December has hit and the holidays upon us. In the spirit of the season, OWSLA has teamed up with electronic music-based nonprofit organization Bridges For Music for the first annual Nestivus charity drive. For the entire month of December, subscribers to digital subscription Nest IV will receive exclusive daily releases from Dog Blood, Jack Beats and other outstanding OWSLA artists. All proceeds from Nestivus will go directly to helping Bridges for Music construct a music school in Langa Township in Capetown, South Africa, a city with a budding house music youth culture.
This advent calendar-style month of giving launches with a set of unreleased tunes from Destructo, beginning with Amine Edge & Dance’s remix of “Higher.” With a funky bass punch and an entrancing beat release, the rework embodies the high intensity of OWSLA’s signature sound and provides a delightful first preview for new music to come from Nestivus.
Sign up for Nestivus and grab OWSLA’s December releases here.
OWSLA is home to some of the most creatively driven, bass zealous producers around. With Skrillex at the helm, the powerhouse record imprint has become known for their formative, forward thinking sounds; turning out a wide array of music from heavy, 808-riddled tracks, to futuristic techno selections. Skrillex and his band of bass-minded brothers are pioneering the direction of their respective genres as a group of elite producers and performers. The juggernaut label’s latest release comes by way of TC‘s genre blending EP, Get Down Low. Showcasing veteran talent, the Bristol native dynamically bends high octane drum and bass with thumping trap sounds on this gritty, yet fresh four-track EP.
As Stereosonic prepares to kick off Australia’s summer this weekend, one of the country’s top musical exports is giving the rest of the world Aussie envy. “Jaguar” is the latest track from dream duo What So Not, and it seems both Flume and Emoh Instead pulled out every trick in their proverbial bag. Though shimmering vocals first beckon the listener through the aural beaded curtain, with stealth synths stalking between hi hats and fat brass it is the beat that goes in for the kill: If indie trap was a genre, it very well might cite this tune as its foundation. With builds, sonic blooms and a bass bone structure, for both Sweat It Out and OWSLA, “Jaguar” is one big catch.
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Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions, has created a reputation for colossal bass music with a blissful backbone, yet today he brings us something different. Four months ago, in an interview with OWSLA’s The Nest, the Santa Barbara native alluded to a new project: “I’m working on a really dark satanic occult themed single right now and I want it to be a reoccurring thing. We’re gonna call it ‘Gathering Darkness.’” It is appears “Serpent of Old” is the single to which he was referring and the first in his new Gathering Darkness series.
With its hellish bass and terrifying shrieks (courtesy of Ciscandra Nostalghia), “Serpent of Old” is rooted in the fiendish mysticism of metal — the gothic midtempo track is easily the darkest work we’ve heard from the producer thus far. While it may not be the Seven Lions we’ve grown to know and love, you certainly can’t disparage Montalvo for indulging in his deeper (and darker) interests.
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Skrillex’s passion project record label OWSLA is notorious for its role as a hotbed of up-and-coming stars of dance music with a unique take on the genre. To celebrate the addition of one such rising star to the label, OWSLA brings Yogi’s remix of Zedd’s “Stay the Night” hit with Hayley Williams. Serving more as a mash-up than a remix, the rework takes a different perspective on trap by toning it down while still bringing a deeper, darker intensity. Yogi flows from Hayley’s crystal vocals to a haunting bass rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.” The London-based act intertwines the sample with a subtle synth hint of Hayley crooning “Are you going to stay the night?” and returns to his powerful bass line. Though no release date has been announced, look out for future news from Yogi and OWSLA.
If KOAN Sound weren’t on your music radar before, they should be now. The Bristol bass music duo are known for some of the most creative drum programming and processing in the business, and their latest work is no exception. With the help of fellow Bristol producer Asa, KOAN Sound have crafted a five-track EP of orchestral midtempo and breaks.
While we’ve seen the softer side of KOAN Sound and Asa before, Sanctuary strives towards something greater. Somewhere between the organic atmospheres and beatific dream sequences rests an aura of spirituality. The combination of the pristine piano and string work, fluid drum fills, and flawless layering is nothing short of divine.
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.
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