It's easy to take OWSLA for granted. Co-founded by Skrillex in 2011, the label's early output was pretty much exactly what you'd expect from anything associated with the fratstep prince born Sonny Moore: bangers with big drops from Zedd, Porter Robinson, 12th Planet and the like. But just as Skrillex's sound has evolved, so has OWSLA's, and over the past 12 months the label has been steadily killing it in unexpected ways, with new releases from spacey Florida electro-folk trio Hundred Waters, rising G-house star and Night Bass boss AC Slater and Dutch “jungle terror” pioneer Wiwek, to name a few. Even “Make War,” the first single since Moore's surprise return to lead vocals with his old screamo band From First to Last, was better than anyone could have hoped for. And Moore's Skrillex output has continued to delight and surprise as well, especially “Would You Ever,” his irresistible house collab with Poo Bear. Just as Skrillex has outlasted his haters, OWSLA has proven to be far more than just a dubstep label or yet another big-name producer's vanity imprint. It's actively remaking the post-EDM landscape in smart, interesting ways.
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