Owen Bones stands out in a crowd of endlessly recursive DJs and producers — a 21-year-old presence defined by a stark-white skull. Unimpressed with the form and unfettered by the imagined boundaries of much of modern electronic music production, he’s set himself apart from a scene obsessed with maximalism by reducing his artistic elements to their most essential core components. The result is music that seethes intensity and bleeds light from the seams, free of the need to rely on trope or overplayed form to carry its weight. Largely existing as a digital entity, Owen’s physical form resides on Chicago’s west side and is seen locally from time to time. His newest LP, Dive Club, featuring The Cool Kids, Saba, Tunji Ige, lil aaron and Mothica, is out now.
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