Upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077, scheduled for an April 16 release on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, has generated a large amount of hype due to its star-studded cast. Featuring John Wick actor Keanu Reeves as a main character, the RPG game is set in a dystopian future completely permeated by large corporations, robotics, and futuristic digital technology. As any video game fan knows, the soundtrack is an often-overlooked, yet crucial aspect, of any successful game. Take Grand Theft Auto V for example: the eclectic radio stations made the countless hours driving around Los Santos enjoyable, and kept the game play fresh. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red evidently understands this, as the recently announced soundtrack boasts contributions from major names in the music industry spanning across a myriad of genres.
Cyberpunk 2077’s soundtrack contains original music created specifically for the game from Nina Kraviz, Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Refused, and more. Going beyond the music itself, each contributing artist will voice their own unique fictional character or band in the game itself. This talented and diverse group is certain to breathe life into the dystopian Night City the game takes place in. As part of her collaboration with CD PROJEKT RED, Grimes will make an appearance as well, as Lizzy Wizzy, an ingame character fashioned from her likeness.
Reverberating force in the four-by-four domain and one half of the Skrillex-assisted Dog Blood duo, Boys Noize (Alex Ridha) recently decided to put his dexterous production prowess in full view, taking a strategic step outside of the electronic arena to assist in an auspicious new hip-hop endeavor.
The German Boysnoize Records boss hopped in the studio with A$AP Rocky, to co-produce the latter’s first official output since his highly public incarceration and subsequent assault trial overseas. Championed alongside Puerto Rican sound engineer, Hector Delgado, “Babuskha Boi” was fashioned after Rocky’s affinity for rocking granny-evocative head scarves. The track arrives with a slightly outlandish Dick Tracy-reminiscent visual, tracing a less-than-serious 1930s-era bank heist.
Boys Noize and Skrillex reconvened earlier this year for their first multi-track Dog Blood project since 2014, Turn Off The Lights. He released his last extended solo project in March of last year, Strictly Raw Vol. 2. The producer’s next single with Skrillex, “Midnight Hour,” arrives tomorrow, August 29.
As if more than 130 live performances wasn’t enough, Sónar Festival 2019 recently announced plans for an interactive, 3D experience for this year’s installment. Founded in 1994, the annual Barcelona-based festival is renowned for its unique displays of music, art, and technology. The three-day festival shakes things up with the additions of new features each year, with this go-around proving to be the most innovative edition of Sónar yet.
An enveloping 3D dome that is 19 meters in diameter is being built as part of the festival’s technology-based area known as Sónar+D. The dome will feature interstellar views and interactive audio experiences alike, curated by artists from all over the globe. Electronic artist Holly Herndon, having recently released her PROTO album, will be present alongside partner Mat Dryhurst with a piece called “Chain Opera,” which will combine AI and the human voice.
The full 3D experience is set to last throughout the festival’s entirety. Head here for more info on what Sónar+D has in store this year.
A$AP Rocky dropped a shimmering new single and music video, “Sundress” featuring a sample from Tame Impala‘s powerful,“Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind.” The hip-hop fashionista and trendsetter shows no fear in diving into the experimental realm, combining elements of psychedelic indie rock and rap into his new project. Glittering guitar, jazzy pianos, and the consistent kick of work’s trap rhythms ensnare listeners into its vivid soundscape with zero escape. The New York rapper also sings along with high-pitched vocals from the rock bands lead man, Kevin Parker, adding reminding listeners of his versatility on the vocal side. The music video directed by Frank Lebon jives with Rocky’s tripped-out leanings, reminiscent of his L$D video and newest album, TESTING.
A$AP Mob is back. This time, A$AP Ant and A$AP Rocky connect on a new record titled “Mario Kart.” The freestyle serves as an exclusive to AWGE, Rocky’s creative agency. Its loose flow runs a little over two minutes and sees both artists trading bars over a dark, illuminating production. Save for the very subtle “Mario Kart” aspect, as sound effects of cars speeding on open roads are sprinkled throughout. These accents are a bit difficult to perceive at first, yet add an unmistakable and ironically playful flair to the finished product. Ant shared the cover art to the AR + FRANS/DJ Nick-produced single to his 167K followers on Instagram, crediting Unkle Bernz.
Low End Theory unplugged its sound system for the final time with a packed house on Wednesday, August 8. The bittersweet event brought droves of avid supporters for the send off, and even featured an Odd Future reunion. The closing of LA’s beloved club night went out with a bang, with Tyler, the Creator set to headline. In a twist of sorts, a mini-reunion ensued with Earl Sweatshirt, Syd, Hodgy Beats, and more. The group’s former factotum went on to mention The Airliner, where the beloved experimental hip-hop and electronic club night took place every Wednesday for over a decade, was in fact where Odd Future had their first show.
Oh, and A$AP Rocky showed up too. Low End’s send off was quite the affair. Tyler and Rocky’s club appearance was closely followed by a new drop from the two rappers in the new clip for “See You Again” from 2017’s Flower Boy. Stirring anticipation for a collaborative project between the A$AP Mob and Odd Future frontmen is starting to build, and hopefully it materializes soon.