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The Jack Ü Album Is… Really Fucking Good

We all know Skrillex and Diplo, the duo who came together to form Jack Ü, are two of the world’s biggest taste-makers. Sonny and Wes have an incredible work ethic – both in the studio and with nonstop touring – and their ear for music isn’t something you can teach. Diplo prides himself on always doing something different (he even says so during his 2010 Electric Zoo set, back when he was all about Moombahton) and he’s always looking for the next big sound. Skrillex isn’t too far off from that, but rather than cultivating sounds from all around the world he tends to push himself to continue evolving and bring dance music to the masses that few before him have done. Jack Ü is the definition of a super-group and I’ll admit I’m surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying their debut album. In case you missed it, the album dropped last week on Diplo’s Mad Decent label.

So what is it about the 10-song Jack Ü album that I like so much? Plain and simple: it’s fresh. The production quality is so squeaky clean, so crisp, that the volume has no choice but to be cranked. While it’s easy to categorize the album as Trap, I think it moves away from what the dance music listener has come to know Trap as. There are all kinds of melodic elements, vocals, hard-hitting drops, Rasta vibes, Moombahton influences, Dubstep wobbles, Hip-Hop hooks, and even THE BIEBS (real talk: “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber is probably my favorite track on the album). In essence, unless you’re a pure House, Techno, or Trance junkie – this album is for you. And hey, even if you are (I’m a self-professed House junkie) – you might be surprised and enjoy this release.

Again, no knock to Skrillex or Diplo on this. I’m a huge fan of both. I’ve paid money to see Skrillex and Diplo perform countless times and I constantly bump music by both of them. I shouldn’t be surprised that the Jack Ü album isn’t cookie-cutter, I shouldn’t be surprised that it perfectly fuses Diplo & Skrillex’s individual sounds (even Major Lazer). Maybe I was getting tired of their mixes or live sets because it was Trap banger after Trap banger, but the Jack Ü album is a perfect balance of exactly what I want in a ahead-of-its-time dance album.

If you haven’t heard the album you can stream it below. But more importantly, grab a copy if you like what you hear and make sure to continue supporting the artists who make you move.

Top Three Picks from the Album:

  1. Where Are Ü Now (featuring Justin Bieber) – melodic, soulful, chill-step with Electro flutes?
  2. To Ü (featuring AlunaGeorge) – AlunaGeorge’s voice gives me the chills and the track has a great beat, almost contains Flume/What So Not sounds but perfect blend with Skrillex Dubstep wobbles
  3. Beats Knockin (featuring Fly Boi Keno) – I mean fuck, that’s how you come out of the gate full steam ahead. This one sounds like a Diplo track all-around but the bottom line is if your head isn’t nodding and your body not moving you need to check your pulse

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Durante – Slow Burn Feat. Chuck Ellis

“Slow Burn” may sound like the output of a long-seasoned, veteran producer from the UK, but in fact, it’s the latest offering from 21-year-old young gun, Durante, from right here in Los Angeles. Teaming up with singer/songwriter, Chuck Ellis, Durante has fused Chuck’s tender, pop-leaning vocals with pinpoint piano stab breakdowns for a breezy House hit that matches easy listening vibes with superlative potential for peak time play. Showcasing an adeptness and musical understanding far beyond his 21 years in “Slow Burn,” Durante is poised for some serious attention going into 2015. The single has been released for free via the NEST HQ record label, a subsidiary of OWSLA.

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright EP [NEST035]

French producer, Valy Mo, bridges elements of House, Bass, and Soul in the Tokyo Bright EP. Stylistically diverse from track to track, the three-song release echoes Valy Mo’s sentiments of wanting to be free of the confines of one particular sound — venturing from stabby piano House & pitched down, soul-infused vocals from Chris Severe in lead tune, “Bright,” to the club-ready peaktime anthem, “Tokyo Neon,” to finally rounding it all out with the chilled-out bass roller collab with Fuuku titled “Reflection.” This is yet another stellar release from the fledgling label NEST HQ – an offshoot of Owsla, NEST HQ focusing on finding the underground sounds and exposing them to the masses… always for free!

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright [NEST035]
1) Valy Mo – Bright ft. Chris Severe
2) Valy Mo – Tokyo Neon
3) Valy Mo – Reflection ft. Fuuku

Elliphant feat. Skrillex – Only Getting Younger (Remixes) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Hot damn, this was a pleasant surprise to find out about today. Mad Decent just dropped the remix package for “Only Getting Younger” by Elliphant ft. Skrillex. Elliphant is a female vocalist who reminds me most closely of M.I.A., with her exotic dialect, and who has been taken under the wing of Diplo and the rest of the Mad Decent team. Elliphant is described by Mad Decent as “unapologetic and often outspoken” and the label goes on to say “Elli has lived all over the world, including the streets of India as a teenager, and it’s exactly these unique life experiences that have led her to create such powerful material in the studio.” Her Look Like You Love It EP (available on iTunes HERE) dropped earlier this Spring and features production by Skillex, Diplo, Dr. Luke, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and more.

This week the Mad Decent team not only dropped five remixes of Elliphant’s single “Only Getting Younger”, but they also released all five tracks for free download. The remix package includes work by TJR, Milo & Otis, Brazzabelle, Vice & Justyle, and NGHTMRE & Imanos. The TJR treatment gives the song a fun, bouncey House vibe that TJR has been known for over the past couple years. Milo & Otis show us why they’re very quickly becoming a top-notch duo for all things bass music and I really like the Moombahcore vibes in their approach. The rest of the remix EP features some Dubstep, some Drum & Bass, and some Trap. “Only Getting Younger” was originally a heavy-hitter, and the new remixed sounds we hear today certainly build on that momentum.

Go ahead and check out the tracks below and absolutely give props to all artists involved. You’ll have to click on each individual track to grab the free download, but it’s worth it to add all of these to your collections!

Skrillex Mothership Tour Lands In Boston with What So Not, Milo & Otis + Flume Afterparty

Skrillex is one of the few major artists that has always stayed lovable, relevant and completely talented throughout his building career. Sonny started with a humble EP known as My Name Is Skrillex, released on MySpace for free no less, and has grown to be probably the most aurally distinctive and visually recognizable face of dance music today. Nevertheless, Skrillex has never “sold out” like so many others, consistently remaining true to the music he loves which, surprisingly, isn’t always dubstep. Want proof? Look no further than his successful yet still underground label OWSLA, home to unique beatmakers like Alvin Risk, The M Machine and Kill Paris. Skrillex prides himself on pushing the limits of the electronic music industry to new heights and for that I sincerely commend the man.

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, formerly the Bank of America Pavilion, is lucky enough to be hosting Skrillex and his Mothership Tour for the second to last stop before wrapping up in Portland, ME and bringing the whole crew out to HARD Summer in LA. The ship lands here on Tuesday July 29th and is bringing with it trap/dubstep duo Milo & Otis and the much-anticipated collaboration of Flume and Emoh Instead, better known as What So Not.

To top of the epicness of seeing these greats right on Boston Harbor in a beautiful open air venue, Flume will be playing a solo show later Tuesday night at Royale in Boston with an opening set by Trippy Turtle. Grab your tickets below and check out our playlist to get up to speed with some of the best new music from all the artists involved.

Grab Tickets for Skrillex Mothership Tour ft Milo & Otis, DJ Mustard, What So Not at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Grab Tickets for the Afterparty at Royale Boston with Flume & Trippy Turtle

Skrillex at Red Rocks 6.20.14 – Show Review

After much anticipation Skrillex’s Mothership Tour finally landed in Denver for back to back nights of some Red Rocks fury.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Friday 6.20 show but many of my friends were fortunate enough to see Sonny throw down on both nights (Fri & Sat 6.20/6.21). Before we get to Skrillex I’ll give a little re-cap of the venue and the support.  As far as venues go Red Rocks is second to none. All of us Colorado dwellers are spoiled rotten that we have such a beautiful venue to attend some pretty incredible shows at. For all of you out-of-towners just imagine being at a venue where you never have to strain to see the stage, where music is is channeled upwards between two, three hundred foot monoliths, where the laser light show competes with the Denver Skyline below. Yes, it’s a great place. If you are ever in Colorado for the summer this venue should be number one on your list of places to visit. It doesn’t matter what kind of show, even if a show isn’t even going on, I recommend a visit.

Now onto the support:

Milo & Otis:

Unfortunately because Red Rocks can be a pretty good hike to get into from the south parking lot I made it in just as Milo & Otis were closing their set. Hoping to catch these guys another time soon.

What So Not:

Though many people were there for the main event there was a fantastic early showing for one of the trap masters in the game.  Bringing his hard hitting trap to main stage Red Rocks, What So Not rocked the Rocks and even had some of the pure dubstep fans pretty interested.  Showcasing a bunch of originals and collabs he definitely set the tone for the night. A couple of his most notable tracks were his originals Jaguar and Touched, his collab with RL Grime Tell Me and also his new I.D. with Dillon Francis sounds poised to be a big one.  He even found time to slip Flume’s edit of Tennis Courts into the set that had the place throwing down. Overall a great showing from What So Not.

RL Grime:

Keeping the bass and trap theme going RL Grime was next up on the decks. Riding What So Not’s wave of momentum RL Grime through down a gem of a set.  Mixing back and fourth between Trap and Hip-hop he had much of the crowd grinding and shaking. Some of his most notable tracks were his Love Sosa Remix, his Satisfaction Remix, Infinite Daps and a shit ton Kanye West remixes and edits/samples.  I must have heard Kanye 10 times during the set no joke. Pretty decent showing from Mr. Grime.

Pusha T:

Next up was Mr Pusha T himself.  This was my only question mark on the night.  With a bill full of big bass I was wondering how Pusha would fit in.  Though the energy dropped down a notch I felt like the majority of the crowd was still feeling his flow.  Though the tempo was a little slower and he didn’t fit in exactly, he still put on a good show.

 

Now the Main Event:

Skrillex:

Next up was the man we had been waiting for. After a little bit of Bob Marley to transition between acts, Skrillex dropped the curtain to unveil his Mothership. As you could expect from any Skrillex show everything was on point. The light show was flawless, Sonny’s mixing was flawless, and I was very pleased with the diverse set that Skrllex lay down. Consisting of Moombah, Trap, House, and of course Dubstep, Skrillex had the crowd on a string.  He mixed in some of his big time orginals from his new CD, Recess, with a bunch of VIP Edits of his oldies, and many more new tracks ranging from Dubstep to Deep House.  Though Skrillex is now a household name and is considered “mainstream” by most, there was nothing mainstream about his set.  Some of the most notable tracks were NRG (Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Milo & Otis Remix), Recess, his VIP of Devil’s Den, Boy Oh Boy (Thugli Remix), and he even went one deeper with F**K That, and Danger (Habstrakt Remix). Thank you all for coming out for an amazing night and we will see you very soon on the rocks!