Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fall

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Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fallDel The Funky Homosapien Damon Albarn

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed in a new Beats 1 Radio interview with Matt Wilkinson that Del the Funky Homosapien has suffered severe injuries following his fall at the band’s performance from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival on July 7. Albarn confirmed,

“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”

“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”

The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”

Godspeed, Del.

H/T: Pitchfork

Featured Image: Jeff Kravitz

Virgil Abloh to make Beats 1 radio debut with new ‘Televised Radio’ channel

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From runways to radio airwaves, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director has a new design in mind.

On June 18, Virgil Abloh will host the introductory episode of his very own Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music from Louis Vuitton’s atelier in Paris. Entitled “Televised Radio,” the channel will act as an “audio mood board,” fusing new releases with time honored classics, while peppering musical selections with surprise guests who will join Abloh to discuss not only music, but art, design, and fashion.

“Music has an amazing ability to bring people together, and I couldn’t think of a better format to catalog all the multidisciplinary work I do under one umbrella,” Abloh said of the venture. “I’m using the two hours every so often to discuss various design projects and the rationale around them . . . in an effort to highlight my friends that make up my creative world. Apple’s design legacy and consideration of fostering art and design made it a perfect partnership.”

Those interested can tune in at 10 AM PST to catch Abloh’s inaugural episode.

Photo Credit: Christian Anwander

H/T: High Snobiety 

Gorillaz return with new single, ‘Humility’

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Damon Albarn went to Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio show to debut the new single “Humility,” set for release on the Gorillaz upcoming LP, The Now Now.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Albarn revealed to Lowe that the new album has a distinct lack of features compared to the group’s other works, with only “Humility’s” featured vocalist, the jazz and soul legend, George Benson, and Snoop Dogg slated for appearances on The Now Now, leaving the rest of the vocal heavy lifting to Albarn himself. Albarn also puts the kibosh on the rumors that he lost an entire Gorillaz LP by leaving his laptop in the back of a cab.

Wavy synths and a thorough backbeat make for a mellow, smooth tune. One that is likely a primer for the “summer record” Albarn has promised.

Flume talks Future Classic, collaborations, and new music with Zane Lowe on Beats 1

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Flume sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 to dish on past collaborations, life before and after Future Classic, and the two documentaries recently released on him, When Everything Was New and Sleepless: The Story Of Future Classic, both of which are now available via Apple Music. The former is Flume’s own documentary, while the latter divulges into how the Future Classic label catapulted Flume’s career in its most incipient stages.

Flume tells Lowe how he entered a contest with Future Classic, simply to get his name on the map. Though Flume placed runner up in the competition, his decisive entry catalyzed the two entities quintessential relationship.

Known to work some of the industry’s most cerebral, influential rappers into his beat heavy productions, like Vic Mensa and Vince Staples, Flume comments on what he looks for in those types of collaborations.

“I just want to I want to find people who are doing something different and open to working with different sounds and unconventional beats and rigid open-minded people who have something to say,” Flume says. “And yeah I think that’s something that I’ve definitely felt working with Vince and Vic and a bunch of other people.”

Currently, he says he is keen on working with JPEGMAFIA, who recently released his fourth solo record, Veteran.

The Aussie, who has been less active lately than in previous years, also reveals he has bought a one-way ticket to Sri Lanka, where he plans to focus entirely on new music. He says been “writing all the time,” and that this time around he is “going back into the heavy.”




Carl Cox will unveil a rare drum & bass mix this month

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Carl Cox

Carl Cox is scheduled to release his first drum & bass mix in more than seven years on March 30 through Apple‘s Beats 1 Radio show. The performance will be Cox’s first appearance on Beats 1 since his seminal Beats 1 mix from 2016.

The mix is a part of Apple Music‘s One Mix Drum & Bass month, which features a plethora of talent every Friday at 7 a.m. GMT. Other guests slated to perform on the show include Kasra, Etherwood, Pola & Bryson and High Contrast, with the legend himself closing out the month in head-splitting fashion.

The shows are available to stream live here and on demand here.


Eric Prydz releases EPIC episode 24 on Beats 1 Radio

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2017 was an epic year for the genre shapeshifter Eric Prydz. Capping off the year with three headlining performances at the storied Output club in Brooklyn, Prydz has continued to push the boundaries of progressive house and infiltrate the electronic music mainstream deeper than ever before.  Known to experiment with alter aliases — Cirez D, Pryda — Prydz announced the coming of his debut EP as the mysterious Tonja Holma alias back in November.

Beginning the new year in stride, Prydz has released the 24th episode of his EPIC Radio show via Beats 1. “As this year is coming to an end, I have been reflecting a lot over all the cool stuff that I’ve been doing this year. All the experiences I’ve had,” he says. The episode features a plethora of tracks, all honing in on the progressive sonic landscape Prydz has helped popularize.

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Eric Prydz debuts brand new track ‘Fulda’ on latest episode of Epic Radio

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Each and every sonic endeavor from Eric Prydz is a stunning work of art. Namely, his long-running Epic Radio show via Beats 1 stands out as an exemplary facet. Prydz cemented this notion further on the show’s latest installment, broadcast on November 17, where he debuted a world exclusive — a brand new track entitled “Fulda.”

Alongside the speechless-rendering, irresistibly danceable “Fulda” was a handful of other tracks showcasing Prydz’s curational depth, from the likes of his newly minted Tonja Holma alias, to KiNK, and even Lindstrøm. While it’s unsure as to when or if his new album will arrive soon, Prydz seems to be consistently serving up newness to tie his fans over until that big moment arrives.


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4 Pryda – Moln (First Draft Edit)
5 TonJa Holma – Trippleton
6 Pryda – Viro (Eric Prydz’ Intro Edit)
7 Brett Johnson – It’s The Underground (Eric Prydz Remix)
8 KiNK – Five
9 Lindstrøm – Tensions
10 Eric Prydz (ft. Adeva) – In and Out (Eric Prydz Remix)

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Diplo reveals new Major Lazer and Lorde collaboration

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Major Lazer have been responsible for some of the top-played songs of all time over the last few years since their pop scene emergence, with ubiquitous hits like the DJ Snake and MØ-assisted “Lean On” and the group’s sweeping Justin Bieber feature, “Cold Water.” Now, it appears Diplo has lured another notable hitmaker into the studio, this time enlisting New Zealand-bred superstar Lorde on what is likely to be another dominating hit. Unveiling the still-nameless track for a first listen on his Beats 1 Lazer Sound program, Diplo previewed the dancehall trio’s newest product, introduced by Lorde’s unmistakable vocals.

Lorde reworks Jamaican dancehall icon Yellowman’s 1984 standout, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” backed by a  breezy, beach-primed steel drum beat that’s quintessential Major Lazer. The new collaboration also features vocal work by Jamaican MC Vybz Kartel. Details on the new collaboration are sparse, without an official title or release date available yet, though at first listen, the full forthcoming product will be well worth the wait.

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Eric Prydz will broadcast his first-ever EPIC 5.0 set on this week’s EPIC Radio

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Eric Prydz refuses stay out of headlines this week, following the debut EPIC 5.0 at London’s Creamfields Steel Yard this past Saturday, May 27. Luckily for his global following who were unable to be in attendance, one die-hard Redditor fan captured the breathtaking performance on camera.

Today, May 31, the the Swedish progressive house icon has announced that his first-ever EPIC 5.0 set be will re-broadcast in full during a special two-hour episode EPIC Radio. Fans can tune in on Apple Music’s Beats 1 this Friday, June 2, at 3 PM PST.

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7 things you need to know from Diplo’s one-on-one with Zane Lowe

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Frequently catching airwaves, Diplo stays busy broadcasting his BBC 1xtra program, Diplo & Friends, and Major Lazer’s recurring Beats 1 show, Lazer Sound. This week, however, the experiential producer sits down with Zane Lowe for a candid interview on Beats 1. Topics discussed include the fate of Major Lazer’s new music, their brand new collaboration with Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor, landing a TV show with Vice and the future of Jack Ü. Here are the 7 things you need to know…

Diplo and Skrillex likely ending the Jack Ü project

The two-headed monster known as Jack Ü may be coming to a close. After its commercial and critically acclaimed run, which passed through pop culture as it transcended genres, Diplo reveals that he and Skrillex have no plans to release new music together.

“I think right now I’m just trying to make Major Lazer. Last year I kind of did everything and I wore myself really thin trying to do all those projects but this year it’s all about getting the Major Lazer stuff out. We have a lot of records we wrote together me and Skillex but I don’t think its time to put those out now. Just trying to concentrate on this Major Lazer material.”

Major Lazer’s next single will be “Run Up” featuring Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor

With a certified hit record in the books, Major Lazer will take another step with their next single. Serving as the follow-up to last year’s “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber, their new single “Run Up” is due next with features from Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor.

“This record got kinda like an Afro Beat kinda vibe to it. Something like Nigerian or from South Africa. It started out like kind of a reggae record, we just built it up and it’s an infectious dance song… I tried to get Nicki to do records with us for a couple years now. We happened to find the right one that made sense for her. She’s inspiring man, it’s crazy. I’ve never had an artist be so disciplined on cutting a song like this. She wrote sixteen different verses for this song.”

The future is uncertain for Music Is The Weapon

Since Major Lazer’s 2015 album Peace Is The Mission, the wait has been on for its follow up album to be titled Music Is The Weapon. Revealed today, however, Diplo’s outlook on music consumption in relation to full length albums may alter the fate of the record’s anticipated release.

“It’s crazy when people come see our concerts and I just feel like we want to concentrate on a song. Every time we put a song out we want people to know this is the song. We have over thirty songs so at any point it’d be easy to just drop the album but I’m not sure people digest our music like that anymore. They don’t listen to our album as much as they listen to a song or watch our videos.”

James Van Der Beek will star as Diplo in new Vice TV show

After doing a show promotion with actor James Van Der Beek portraying an exaggerated Diplo, the two shopped the footage and landed a green light for a series backed by Spike Jonze to air on Vice this March.

“We did a promo for one of our parties and it was so funny, James being me and it was an exaggerated version of me you know because even on the internet I’m exaggerated in the culture for fun. Being tongue and cheek about it. I didn’t mean it to necessarily be about me but it just became the character. We shopped it over to Spike Jonze and he actually liked the idea so he green lit it for Vice. We’re gonna try and shoot some stuff and make it as funny as possible. It comes out in March.”

Diplo has been working with Travis Scott, Migos and LA’s hip-hop community

Asked about his recent work, Diplo points to time between January and March when he’s able to put in time in the studio. He shares his affinity for the trending hip-hop landscape and its culture in Los Angeles, and that he’s been involved in new music with the likes of Travis Scott, Migos and others.

“It’s cool right now there’s a lot of rappers in LA. A lot of young guys like Travis Scott again, Migos, MadeinTYO, Lil Uzi Vert, just doing records like that. And of course just writing. I’m not trying to go out there and find all the pop stars to work with, we’ve always worked with our friends. Even with ‘Cold Water’ and Justin Bieber we had done a lot of music together for the last couple years.”

New music from MØ is on the way

When asked who he was in the studio with last night, Diplo breaks some news to the delight of MØ fans.

“Just working with MØ doing something for her for our album, finishing up production on that track doing something different. You know we produce our records until like the day before they’re due. We write our records early. It takes like four or five months to actually produce them. So I have like sixteen versions of one record — totally different sounds.”

Diplo will tour less, focus on producing more in 2017

Known for his unrelenting touring, having been circling the globe with Major Lazer, on his own solo shows, and previous Jack Ü run — Diplo enlightens Zane on his intention to slow down in effort to focus on new music.

“I wanna sit back and tour a lot less. That’d be the goal but I think I never expected for Major Lazer to do such big numbers when it comes to releasing music. I thought it was an agony until two years ago. It’s just the music landscape changed a little bit to where people are interested in this kinda of music.”

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