Eclectic producer TroyBoi calls on Nigerian vocalist Adekunle Gold for assistance on his latest single, “Tranquilizer.” The mellow track features spacey, reverb-laden production that gives Gold plenty of room for melodic freedom. Its smooth flow paired with simple, yet impactful elements makes the composition a fitting play in a wide array of settings.
“Tranquilizer” adds to TroyBoi’s steady flow of tunes he’s produced in 2019 since joining OWSLA, highlighted by his V!BEZ, Vol. 3 release and a pair of Skrillex collaborations. “Tranquilizer” marks a switch from the tight, sample heavy production that TroyBoi has generally crafted, but a change of pace from an artist with such a wide skill set is anything but unexpected. It will be interesting to see further spaces he explores.
Sonny Moore’s origin story as an adopted child living in Los Angeles takes a significant turn when he finds music to be his creative outlet. Smash cut to fronting From First to Last and then fast forward a decade and change to 2019, where Moore has become one of the most esteemed producers in the game. Music brought the once confused orphan punk to where he is today, so its a heartwarming full-circle moment to see Skrillex’s new music production school open for the children of Langa, South Africa this week.
The school is a co-venture with Bridges For Music, which Skrillex and OWSLA have been partnered with since 2012. Across 2013 – 2014, the OWSLA crew hosted meet and greet giveaways to fans in benefit of the school’s construction. Then, in 2015, on Skrillex’s Full Flex Express outing, the tour donated equipment to Bridges For Music along with a portion of the ticket sales from each show to fund the new educational center.
Now, seven years after Skrillex and the philanthropy group joined forces, Bridges For Music’s new music production school is open in Langa, now promising to help emanate a new generation of music out of Africa.
Skrillex has been on an absolute tear this summer with consistently deliveries on long-awaited new music. Chief among the new cuts the OWSLA boss has dropped off in recent weeks is “Malokera,” a certified rump-shaker with TroyBoi, MC Lan, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign all riding a baile funk-inspired wave. Now, “Malokera” has a brand new music video to boot, featuring Skrillex and the rest of the track’s posse showing out to the bouncy new hit.
A green screen, some lights, and a few props are all the team needs to make a hype new visual that matches “Malokera’s” energy perfectly. The track’s heavy Brazilian influence plays strong in the new video, starring Lan and Ludmilla front and center. See the new video for “Malokera” below.
TroyBoi has released the third edition of his extended play set, V!BEZ, via Skrillex‘s OWSLA imprint. The EP features five tracks, including the the recent heavy-hitting collaboration with the label’s head honcho, “WARLORDZ.” “PAPI CHULO” is the lead single arriving from the project, released in anticipation to the multi-release bundle, while “Do You?” is the South East Londoner’s hit released in 2015 that highlights his less-is-more attitude and original sound sequencing. “BAILE” and “HIGH” (feat. YAS) are the two new original singles from the project, as the former further pounds the producer’s highly percussive trap leanings while the latter caresses a more celestial feel, allowing the sultry vocalist to shine amidst contrasting percussive ad libs.
In a recent press release, Skrillex mentioned some words about the signee: “TroyBoi is special in that he’s always uncompromising and follows his own vision. I went to see him headline the Hollywood Palladium and he had as much crew as you would bring into a nightclub like aerial dancers and violinists. He’s his own wave, no one sounds like him. It could be the simplest beat and you know it’s TroyBoi right away. He’s unique and simple, he makes people move.”
Fresh off the heels of two ultra-satisfying setlist-tools-turned-official-releases, Skrillex has turned in a new visual feature to accompany one of his new Show Tracks, “Mumbai Power.” The video is a collection of clips from the road, from stadiums to street corners, festival stages to plane cabins, with a gang of Skrillex’s friends following him on his adventures across the world.
Kenny Beats, Porter Robinson, longtime touring teammate Team EZY, Mija, recent collaborators Kelsey Lu and Troyboi, and even Loki, all make appearances in the new visual cut. Fans and social media followers will surely recognize snippets of the globetrotting superstar and his crew throughout the video, recapping appearances in Japan, Korea, and India to the highly repeatable “Mumbai Power.”
Those familiar with LA’s Icon Collective know that its alumni have made serious noise in the world of dance music. Jauz, NGHTMRE, and Slander are just a few of the heavyweights who got their start at Icon. Another more understated notch in their roster is Effin, who recently executed an out-of-the-box remix of the Chris Lake classic, “I Want You.”
Lake is an unequivocal staple in the house music domain, and one of the driving leaders in the genre’s global ascension. But one of the reasons he has found such sweeping success is because his music taps into up-to-the-moment sounds and styles and packages them with more classic, subtle nuance. In his explosive rendition, Effin took those subtleties and put them under his serrated microscope lens.
“I Want You” came out on OWSLA in 2017, and because the Skrillex-headed label features cross-genre categories throughout its prolific catalog, its identity pertains more to an all-encompassing energy from a collective vantage point. Effin harnessed the same energy Lake did for dancefloor cut and morphed it into a heavy-hitting bass tune.
Stream the full track below and download it free for a limited time.
Skrillex can’t stay out of the headlines thanks to the sheer volume of music and diverse nature of collaborations he has been releasing as of late. Over the last few weeks, the producer has released music with Ed Sheeran, Ty Dolla $ign, Lykke Li, and TroyBoi. According to a new Instagram post, it would appear Skrillex will not be stopping there.
TroyBoi took to Instagram to announce a new collaboration with the OWSLA boss that will feature Ty Dolla $ign, Lan, and Ludmilla titled “Malokera.” The new collaborative cut comes hot off the heels of Skrillex and TroyBoi’s boisterous “WARLORDZ” joint from earlier this summer. While TroyBoi did not specify a release date, he did note that the track is “coming soon,” giving Skrillex fans their next piece of material to look forward to. This track announcement comes only weeks after news surfaced of TroyBoi’s upcoming EP, PAPI CHULO, which will almost certainly feature “Malokera.”
TroyBoi is slowing down his relentless release machine for no one. The prolific and ever-worldly producer has remained one of the most enduring presences not only in his chosen trap lane, but on the electronic music highway at large.
The London-bred “Afterhours” producer set the interwebs ablaze last month when Skrillex summoned him for an explosive, collaborative OWSLA single, “WARLORDZ.” But now it seems the single was a harbinger of sorts for TroyBoi’s next synergistic, Skrillex-sponsored release. Entitled V!BEZ, Vol. 3, TroyBoi’s forthcoming EP will land on the hallowed OWSLA haven July 26.
In addition to the full tracklist, Troyboi has also shared a new single, “PAPI CHULO,” as a precursor to the impending project. The song is a sexy, sauntering emblem of TroyBoi’s wildly texturized, beat-banging brand of experimental trap. The latin-inspired track arrives hand-in-hand with a smoldering new music video, illuminating the underbelly of Miami’s nightlife culture.
Skrillex has been back in electronic earshot in a big way this past year, vigorously venturing the festival front and continuously churning out high-caliber offerings both under his Boys Noize-assisted Dog Blood masthead, along with a recent Kelsey Lu remix. But he warned that the sun had only begin to rise on his release agenda for the year. Now he’s delivering on that promise.
He’s now taken up arms with worldly and ever-active torrential trap talent, TroyBoi. Their boisterous OWSLA-housed brainchild, “WARLORDZ,” is intuitively named for its audacious architects. The track exudes the complexity and dexterity of its creators, oscillating between throaty Asian vocals and tender piano-driven interludes.
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.