Liquid Stranger Press Photo taken by Jason Siegel

Liquid Stranger Delivers Downtempo Unity EP on SSKWAN

At the inaugural WAKAAN Music Festival, Liquid Stranger announced the creative birth of SSKWAN, the sole brother label to WAKAAN that would be a home for downtempo and ambient electronic music. Through this duality in sound, the producer hoped to reflect the diverse yet harmonizing nature of humanity and the electronic music community in particular.

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This past week, Liquid Stranger finally shared his debut EP on SSKWAN, Unity, a long-clamored-for project that did not disappoint. The EP was led by the single, “Smoke N Hope,” a strong performing streaming track that conveys a reggae influence.

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Throughout his two-decade-plus discography, Liquid Stranger has displayed a wide array of styles, inspirations, and interests, but perhaps some of his most beloved tracks of all time are the 2015-2016 releases, “Dissolve” and “Freefall.” To the delight of fans, Liquid Stranger revitalizes these ambient-leaning production arrangements throughout the 5-track Unity EP.

After selling out WAKAAN Music Festival in 2022, hosting three sold-out nights at Mission Ballroom (totaling 12,500 tickets), and noteworthy WAKAAN takeovers at Hulaween, Imagine Music Festival, Avant Gardner, and more, Liquid Stranger is in the position to create and do as he pleases.

Despite this dignified career position, Liquid Stranger appears to still graciously give back to his community by frequently releasing music and continuously upping the anty of what the WAKAAN community can do IRL.


Franz Hilberath is a writer, publicist, artist manager, and editor/founder of MP3 MAG. Franz's passion for telling creative's stories began as a journalist with local and national newspapers (Creative Loafing, USA Today), magazines (Marquee, Man of the Hour), and blogs (, CULTR). His byline spans live event coverage, music reviews and interviews with innovators such as ODESZA, Marc Rebillet, RUFUS DU SOL, Lee “Scratch” Perry, GRiZ, & SOFI TUKKER. Today, as an independent publicist (Franz.mp3), Franz has represented true creatives and esteemed labels such as Zeds Dead (Deadbeats), Gravitas Recordings, Mersiv (MorFlo Records), Night Tales (Ultra Records), Of The Trees (Memory Palace), Justin Jay (Fantastic Voyage), Meduso, KHIVA, RaeCola, THRASHA and more.