Pasquale Rotella‘s flagship Insomniac festival, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas boasted a diversely curated lineup of electronic talent for its 2019 iteration. Skrillex‘s name was not to be found on EDC’s 2019 roster of dance acts—not unusual, as he’s been absent from the festival’s Las Vegas edition for many consecutive years. Despite that, the versatile electronic veteran could nevertheless be found throwing down a surprise set at circuitGROUNDS on the second day of the Sin City affair. Rotella tipped EDC attendees off on Twitter, where he announced that “someone who [hadn’t] played EDC in a long minute” would take the circuitGROUNDS decks come Saturday.
It didn’t take long for those on the ground and those tuned into the livestream at home to speculate that the mystery guest was in fact the Recess producer. While EDC Las Vegas live broadcasted a myriad of the weekend’s sets, Skrillex’s was not among them, which left the fans at home curiously contemplating just what would transpire at the “Would You Ever” hit maker’s unexpected performance. Fans need wonder no more, thanks to one GA hero who recorded Skrillex’s entire appearance at EDC. See Skrillex’s surprise performance below.
Saturday SURPRISE SET!! Someone who hasn’t played EDC in a longgg minute! I’m HYPED! circuitGROUNDS Saturday>10:30 to 11:30
Not all heroes wear capes; some stand still with an ever-so-steady hand for a full 90-minute performance in Coachella‘s Mojave Tent. One fan took it upon themselves to document Aphex Twin‘s Saturday night performance—easily one of the most anticipated sets on this year’s Coachella 20th anniversary lineup—for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.
Hot off the heels of his first NYC appearance in nearly two decades, the Collapseproducer pulled out all the stops with anonymous visual artist Weirdcore in tow, delivering a mind-bending, sensory-overloading performance. It has been 11 years since Richard James’ last performance at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, and his return to Coachella during this year’s first weekend proved to be well worth the wait. Relive Aphex Twin’s full performance below.
Following LSD‘s recent and long-awaited debut album release, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD, the three-pronged electronic-pop firepower has shared the visual for “No New Friends,” one of the singles released just before the full-length project.
The video features perennial Sia stand in, Maddie Ziegler, cast as an amicably oversized companion to the Beatles-esque dressed Labrinth, as they, in trippy-as-ever LSD fashion, frolic through a pastel-painted wonderland. All the while Diplo, the production lifeblood of the group, portrays both the chimerical realm’s sun and moon, as well as its cane-touting friendly giant, grinning and omnipotent.
Exactly one year ago, the internet was passing around a viral clip of an 11-year-old boy yodeling Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” in a Walmart. You had to commend the little fellow—his pre-teen pipes and his funny little cowboy getup were hilariously charming. Less than a month later, he’d be on stage with Whethan at Coachella and a fleeting internet joke would actually turn into the fifth grader from rural Illinois getting a record deal with Atlantic Records and the world being introduced to our new national treasure, Mason Ramsey.
Not old enough to be cancelled, and too young to fail, Mason Ramsey has climbed his way into the hearts of Americans over this last year. We came for “Famous” and then we just we stayed for the terrific memes. Now, a year later, it appears Ramsey and his bud Whethan are even in the studio together. What a time to be alive, right?
The timing couldn’t be better, too. With country music primed to have a huge moment in the sun, we’re sure glad Lil Hank Williams is around to ride that wave. Who knows? Maybe next year he’ll be brining Whethan out during his Coachella set. Revisit last year’s moment below.
The dance world is waiting on the edge of its seat, salivating over imminent new material from Dog Blood—Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s elusive, acidic side project. The pair recently linked in New Orleans to headline BUKU Music + Arts Project, reuniting for their first show since 2017, and only their second since 2015. Exceeding expectations, the duo used BUKU’s main stage as a testing ground for a trove of new, yet-to-be-named material, followed by a confirmation from Skrillex that new music is indeed underway, and landing soon.
Dog Blood’s performance at BUKU has been one of the most anticipated sets of the early part of 2019, along with Skrillex’s reunion with his former screamo outfit, From First to Last, which also took place at BUKU. As the Dog Blood’s performance schedule continues to materialize throughout the summer, expect more new music to debut from the OWSLA and BNR helmers. For now, get the first taste of new Dog Blood below and prepare for Boys Noize and Skrillex’s impending release—it’s bound to live up to the hype, and it could drop any minute now.
After his thrashing 2017 debut with REZZ, their “DRUGS!” collaboration, 13 has been working his way up the rungs of the bass music scene. After another song with REZZ and multiple on Mad Decent, 13 is back with his second release of 2019 “Oath.”
Marking his first mau5trap release, “Oath” sees 13 taking his music to the extremes of the mid-tempo bass threshold. Accompanied by an official visualizer, the track’s heavy sound matches the video’s dark, glossy, 3D depiction of the music. Haunting vocal cuts lead to a harrowing drop, with fully distorted synths crunching their way into a heavy trap breakdown. With mounting support from some of the industry’s key figureheads, 13 has set himself up for seemingly limitless electronic rank ascension in 2019.
Recent collaborative counterparts, Ekali and 1788-L are among the most alluring names on the electronic agenda as of late. 1788-L, since his ascension through an auspicious feature on REZZ‘s “H E X,” has so far remained anonymous, at least by face. His off-kilter strain of glitchy electro is distinguishable to even the most untrained ear. Ekali’s fervent reception has landed him in some slightly larger arenas in the years since Skrillex remixed his “Babylon” original.
By way of their all-but-“R U I N”-ous brainchild, the pair succeed in scaffolding of one another’s diverging production styles for a complex and decadently maze-like sonic offspring. Drop one falls in 1788-L’s court, with its grinding, stop-and-go, mid-tempo electro, while Ekali ensconces the second breakdown with his invariably melodic DNA. Prophetic wind and piano synths join dizzying drum ‘n’ bass fills for a paradoxical delivery that melts monotony in its tracks.
The two have been teasing the track for some time, sprinkling it into their sets throughout Ekali’s Crystal Eyes Tour. Illenium offered up his edit of the track ahead of the release, bolstering anticipation for the original. “R U I N”‘s release comes with a Blade Runner/apocalypse-themed visual spearheaded by Quentin Deronzier.
The unrelenting travel schedule of a world famous DJ like ZEDD seems to refuse to slow down, never mind stop. Whether “The Middle” producer is flying to Vegas to play a residency show at Omnia, or pulling out his passport on his way to the decks in international territory, there are some items that ZEDD simply can’t live without. From comfortable shoes—which by the way, fill a closet entirely of their own in the hit maker’s jaw-dropping California home—to sweatpants with zippers, to custom made earplugs to protect his eardrums, ZEDD breaks down a list of his top 10 travel essentials in a new GQ video interview.
While the list includes some unsurprising items, like a backpack to carry his nine other necessities, and the license keys that correspond with the software that he uses to produce music, ZEDD also acquaints viewers with the idiosyncratic nature of some of his personal must-haves. The DJ articulates his penchant for portable battery packs, admitting he sometimes carries as many as eight of the portable chargers, while also naming his favorite cologne, and more. See ZEDD’s full packing list in the video below.
Deadbeats has been letting out some heavy sonic emissions from their Zeds Dead-owned compound. The latest, “Static Theory,” comes to listeners from the LA-based Wax Motif, (the man behind the wall-to-wall festival favorite, his “Fly Kicks” remix) and a fresher face, Warez, who recently materialized on the electronic horizon with a Kayzo collaboration and a pair of Dim Mak guest-mix appearances.
“Static Theory” is anything but stagnant, drawing from Wax’s notoriously elastic beats and skittering hi-hats and Warez affnity for low-end bass. The track’s interference-like textures only add to its pulsing allure, which is heightened by the track’s visual–wherein a sports car endures a slow-motion standoff with a Chinese dragon comprised solely of neon rave lights.
Calvin Harris has what sounds like another chart-topper on his hands. A short, albeit sweet, preview for a new collaboration with English vocalist Rag’N’Bone Man has surfaced, signaling another hit is likely underway for the superstar Scottish producer.
Rag’N’Bone Man, Breakthrough British Act at the 2017 Brit Awards, is carving out success behind his rich, deep crooning. In the newly released preview clip for the forthcoming collaboration, dubbed “Giant,” the emerging singer’s smooth vocalwork is paired with Harris’ buoyant piano chords, in what sounds like a seamless follow up to last year’s sweeping Sam Smith-assisted hit, “Promises.” Preview “Giant” below ahead of its official release on Friday, January 11.