Snails and NGHTMRE Team Up On Beautiful Bass Anthem 'Only Want U' Feat. Akylla: Premiere

Adrian Villagomez
Snails

In this new generation of dubstep lovin' bass dwellers, Snails and NGHTMRE are leaders of the pack. Each brings a new voice to the established genre. Snails is the king of “vomitstep.” He is the man who engineers nastier, gnarlier grunts and booms than anyone has previously imagined.

NGHTMRE, on the other hand, is a master of melody. He brings future edge to his face-crunchers, and somewhere in the middle of the two must be something so heavenly and devilish, it might just be the new sound a generation craves.

The two producers are actually quite close. Snails tapped NGHTMRE for the bill of his upcoming Sluggtopia, a one-day festival featuring all the freshest faces in bass, coming to Red Rocks in Washington, Friday, Oct. 6. But can you believe it, the guys have never worked on a track together before? Until now.

"I felt the magic start right away when we opened the project," Snails says in an emailed statement. "We went back and forth exchanging ideas and playing around with so many sounds. I'm really excited to present the result, and I feel it represents both our styles perfectly. Have to say, awesome job to Akylla for the vocals. Really puts the cherry on top for the song."

"Only Want U" is a cool mix of melody and muck. Garage vibes meet wild synths and, of course, a really slimy drop. Akylla, who bass-lovers may recognize from Excision's “Drowning,” does bring a certain soulfulness to the tune. Her bright vocals pver the synth melodies and hard-hitting percussion give “Only Want U” an old-school drum'n'bass vibe, without actually delivering those breakneck beats.

"It's always a blast creating music with your homies," NGHTMRE says in an emailed statement. "Fred and I have been talking about doing a track together for a long time, so I'm really excited to finally have this one come together so well. I feel like it's a great balance of both of our styles."

If you can't see the friends come together on stage at Sluggtopia, for which tickets are now on sale, you can at least look out for them separately on each producer's upcoming North American tours. Snails just added more to his in a phase 3 run. Presale tickets are available online, codeword: "shell." Full dates for each can be found below, and don't forget about Snails' fast-approaching debut album The Shell. 

Listen to "Only Want U" and get pumped below.

The Shell Slugz City Edition Tour Dates
10/6 - Morrison, Co - Sluggtopia Red Rocks
11/16 - Vancouver, Bc - Venue
11/17 - Seattle, Wa - Tacoma Dome
11/18 - Missoula, Mt - Wilma
11/22 - San Francisco, Ca - Armory
11/24 - Los Angeles - Palladium
11/25 - Orange County - Observatory
11/26 - Las Vegas - The Joint
11/28 - Albuquerque, Nm - Sunshine Theater
11/29 - El Paso, Tx - Tricky Falls
11/30 - Houston, Tx - Stereo Live
12/1 - Austin, Tx - Emos
12/2 - Dallas, Tx - South Side
12/3 - Fayetteville, Ar - George's
12/5 - Memphis, Tn - New Daisy Theater
12/6/ - Urbana, Il - Canopy Club
12/7 - St Louis, Mo - Pageant
12/8 - Minneapolis, Mn  - Skyway
12/9 - Detroit, Mi - Royal Oak
12/10 - Grand Rapids, Mi - Intersection
12/15 - Philadelphia, Pa - Fillmore
12/16 - New York City, Ny - Terminal 5
12/17 - Richmond, Va - The National
12/18 - Baltimore, Md - Rams Head
12/20 - Norfolk, Va - Norva
12/21 - Nashville, Tn - Global Events Center
12/22 - Charlotte, Nc - Fillmore
12/23 - Atlanta, Ga - Tabernacle
12/26 - Albany, Na - Upstate Concert Hall
12/27 - Worcester, Ma - The Palladium
12/28 - Montreal, Qc - Metropolis
12/29 - Toronto, On - Danforth
12/30 - Chicago, Il - Aragon

NGHTMRE Before Xmas Tour Dates

9/22 - Imagine Festival - Hampton, GA
9/23 - Transition Festival - Eugene, OR
9/24 - Wet Republic - Las Vegas, NV
9/28 - Onyx - Bangkok, Thailand
9/29 - Vision - Tokyo, Japan
9/30 - Boom Boom Room - Shenzhen, China
10/01 - MYST - Shanghai, China
10/03 - Electric Sky Festival - Seoul, South Korea
10/06 - Sluggtopia - Morrison, CO
10/08 - Hakkasan - Las Vegas, NV
10/19 - Monstercat x ADE - Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/21 - Trap Nation x ADE - Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/27 - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, LA
10/28 - Escape - San Bernardino, CA
10/29 - Something Wicked - Houston, TX
11/07 - Omnia - Las Vegas, NV
11/10 - 11/11 - EDC Orlando - Orlando, FL
11/17 - Hakkasan - Las Vegas, NV
11/18 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
11/22 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
11/24 - Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
11/25 - Hakkasan - Las Vegas, NV
12/01 - The Wilma - Missoula, MT
12/02 - Hakkasan - Las Vegas, NV