A shimmering deviation from archetypal electronica, the journey for Australian producerÂ What So NotÂ from his early beginnings to 2022 has been one lined with eyewatering collaborations, countless explosive live shows on some of the worldâ€™s biggest stages, and, as of Friday September 16, two studio albums whenÂ What So Notâ€™s transcendent sophomore releaseÂ ‘Anomaly’Â finally unveils to the world.Â
Sharing the album tracklist today,Â What So NotÂ reveals the 11 tracks that will make upÂ ‘Anomaly’Â and delivers (in spades) on the anticipated tonne of top shelf collabs. And for now,Â What So NotÂ offers another taste of what lies ahead, with a luminous new trackÂ As OneÂ featuringÂ HerizenÂ released today, July 27.Â
An insatiably airy and gleaming dance delight,Â As One, featuresÂ What So Not,Â akaÂ Chris Emerson, alongside some resplendent vocals courtesy of singer-songwriterÂ Herizen. Laden with pulsating beats, ethereal synths and lush textures,Â As OneÂ is ultimately a track thatâ€™ll light up dancefloors and all of the feels, while also marking the pairâ€™s second team-up after their 2019 jamÂ We Can Be Friends. Injecting heartfelt lyricism and dollops of sonic beauty onÂ As One,Â Herizenâ€™s crystalline vocals effortlessly level up the hypnotic and jubilant new tune; a fitting fact given the ease of which the song itself came to life, asÂ HerizenÂ elaborates, â€œAs One is a beautiful upbeat love song that makes you wanna dance and hold that special someone. When I wrote this song, I had my heart on my sleeve, I was so happy and full, it all just poured out of me that the song pretty much wrote itself.Â I hope this track tickles listeners the way it does me. I want to leave you with an image: blue skies, light warm summer rain, the smell of the ocean, and that special person holding you tight and your â€˜hearts moving as oneâ€™â€.Â Chris enlightens, â€œFor some time, this song was just an iPhone recording of the two of us riffing in the house one day. Me on an OP1 synth & Herizen humming melodies. I later showed the recording to DUSKUS and we quickly fleshed out a tune pretty close to what you hear today.Â The wonky saw synths on the drop really encapsulate the emotion of this record for me. So euphoric but most of all fun.â€
WithÂ As OneÂ acting as the uplifting closer to the forthcoming new albumÂ ‘Anomaly’, thereâ€™s an undeniable sense of poise and precision throughoutÂ What So Notâ€™s second full length album. Equally enamoured and inspired by the prevention of the complacent destruction of our existence, accessing your true potential and how those two themes dovetail into one another,Â ‘Anomaly’Â also featuresÂ ChrisÂ himself singing (or â€œbeltingâ€, as he puts it) on opening trackÂ AliveÂ and, in trueÂ What So NotÂ style, aligns an army of incredible features from homegrown heroes includingÂ DMAâ€™s, Danish singer-songwriterÂ MÃ˜,Â Louis The ChildÂ and, seen most recently on previous singleÂ Mr Regular, a sweltering outing boastingÂ Oliver TreeÂ andÂ Killer Mike. Truly the king of collabs, itâ€™s no coincidence that the meticulous line-up onÂ ‘Anomaly’Â is a prestigious and dynamic roll call from some of the best and brightest from around the musical kingdom, withÂ ChrisÂ pursuing ambition and innovation from his collaborators every step of the way and also paying it forward, as he elaborates, â€œThere is so much doubt floating around in this industry, from the labels to the artists own team, the â€˜statsâ€™, changes in trends – we can EASILY doubt ourselves and never see through what could have been our greatest work.Â For that reason, I always hit up artists that I think are doing something really unique or ahead of the curve. I know people have done that for me and how much it meant. This is how I meet a lot of people and make friends. Often down the track I’ll write an idea and think: ‘wouldn’t it be cool if such-and-such threw down their sound on this section’ â€“ and a lot of the time, we get magic!â€.
For over a decade,Â What So NotÂ has snagged local and international airplay adoration, toured the world, including appearances at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival, delivered knockout remixes of artists includingÂ RÃœFÃœS DU SOLÂ andÂ Run The Jewels while also winning an AIR Award and Queensland Music Award along the way. With his 2019 debut albumÂ ‘Not All the Beautiful Things’Â hitting the top of the charts withÂ #1 iTunes Dance Album (US and AU), #2 iTunes Album Chart (AU), armed with unforgettable features fromÂ Slumberjack,Â Daniel Johns,Â Skrillex,Â TotoÂ and many others, itâ€™s safe to say expectations were always going to be high for the eventual follow up fromÂ ChrisÂ under theÂ What So NotÂ moniker. But withÂ ‘Anomaly’,Â ChrisÂ stakes his claim once again as one of Australiaâ€™s most exciting exports and, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting artists straddling the realms of electronica, hip hop, trap and experimental music to grace this generation.Â
Pulsating with eclectic instrumentation, fresh beats and plenty of the textbookÂ What So NotÂ mesmerising glimmer that has endeared the acclaimed producer globally, ‘Anomaly’ proves in spades thatÂ What So NotÂ in 2022 is truly as enigmatic and rare as his new album name suggests.Â
Fans wonâ€™t have to wait long to experienceÂ ‘Anomaly’Â in all its glory and the abundance of shared creative genius on display, with the album due to drop in just under two months. And as for the alleged beef with American viral star, andÂ ‘Anomaly‘ feature artist,Â Oliver Tree? Hereâ€™s whatÂ ChrisÂ has to say: â€œThe green hair mix-up could have happened to anyone. Iâ€™m glad we got it cleared up without anyone following through with the Oliver death threatsâ€.Â And for anyone who has already caught a listen toÂ Mr Regular, itâ€™s safe to say thereâ€™s no bad blood only bangers lying in wait – and the same goes forÂ ‘Anomaly’Â overall.
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