Perfect Sound Studios revealed that Skrillex has been busy in the studio with a variety of collaborators. In a post from the lavish Hollywood Hills studio founded by Jake Rodenhouse, it’s indicated that Skrillex has been working on a side project with his old band, From First to Last. The OWSLA helmer also brought Sean Mendez, Frank Dukes, and Ty Dolla $ign to studio sessions.
This summer, Skrillex released “Surrender” with his former post-punk band, From First to Last, taking the lead on vocals. Skrillex has been taking more of a behind the console role in 2018, nabbing production credits with K-pop star Key, Mariah Carey, Elohim, Kelsey Lu, and a feature on the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack. Then, following his long-awaited, “SICKO MODE” remix, the Skrillex launched a cryptic website overhaul making fans wonder what’s coming next from the dance music icon. Whatever it is, lots of new music is underway.
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
Montreal’s Kaytranada releases a two-track EP, Nothin Like U / Chances, featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Shay Lia. Side A is a glittery R&B number, with Ty’s verses flowing down rivers of thumping 808s, lush keys, and glittering high notes for a blissful, buttery treat to the ears. “Chances” features sultry soul vocals from Shay Lia and brings a late-night disco atmosphere to the table. It’s hard not to feel transported back in time while listening. Finally, the lovesick instrumental cut “It Was Meant 2 B,” skips its way to the finish line, becoming infused with a slight sense of calming optimism toward the end. With precise percussion arrangements put forward by the esteemed producer, the EP also released instrumentals from the featured songs for fan’s laid-back listening pleasure.
The artist known for his live event performances and re-imagining artist styles through flips and remixes again shows Kaytranada’s careful caress of sounds and groves that make his mixes so precise. Nothin Like U / Chances succeeds the producer’s The ArtScience Remixes EP with Robert Glasper.
If there were any doubt about whether Skrillex‘s music has become one with the world of mainstream pop and R&B, his latest production credits will eradicate any remaining uncertainty.
Sonny Moore’s new production for Mariah Carey hits the big leagues. It’s no deep OWSLA cut, or anything like, say “Chicken Soup,” but it is a welcome reimagining of the timelessness that Mariah Carey always so elegantly exudes. There’s still the Skrillex MO buried somewhere in the buoyant baseline.
Of course, Skrillex also reportedly has new music of his own on the way and judging by his hand at this number, it’s looking like anything is possible.
Skrillex made a cameo not on a Ty Dolla $ign track, but during the rapper’s recent arrest in Atlanta on September 5 — the same evening that Dolla was to jointly headline for G-Eazy‘s North American Endless Summer Tour at the Cellairis Amphitheatre. Newly released video footage from the arresting officer’s body cam shows Skrillex follow the rapper out of the car as Ty Dolla $ign exits his Mercedes van to speak with the officers present at the scene.
The footage captures Dolla’s admission that he smoked weed earlier in the day, in response to one officer’s comment that he smelled marijuana. The video also follows the officer’s pat down of both Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign, but only one of the two artists would emerge unscathed. Police immediately arrested the rapper for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of cocaine after finding the drugs in Dolla’s bag. Ty Dolla $ign was released on bond on September 6, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 20.
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
This is the track I’ve been most excited about this week. Hot off his release with Bingo Players earlier this year, Los Angeles producer Goshfather returns with a dirty disco remix of Drake‘s “Nice For What.” He cranks up the original’s intensity and adds an irresistibly groovy beat. It’s impossible to sit still during this one, and I’m probably responsible for half of the plays on it. I’m not sorry.
Los Angeles label Silk Music continues to tap some of the most creative and emotive pieces of work for their releases, thrilling listeners with each new feature. One of this week’s is Polish producer Andromedha’s two-track return to the label: “Luminosity” and “Purple Skies.” While both are beautifully atmospheric progressive house pieces, “Luminosity” in particular caught my ear, with its airy, heavenly feel drawing me in each time I listened.
UK drum & bass maven Friction turns up the heat in his latest: a collaboration with vocalist JP Cooper. “Friction,” out now on Elevate Records, masterfully combines fiery drum & bass production with impassioned vocals from JP Cooper. The award-winning producer demonstrates time and time again that there’s a reason he’s garnered so many accolades over the past several years: he’s endlessly talented and knows exactly the right formula for the perfect drum & bass piece.
Sinden continues to expand on his Houseline imprint with the release of Houseline Vol. 3 last week, featuring three tracks that flex the grooving g-house muscles of the compilation’s featured aritsts. While the volume’s first two tracks highlight artists CLB, Steve Darko and Danny Kolk, Sinden himself teams up with Wongo on the final track. The pair have crafted a deep, powerful house track, and it’s a true treat.
Disco Fries are letting the good times roll with a remix of Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign to kick off the weekend. They’ve put their signature feel-good stamp on Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign’s original piece of work, decking their remix out with a catchy background melody and rocking beat. The New York duo are on a roll this year, following up their self-titled November EP with funky originals like “The Cut” and “U Make Me.”
RL Grime has announced his first new album in nearly four years. It will be titled NOVA, and the 15-track compilation is set to be released on July 27. In addition to the album announcement, the producer has given fans an idea of what to expect with the release of the album’s second single, “Undo,” featuring Jeremih and Tory Lanez.
The track skews hip hop, but Grime manages to infuse his signature electronic style into the song’s drop. The producer commented in an official release about his inspiration for the new album.
“NOVA came from obsessive ideation on growth, and on transition. The art, and stories, and the moments that inspired me through this record tend to explore this as well. The feeling of leaving behind what was, and of welcoming the foreign. Throughout the process I had this vision of a “nova”, or of a star no bigger than a person launching from earth into outer space and expanding endlessly until its light was all that we could see. That’s the feeling I get from these records, infinite light.” – RL GRIME
Other collaborators for the album will include Chief Keef, Ty Dolla $ign, and Miguel among others, which showcases the producers divergence into a more hip hop style for his upcoming album.
1. Feel Free
2. Shrine (feat. Freya Ridings)
3. Light Me Up (feat. Miguel & Julia Michaels)
4. Undo (feat. Jeremih & Tory Lanez)
5. Take It Away (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & TK Kraviz)
6. OMG (feat. Joji & Chief Keef)
11. Run For Your Life (Interlude)
12. I Wanna Know (feat. Daya)
13. UCLA (feat. 24hrs)
15. Atoms (feat. Jeremy Zucker)
Post Malone, oh Post Malone. Who would have thought that the goofy kid born Austin Post from Dallas, Texas with bangs and a mullet would become one of the most popular artists in only a couple years. By incorporating elements from different genres like hip-hop, rock, country and more, the 22-year-old, who many believed would be a one hit wonder, showed the world his resilience, and proved to everyone including himself, that he was here to stay.
The story starts with his debut release of “White Iverson” back in 2015, which would lead to signing with Republic Records and later releasing his freshman album, Stoney. With chart topping singles like “Congratulations” and “I Fall Apart,” it quickly became apparent that there was something unique about Post Malone. And after watching him life, his bubbly personality really starts to shine and it becomes almost impossible not to love his attitude and relatable demeanor.
Now he brings his sophomore album, beerbongs and bentleys, which features an impressive roster of 21 Savage, G-Eazy, Nikki Minaj, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign. The 18 track piece delivers on his genre bending sound and swirls with clean and minimal productions, riddled with solid kicks, masterfully placed guitar and of course Post’s impressive songwriting and rhythms. His messages range from basic things like partying and meaningless sex, to deeper messages of broken relationships, politics, “drinking the kool-aid”, and the true realities to fame and fortune.
With such a diverse sound and style, there is surely a track for everyone on beerbongs and bentleys. Post Malone once again demonstrates that you don’t have to fit into a mold to make it and, that believing in yourself and pursing dreams can go a long way.
The last time Skrillex and Damian Marley joined forces, they dropped their 2012 platinum smash, “Make It Bun Dem,” which still stands out as one of the top hallmarks in Sonny’s booming catalog half a decade later. The pair’s seminal collaboration wholly actualized the term “dubstep,” fusing classic dub reggae components with heavy UK bass, right at the peak of the genre’s popularity in the American market. Now, it appears Sonny and Jr. Gong are set to reunite, though this time it won’t be on a monster bass weapon, it’ll be as supporting cast on an upcoming release from rapper Ty Dolla $ign.
The new track is called “So Am I,” and it appears to be rolling out in other markets already, suggesting its full-scale release is likely to be as soon as September 1. Early leaks of the track point to a radio-ready reggae-pop crossover product that will undoubtedly include some noteworthy bars from the “Blasé” rhymer for a fitting hip-hop polish. Stacking the star-power with Skrillex and Damian Marley’s co-signs, Ty Dolla $ign could be sitting on a brand new hit as we head into the tail of 2017. Stay tuned for “So Am I.”