Hundred Waters share pensive new ballad, hint at possible hiatus in new mini-documentary

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Hundred Waters have shared their first new music since last year’s Communicating LP, which found the band taking a deep dive into the intimate nature of their creation method and the struggle each of their personal connections to one another have endured as the band has evolved over the years. Now, the OWSLA-signed synth-folk trio has dropped off a new single, “Mushroom Cloud,” which was derived from the same studio sessions that led to their most recent album. The ballad is carried by weighty, melancholic piano chords and lead singer Nicole Miglis’ raw, expressive vocalizing, culminating into a cloud of textured white noise — appropriately setting the tone for the accompanying Communicating mini-documentary.

Releasing the new tour documentary between the band’s two Coachella appearances, and just a month ahead of their fifth annual FORM event, Communicating largely explores the six-year relationship between Miglis and her band mate and boyfriend Trayer Tryon. The relationship appears to be deteriorating as the band prepares to embark on a three-month road trip, with Tryon suggesting that Hundred Waters may even dissolve as a result upon their return home. Interestingly, the mini-doc is shot through a keyhole perspective, suggesting there’s more to the story than what meets the eye. And while Miglis, Tryon, and drummer Zach Tetreault have created a catalog of beautifully haunting electro-folk masterworks together at the expense of their now-strained relationships, perhaps Hundred Waters’ incredibly special run may sadly be nearing the end of its course.

Team EZY puts colorful spin on Skrillex & Poo Bear’s ‘Would You Ever’

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Team EZY just released a remix of the Poo Bear-assisted Skrillex record, “Would You Ever.” With an effervescent approach and futuristic special effects, Team EZY adds a splash of color to the 2017 track.

Team EZY and Skrillex also collaborated on the 2016 track “Pretty Bye Bye” featuring NJOMZA, and the artist has even worked in the A&R division of Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Judging by the merits of this track, hopefully, it won’t be the last of their work together either.

Photo Credit: Liam Underwood

Tennyson share vibrant new visuals for ‘Cry Bird’

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After the release of their EP, Uh Oh!, and the conclusion of their second headlining tour, Canadian sibling duo Tennyson shared a new visual for “Cry Bird,” out now via OWSLA.

Using quippy CGI to illustrate the playful world the two have created, they unleash the second visual inspired by the song, following an animated reproduction of Luke and Tess’ dance moves put together through a collaboration of their fans.

“Cry Bird” is an off-kilter breed of electro-pop that is both catchy and daringly experimental, which plays off the use of everyday sounds, and equally assures Tennyson’s an act electronica fans ought to keep an eye on.

Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen

LAXX unveils track ‘Join Me’ featuring Dion Timmer in anticipation of forthcoming album [Q&A]

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UK-born DJ/producer LAXX (aka James Churchill) gears up for his forthcoming debut album with the release of “Join Me,” featuring Amsterdam-native Dion Timmer. Churchill, who’s gone from creating original film soundtracks to producing hard-hitting bass music and remixing for some of the best in the game — including Jauz and Slander — decided to team-up with the Excision favorite to hype up his very first artist album.

Timmer, who’s had a knack for dubstep since the age of 10, saw his career sky-rocket at the age of 16, with releases off Monstercat, an approved remix for Skrillex‘s OWSLA imprint, and more. After catching the attention of bass-head legend Excision, along with a few explosive collaborations and a debut EP, Timmer is now set for a massive 2018, already embarking on “The Paradox” tour alongside Excision with dates booked through March.

In light of the release, DA sat down with Timmer to discuss the new single, his growing career and plans for 2018:

Hey Dion! Thanks for hanging with us for a bit. Let’s start off by talking the new release…how did you and LAXX link up for this?
Whats up! Me and Jamie have been good friends for a while and we’ve been working on this tune for a good while as well. It started out with a demo I sent him a while ago. He revamped it and made a drop for it and we finished it off going back and forth.

What went into the creation process? Did LAXX’s focus on Internet culture for the upcoming album play a big role?
The creation process really links with the theme of the album; we have never sat in a studio together. The entire tune was made by sending each other bits and pieces over this year.

We were listening to some of your releases over the past year (the ‘Textacy’ EP in particular). It seems like you dabble into electro/house on tracks like “Textacy” and “Cyan” with The Arcturians. Other than your signature hard-hitting bass sound, is there any genre you’ve been trying/would like to experiment with a bit more?
I’m definitely looking into doing a drum and bass/halftime tune.. really love those vibes.

Growing up in the Netherlands, what was the music scene like for you and what were you listening to?
I grew up listening to a lot of Eurobeat and happy rave stuff. The Dubstep stuff started to catch my attention around 2012.

You’re still young in your career, now touring around with Dubstep legend Excision with some great years ahead of you…Where do you think the dance music scene is headed and what do you hope to accomplish this year?
I feel like dance music is pushing itself into the mainstream right now.. I’m definitely trying to push out this new stream of unique material I’ve been working on.

Laxx’s debut album Fake Friends will be available to stream on February 2nd. Click here for the Spotify pre-save.

Jennifer Lopez unveils Skrillex collaboration at recent performance

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Last year, rumors surfaced that Skrillex may be working with Jennifer Lopez after photos of the pop icon, Colombian hit maker J Balvin, and the OWSLA head honcho appeared on social media. Now it appears their collaboration has materialized, as concert goers in attendance at Calibash 2018 in Los Angeles were treated to the untitled track’s live debut during Lopez’ recent headlining set.

Lopez’ performance opened with an obligatory “Jenny From The Block,” though it wasn’t long until she was onto premiering new joint material made with LA’s favorite son that was a far cry from her 2002 sound, shouting out “her boy” Skrillex and priming fans to look for an accompanying remix of the new song as well.

Amidst a historic pop production tear that’s included Fifth Harmony, Poo Bear, Ty Dolla $ign in 2017, Skrillex has officially added JLo to his collaboration ranks with a new crossover cut marked by his now characteristically buoyant, sun-drenched island-inspired pop fare.

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Snails finally drops long-awaited ‘Break It Down’ along with wild music video

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Back in 2015, French-Canadian bass maestro Snails was a featured guest on an episode of Skrillex‘s OWSLA Radio residency on Apple Music. Between bouts of friendly banter, the superstar DJs showcased two hours worth of tracks in their personal rotations, even going as far as previewing unreleased selects over the air for each other. One such track from Snails, affectionately nicknamed “Squishy Riddim” by Skrillex, is now finally getting an official release as “Break It Down,” on OWSLA, and while Skrill’s unofficial title didn’t stick, it still gave an accurate representation of what the listener is in for.

While the track hasn’t changed much since its infancy, the final product, which also features Space Laces and Sam King, comes with a striking new music video, serving as the follow up to Snails and Botnek‘s previously released “Waffle House” video. The accompanying feature, by Spanish filmmaker Ernest Desumbila, matches the track’s high octane kick with an animated 80’s-inspired sci-fi thrill ride which perfectly complements Snails’ belly-churning production style.

 

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Ekali and Zhu team up for stunning new release ‘Blame’ [Free Download]

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2017’s holiday season is a gift that keeps on giving. OWSLA announced on Twitter that Ekali and ZHU’s long awaited collaboration has not only been released, but it is available for free download.

The track, titled “Blame,” opens with characteristically ZHU vocals and pulsing synths as accents. An elaborate collection of chords roll into a delicate yet commanding drop taking the listener through a sonic journey. “Blame” is an interesting combination of low and high energy moments leaving the listener both soothed and energized after the tracks closing chord.

Ekali originally premiered the track at Life is Beautiful and later confirmed on Reddit that it was indeed a collaboration between him and ZHU. The track was released just as the Canadian producer’s Babylon tour has come to an end. Meanwhile, Zhu has been busy working on his collaboration with Adidas.

 

 

 

 

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Hundred Waters announce fifth annual FORM Arcosanti

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Hundred Waters made a radical statement about the typical festival model with the launch of their FORM event series, now gearing up for its fifth annual installment. Hosted in Arizona at an artistic micro-community known as Arcosanti, the event’s curators have refined an entirely unique festival experience since 2014 that breaks down the artist-attendee barriers of a normal music event, and envelops all participants under the tightly-knit umbrella of artistry and social discourse for what is has become one of the most absorbing events of the year. Last year, the event grew to over 1,200 attendees and brought the likes of Skrillex, Solange, James Blake, and S U R V I V E to the high Arizona desert. In 2018 Hundred Waters and company will return to Arcosanti, officially announcing FORM with a new trailer ahead of next year’s event.

FORM is slated to run May 11 – 13, 2018 at Arcosanti with Hundred Waters returning for programming and curation duties. Past lineups have brought a spectrum-covering range of performers to the incredibly intimate camping venue, from Bonobo to Thundercat, Tokimonsta to Father John Misty. Details on this year’s lineup are still under wraps, but the OWSLA trio are likely to bring another diverse cast of friends along for FORM’s fifth edition.

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Hundred Waters share striking new music video for ‘Wave To Anchor’

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Earlier this year, OWSLA‘s electronic folk tro, Hundred Waters shared their third studio album, Communicating. The album reflected a period of change and growth for the group, and resonated as a closely personal account of the journey between the band’s sophomore record and their 2017 follow up. Now, as the year draws to a close, Hundred Waters offer an additional piece to the album by way of a new music video for “Wave To Anchor.”

Bright and upbeat, the tune features frontwoman Nicole Miglis’ whispering vocal work over a jubilant, fluttering break. Filmed entirely on location, the new music video for “Wave To Anchor” juxtaposes Miglis’ vivacious presence against a backdrop in the villages of Bulgaria, making for a visually striking accompaniment to one of Communicating‘s standout pieces.

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Gift Guide: 10 artist merch items perfect for holiday gifting

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10 Artist Merch Items perfect for Holiday Gifting

 

Each year hundreds of artists go above and beyond in their merch releases, putting in creative efforts that offer their fans the opportunity to show their love in a vast variety of ways.

This gift guide celebrates the unmissable, unique merch of 2017. From ‘Tweeter paper’ to a limited-run comic book, this complete collection of product prowess is the perfect place to finish out the Holiday gifting. And while there’s sadly no longer an opportunity to “Have Dillion Francis Babysit Your Kid” or buy Diplo‘s limited-run “Cowboy” shirt, we’ve gathered an impressive merch array sure to bring plenty Holiday cheer.

Words by Grace Fleisher

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Daft Punk Robot Helmet Ring

 

Robot rock? No — but a robot ring might do. The GM08 Helmet Ring is the only ring left in stock, but be sure to snag this sterling silver keepsake sure to withstand the most alive of raves.

Purchase here

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Malaa Mask

 

Who is Malaa? With this signature balaclava, it could be you.

Purchase here

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OWSLA No. 2 Mystery Gift Box

 

With three t-shirts, one fleece, two hats, and one accessory, OWSLA’s No. 2 mystery gift box — or the other two available options — is surely the No. 1 gift for the OWSLA lover in your life.

Purchase here

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Lane 8 Long Sleeve

 

2018 will be Lane 8’s year. Daniel Goldstein’s releasing his second studio album in mid-January and this delightful floral graphic arrives just in time for the highly-anticipated release.

Purchase here

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Mija’s FK A GENRE RIP GENRE TEE

 

Mija’s ‘FK A GENRE’ ethos has taken the EDM world by storm. She’s got a DIY-punk-rock mentality and the sick merch to match.

Purchase here

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Claude VonStroke Jenny Necklace

 

We really can’t think of a better way to rep the Dirtybird daddy than this VonStroke ‘Jenny’ necklace.

Purchase here

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Kill The Noise Tweeter Paper

 

Freshin’ up AND read some tweets with your very own Kill The Noise ‘Tweeter Paper.’

Purchase here

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Frank Ocean Endless Vinyl

 

Our love for Frank Ocean is Endless. Celebrate this year’s slew of satisfying surprises with this exclusive vinyl.

Purchase here

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(All of) Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Merch

 

Kung Fu Kenny undebatably dropped the hottest tour merch of 2017. It’s had us saying DAMN. all year… so get it before it’s too late.

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REZZ’s Mass Manipulation Comic Book

 

REZZ’s 60-page psychedelic comic book is the most artistically sound, unique merch release of 2017. Not only is it true to her vision, it cements both her poised takeover of music and Planet Earth alike.

Purchase here