ODESZA blasted back into focus this fall with the release of the horn-powered cinema that is “Loyal”– but that didn’t stop them reaching back to their 2017 track “Falls” for a grip of remixes by a fittingly star-studded set of names. Originally appearing on the duo’s fourth long player A Moment Apart, the Sasha Sloan-assisted cut was pure ODESZA from start to finish, with echoing vocal cuts and tribal percussion. With six stellar artists on hand to reimagine the song, it’s clear the track is headed for exciting new worlds on a stellar array of remixes.
UK-based trap and hip hop savant TroyBoi is up first with a minimal knocker of a rework, featuring sugary guitar strums and twinkling leads over knocking drums. Australian producer Golden Features swoops in next to dial up a menacing and spacey house take that packs equal punch and ambiance. TOKiMONSTA provides a standout addition by preserving the joy and depth of the original along with an injection of stuttering percussion and driving vocal chops. Ever the wildcard, Kaskade surprises with a majestic trap-infused take that lets the vocals soar over rich electro-tinged pads. Photay keeps the unexpected rolling with a rolling and experimental offering that glitches the original’s vocals into a synth like riff. The Glitch Mob wrap the journey up with their sizzling signature electro, capping off a remix pack that brings the ever expansive emotion of ODESZA into the throes of some of electronic music’s most creative minds.
ODESZA announced earlier this year that they would not return to Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year run of shows at the venue. The news led fans to speculate that the electronic duo could be plotting a momentous event in place of the annual Colorado show, more specifically, a Foreign Family Collective festival. Now, the duo have officially ended the speculation with the announcement of Sundara, set for March 13 – 16, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The label heads, and now festival organizers, are slated to headline the event, along with Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Supporting talent for the inaugural beach festival includes Bob Moses, Tokimonsta, and Golden Features. Each act featured on Sundara’s debut lineup will play two different, unique sets across the three day event.
ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective label claimed an Electric Forest first in 2017 as the imprint hosted its own stage at the Michigan festival, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, and Kasbo. ODESZA enthusiasts reasoned that the launch of a festival-style event would be a logical next step in Foreign Family’s progression, and as ODESZA has confirmed, a Foreign Family festival is now well within fans’ collective ‘line of sight.’
It’s been a while since fans have gotten any remix content from Australian producer Golden Features. In the past, he’s received mass recognition on remixes for Flume and Porter Robinson, but now, he’s taken a stab at ODESZA‘s 2017 hit, “Falls.”
Golden Features takes the dreamy track up a notch, increasing the tempo and adding a house-ready bassline. ODESZA listeners will recognize the original’s vocals, yet in deep, pitched-down fashion to layer over some hard-hitting electronics on the drop.
Golden Features is setting himself up for a strong finish in 2018, as he recently released his long-awaited debut album SECT, which includes previous hit singles “Falling Out” and “Always.” He’ll also support k?d for a string of west coast dates on the breakout producer’s Find Paradise tour.
An unrestrained rawness of expression and an accompanying uplifting sentimentality likens some of the staples of ODESZA and Kaskade‘s respective catalogs. Despite the poignant emotionality that pervades both artists’ music, both ODESZA and Kaskade succeed in their shared ability to sheathe even the most achingly confessional production in optimism. Fans of the electronic titans need look no further for an example than Kaskade’s newly released remix of “Falls,” a constituent of ODESZA’s 2017 album, A Moment Apart. Kaskade listeners will recognize the featured vocals as those belonging to none other than Sasha Sloan, memorable for her work on Kaskade’s 2015 Automatic inclusion, “Phoenix.”
Kaskade’s take on the A Moment Apart track listing initially surfaced in several live Kaskade sets, but now gains a full-fledged, mastered release. Kaskade makes minimal but impactful alterations to ODESZA’s evocative original, beginning with the isolation of Sloan’s vocal during the remix’s first few seconds. Whereas ODESZA opt for a melodic breakdown that melds and twists harmonized vocal cuts, Kaskade leans in a more ascendant direction. Kaskade follows the climbing soprano bent of Sloan’s vocal at the song’s hook with mounting synth work that extends the hook’s higher pitch, making for a resplendent re-envisioning of ODESZA’s track.
Another National Voter Registration Day has come and gone in the US. This year, a sundry of the electronic circuit’s top-drawer DJs and producers observed the holiday, which falls on the fourth Tuesday of every September, by encouraging their own constituents (listeners) to exercise their right to vote.
With a number of high-stakes US Congressional seats up for grabs this year in the often overlooked mid-term elections, artists like ODESZA, Moby, Bassnectar, and Kill The Noise took to Twitter to acknowledge what’s at stake. This year, registering is easier than ever, with not only Google, but social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit helping to streamline the process by hosting registration links in various sections of their respective interfaces. So whether you’re a hardcore rail-rider or a laid-back electronica enthusiast, electronic lovers of all shapes and sizes can and should employ their ability to have a say in government.
Fans at ODESZA‘s Life is Beautiful set got a reminder that life is also dangerous when a stage mishap sent a firework into the crowd, injuring two attendees. The duo was in the midst of the usual set pyrotechnics on Sept. 23 at the Las Vegas fest, when a firework toppled due to an equipment malfunction.
Videos taken of the accident show fans screaming as the rogue firework goes off. Both fans thankfully suffered only minor injuries, despite one person being hit in the stomach and the other in the eye, law enforcement told TMZ. ODESZA has yet to comment on the situation, but a rep from Life is Beautiful confirmed police reports.
Originally debuted in 2015, ODESZA‘s trap-leaning “Loyal” ceases to revel in its unreleased glory, and instead enjoys a long delayed and highly anticipated formal release. A celebrated sonic staple of ODESZA sets, “Loyal” saw heavy circulation in the performances that have taken place in the three years following the electronic duo’s initial unveiling of the bass punctuated production. ODESZA fans clamored for a studio version of “Loyal” with increased fervor after the track surfaced in Seattle duo’s headlining appearance at Coachella 2018, after a fan captured and uploaded a live clip of the elusive bass cut to YouTube.
The In Return producers teased the surprise arrival of the studio rendition in a short video upload to Instagram that honed into a television, the song’s title emblazoned on the screen. The live opus rounds together booming drum and horn arrangements into a cinematic hair-raiser that recalls a heavily percussive trap format similar to earlier RL Grime products and cuts from TNGHT. To say that the early ODESZA favorite has aged well is an understatement, and as “Loyal” makes its mastered debut, the song’s official release must, for fans, feel much like welcoming home a friend.
ODESZA is joined by their creative directors, Luke Tanaka and Sean Kusanagi, in a mini-documentary that puts their 2018 Coachella pre-production under the microscope. In the video the team endeavored to convey visually the intricate narrative inherent in ODESZA’s latest album, A Moment Apart. In line with the astral sonic quality of the album, Tanaka says he set out designing the visuals for the performance so that “each song is kind of like its own world or planet that you’re landing on.”
While the ODESZA boys admitted they had a “mini panic attack” after securing the highly-coveted spot due to the gravity and sheer size of the Coachella stage setup, they maintained their faith in their creative directors. Kusanagi, specifically, emphasizes the importance of trust and meticulousness in executing a stellar performance.
“Trust is all in the details and making sure everything is coordinated perfectly down to the microsecond of when a light turns on and a drummer is in his position,” Kusangi says. “All those things, when you add them together, hopefully you’ll see the bigger picture.”
Milwaukee’s The Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-headed JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following.
The event will also house some haunting new local talent, including trap guru, Crystal Knives, and bone-chilling bass duo, RCKT PWR. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station. Tickets are on sale now here.
After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.
The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,
“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”
Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.