Major Lazer go in on 30-minute ‘Afrobeats’ mini mix

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Electronic authorities of the ubiquitous Major Lazer are bringing a little bit of Africa to the club with their latest “Afrobeats” DJ mix out on Major Lazer frontman, Diplo‘s label, Mad Decent.

The release is especially timely, with reggae, Caribbean, and Afro-inspired accents permeating through the mainstream music circuit, brought to the forefront by the likes of Dillon Francis, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and Major Lazer themselves. The mix is comprised of overt homage’s to the south-of-the-equator-styled artistry, containing songs like “Live and Die in Afrika,” by Kenya’s Afro-pop guru, Sauti Sol, and “Sgicha” delivered by South African tag team, DJ Buckz, HHP, and Afrikan Roots.

Major Lazer masterfully showcase the extensive cultural reciprocity of Afro-pop, with momentous rhythms and hefty, party-certified bass. The mix simulates the experience of traversing the African continent. Africa is known for its vastly differing ways of life, specifically regarding its countless native languages. The mix highlights this notion accordingly, with every song seemingly incorporating a varying indigenous tongue.

Watch John Mayer sample ‘Slide’ during a live performance in San Francisco

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John Mayer

While Calvin Harris recently announced that he will be “movin’ on from Funk Wav sound” in 2018 via Twitter, the 70s inspired sonic stint that diversified Harris’ catalogue will remain an exemplar of a well executed aesthetic experimentation for years to come. The feel good “Funk Wav” vibes exuded by album staples like “Feels” have proven to be irresistible since Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’s release, and it seems that John Mayer remains all aboard the “Funk Wav” train as evidenced by a recent performance in San Francisco.

Mayer has cultivated a reputation for spontaneously sampling songs during his live shows — in the past, Mayer has astounded audiences worldwide with unexpected mini renditions of Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen classics. As of late, however, Mayer’s tangents involve something slightly more current, Harris’ Frank Ocean-assisted hit “Slide.” Mayer wove Ocean’s vocals from the intro of “Slide” into a live version of “Moving On and Getting Over,” a track off of Mayer’s seventh studio album, The Search for Everything, released in April of 2014. A YouTube video captured by JDWorldReviews shows Mayer cover his original song prior to sampling Toto’s “Africa,” closing out the surprise dual sampling with the intro to “Slide.”

You can see Mayer’s live mashup here, beginning around the 5:40 mark.


Listen to Diplo’s groovy two hour long house-heavy mix

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Diplo is incontestably one of the most tenacious producers in the game. Between frontman duties for Major Lazer, helming Mad Decent, solo releases with the most sought after pop stars of the moment like Lil Yachty and Justin Bieber, soccer teams, Vice programming, and production work on some of the biggest records of the last year, Diplo constantly keeps himself on the move. Somehow though, he still manages to hold down his spot as a major cultural tastemaker, largely behind his exceptionally well-rounded musical palate.

Diplo recently uploaded a two hour long house-leaning mix titled “Afrika Burn” on his SoundCloud. The mix was a recorded live from a performance in South Africa and comes as the latest installment of his weekly BBC radio slot, “Diplo and Friends.” Holding tight to a danceable club-ready motif, Diplo rotates through a fresh batch of house gems from Tiesto, Tchami, Justin Jay, Armand Van Velden and more.

The songs in the refreshing mix are not what most fans would associate Diplo’s usual fare with, serving as a reminder that the veteran performer really does have no sonic boundaries.


01. KiNK – Diversion [RUNNING BACK]
02. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Dennis Ferrer Attention Vocal Mix) [OBJEKTIVITY]
03. Sante Sansone – Rising [MATERIALISM]
04. DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Ashley Beedle Africanz On Marz Re-edit) [WARP]
05. Fono – Real Joy (Duke Dumont Re-Edit) [RELENTLESS]
06. Jonas Rathsman – Tobago [FRENCH EXPRESS]
07. Armand Van Helden – Wings [SPINNIN’]
08. RÜFÜS – Innerbloom [SWEAT IT OUT!]
09. Zonderling – Be Free [HEXAGON]
10. Justin Jay – Hit It [DIRTYBIRD]
11. Cassian – Don’t Go
12. Tchami – Adieu [CONFESSION]
13. Chocolate Puma vs. Pep & Rash – The Stars Are Mine [SPINNIN’ DEEP]
14. Metroplane – Bahp [WEAPONS]
15. Zeds Dead & Diplo feat. Elliphant – Blame (Gorgon City Remix) [DEADBEATS]
17. Karsten – Like To Know [FREE]
18. Born Dirty – Womp Bleep
19. Klingenberg – T! (Dave Darell Remix)
20. Riton feat. Kah-Lo – Rinse And Repeat (Ammo Bootleg) [RITONTIME]
21. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Don Diablo & CID Remix) [HEXAGON]
22. Tiësto & Sevenn – BOOM [MUSICAL FREEDOM]
23. Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix) (Audio1 Edit) [ISLAND]
24. Little by Little – Bang The Box [DEFECTED]
25. MK feat. Millie Pye – Bring Me To Life (MK Dub Iv) [BIG ON BLUE/SONY]
27. Jace Mek – Hesitate
28. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III) [DEFECTED]
29. Yolanda Be Cool & Worthy – Pump The Rump
30. Lulo Cafe feat. Denny Dugg – Let Me Do Me
31. DJ Le Roi feat. Nicole Henry – So Astounded (Black Coffee Remix)
32. Distruction Boys – Shut Up & Groove
33. Maxim Sunbeat – Emotiva Sona
34. Babes Wodumo – Wololo
35. Scales & Major Lazer – Shake Body

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