As far as strange sonic pairings go, sometimes musical opposites really do attract — just ask Elton John and Eminem, Kanye West and Bon Iver, or Aerosmith and Run DMC, among many others. Now, possibly the next artistic convergence to to join the odd collaborations ranks could be Zhu and Tame Impala, as they’re rumored to have linked up for an upcoming project. This set of rumors reignited speculation that first began circulating on the internet in late 2017.
Zhu took to Twitter to fan the flames, leaving a perfectly nondescript message that will either leave fans scratching their heads, or salivating for a first listen. If this materializes, will Zhu’s enigmatic electro-noir style complement Tame Impala‘s buzzing psychedelic rock fare? Only time will tell, though all signs point to a hit waiting to happen. Fingers crossed.
Cutting his teeth in the world of post-hardcore screamo and then UK-born bass music, and now celebrated as one of pop’s most in-demand producers, Skrillex makes an unlikely candidate for rap music’s favorite beat maker of the moment, yet still he’s managed to firmly plant his flag in the hip-hop game, aligning with some of the genre’s brightest up-and-comers and most formidable veterans. He has joints with Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Ferg, and Rick Ross, with rumors of collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, D.R.A.M., G-Eazy and more underway. Now, the latest rhymer to join Sonny’s growing hip-hop hit list is emerging rapper G4SHI, as the pair were spotted in the studio working on new material together.
G4SHI already has some crossover in the dance space, previously delivering versework on DJ Snake‘s “Oh Me Oh My” alongside Travis Scott and Migos on 2016’s Encore. Now the burgeoning Albanian rapper seems to be cooking something up with Skrillex, and by the clip teased on Snapchat, it sounds like melodic R&B with a heavily saturated auto-tuned hook in the works.
With recent reports of potentially fresh Dog Blood material and recent upload tests from Skrillex on Discord and the new studio footage, perhaps a Skrillex release is not as far off as we think.
To say that the internet is starved for new Skrillex music would be an enormous understatement. The Great Skrillex Famine may have reached a pivotal turning point recently though, as new teasers appeared on the online communication platform Discord over the weekend, seemingly right from Sonny himself. Uploading two rough audio snippets to the forum, Skrillex sent the speculation mill ablaze nearly instantly. The general consensus seems to be new music on the way, although the where, when and how obviously continue to remain a mystery. This year has brought rumors of collaborations with D.R.A.M., Mr. Carmack, Kendrick Lamar, and more, and with Skrillex on a touring hiatus this year, the prospect of new solo material sometime in 2017 seems highly probable.
The two tantalizing previews that were recently uploaded to Discord total out at 25 seconds of audio, though to ravenous Skrillex fans, 25 seconds of verified new Skrillex music feels like a lifetime. The first clip is titled “DISCORD_TEST_SKRIL” followed shortly by “JUST made this shitty song :D.” While some artists like deadmau5 have made common practice out of creating and testing new material online in real time, verified test uploads like this from Sonny are nearly unheard of. Perhaps going forward new teasers will crop up on Discord, though for now, the wait for new Skrillex music seems to remain stuck on the seemingly endless “soon” status.
It appears Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak are in the studio together again with another collaboration in the works. Hip-hop’s two brightest up-and-comers first linked on last year’s “Blessings (Reprise)” from Chance’s Grammy-nominated gospel masterpiece Coloring Book. Now it appears a follow up effort from Chano and .Paak is underway, and the pair have shared a short teaser that already packs a healthy dose of hype.
Currently, details on the new collaboration are scarce, but .Paak is already known to have an album on the way in 2017 with his band, The Free Nationals, and although Chance is still riding the wave of what could prove to be a historic record come Grammy night, he’s rumored to have new projects dropping in 2017 as well. This soulful new funk instrumental is likely to turn up in an official capacity soon, signaling that hip-hop’s mainstream spotlight isn’t going anywhere in 2017 with these two at the helm.
Outside of the bass music umbrella, Boaz van de Beatz may not be a household name, but he’s got an indisputable track record in the studio as a serious force behind the boards. The 27-year-old Dutch beatmaker, real name Boaz de Jong, has long been touted as one of the sharpest, most forward-thinking producers in the game by heavyweights like Afrojack, Diplo and especially, Skrillex.
Boaz van de Beatz has been a longtime ace for the Mad Decent and OWSLA camps, helping popularize the cross between dutch house, big room, and trap like acts such as Yellow Claw and Wiwek. Now it seems Boaz and Sonny are finally putting their heads together for a long-expected collaboration.
Skrillex has been freeing up some coveted studio time as 2016 winds down; optimistically a new record from the OWSLA label head could be in the works. By the looks of Diplo’s Snapchat, it seems that Boaz’s uniquely aggressive production style could strongly factor into some new upcoming Skrillex music.
Beatz was featured on Sonny’s label showcase release, OWSLA Worldwide Broadcastat the beginning of the year with one of the collection’s strongest selections, “Flippo” which has become a staple in Skrillex sets since. Now the pair are in the studio together and further madness is sure to ensue.