Diplo recently added his two cents to the NBA’s All Star weekend, dropping off an hourlong basketball-themed mixtape, Give & Go. Following a recent stylistic shift with DRAM on “Look Back,” the Mad Decent head revisits his firmly planted hip-hop roots, coming through with a souped-up ode to America’s most popular genre.
The new mix rounds together a rhyming highlight reel that includes cuts from Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Kodak Black, N.E.R.D., Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples and more. Rifling through the rap crate in honor of the annual weekend NBA festivities, LeBlonde James aka the Moombahton Malone laces up a mix packed with the top trending selects of the moment along with a handful of crossover remixes to glue it all together.
Kendrick Lamar, Baauer, Travis Scott, and Skrillex all make appearances in the new Give & Go mixtape, and with Diplo’s hiatus from solo work nearing an end with his impending California EP, perhaps fans can expect a heavy hip-hop motif on the upcoming release. Until then, enjoy this new 30-track roundup from EDM’s Flairry Bird.
Notorious for churning out unexpected collaborations of the globally influenced variety, critically acclaimed trio Major Lazer flips French rap sensation MHD’s “AFRO TRAP Part.7 (La Puissance).” Translating to “The Power,” the track oozes confidence and raw energy. Major Lazer puts an Afrobeat spin on the original, which is part of a popular video series that has reached viral streaming numbers on YouTube. Additionally, the new remix soundtracks Puma’s latest “Be The One” campaign, visible above. The new rework is the first single of a forthcoming remix pack, which is under wraps until February release.
Perhaps there was a brief moment of skepticism when it became obvious that Skrillex and Diplo would be instrumental in resurrecting Justin Bieber‘s career. In 2014, Bieber was unanimously hated by every living human over the age of 11, and simultaneously, EDM’s perennial cool guys were riding converging waves into the massive swell that became Jack Ü.
In spite of seemingly divergent paths, the combination materialized anyway, the product was, of course, “Where Are Ü Now,” and the rest is history: over four million units moved, four platinum certifications earned, and a Grammy Award to boot. Any fleeting skepticism washed away as the song came to define the year and dominate the airwaves, and now, the blockbuster collaboration has reached another considerable milestone, as it is the latest to join YouTube‘s billion view ranks.
Coincidentally enough, of less than 50 inductions, none of these artists are strangers to the Billion Views Club, with Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo each already earning previous spots in the club. Seeing a pattern here? The track’s undeniable appeal was also matched with a creative video concept which sourced fan art from admirers around the world. “Where Are Ü Now” joins sweeping hits from Taylor Swift, Adele, The Chainsmokers and more as the past decade’s leading pop hallmarks.
In the latter part of 2017, Diplo and MØ released their hit single, “Get It Right” featuring striking harmonic piano chords, breathtaking vocals, and a captivating melody. The track, infused with future bass vibes quickly amassed widespread support for its fun spirited, infectious sound and inspiring lyrics.
“Mø and I have been working together since 2013 so being able to create this dance piece together was really special..get it right music video out now with my sis”
Riding a wave of success after the debut of their uplifting original, Diplo and MØ have dropped an invigorating music video for the tune. The video showcases both the artists’ impressive dance moves as the two sway together with melodic beats. Needless to say, Diplo has some tricks up his sleeves that continue to surprise us. the playful music video for “Get It Right” is another testament to the two artists’ innegenuity.
Forgoing both the synths and DAWs, Diplo recently sat down with BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw to complete a true test of memory: could the electronic mega producer not only remember, but replicate the drops of several of his hit songs using only his voice?
“We can only play this game with people who’ve had loads of hits, hence why we’re playing it with you,” Grimshaw informs Diplo, noting that the game is traditionally played with singer-songwriters in a measure of how well the vocalists can recall the lyrics to their own songs, citing Pink’s inability to summon the lyrics to her 2001 single, “Lady Marmalade,” in a previous round. Grimshaw effectively alters the game’s rules of engagement by instructing Diplo to recreate the drops from the “Swerve” collaborator’s original productions and remixes alike, plunging deep in Diplo’s extensive catalogue to up the ante.
When it comes to a record of the most widely supported producers of today, 1001Tracklists offers a look through a retrospective lens, releasing its list of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” a little over a week into 2018.
The “world’s leading DJ tracklist database,” 1001Tracklists accounts for mixes, radio shows, and club and festival sets alike, maintaining a quantitative musical log that tracks the frequency with which a given producer’s works appear across tracklists. 1001Tracklists’ meticulous strategy to measuring producer prominence across mixes, radio shows, and sets results in a precisely ordered list sees Skrillex at the very peak of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” list, coming in at first place with a “Total Unique DJ Support” of 1,463. 1001 Tracklists’ “Total Unique DJ Support” represents the total number of times that a release crafted by the producer surfaced.
Don Diablo trailed Skrillex with a support of 1,198, followed by Axwell with 1,007, Diplo with 1,002, and Hardwell, rounding out the top five with 997. The broad list sees BROHUG, Tiesto, EDX, Eric Prydz, and more place within the top 20. The complete list of the most heavily supported producers of the previous year can be viewed here.
The fabric of Diplo’s next endeavor is that of a ‘silken’ kind.
That Diplo’s to go disco is hardly a secret — the electronic veteran disclosed in a GQ interview earlier in the year that he and youth pal, Mark Ronson were engaged on a collaborative disco flavored effort. “…me and Mark are doing a collab album,” Diplo stated, “You know the album I did with Skrillex, Jack Ü? Me and Mark are trying to do something with disco music.”
Well move over, Jack Ü; the Diplo and Ronson pairing is poised to sparkle with the fervor of a disco ball come June. The new duo is set to debut their “Silk City” project at the eighth edition of New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. While further information regarding Diplo and Ronson’s groovy revival of the ‘70s sound currently remains scant, the event booking signals that the two have got something special hidden up their bell sleeves, something that just might inspire the Randall’s Island Park assembled crowds to do the Hustle.
Plunging beyond mere variation, Governor’s Ball will additionally feature special performances from Diplo and Mark Ronson, the duo slated to debut their new joint project, Silk City, at the festival. The crowd assembled at Randall’s Island can also expect N.E.R.D. to make their return to the New York City performance circuit — the hip hop and rock hybrid band’s Gov Ball booking will be the group’s first performance in the Big Apple since 2010.
Three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival are currently available for purchase at a discounted “announce day” price. Tickets to Governor’s Ball will return to their regular price tiers at midnight on January 4. Those interested in attending Governor’s Ball’s eighth iteration can purchase the specially priced passes here.
Major Lazer released a new track to Soundcloud yesterday entitled “Go Dung” as a free holiday gift for fans. The track features Caribbean soca pop group Kes, who inject their signature Trinidad & Tobago rooted vocals into the track blessing it with palpable rhythm.
Major Lazer’s keen ability to pull from Caribbean cultural elements and install them into their own body of work has allowed them to pave their own path within EDM, and the group — comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire — is likely to reach a new pinnacle in the genre with each successive release.
Diplo‘s long-running Mad Decent Block Party will break new international ground in 2018, with plans announced to touch down in Pakistan early next year. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event brand has expanded well beyond its humble Philly street party origins, growing into a 20+ stop mini-festival circuit by 2014, charting a cruise ship the following year, reaching Red Rocks, and eventually, India back in 2016. The label showcase scaled back down to a tightly curated two-city 10th anniversary this year, though the Major Lazer frontman officially revealed plans to ramp things back up with the Block Party’s Pakistani debut in February, breaking the news to fans via Twitter.
With MDBP’s newest stop just over one month away, expect firm dates and a lineup to land very soon. The upcoming event comes almost exactly two years after Diplo’s first career visit to Pakistan, playing a show alongside Elliphant and local Pakistani musicians Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi in the country’s capital, Islamabad. Diplo’s new venture in the Middle East could also signal more exciting news for Mad Decent Block Party’s stateside edition coming later in 2018.