Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video reboot

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Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video rebootLil Wayne Carter V

Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.

Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.

Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.

Valentino Khan and Kayzo terrorize with new collaboration, ‘Novocaine’

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Valentino Khan and Kayzo have given us a musical shot of “Novocaine.” It serves as their first release of the year. Both artists are known for their heavy-hitting releases, and this collaboration is no exception thanks to its intense drops and unrelenting energy. The track begins with hardstyle-influenced kicks that lead into jarring and distorted synths, effectively numbing the eardrums before drilling into the sonic cavity with a heavy dose of bass.

Khan and Kayzo have recently announced big tour plans, with Khan making his debut at the legendary Hollywood Palladium and Kayzo embarking upon an ‘Unleashed’ tour, which he’s advised will contain the biggest production he has had for a show yet. “Novocaine” will be a fitting addition to the artist’s respective sets, and the track is out now via Diplo‘s Mad Decent.

 

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Igloofest Montréal to return for 13th edition of the winter event series, including headliners Diplo, Above & Beyond and RL Grime

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Montréal is no stranger to icy Canadian winters, but that doesn’t stop the local troops from getting down in the snow. Returning for the 13th edition of the winter event series, Igloofest has announced their annual three-weekend takeover at the city’s Old Port, welcoming all as they embark on nine evenings of frosty festivities.

As the outdoor festival officially commences Jan 17 and comes to a close Feb 2, attendees have the ticketing capabilities to frequent one, or all nights of the multi-weekend frenzy. With previous years of success establishing Igloofest as one of the most prominent electronic events in Montréal, the 2019 edition continues to impress with a large-scale list of headliners, including the likes of Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Maceo Plex as notable billings for each respective weekend. Alongside the aforementioned acts, Igloofest boasts nights that bring out a double-dose of headliners such as longstanding techno masterminds Chris Liebing and Mind Against, and heavyweight trap heads RL Grime and Baauer over the course of two nights.

While some may shy away from the idea of an outdoor winter dance party, previous years have seen as many as 120,000 bundled-up attendees flock to the venue over a single season. Winter may not seem the preferred season for festivals, but Igloofest is here to disprove that narrow notion.

GA and VIP passes for Igloofest 2019 are available for purchase here.

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Coachella announces 2019 lineup: Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, & Childish Gambino all headlining

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A historic musical moment has arrived. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has announced its 2019 lineup, with Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande set to headline the 19th iteration of the American festival behemoth. The news follows a heavy onslaught of rumors, months of speculation, and last minute cancellations.

The festival’s full billing includes a large number of mainstream dance acts. DJ Snake, Diplo, Bassnectar, Four Tet, and more all land top of the billing. Coachella will run for two back-to-back weekends in mid-April. The first weekend of Coachella 2019 will take place from April 12 to 14, while the second will run from April 19 through April 21. The festival will return to its home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Passes will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PT /2 p.m. ET.

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Diplo teases upcoming Major Lazer and J Balvin collaboration in 2019

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Between LSD, Major Lazer, Silk City, and Diplo‘s solo endeavors, Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. is second to none when it comes to an exhaustive amount of creative output through multiple projects that have yielded chart-topping hits in 2018. The California producer recently took to Instagram to showcase his year end review, which includes a collage of over 30 releases he has put out over the course of 2018. Of course, the producer’s year end review was not without an additional post teasing what is to come from him in 2019 as well.

In a new post featuring Walshy Fire and Latin pop superstar J Balvin, Diplo captions, “We got something very big planned for 2019 @jbalvin @majorlazer.” Colombian singer J Balvin has become one of the most streamed artists in the world, and he has taken the American pop scene by storm having collaborated with the likes of Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Ariana Grande, and even David Guetta.

Should Major Lazer link up with J Balvin in 2019, it would not be their first collaboration, having previously released “Buscando Huellas” with Jay Sean and a “Lean On” remix together. It is left to be seen what language the impending collaboration will be in or what genre it might turn out to be, but with Major Lazer potentially calling it quits in 2019, this certainly gives fans something to look forward to in the new year.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018Skrille 1

Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Diplo goes ‘Santa Mode’ with new Christmas rendition of Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’

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From Skrillex to Kayzo, many DJs have been tempted to try their hands at remixing Travis Scott‘s chart dominating “Sicko Mode.” The latest to join the list of artists stepping up the the Astroworld standout is none other than Diplo, although his rework of the original is more festive than it is transformative.

Diplo enlists Walshy Fire, Ape Drums, and company on a private plane for the ultimate Christmas re-think of “Sicko Mode,” fake rapping his newly written holiday-themed “Santa Mode” lyrics. The original track is an undoubted hit, but Diplo’s timely Christmas cut actually manages to hold up — we might need a full version.

Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, & more set to perform at summer X Games 2019

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It’s already time for a new X games, and the world’s biggest action sports festival officially returns to Minneapolis for its third consecutive year in 2019. Held at US bank stadium, festival-goers will not only experience the flashy bike tricks and rail grinds, but also some wild musical performances. Headliners include Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, Incubus, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S, and more from August 1 – 4.

This event will follow the upcoming winter X games in January, which will be held in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado and features over 75 Olympian participants alongside four A-list music acts including The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Lil Wayne, and Louis The Child.

Purchase tickets for summer X games here and check out the promo video below.

Wuki may have just revealed new Jack Ü could be underway

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Wuki may have just revealed new Jack Ü could be underwayJacku

Even the faintest possibility of new Jack Ü material one day is enough to get fans excited, even if its mostly empty hope. The unceremonious way Skrillex and Diplo‘s partnership ended, after riding high on their fizzy, in-your-face blend of pop dance mayhem, has left many wondering if Jack Ü would ever come back. According to Wuki, the idea isn’t so far fetched. In a recent Twitter exchange with Graves, Wuki revealed that a demo he worked on for the “Mind” producers might actually see a release — and soon.

There’s no telling if the shelved demo has been re-purposed for something else or if the track is actually tied to some Jack Ü material currently in the works. But pairing Wuki’s recent disclosure with Diplo’s comments from December 2017 when he told a reporter at a festival in Argentina, “I think that after that [Skrillex’s new album] we will make music together again.”

A sophomore album from Skrillex and impending new material from his Dog Blood project with Boys Noize seem all but assured for 2019, but maybe he’s looking to hit for the cycle and ramp things back up with Diplo soon too. In any case, next year is shaping up to be a big one for both former proponents of Jack Ü.

Destructo and Yo Gotti throw an off-the-wall house party in new ‘Loaded’ video

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Approximately one year after the track’s release, Destructo aka, Gary Richards, has released an official video for “Loaded” featuring Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti. Crowned for tracks like 2016’s “Down In the DM” and 2017’s “Rake It Up” (illustriously remixed by Diplo and Party Favor), Gotti stood as the ideal candidate for another G-house-meets-hip-hop hybrid. The pair seemed to have seen it fitting to honor the holiday party season by giving the record an off-the-wall visual.

Directed by Tuck Tripp as a WorldStarHipHop exclusive, the video trails a distorted camera view of an irreverent, explosive Hollywood house party. There’s some additional, brightly colored animation at work, simulating the trails and hazy visual encircling of a hallucinogenic experience.

From curating a stacked lineup at his inaugural LA-housed All My Friends Music Festival, to collaborating with Chris Lake, Richards has made a lot of noise in 2018. He’s due to kick off the new year with his Let’s Be Friends Again tour.