Venezuelan singer, Danny Ocean, releases a new music video for his single “Epa Wei.” The viewer is immediately introduced to three-screens and warm synths; Ocean’s vocals and a sharp Purpose-reminiscent production effort from Skrillex do the rest. With a variety of characters and scenes the video creates an expressive narrative that accents the new tune perfectly. Ocean’s catchy vocal melody is guided by Skrillex’s poppy soca rhythms, capped with a singalong-ready slang hook.
The song came together when Ocean received a surprise call Skrillex, and in a snap the pair found themselves in the studio tampering with fresh latin pop sounds, eventually merging styles on “Epa Wei’s” fluid, hip-swinging vibe. Combatting the bleak political and economic landscape of Venezuela, the positivity in this music video shows a bright side to a vibrant culture that has undeniable international appeal.
It’s not a breakup song, but it’s not a love song, either.
Mura Masa‘s latest single, “Complicated” emerged as a hybrid that lyrically bemoaned the difficulties of love, but when it came to sonic arrangement, Mura Masa took the road less traveled, opting not for a slow paced, piano driven tear jerker, but a spunky, tropical tinged summer staple that sounds less like a complaint concerning romantic woes, and more like a celebration thereof.
Now, an official music video follows the release of the Skrillex co-produced single to visually expound upon the song’s critical yet playful nature. Featured vocalist Nao breathes lyrical life into the video as the lens twists and turns, transitioning from scenes of dancers donning scarlet dresses, to shots that betray the dissonance between the video’s lovers. The music video arrives as a fun depiction of the highs and lows of love, as reflected in the production’s constant scene shifts.
The young age of Minnesota’s Snowta Festival hasn’t stopped it from bringing a massive lineup this New Year’s Eve. Snowta returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the event’s third year with headliners Marshmello and Skrillex. Bringing in headliner’s like that it’s safe to say the Snowta team hasn’t ‘dropped the ball’ on this year’s lineup.
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.
What happens when Mura Masa and Skrillex pair up? The result one might expect from two established talents who refuse to stick themselves in a creative box.
Titled “Complicated,” it is indeed a tangle of tropical-tinged synths, a reggae-inspired bassline, and futuristic vocals courtesy of Nao — dressed with subtle guitar riffs that add depth to the finished product. It’s an irresistibly infectious record that isn’t just a palatable radio listen, but one capable of providing mental solace and blissful imagery amidst a chaotic real world.
Mura Masa’s influence in “Complicated” is overwhelmingly evident — the single is in a similar vein to its predecessor “Move Me,” which has been a summer anthem for the stalwart. Meanwhile, it’d been quite some time since the dance world had heard from Skrillex, likely due to diving back into his band of old, From First to Last. Josh Pan caused a stir on July 31, however, stating the OWSLA owner would be releasing new music soon; therefore, “Complicated” may just the first of many new things we’re set to hear from the iconic producer.
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.
Skrillex did something rare this past weekend – he played a full EDM set. As many American’s lamented that the show took place in Japan, everyone was still mystified by the incredible music featured in his set. Obviously Skrillex is one of the most respected artists in the history of dance music. He helped dubstep
This past weekend Brownies & Lemonade and Skrillex traveled over to Japan for an explosive show. Needless to say, the set was unbelievable for many reasons. Skrillex held nothing back, and the excitement around his upcoming releases is at a fever pitch level. To make things even more exciting Skrillex opened up his set with
It strange when a whole festival season comes and goes without much mention of Skrillex. Amid what appears to be a relaxing, productive year off, which many believe Skrillex may be using to write a sophomore album, performances have been few and far between, and festival appearances have become a coveted rarity. FORM Arcosanti‘s billing this year included its annual set from the OWSLA boss, but the only other lineup to bear a Skrillex booking so far this year is Japan’s Fuji Rock, next to acts including Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan, and MGMT. Taking on Saturday’s sundown slot, Skrillex decidedly crushes his only major festival outing of the year, giving Japan one of his best performances in recent memory.
Creatively, Skrillex has always kept close ties to Eastern culture, and for his most recent visit, the “Would You Ever” producer connected with Japanese metal band X Japan’s drummer Yoshiki for the final minutes of his Fuji Rock performance. The pair play a live medley of both of their hits, with Yoshiki on paino and eventually drums and Skrillex on the guitar.
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 »