Ekali and 1788-L deliver decadent and dizzying ‘R U I N’

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Ekali and 1788-L deliver decadent and dizzying ‘R U I N’Ekali Awakening Radio Mi 001

Recent collaborative counterparts, Ekali and 1788-L are among the most alluring names on the electronic agenda as of late. 1788-L, since his ascension through an auspicious feature on REZZ‘s “H E X,” has so far remained anonymous, at least by face. His off-kilter strain of glitchy electro is distinguishable to even the most untrained ear. Ekali’s fervent reception has landed him in some slightly larger arenas in the years since Skrillex remixed his “Babylon” original.

By way of their all-but-“R U I N”-ous brainchild, the pair succeed in scaffolding of one another’s diverging production styles for a complex and decadently maze-like sonic offspring. Drop one falls in 1788-L’s court, with its grinding, stop-and-go, mid-tempo electro, while Ekali ensconces the second breakdown with his invariably melodic DNA. Prophetic wind and piano synths join dizzying drum ‘n’ bass fills for a paradoxical delivery that melts monotony in its tracks.

The two have been teasing the track for some time, sprinkling it into their sets throughout Ekali’s Crystal Eyes Tour. Illenium offered up his edit of the track ahead of the release, bolstering anticipation for the original. “R U I N”‘s release comes with a Blade Runner/apocalypse-themed visual spearheaded by Quentin Deronzier.

Dr. Fresch celebrates new Prescription label launch with 9-track G-house compilation

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Dr. Fresch celebrates new Prescription label launch with 9-track G-house compilation11.9.17 DrFRESCH 020 Edit

Tony Fresch (aka Dr. Fresch) has come a long way since the 2012 launch of his former label, Prep School Recordings. The Prep School launch jump-started Fresch’s career in electronic music, as he wielded the indie imprint to release debut EPs from the now-dignitary Louis The Child, Illenium, and more. Since then, he’s solidified a commendable reputation as both an accomplished DJ and inventive producer, releasing music on upper-echelon dance labels such as OWSLA and Ministry of Sound.

Now, the LA-based curator has announced his newest project: The Prescription Records, a label created auspiciously alongside Insomniac Music Group. The label establishment is the latest extension of Fresch’s Prescription brand, which currently has its own mix series on Sirius XM (now on its 58th episode). Appropriately, in 2013, it was Insomniac which gave Fresch his start as a touring DJ after he won their Discovery Project competition. In many ways, the new imprint cements his six-year relationship with the industry giant.

To celebrate the label’s debut, Prescription Records has released a nine-track compilation featuring 12 unique talents, including Dr. Fresch himself (“Dr. No”), Arizona-based BIJOU (“Smack”), French DJ Tony Romera (“Kill The System”), and more. The compilation cements Fresch’s affinity for bringing novelty and nuance to the contemporary G-House domain, being one of the sub-genre’s original gurus.

Fresch had some remarks on the announcement:

“The Prescription Records is, in every sense, an extension of my artist brand as Dr. Fresch. I’m working with new artists whose music not only fits my style as a producer and DJ, but new artists who I see developing truly groundbreaking sounds in 2019… ‘The Remedy Vol. 1’ is a cohesive project that showcases the label vision from a dozen different artists. These producers pull elements of G-House, Bass House and Electro to solidify a sound I’ve been developing for years – that’s The Prescription.”

Skrillex’s undersung ‘Leaving’ EP turns six

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Skrillex’s undersung ‘Leaving’ EP turns sixSkrille Scary Monsters Nice Sprites Eight Years

We’re celebrating the sixth anniversary of Skrillex‘s toned-down three-track EP, Leaving, which was exclusively dropped to members of OWSLA‘s subscription service, The Nest, on January 3, 2013. The extended play became public on Sonny Moore’s YouTube and SoundCloud pages the next day.

“Scary Bolly Dub” is a rework of “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” an edit of the mind-melting original that Skrillex played live and circulated on the internet a year before its release. One can really hear the slowed-down likeness toward the end of the track.

“The Reason” comes in at a cool 100 BPM — a few energy notches below the usual 140 BPM dubstep mayhem listeners were accustomed to at the time. This tempo has relevance these days in the slower wobbles that REZZ and other dubstep artists have been popularizing.

“Leaving” runs with a complex percussion pattern, showcasing Skrillex’s innate drum proficiency that he uses today for big label credit releases. The EP was a bit of a departure from his normal raucous tunes, showcasing a more tender side to Skrillex’s production capabilities.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”

 

This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

Elohim taps Skrillex for their second collaboration, ‘Buckets’

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Elohim taps Skrillex for their second collaboration, ‘Buckets’Elohim

Though many were expecting a Skrillex album at some point in 2018, the missing follow up to Recess doesn’t mean Skrillex has had a quiet year. From his collaborations with Joyryde and Mariah Carey, to his remix of “Sicko Mode,” the emo-frontman turned superstar DJ has been busy working behind the scenes with other artists. After signing Elohim to OWSLA and co-producing her single, “Connect,” the pair have teamed up again on their hard-hitting new track, “Buckets.”

With a simple yet eerie flute melody, Elohim kicks the song off with her sultry vocals – only to switch things up with anguished cries atop a booming, distorted low-end. Showing a full range of vocal styles and track energy, the emerging artist and the powerhouse producer  have come together for another dynamic track sure to please Elohim’s fans, and hold over Skrillex’s until the album finally emerges.

josh pan fashions brand new, ‘the world within’ EP

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josh pan fashions brand new, ‘the world within’ EPJosh Pan The World Within Art

OWSLA knows how to pick outside-the-box artists. Their regular signee, josh pan, is an embodiment of this curatorial edge. He’s most known for his bassier, high-octane productions, but has proven himself equally effective in other realms, like hip-hop, deep house, and more. Now, he caps off the year with even more broken ground, exploring an even more stripped-down, chilled aesthetic in a four-piece EP titled the world within.

Pan opens the project with a breezy, indie-esque number with buttery falsetto and lo-fi sound design. These themes carry over into the other tracks of the EP; ultimately, however, each track stands completely on its own outside this bond. “take your time,” for example, is a smoother number that errs more on the contemporary R&B side, while “overdue’s” cinematic elements make it feel like it came out of a film soundtrack. Once again, the low-end star proves he knows how to evolve as an artist and remain on the cutting edge.

 

 

Order a copy of ‘the world within’ here

josh pan and AWAY link up on the dark ‘Mask’

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josh pan and AWAY link up on the dark ‘Mask’Josh Pan Facebook

Josh pan and AWAY have returned to OWSLA for a new video and single release. The hype around “Mask” has slowly been building online, with rumors reaching fever pitch around the collaboration in the weeks leading up to this release. The final product is something that takes us back to Halloween, with ominous, eerie production that sounds like it came from the underworld.

Not only now is this record out at long last, but the team has additionally unveiled a coordinating video to compliment its dark production. Animated by Sam & Andy Rolfes, the video features motion capture work that blurs reality, 2D and 3D across psychedelic visuals. The release of “Mask” shows signs of a longer release coming from josh pan sometime in the indeterminate future, continuing along his 2018 release streak.

 

Photo credit: Facebook/joshpan

Vindata lay down another effervescent offering, ‘6 ft.’

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Vindata lay down another effervescent offering, ‘6 ft.’Vindata 6ft. 1

Vindata‘s fluttery, idiosyncratic productions have reserved the LA duo collaborative seats alongside some of the most influential names in the electronic circuit (i.e., Skrillex, Mija, ODESZA). However, with their latest independent release, “6 ft.” Vindata have seized another opportunity to flaunt their ability to light up speakers all by their lonesome.

There is blanket of nostalgia ensconcing the lush, experimental mechanisms at work in “6 ft.,” solidified by the vintage photo collage cover art. Pitched up vocal chops and a refulgent mallet synth summon warmth and idealistic musings of distant memories. Retrospective indeed–the duo’s nascent efforts as hip-hop producers peeks its head through the track’ss elastic, effervescent beat loops.


 

 

Skrillex teams up with Elohim on her OWSLA debut single, ‘Connect’ [WATCH]

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Skrillex teams up with Elohim on her OWSLA debut single, ‘Connect’ [WATCH]Skrille Elohim Connect Cover

Elohim makes her OWSLA debut, dropping a new track co-produced by Skrillex, “Connect,” with an accompanying music video. Combining Elohim’s emotive vocals with Skrillex’s signature vocal chop melodies and sharp drum production, “Connect” creates an uplifting atmosphere, lined by shimmering notes and warm harmonies. The LA-based singer/songwriter’s voice has an authentic feel and defined crispness that contrasts nicely with the OWSLA label head’s purposeful production style and vocoded accents. The music video is a perfect aesthetic fit to Elohim’s newest feel-good bop too.

Since releasing her self-titled debut album this year, Elohim has made major strides in 2018, building her catalog with collaborations alongside some of the most in-demand artists of the moment. She was featured on Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play EP; dipped into alternative rock with a feature on AWOLNATION‘s new single, “Table For One;” and REZZ remixed her and the Glitch Mob‘s “I Could Be Anything” from the group’s See Without Eyes Deluxe album. With her breakout year culminating in a new Skrillex co-sign, OWSLA could prove to be a fitting home for the emerging vocalist in 2019.

Skrillex teams up with Elohim on her OWSLA debut single, ‘Connect’ [WATCH]

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Skrillex teams up with Elohim on her OWSLA debut single, ‘Connect’ [WATCH]Skrille Elohim Connect Cover

Elohim makes her OWSLA debut, dropping a new track co-produced by Skrillex, “Connect,” with an accompanying music video. Combining Elohim’s emotive vocals with Skrillex’s signature vocal chop melodies and sharp drum production, “Connect” creates an uplifting atmosphere, lined by shimmering notes and warm harmonies. The LA-based singer/songwriter’s voice has an authentic feel and defined crispness that contrasts nicely with the OWSLA label head’s purposeful production style and vocoded accents. The music video is a perfect aesthetic fit to Elohim’s newest feel-good bop too.

Since releasing her self-titled debut album this year, Elohim has made major strides in 2018, building her catalog with collaborations alongside some of the most in-demand artists of the moment. She was featured on Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play EP; dipped into alternative rock with a feature on AWOLNATION‘s new single, “Table For One;” and REZZ remixed her and the Glitch Mob‘s “I Could Be Anything” from the group’s See Without Eyes Deluxe album. With her breakout year culminating in a new Skrillex co-sign, OWSLA could prove to be a fitting home for the emerging vocalist in 2019.