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Skrillex has Dog Blood, Diplo has Major Lazer, both have their own music labels and now they share Jack U. The news comes after Jack U was listed as part of the lineup for Mad Decent’s Block Party tour. Diplo then took to Twitter to clear everything up:
Diplo and Skrillex have collaborated in the past with “Amplifire,” a track that was never released, but I expect this to be completely different from the Moombahton/Dubstep track. Most likely, Diplo and Skrillex will make use of their YouTube channel Potato to promote this new supergroup, so stayed tuned for more information.
If you follow either Diplo, A-Trak, or Skrillex on any social media site, you may wonder why they have been so obsessed with potatoes lately. Yesterday they released a video under the Youtube username “PotatoWillEatYou” explaining the new youtube channel and its purpose. Along with the cool logo design is a slew of feature programs, video/audio premiers, DJ Mixes and more from the music network. In a press release, the three producers hope to echo the early years of MTV, you know, when MTV use to play music. Hopefully this will encourage the three to collaborate on a track, but for now you can check out the commercial below for more information on the project. The launch of the channel is set for next Monday, the 18th, at 4PM EST.
If you haven’t noticed yet, Skrillex is evolving with the music industry as they jump on Drip.fm to create The Nest. It is essentially a subscription service that allows you to get all of OWSLA’s releases before anyone else on top of other tracks, bootlegs, live sets, and remixes that would otherwise never be released through any other platform, all for only $12 a month. The Nest not only provides the users with more music, but gets rid of the medium most artists need to go through in order to release a track. This isn’t a completely new idea as other labels (Fools Gold, Mad Decent, etc.) have done it before, but I’m glad Skrillex/OWSLA jumped on it because services like these are sure to change the music industry as a whole.
The Nest has already released a couple music packs and it’s in its early stages of development right now; however, Skrillex decided to kick it up a notch with this secret EP release that is exclusive to the subscribers of The Nest. “The Reason” might be my favorite track on the EP and its amazing that he just got it finished an hour before releasing this EP; that alone can show you the speed at which you will receive music through this subscription service. The second track uses samples from his most popular original track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” to create a slower brand of Dubstep and still keeps it interesting. And finally, the title track “Leaving” has him branching out to create a much more chill ambient track. Seems like there is something for everyone here, so go out and get your subscription to The Nest to download these tracks below:
Edit: I wanted to make it clear that The Nest is not the first of its kind, but a continuation of a shift in the music industry.
One rising artist from Switzerland came out with a new EP a couple weeks ago titled Limitless and is releasing it for free. Overall, Limitless is a good production and you’ll see he’s got a talent for keeping his tracks interesting while shifting melodies around. Both “Limitless” and “Breakdown” are standout tracks and I could definitely see big name artists like Knife Party playing “Breakdown” in one of their sets. I included a recent bootleg he came out with of Skrillex’s track “Bangarang.” You probably have loads of Skrillex tracks that have been remixed by other artists, so one more addition to your library couldn’t hurt right?
If you’ve been playing the new Call of Duty game then you might have come across this hidden Skrillex feat Alvin Risk track. “Imma Try It Out” is a great addition to the game and I don’t think anything can beat listening to some Dubstep while firing your gun away, Activision you’ve done right. You can grab the track on November 13th when they release the full 40 song soundtrack. We’ve got the full track below and if you want to find the hidden track, check out the video below the stream.
The tracks on Monsta’s newest EP have all the makings of radio hits, following the verse-chorus-verse song structure with an addition of catchy vocal hooks. The group is composed of producers Rocky and Rufio and vocalist Skaar. They aren’t your typical electronic musicians, as they tend to stay away from using samples and prefer instrument based productions. The EP consists of three original mixes, with all three tracks remixed by some of my favorite bass centered artists: Skrillex, Nero, Alvin Risk, Dillon Francis, and Kill Paris. “Holdin’ On” could be a huge radio hit and I think it is the best representation of Skaar’s talent. Because the EP was released off of Skrillex’s label OWSLA, he alongside Nero, remixed “Holdin’ On,” which has garnered our attention from a preview released earlier. The Dillon Francis and Kill Paris remix of “Where Did I Go” is another favorite of mine, which is rare for me because there aren’t too many tracks that I’ve liked when DF has collaborated with someone else. Stream the full EP below and head over to iTunes or Beatport for the purchase link.