At twenty-two tracks spanning every corner of dance music and hip-hop, Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2019: Originals takes a look back at the year’s most cutting-edge tracks from the record label’s eclectic roster. The weighty compilation features work from the likes of Steve Aoki & Will Sparks, QUIX, Bear Grillz, BROHUG, Two Friends, KRANE, Party Pupils, Tisoki, Curbi, Henry Fong, Godlands,
Captivating the bass scene with his impeccable sound design, QUIX has pushed forward relentlessly since his breakthrough with an accumulation of ever-evolving productions. Shelving collaborations with heavyweights Adventure Club and Alison Wonderland on “Life Long After Death” and “TIME” respectively, the New Zealand producer embarked on his headlining Force of Nature tour and released four-track project IDK [Vol. 1]within the span of the year. Now, QUIX takes on his latest track with his ear-splitting remix of Rynx‘s, “Burn It Up.”
Whereas the original track encapsulates a melodic dubstep and trap fusion, QUIX’s rendition has no qualms about its hard-hitting stylings. Keeping in tune with the cinematic verses, choirs juxtapose industrial percussion and metallic synths while clanging cowbells surveil the build-up to a detrimental drop—strewn with unforgiving bass and wobbling top lines. QUIX then maneuvers into trap territory with the shift into the second drop delivering an equally unforgiving breakdown.
Simply put, QUIX‘s new EP is nasty. The Dim Mak-released project, IDK [Vol. 1], is a four-track piece of work that finds the New Zealand producer adding unique grimy and distorted sound design atop modern trap music arrangements and bass sonics. A dark and hedonistic allure surround the audio, perfect for its Day of the Dead release.
“Huhhh” is the first track from the extended play, dropping listeners on their head with sustained, squirming bass that tickles the high ends while providing that thick bed of bass on the lows. Metallic synths cascade on the second drop, giving off a slowed-down feeling that melts the mind.
“FON” is fun, with a drum line build and grimy sound design that plays well with the flippant, complex melodic percussion elements.
“Fiji Day 4” bring an Asian melody in the verse down to a blast of white noise and funky bass rhythm.
“My house is IKEA” takes a drum ‘n’ bass approach to wrap up the eclectic-sounding project.
QUIX is rounding out the final dates of his extensive Force Of Nature Tour through Dec. 6.
“TIME” showed off a different side to Alison Wonderland and QUIX‘ collective musicality. Take for instance the former’s “High” with Enschway featuring Trippie Redd—an already festival-ready piece that QUIX managed to make even more explosive. The inspiration for “Time,” however, stemmed from a trip that lead to an idea to make a song that stretches time, thus leading to an unexpected aesthetic for their debut joint project. Now, a variety of remixes have extended the lifespan of the track, further stretching the project’s metaphysical clock.
Remixers include a low-end thumper from SLUMBERJACK, a serene cooler from Madnap, a house forward thriller from BARILAN, and a festival ready tweaker from Yvng Jalapeño. QUIX is set to release his brand new EP IDK [Vol. 1]this Friday off Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, a four-track EP that brushes grimy and distorted tones onto effervescent, dark bass music.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Alison Wonderland has teamed up with QUIX on her new single TIME. The track embraces its name with its wobbly sounds, making us feel like we’re entering another dimension. “Tbh I came up with the idea of making a song that stretches time whilst I was tripping. This has been one of my favorite &
Discerning listeners would likely expect an aural brainchild between Australia’s Alison Wonderland and New Zealand’s QUIX to be a highly explosive festival weapon, riddled with resounding bass. See: QUIX’s serrated remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Happy Place.” But, in fact, their new collaboration, “TIME,” is subtle and smoldering, with far less audacious bass displays than their longtime catalogs hold affinity for.
As the listener enters the swirling, cosmic corridors of “TIME,” pensive piano and a languorous club beat precede the quickening tick-of-the-clock sample, nearly in time with a mounting snare. Slow and deliberate bass enters the forefront, alongside a glitchy synth line, before Wonderland’s fraught vocal cut segues into a pummeling breakdown for the track’s finale. The song invokes the cinematic lysergia of Chromatics‘ “Running Up That Hill” or the indie dancefloor hypnosis inherent in Tame Impala and ZHU‘s “My Life.”
Opalescent and free-flowing down to its finest fibers, the kaleidoscopic sonic tonic was apparently the result of some quixotic musings from one of Wonderland’s psychedelic encounters. She attributes the metaphysical nature of the track to her desire to “stretch time.” She tweeted that the production process was one of her most enjoyable creations to date.
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.
Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”
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.
Adventure Club and QUIX have teamed up for a new genre-bending collaboration titled “Life Long After Death,” showcasing a new direction for the artists. The release is a fusion of QUIX’s unmistakably nuanced sound design alongside Adventure Club’s ability to blend styles such as pop and punk to add an interesting flair to their releases. Vocalist badXchannels sings a commanding rock-driven vocal line that gives the listener the feeling that the drop will lead into strum-y guitar licks. Instead the track takes a bass dive juxtaposed with dancing orchestral notes, rendering the record an enduringly enamoring and multifaceted release.
Adventure Club recently finished their Death and Glory Tour, and they are now setting their sights on disseminating good in the world with new charitable initiative Thanks2Music, which highlights the therapeutic properties of music, while aiming to spark a conversation about mental health. QUIX recently returned from his North American and Australian tour dates. “Life Long After Death” is out now via Dim Mak.