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03 Dec 12
Played by: Haszari, Pete Tong, Juno Recommends Electro House, Knife Party, Future Feelings, Sister Bliss, Moby, Moby
Review: It's a bold move for both Metric and Skrillex as OWSLA expands its repertoire to include techno and electro. Metric is clearly in fine fettle throughout as we're treated to "Prophecies", a sprightly, neon riff that's almost 8-bit in its innocent make up. The golden vibes continue as "Motion Study" oozes a similar positive flavour thanks to a shimmering hook that looks nowhere but up. "Rave Weapon" counters these uplifting sessions with a hard-assed percussive groove that borders techno and breakbeat with heads down distinction. The remixes are all high scorers, too: Aeroplane steals the show with his incredible down-pitched rub, UZ remix create rave chaos and Mike Starr strips it back nice and sleazy.
02 Apr 13
05 Mar 13
Review: With previous on Dim Mak, Ministry Of Sound and Black Sun Empire, Alvin's short-but-successful discography is impeccable. Landing on Skrillex's OWSLA is only going to bolster this consistent rep. Especially when it's as big and bold and end-of-night as this. Leading with a well-polished hook that takes reference from the 80s style of vocal production, we're then thrown into a classic OWSLA drop that's as devastatingly low as it is screamingly high. The perfect combo. Lighters up!
22 Jan 13
17 Jul 12
Review: Prepare yourself for an epic adventure into contemporary bass music in this exuberant and expansive EP from Birdy Nam Nam on Skrillex's very own label, the inimitable OWSLA. Kicking off the ten-track EP is the original mix of "Jaded Future" which is all pitched up, twisted vocals, murmuring b-line and heavy, almost purple wow like synths. Needless to say, Foreign Beggars shake things up with some raw aggression and streetwise lyricism, whilst Pelican Fly adds an altogether different flavour to the proceedings. "Going In" blends pounding stabs and ominous vocals, which Skrillex himself transforms into a party piece in his "Going Hard" and "Going Down" remixes. Then we have the glorious "Cadillac Dreams" which gets remixed by Culprate and Soufien 3000.
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Review: OWSLA keep getting more and more interesting - unpredictable yet consistent, a wealth of creativity and genre-mangling abounds on every release Skrillex has commissioned of late. Here we find electrofolk act Hundred Waters brewing up a cauldron of dreams that sounds somewhere between Clark and Bjork. Remix-wise Blood Diamonds get on a similar surging, melodic halfstep vibe to Photek, Brillz opts for a more euphoric glitch trip and Phantoms gets seriously cosmic. Ending the show are, remarkably, two Ninja Tune faves Daedalus and Teebs. The former stretches out elements for the trippiest rendition possible while the latter gets so ambient the only drum work you can hear are the glistening hi-hats. Mesmerising.
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11 Sep 12
Played by: Busy Fingaz
Review: UK duo Jack Beats have been making killer floorfillers for some years now, mixing a variety of styles from UK bass to electro-house, rave and dubstep. Now they've rustled up a mini album featuring some oldies-but goodies and top-notch collaborations. The title track features Tempura and is real anthemic stadium-dance fare. The mighty Diplo and Example both appear on the bizarre marching-band-meets-wobble-bassline "War" and Dillon Francis appears on the quirky piano-led "Epidemic". Sounds like Jack Beats will be around for a long time yet!
09 Dec 12
Played by: Sister Bliss
Review: Heralding a new series of releases for the London bass-loving duo, "Somebody To Love" is guaranteed to thaw out the coldest of heart cockles. Delicately dressed with spell-binding vocal work from Jess Mills, it's got all the right elements; a full strength synth hook, squelchy bass and an undeniable anthem vibe. Elsewhere we get raucous with the underground bassline banger "Just A Beat", we drop the tempo and get glitch-wise with the Chiddy Bang-fronted "About To Get Fresh" and we reach for the lasers and shiver with raw emotion on both "Knock You Down" and "Storm". Complete with instrumentals, this is Jack Beats at their most comprehensive.
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Review: Glitch, nufunk and, to a lesser extent, moombahton's influence on dubstep has been something of a breath of fresh air... And few people in the UK maintain the fine balance of funk, party and gritty agro quite as well as Koan Sound. Serious leftfield business executed with humour and crisp production values, Skrillex's OWSLA would've been insane not to snap this up. Ranging from wide-arsed bass-bitten blockrockers ("80s Fitness" and "Eastern Thug") to bright, breezy and super-spinetingly breakbeat ("Introvert"), this is, without argument, Koan Sound's most accomplished EP to date.
28 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Agent 86, Fuzzbox Inc, Dan Wilde, Fort Knox Five, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Tim Livingstone, Badboe, Jack Stat, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: A natural fit on Skrillex's OWSLA label, Australian electro-breaks star makes his debut on the label with the Tupac-recalling, California-lovin' "Like Boom" featuring rappers Wizard Sleeve, NFA and Kaba Jones. Elsewhere on this ten-track release, Thayer breaks out the distortion and hyper edits on the charged dubstep of "Haters Gonna Hate" and "Facepalm" while "Totalitaria" boasts some explosive, almost jazz-influenced rhythms underneath a sea of wonky leads. Keeping to his breaks roots, "Top of The World" is bound to keep heads nodding as will the gnarled funk of "Rise Up".
04 Jun 13
Review: A bit of a blast from the past, Italian funkateer Phonat has been slyly serving up subversive bass bangers for years. Notably on labels such as Mofihifi. It's great to see him on Skrillex's forward-thinking label serving up some really neat pieces of future-G and electronica. Highlights across the generous six-tracker include the sombre ripples and washes of "All This Time", the slinky synth harp and springy, off-kilter riddim of "Ride The Prejudice" and the Out Run-flavoured 8-bit whirling romance "Identity Theft". What a comeback!
11 Oct 11
Played by: DJ Purple Rabbit, Mooqee, Nishin Verdiano, Barbarix, The Amp Jackers, Hanuman Tribe, Moguai (Mau5trap/ Size), The Prototypes, Delta Heavy, Swedish House Mafia
Review: Absurdly talented for a man of only 19 years of age, Porter Robinson has released huge electro/dubstep originals for Deadmau5's Mau5trap imprint, remixed Pendulum and now drops his first full-length EP on Skrillex's nascent OWSLA label. The epic drop of the slow-building opener "Spitfire" sees Robinson launch the EP just the right way - with plenty of shape shifting, tempo swapping dubstep stutters - while the more dancefloor friendly "Unison" takes over straight after with a storm of trancey leads and chords. This form of dubstep-electro hybrid serves him well on stand out tune "Vandalism" too, while mixes from Kinife Party, Mikkas, Skism and Kill The Noise only intensify the range of heavy wobbles on offer on this huge release.
16 Oct 12
14 May 13
Review: OWSLA get heady on a major Dutch vibe as Showtek and Noisecontrollers show the label a whole new secret turbo button. Fusing uncompromising hardstyle with crisp electro/trance hooks, "Get Looses" treads the finest line between blissed out and utterly absurd. "Get Loose" when the beat drops? You bet your bottom Euro you will; this is next level mental.
15 May 12
Played by: DJ Rudd
Review: Sub Focus is on fire at the moment. Hot on the heels of his last release on Ram comes his next offering; this time a dubstep number on none other than man of the moment Skrillex's very own label, Owsla. "Falling Down" is a vocal-driven slab of filth with Kenzie May on vocal duties, trance-inspired synths, euphoric builds and juddering synths. Mid range warps and smashing snares add to the furore and will no doubt cause a riot on the dancefloor. Make sure you check the pounding xKore remix with its squeaky synth manipulations, as well as the 4/4 Nick Thayer re-lick plus the VIP version of the original. All are excellent.
12 Mar 13
Review: Place 2B and Paimon have gone from 0-60 in 0.2 dubs. Reinventing themselves on Bad Taste with a heavy D&B sound, then spurting their sonic load over tempo territory possible, they've now landed on Skrillex's huge OWSLA imprint. In-keeping with the label's exciting unpredictability, here we find them blending trap/ghetto attitude with their trademark bass ugliness. "What Do You See In Me?" is a peaktime shudder-stomper with a simple-but-deadly riff and hype-hungry 808 beats, while "I Don't Know" goes further down the trap route with some Dirrty South style bass misbehaving. Finally we hit "Toys Riot"; Closer to dubstep in its make-up, it's caked in so much bulletproof drama you'll be raiding the nearest toy shop within seconds of hearing it.
24 Apr 12
Review: A little-known DJ/production trio from San Francisco, M Machine are set to go astronomical having been signed to Skrillex's OWSLA label. The first part of two scheduled releases, Metropolis Pt. 1 is a hard-wearing set of steroid-popping electro bangers, like opening tune "Immigrants", shuffle-beat riser "Deep Search" and the oceanic pop of "Faces". More subtle than their label boss, yet still able to pack a mighty wallop.
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Review: Upfront electro madness from German producer Zedd on this single track release from OWSLA, as the heavy-hitting beatmaker brings out some mean combinations of kicks and crunch-bass, often worked into one solid, pounding note arranged in a brutal Bmore style. Having just taken on remixing Skrillex's hook up with The Doors (yes, you read that right), Zedd's star couldn't be higher at present.