Skrillex‘s OWSLA label blows out the candles celebrating seven years this month, and if the collective’s seventh anniversary is expected to impart any luck, then new Skrillex music might be on the way — and sooner than fans expect. Venerated audio engineer Randy Urbanski, whose credits include Skrillex, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, took to social media to pay tribute to OWSLA in a way that may have implied that Skrillex is eyeing his impending return to the release ring, perhaps as early as October, 2018. Urbanksi included an image of Skrillex performing at XS in 2015 and captioned the visual with a particularly cryptic caption.
“Time flies when you’re having fun. And this year was slow. Can’t wait till this guy is back changing the game next month.”
Fans will remember Diplo spilling the beans on a new record in the works from the OWSLA head honcho earlier this year. Beyond that, the “Parachute” producer’s recent bookings at New Year’s Eve events, Snowta and Decadence, and an annual trip to Burning Man, signal the producer’s return to the festival circuit, a comeback that would naturally coincide with the release of new music, perhaps even a fleshed out project. For now, it seems the waiting game may be nearing an end though.
Jeffrey Sutorius, former member of Dutch trance group Dash Berlin, has announced that he will continue performing under his own name, with his first set dates arriving in October. The statement helps bring clarity to the group’s ongoing legal battle, at least in terms of future music and touring plans. Since first announcing his split from Dash Berlin’s resident producers and agents (Eelke Kalberg, Sebastiaan Molijn, and Erick van der Kleij ) in June citing “mismanagement,” Sutorius has received support from all angles. Both fans and industry professionals alike had expressed hope that the DJ would elect to continue performing. There’s currently no word as to whether or not the DJ will be granted the ability to perform under the Dash Berlin name in the future.
When news of the split went public earlier this summer, Sutorius was reportedly suffering from health concerns. Since then, he has taken the bulk of the summer to rest and plan the next steps of his career and future. The news that the DJ plans to perform under his own name is the best-case scenario for fans of his Dash Berlin project, which spawned massive hits like “Here Tonight” and “Till The Sky Falls Down.” Sutorius stated in a press release that the events of the past year have been the catalyst for fresh ideas, with a release date for new music on the hear horizon.
“Yes, absolutely, Swedish House Mafia is back. Now during summer everyone is traveling a lot, but we’ve entered the studio. I can’t really say much more, but we’ve decided that: ‘Here we go.’”
During the trio’s comeback performance earlier this year, fans had already spotted unidentified originals placed throughout the set — perhaps a fully fleshed-out Swedish House Mafia release is also underway in 2019.
Skrillex returned to the festival circuit recently, taking on Japan’s Fuji Rock with a widely acclaimed hiatus-ending performance. Warming an enormous crowd for Kendrick Lamar’s headlining slot, Skrillex’s set came littered with personal edits, mash-ups, newer material, canonized Skrillex classics, and best of all — a handful of brand new, yet-to-be-identified burners. While nearly everyone, from Fuji Rockers in Japan to eager viewers and listeners across the world, were just enamored to see the OWSLA honcho’s first main stage DJ set of the year, one onlooker in particular — Josh Pan — had their mind set on what’s coming next. The proverbial “soon” passed around by Skrillex fans seems to be closer than anyone thought, and those unidentified new tracks may be getting their names in the very near future.
In a social media post, in which Pan confirms new music of his own, the young experimentalist couldn’t help but share some words of endearment about his label head, though some key words in his post jump right off the screen,
“We’re both about to put out some crazy music this year. He’s back!!!!”
This year. He’s back.
It has been four years since Moore’s seminal studio debut, Recess, and it didn’t take long for fans to start calling for more. And while the former screamo frontman has delivered a steady stream of material in the last near half decade since his first LP, we haven’t been treated to a cohesive body of Skrillex work like Recess since. As it goes, earlier this year Diplo confirmed Jack Ü could once again return, though only after Skrillex finishes a full-length project he’s working on. We can take Diplo’s words at face value, though without any concrete details, the story behind Skrillex’s sophomore LP remains unsubstantiated. Now, with Josh Pan’s keen choice of words, it looks like “soon,” may finally have an expiration date.
From the looks of his Instagram, Kaytranada is sitting on some new material. In fact, in a recent stint the funk-steeped Montreal-based producer shared a snippet of new music that’s he’s “obsessed” with, which leads us to believe he’s working in tandem with quite a bit of material.
After his spectacular debut album, 99.9%, was released in 2016, Kaytranada’s delivered a few singles out into the world, including the funk-filled “Roll (Burbank Funk)” Internet remix, though a full-length follow-up album has yet to be discussed.
Though the new video of probable music is short, it gives a good idea of the warm, jovial tunes he could be cooking up.
Beyond Flying Lotus‘ self-directed horror film and those controversial statements he made in support of The Gaslamp Killer, the Brainfeeder boss has been relatively quiet in terms of music-making. The consul of the LA beat scene has broken the music silence to announce new music is on its way.
FlyLo (aka Steven Ellison) has now released a trippy, retro-inspired music video for his new track, “Post Requisite,” along with a caption reading, “Flying Lotus is currently finishing his next studio album on Warp.” Fans haven’t seen new music from the Brainfeeder boss since his 2014 You’re Dead LP.
Dance music’s big cheese has a new song on the way.
The second half of deadmau5‘s ‘lots of shows in a row’ initiative landed the producer at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater yesterday evening. Loading some of the largest hits from his library on the decks, deadmau5 catered to the crowd by playing his classics, but didn’t hesitate to incorporate some of his latest work, debuting a brand new track from his Cube 2.1. Deadmau5 did not share the song’s title, rendering the release mysterious in its name and impending release date, but a fan’s video of deadmau5’s latest offers a preview of the track that should effectively satisfy fans until the song officially drops.
Stephen Colbert is a big Chance The Rapper fan, and rightfully so. The Chicago activist has joined the television host at the Emmy Awards in 2017, performed a triumphant “Show Me Love” with Skrillex and Hundred Waters, as well as the debut of his Coloring Book hit single “Angels” on The Late Show. For his latest appearance on the show, Chano delivered a brand new, yet to be named piece alongside Canadian R&B standout Daniel Caesar.
In the same spirit as poetic pieces like his “Blessings” reprise and “The Other Side,” Chance gently crooned three new verses into the microphone, premiering an uplifting number marked by his characteristically nimble, inventive lyrical hopskotch. Chance admits to Colbert that the tune was written in a matter of days, also revealing that he’s been spending time in the studio at work on, “cooking up some yammers.”
This year has found Chance in the studio with Anderson .Paak, Future, and a rumored mixtape with Donald Glover might even be in the works too. Tempered with sweet new hymns like this, and Chance may have another Grammy-bound record on the way.
KSHMR may be a California native, but if his own label Dharma Worldwide doesn’t already serve as some indication, his sweeping global influence certainly does. Rising as one of the most impenetrable forces in electronic dance music worldwide, KSHMR has consistently been releasing a steady slew of hits this summer, including his Materia EP via his self-managed imprint. Today the “Kolkata” producer is expanding his breadth by way of seven brand new culturally-oriented mash-ups, each of the new cuts paying homage to a particular Spanish-speaking country.
Mezclas, as the series is titled, includes seven mash-ups honoring Chile, Peru, Spain, Mexico, and Paraguay respectively. The tracks themselves are all mixes of either the country’s anthem or national pride songs under KSHMR’s production flair. Adding themselves to a seemingly endless and continuously expanding bag of tricks, Mezclas furthers KSHMR’s repertoire in a righteous fashion. Listen below
Dr. Fresch finally released a track we have been hearing in his sets throughout the summer, dubbed “Roll it Up.” Fresch posted the song as a free download on Soundcloud, and wrote that he took influences from UK Bassline House, G-House, and Funky Swervin Booty Ghetto Tech when forming the track’s bass-y sound. While we have never heard of the genre “Funky swervin booty ghetto tech,” Dr. Fresch’s newest release proves this new “genre” is one worth listening to.
In addition to the new song release and thanks to the positive reception of ‘Roll it Up,’ Dr. Fresch took to Twitter to tell fans that he will be finishing three collaborations and another solo song this week, and that fans should expect new music soon.