Last month, Skrillex and Boys Noize launched the “Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest” in collaboration with Fan Forge, an open gallery for artists to submit their art, and Japanese goods manufacturer and Nendoroid creators Good Smile Company. Submission guidelines were simple: “Design something original, creative and inspired by the two members of Dog Blood.” The selected winner not only gets their design made into a 3D toy, but also receives commission on each sale.
Submissions for the contest closed on June 16. On Tuesday July 2, Skrillex took to social media to announce his and Boys Noize’s hand-picked winner and congratulate the lucky artist. The winner Elena Fortune submitted three variations of her design “big eye vinyl friends” in basic, colorful and psychedelic versions. ForFans ByFans and Good Smile Company will provide updates on when the finished vinyl figure will be available for purchase.
LA-based DJ/producer duo Ship Wrek has been creating serious waves throughout the first half of 2019. Their Spinnin’ Deep release “Soul” hastily made the rounds in a number of DJ performances from the likes of Tiësto, Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix and in May, their Dog Blood edit of “Turn Off the Lights” began catching attention. During his surprise appearance at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, Skrillex teased the Ship Wrek version of the first Dog Blood release since 2013 and it quickly became a point of interest on the fan-curated 1001Tracklists.com. The duo is now treating their fans to not only the long-awaited bootleg after months of speculation and begging from the fans’ end, but also a complete five-track edit pack for DJs to employ this summer.
Each and every creation in the duo’s release is flooded with bouncy and enthralling four-on-the-floor house instrumentals. The pack launches with the aforementioned “Turn Off the Lights” bootleg and additionally includes takes on Mike Vale’s “Music Is the Answer,” a throwback version of “Smoke On The Water,” Dillon Francis & TV Noise’s “EDM O’CLOCK” and one extra flip of Dog Blood with “Break Law.”
In recent years, Australia has proven a bottomless breeding ground for inventive electronic artistry. Flume, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, and Anna Lunoe are just a fun-sized chunk of the abundant Aussie eminence molding and maestroing the electronic space from global vantage points. Wax Motif, however, has flown relatively under the radar until recently, despite wide-reaching support from his counterparts and releases on upper-echelon imprints like Tchami’s CONFESSION, AC Slater’s Night Bass, Tiësto’s Musical Freedom, and Destructo’s All My Friends.
Motif’s House Of Wax SoundCloud mix series sees the “Kush Groove” artist, known for his disco-driven, G-House-drenched strain of four on the floor, compile his quixotic tastes in hour-long segments. In the 26th installment, Motif summons the songs of the hour, with piping hot new offerings from Dog Blood, Fisher, Black Caviar, Chris Lake, UMEK, Eli Brown, Matroda, and Sonny Fodera. Now you know: When the wax starts drippin’, it’s time to wake up and shake it.
Power duo Skrillex and Boys Noize, known together as Dog Blood, find themselves in the wake of their recently released, critically lauded Turn Off The Lights extended play. Following the project, and accompanying mixtape’s release, the duo are now launching a contest that’s by the fans, for the fans coined the “Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest.”
The rules are simple: design something original, inspired by Dog Blood. Submit your artwork by June 16 11:59pm PST. The winning design will be made into a 3D toy, and best of all, the winner actually gets paid for their design.
The contest is run on Fan Forge, an open gallery for artists to submit their art to the world. Products are shared and rated by the community with opportunities to become official licensed merchandise. Skrillex has been known to be inventive with his promotion campaigns, but this one might be the most unique one of them all.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
As singular entities both Skrillex and Boys Noize need no introduction. Together, under their star-speckled Dog Blood umbrella, they’re not a penny short of patent electronic music majesty.
After a six-year hiatus, Dog Blood is back in action with a four-track extended play, entitled Turn Off The Lights. The EP features a number of guest credits, including OWSLA veteran, josh pan, X&G, and Otira. The reemergence clocks in as the duo’s first multi-track release since their Middle Finger Pt. 2 EP of 2013. Anticipation ensconced the auspicious pair after they released the EP’s eponymous single back in March just before setting the Ultra main stage ablaze. The momentum continued with the release of their EP-gearedClap Back Vol. 1mini-mix, which they doused in IDs.
Skrillex has been causing quite the commotion all by his lonesome, too. Mid-May he announced he would be unfurling a steady stream of “random releases” in coming weeks. The first of these came to fruition in his recently released Kelsey Lu remix of “Due West.” Now, Skrill is back with Boys Noize in tow for one of the most anticipated EPs of the year. Stream Turn Off The Lights below.
Fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for Dog Blood’s return, and as the wait finally comes to a close, full details on the incoming new EP are now available. The EP will be called Turn Off the Lights, following the titular Vanilla Ice-sampling track that dropped in March. The new collection comes hot off the heels of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s Clap Back Vol 1. mixtape, which roped together a grip of brand new IDs from the unholy pairing into a 25-minute mix hyping the end of the duo’s extended hiatus.
Turn Off the Lights is a four-track listen—Josh and and X&G will assist on “4 MIND,” Otira is tagged on “KOKOE,” the previously released “TURN OFF THE LIGHTS,” and finally “BREAK LAW.” The new EP will be Dog Blood’s first body of work since 2013’s unforgettable Middle Finger Pt. 2. See the official tracklist for Turn Off the Lights below.
For the first time in more than half a decade, Skrillex and Boys Noize are gearing up to unveil a new EP slated for May 31st. The duo initially revitalized their legendary acid house project earlier this year with performances at BUKU and Ultra Music Festival and immediately offered up ‘Turn Off The Lights” to solidify the comeback. Now, Dog Blood is giving fans a taste of what to expect at the end of this week with a nearly 30-minute mixtape, aptly dubbed CLAP BACK VOL 1.
A brief glance over the 18-song tracklist makes the final days of waiting as tantalizing as possible, with Skrillex and Boys Noise touting a slew of upcoming productions. In the description of the mixtape, the pair gave thanks to a group of notable artists that are featured on CLAP BACK and could potentially hint at some of the rumored collaborators on the ‘Turn Off The Lights’ EP. In Skrillex’s initial tweet announcing the project, he teased the EP would feature “some friends,” and judging by the Recess producer’s Rolodex, we can expect some heavy hitters to show up in the official tracklist.
“Thanks to Josh Pan, X&G, Otira, Switch, JOYRYDE, The Prodigy, MERCER, Format:B, DJ PP, Blaqstarr, Hasse de Moore, Ship Wrek, IC3PEAK, Dilby, Murci, Kanye West, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Daft Punk, Wiwek, Moksi, Lil Texas – From Skrillex and Boys Noize”
Back in 2012, Skrillex had just been crowned an EDM superstar. His unique brand of raucous dubstep was dominating the charts and social media alike. Of course, those familiar with how social media treats superstars will remember that the trolls had Skrillex in their crosshairs as well.
Success breeds contempt on the internet, and Twitter A&R was ready to typecast Skrillex—real name Sonny Moore—as nothing more than a dubstep producer who made his name on spectacle rather than substance. Moore, however, didn’t feed the fire with his own internet assault, as so many of his peers would have done. Instead, he threw everyone a curveball. Not only did he collaborate with Boys Noize, a bonafide legend on a new project called Dog Blood, but he also invented an entirely new genre entitled “electronic-core-rave-metal” with his new German cohort.
Naysayers would contend that this project and genre were equivalent to Moore’s previous work: eye- and ear-catching for no reason other than a claim to originality. Looking back though, it’s clear this project was born from a love of music and chemistry he shared with Boys Noize, aka Alexander Ridha. Dog Blood never embarked on a worldwide, 200-date tour, and to this day, they haven’t even put out five releases. This project demonstrates the best parts of music culture: mutual respect among talented artists leading to fresh, innovative music.
Now there is a new four-track EP from Dog Blood just around the corner. To honor the release from this dance music supergroup, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a sunrise set from the pair at Monegros in 2014. Adopting an entirely different vibe than Dog Blood sets are known for, these 90 minutes prove that Moore and Ridha shared undeniable chemistry as DJs and that their taste goes deeper than any naysayer would care to look.