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Many producers like to stick to a genre. IllSkillz is not one of those people. His full-length Smash The Parade sets aside any pre-existing notions that a producer must stay lumped in one category. Across the twelve-track album, IllSkillz explores a diverse range of genres. From the hardest electro house and dubstep, to tracks with hip-hop crossover appeal, IllSkillz leaves no stone unturned.
Previously released as a Dim Mak single, “Birdz” is grindingly rough electro house with wild LFOs riding on top. “Euphorica” takes a different approach–anthemic, big room dubstep wobbles alongside a beautiful melody sure to leave a lasting impression. The closing track on the album, “Never Step Back”, harkens back to IllSkillz’s sound historically. “Never Step Back” lays the superb vocals of Nina expertly overtop of a complex drumstep beat. All it takes is one listen to hear that Smash The Parade fully charts through the realms of electronic music.
Linkin Park officially revealed the band’s new collaboration with Steve Aoki, “A Light that Never Comes,” on L.A.’s KROQ this morning.
While fans were able to “unlock” the song late last week by playing the band’s new Facebook game, “LP Recharge,” “A Light that Never Comes” was officially debuted during the Kevin & Bean show, with band member Mike Shinoda calling in to discuss the track with the KROQ DJs.
“Walk In The Fire” is metal/drum & bass track which combines the best of two worlds. “Walk in the Fire” kicks off with a guttural guitar grind before coalescing into an electro dubstep break fueled by screams and wild production. Setting the dance floor ablaze like never before, it injects a healthy helping of heavy metal intensity into a drum n’ bass dubstep monster that claws right out of the box. This pure and raw track consists full of energy which will give you a boost for the entire day and night. It will both satisfy the metal- and dub-heads out there, so if you have a friend that’s not fully convinced of the power of electronic music, this track might give them the little boost they need. Schoolboy comes with a Knife Party-like electro remix and Culprate makes an intense dubstep version out of it.
The EP release is the latest release before their long-awaited Full Length “Irreverrence” comes out on Dim Mak Records on March 19th.
Following the release of “Irreverence”, Dirtyphonics will embark on their North American “Irreverence Tour.” Launching March 27 in Vancouver, the 30+ date tour will take them through many major markets as well as anticipated performances at this year’s Coachella where they will perform both weekends Sunday, April 14 and Sunday, April 21. Their live show is a full-on sensory experience more akin to seeing your favorite band than a typical EDM act. They bring a level of energy that’s rare in modern music. A limited amount of tickets for all upcoming US dates are immediately available for purchase direct from Dirtyphonics at: http://dirtyphonics.frontgatetickets.com