When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
How to pique interest? Tease followers with the possibility of new Jack Ü music. It was a surefire formula for Diplo, who recently shared a cryptic video of himself dropping a remix of 2015 Jack Ü smash, “Where Are Ü Now,” on his Instagram account. “Comment if we should release some more Jack Ü,” he wrote. Needless to say, a flood of replies swiftly materialized in the comments section.
Diplo’s cryptic activity follows his admission to Rolling Stone that Jack Ü could return in 2020. “I think Skrillex has a lot of material he’s been gearing to release,” Diplo said in the October interview. “When that happens I think we might be able to do some new stuff, but I’ve worked on a to of ideas for the project. It’s all in due time. There’s not any rush for it or anything.” In the years since Jack Ü’s reign, both artists have since moved on from the joint project many times over. Though, a return to form in 2020 would bring two of music’s most globally in-demand producers together again, and Jack Ü 2.0 might be something entirely different the next time around.
Rule number one: Take everything Diplo does on social media with a grain of salt.
But with that said, a look at a recent post from the Mad Decent head honcho on Instagram points to what could be a call to reunite with Skrillex under the Jack Ü banner. Diplo and Skrillex famously teamed up in 2013 to form a dominating dance-pop tag team that had dance music under its thumb until the duo announced an indefinite hiatus in 2016 following a raucous Creamfields performance. After a mixtape, a Madison Square Garden shut down, and a seemingly endless festival circuit, the fallout wasn’t exactly swept under the rug as two of the world’s most ubiquitous producers went back to their separate ways at the top of their joint game. Now, it seems that could change with Diplo’s social media call-to-action.
The Instagram post shows Diplo playing out the pair’s Grammy Award-winning Justin Bieber-assisted smash “Where Are Ü Now,” perhaps reminding us, and maybe even Skrillex, that despite whatever happened between the two, Jack Ü managed to make magic together during their very short run. Maybe a reunion is officially on the horizon?
Even the faintest possibility of new Jack Ü material one day is enough to get fans excited, even if its mostly empty hope. The unceremonious way Skrillex and Diplo‘s partnership ended, after riding high on their fizzy, in-your-face blend of pop dance mayhem, has left many wondering if Jack Ü would ever come back. According to Wuki, the idea isn’t so far fetched. In a recent Twitter exchange with Graves, Wuki revealed that a demo he worked on for the “Mind” producers might actually see a release — and soon.
Hahahahaha actually one is going to see the light of day soon
— wuki (@Wuki) December 19, 2018
There’s no telling if the shelved demo has been re-purposed for something else or if the track is actually tied to some Jack Ü material currently in the works. But pairing Wuki’s recent disclosure with Diplo’s comments from December 2017 when he told a reporter at a festival in Argentina, “I think that after that [Skrillex’s new album] we will make music together again.”
A sophomore album from Skrillex and impending new material from his Dog Blood project with Boys Noize seem all but assured for 2019, but maybe he’s looking to hit for the cycle and ramp things back up with Diplo soon too. In any case, next year is shaping up to be a big one for both former proponents of Jack Ü.
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.
RL Grime teamed up with Miguel last year on a song called “Stay For It,” and now they’ve linked up again. “Light Me Up,” which comes from the trap-rave producer’s forthcoming full-length Nova, features Miguel and pop hitmaker Julia Michaels, and it actually started out as a demo from the Skrillex/Diplo team-up Jack Ü. More »
In two shorts days, RL Grime will officially be releasing his new studio album Nova. In anticipation of his new album, RL Grime has released an unreleased demo from Jack Ü featuring Miguel and Julia Michaels. Apparently, the demo was resurrected from Jack Ü’s unreleased songs and given new vocals, production, and a handful of
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2018 has been an extremely hard year for the music industry as too many of the worlds most promising young artists have been taken from us far too soon. Most recently, yesterday in Miami, FL 20-Year-Old mc XXXtentacion was shot and killed while getting into his car outside of a Motorcycle Store. Though there are
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