Skrillex and TroyBoi are both legends in their own regards. Seeing either one of them live is always an unforgettable experience. Seeing them share the stage to perform their massive collaboration, “Warlordz,” is almost too good to be true, yet it’s exactly what lucky attendees of TroyBoi’s Los Angeles headline show experienced on Nov. 22.
On the 22nd, TroyBoi shut down Los Angeles’ famous venue The Shrine in the midst of his Nostalgia Tour. Fans were in for quite the night, with opening sets from both Argenil and Destructo, followed by TroyBoi’s signature trap sound. As the clock neared midnight, the music cut out, and TroyBoi’s friends and crew took to the stage to wish him a heartwarming happy birthday. To both the audience and TroyBoi’s surprise, Skrillex joined in on the action. As the birthday celebration drew to a close, the natural next move was to jointly perform their hit 2019 collaboration.
Skrillex scored his thirteenth Grammy nomination this week for his collaborative work with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign on “Midnight Hour.” The track has easily been one of the most heavily rotated dance cuts of the year, so Skrillex took to social media to thank fans for the deserved Best Dance Recording nomination. Though his choice of words had fans doing double-takes when he mentions wrapping up on his albums. Albums? As in multiple full-length projects? It would seem so. It looks like the sophomore follow up to Recess is underway… and then some. But are both of these supposed albums being completed side by side? Are they both slated for 2020? One innocuous message to fans raises a lot of questions.
Now, that’s not to say that Skrillex wasn’t referring to a possible Dog Blood project and a solo venture, or a solo LP and production work on someone else’s record, so “albums” leaves considerable room for interpretation. It’s been no secret that the “Mumbai Power” producer is sitting on a massive trove of new material, but now it’s clear 2020 is undoubtedly going to be the year of Skrillex.
The Recording Academy has released its 62nd annual list of Grammy Award nominees. The wide ranging roster of artistic talent includes a host of electronic acts across the ceremony’s Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album, and Record of The Year categories.
Disclosure is the sole electronic entity up for consideration for Record of The Year for their hit collaboration with Khalid, “Talk.” The Lawrence Brothers will compete with fellow nominees, “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver, Billie Eilish‘s chart-dominating “Bad Guy,” “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts,” “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and finally Lil Nas X‘s year-defining “Old Town Road.”
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on January 26. Alicia Keys will return to host the ceremony for the second consecutive year in a row.
View the complete list of 2020 Grammy Award nominees, here.
The experimental Blood, Kelsey Lu‘s first album offering, earned the rising artist a place among the global elite. Her rise to the top seemed inevitable, especially after early support and collaboration with icons from Solange, Oneohtrix Point Never, and many other acclaimed acts from across the genre spectrum.
Six additional musician fans of Lu gather together on Blood Tranfusion, which offers the first batch of remixes from her milestone LP. Skrillex, who’s also worked with Lu in the past, provides a standout take on “Due West,” while Dixon retouches “Why Knock For You.” Omar-S, NAR and ADR, Lafawndah, and Lil M also contribute skillful reinterpretations of Blood originals.
FKA twigs has released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Magdalene, which features a stacked lineup of producers like Skrillex, Nicholas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, Sounwave, Benny Blanco, Noah Goldstein, Jack Antonoff, Kenny Beats, and many other talented sound engineers.
The follow-up to her 2014 LP1 was announced during the summer, with the release of “holy terrain” featuring Future. She revealed the album was a three-year project made during a period of physical and emotional recovery, and it’s about every lover she’s ever had and will continue to have. It’s a fragile piece with a sense of defiance and strength at the same time, partially inspired by Mary Magdalene’s story.
Magdalene is a nine-track work alongside the previously released singles “Cellophane,” “home with you,” “holy terrain,” and “sad day.”
As dubstep enters a new echelon with entire festivals dedicated to its deep, wobbling kiss of death, it’s high time to remember that dubstep arrived at the helm of the EDM explosion in the US.
Skrillex released the Kraken with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites in 2010, just as the term “EDM” was starting to take shape. At that point, the raw, sometimes island-evocative, minimalist sound known as “riddim” didn’t boast anything near the earnest following it enjoys today. The popular dubstep in the states at the time, commonly referred to as “brostep,” was flashy and rather outlandish. It was raucous. It was huge in both form and function. And MUST DIE! was undoubtedly one of the biggest proponents of the sound, signing on with Skrillex’s OWSLA, where he produced some of the most irreverent and influential cuts of the moment, (i.e., “Gem Shards”). Though, as time went on, once the compositional visionary began regularly releasing with dubstep dominion Never Say Die records, his catalog became riddled with tracks imbuing more riddim-ready sensibilities.
On “Funeral Zone,” his latest Never Say Die release, MUST DIE! aligns himself with the sonic trends of the current dubstep epoch, employing harsh, undulating, riddim accents alongside a series of floaty mid-range synths that would, oddly enough, feel at home in a buildup by the late great Avicii. Don’t fret though, when the drop comes in there is no mistaking this is a MUST DIE! track that belongs in 2019.
In 2011, Skrillex’s abrasive, headbanging musical style was largely seen as the cornerstone of the modern counterculture. Now, just under a decade later, era-defining rave tracks like “Bangarang” have fully evolved into family fodder.
YouTube’s Tom BetGeorge repurposed Skrillex’s EDM classic into a proper Halloween howler, choreographing a neighborhood worth of holiday decorations for a light show that’s got viral buzz written all over it. A choir of jack-o-lanterns leads to a stunning display that manages to be half rave, half Halloween, and a complete headache for neighbors—depending whom you ask.
In attempts at neighborly altruism, the “Bangarang” house only operates for two hours a night on weekends “to minimize traffic in the neighborhood,” and dually serves as a fundraiser for the McHenry House, a family shelter in Tracy, California.
Also included in the two-hour set are choreographed light performances to “Chop Suey,” as well as the themes to Stranger Things and Ghostbusters. The BetGeorge Christmas show starts on December 13, for more details visit Magical Light Shows‘ Facebook page.
Chicago’s headlining dance music duo, Louis The Child, have remixed Skrillex and Boys Noize’s latest act of valor, “Midnight Hour,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The remake ingests the Kids At Play EP producers’ playful cadence through juggling high-end synths and vocals while maintaining the house rhythm from the Dog Blood tandem’s original audio.
Other additions on the edit include a whispering saxophone ambiance underneath Dolla $ign’s lush singing to introduce the sultry rapper. On the second verse, the bed of cozy synths and dissident bells continue to lift the hip-hop artist’s voice.
Louis The Child’s previous project included singer, Wafia, from the duo’s most-streamed song on Spotify, recently marking her debut on Atlantic Records alongside Whethan, with “Hurts.”
Boys Noize has had a packed year, and his recent announcement of an upcoming U.S. winter tour signals he’s keen and ready to continue this streak well into 2020. The groundbreaking producer kickstarted his 2019 alongside Skrillex under their Dog Blood moniker, and they played select performances across the United States after a multi-year hiatus. They also released a four track EP, teamed up outside their joint project for their long-awaited “Midnight Hour,” with Ty Dolla $ign.
In the midst of all of this, he’s been outputting abundantly under both Boys Noise, and his tech-leaning ego, Elax. Likewise, he’ll be heading into the week between Christmas and New Years under both names as he embarks . His travels will take him to top clubbing cities including Miami, New York City, and San Francisco, among others. For those looking to see if he is coming to a city nearby, tour dates and tickets are available here.
SnowGlobe is one of the country’s premiere NYE festivals thanks to a mix of strong event production value, an unbeatable setting in South Lake Tahoe, and lineups stacked with top-caliber electronic and hip-hop talent each year. This year, the festival has upped the ante on an already stellar lineup with the addition of a headlining performance from dance music’s favorite enigma, ZHU.
In conjuction with the headlining announcement, ZHU is celebrating with a new visual feature alongside partywithray, “Came For The Low.” See Zhu’s latest below and prepare for what’s bound to be a flooring set at SnowGlobe.