Sonny Moore’s solo moniker has been relatively silent recently. Since Bangarang‘s late 2011 release, Skrillex has tided us over with Leaving (an abridged EP to advance The Nest), new Dog Blood material, and promotional themes for G-Star Raw and Mishka. Hopefuls turned to his first studio Essential Mix, but were still left hankering for unheard originals. After Sonny’s interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 last night, it seems the wait will soon be over.
The Grammy-sweeper will headline the Reading and Leeds Festivals August 24th and 25th. Moore speaks on the upcoming performance; “This is the first time I’ve played a proper Skrillex show at a festival all year, actually. So I’m exited to play some new music and we have new visuals and stuff that we’re working with.”
When asked about releasing this new music, Skrillex tells Zane, “For sure – sooner rather than later, I’d say sooner.” Sonny has produced an album’s worth of new material, but is still debating what format to release it and between how many releases. ”I have a lot of music right now, I have more songs than an album… will it be two releases or will it be one release? I don’t know. If it feels like an album, it’s an album, if it doesn’t then it’s gonna be a 10-minute mega song.”
When moombathon’s North American poster boy Dillon Francis let slip that his eyes were set on a full-length album, a lot of people simply weren’t sure whether he was being serious. But enroute to what we now know to be a solid 14-song affair from Mad Decent’s comedic protagonist, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs joins the trail for a single well outside of his comfort zone. For those fearing recurrence of the docile “Flight 4555,” the Zane Lowe premiered “Without You” is sure to spark relief along the way. This melodic electronic ballad strips Francis of his class-clown persona for perhaps one of the most nubile offerings to emerge from the young American artist to date. A bout of solid writing and subtle synth developments, the accomplished dup unites to the avail of a track that naturally hits universal territory without the cheesy compromises. Benefitting heavily from T.E.E.D’s own mesmerising studio get-up, the track signals that for all the skeptics out there, Francis may well be on to one his most accomplished studio servings to date if this emotively oiled single is anything to go by. (more…)
James Blake has returned to the electronic music scene this week with a preview of the first track off his new album, Overgrown, to be released on April 8. Even before “Retrograde” got its first play on Zane Lowe‘s Radio 1 show yesterday, blogs were all in a tizzy about the impending track and its artist’s sophomore LP. Blake’s eponymous debut album from 2011 was a highly regarded critical success, but from a first listen to this new track it’s clear he’s returning to the roots of his earlier EPs like CMYK. As always, Blake’s vocals are both memorable and haunting and carry the giant’s weight of the beautifully minimal track. The single is out February 11th, but click past the break for a listen of the first play, including a brief chat between Zane Lowe and Blake.
Hard Events, the organizer that brought us Haunted Mansion in years past, has announced stage lineups for its inaugural Day of the Dead celebration. The event, which will take place on November 3rd features hard-hitting acts like Justice (live), Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Knife Party, Crookers and Soul Clap, among others. It promises to knock your socks off “like no other Hard event before” with an enhanced production and four stages that will keep your eardrums fully engaged at all times. Hard-goers and music enthusiasts are also being treated to some pre-party mix tapes from select performers. Tickets are on sale now. Click past the break to check out the full stage lineups.
Just a few days after Feed Me delivered a two hour long Essential Mix for Pete Tong, we already have a rip of his collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Love Is All I Got,” courtesy of Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. The musical stylings of both shine through the finished production, blending the uplifting indie-meets-electronic sound of Crystal Fighters with the darker electro-funk basslines Feed Me offers. Check out the rip and stay tuned for the full release from mau5trap records coming soon.
Yesterday we brought you Evolution, a brand new mixtape from Jack Beats. Well today we have the full preview of their upcoming single “Careless.” The track features Takura, who is well known for his work with Chase & Status. We absolutely love “Careless” as it is a vintage Jack Beats production. Their signature warped synths rest over a classic bouncy fidget bass line. Takura’s vocals provide the finishing touch to make “Careless” Zane Lowe’s current Hottest Record In The World. Those of you who are really into dubstep, but are ready for something a little bit different, should definitely check this out!