2017-05-08T18:55:27-04:00 2017-05-08T18:55:27-04:00

Tony Romera turns back the clock in acid-fueled banger "What's Going On"

In case you missed it, Skrillex's flagship record label OWSLA uncaged its inaugural HOWSLA compilation in its entirety last week. Perhaps most known for its hard-hitting trap and dubstep, OWSLA took their position as arguably electronic music's premiere tastemaker, transformed it into a tangible asset, and injected it into a house lens.

Wedged in between remarkable efforts from white-hot bass producer JOYRYDE and vets like Chris Lake and Alex Metric is "What's Going On," an absolute flamethrower of a tune from French house guru Tony Romera.

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Evidenced by a string of wonky originals, like the moombah/electro hybrid "Never Give A F" on his own SANS MERCI imprint, Tony Romera has never been one to shy away from genre boundaries. Using funky synth work under a soulful vocal sample, he somehow coalesces elements of nu-disco and bass house in "What's Going On" to create a truly unique track. The sound design in the drop is absurd, with crisp acid tones reminiscent of old-school Boys Noize slicing through its Gesaffelstein-esque arrangement.

Featuring Habstrakt, Autoerotique, and Wiwek, among others, HOWSLA is available now on all popular streaming platforms.

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