Earlier this week, Ekali announced via social media that his debut Crystal Eyes EP had been finished. Well, fans didn’t have long to wait to hear where the OWSLA mainstay’s sonic sensibilities are at, with the producer sharing a gorgeous vocal track featuring Yuna called “Leaving.” The full EP is set to arrive in full on OWSLA/Big Beat records September 28.
Within seconds, the song opens its arms and invites listeners to immerse themselves in a melodic, radio-ready verse framed by tinkling bells, gentle piano chords, and sweeping strings. As the chorus hits, Ekali enters a laid back drum beat and deep bass line that lean in heavily to the track’s potent escapism. The result is a cut ideal for an emotional set closer that’s equally suited to soundtrack summer sunset drives. Clocking in under three minutes, the song is a short and sweet teaser for now – but bet on the rising producer to keep making noise this year as his latest tour kicks off in LA this October, just after Crystal Eyes is released.
Ekali has been spreading his truth on Twitter. Recently, he spoke out against homophobia, letting his followers know he’s bisexual and to stop the hateful, gay rhetoric. Alison Wonderland, Y2k, Chet Porter, Hotel Garuda responded in support.
Adding to messages that obviously come directly from the producer’s fingertips, Ekali also recently come out with his epileptic phenomena, speaking out against micro-aggressions online on behalf of mental health.
Yes I’m bisexual. Stop leaving hateful gay rhetoric on my content. Thank you.
As his tweets go, so do his thoughts, as the prolific producer tweeted his segue back to what he does for a living. He’s releasing a song next week, perhaps off his upcoming Crystal Eyes EP. The producer from Vancouver, Canada is heading off on a packed North America tour of the same name in October with collaborators 1788-L and SLUMBERJACK.
Anyways.. back to music I’m so excited about this single coming out next week it’s a special ass song
After announcing that he would debut his collaboration with 1788-L at HARD Summer on Twitter, Ekali piloted the promised ID during his set at the festival’s Green Stage on August 5.
The trap oriented number sources its intensity from wallops of potent bass and gritty, grabbing rhythmic halts. Although Ekali did not offer an official release date for the single just yet, the joint project from the Vancouver favorite and 1788-L packs a powerful sonic punch that proves that the collaboration’s formal arrival will be well worth the wait.
While only mid-way through 2018, this has already been a watershed year for Canadian bass producer Ekali. Making milestone stops at EDC Las Vegas and Coachella recently, he has now shared the first tune, “Helios,” off his very first EP.
The song is a joint effort with longtime Alison Wonderland collaborators and fellow Aussies, SLUMBERJACK. The song combines SLUMBERJACK’s multifariously textured sampling and robust trap stamina with Ekali’s affinity for playfulness, inherent in the high-pitched vocal chops. While the drop is characterized by a fervent, machine-like vigor, the interludes carry an almost astral ambiance, wrapped in whimsical melody.
Looking ahead, Ekali is expected to follow up with ample new tunes in the near future, as well as the full scope of his North American tour this fall to accompany the EP.
Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.
In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.
1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”
The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?
One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.
Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.
The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.
5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer
We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.
This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.
Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.
Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.
This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.
Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.
There is no denying Canadian producer Ekali has had a big few years with a sold-out headlining tour and hit collaborations with the likes of ZHU. The producer is back with new music in the form of OWSLA release “Blood Moon,” a collaboration with TYNAN and Hekler.
The track is a cutting bass-trap fusion with commanding drops that will undoubtedly be featured in future festival and club performances. Ekali commented on his Twitter that he considers co-producers TYNAN and Hekler to be some of the most talented up-and-coming bass producers in the scene, and “Blood Moon” certainly speaks to that. Fans who like the song can download it for free via SoundCloud.
EKALI released the fifth episode in his Awakening mix series, getting particularly sentimental in this episode by kicking it off with a tribute remix to Avicii’s “Levels” by Laxcity. This sets the tone and sequence for the rest of the mix, given the major role emotive melodies play throughout the string of songs the OWSLA artist has selected for this edition.
Via Twitter, the Canadian producer expressed his anxieties about the darkness and chaos in his life and the world today. In response to this, Awakening, Vol. 5 was born, telling his fans this mix might be on the sadder side. The 42 minute stream certainly carries a melancholic vibe with beautiful harmonies, hugging synth ambiances, and sultry vocal arrangements. Artists represented on the mix are Droeloe, Kasbo, Mr. Carmack, Two Feet, Louis Futon, Porter Robinson, Illenium, and more.
Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.
The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.
Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.
Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.
As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.
Ekali played to a packed Sahara tent in the middle of the afternoon
As if closing out the Do LaB tent wasn’t enough of an achievement, Ekali’s Sahara tent set was a testament to his massive growth and range as a producer. With over 20,000 in attendance, it’s for certain that Ekali’s destined for a monumental year, and to that, a congratulations is in order.
Was expecting maybe a couple thousand people at Coachella today.. we had over twenty thousand. Not going to get over this for awhile
Party Favor‘s set was filled with surprises. Dropping off a fervent performance with surprises from Tyga, Jamie Foxx, and Rich The Kid, Party Favor saw that things got a even hotter out on the polo fields.
Danish pop artist MØ graduated from her “Lean On” performance two years ago at Coachella with Major Lazer and blew the crowd away with her main stage sunset performance, where she even managed to bring out a few friends along the way. In addition to performing a solo rendition of the Justin Beiber featured “Cold Water,” MØ brought out Charli XCX for “Porsche,” and danced onstage with Diplo for their collaboration “Get It Right.”
Photo Credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella
David Byrne rewrote history
Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne took the stage with a performance of past and present classics in Stop making Sense fashion, even finishing on a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” listing names of black victims of police violence with an absolutely epic drum-heavy rendition.
Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Coachella
Beyoncé took the throne
Queen B delivered. As expected, Beyoncé’s headlining performance was nothing short iconic. Undoubtedly, it’ll go down as one of the greatest Coachella performances in history with Beyoncé standing as the first ever woman of color to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she quixotically squealed, when talking about the phenomena.
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca, Getty Images for Coachella
Moving through her performance with poise, hair flowing, barely seeming to break a sweat, Beyoncé’s energy and the performance’s production proved she’s one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace the stage. The New York Times has even gone so far to call her bigger than Coachella in their latest editorial.
She opened with a performance of “Crazy In Love,” brought out her husband JAY-Z for one of their many collaborations “Déjà Vu,” had her sister Solange come out for “Get Me Bodied,” and then she did the unthinkable. She saved humanity. I mean—and then she reunited Destiny’s Child.
Although rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion have been circulating for months, nothing comes close to the real thing. The trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”
“I was supposed to perform last year but I got pregnant, thank God,” Beyoncé said before closing her set with an a cappella rendition of her uplifting “Love On Top.” “I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me. I want to sing this last song to all my incredible, beautiful fans. Loyal fans. Ride or dies. I love y’all.”
Ekali and Medasin teamed up with Elohim to produce a stunning new original, “Forever.” With heartwarming lyrics, dreamy chord progressions, and relaxed beats, “Forever” is a moving creation with a delicate feel, bound to stir the hearts of listeners across the world.
Elohim’s smooth, airy vocals add a soothing dimension over breathtaking instrumentation, as the renowned artists master a sound that is both uplifting and melodic.
Canadian producer, Ekali, is known for his distinct, harmonic future sound, and has garnered worldwide support for hits such as his mesmerizing collaboration with Zhu, “Blame,” as well as his alluring single, “Past Life.” With innovative American producer, Medasin, the team has engineered a track that will undoubtedly captivate fans upon first listen. Ekali and Elohim are set to make appearances at Coachella this weekend bringing passion into their performances that will surely be full of surprises.