If you love a good rave (do kids still call them raves anymore?), then you’re probably already familiar with the swirling, insistent beats of What So Not. It’s the solo project of Australian DJ and producer Emoh Instead (real name Chris Emerson), who has been regularly dropping EPs — and remixes of said EPs — since 2011. He just put out his debut LP, Not All the Beautiful Things, which features collaborations with artists both contemporary (Skrillex) and old-school (Toto — yes, that Toto). That bridging of two distinct eras is typical of Emerson’s style — simultaneously futuristic and retro.
— Nathan Weinbender