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Ekali makes OWSLA debut with an insane Denzel Curry collab, announces Babylon World Tour

Ekali just signed onto Skrillex‘s label OWSLA. Known for his earth-shattering bass and masterfully mixed hip-hop tracks, it comes as no surprise the artist is now working directly with some of music’s most influential acts. After playing Webster Hall’s final club night alongside Skrillex and Boys Noize on Aug. 5, Ekali now presents “Babylon,” a five-minute fusion of hip-hop and electronic music with one of rap’s most versatile—Denzel Curry.

Speaking with XXL ahead of the collaboration’s release, Ekali explained his stylistic choices.

“My objective with ‘Babylon’ was to create a world where rap and electronic coexisted without tipping the scales too far in either direction. I was hyped on the idea of producing an entire song around Denzel’s story instead of having him tell his story around my beat, so I ended up producing 99 percent of the song after Zel had already recorded his parts.

 

He continued, “It’s an approach to rap music that I’d never seen done before, so I wanted to know what that sounded like. Working in the room with Denzel was fast… he’s a real rapper. Most of the time we spent kicking it just playing shit back and forth. He wrote and recorded his parts for Babylon in minutes.”

Following up on Ekali’s remixes of Curry’s “Threatz” with a style similar to that of Flume and Vince Staples’ “Smoke & Retribution,” the latest rave-rap release is a flavorful heavy feature that’s simply waiting for its dance floor drop. Luckily, fans won’t need to wait long as Ekali also announced the “Babylon World Tour,” with 42 tour dates goes on sale this Monday, Aug. 21.

Tour dates:
October 6 – Honolulu, HI – Hawaiian Brian’s
October 11 – Hamilton, NZ – Static Bar
October 12 – Christchurch, NZ – The Foundry Bar
October 13 – Auckland, NZ – Impala
October 20 – Fortitude Valley, AUS – The TBC Club
October 27 – Perth, AUS – Villa Nightclub
October 28 – Sydney, AUS – Max Watts – Sydney
November 1 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
November 2 – Santa Barbara, CA – EOS Lounge
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
November 4 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
November 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Monarch Theater
November 8 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live Dallas
November 9 – Austin, TX – Vulcan Gas Company
November 10 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live Houston
November 11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
November 12 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
November 15 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
November 16 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
November 17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
November 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 21 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
November 22 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
November 23 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
November 25 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
November 29 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
November 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
December 1 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
December 2 – Minneapolis, MN – The Loft at Skyway Theatre
December 3 – St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
December 5 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
December 6 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar
December 8 – Denver CO – Larimer Lounge
December 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
December 13 – Boise, ID – Reef
December 14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
December 20 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
December 22 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
December 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

 

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