What So Not creates a peaceful place with new single ‘We Can Be Friends’

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What So Not creates a peaceful place with new single ‘We Can Be Friends’Herizen What So Not

What So Not is back with new music following the early 2018 release of his debut full-length album, Not All The Beautiful Things. On his latest, “We Can Be Friends,” the Aussie beat maker picks back up where he left off, letting the production elements melt into the background, allowing the featured vocals to be front and center in new release. What So Not taps up-and-comer Herizen for the new track—the release was born when the two met at a writing camp in Nicaragua.

They comment that the vocals and production almost immediately fell into place. What So Not notes, “On the first take, Herizen belted out the chorus over some chords I was playing.” He continues,

“We caught a moment and ran with it.”

The simple, yet captivating, melody can seems inspired by peace in an otherwise chaotic setting and showcases both artists’ ability to let a lyrical story speak for itself. The “Divide & Conquer” producer allows his pensive beat to serve as the track’s backdrop with electronic elements accenting Herizen’s emphatic top-line. Prior to being featured on “We Can Be Friends,” Herizen’s breakout came with her role in Netflix’s now-defunct The Get Down, though now with a What So Not collaboration in the books, we might be seeing her career as a vocalist begin to really take off.

Photo Credit: Gage Sohler

What So Not creates a peaceful place with new single ‘We Can Be Friends’

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What So Not creates a peaceful place with new single ‘We Can Be Friends’Herizen What So Not

What So Not is back with new music following the early 2018 release of his debut full-length album, Not All The Beautiful Things. On his latest, “We Can Be Friends,” the Aussie beat maker picks back up where he left off, letting the production elements melt into the background, allowing the featured vocals to be front and center in new release. What So Not taps up-and-comer Herizen for the new track—the release was born when the two met at a writing camp in Nicaragua.

They comment that the vocals and production almost immediately fell into place. What So Not notes, “On the first take, Herizen belted out the chorus over some chords I was playing.” He continues,

“We caught a moment and ran with it.”

The simple, yet captivating, melody can seems inspired by peace in an otherwise chaotic setting and showcases both artists’ ability to let a lyrical story speak for itself. The “Divide & Conquer” producer allows his pensive beat to serve as the track’s backdrop with electronic elements accenting Herizen’s emphatic top-line. Prior to being featured on “We Can Be Friends,” Herizen’s breakout came with her role in Netflix’s now-defunct The Get Down, though now with a What So Not collaboration in the books, we might be seeing her career as a vocalist begin to really take off.

Photo Credit: Gage Sohler

What So Not sets forth takes from 12th Planet, AC Slater, Daktyl and more on ‘Not All The Beautiful Things’ remixes

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What So Not sets forth takes from 12th Planet, AC Slater, Daktyl and more on ‘Not All The Beautiful Things’ remixesWhat So Not Press Pic Supplied 2017

Earlier this year, What So Not released his watershed debut album, Not All The Beautiful Things, featuring a number of supreme collaborators such as SkrillexSan HoloRome FortuneSLUMBERJACK, and more. Soon after, he kept the brilliance breathing, releasing a four-track remix pack with VolacKaz James, and ZEKE BEATS of the third single off the album, “Beautiful.”

Now, the Australian solo act has unleashed an 11-track remix compilation album with additional reworks from Kidswaste, 12th Planet, AC Slater, Daktyl, graves, as well as a wealth of up-and-coming producers in the electronic space. From bass music to melodic pop to house to psy-trance, this project profoundly reflects What So Not’s versatility since the project’s inception when Flume was in the picture.

The singles tapped for makeovers include “Goh” with Skrillex and KLP, “Stuck In Orbit” with BUOY, “If You Only Knew” with San Holo and Daniel Johns, and again “Beautiful” with  Winona Oak. Some of the highlights off the project include glittering guitar melodies on Kidwaste’s rendition of “Stuck In Orbit,” Champagne Drip‘s contrast between celestial and earth-rumbling grittiness on “Goh,” Yvng Jalapeño‘s jungle-infused “Beautiful,” and 12th Planet’s mellifluously heavy version of “If You Only Knew.”

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

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.

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracks

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In honor of JOYRYDE and Skrillex’s ‘Agen Wida,’ here are 11 more top-notch Skrillex-assisted tracksWhat So Not Skrille

We’re inching closer to Skrillex’s imminent return, and while his now-canonized debut LP, Recessis nearing its fifth birthday, he’s carved out a Hall of Fame career since his momentous mainstream breakout. He’s become one of the most in-demand pop producers of the modern day, while managing to keep close to his post-hardcore roots, build on his electronic music legacy, and explore new sounds all at once. This year, in celebration of turning 30, Skrillex took a much-deserved year off, though a not-so-secret comeback is beginning to take shape, and signs suggest OWSLA’s head honcho could be primed to change the game all over again very soon.

In the meantime, label recruit JOYRYDE is snapping a shorter hiatus as well, linking up with the boss man for his upcoming album’s lead single — the long awaited “Agen Wida.” The pair more than deliver on their new joint effort, so to celebrate, Dancing Astronaut put together an additional 11 (unranked) Skrillex-assisted classics. See if your favorite Skrillex feature made the list below.


Mr. Oizo and Skrillex – End of the World 

A few weeks after the release of his highly anticipated Rick Ross feature, “Purple Lamborghini” (not featured) for the ill-fated Suicide Squad soundtrack, Skrillex switched gears and went full experimental house with veteran French mastermind, Mr. Oizo on “End of the World.” Somewhere between cheeky setlist tool and thumping club cut, Mr. Oizo and Skrillex link up for a memorable house cut featured on Oizo’s 2016 LP, All Wet. 

 

Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup

Featured on OWSLA’s 2017 label compilation, HOWSLA, “Chicken Soup” finds Skrillex linked with French bass-house linchpin Habstrakt. The collaboration originally received a live debut during a surprise Skrillex set at Coachella’s DoLab and would eventually come to be one of the biggest tracks of the year. Skrillex’s house output often takes a backseat to some of his heavier studio hallmarks, but “Chicken Soup,” launched Skrillex towards a considerable club-leaning kick, and has since grown to be a fan favorite within a sprawling catalog of monstrous bass hits.

 

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance The Rapper

Taking on Hundred Waters’ 2014 standout from Moon Rang Like a BellSkrillex reunited with Chance the Rapper, the frequent to breathe new life into “Show Me Love,” with help from vocalists Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal. The remix, which became Hundred Waters‘ most commercially lauded track to date also served as Skrillex’s directorial debut, crafting a feel-good adventure feature for the cameras, rounding off the remix effort with a perfectly complementary video for “Show Me Love.”

 

Justin Bieber – Sorry (prod. by Skrillex)

The unconventional nature of Skrillex and Justin Bieber’s creative partnership was perhaps what made the duo so enticing at first. But after a proven knack for crafting hits together, there’s no denying that when the two link up, they’re bound for radio-ready gold. Such was the case on the tropical chart-topper “Sorry” from Bieber’s inescapable Purpose. The album wound up being a massive commercial success and catapulted Skrillex to untouchable pop producer status alongside Bieber for a second time.

 

Yogi & Skrillex – Burial (feat. Pusha T, Moody Good, TrollPhace)

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable cuts from the entire OWSLA catalog, the boss man orchestrated a super-collaboration remix of Yogi‘s “Burial” that will probably never get old. It’s just too damn good. It has even become Arby’s unofficial theme song. The 2015 posse cut came after the Aftermath-championed production outfit had already collected remixes of the track from Moody Good and Trollphace. So mashing every rendition together with the additions of Skrillex, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T, and a cameo from Denis Rodman in the music video rounded this one out at full blockbuster status for the final product.

 

RL Grime, What So Not, Skrillex – Waiting

What So Not and RL Grime‘s “Tell Me” will always be remembered as the defining emblem of the year trap music took over the EDM zeitgeist. The track is still a hallmark in both producer’s catalogs, though after their first booming collaboration, the world needed a second. In fact, it was practically demanded. So when RL and his Aussie counterpart finally did link back up, they brought along Skrillex for “Waiting,” which became one of the most anticipated tracks of the year in 2016. The track played on the same bombastic trap theme from a few years before, and managed to recreate most of the magic from trap’s extended moment in the sun.

 

ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. – Working for It

Long before the Mind of a Genius roster was crushing the music world, Skrillex pulled up for “Working For It,” a now legendary posse cut with ZHU and THEY. handling vocal duties. The track combined ZHU’s twanging guitars and ludicrously crisp synth lines with signature Skrillex bass stabs. The result was a certified late-night ready club anthem that hits as hard on the thousandth play as it did on the first.

 

Vindata, NSTASIA, and Skrillex – Favor

After striking Top 40 gold twice with Justin Bieber, and creating unique collaborations with artists ranging from K-pop heavyweight CL to Chance The Rapper on 2014’s Recess LP, Skrillex solidified a knack for bringing his productions into a featured vocalist’s unique world. 2017’s “Favor” is a prime example, as Skrillex and Vindata combine Jack Ü-inspired percussion with an lush instrumental that lets NSTASIA’s breezy lines float effortlessly on top.

 

Vic Mensa – No Chill (prod. by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex)

Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa is joined by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex for a collaboration that was essentially the OWSLA head’s 2015 follow up to “Wild For The Night” with A$AP Rocky. Scratching the itch to make another repeat-worthy rap-meets-electronic anthem, Skrillex and Jahlil Beats proctor a cinematic trap beat for Mensa to deliver his bars over, that winds up being one of Skrillex’s more unique, albeit less hyped, features in the rap space to date. The final product was then turned over to Zane Lowe for his debut premiere on the newly launched Apple Music platform.

 

JAUZ and Skrillex – SQUAD OUT! ft. Fatman Scoop

Skrillex has a history of head-turning video concepts, though his animated joint with JAUZ for their Adult Swim Single “SQUAD OUT!” with Fatman Scoop may take the cake. The video is directed by Adult Swim veteran Adam Fuchs, whose credits previously included Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Ugly Americans for the network, as well as music videos for artists such as Flying Lotus and Neon Indian.

The video, unsurprising given its director, is an extension of Adult Swim’s trademark gonzo animation. It opens innocuously enough, with animated avatars of Skrillex and JAUZ riding an elevator. It doesn’t take long though, for things to get very weird. The collaboration was a standout to begin with, and the video made it even better.

 

The Game – El Chapo (prod. by Skrillex)

To assist on The Game’s The Documentary 2, a follow up LP to his debut solo project from a decade earlier, the OWSLA boss served a trunk-rattling dose of bombastic bravado on “El Chapo.” The Recess producer brought his half of the Escobar-ian swagger with a latin-flavored horn loop and shattering subs providing the perfect backdrop for The Game’s snarling bars. The cartel homage was a little harder than the previous rap features in Skrill’s repertoire, but on his joint with The Game, he proves he can undoubtedly run with the big dogs on “El Chapo.”

What So Not Has Been Dropping A Truly Mind Bending Remix Of His Collaboration With Skrillex

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What So Not released one of 2018’s finest albums earlier this year. While the LP was full of memorable records, none stood out more than his track with Skrillex, ‘GOH’. The single had been heard in sets for quite a while before it was released, and when it finally saw the light of day –

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Celebrate seven years of OWSLA with this new playlist stocked full of label highlights [Stream]

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Celebrate seven years of OWSLA with this new playlist stocked full of label highlights [Stream]Skrille Baauer Slushii Wsn Owsla 5 Birthday

This month, Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA, celebrates seven years in business. In those seven years, Skrillex went from promising mau5trap recruit, to burgeoning label head, to one of the most ubiquitous talents in electronic music history — and in turn, one of the most renown A&Rs in the game. Skrillex has achieved icon status as one of the most popular producers on the planet. His catalog speaks for itself. But perhaps more a testament to Sonny Moore’s abilities, and possibly what could wind up making a larger impact on his legacy than his own music, is the body of work he’s curated since OWSLA opened its doors seven years ago.

As the story goes, the label, named for the rabbit army in Richard Adams’ Watership Down, came into existence in 2011, shortly after Skrillex connected online with an emerging Porter Robinson. The young wunderkind instantly gripped Skrillex’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he was making plans to launch his own publishing imprint in order to host some of Robinson’s earliest, and most prolific works. Seven years later and here we are. Dancing Astronaut rounded up some of our favorite highlights from OWSLA’s first seven years, including work from Zedd, Anna Lunoe, Kill The Noise, Louis The Child, and many many more. Good people, good times.

Good Morning Mix: What So Not drops new mix installment on triple j

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Good Morning Mix: What So Not drops new mix installment on triple jWhat So Not 1

Australia’s own What So Not has delivered his third installment of his June takeover of Aussie-run weekly mix series triple j Mix Up. The iconic dance music show, an extension of ABC, has served as an invaluable platform over the years for both well-established and newcomer producers and DJs like ODESZA, Ekali, and Baauer, just to name a few, streamlining their talents to a broader audience.

In this third edition, What So Not sews together his wildly eclectic musical preferences like an staggeringly-arranged sonic quilt. As the hour unravels, with visits to Rüfüs Du Sol and Flying Lotus, it’s apparent all bets are off once our maestro moves from Led Zeppelin‘s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” into a wonky remix of AWOLNATION.

The full mix can be streamed here.

 

What So Not Delivers Jaw Dropping Quest Mix For BBC Radio1: LISTEN

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What So Not is undeniably one of the most impressive artists in the game at the moment. Ever since Flume’s split from the project, Emoh Instead has been steadily crafting a style that is second to none. His blend of hard bass and trap with thought-provoking, emotional arrangements has made for music that is both

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What So Not unveils three-track remix pack for ‘Beautiful’

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Aussie solo act, What So Not, known also under his Emoh Instead alias, is currently riding a wave of success after releasing his debut long play, Not All The Beautiful Things, on March 9 via Counter Records. The album marks the first collection of tracks to surface since Flume left the joint project back in 2015, featuring some high-powered collaborations with SkrillexSan HoloRome Fortune, SLUMBERJACK, and more.

Now, What So Not has unveiled an official remix pack for the album’s third track, “Beautiful,” which features the show-stopping vocals of Winona Oak. He enlisted the production talents of Volac, Kaz James, and Zeke Beats to build upon the track’s hypnotic, carefree aesthetic, gripping drum breakdowns, and those signature WSN top lines.

From Volac’s house spin on the track, with its thumping Night Bass drums, to the charming stylings of fellow Aussie producer Kaz James’ rendition, to Zeke Beats’ seismic bass-powered drops, the entire collection stands as a testament to the power and pull of the producer’s newly minted What So Not sound.