Subtlety has always been a virtue for josh pan. Starting out his career under full-shrouded mystery, he has built a following releasing music that follows no rules, except the expectation of quality under any circumstance. His latest is a perfect example of such diligence, as the producer continues to flesh out his style in 2018. “VOOM” is his first original release of the year, seemingly long-awaited after he teased its arrival over social media.
Veering away from his harder bass sounds of the past, “VOOM” sees josh pan enter a new era with stripped down production that focuses on a few key elements that on their own are compelling, but together, are mesmerizing. Keeping hip-hop an ever-constant in his music inspiration, josh pan’s work on “VOOM” is precise as ever for an artist known for perfection.
Norwegian producer Bearson teamed up with the fellow Oslo-based duo Lemaitre and Josh Pan for a brilliant work of artistry. Released on Ultra Music, “It’s Not This” is Bearson’s second collaboration with rising OWSLA artist Pan, and his fifth consecutive release in 2018 with a featured artist, all of which have gained significant traction.
Bearson has been known to veer off into other genres with his production, utilizing the help of his counterparts to create some indie/alternative sounds on this one. Its upbeat feel leaves room for catchy vocals and electronic synths, which meld over a simple piano riff. “It’s Not This” shows that although summer’s over, there will always be some fresh new tracks listeners can vibe to.
If you don’t know about Insane Cherry — the YouTube page that essentially takes every viral animal video in existence and samples them to cover iconic songs— now you do, and you’re welcome. For the page’s latest addition, the folks behind Insane Cherry decided to take on Skrillex & Damian Marley‘s classic dubstep jam “Make It Bun Dem.” And though it’s been sitting there for almost a year, this gem may just be the greatest Skrillex remix ever made, and now seems like the perfect time to appreciate it.
Armed with sample cuts of cats and dogs running into doors, birds chirping, a goat sneezing, “seal cymbals” and the secret ingredient in most Skrillex songs, “ultimate cat bass” the Insane Cherry masterminds reinvent Skrillex and Jr. Gong’s seminal collaboration in perhaps the most unusual way possible. Let’s just say that Skrillex would be proud.
Skrillex returned to the festival circuit recently, taking on Japan’s Fuji Rock with a widely acclaimed hiatus-ending performance. Warming an enormous crowd for Kendrick Lamar’s headlining slot, Skrillex’s set came littered with personal edits, mash-ups, newer material, canonized Skrillex classics, and best of all — a handful of brand new, yet-to-be-identified burners. While nearly everyone, from Fuji Rockers in Japan to eager viewers and listeners across the world, were just enamored to see the OWSLA honcho’s first main stage DJ set of the year, one onlooker in particular — Josh Pan — had their mind set on what’s coming next. The proverbial “soon” passed around by Skrillex fans seems to be closer than anyone thought, and those unidentified new tracks may be getting their names in the very near future.
In a social media post, in which Pan confirms new music of his own, the young experimentalist couldn’t help but share some words of endearment about his label head, though some key words in his post jump right off the screen,
“We’re both about to put out some crazy music this year. He’s back!!!!”
This year. He’s back.
It has been four years since Moore’s seminal studio debut, Recess, and it didn’t take long for fans to start calling for more. And while the former screamo frontman has delivered a steady stream of material in the last near half decade since his first LP, we haven’t been treated to a cohesive body of Skrillex work like Recess since. As it goes, earlier this year Diplo confirmed Jack Ü could once again return, though only after Skrillex finishes a full-length project he’s working on. We can take Diplo’s words at face value, though without any concrete details, the story behind Skrillex’s sophomore LP remains unsubstantiated. Now, with Josh Pan’s keen choice of words, it looks like “soon,” may finally have an expiration date.
X&G have been showcasing their diverse production talents and representing their home of Utah hard in 2018. The duo went experimental on “Paradise” with Josh Pan, which lead to a follow-up “ghost rock” collaboration on “Wait for Me.” Now, they’ve linked up with Fransis Derelle and Nate Lowpass for some classic house vibes on “Freek.”
“Freek” dives dark and deep into what listeners would expect out to hear at the nearest summer warehouse-type venue. However, it compensates with a funky bass-line suited for any dance-ready crowd.
Josh Pan has undoubtedly become known for his unabashedly diverse soundscapes, and with his signature sultry vocals that he frequently graces tracks with. He carefully crafts his brand from the artwork, production, singing and songwriting, which allows him to uniquely tailor his messages on all platforms. His off-kilter style has been a fitting addition to Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA.
Now, the emerging experimenter is bringing an hourlong showcase to Diplo and Friends with a mix that perfectly captures his personality and personal rotation. It’s not every day that a track list is composed completely of the artist’s music, which is a testament to Pan’s undeniable appeal as a creator. Josh Pan creatively pieces in elements from different pop songs, his own products, unreleased music and personal edits. Addictive percussion dances through the mix as Josh leads the adventure through a multitude of genres and sounds.
Adam Jouneau, the Frenchman better known as Habstrakt, is back with another bass crunching tune, “Movie,” featuring josh pan, to add to his long, multifarious catalogue. The Mad Decent release comes after the Frenchman’s wildly popular, ear-splitting collaboration with Skrillex, “Chicken Soup.”
Habstrakt is known for his ability to repurpose wide-ranging assortments of popular elements on the electronic spectrum and shape them into something altogether unrecognizable–his latest creation not withstanding.
“Movie” is a continuation of the heavy-handed house leanings Uncle Habby has displayed in both his recent productions and DJ sets as he accompanies Destucto along his Let’s Be Friends Tour. Josh pan’s shadowy vocals are all smoke and mirrors, carrying us through minimal, downtempo interludes. But the drop soon erupts into a jarring, serrated display of metallic bass and house beats–almost as if Habstrakt has translated his longstanding dubstep devotion into a 4×4 house pattern.
Don’t expect to hear “Movie” in any generic big room sets any time soon.
The trio of Jauz, YOOKiE, and josh pan make for a fascinating group on the surface, and their collaborative effort, “Dinner Chat” lives up to the intrigue. A diverse affair, “Dinner Chat” sees each producer stretch outside of their comfort zone while at the same time maintaining their signature styles.
A simple, whistled melody opens the track before a chopped vocal hook grabs the listener. A breakbeat build up — complete with 90s-inspired synth stabs — culminates in a rolling, experimental, moombahton-tinged drop. A second drop sees the triumvirate throw a curveball, with a half-time section more inclined to grooves than headbanging.
Released on Jauz’s label, Bite This, “Dinner Chat” is a fine example of three talented artists playing off each other to craft a unique track that is sure to stick out in a crowded market.
This music video is dope as hell, just like the audio was when it first dropped. The extremely far-out, trippy, animated futuristic visuals are the perfect ‘vision’ for the out of control combination of sounds and feels by this group of next level producers. I’d really love to see more collaborations by these four, shit