Albums | Above & Beyond Tugs At The Heartstrings With Acoustic Album

Posted by on February 5, 2014

above & beyond acoustic

Above & Beyond first made the acoustic dream a reality back in June with 4 sold-out shows at London’s Porchester Hall and then again with two sold-out shows at the Los Angeles Greek Theater, where a Sonny Moore decided to sit in on bass for a tune. The trio described the impetus for creating the album “The acoustic project is a reconnection with the musicians that we were before we met”. As they have said, Above & Beyond are musicians who craft their electronic tracks using instruments and then create the parts from their instrumentation. Knowing that, such an endeavor not only seems possible, it seems likely that Tony, Paavo and Jono would come together to create this stunning piece of work. Watch / listen to the live performance at Porchester Hall and read on for the rest of the review. Grab the album on iTunes or their website, or enter our contest for a chance to win a copy plus other merch.


Albums | Skrillex – Leaving EP

Posted by on January 3, 2013

For those of you who have been lamenting the lack of new Sonny Moore material in recent months, the wait is now over: we’ve got a brand spankin’ new EP from The Little Guy to blast, compare to his past productions, and generally over analyze (“But why doesn’t this sound more like ‘Reptile?’ Ugh, I hate the direction he’s going in now.”) The only catch? To download it, you have to sign up for The Nest, OWSLA’s recently announced digital subscription service that gives you access to early downloads, VIPs, unreleased material, and much more from Team OWSLA.

The EP itself is short but quite diverse. It opens on its most high energy note with “The Reason,” a hard and catchy four minutes of electro house that make heavy use of those trademark choppy vocals. We also get a funky, midtempo trap-influenced breakdown — since trap is officially the most ubiquitous thing happening in electronic music at the moment. From there, it’s onto “Scary Bolly Dub,” a dub reboot of “Scary Monsters” which will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s caught Skrillex live in the past few months. Finally, the title track, which is restrained, darkly melodic, and downtempo; thanks to garage-influenced breakbeats, it’s illustrative of Skrillex’s range as a producer. Yes, to gain access to this EP you must take on the monthly subscription fee to The Nest, but if you’re a serious fan of OWSLA’s work it will be a small price to pay.

Download via The Nest: Skrillex – Leaving EP
Stream on YouTube: Skrillex – Leaving EP

Techno | Dog Blood – Middle Finger EP

Posted by on August 15, 2012

The first product of the Skrillex/Boys Noize collaboration has dropped on Boysnoize Records, and I will begin by saying that I’m feeling the hell out of these tracks. Props to Skrillex for changing it up and consistently doing exactly what he wants (questionable movie soundtrack deals and trailers for Ben Stiller movies notwithstanding) — this definitely represents a new (though not wholly surprising) direction for the 24 year-old that in some ways seems like a logical follow-up to his recent pair of Birdy Nam Nam remixes. These are dark, taut tracks that combine the hypnotic elements of Boys Noize’s forte, acid house, with the energy, playfulness, and deceptive simplicity we’ve come to associate with Skrillex. If you’ve ever had any doubts about Sonny Moore’s production chops, take these for a spin — you may be surprised. And if you’re a fan of Boys Noize and live life in the underground, this EP will be right up your alley.

Beatport (if you’re in the US): Dog Blood – Middle Finger EP


Electro, Preview | Dog Blood – Next Order (Teaser Video)

Posted by on August 8, 2012

Well, well, well.

Now this is some interesting news.

According to a number of sources, Sonny Moore and Alex Ridha — better known as Skrillex and Boys Noize — are joining forces in a mysterious side project dedicated to creating “300% break-acid-tech-noise.” The more I think about this particular pairing, the more it makes total sense; both possess a dark, grimy and hard-hitting aesthetic and both maintain an uncompromising commitment to their respective musical visions. Check out the above teaser vid if you aren’t fully convinced that these two will make a totally awesome team, and keep your eyes peeled for more details — both Skrillex and Boys Noize have been taking to Facebook and Twitter to gin up interest. The duo’s debut EP is set to drop on Boysnoize Records and OWSLA on August 13th.

Dubstep | Turmoil (Skrillex Remix) | Dubstep

Posted by on July 7, 2011

Alright so above is the original track that Skrillex (who was still going by Sonny Moore at the time) put out years ago, I know it isn’t our usual cup of tea but I figured it’d be cool to post the original track to compare to his remix below. If you’ve been to any of his shows you may have heard him play this, or you may have heard a lesser quality version floating around on the internet. Whether or not this is the final version is still up in the air, judging by the fade-in opening it may still be unfinished. He’s preforming today at Camp Bisco in up-state New York, and tomorrow at Atlantic City, NJ… Who’s going?

DOWNLOAD: Skrillex – Turmoil (Remix) DOPE

Dubstep, Electro | ELECTRONIC | New Skrillex – Cat Rats

Posted by on December 14, 2010

For all of you who went through the emo/hardcore phase like I did (sadly), Skrillex, also known as Sonny Moore, was the front man for the band From First to Last. After a few attempts at solo projects he released his first EP in October 2010 which was an instant hit securing 8 of the 10 top spots on Beatport. Skrillex kills it with his unique ability to balance grungy heavy whomps with soft synths and piano, he’s almost his own genre of electronic music. Buy the EP here!

DOWNLOAD: Skrillex – Cat Rats


DOWNLOAD: Skrillex – With Your Friends (Long Drive) MUST DL

DOWNLOAD: Skrillex ft Penny – All I Ask of You MUST DL

DOWNLOAD: Skrillex – Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)

DOWNLOAD: Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites