While OWSLA head Skrillex is boarding his own Mothership to go on a fall tour, he’s sending label delegates North to spread to good word to his Canadian brethren. The M Machine, Alvin Risk, David Heartbreak, Kill Paris and Blood Diamonds will hit the road this November on OWSLA Presents…Good Times, hitting four provinces in nine dates. Though the tour is something of a pared down version of the label’s 2012 outing, the tour recap above gives a taste of what to expect from the insanity. To get down, turn up, and wild out, check the tour dates below.
Before there was Dog Blood, Jack U, and Leaving EP, Skrillex was a name almost purely associated with jaw-dropping dubstep. That’s not to say it was all he produced, simply, Skrillex had inspired a mass convergence of fans around the colloquially (and satirically) termed genre of “brostep.” Out of this reign came many heavy singles — one of the more famous ones being his collaborative stint with Alvin Risk, “Imma Try It Out.” Nearly a year after its official release, the OWSLA-nauts have unveiled an interesting “Neon Mix” to the single. Perhaps even more compelling than the boisterous VIP is the video that accompanies it, featuring cameos by Dillon Francis, Diplo, 12th Planet, The Prodigy, Flava Flava, Jack Black, and many more.
The “Neon Mix” will be released on iTunes at an undisclosed date with two more accompanying B-sides.
[Update] Skrillex has uploaded the “Try Harder” mix, one of eight total revisions. The version features a modified intro and heavily syncopated second drop. Click past the break to hear it.Posted by
You certainly can’t fault Alvin Risk for experimentation. From his feverish Infinity EP, to remixing the Prodigy, to singing on his own dubstep production “Skyclad,” Alvin Risk is a producer who’s demonstrated time and time again a will to push his sound to the furthest reaches of his imagination. His newest Junkfood EP is an embodiment of this frenetic, semi-maniacal creative spirit. The four track EP oscillates between familiar obliterating bass on “Put Em Up” and “Wash Dat,” to the stuttering synths and engine revving of “Zoom!” and furious breakbeat of “Tronce.” Seemingly a sporadic assemblage of genres, Junkfood EP is tied together by its spontaneous drive and carnival-like panache. You can download the entire EP for free from Alvin Risk’s website.
The latest project from OWSLA arbiter Alvin Risk is a boisterous dubstep collaboration alongside New York duo Designer Drugs. “Empty Hearted” begins with a quick four-on-the-floor beat bolstered by transposed lyrics and clicking 8-bit synths. The drop that ensues is a bit rambunctious, but balanced out nicely by an overriding big room melody. Along the same lines as his previous release ”Skyclad,“ Alvin Risk has lent his own voice to the production, warping and tuning it into a robotic and melancholic vocal track.
After returning to the production front with “Skyclad,” budding OWSLA talent Alvin Risk has teamed up with New York duo Designer Drugs for a ripping dubstep track entitled “Empty Hearted.” While Designer Drugs are known more widely for their harder electro selections, the two have dabbled in dubstep on various occasions, and their newest collaborative effort alongside bass music purveyor Alvin Risk is evidence for their taste in 140 bpm destruction. Just as he did in “Skyclad,” it appears Risk has once again lent his own vocals to the track, albeit with a bit more auto-tuning. “Empty Hearted” is scheduled for release on April 16th on Ultra Records.Posted by
For those in the know, the Red Bull Guest House (aka the Dream South Beach Hotel on every other week of the year) was a WMC hot spot this year for catching marquee talents in an intimate setting populated by sunbathing models and A-list onlookers. With eye-opening lineups featuring the likes and labels of Skrillex, A-Trak, and Boys Noize, the poolside performance spot mostly catered to more new-school genres like electro, dubstep and trap over the course of the past week.
It’s been a while since we last heard some original material from Alvin Risk – his Infinity EP was nearly a year ago — but the wait is finally over, as the plaid-sporting Skrillex-understudy has released “Skyclad” today on OWSLA. Beginning with an enticing, orientally-flavored string intro, “Skyclad” picks up with sedative broken beat and a yearning vocal track (which we’ve confirmed as Alvin Risk’s own). Risk’s lyrics aptly precede the drop, as he sings: “I wanna show you how, to lose yourself.” With its roaring undertones and spitting laser-like synths, the ensuing drop is not for the faint of heart.
“Skyclad” is classic Alvin Risk through and through, and a worthy return to original material for the OWSLA protégé. Adoring fans will find much cause to celebrate in Risk’s latest output.
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Aside from providing remix duties for Monsta and the Prodigy, Alvin Risk has been a bit quiet on the release front. With today’s preview of “Skyclad,” it appears Alvin Risk is gearing up for his first original production since his Infinity EP. Beginning with a series of chiming synths, “Skyclad” picks up with a deep beat and a yearning vocal track (presumably from Risk himself as no vocalist is cited). The preview ends all too abruptly before the would-be screeching, spastic dubstep drop takes over. “Skyclad” will be released on March 5th via OWSLA.Posted by
Last week Zedd captivated audiences with his acoustic performance of “Clarity” alongside Foxes and Alvin Risk on the David Letterman Show. The young producer continues to gain recognition and fans through his evident musical talents, securing himself a permanent position in the dance music elite. This week Zedd released an official video for the acclaimed tune, which heavily features vocalist Foxes in an on-screen love affair. Zedd, who only appears occasionally throughout the video, allows the visuals and Foxes to charm watchers, while his precise production tickles our ears.Posted by