Earlier this year, What So Not released his watershed debut album, Not All The Beautiful Things, featuring a number of supreme collaborators such as Skrillex, San Holo, Rome Fortune, SLUMBERJACK, and more. Soon after, he kept the brilliance breathing, releasing a four-track remix pack with Volac, Kaz James, and ZEKE BEATS of the third single off the album, “Beautiful.”
Now, the Australian solo act has unleashed an 11-track remix compilation album with additional reworks from Kidswaste, 12th Planet, AC Slater, Daktyl, graves, as well as a wealth of up-and-coming producers in the electronic space. From bass music to melodic pop to house to psy-trance, this project profoundly reflects What So Not’s versatility since the project’s inception when Flume was in the picture.
The singles tapped for makeovers include “Goh” with Skrillex and KLP, “Stuck In Orbit” with BUOY, “If You Only Knew” with San Holo and Daniel Johns, and again “Beautiful” with Winona Oak. Some of the highlights off the project include glittering guitar melodies on Kidwaste’s rendition of “Stuck In Orbit,” Champagne Drip‘s contrast between celestial and earth-rumbling grittiness on “Goh,” Yvng Jalapeño‘s jungle-infused “Beautiful,” and 12th Planet’s mellifluously heavy version of “If You Only Knew.”
It’s not at all hard to fathom why uncommonly colorful producer and bitbird label-head San Holo plucked a young Duskus from the monotonous slew of SoundCloud producers and designated him his very first bitbird signee back in 2014. The London-stationed Duskus’s vivid, vivacious sound echoes a similar celestial center to that of his esteemed bitbird boss.
Duskus’s latest release, “Longtime,” released through his own Kaleido (think kaleidoscope) imprint, manifests his signature sound design: equal parts serenity and benevolent drive. A twinkling synth melody permeates throughout the track, simulating a star-sprinkled night sky. Meanwhile, ripply vocal chops and brimming bass kicks penetrate the otherwise delicate foundation, allowing for a bountiful and compelling sonic landscape.
In 2014, a then-teenage Duskus’s “The First Route” served as the very first bitbird-housed release, paving the way for the technicolor assortment of talent Holo harnessed soon thereafter. Still early on in his flourishing career, Duskus has also secured auspicious releases through Monstercat and Buygore, to name a few.
San Holo has released the fourth episode of his album1 documentary, highlighting more behind-the-scenes footage from writing “surface” with Caspian in the bitbird label boss’ Vestal Avenue Airbnb. During San Holo’s narrative moment, he dives into praising his collaborator, the guitarist from Caspian, mentioning his amazing instrumental, post-rock style. Ambient guitar flutters over instrumentals throughout the video, flashing sticker visuals of the forward-thinking bitbird imprint as the two stay deep in thought about each and every part of the composition.
In the first episode, San Holo gave viewers a look at what his debut album means to him. The second episode features The Nicholas, who co-wrote “voices in my head” off album1, and is meant to showcase collaboration and friendship. The third episode highlighted the making-of “brighter days” off the album. Watching the collaborative process with moments of San Holo listening by himself creates authentic in-studio moments valuable for any budding artist.
Nearly six months after celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary, Ultra Miami has unveiled its exultant recap of the historic weekend surely no attendee has forgotten (at least not deliberately). The short picture boasts its seemingly endless stream of EDM hall of famers, including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens, and Dash Berlin: a mere fraction of the 2018 roster.
Inundated by glistening bikini bods, a thundering mass of pyrotechnics, and a kaleidoscopic sea of swirling artist emblems, the video may appear hyperbolic, albeit, only to those who have never had the chance to attend. The recap illustrates the round-the-clock celebratory nature of the fest, shifting from day to night with no loss of vigor, mirroring that of the perpetually enthused, perma-smile patrons. Additionally, those Ultra attendees brandish not only a full spectrum of artist memorabilia, but national flags from all ends of the universe, solidifying the festival’s overwhelming scope of attraction. Even Will Smith can be seen taking the sparkling city up on his eternal “Welcome To Miami.”
After months of buildup, the wait for San Holo‘s highly anticipated debut album is finally almost over. In the days leading up to the release, the bitbird label boss has been piecing out tracks from the LP, with the most recent being a melancholic collab with Duskus called “Forever Free.” With just a short work week between music fans and the first-ever San Holo album, the artist has shared what could be his emotional track yet: a majestic collaboration with Massachusetts-based post-rock band Caspian titled “surface.”
The song begins in a bed of pillowy synths and Caspian vocals that delivers major Porter RobinsonWorlds-esque sonic flavor. Robotic harmonies flow into a detuned lead line that instills an instant sense of longing in the listener. The build erupts into a San Holo-helmed drop, combining arena rock drums with a wall of elevating pads and vocal textures. The song pauses momentarily on a delicate breakdown of acoustic guitar and sweeping strings, before the epic chorus begins again. The collaboration brings the best out of both artists, and promises a project bursting with creativity and emotion when San Holo’s album1 drops in full Friday, Sept. 21.
San Holo represents all that is airy and luminous within the electronic circuit, with indelible tracks like “Light” and “We Rise” succeeding in nestling listeners atop his effervescent cloud of sonic serenity. Simply because fans can always find Holo where the light is (John Mayer patrons, interpret as you will) doesn’t mean the Dutch producer can’t be forceful. His latest, featuring Duskus, “forever free,” is less like a lullaby and more like a house-driven journey through an enchanted wood.
Set for a September 21 release date on his self-housed bitbird label, Holo’s forthcoming album1 will include “forever free,” as well as the menagerie of other tracks he’s rolled out in anticipation for the new project. The new technicolor track turns a somehow soothingly driving kaleidoscope before the listener’s unsuspecting eye, patiently leading into the fervent chorus with wispy guitar plucks and halcyon, pitch-distorted vocal chops. “forever free” is a dance party in the trees beyond earth’s periphery.
As San Holo gears up to release his long-anticipated debut LP, album1, the future bass star dropped off a fresh mini mix to prime ears for the album’s landing. The video sees the producer rip through hits including “We Rise” and an epic remix of “Light” courtesy of bitbird label mate EASTGHOST. As expected, there are also tasty IDs to be discovered amongst the fan favorites as well.
With previously released album singles “Brighter Days” representing big in the set alongside the artist’s classics, the set is the latest clue that album1 has the potential makings of a future bass opus. On top of the September 21 album drop, San Holo is set to crush Red Rocks alongside Big Gigantic and DROELOE, dazzle crowds at Austin City Limits festival, and hit cities across North America on an extensive fall tour. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say San Holo season is just getting started.
San Holo has announced juicy details of his long-awaited debut album, giving the project an official September 21 release date and a full track list. Fittingly titled album1, the LP will alive via the prolific producer’s own bitbird imprint. The lo-fi bass don earned a loyal following on the strength of lush and melodic hits like “Light” and “We Rise,” as well as a label fanbase thirsty for the latest carefully curated talent. A years-in-the-making San Holo full-length vision with complete creative freedom is a tantalizing prospect. Recently shared singles including the post-rock flirtations of “Wonder,” and the breezy stylings of “brighter days” promise a diverse journey of moods and genre blending spanning the entirety of San Holo’s sonic universe.
As the producer prepares to embark on a heavy fall touring schedule to support the upcoming debut, he took a moment to share the personal importance of the project with fans.
“For the last year my life has revolved around writing and producing my debut album,” said San Holo via Twitter. “I’m so happy I get to finally share it with all of you.”
The shared track list promises 12 songs, including features from Duskus and indie rock stalwarts Caspian. Experience the album in person when the artist’s North American fall tour kicks off October 31.
it’s time! for the last year my life has revolved around writing and producing my debut album. im so happy i get to finally share it with all of you
Almost anywhere can prove be a creative recording space. Ever wonder what it was like to record in an Airbnb? Get a behind-the-scenes look on that experience in the new lyric video for San Holo‘s latest single “brighter days” featuring English vocalist Bipolar Sunshine. The video includes footage of San Holo’s instrumental/production elements in real time as well as some vocal takes from Sunshine, with an added retro filter for effect. Yet, at the end of the day, it’s really showcasing two friends just hanging out, having fun, and making music — a concept that’s often over-looked in the recording process. To give the video some context, San Holo had some remarks in its description,
“One of my favorite parts about writing album1 was being able to invite friends and all kinds of musicians over to my Airbnb at Vestal Avenue. Bipolar Sunshine was one of the people that stopped by. We wrote and recorded the whole song in two sessions.”
Look out for the Dutch producer’s upcoming record album1, which will be accompanied by an impending tour of the same name to cap off 2018.
San Holo has teamed up with Bipolar Sunshine on his latest for some minimalist magic on “brighter days.” The track arrives via San Holo’s own Bitbird imprint, with airy vocal textures and wistful low-fi production that perfectly soundtracks that bittersweet late summer feeling. The single is one of just a handful of new originals from the “Light” producer since his 2017 EP The Trip, as he ramps up promotion for his impending new LP, album1.
The song sees San Holo exercise a deft and delicate touch from the opening notes. Bipolar Sunshine knows his way around an electronic track, with past features on releases from Lane 8 and DJ Snake. His voice is the perfect costar to San Holo’s vibrant, relaxed production. Unlike past hits from the producer, the track offers no blasting sub or trap-influenced drop in a welcomed stylistic switch up. Vocal chops and warm 808s pack weight, without edge or aggression. When the rounded and echoing melody gives way to a kick driven chorus, it’s easy to picture this one fitting in perfectly to a laid back, grassy mid-afternoon DJ set.