Skrillex has been known to work with some massive collaborators over the years like A$AP Rocky, Fatman Scoop, Chance the Rapper among many many others, but his latest is sure to surprise everyone. Over the past year Skrillex has been playing the 80's band Toto's iconic hit "Africa" during his sets, Inspired by his Australian friends What So Not. The track added a flashback to a timeless classic and a nice change of pace during both artists' high energy sets.
Well now it has been revealed that these hugely accredited producers are working with the LA based 6 piece band, over 30 years since the original hit was made. This should lead to some very interesting things given the polar opposite differences in their musical styles. We are looking forward to seeing what they both cooked up. Here's Toto's facebook status and more in depth thoughts about working with the producers below.
Here is what Toto had to say about Skrillex being such a nice guy to work with and how working with What So Not was a meeting of 2 generations.
"It is VERY melodic and Joe and I sang and the band is very cool and Skrillex is a very nice guy and very creative as are the team "What So Not' It was a 'love fest' right away and we created something from a germ of an idea they had and it was a meeting of 2 generations.. NEVER would have thought it worked.. they called US and we went and ended up writing and recording a VERY cool piece. It will be interesting to see what they do with this. I love a new fresh challenge. We all walked away happy on both sides. Great experiment that worked. Dont worry.. Toto is NOT going dubstep haha It was fun session and we made some new friends."
One of the heaviest and biggest names in bass music, Canada's Excision, has linked up with Scandinavian duo Pegboard Nerds for a massive bass collaboration to set the year off. "Bring The Madness" brings out the melody driven high paced edge you can expect from the nerds meshed with the signature overly brutal sound you can expect from Excision. The vocals from Mayor Apeshit provide an interesting touch and help offset the intense rollercoaster ride of a production. Enjoy!
Excision & Pegboard Nerds – Bring The Madness | iTunes
Jeremih continues his comeback sprint following his collaboration with producer Shlomo on the No More EP, being featured on "Party Girls" with Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and Cashmere Cat, and his other recent, and successful singles. Today we get Jeremih's nex single with a song featuring J. Cole, titled "Planes".
This song originally surfaced months back at a Chance The Rapper show; the track was supposed to see a feature from Chance himself but it looks like things have changed and J. Cole has taken on the role. I can imagine based off the clip we featured of the original Chance version that it must have been dope, but J. Cole did manage to step up here and kills it. This song blends hip-hop and R&B seamlessly for a song bringing out the best of both artists. Listen below and we will keep you updated on the official release. Enjoy!
Jeremih – Planes (Ft. J. Cole)
Canadian duo Zeds Dead have been pushing the boundaries of electronic music far passed their original dubstep roots with some impressive house inspired cuts like their collaboration with Twin Shadow on "Lost You" and their future sounding remix of Jack U's "Take U There". Well they've taken a step even further into the house world by collaborating with one of 2014's newest stars, Oliver Heldens, helping push the bass influenced 'future house' sound. Today we get the first official preview of the song and it sounds like it encompasses both respective artists's styles. We hear UK Garage / House vibes from Oliver fused with a darker agressive edge thanks to the ZD boys. This song will be available through Spinnin Records on February 2nd and we will keep you posted as more details roll in. Enjoy!
Zeds Dead & Oliver Heldens – You Know | Stream Only
A few months ago we covered a short preview teased by Dillon Francis of his collaboration with TSIS favorite Norwegian producer Kygo. Two of the biggest names in electronic music right now have worked with singer James Hersey on something special. The latest and most extensive preview we get of the song is a fan-recorded video at Kygo's biggest headline show to date in his home country of Norway in Oslo at the epic Spektrum venue.
The video gives us a quality taste of the collaboration, and we hear the sunny tropical sounds that Kygo is known for, but we also hear Dillon's hand in the drawn out synths and heavier bass influence we have never seen Kygo experiment with. Since the track is dipped into a live mix we've got to settle for just two minutes of the edit. Check out the video below and we'll keep you posted as news of an official release on Kygo's highly anticipated debut album set for 2015 comes out.
Also don't miss Kygo's debut original single "Firestone" which has been on regular rotation since it released at the beginning of the month.
2014 feels like the year of unexpected collaborations and that continues with hints of a potentially huge match up. Rapper and TSIS favorite Logic just posted a photo with young superstar producer Zedd in the studio with the caption “Worked on something crazy last night in the studio with Zedd.”
Logic is hot off the release of his debut album Under Pressure which smashed expectations as far as numbers go and translates the rappers unbelievable buzz into one of the most powerful forces in hip-hop to watch. Aside from enlisting Louis Futon for a remix of his song “Break It Down”, the rapper has never once ventured into the electronic space, staying pretty traditional and true to his signature style. Zedd, on the flip side, has never worked with a rapper before, not even with a remix.
We feel the lack of experience in each other's genres will lead to some amazing chemistry as both artists dive into something new at the same time, leaving us with something potentially groundbreaking.
Will they go more in the traditional progressive house styled side of Zedd or venture into something new like Vic Mensa's genre blending single “Down On My Luck”. What do you think?
From the looks of the picture, they look excited, which has us all very excited for what’s to come.
Over the past year, information has been revealed about a Skrillex and What So Not collaborating in various studios across the globe. Today we finally get to hear the first rip of the most complete project between the artists. "Goh" was debuted through Skrill’s recent takeover on New Zealand radio station George FM, and boy does it leave you craving more.
Skrillex and What So Not recruited Australian artist KLP to provide some very powerful vocals that are cleanly layered over the very distinct sounds of Sonny, Flume and Emoh. The collaboration sounds exactly how you would expect a mash up of recently released Skrillex basslines and the very festival oriented trap produced by What So Not. Listeners of Skrillex's other collaboration Jack U will be very pleased as this track has that same intense energy we've come to expect. Stream the track below from part 1 at 10:35 and be on the look out for the full release. Enjoy!
The hype surrounding producers Skrillex and Diplo under their new outfit as Jack U couldn't be higher since the collaboration's announcement. Recently we've gotten to hear what these two have been producing; from the first single "Take U There" featuring singer Kiesza released earlier this month to a two hour mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra this past weekend. Both producers have hinted at some form of official Jack U release bigger then a single, stating different facts through twitter and interviews, ranging from either a mixtape, an EP, or even a full album.
As we've covered, Skrill and Diplo took over the Diplo and Friends radio show this weekend for a special Jack U two hour mix debuting quite a few unreleased new songs; with collaborations ranging from 2 Chainz to AlunaGeorge. One track in particular that caught our ears was a collaboration with Montreal's newest bass icon and growing TSIS favorite, SNAILS. The track is currently untitled still as "ID".
This only further cements SNAILS as one of the most exciting new names in bass music. The collaboration, while surprising, isn't entirely unexpected considering Skrillex's support for SNAILS this year; OWSLA released two anthems by the up-and-coming producer, "Wild" and "Pump This”. The debut of the Jack U track only adds to SNAILS breakout year now having collaborated with two of the most influential figures in electronic world.
Listen below to the preview of the song via a clip from the Jack U Diplo and Friends mix. It is one of the most brutal and epic songs I have heard in quite a while. The energy behind this track is highlighted by the insanely intrecate and strange sounds that are the woven melody. Blending so many genres from trap to dubstep to reggae leaving us with a completely new genre we can only call “Jack Snails” or maybe "Snail U", this untitled track gets us more and more excited for what's to come. Let us know what you think of this monster below. As always, enjoy!
Jack U & SNAILS – ID
Just a few weeks back news broke that unveiled the track-list for Calvin Harris’ latest studio album Motion set to release November 7th. The most surprising and unexpected collaboration on the track-list leak was “Open Wide” featuring Big Sean, which we can hear for the first time today via the release of the official music video.
Electronic fans will recognize Calvin’s contribution to the song as it is a re-work of his massive festival banger “C.U.B.A.”. Adding Big Sean’s outrageous verses and chorus fits the track perfectly leaving us with another guaranteed hit. You can pre-order your copy of Motion today via Calvin's website, and enjoy the new video!
Calvin Harris – Open Wide ft. Big Sean | iTunes
Long time TSIS supported artists, Manic Focus is approaching the release of his latest album. We first heard the singles "On The Horizon" followed up by ""Bumpin In The Voodoo" featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic and today we have the last single before the album's release. Looking to be Manic Focus' best work to date the drop is just days away through the new record label Liberated Music.
This new track "Life Goes On" is actually a collaboration with new his label head GRiZ and couldn't have turned out any better. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists leaving us with something really special. The live instruments and samples come together for a perfect blend of chilled out soulful energy. It's the type of song that will have you hitting replay after the very first listen to truly soak it in. Listen to the premiere of the song below and grab a free download of Manic's new album on Tuesday. Enjoy!
Manic Focus – Life Goes On Ft. GRiZ
Just a few days ago Feed Me and Kill the Noise unleashed their much anticipated follow up collaboration "Far Away" and teased that there was a full music video to be accompanying it. They let it be known that it was going to be premiering on Adult Swim which set the tone for expectations, which it has fully lived up to. Watch the producers as they have been animated into this epic journey and the song is available to pick up if you want to grab a copy. Side note, the characters were originally drawn by 6 year old kids. Enjoy!
Feed Me & Kill The Noise – Far Away | iTunes
Bassnectar has been known to do things a little different, one area that specifically sets him apart is how in tune he is with his massive fan base. Where some producers are far-away unreachable figures, the latest song from Bassnectar was actually born from a fan literally reaching out to the producer's e-mail and sending him tracks.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bassnectar told about how "a lot of fans send me music, either tipping me off to songs they want me to remix, asking for production tips or to see if I want to collaborate."
Craz, an aspiring producer out of New York, sent something that hit the massive producer in just the right way. "I could hear a lot of ways that his ideas could be more explosive and complete and asked if he wanted to team up on that song."
The result is a track that goes back to the older roots of Bassnectar, surly to make many long time bassheads happy as it is full of reggae-styled vocals, powerful synths and of course loads of bass. The track, "Thursty" has been released as the only orignal on the brand new Noise vs Beauty remixes album available now. You can also catch Bassnectar as he continues on his North American tour that has followed a sold out stop at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York earlier this month.
Bassnectar & Craz – Thursty | Pre-Order Noise vs Beauty Remix EP
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