Published Sep 11, 2015It might be the scenario every start-up DJ outfit dreams of: after Vindata were introduced to Justice's Cross and were so impressed by it they decided to incorporate electronic music into their knowledge of hip-hop and R&B, Skrillex caught their second live show at a local party, and that was it. They opened sold-out shows on his tour and were signed to his label, OWSLA, suddenly aligning with EDM, a movement with which they were previously entirely unfamiliar.
Many DJs and producers who embrace or flaunt the EDM label tend to suffer from the banality of following a formula, one that is overdone at this point — intro, breakdown, drop (for what seems like ad infinitum on some tracks). And sure, Through Time and Space suffers mildly from this formulaic arrangement, but it's also nuanced and unexpected, like the double time alternating on verse and chorus on "Own Life," along with the fluid stops throughout that makes each subsequent beat burst forth. There's also the very distinct Odesza-esque sound the EP employs, with tracks like "Wide Awake" utilizing guest vocals by Kenzie May, and opener "Spirals," which provides the perfect amount of energy, wobbly bass and glamorous synth to kick the album off. So while Through Time and Space might feel predictable, it also offers a new perspective on EDM for those willing to dig into it. (OWSLA)