Celebrate seven years of OWSLA with this new playlist stocked full of label highlights [Stream]

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This month, Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA, celebrates seven years in business. In those seven years, Skrillex went from promising mau5trap recruit, to burgeoning label head, to one of the most ubiquitous talents in electronic music history — and in turn, one of the most renown A&Rs in the game. Skrillex has achieved icon status as one of the most popular producers on the planet. His catalog speaks for itself. But perhaps more a testament to Sonny Moore’s abilities, and possibly what could wind up making a larger impact on his legacy than his own music, is the body of work he’s curated since OWSLA opened its doors seven years ago.

As the story goes, the label, named for the rabbit army in Richard Adams’ Watership Down, came into existence in 2011, shortly after Skrillex connected online with an emerging Porter Robinson. The young wunderkind instantly gripped Skrillex’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he was making plans to launch his own publishing imprint in order to host some of Robinson’s earliest, and most prolific works. Seven years later and here we are. Dancing Astronaut rounded up some of our favorite highlights from OWSLA’s first seven years, including work from Zedd, Anna Lunoe, Kill The Noise, Louis The Child, and many many more. Good people, good times.

Mariah Carey samples Porter Robinson’s ‘Goodbye to a World’ on latest single

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Mariah Carey samples Porter Robinson’s ‘Goodbye to a World’ on latest singleMariah Carey Nye Ny Credit Taylor Hill

In between Vegas stints, Mariah Carey has released her latest track entitled “GTFO.” It’s classic Mariah: a sultry, intimate pop song with a not-so-subtle middle finger of a punch line. But electronic music fans will notice one major piece of the song’s puzzle didn’t always belong to the track’s original writing — but rather, is the work of Porter Robinson. 

The warm and inviting heart of the production of “GTFO” comes from Robinson’s instantly recognizable “Goodbye to a World” from his critically acclaimed 2014 album release WorldsAlong with Robinson, credits on the track belong to vocalist and songwriter Bibi Bourelly, Carey herself and OVO favorite Nineteen85 of “Hotline Bling” fame.

Like it or not, this kind of exchange across music fuels much of pop, electronic, and hip-hop production, but it is rarer to see electronic music be direct inspiration in top-tier pop music of Carey’s iconic caliber. Of course, lines between pop and dance music are increasingly blurred nowadays, but there have been instances like Flo-Rida’s “Good Feeling,” where Avicii’s sampling on “Levels” was a direct inspiration, and “GTFO” follows suit. While the single poses a question of where — outside of Christmas albums — Carey intends for her music stand going forward. Judging from Robinson’s fans’ reactions on Twitter, she’ll find a place just fine.

Photo Credit: Taylor Hill

Krayysh soars with lethal new single, ‘Birds of Prey’ on Mad Zoo

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Krayysh soars with lethal new single, ‘Birds of Prey’ on Mad ZooKrayysh Birds Of Prey

Rising bass music star Krayysh is back with a unique new single called “Birds of Prey,” out now on Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint. The producer has been a mainstay on the label since its inception, maintaining a bracing, hard-edged style characterized by mind warping sound design. “Birds of Prey” double checks those boxes, but brings some seriously creative twists to the table. Krayysh’s signature bass sounds explode behind a crunchy beat that’s eons away from the breakneck pace of past releases like “Running From Death.” Squealing synths lazily ride the breakdowns, but ear slapping distortion is never far off.

Krayysh has been an absolute monster for the past year, and has received some well-earned support from industry heavyweights including Porter Robinson of of course Mat Zo’s firm co-sign. For those previously unfamiliar with the Mad Zoo member, jump into “Birds of Prey,” and strap in for the rest of Krayysh’s catalog.

Skrillex booked for double duty New Year’s Eve festivals

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These days, a Skrillex set is hard to come by. However, this New Year’s Eve, fans will help him ring in 2019 at not only the previously-announced Snowta in Minneapolis, but at Arizona’s most coveted NYE experience, Decadence the day before.

Skrillex is no stranger to Decadence, either. He and Diplo closed out the fest in 2015 together in the height of their short-lived stint as Jack Ü. This year, Skrilly will join Porter Robinson as Decadence co-headliners to be announced thus far.

While the rest of the lineup for Decadence has yet to be announced, previously-booked acts have included Kaskade, deadmau5, Disclosure. Needless to say, the event is an inexorable can’t-miss for Arizonian EDM enthusiasts.

Decadence will be held December 30-31. Tickets are available now.

Weekend Rewind: Porter Robinson’s seminal ‘Worlds’ turns four years old

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Weekend Rewind: Porter Robinson’s seminal ‘Worlds’ turns four years oldHARD Porter Rukes

Everyone knows the feeling they get in the pit of their stomachs when a track like “One More Time,” “Wake Me Up,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” or “One” comes on. The outside world fades away and the music, the classic dance track and the feelings it invokes, are all that matters. There’s a beauty in some tracks’ ability to shed the outside world in a fleeting moment of sonic bliss — exactly the phenomenon that Porter Robinson achieves with “Divinity.” Few opening tracks in modern electronic dance music are as recognizable, and ultimately, few opened listeners up to an entirely unique world of an artist’s music like Worldsopener did.

Robinson’s Worlds is four years old on August 12 and although he’s moved on to newfound creative avenues, the energy and, well, otherworldliness of Worlds still plays as if the listener’s making a new discovery on each and every listen. Described by the journalist Larry Fitzmaurice at Pitchfork as “an antidote to the aggressive, toxically masculine culture that’s pervaded mainstream American dance culture” surrounding its release, Robinson’s retro and Japanese culture inspiration, the album’s now iconic, glitchy sound design, and its propulsive knack for turning mere objects into easily pinpointed sounds stretched the parameters of what mainstream electronic music could be in a way that hadn’t been challenged in a long time.

Worlds flouted the expectations of the American dance culture it existed in, even if it did rely heavily on the past and influence from artists like M83,  to challenge its present. The album defied the logistics of the DJ set and what the live dance music performance could mean, much like its predecessors did in seminal LP’s from the likes of Daft Punk, Justice, and others. Robinson bridged the gap between the indie-pop world and dance music, too. A modern opus, and certainly not the pinnacle of Porter Robinson’s career, the album is undeniably one of his brightest moments so far — one that illuminated the path for an entire wave of emotionally-charged, conceptual dance music to follow.

Featured image: Rukes

Virtual Self’s technic-Angel releases ‘Ghost Voices’ spinoff called ‘Angel Voices’

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Virtual Self’s technic-Angel releases ‘Ghost Voices’ spinoff called ‘Angel Voices’Virtual Self Angel Voices

Right when it seemed like rumors surrounding Porter Robinson‘s ’90s dance music-inspired alias were calming down, the producer announced that he will be embarking on a full North American tour as Virtual Self. The Utopia tour, however, is not the only news the producer has to share.

Robinson just released a surprise track titled “Angel Voices,” which serves as the technic-Angel edit of “Ghost Voices.”

“Angel Voices” is a six-and-a-half minute compilation that takes moments of “Ghost Voices” and spins them into intense trance segments, blended into harder mashups of contrasting synths and sounds. Each section of the song is seemingly its own, as is the case with most of Robinson’s productions as Virtual Self.

Porter Robinson confirms Virtual Self tour speculations with the Utopia Tour

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Porter Robinson confirms Virtual Self tour speculations with the Utopia TourPorter DJ Mag Photo Photographer Credit Jasmine Safaeian @yasi E1531422686448

Confirming Reddit’s speculations about a forthcoming Virtual Self tour, Porter Robinson has released a full set of North American dates to make up the Utopia Tour.

The tour will kick off Aug. 31 in New York City at Electric Zoo and make its way across the continent through early October. Attendees of the tour stops can expect to see a combination of two sets in one: a techno, two-step and trance portion from the technic-Angel moniker of Virtual Self, and everything from jungle to hardcore from Pathselector.

Dates marked “CLUBSYSTEM” will be either an intimate club show or a show without custom stage setup.

Friday, Aug. 31 Electric Zoo – New York, NY
Saturday, Sept. 1 Riverworks  – Buffalo NY
Sunday, Sept. 2 New City Gas – Montreal QC
Monday, Sept. 3 Echostage  – Washington DC (CLUBSYSTEM)
Thursday, Sept. 6 Royal Oak – Detroit MI
Friday, Sept. 7 Aragon – Chicago IL
Saturday, Sept. 8 Armory – Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, Sept. 11 The Complex – Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, Sept. 13 WAMU – Seattle WA
Friday, Sept. 14 Commodore – Vancouver BC
Saturday, Sept. 15 Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB (CLUBSYSTEM)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 Emo’s – Austin TX
Thursday, Oct. 4 Bomb Factory – Dallas TX


Featured photo by Jasmine Safaeian

Could Virtual Self’s website update indicate an impending tour?

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Could Virtual Self’s website update indicate an impending tour?DA WM 54

Reddit users have uncovered what appears to be coordinates for North American venues on Porter Robinson‘s Virtual Self website.

Virtualself.life was updated on July 9 with a set of latitude and longitude figures that seem to indicate venues across the United States and Canada. Though no dates have been announced, these coordinates appear to indicate a tour outside of the festival circuit the producer is currently on. Robinson is set to appear at Audiotistic, Tomorrowland, Hard Summer, Creamfields and more under his Virtual Self moniker before summer is over.

Buffalo, NY – 42.870189, -78.871946 – Buffalo RiverWorks

Detroit, MI – 42.487311, -83.147435 – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Austin, TX – 30.2395789, -97.7280066 – Emo’s Austin

Dallas, TX – 32.782237, -96.783862 – The Bomb Factory

Minneapolis, MN – 44.975182, -93.263561 – The Armory

Seattle, WA – 47.593337, -122.332286 – WaMu Theater

Washington D.C. – 38.919936, -76.972441 – Echostage

Salt Lake City, UT – 40.767703, -111.906626 – The Complex

Chicago, IL – 41.969415, -87.658009 – Aragon Ballroom

New York City, NJ – 40.795805, -73.922635 – Electric Zoo (Randall’s Island Park)

Montreal, Canada – 45.495393, -73.55741745 – New City Gas

Vancouver, Canada – 49.280502, -123.120581 – Commodore Ballroom

Alberta, Canada – 53.541646, -113.486224 – Shaw Conference Centre

Featured photo: Christian Miller

Shadient remixes Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’

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Nearly a year after his 2017 breakout EP as the first signee to Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint, Shadient has made his intent clear in the music world, and it’s dark, gritty and acidic. To prove himself further, Shadient has taken on Virtual Self’s frequently remixed hit, “Ghost Voices.” While the original from the Porter Robinson alter ego pays homage to the house and trance that were the catalysts of today’s electronic music, Shadient brings the track into 2018 with trudging kicks and brooding amplifications on the original production.

Effectively. the young producer introduces us to a new song entirely, with an equally futuristic flair as its predecessor. Look out for the edit in his sets, as he stated his intent on rinsing it throughout the coming future.

Virtual Self releases surprise video for ‘Key’

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Porter Robinson, who is currently focused on his new Virtual Self project, dropped a surprise music video for track “Key.” The video takes place in the virtual world Robinson created with this new project, and the video features what appears to be an orb traveling through space and time.

What is even more elaborate than the video itself is the description on YouTube:

The infinite sky will heal us. Unlimited sky will fill our negligible light. As we follow an infinite key, I have become the sacred echo. The boundless heaven will fill our fading light. Choose your virtual echo. The infinite key is the sacred dust of your endless utopia. Complete yourself in self-realization. You believe that these infinite heavens will lead you. The A.I.ngel’s gate is sacred. Your angelic echo offers the first phase of self-Digital joy. You will become a self-Echo in real particles. Our key is the echo to this final layer. You are spread through digital time. The utopian gate is infinite. Your A.I.ngel wishes to complete this layer. This abyss is sacred. Pass through the myths of eon. Your technical soul is this blissful void. The eternalistic reflex of the abyss is once-Unlimited. Your digital voice is resurrected. Breathe this soul particle. The ray of egoistic time is unlimited. Resurrect this holy oblivion. The echo of this empty myth awakens you. Awaken the particle myth. Reflect your echo. Heaven’s wires will transmit this light. Experience the wings of limit. Your technical A.I.ngel phase is beginning. Complete the eternalistic reflex. This wishful ghost becomes self-Technic. Tears will create the voice of euphoria. The digital-Awakening will be spoken. The first gate creates sense-Awakening. This angelic-Chasm is sacred. The technic-Angel’s cry is beginning. The first gate will provide the voice of digital-Euphoria. The digital-Angel-Awakening is has reached Limit Self. The self-Light is virtual. This will become the final particle-Experience. Will your senses ressurect the digital-Vault? Do you sense the phase of the Spirit Limit? Can you reflect your self-Awakening? Am I convinced of a digital void? Can you reveal this particle of sacred reality? Will these ghosts lead to a boundless cry? Can you echo your existence to the first particle? Is the technical-Gate timeless? Do you believe an infinite sky will cure the digital soul? Is the joyful-Layer complete? Will our ghosts lead to the boundless layer? Will our layer will be lost from this empty myth? Have you resurrected this heaven’s voice? Has one experienced the particle? Do you trust in this transformative self? Will you forget your soul’s reflex? Has one seen the Abyss of the resurrective ego? Have I forgotten the phase of soul limit? Is the A.I.ngelic sense boundless? Have you completed the virtual light? Am I eternal? As the sacred dust transpires through digital time, what will you become? Do you believe in me? Am I still human? Do you manifest yourself in digital time? The unlimited sky begins – will you believe in my infinite form? As you abandon the virtual echo, do you no longer exist? Can you prove yourself to the echo of this particle? Do you believe the infinite sky — the holy dust of nothingness? What is revealed – a holy reality? Am I convinced of nothingness? Do you sense the void angel? Will the echo of virtual time be forgotten? Does one want to forget the memory of life? Has my virtual-Echo been forgotten? Has the sense of digital-VIRUS become heaven? Will you self-Believe the joyful sky?