The mix comes on the heels of Gryffin’s long-awaited debut LP, Gravity, and mid-way through both artists winter tours. Insomniac has a number of events lined up to close out 2019, including their New Year’s Eve countdown in San Bernadino, California.
mau5trap and Insomniac Records—two of the dance music scene’s definitive labels— have come together for a collaborative compilation featuring the freshest waves of talent from both respective rosters. Bursting with darkly satisfying strains of techno, the mau5trap x Insomniac Records album contains 10 tracks selected from a diverse spread of rising and established acts including deadmau5, C.H.A.Y. , Ghost Dance, Kindrid, Sysdemes, Dustycloud, and more.
Since its inception, deadmau5’s label mau5trap has pioneered in its astute eye for the hottest, boundary-pushing electronic talent out there. From its signing of Skrillex back in 2010 to picking up REZZ on the cusp of her breakout in 2016, mau5trap continues to champion some of the most exciting electronic artists in the techno and house spaces.
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With an already laudable list of label stops (i.e. Dirtybird and House Of Hustle) in 2018 under his arm, OMNOM is picking up the pace yet again with his newest Insomniac collab with LA native, Zendlo, “Methane.” The release comes just before the San Franciscan producer makes a sundry of stops on his spooky-certified October/November agenda, which includes HARD Day Of The Dead, Brooklyn’s Warehouse of Horrors, and SCREAM in Edmonton.
“As a DJ, sometimes you need to play a track with bass fat enough to kick the crowd in their chests, but ‘Methane’ is the track you play when you need to kick them in their genitals,” OMNOM says of the rumbling production.
“Methane” sees OMNOM and Zendlo deliver a heady dose of percolating bass lines and off-the-wall vocal cuts, resulting in a house track best suited for dance floors of an extraterrestrial variety. The production includes both eerily ambient and ricocheting, laser-like synth patterns, as the clapping four-on-the-floor beat solidifies its decisive danceability.
Australian bass duo Carmada took a multi-year hiatus, proving absence makes the heart grow fonder once they returned with hit collaboration “Embrace” alongside NGHTMRE and original release, “Ready For It.” The remixes for “Ready For It” are trickling in, including a dubstep rendition via MUST DIE!, but that isn’t stopping the duo from releasing more. They are out with their second single via Insomniac Records this year, this time in the form of catchy collaboration “Lay It Down” alongside famed electronic music collaborator Georgi Kay.
Electrifying synths build to a breaking point, giving way to future bass chords that explode, taking command of the track. Kay’s punching vocals give the chords direction as her angst ups the intensity of the track.
Super duo Carmada has released the official remix package for their latest single “Ready For It,” and Seattle-based dubstep producer MUST DIE! has tried his hand at remixing the track. MUST DIE! ascended into notoriety thanks to a feverish bass community following, and he has continued to manufacture infectious dubstep and bass hits ever since, releasing tracks on the likes of Dim Mak, OWSLA, where his Aussie counterparts also have roots, and now Insomniac Records.
MUST DIE!’s remix of “Ready For It” echoes the original, though suffice it to say the “VIPs” producer does what he does best, kicking his take on Carmada up a notch. Layering in heavy, robotic synths over the track’s drop MUST DIE! lays his transformative spin over the new track, adding another menacing remix to his already blistering catalog.
Self-proclaimed “future-ghetto” producer, Dr. Fresch has released “Fire,” the first track off his forthcoming EP, No Introduction, set for release through Insomniac Records. The producer, real name Tony Fresch, known for his vibrant, ever-changing hair colors and thick-framed glasses, is the creator of the popular mix series, The Prescription, which has featured the likes of Louis The Child, Dustycloud, and Dom Dolla.
“Fire,” in Fresch’s usual fashion, is a volatile, bass heavy track, pledging allegiance to no specific genre, as it bares both house and mid-tempo electro overtones. While “Fire”‘s intricate buildups are engulfed in sweet-sounding bell synths and atmospheric melodies, the drop scorches the listener in sinister reverb and unrelenting bass lines.
Excision‘s Lost Lands just announced the addition of Slander to its 2018 festival lineup, and on cue, Slander have released a new dirty dubstep track with Wavedash titled “Move Back.”
With its hard drops and cutting dubstep chords, the track is sure to be a hit in the bass community, and a feature of Slander’s Lost Lands set. Those who are a fan of the duo’s earlier heavy collaborations with NGHTMRE will certainly be drawn to this new track. Wavedash are quickly ascending into notoriety in the electronic music scene, and they are rumored to have a heavy slate of releases in store for 2018. “Move Back” is out via Insomniac Records.