Posts Tagged ‘What So Not’

March 2, 2018
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Switching from a two piece involving Flume into a one piece with Emoh Instead running the show obviously never slowed Australian electronic sensation What So Not down. It feels like eons ago that the change happened, and I’m sure many have all but forgotten the earlier iteration of the electronic project by now, particularly after all the immensely spellbinding tracks he’s put out over the past couple of years and the insanely scintillating sets he’s thrown down live. It’s been a long wait, but What So Not will finally release a debut full length named Not All The Beautiful Things on March 9th via Counter Record. Beautiful is the third song he’s unveiled from the release. It’s an acute jouncing, synth buzzing electronic track featuring Swedish newcomer Winona Oak, who alternates between candied sonorous and caramel charred vocals. The rusty grinding future house beats and restless percussion on Beautiful gives the track a pressured urgency. They urge us to move our bodies to Beautiful’s anxious yearning and vigorous vitality. You can pre-save and pre-order What So Not’s debut full length, here. Beautiful is available, here.

January 31, 2018
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It’s been a long road for What So Not fans like us.  From the days when What So Not was a duo that also involved future bass pioneer Flume, to when What So Not collaborated with many other incredible artists, including Marcus Marr and George Maple, to all the times we’ve caught What So Not live (including sets at SXSW and that unforgettable countdown on NYE at SnowGlobe a few years ago), we’ve been die hard fans of the project’s sensational future bass, hip hop, and electronica. And now, this week, it’s finally happened. What So Not, aka Australia’s Emoh Instead, has finally announced a DEBUT FULL LENGTH
ALBUM. Not All The Beautiful Things will arrive on March 9th via Counter Records. The immense news comes accompanied by a transcendental new track involving Sydney’s BUOY, too. Stuck In Orbit all but shoots us into orbit with its atmospheric makeup and BUOY’s exceptionally captivating vocal prowess. It’s certainly one of What So Not’s more minimalist and ambient offerings, a restrained and more subtle, yet powerful and dramatic sprawler that strips away the very pull of gravity. We float among What So Not’s dark synths and cinematic drops, dissolving in pure bliss into its rolling waves. What So Not’s album is going to be a star studded affair, as you probably already expect. You can already pre-save and pre-order, here.

January 18, 2018
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Sydney producer Conor Moran, who’s made a name for himself in the electronic scene as WILDLYF, takes us on a grand and magnificent adventure with his latest, an intensely thrilling remix of What So Not and Daniel Johns’ Be Ok Again. Buckle in for an adrenaline pumping ride as WILDLYF turns the track into a high voltage future bass and glitchy trap spectacular with massive drops, spine tingling breaks, and breathtaking jabs. The glorious remix is a free download, here.

November 29, 2017
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Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns surprised a lot of us when he went solo with some exceptional electro-R&B releases and soulful cooing cameos on massive electronic tracks last year, proving how much of a musical chameleon he really is. He now lends his sonorous falsettos and slick elocution to a brand new track from venerated Australian producer Chris Emerson, aka What So Not. Be Ok Again is a resplendently textured, dramatically ravishing trap and bass anthem. It’s What So Not’s first release on Counter Records, and it features him writing and performing vocals for the first time, too. He says of Be Ok Again: 

“Immediate paralysing sadness, optimism, nervousness and excitement. This song explores how we redefine and rebuild our reality upon dramatic ends to relationships. It was inspiring bringing someone of Daniel’s calibre in on this piece and I’m thankful for how much he pushed me creatively.” The producer, who I’ll always associate with a phenomenal count down set at SnowGlobe Music Festival back in 2015, will be hitting the road at the end of the year for a bevy of holiday shows. He’ll also travel to South America in the spring. Find out more about tour locations and dates, here.

November 15, 2017
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AWOLNATION’s Run is a wicked tune, a bass bristling, string taut, ominous and intense alt extravaganza from the incomparable band with an unrivaled ability to bring us the imaginative and unique. As such, the remix potential seems limitless, and a handful of producers have already given their face melting takes on the song. Australian veteran What So Not partners up with fast rising New Zealand production star QUIX (who seems to be showing up a whole lot lately) to give us their dark cinematic, acerbic jarring remix of Run, rife with filthy bass and trappy jolts. It’s a spine-tingler of a battle ready, wildly ferocious edit. And it’s a free download, here.

October 6, 2017
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We were thrilled when one of our favorite Australian producers, What So Not, dropped a song last month that featured LPX, the long IHM supported talent who’s also the co-founder of Neon Gold Records and one half of duo MS MR. Better’s swervy synths, fierce vocals, and jolting trap chops were the perfect combination of the two’s sounds. Another Australian project, a duo who go by the name of ORIENTAL CRAVINGS, has given Better a grittier, harder re-work rife with grimy drops and scintillating jabs. Put up your trap hands and party into the weekend with this thriller. Download the remix, here.

September 14, 2017

I’m still rather gutted that due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to miss LPX twice in the Bay these past several weeks. Lizzy Plapinger, also well known and loved for her role in MS MR and the esteemed co-founder of Neon Gold Records, made her solo SF debut at Popscene the very weekend I was out of town. Then, she opened for HAIM at the Fox and I couldn’t make it out to Oakland that evening either. I can only hope third time’s the charm if LPX travels back to the Bay. In the meantime, I’ve taken immense solace in her surprise cameo as guest vocalist on Better, the latest from Sydney trap and bass virtuoso What So Not. “Better” I do feel as this bold electrifying, spiky bristling anthem sweeps me straight off my feet. Swervy synths, craggy rhythms, and majestic vocals tell a tale of determination and will. You can grab this triumphant sonic eruption from retailers, here.

June 22, 2017
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What So Not dropped his Divide & Conquer Remixes EP last week on OWSLA / Sweat It Out to tide us over as we await his debut full length album, a record that will surely set the electronic music scene on fire when it finally drops. In the meantime, we can dance to a series of superb edits by the likes of SLUMBERJACK, KUURO, Ribongia, Slow Hours, Go Freek, and more. We can even bust out our disco shoes to this plump snazzy mover, a remix of Trust, the Australian producer’s collaboration with BURNS, by California’s Plastic Plates. It’s a glitzy glam, juicy succulent, and steamy seductive whorl of a classy banger. Stream the Divide & Conquer Remixes EP in full on Soundcloud, here. Purchase from iTunes, here.

February 17, 2017
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If it’s thrills and chills you seek to go with the epic storm weather we’re having here in San Francisco this Friday morning, look no further than accomplished producer LUCA LUSH. He returns to spruce up our impending weekend with yet another shiver inducing jouncer in the form of a legendary remix of What So Not’s Jaguar. LUCA LUSH rattles us to the core with this seesawing, buzz cutting, and razor slicing trap banger. It’s as turbulent and intense as the “bombogenesis” or explosive storm brewing outside my office. Let’s load up on this LUCA LUSH and dance in the rain! Download the squall of a remix for free, here.

January 24, 2017
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Heads up, electronic music loving kids! A new “supergroup” of French producers has formed, and their name is Slow Hours. Lain, Kultur, Astre, Khamsin, Kidswaste, and Rusty Hook have combined their bountiful talent to give us Slow Hour’s first track, a turbulently exhilarating and tremulously gripping remix of What So Not and Ganz’s Lone, featuring JOY. This ruffled intense bass and trap remix is wildly tempestuous yet chromatically stunning, a ferocious gleaming eruption of gut punching beauty. What So Not promises a full Divide and Conquer remix package soon. In the meantime, you can stream or purchase that EP, here. Slow Hours’ Lone remix can be downloaded free, here.