Last year’s NYE Decadence festivities brought unforgettable performances by REZZ, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and a special back-to-back set with NGHTMRE, and DJ Diesel. Click here for ticket information.
How to pique interest? Tease followers with the possibility of new Jack Ü music. It was a surefire formula for Diplo, who recently shared a cryptic video of himself dropping a remix of 2015 Jack Ü smash, “Where Are Ü Now,” on his Instagram account. “Comment if we should release some more Jack Ü,” he wrote. Needless to say, a flood of replies swiftly materialized in the comments section.
Diplo’s cryptic activity follows his admission to Rolling Stone that Jack Ü could return in 2020. “I think Skrillex has a lot of material he’s been gearing to release,” Diplo said in the October interview. “When that happens I think we might be able to do some new stuff, but I’ve worked on a to of ideas for the project. It’s all in due time. There’s not any rush for it or anything.” In the years since Jack Ü’s reign, both artists have since moved on from the joint project many times over. Though, a return to form in 2020 would bring two of music’s most globally in-demand producers together again, and Jack Ü 2.0 might be something entirely different the next time around.
Minneapolis’ snow-capped NYE festival is back, returning this year for its fourth annual installment. Snowta 2018 featured Skrillex in his return to the festival circuit alongside acts like NGHTMRE, Chief Keef, Subtronics, EPROM and to name a few. With a stacked lineup, the festival’s third production was packaged with an array of extreme sports, including Snowboard Rail Jam and Freestyle Motorcross.
However, midwestern bass heads are in for a real treat this time around, as the full NYE 2019 roster includes a rumbling concoction of 1788-L, Big Wild, Dion Timmer, Zomboy, Juice WRLD, and more. Other festival ammenities have yet to be announced, but if attendees are looking to hit the slopes for a bit, there’s a variety of options in the Minneapolis area.
After releasing triple collaboration “Midnight Hour” alongside Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex and Boys Noize have dropped off an exclusive two-tracker remix package via OWSLA. Containing the duo’s own alternate dub mix as well as one by Desolat label boss Loco Dice, the combination release is available to listen on Beatport here. Having employed the dub mix previously in their sets, the Dog Blood co-members put an energizing spin on their original track that perfects it for dance-floor mayhem.
With select isolation of Ty Dolla $ign’s main vocals, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s dub mix boosts the bass, emphasizes the speedy elements of hard-hitting percussions, and ramps up the four-on-the-floor intensity. Weaving in two vocal interludes that serve as pre-build up sections, the remix is a pure manifestation of a dub mix—stripped to the pure energy of bass and percussion. A true relishing of club movements, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s re-rendering of their track places vocal and melodic embellishments secondary to the core elements of rhythm and pace and cut through the noise to deliver an incisive dance beat.
Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.
Ahead of her upcoming LP Magdalene, FKA twigs has dropped off a surprise collaboration with Future titled “Holy Terrain,” with production credits from Skrillex and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. The track finds FKA twigs gliding over a minimal, moody hip-hop beat while Future accents twigs’ vocalizing with distant ad libs before delivering his own spacey, auto-tuned bridge verse.
“Holy Terrain” is another portfolio diversifying piece from Skrillex who has spent the summer on a scorching release streak, most recently a floor-primed dance cut with Ty Dolla $ign and Boys Noize. This latest offering is the OWSLA head’s most reserved cut of the summer, effortlessly matching FKA twigs’ chilling vocal performance.
Magdalene is set to be released on October 25. It will be twigs’ first long-player since 2014’s LP1. In addition to Skrillex, Future and Antonoff’s contribution to the record, Nicolas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, and other taste-makers are credited with appearances on the forthcoming album. See the video for “Holy Terrain” below.
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has announced its return for 2019, revealing the first round of headliner artists for its upcoming edition. Taking place at the capital’s Jakarta International Expo, the festival tops their bill with a smashing selection of high-tier headliners including Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Zedd and Skrillex set to perform over Dec. 13-15.
The phase one announcement follows with a handful of high-energy bookings for the course of the weekend, bringing in fan-favorites like Oliver Heldens, Salvatore Ganacci, and Jeffrey Sutorius performing as Dash Berlin to light up the city. Local festival organizers Ismaya Live have also secured a stage takeover from Barcelona-born party series elrow, as they venture out to Indonesia for the party of the year.
Tickets and more information about the Djakarta Warehouse Project are available here.
With Skrillex officially back on the one’s and two’s thus far through 2019, the sun has steadily shined over the electronic ether. In fact, in the last three months, Skrillex has released more material under his own banner than he has in the last three years. His latest release with serial counterpart, Boys Noize, arrives with four-on-the-floor gusto, seamlessly in line with the stylistic shape of much of the pair’s recent catalog.
But “Midnight Hour” mysteriously arrives without the duo’s resounding Dog Blood emblem, rather as a joint release under their respective aliases, with Skrillex’s frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign in tow. The delineation gives weight to the recent stirrings of a potential multi-track solo project from Skrillex in the works; a notion bolstered by Skrillex’s own repeated insistence that he’s currently sitting on droves of new music.
However, a representative from Skrillex’s team was only able to confirm that the track is the OWSLA boss’ first true single since 2017, and sits currently as a standalone release. Still, after a seductive house leaner on “Midnight Hour,” Skrill’s left the door for a forthcoming extended endeavor noticeably ajar.
Reverberating force in the four-by-four domain and one half of the Skrillex-assisted Dog Blood duo, Boys Noize (Alex Ridha) recently decided to put his dexterous production prowess in full view, taking a strategic step outside of the electronic arena to assist in an auspicious new hip-hop endeavor.
The German Boysnoize Records boss hopped in the studio with A$AP Rocky, to co-produce the latter’s first official output since his highly public incarceration and subsequent assault trial overseas. Championed alongside Puerto Rican sound engineer, Hector Delgado, “Babuskha Boi” was fashioned after Rocky’s affinity for rocking granny-evocative head scarves. The track arrives with a slightly outlandish Dick Tracy-reminiscent visual, tracing a less-than-serious 1930s-era bank heist.
Boys Noize and Skrillex reconvened earlier this year for their first multi-track Dog Blood project since 2014, Turn Off The Lights. He released his last extended solo project in March of last year, Strictly Raw Vol. 2. The producer’s next single with Skrillex, “Midnight Hour,” arrives tomorrow, August 29.
New York City’s iconic nightclub Webster Hall closed in the summer of 2017, ending a historic 130-year run after being purchased from former principal owner Lon Ballinger by AEG and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. The venue closure was a major blow for New York City’s electronic music fans with the loss of Webster Hall’s beloved Club Nights, which hosted the biggest names in electronic music every Saturday night.
Fans were surprised to learn that the venue would be reopening under the same name and resume hosting live music events after rumors circulated that it was the end of the venue’s concert hosting days. After fans eagerly questioned whether the Club Nights series would return, the venue has now officially announced on Twitter that Saturday nights are coming back and “coming soon.”
Those who follow the venue closely won’t be surprised by the announcement. Multiple electronic music acts have been booked for upcoming “late night” shows that happen to fall on Saturdays, including DVBBS, Habstrakt + Moksi, Lost Kings, Rudimental, and more. Skrillex headlined the last official Club Night before the venue shuttered, so it remains to be seen whether the venue enlists an equally notable act for the return of their beloved late night series. Those looking to make their club night return to Webster Hall can track upcoming shows and purchase tickets here.