Best Ekali Songs of All Time – Top 10 Tracks

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Ekali is more than just an alter ego for musician Nathan Shaw.

Ekali has performed in venues such as: Time, EDC Orlando, Exchange LA, Echostage, Stereo Live, The Church, Escape Halloween, Life is Beautiful, Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge, Sunbar Tempe

Ekali has played in major festivals like Life is Beautiful, EDC Orlando, Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge, Electric Zoo, Escape Halloween, Boo Festival, Freaky Deaky, ILLfest, Lightning In A Bottle, Project Glow

Ekali has upcoming events in Breakaway Music Festival, Project Glow, Freaky Deaky

Without further ado, here are Ekali top 10 tracks of all time:

1. I Can't Stop (Ekali Tribute)

Flux Pavilion, Ekali

2. Babylon (feat. Denzel Curry) - Skrillex & Ronny J Remix

Ekali, Denzel Curry, Skrillex, Ronny J

3. Stay Hollow (with mossy.)

Ekali, mossy.

4. Leaving (feat. Yuna)

Ekali, Yuna

5. Blame

Ekali, Zhu

6. Unfaith

7. Hard To Say Goodbye (feat. Chloe Angelides)

Ekali, Illenium, Chloe Angelides

8. Don't Leave - Ekali Remix

Snakehips, , Ekali

9. Drown (feat. Au/Ra)

Ekali, Au/Ra

10. Babylon (feat. Denzel Curry)

Ekali, Denzel Curry

Ekali Details

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Ekali is more than just an alter ego for musician Nathan Shaw. It’s not only the name for an electronic production project that -- just a few months after posting his first track -- brought a level of recognition that most artists spend a career dreaming about. It’s also a reflection of a remarkable musical journey that’s led him far outside the crowded beat-making field.

Although only 26 years old, Shaw has already been playing music for almost half his life. Growing up bouncing between Vancouver, British Columbia and tiny Mayne Island (just across the Strait of Georgia from the city), Shaw absorbed his parents vinyl obsession early before picking up a violin when he was 12. Within a couple years he’d moved on to guitar, then to bass, which he played in his school’s jazz program before dropping out at age 15 to pursue music full time. He was a session bassist and touring musician, playing indie rock, folk, jazz, hardcore, and posthardcore -- and along the way won a Juno award his work with Vancouver indie group Said the Whale -- before setting out on his own four years ago.

Ekali has given Shaw the chance to show off the stylistic flexibility he picked up from years playing across the musical spectrum. His breakthrough single “Unfaith” mixes Ciara samples and jazzy piano chords with the sonic and emotional intimacy of the indie rock and classic singer-songwriters he grew up on. (Which might explain how the track ended up being sampled not once but twice on Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.) He’s made apocalyptic trap music with rapper Denzel Curry (“Babylon”) and transcendent electronic pop with ZHU (“Blame”).

But while the self-taught musician draws from a sprawling set of influences -- from Burial to Joni Mitchell to progressive metal icons Dream Theater -- one constant in Shaw’s music is its commitment to analog-era ideals like warmth and texture that often go missing in modern beats. In an era of music tuned to computerized precision, Ekali’s tracks resonate with a defiantly human touch.

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