In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracks

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In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracksWhat So Not Skrille

We’re inching closer to Skrillex’s imminent return, and while his now-canonized debut LP, Recessis nearing its fifth birthday, he’s carved out a Hall of Fame career since his momentous mainstream breakout. He’s become one of the most in-demand pop producers of the modern day, while managing to keep close to his post-hardcore roots, build on his electronic music legacy, and explore new sounds all at once. This year, in celebration of turning 30, Skrillex took a much-deserved year off, though a not-so-secret comeback is beginning to take shape, and signs suggest OWSLA’s head honcho could be primed to change the game all over again very soon.

In the meantime, label recruit JOYRYDE is snapping a shorter hiatus as well, linking up with the boss man for his upcoming album’s lead single — the long awaited “Agen Wida.” The pair more than deliver on their new joint effort, so to celebrate, Dancing Astronaut put together an additional 11 (unranked) Skrillex-assisted classics. See if your favorite Skrillex feature made the list below.


Mr. Oizo and Skrillex – End of the World 

A few weeks after the release of his highly anticipated Rick Ross feature, “Purple Lamborghini” (not featured) for the ill-fated Suicide Squad soundtrack, Skrillex switched gears and went full experimental house with veteran French mastermind, Mr. Oizo on “End of the World.” Somewhere between cheeky setlist tool and thumping club cut, Mr. Oizo and Skrillex link up for a memorable house cut featured on Oizo’s 2016 LP, All Wet. 

 

Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup

Featured on OWSLA’s 2017 label compilation, HOWSLA, “Chicken Soup” finds Skrillex linked with French bass-house linchpin Habstrakt. The collaboration originally received a live debut during a surprise Skrillex set at Coachella’s DoLab and would eventually come to be one of the biggest tracks of the year. Skrillex’s house output often takes a backseat to some of his heavier studio hallmarks, but “Chicken Soup,” launched Skrillex towards a considerable club-leaning kick, and has since grown to be a fan favorite within a sprawling catalog of monstrous bass hits.

 

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance The Rapper

Taking on Hundred Waters’ 2014 standout from Moon Rang Like a BellSkrillex reunited with Chance the Rapper, the frequent to breathe new life into “Show Me Love,” with help from vocalists Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal. The remix, which became Hundred Waters‘ most commercially lauded track to date also served as Skrillex’s directorial debut, crafting a feel-good adventure feature for the cameras, rounding off the remix effort with a perfectly complementary video for “Show Me Love.”

 

Justin Bieber – Sorry (prod. by Skrillex)

The unconventional nature of Skrillex and Justin Bieber’s creative partnership was perhaps what made the duo so enticing at first. But after a proven knack for crafting hits together, there’s no denying that when the two link up, they’re bound for radio-ready gold. Such was the case on the tropical chart-topper “Sorry” from Bieber’s inescapable Purpose. The album wound up being a massive commercial success and catapulted Skrillex to untouchable pop producer status alongside Bieber for a second time.

 

Yogi & Skrillex – Burial (feat. Pusha T, Moody Good, TrollPhace)

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable cuts from the entire OWSLA catalog, the boss man orchestrated a super-collaboration remix of Yogi‘s “Burial” that will probably never get old. It’s just too damn good. It has even become Arby’s unofficial theme song. The 2015 posse cut came after the Aftermath-championed production outfit had already collected remixes of the track from Moody Good and Trollphace. So mashing every rendition together with the additions of Skrillex, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T, and a cameo from Denis Rodman in the music video rounded this one out at full blockbuster status for the final product.

 

RL Grime, What So Not, Skrillex – Waiting

What So Not and RL Grime‘s “Tell Me” will always be remembered as the defining emblem of the year trap music took over the EDM zeitgeist. The track is still a hallmark in both producer’s catalogs, though after their first booming collaboration, the world needed a second. In fact, it was practically demanded. So when RL and his Aussie counterpart finally did link back up, they brought along Skrillex for “Waiting,” which became one of the most anticipated tracks of the year in 2016. The track played on the same bombastic trap theme from a few years before, and managed to recreate most of the magic from trap’s extended moment in the sun.

 

ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. – Working for It

Long before the Mind of a Genius roster was crushing the music world, Skrillex pulled up for “Working For It,” a now legendary posse cut with ZHU and THEY. handling vocal duties. The track combined ZHU’s twanging guitars and ludicrously crisp synth lines with signature Skrillex bass stabs. The result was a certified late-night ready club anthem that hits as hard on the thousandth play as it did on the first.

 

Vindata, NSTASIA, and Skrillex – Favor

After striking Top 40 gold twice with Justin Bieber, and creating unique collaborations with artists ranging from K-pop heavyweight CL to Chance The Rapper on 2014’s Recess LP, Skrillex solidified a knack for bringing his productions into a featured vocalist’s unique world. 2017’s “Favor” is a prime example, as Skrillex and Vindata combine Jack Ü-inspired percussion with an lush instrumental that lets NSTASIA’s breezy lines float effortlessly on top.

 

Vic Mensa – No Chill (prod. by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex)

Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa is joined by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex for a collaboration that was essentially the OWSLA head’s 2015 follow up to “Wild For The Night” with A$AP Rocky. Scratching the itch to make another repeat-worthy rap-meets-electronic anthem, Skrillex and Jahlil Beats proctor a cinematic trap beat for Mensa to deliver his bars over, that winds up being one of Skrillex’s more unique, albeit less hyped, features in the rap space to date. The final product was then turned over to Zane Lowe for his debut premiere on the newly launched Apple Music platform.

 

JAUZ and Skrillex – SQUAD OUT! ft. Fatman Scoop

Skrillex has a history of head-turning video concepts, though his animated joint with JAUZ for their Adult Swim Single “SQUAD OUT!” with Fatman Scoop may take the cake. The video is directed by Adult Swim veteran Adam Fuchs, whose credits previously included Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Ugly Americans for the network, as well as music videos for artists such as Flying Lotus and Neon Indian.

The video, unsurprising given its director, is an extension of Adult Swim’s trademark gonzo animation. It opens innocuously enough, with animated avatars of Skrillex and JAUZ riding an elevator. It doesn’t take long though, for things to get very weird. The collaboration was a standout to begin with, and the video made it even better.

 

The Game – El Chapo (prod. by Skrillex)

To assist on The Game’s The Documentary 2, a follow up LP to his debut solo project from a decade earlier, the OWSLA boss served a trunk-rattling dose of bombastic bravado on “El Chapo.” The Recess producer brought his half of the Escobar-ian swagger with a latin-flavored horn loop and shattering subs providing the perfect backdrop for The Game’s snarling bars. The cartel homage was a little harder than the previous rap features in Skrill’s repertoire, but on his joint with The Game, he proves he can undoubtedly run with the big dogs on “El Chapo.”

Celebrate seven years of OWSLA with this new playlist stocked full of label highlights [Stream]

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This month, Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA, celebrates seven years in business. In those seven years, Skrillex went from promising mau5trap recruit, to burgeoning label head, to one of the most ubiquitous talents in electronic music history — and in turn, one of the most renown A&Rs in the game. Skrillex has achieved icon status as one of the most popular producers on the planet. His catalog speaks for itself. But perhaps more a testament to Sonny Moore’s abilities, and possibly what could wind up making a larger impact on his legacy than his own music, is the body of work he’s curated since OWSLA opened its doors seven years ago.

As the story goes, the label, named for the rabbit army in Richard Adams’ Watership Down, came into existence in 2011, shortly after Skrillex connected online with an emerging Porter Robinson. The young wunderkind instantly gripped Skrillex’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he was making plans to launch his own publishing imprint in order to host some of Robinson’s earliest, and most prolific works. Seven years later and here we are. Dancing Astronaut rounded up some of our favorite highlights from OWSLA’s first seven years, including work from Zedd, Anna Lunoe, Kill The Noise, Louis The Child, and many many more. Good people, good times.

Good Morning Mix: What So Not drops new mix installment on triple j

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Australia’s own What So Not has delivered his third installment of his June takeover of Aussie-run weekly mix series triple j Mix Up. The iconic dance music show, an extension of ABC, has served as an invaluable platform over the years for both well-established and newcomer producers and DJs like ODESZA, Ekali, and Baauer, just to name a few, streamlining their talents to a broader audience.

In this third edition, What So Not sews together his wildly eclectic musical preferences like an staggeringly-arranged sonic quilt. As the hour unravels, with visits to Rüfüs Du Sol and Flying Lotus, it’s apparent all bets are off once our maestro moves from Led Zeppelin‘s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” into a wonky remix of AWOLNATION.

The full mix can be streamed here.

 

What So Not unveils three-track remix pack for ‘Beautiful’

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Aussie solo act, What So Not, known also under his Emoh Instead alias, is currently riding a wave of success after releasing his debut long play, Not All The Beautiful Things, on March 9 via Counter Records. The album marks the first collection of tracks to surface since Flume left the joint project back in 2015, featuring some high-powered collaborations with SkrillexSan HoloRome Fortune, SLUMBERJACK, and more.

Now, What So Not has unveiled an official remix pack for the album’s third track, “Beautiful,” which features the show-stopping vocals of Winona Oak. He enlisted the production talents of Volac, Kaz James, and Zeke Beats to build upon the track’s hypnotic, carefree aesthetic, gripping drum breakdowns, and those signature WSN top lines.

From Volac’s house spin on the track, with its thumping Night Bass drums, to the charming stylings of fellow Aussie producer Kaz James’ rendition, to Zeke Beats’ seismic bass-powered drops, the entire collection stands as a testament to the power and pull of the producer’s newly minted What So Not sound.

What So Not unveils three-track remix pack for ‘Beautiful’

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Aussie solo act, What So Not, known also under his Emoh Instead alias, is currently riding a wave of success after releasing his debut long play, Not All The Beautiful Things, on March 9 via Counter Records. The album marks the first collection of tracks to surface since Flume left the joint project back in 2015, featuring some high-powered collaborations with SkrillexSan HoloRome Fortune, SLUMBERJACK, and more.

Now, What So Not has unveiled an official remix pack for the album’s third track, “Beautiful,” which features the show-stopping vocals of Winona Oak. He enlisted the production talents of Volac, Kaz James, and Zeke Beats to build upon the track’s hypnotic, carefree aesthetic, gripping drum breakdowns, and those signature WSN top lines.

From Volac’s house spin on the track, with its thumping Night Bass drums, to the charming stylings of fellow Aussie producer Kaz James’ rendition, to Zeke Beats’ seismic bass-powered drops, the entire collection stands as a testament to the power and pull of the producer’s newly minted What So Not sound.

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

What So Not delivers final single, ‘Beautiful,’ from hotly anticipated upcoming LP

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What So Not is about to reach a momentous milestone in his career with the release of his debut long play, Not All The Beautiful Things. He’s been teasing the album since the end of 2017, recently disclosing a tracklist that features contributions from Skrillex, San Holo, Rome Fortune, and yes, 80’s easy-rock factotums, Toto. Now Emoh has revealed his latest collaboration, and while Winona Oak may not yet be a household name for most, her introduction on “Beautiful” is likely to change that in a big way.

“Beautiful” is the final single to land ahead of the album, setting the tone with a pensive and introspective introduction. The track breaks down into an energetic, tribal drum rhythm, envoking a hypnotic, carefree aesthetic that complements Oak’s show-stopping vocals and gripping topline on what’s sure to be her breakout performance.

What So Not’s Not All The Beautiful Things will be available in full on March 9 via Counter Records.

 

Bonnaroo announces ‘The Other’ lineup

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Bonnaroo announced stage programming for The Other ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. The newly added dance tent likely formed as Bonnaroo’s answer to Coachella‘s storied Sahara Tent. Last year, Bonnaroo debuted the new stage concept — which replaced the festival’s beloved Kalliope Stage — and featured a diverse range of EDM acts such as Claude Vonstroke, G Jones and Getter, to name only a few. The addition was welcomed by attendees and The Other appeared to be one of the most frequented attractions throughout the four day weekend.

Now, the festival has released this year’s lineup for ‘The Other.’ Featuring acts like Kaskade, Virtual Self, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Big Wild and Shiba San, the festival is taking a forthright step into the electronic programming that’s become so popular at festival’s nationwide. It appears such programming has paid off, too, as the Tennessean reported last year the festival’s attendance had rebounded following a dull turnout in 2016.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 26

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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.


Since discovering GANZ a few years ago, I’ve been consistently impressed with the Dutch producer’s music. His latest, recently premiered by TOKiMONSTA on BBC Radio 1, is no exception.  With its hip-hop-influenced beats and signature pounding synths, “I’ll Be Gone (I Miss You)” is another great addition to GANZ’s discography.


It would basically be a crime to not include What So Not‘s latest in this playlist. With the announcement of a forthcoming LP and massive tour, Emoh Instead has been taking the electronic music world by storm this week. “Stuck In Orbit” with vocalist BUOY is one of his most compelling pieces of work to date. The five-and-a-half-minute single serves as a gorgeously emotive precursor to what we can expect from his stacked debut album, and I can’t wait.


Australians J-Trick and Folly have crafted an absolutely ruthless g-house house tune with “No Games.” The track packs a heavy punch with rap-fueled verses, a driving bassline, and subtle trap elements. Its catchy beat and hard-hitting builds and drops have been stuck in my head since its release last Friday.


As a longtime Crywolf fan, I’m always interested in seeing how other producers transform his unique music. AWAY has taken his good friend’s iconic “Quantum Immortality” and reworked it into a dark, glitchy remix layered with elements of trap, future bass, and just about everything in between. The Los Angeles producer has delicately crafted a complicated soundscape full of twists and turns that complements Crywolf’s original vocals beautifully.


Last week, Direct teamed up with Matt Van for an elegant composition called “I Don’t Mind.” The track is vastly different from many of Monstercat‘s recent releases and is a breathtaking, refreshing addition to the label’s Instinct brand. Van’s moving vocals over piano-centered production from Direct make for a relaxing addition to any chill-type playlist.

What So Not announces stacked debut LP, releases new single

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After announcing a massive world tour two weeks ago, Australian producer What So Not has confirmed the internet’s speculations: a debut album called Not All The Beautiful Things is coming on March 9. The 12-track LP will feature collaborations with Skrillex, fellow Aussies Toto and Slumberjack, San HoloDyro, and James Earl, along with an eclectic array of featured vocalists.

Not All The Beautiful Things track list:

  1. “Warlord” (collaboration with Slumberjack)
  2. Be Ok Again” ft Daniel Johns
  3. “Beautiful” ft Winona Oak
  4. “Stuck In Orbit” ft Buoy
  5. “Demons” ft Rome Fortune & Tommy Swisher (collaboration with James Earl)
  6. “GOH” ft KLP (collaboration with Skrillex)
  7. “We Keep On Running” (collaboration with Toto)
  8. “If You Only Knew” ft Daniel Johns (collaboration with San Holo)
  9. “Monsters” ft Michael Christmas & Tobi Lou
  10. “Bottom End” (collaboration with Dyro)
  11. “Same Mistakes” ft Daniel Johns
  12. “Us” ft Daniels

In addition to this announcement, What So Not released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Stuck In Orbit” featuring Buoy. The five-and-a-half-minute emotive piece beautifully flaunts the artist’s top-notch production, set off by gorgeous vocals from Buoy. If “Be Ok Again” and “Stuck In Orbit” are any indication of what the world can expect from What So Not’s debut album, we’re in for a real treat.