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i_o's 'ROOTKIT' EP Is Mau5trap's Latest Dark Electronic Wonder: Exclusive

Alexandria Alvarez

I like my coffee like I like my electronic music: dark and acidic. Thankfully, deadmau5' mau5trap label keeps my cup running over with delicious musical brews. It's where REZZ got her launch point, and now this mysterious producer i_o is picking up the mantle. 

The producer is about as fresh as they come. He released his first tune under the i_o moniker in December 2017, but he's already seen support from Armin van Buuren via A State of Trance and played support for Eric Prydz during his EDC Las Vegas 2018 party at Marquee Dayclub. Now, i_o follows that success with a two-track EP called ROOTKIT. It showcases both sides of the i_o project's sound, as the man himself explains.

"I wanted to delve into the darker side of i_o and deliver an A-side record with a lot of weight," the producer says. "'PassiveX' is an example of where my heart of the i_o project lies: dark warehouses and banging techno. With the B side, 'Audio Dust,' I wanted to explore the more melodic components of the project, something for those late nights/early mornings."

ROOTKIT comes out on mau5trap Friday, May 25, but you can listen to it in full below, exclusive on Billboard Dance.