co-producers, singers, and songwriters featured on the album. The video showcases clips of them speaking about working with Bergling on the individual releases.
Those looking for a first listen of the music that is to come from the new album can find a sound bite of a track at the 3:30 mark in the video. Universal Music Group and the Bergling family then announce at the end of the video that the forthcoming album will simply be named Tim. The first track, titled “SOS,” is set to be released the week of April 8.
With LeBron James‘ move to LA, his introduction to Hollywood was inevitable. While the 15-time All Star will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, his itinerary remains packed with a handful of new entertainment ventures via his production imprint, SpringHill Entertainment. First came the announcement that the mythical, long-awaited Space Jam 2 is finally underway, and now LeBron has announced his debut rap album, King, is landing this fall, executive produced by none other than Diplo.
LeBron’s foray into the rap world makes sense—he’s made a habit of previewing massive rap cuts on his Instagram stories, he’s been known to break out a quick Milly Rock while rubbing shoulder’s with hip-hop’s top dogs, and he actually served as A&R on 2 Chainz well-received Rap or Go to the League earlier this year. His link to Diplo also makes sense. The Mad Decent head honcho is one of the most in-demand pop producers of the moment with credits working alongside Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and more.
Diplo has kept tight lipped about working with the Lakers forward, though he recently commented,
“Being the LeBron James of EDM is hard work, but someone’s got to do it. But when the real LeBron called and asked if I could make rap beats, I figured I might as well try. It’s been really silly in the studio and Bron’s also been teaching me how to dribble with my left hand—pretty rad.”
Look for James’ debut album, King to hit streaming platforms later this year. See the full tracklist below.
Billie Eilish has liberated her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? With an air of authenticity, listeners are gifted a peek into the mind of the talented singer and songwriter, who uses her sultry voice to express a contrast of apathy and pain throughout the project. Her center-stage vocals are surrounded by the haunting and heavy production from her brother, Finneas O’Connell, that showcase a beauty in minimalistic pop with a lo-fi edge. The harmonies between Eilish’s voice, sometimes artfully stacked, and tasteful melodies are another strong point in the producer’s repertoire.
The maturity in her music is certainly impressive, at the young age of 17. She released four singles before unleashing the rest of the 14-track LP: “you should see me in a crown,” “wish you were gay,” “when the party’s over,” and “bury a friend.” This includes an intro where Eilish takes out her Invisalign, a proper introduction to the personality that follows.
Jai Wolf has accomplished monumental growth as an artist in the five short years since he emerged on the scene. Now, as 2019’s spring events circuit starts to heat up, the 27-year-old New York City-native lesser known as Sajeeb Saha is preparing the delivery of his debut studio album, The Cure to Loneliness, due on April 5 via Mom+Pop Music. In support of his first LP, the “Indian Summer” producer is hitting the road on a 33-stop stretch, starting at Ultra Music Festival and leading up to a two-night stint at LA’s Shrine Expo Hall on May 31 and June 1.
The End closes a four year gap in Shlohmo‘s discography. Written with the apocalypse in mind from the perspective of one who is “smoking on the couch during the extinction event” and “reading a book,” the jazzy, lo-fi bass album tells the poignantly calming tale across 13 tracks. The LP is unmistakably Shlohmo in its aesthetic; each piece is emotive, free-flowing, and twisted. However, unlike its predecessor Dark Red, The End leaves listeners with a hopeful, optimistic glow by the time it wraps up. “Still Life,” for example, closes things out on a blissful ambient note, while “Watching A Video” plays with nostalgic sound effects and warm synthesis to make one recall simpler times in life. The End ultimately succeeds in conveying the sense of acceptance one might feel in an assured doomsday event.
Now, Flume’s latest body of work is available in full, and the three-year gap since his last full release proves to be well worth the wait. Capping out at 17 tracks with a accentuating visualizer, Hi, This is Flume showcases evident growth from the “Never Be Like You” producer while still managing to hold true to Flume’s beloved brand of off-kilter, genre-twisting appeal across the tape’s 38-minute run time.
Five years in electronic music can often feel more like fifteen. The breakneck pace by which our culture moves, develops, and evolves these days makes a half decade gap feel more like a lifetime for Skrillex fans celebrating the five year anniversary of Recesstoday (March 18). The album’s release date is often contested, as the LP arrived in perfectly quintessential Skrillex fashion—leaked early through a cell phone app posing as an intergalactic video game. No matter how or when the record arrived, it undoubtedly changed the electronic landscape and set Skrillex on a crash course for pop super stardom.
Sonny Moore’s debut LP under the Skrillex moniker came well after he had already established his Grammy Award-winning sound, though the album is really what planted Moore’s flag as an electronic trailblazer that was here to stay. The record was a carefree electronic thrill ride that featured a budding Chance The Rapper, a preview taste of the oncoming k-pop tidal wave with G-Dragon, CL, and Diplo, and a healthy dose of heavy dub appeal from the Ragga Twins. Infectiously aggressive yet in touch with its dance-friendly roots, Recess culminated in what many still believe Skrillex’s finest body of work to date.
Now, after a much-deserved year off for his 30th, Skrillex is starting to push the pedal to the floor once again in 2019, and though he’s coyly dismissed rumors of a sophomore album recently, something about this year feels like a full circle return for Sonny Moore. Whether its a full fledged follow up to Recess or not, a trove of new Skrillex music seems like it’s ready to be heard by the world. In the meantime, revisit his beloved debut LP below.