Following a steady two years of touring behind 2014 debut Forever – a #1 hit on the iTunes dance chart – Mystery Skulls is set to release soulful pop odyssey One Of Us on August 4. For this follow-up, the genre-bending mastermind built upon his sonic tapestry of soul, house, disco and R&B, while zeroing in on a single “Big Brother”-esque concept: following the relationship of two underground-lowlife residents in a dystopian world as they fight to escape shadowy forces exerting control over society. Joyful lead single “Music” previews the album by declaring that, even in the worst of times, at least there will always be melodies that lift us higher.

Born Luis Dubuc in Venezuela, Mystery Skulls spent most of his childhood in Toronto living above a video store, teaching himself English by consuming horror and sci-fi epics. Relocating once again, to Dallas, led him to pick up his first pair of drumsticks where he channeled his collective admiration of idols, from Michael Jackson to Nirvana to The Locust, into his earliest experimentation with music making. Following a later move to Los Angeles, the self-taught musician began to make a name for himself, and with the release of Forever, he blazed into the electronic and pop sphere, collaborating with pop icons Nile Rodgers and Brandy, as well as earning press love from the likes of Noisey, Earmilk, Nylon, and Complex, who declared his music “Some of the most addictive, hypnotizing disco-pop jams you’ll hear.”