There are few acts in electronic music—or any genre for that matter—that have blasted to stardom as thoroughly and efficiently as ODESZA. The Seattle-bred duo of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight is an undoubtedly rare talent that not only deserves every bit its success, but ODESZA can also take some credit for helping to usher in a fascinating new era of electronic music in which genre and status don’t matter but thoughtful, heartfelt productions do.

ODESZA Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen

ODESZA Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen

In addition to their talent in creating genre-transcending music, Harrison and Clayton have also shown that they have a keen ear for quality and an aptitude for selection through their No.Sleep mix series (now on its ninth installment). Combining their own talent and an obvious desire to promote music as genuine and unique as their own, the guys behind ODESZA recently started curating the Foreign Family Collective, “an outlet for musicians and visual artists alike,” which has gradually been building steam online with releases from Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren, Big Wild, Jai Wolf, and Greyhat. As the collective picks up speed, Foreign Family is certainly a crew to keep an eye on over the coming months.

 

Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren

This past March, Foreign Family put out its very first release, “Fiend” by Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren. The track—an eerie, darkly satisfying number with breathy vocals and innovative sound design—certainly foreshadowed great things to come.

 

Big Wild

 

Big Wild

Big Wild

 

Just about a month after “Fiend” was released, Foreign Family lightened things up with the upbeat, spring time vibes of “Aftergold” by the up-and-coming producer Big Wild. “Aftergold” isn’t terribly different from the ODESZA sound with its inventive percussion, plentiful vocal chops and vaguely tribal/tropical melodies. Likewise, Big Wild’s track is guaranteed to improve just about any mood.

 

Jai Wolf

 

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Jai Wolf

 

NYC-based producer Jai Wolf is arguably one of the most essential producers in the thriving world of future bass. After being “discovered” last November, Jai Wolf has quickly ascended the ranks to his own well-deserved notoriety. “Indian Summer,” the third release from Foreign Family is Jai’s very first original production, and it is an absolute gem—a soaring example of what future bass is all about.

 

Greyhat

 

Greyhat

Greyhat

 

With its most recent release, Foreign Family returned to where it started with a haunting, yet thoroughly enjoyable track by Greyhat. The one-of-a-kind beat melds grumbling bass notes with ghostly vocal chops and unexpected string flourishes to create a truly unique sound. Harnessing some of the alternative grit of Ki:Theory, “Glider” is as intricate as it is enchanting.

 

In less than six months, Foreign Family Collective has shown up on thousands of radars, and it doesn’t show any signs of disappearing—quite the contrary. The collective’s gradual and deliberate approach to releasing music makes it a special presence in the emerging world of music collectives. Take some time getting to know Foreign Family by checking out its SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the official website. Be on the lookout for more outstanding releases from Foreign Family Collective in the months to come.

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