10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”

 

This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and more

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Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and moreElliott Landy Woodstock

The 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair has caused quite the stir in the rumor mill. After Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans,” music fans across all genres have been spinning for details.

Known leak account Festive Owl got their hands on a deck that is proposing a separate event from the one mentioned by Lang. It’s called “Journey On” and was pitched sometime in the spring of 2018. The images list artists approached, including Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Logic, The Weeknd, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Kesha, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Phish, The Who, Santana, and many more artists pitched, looking to create a pan-generational lineup celebrating one of the most historic music festivals.

The event that brought more than 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969 featured music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and many more. It makes sense that this nexus for the larger counterculture generation could organize one of the most highly anticipated lineups of next year.

Although nothing is finalized, these images add to the stirring rumor mill with a music festival plan that has not yet seen the light of day.

Photo credit: Elliott Landy

Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and more

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Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and moreElliott Landy Woodstock

The 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair has caused quite the stir in the rumor mill. After Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans,” music fans across all genres have been spinning for details.

Known leak account Festive Owl got their hands on a deck that is proposing a separate event from the one mentioned by Lang. It’s called “Journey On” and was pitched sometime in the spring of 2018. The images list artists approached, including Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Logic, The Weeknd, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Kesha, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Phish, The Who, Santana, and many more artists pitched, looking to create a pan-generational lineup celebrating one of the most historic music festivals.

The event that brought more than 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969 featured music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and many more. It makes sense that this nexus for the larger counterculture generation could organize one of the most highly anticipated lineups of next year.

Although nothing is finalized, these images add to the stirring rumor mill with a music festival plan that has not yet seen the light of day.

Photo credit: Elliott Landy

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter shares 14-minute edition of ‘Riga (take 5)’

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Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter shares 14-minute edition of ‘Riga (take 5)’GettyImages 470027585 1540529763

Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk made an appearance earlier this month with the release of a portion of “Riga (Take 5)” via his former manager Busy P’s Ed Banger imprint. Now, the full-version of the track is here, spanning a stunning 14 minutes. The extended track appears to be an alternate version or his soundtrack for the 2017 Latvian film Riga (Take 1), which was nominated for Latvian Film Prize’s Best Score award in 2017.

With a slow build of hardware-heavy techno, alternating rhythms, deliberate sequencing, and filtered synths the esteemed sound engineer proves his worth while moving the sound in real time while recording. Earlier this year, Bangalter contributed a new song to Gaspar Noé’s Climax soundtrack, using his abilities in longer-form, visual content.

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Ed Banger honors 15th birthday with orchestral album + tribute to DJ Mehdi

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Ed Banger honors 15th birthday with orchestral album + tribute to DJ MehdiEd Banger 15 Ans

Ed Banger is celebrating its fifteenth birthday in the most ethereal of fashions. Known for its leadership in French electro and its unique aesthetic, the label is taking things down a notch for its commemorative 15 Ans LP, which is entirely orchestral. The upcoming album — set for a November 23 release — is an explorative one, reimagining 27 of the label’s most iconic records in a cinematic, instrumental form.

Those who know the label know there’s no shortage of incredible music housed within the Busy P-owned imprint. In addition to groundbreaking albums from Daft Punk themselves (formerly managed by Busy P) as well as Justice, countless other major league acts like Mr. Oizo, Breakbot, SebAstian, and more have continued to make new waves in their field. The aforementioned artists are featured heavily in the album, in addition Uffie’s “Pop The Glock,” “Jacques In The Box” by Laurent Garnier, and other newer releases from the label family.

DJ Mehdi, who passed away in 2011, is another key featured talent on 15 Ans. His famed “Pocket Piano” happened to be chosen by Busy P as the announcement piece for the LP, whose celebration concert took place earlier in the year.

 

 

Tracklist:

1. Breakbot ‘Star Tripper / Back For More’
2. Breakbot ‘Fantasy / By Your Side’
3. Breakbot ‘Baby I’m Yours’
4. Cassius ‘I <3 So’
5. Mr. Oizo ‘Intra / Tricycle Express’
6. Mr. Oizo ‘Hand In The Fire’
7. Busy P ‘To Protect And Entertain / Pedrophilia’
8. Busy P ‘Genie’
9. DJ Mehdi ‘Pocket Piano’
10. DJ Mehdi ‘Tragicomehdi / Signatune’
11. Vladimir Cauchemar ‘Aulos’
12. Uffie ‘Pop The Glock / Difficult’
13. Boston Bun / Borussia / Feadz ‘Paris Groove / Kinda Love / Metaman’
14. SebastiAn ‘Motor / Prime / Hudson River’
15. SebastiAn ‘Embody’
16. SebastiAn ‘Tetra’
17. Krazy Baldhead ‘My Soul Is Like A Tree’
18. Laurent Garnier ‘Jacques In The Box’
19. Mr Flash ‘Champions’
20. Para One / Myd ‘Elevation / The Sun’
21. Justice ‘Genesis / Phantom / Phantom Part. II’
22. Justice ‘On’n’On’
23. Justice ‘Safe And Sound’
24. Justice ‘D.A.N.C.E.’
25. Justice ‘Canon / Alakazam ! / Horsepower’
26. Justice ‘Stress’
27. Justice ‘Waters Of Nazareth / We Are Your Friends’

 

Photo credit: Twitter/@edbangerrecords

Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter shows off acidic new techno record

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Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter shows off acidic new techno recordDaft As Punk

Thomas Bangalter, best known as part of the near-mythical duo Daft Punk, has been inching his way into the film world. In spring 2018 he penned a song for a horror movie, and prior to that he’d played a brief cameo in 2015’s Reality. His latest work follows this path, and shows off his roots in the process.

Titled “Riga (Take 5),” the track immediately shows its connection to its film of Riga (Take 1). Ed Banger, Bangalter’s longtime label home and also the landing spot of this release, showed off a preview via blue vinyl on Instagram. Perhaps the thing that piques interest most, however, is the fact that the entire 14-minute song was recorded in one take. Based off the acidic sounds and gritty, industrial arrangement, one can guess that Riga (Take 1) is not going to be an uplifting watch.

 

 

The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued for allegedly stealing ‘Starboy’

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Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being accused of stealing the beat from their 2016 hit collaboration, Starboy,” which peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the top of 2017. According to TMZ, poet, singer, and songwriter Yasminah claims her record “Hooyo” is the blueprint for the trio’s joint hit.

Yasminah states she released “Hooyo” in 2009, and of course, “Starboy” came to fruition seven years later. The similarities are obvious: same chorus, same key, same tempo, and same claps on beats two and four. With the “Starboy” rhythm seemingly an obvious rip of the originally, thousands of fans and onlookers are siding with Yasminah with this one.

Two of Yasminah’s producers have already threatened lawsuits over the song, but they never made it to court. She believes that The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, only knew of her song because of his East African roots. While The Weeknd was born in Canada, both of his parents are of Ethiopian descent. Yasminah is now requesting her portion of those settlements, which clock in at over $5 million. The “Starboy” music video currently has amassed nearly 1.4 billion views. Listen to both tracks below and make the comparisons for yourself.

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Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EP

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Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EPDigitalism Press Shot

When one looks back upon the development and evolution of electronica over the past 10 years, it’s hard to overlook the nuanced stylings of Digitalism. They are a pressurized anomaly — a sonic and living representation of how versatile and eclectic this form of musical creation can be.

The German duo has consistently put out expertly layered tracks for more than a decade, each building upon and exploring further than the last. They’ve woven rock into house, visited dark techno, dance-punk, and they’ve surfed expertly on synthwave. Digitalism remixed The White Stripes, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, and Tiga, and their work has not been overlooked by their fellow sonic pioneers. Over the years, DJs such as Boys Noize, Soulwax and Justice have played their remixes and tracks at live shows. Now, with the release of the PR15M EP, Digitalism continues to show us their expedition into sound carries onward.

The three-track electro house EP carries on for 15 minutes, giving the listener a place to be, devoid of time and filled with sound. Opening up with “Space Race,” Digitalism welcomes themselves back into listeners’ senses. It’s a head bobber, consistent in its rhythm, constant in growth, and welcoming with well-spaced pauses and subtle harmonic vocal breaks. The standout track of the EP, “Glow,” has a beautiful confidence in its sound. Backed by the lyrics woven throughout the track — “It’s been so long/ ever since it’s over/ don’t stop dancing/ move on” — the duo creates a strong electronic presence for the listener to lean back on. This is truly a beat one can close their eyes to feel support and balance. The closer of PR15M “Voll Beat” is raw fun. Through a slow and intriguing build, the track creates a deep interest. Taking their time, Digitalism continuously layers different synths, patterns, and beats — they show their ability and confidence that can only accumulate over the course of nearly 15 years.

There’s a new Daft Punk book out that charts the band’s history & success

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There’s a new Daft Punk book out that charts the band’s history & successDaft Punk Pointing Terry Richardson

Somebody’s done their homework. Actually, that’s Mr. Harris Rosen, who’s done his quite a lot of research on his latest topic of literary exploration. The author of several behind-the-scenes music books, including N.W.A: The Aftermath, The Real Eminem: Broke City Trash Rapper, and more has just penned a new Daft Punk book, titled The Real Daft Punk.

The book’s just landed on the shelves, giving “vital insight into how the duo achieved unparalleled success, without compromising artistic integrity or musical vision.”

The Real Daft Punk will include exclusive interviews in the age of Homework and in the period leading up the release of Discovery with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo,  providing a reflection of the tidal ebbs and flows of dance music and a giving insight into one of the most exceptional musical brotherhoods in history.

Aside from providing a rich historical context on the robot duo, The Real Dat Punk will also feature over 80 original behind-the-scenes photos, including the likes of Derrick Carter and Underworld‘s Karl Hyde, as well as a complete Daft Punk discography.

Grab a copy here.


H/T: Mixmag

Daft Punk’s creative director launches high-end futurist furniture exhibition

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Daft Punk’s creative director, Cedric Hervet, is a man of many talents.

From their album covers to general art direction, Hervet was the Parisian’s duo’s go-to liaison. He was in charge of all the art direction for Random Access Memories, co-produced their third album Human After All, and even put his eclectic touch on films like Daft Punk’s Electroma and Interstella 5555. On top of that, Hervet was also the animation supervisor of the 2009 Oscar-winning animated short film Logorama. More recently, his creative tendencies have taken an interior design format via the 2014 launch of own Hervet Manufacturier company. Through cutting-edge block desk designs, coffee tables, and lounge chairs, Hervet approaches the futurist form with poise.

Hervet’s most recent exhibition can be found inside Maxfield’s Beverly Hills output in Los Angeles and as expected, it’s a sight to behold. Pieces have been placed throughout the Jean Prouvé building whose highlights include the company’s Le Satellite that houses a Bose sound system, passager armchairs made of steel and full-grain leather, and smaller items such as the Astrolux lamp made out of exotic wood, as well as Vedette skate decks. All of the items in the new Maxfield exhibition were built using traditional woodworking techniques like marquetry and veneering.

View photos from the exhibition below, which opens to the public at Maxfield LA on June 28.

H/T: Hypebeast