Diplo embraces Thomas Wesley moniker for ‘Heartless’

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Diplo seems to have begun a release streak. After collaborating with Good Times Ahead for their “Milky Cabrera” release, the iconic producer is back with a brand new original work—this time under his new moniker Thomas Wesley.

“Heartless” is a country fusion tune fit for radio play. It’s also a fitting next step for Diplo, who DJ’d Stagecoach’s 2019 edition and later remixed Lil Nas X’ groundbreaking “Old Town Road.” It features the twangy vocals of Morgan Wallen, which shine on top of the minimal production beneath. Could this be Diplo’s first entry into the country charts, and is this the signal of a new country/EDM revolution? Only time will tell.

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Kaskade presents a deep house spin on Diplo’s ‘Give Dem’

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“What’s the move? What’s the vibe tonight? Because I’m trying to look cute, get wild tonight.”

If the response to those questions involves anything to do with Diplo or Kaskade, stress goes out the window. The lyrics are from Diplo’s house track with Blond:ish, “Give Dem,” featuring Kah-Lo, and who better to remix a dance floor-ready Diplo heater than veteran remixer Kaskade?

The rework jumps into the kick snare house percussion, eventually making its way to the casual, rhythmic vocals that build anticipation from their illuminating background. Deep club bass riddles the hook, adding low-end heft from the groovy original.

The eclectic house DJ, who just came off remix projects with Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Lopez, now turns his talents towards the house persona from the Mad Decent label boss for a can’t-miss remix.

GTA change name to Good Times Ahead, preview new mixtape through Diplo-assisted ‘Milky Cabrera’

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The explosive dance music duo formerly known as GTA have officially changed their name to the full version of their moniker, Good Times Ahead.

Alongside the makeover arrives their announcement of a new mixtape launched through Insomniac’s HARD Recs to celebrate their upcoming extended set at HARD Summer: entitled, Good Times Bad Times at HARD Summer. The first single from the project features a friendly face in the dance space, by the name of Diplo, ever heard of him? Their buoyant brainchild, “Milky Cabrera,” serves as a hyphy intro to the new veil. 

Bolstered by a hefty kick right off the bat, Diplo’s vocal fodder takes center stage for a unique interlude to the aggressive pre-chorus. The drop hits home with that Bay Area-style bounce, accompanied by high-pitched vocal contortions. 

Other collaborators on the impending project will include Flosstradamus, Black Caviar, TwoGangs, and more. It’s set to arrive in full August 16. The duo will also be launching their label namesake via Insomniac. Their extended two-hour set at HARD Summer this August will stand as a harbinger to the artistic revamp from the already-successful electronic/Latin crossover artists.  

NMF Roundup: Illenium delivers ‘Blood,’ Dillon Francis and Eptic link for ‘Let It Go’ on Monstercat + more

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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.

Topping this week’s list is Illenium’s dark new single, “Blood,” with vocalist Foy Vance, followed by Eptic and Dillon Francis’ new Monstercat collaboration, “Let It Go.” Eric Prydz has blessed the music world with a new Pryda compilation, PRYDA 15 VOL II, featuring songs like “The Riddle,” and GTA and Diplo have linked up for “Milky Cabrera.” Rusko and Subtronics are a force to be reckoned with on “Bounce,” and i_o delivers a new EP, featuring tunes like “Possession.” The Knocks keep the summer grooves coming with a VIP mix of “Awa Ni,” and Rinzen flips Lastlings’ “I’ve Got You.” Paul Oakenfold and Galestian have crafted a mysterious collaboration with “Summer Nights,” and Hermitude bring along BJ The Chicago Kid and Buddy for “OneFourThree.” Kaskade and Late Night Alumni create a dreamy masterpiece on “One Track Mind,” and Cosmic Gate breathe life into their new single, “Light Years.” Jack Beats and Dillon Nathaniel open up the dance floor on “Mind Sensation,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Quintino, and MAD M.A.C. build a main stage earworm with “Boing.”

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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Good Morning Mix: FIGHT CLVB’s fiery Diplo & Friends showing

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Wake up and hear the bass. FIGHT CLVB send listeners’ speakers booming into early morning action with their Diplo & Friends mix, a one-hour exposition of the electronic duo’s saucy sound. The diverse mix is rich with the dancehall and moombahton technics that have long flavored FIGHT CLVB’s music while encouraging streamers to dance.

These sonic styles are present through the journey. FIGHT CLVB notably place a moombahton twist on Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices” early in the mix, but they don’t stop there. Other records in the mix receive similarly lively treatment, like FISHER‘s “Losin’ It” and Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.” The production pair’s Diplo & Friends outing evinces their ability to creatively re-envision and revamp cuts across genres, and coincides with the recent release of their debut album, RVMBLE IN THE JVNGLE. The double-sided venture is out now via FIGHT CLVB’s FIGHT FREE imprint.

HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED

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While HOLY SHIP! won’t be setting sail in 2020, it’ll sure still be getting down. The revered HARD Events maritime festival will anchor itself in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana next year, January 22-26 with a whole new name: HOLY SHIP! WRECKED.

Casting a wide and prominent net, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED has secured Diplo, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, and Madeon to top its astounding 2020 roster, while Chris Lake, NGHTMRE & Slander, and Jai Wolf comprise what one could hardly call an undercard. Distinguished names from across the house and bass-abundant spectrum speckle the robust roster, from 12th Planet to TOKiMONSTA, Whethan to What So Not, the agenda seems to extend something irrefutable for every electronic taste preference. Up-and-coming contenders like Dom Dolla, Sonny Fodera, and ODESZA-championed MEMBA offer the lineup a fresh-faced appeal as well.

Not only is the lineup set to be one of the most in-depth throughout the HOLY SHIP! timeline, but the shift in format will offer #Shipfam an event that is both excitingly new and refreshingly familiar. Cloud 9 Adventures,the lead company behind the ship experience, has been producing events in concert with the Punta Cana resort for many years already and will bring that expertise to HOLY SHIP! WRECKED .

Just as on HOLY SHIP!, the resort will only be open to attendees throughout the festival. Seasoned Shipfam will still receive their robes as well as their OG party as fans and artists live together for a weekend in paradise:

We are shipfam for life, so we couldn’t miss out on this! – Gorgon City

Time to start the search for buried treasure. We be shipwrecked this year me maties! – Claude VonStroke  

When it comes time for the artists to perform, there will be nine different areas for music spread throughout the resort. With the increased amount of space, the overall production will be at a much higher level and each area will maintain a specific sonic identity. From daily pool parties to a 1,000 person-capacity club to a sunrise set on the beach, artists will be spinning multiple sets in a variety of environments to satisfy the astute tastes of Shipfam.

Plus, the extensive amenities provided both on-site and in the immediate area will allow for a much broader range of artist involved activities which will be announced soon.

Attendees of HOLY SHIP! WRECKED will have 24-hour access to the resort’s private beach. Every room includes its own balcony, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and is roughly three times the size of rooms on the boat. There are nine restaurants around the resort offering everything from sushi to pizza, and just like on ship, food and drinks (including alcohol) are all-inclusive.

In terms of recreation outside of music, there is mini-golf, a lazy river, a waterslide, and much more on property. For an extra charge, attendees can take their experience to the next level with a full 18-hole golf course, excursions on dune buggies and ATV’s, a 65,000 square-foot spa, scuba diving, and various other activities that only a world-class island resort can offer.

Pre-sale for HOLY SHIP! WRECKED starts next Monday, July 29, and tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am PT, available here, along with general festival information.

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Lunice hints at TNGHT comeback, Diplo pairing in new interview

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In a recent interview with SR-MAG, Lunice answered questions about touring with Madonna, his production influences on his debut CCCLX LP, producing with Kanye and Diplo, where he thought the cultural shift in electronic music is going, and a tantalizing hint at TNGHT‘s reunion.

What’s more, Lunice also discussed work he’s been doing with Diplo, revealing a possible collaborative project with the Ma and has been working with his old counterpart Hudson Mohawke for a potential TNGHT comeback, as they’ve been hinting since the end of last year. Lunice and Hudson Mohawke haven’t worked together since 2013, since the release of one single “ACRYLICS,” and before that in 2012 they released their TNGHT EP via Warp and LuckyMe that featured the massively popular EDM trap hitter, “Higher Ground,” that rocked festivals stages in the hay-day of electronic trap. In 2013, the trap duo co-produced “Blood on the Leaves” with Kanye West from his critically acclaimed Yeezus album.

Lunice has produced with the likes of Angel Haze, Azealia Banks, Denzel Curry, Rick Ross, Le1f, and many more aside from the artists listed above. His music cuts through the contemporary dance music landscape through textured sounds, clear production, and experimental pairings that have made his production skills a highly sought-after commodity.


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Beyoncé reconnects with Diplo, enlists Major Lazer on ‘Lion King’ companion album

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Beyoncé and Diplo last joined forces on 2016’s year defining Lemonade, which would go on to grab nine Grammy nominations. Before that, Queen Bey famously sampled Major Lazer’s breakout “Pon De Floor” on her anthemic 2011 hit, “Run The World.” Now, the pair are reuniting once again, this time on Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Lion King: The Gift companion album with “Already.”

The new track pairs the most in-demand pop star in the world with one of the most sought-after producers in the game, for a collaboration in conjuction with arguably the most anticipated cinema event of the year. “Already” also features Ghanaian-native dancehall artist Shatta Wale. Diplo recently alluded to the collaboration via social media, and now Major Lazer has officially substantiated the news. If Diplo and Beyoncé’s track record over the last decade has proven anything, we might have a new sweeping hit on our hands. Lion King: The Gift lands in full on July 19 to coincide with The Lion King remake’s theatrical debut.

Pharrell suggests he helped produce Rihanna’s new album

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Rihanna may have shared that her next album would be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.

Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the album with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:

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Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.

Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.

2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.

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Zeds Dead announces remix package with collaborative project on the horizon

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2019 is a big year for the bass-heads, as Zeds Dead is in full swing since teaming up with Delta Heavy on “Lift You Up.” The drum ‘n’ bass collaboration was followed by reworks of the Billie Eilish hit “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close To Me,” as well as original collaborations with Dion Timmer and, more recently, DROELOE on “Stars Tonight.” However, fans learned over the past few months that these releases are leading towards something bigger on the horizon.

In May, the Toronto-born duo took to Twitter to announce a full collaborative project, confirming that “Rescue” featuring Dion Timmer and Delaney Jane would be included.

Rescue is off an upcoming project we’re putting out where we collaborate with a lot of our friends and artists that we play in our sets. The project kind of embodies the type of feel we’re trying to create with our label Deadbeats,” they wrote.

As label heads, they’ve been commended for building a unique roster of creatives from all over the electronic and bass music spectrum, including 1788-L, BLU J, Grandtheft, and more. With the synergistic work that’s come out of their Deadbeats imprint of late, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming album. The boys took to Twitter to confirm a 10-track remix package for “Lift You Up” will precede the project.

The guys are clearly hard at work, continuing to tour the globe well into Fall 2019. Fans can catch performances at Tomorrowland July 19, HQ2 Beachclub in Atlantic City July 28, Veld Music Festival in their hometown come August, with more dates to come.