LSD share illusory ‘No New Friends’ video

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Following LSD‘s recent and long-awaited debut album release, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD, the three-pronged electronic-pop firepower has shared the visual for “No New Friends,” one of the singles released just before the full-length project.

The video features perennial Sia stand in, Maddie Ziegler, cast as an amicably oversized companion to the Beatles-esque dressed Labrinth, as they, in trippy-as-ever LSD fashion, frolic through a pastel-painted wonderland. All the while Diplo, the production lifeblood of the group, portrays both the chimerical realm’s sun and moon, as well as its cane-touting friendly giant, grinning and omnipotent.

Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo share debut album as LSD [Stream]

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Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo share debut album as LSD [Stream]LSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

There’s simply no denying Diplo‘s ability to craft a hit, but his remarkably chameleonic quality as a producer is what makes him such a dynamic talent. He can produce fizzy bass anthems with Skrillex as Jack Ü or switch to breezy pop anthems with Major Lazer on a dime. Now, he’s exploring psychedelic new avenues alongside Sia and Labrinth as LSD, with the trio officially releasing their debut full-length together, a self-titled Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.

A supergroup of certified hitmakers—with writing and production credits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more among them—LSD manages to maintain an incredibly complementary blend, considering the outfit’s blockbuster talent. Following 2018’s “Genius,” the group has released a number of singles this year ahead of the album’s full release, including “No New Friends,” and the ubiquitous “Thunderclouds,” by far their most popular piece to date. Stream LSD’s debut album in full below.

NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + moreLSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’Zedsdead

Zeds Dead give Diplo, Ellie Goulding, and  Swae Lee‘s unconventional love song, “Close To Me,” a bass upgrade in their new remix of the late 2018 collaboration. The Canadian bass gods pepper the rework with grainy dubstep drags in the song’s heaving breaks, while quickening the original’s tempo, and slightly inverting Goulding’s vocal contribution. While the trappings of Diplo’s original aren’t wholly absent in Zeds Dead’s remix, the Deadbeats helmers’ version is audibly distinctive from the original “Close to Me” mix that quickly made its way to radio airwaves last year.

As in past Zeds Dead productions, the flip’s climactic build and bass-laden drop serve as the focal points of the re-imaginative effort. The new “Close to Me” remix is classic Zeds Dead—forceful in its tone, and rife with musical energy that packs a heavy-handed punch. The new take will undoubtedly work its way through DJ sets this festival season, the revamp a potent showing made for loud listening.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelDiplo Mon MVMT18 Bryan Mitchell 199

What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelSuper Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party

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A Mad Decent Block Party festival looks likely

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A Mad Decent Block Party festival looks likelyDiplo Dame Dash

From the looks of Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s Twitter account, Diplo‘s drive to grow his Mad Decent Block Party event series into a larger scale two-day festival will presumably pay off, to yield the first-ever Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Although Diplo originally eyed Brockton, Massachusetts as the potential site of the inaugural festival, city lawmakers voiced their opposition to the event. The Brockton chief of police stated that the affair would be “way too big to handle,” and Brockton’s mayor and three city council members followed suit, rejecting Diplo’s bid for a Brockton-based Mad Decent Block Party Festival.

While the specifics regarding just how and where Mad Decent Block Party Festival will transcend aspiration to come to fruition is currently unclear, it appears that Diplo will indeed tailor his celebrated event brand, to turn the multi-city block parties into a festival format. Mad Decent Block Party Festival recently tweeted a brief video, captioned “IT’S HAPPENING.” The cartoon Major Lazer inspired announcement video didn’t disclose any further details, but the “it” in question can only be in reference to a Mad Decent Block Party festival. The Mad Decent team has not made an official announcement regarding the tweet.

IT’S HAPPENING 🌀pic.twitter.com/d3UqJCzSHU— Mad Decent Block Party Festival (@mdbpfest) April 5, 2019

H/T: EDM.com

Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated series

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Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated seriesMajor Lazer Animated

Back in 2015, Major Lazer took their visuals to the next level, developing an entire cartoon world around their animated freedom fighter mascot and bringing it to life. The Major Lazer cartoon, which premiered on FXX in April of 2015, featured the group’s titular character it a futuristic post-apocalyptic Jamaica, protecting the people, fending off vampires, and smoking mad weed—you know, general freeing the universe stuff. Notable contributors to Major Lazer‘s first season include John Boyega, now of Star Wars fame, Ezra Koenig, Aziz Ansari, J.K. Simmons, and Lonely Island mastermind Andy Samberg. Unfortunately, the show, which took years to greenlight and produce, wound up being a short-lived venture, lasting only 11 episodes despite it being generally well received.

Now, Major Lazer could return for season two, with Diplo quietly alluding to the program’s return on social media. The Major Lazer frontman didn’t delve into detail, but Major Lazer is expected to return with new material this year, and possibly even disband thereafter. So more 80’s-inspired adult cartoon gold could sweeten the pot if this is in fact the last we see of Major Lazer.

Lunar Lunes: Anti Up deliver ‘Concentrate,’ Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T create ‘Hustler’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Anti Up deliver ‘Concentrate,’ Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T create ‘Hustler’ + moreDestructo Boom Single

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo have delivered some fresh heat via their first Anti Up release of the year, “Concentrate.” Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T have cooked up a sultry new single, “Hustler,” and RAC has released his remix of Elohim and Whethan‘s “Sleepy Eyes.” Diplo flexes his house music muscles on “Hold You Tight,” and No Mana unveils his new mau5trap single with Winnie Ford, “House of Cards.” The Knocks bring the party to Blu DeTiger‘s “Mad Love,” and Bishu reveals his full Monstercat EP, Hali 2 Cali. The latest release on Tchami‘s CONFESSION comes from Andrea Marino in the form of “The Plug,” and Freak On takes to The Prescription Records for the Feel Like This EP. Khåen brings two new tracks to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened, and Zomboy and MUST DIE! make a formidable team on “Revival.” JayKode teams up with The Zealots vocalist Micah Martin on an intense new single, “Apocalypse.” Doctor P packs plenty of bass into “Death Anxiety,” and Codeko shows off a new remix of Two Friends‘ “Take It Off.” Don Diablo and CID bring “Fever” to the former’s own Hexagon, and Tropix and LAV8 drop their debut original song, “Fallin’.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Diplo tapped as executive producer on LeBron James’ debut album ‘King’

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Diplo tapped as executive producer on LeBron James’ debut album ‘King’Dipbron

With LeBron James‘ move to LA, his introduction to Hollywood was inevitable. While the 15-time All Star will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, his itinerary remains packed with a handful of new entertainment ventures via his production imprint, SpringHill Entertainment. First came the announcement that the mythical, long-awaited Space Jam 2 is finally underway, and now LeBron has announced his debut rap album, King, is landing this fall, executive produced by none other than Diplo.

LeBron’s foray into the rap world makes sense—he’s made a habit of previewing massive rap cuts on his Instagram stories, he’s been known to break out a quick Milly Rock while rubbing shoulder’s with hip-hop’s top dogs, and he actually served as A&R on 2 Chainz well-received Rap or Go to the League earlier this year. His link to Diplo also makes sense. The Mad Decent head honcho is one of the most in-demand pop producers of the moment with credits working alongside Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and more.

Diplo has kept tight lipped about working with the Lakers forward, though he recently commented,

“Being the LeBron James of EDM is hard work, but someone’s got to do it. But when the real LeBron called and asked if I could make rap beats, I figured I might as well try. It’s been really silly in the studio and Bron’s also been teaching me how to dribble with my left hand—pretty rad.”

Look for James’ debut album, King to hit streaming platforms later this year. See the full tracklist below.

King Tracklist:

  1. Akron’s Favorite Son
  2. Rings, Bitch (ft. Adele)
  3. Chris Bosh Swag (ft. Big Shaq and Oliver Tree)
  4. April Fool’s Day (prod. Diplo & Kenny Beats)
  5. They Don’t Want This Smoke
  6. Ty Lue The Truth (ft. Kevin Love)
  7. Free Throws
  8. Cleveland Come (ft. J. Cole and Future)
  9. David Stern’s Ferrari (ft. Stephen A. Smith)
  10. In My Bag

Diplo also makes house music now, releases two grooving new tracks ‘Hold You Tight’ and ‘Bubble Up’

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Diplo also makes house music now, releases two grooving new tracks ‘Hold You Tight’ and ‘Bubble Up’Diplo Dame Dash

Diplo is always keeping us guessing. The Mad Decent helmer just dropped two new house tracks, “Hold You Tight” and “Bubble Up,” telling Beats 1, “I’m trying to develop a new style with house sounds. This is the first of eight records I’m putting out this summer.”

As music’s favorite renaissance man, the culture curator has credentials in hip-hop, dancehall, pop, dance music, and now house music. Oh, he’s also got street cred in the country world as he’s also slated to headline a Stage Coach afterparty this spring.

The Major Lazer frontman released his Europa EP earlier this year, showcasing his A&R prowess by unearthing undiscovered hip-hop talent in Europe. His group with Sia and Labrinth, LSD, is dropping their debut self-titled album on April 12. What’s more—Diplo has set his sights to making Mad Decent Block Party‘s return into a massive festival affair. He’s releasing music with SHAQ and Mark Ronson under his Silk City project. Lastly and sadly, he’s working on what could be Major Lazer’s final album. How Diplo has the time to now dabble in expanding his house chops is a mystery, though they say Random White Dude Be Everywhere, so it’s hard to say we’re surprised.