With Diplo’s signature Mad Decent Block Party just a month away, fresh material from the EDM goliath’s very own dancehall collective, Major Lazer, serves as a warm welcome to the impending festival season.
In what started as a project to repackage reggae and dancehall to the dance music masses, the Diplo-led trio—which also sports the talents of Walshy Fire and Ape Drums—has blossomed into an auditory melting pot of cultures, fusing musical and visual inspirations from around the globe. Major Lazer’s new single, “Make It Hot,” does just this, finding common ground among Eastern and Latin sound palettes all within a trudging moombahton beat.
Rio de Janeiro’s very own Anitta supplies vocals, which not only puts a much-needed sheen on the amalgamation of sounds present, but slathers the summer-ready beat with Major Lazer’s patented brand of grinding EDM swag.
Hosted at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on July 20 and 21, this year’s Mad Decent Block Party is headlined by Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, G-Eazy and Miguel. Tickets to the event can be found here.
Elderbrook climbed the electronic ranks at a speed few have done before, particularly as a result of his Grammy-nominated, breakout collaboration with CamelPhat, “Cola.” The producer followed up the Grammy nomination with an enamoring EP Old Friend, and now he is out with his first single since then titled “How You Do.”
Elderbrook has cemented his signature sound with “How You Do,” which features the producer’s own smooth vocals juxtaposed with a pulsing house backdrop perfect for an underground club night. The track would have been a fitting addition to Old Friend, but it features surprising synthesized notes that bounce between the mellow house undertones that propel the track forward.
Elderbrook enlisted none other than Diplo to co-produce the track, which undoubtedly adds a new dynamic to Elderbrook’s final product with “How You Do.” The single is out now via Big Beat Records, with it likely becoming yet another major hit for the fledgling producer.
Diplo, the DJ-turned-pizza-authority recently joined Barstool’s Dave Portnoy as the first electronic artist in over 600 episodes of Portnoy’s One Bite pizza reviews. In the episode, Diplo drops his review of an artisan pie from Sotto 13 in New York, while Portnoy does the same, between an anecdote involving Diplo, the cameraman and, unsurprisingly, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit after party.
The ‘za reviews are topped with a taste of what’s to come at the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Splayed across July 20-21 at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, this year’s outdoor party needs not an ounce of bolstering, with headliners like Billie Eilish, Miguel, and Major Lazer on the roster.
TLDR: Diplo’s final thoughts on the pizza: Mad Decent.
Tickets to the Mad Decent Block Party are available here.
To put on an event like Burning Man takes a village…and then some. Everyone that participates in the massive cultural gathering each year contributes to the event’s complexion in one way or another, and this year Diplo is lending a helping hand in the best way he knows how—throwing a bumping block party. Though, unlike his infamous Mad Decent Block Parties on the past, this party is being thrown to benefit Burning Man’s theme camps, specifically Camp Questionmark, a frequent performance spot for Diplo on the Playa, the Opulent Temple, Root Society, and Duck Pond.
The upcoming event, dubbed The Menagerie, goes down on July 6 in San Francisco at The Midway. The bill is topped by Diplo presenting “Higher Ground,” likely connected to his recently released house EP of the same name. Phase one’s supporting talent also includes Mr. Carmack, Jonas Rathsman, Kenny Glasgow, Sharam, and more. The Menagerie will feature two outdoor stages and two indoor stages, with proceeds from the day going to benefit some of the most integral parts of the annual Burning Man congregation.
In recent weeks, Jillionaire quietly slipped away from Major Lazer and was replaced by Ape Drums for the group’s ramping performance schedule. The move came without much fanfare until the news officially broke on June 3. A few weeks ago, when Major Lazer began promoting the concept for their new Lazerism LP, Dancing Astronaut reached out to Diplo for comment on Jillionaire’s absence from the video. The request went unanswered until news officially broke—then Diplo reached back out to us to provide some more clarity on the situation.
According to Diplo,
“Jillionaire is always part of the team. Ape Drums is helping with production on some tracks (he’s done a few songs with us before) so he is going to tour with us as well…it’s like John Mayer joining the Grateful Dead.”
More details on Lazerism are expected to surface in the coming weeks, and Ape Drums’ stylistic influence within the dancehall group should begin to show. Over the years, group and it’s rotating members have always maintained a collective ethos, so even while Jillionaire is off on new pursuits, his place in Major Lazer seems indefinitely open.
Replacing the Feel Up Records helmer in Major Lazer’s live lineup is longtime close affiliate of the group, Ape Drums. Jillionaire’s departure started to become apparent in a recent social media post hyping Major Lazer’s hotly anticipated new LP, in which he was clearly absent. Now, following Ape Drums’ live debut at Major Lazer’s Governor’s Ball performance this past weekend, Jillionaire’s retirement from Major Lazer is all but confirmed, thus marking the end of an era, and the beginning of an exciting new one for the legendary electronic group.
In working with stars like Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and more, Ronson has more than exemplified his ability to catalyze radio sensations with his touch in the studio, producing an inevitable radio ravager with this latest collaboration. “Find U Again” incorporates ’90s diva feels with some funky leads and light drum hits, while bringing in sounds from the current decade with a synth-geared bass line. The Cuban-American’s vocals are a prime addition to the arrangement, bound to shoot this pop sizzler up the charts.
The track isn’t all Cabello has in store this year, as she was recently seen hooked up to a mic in Diplo‘s Instagram story. Luckily, a fan account captured the evidence.
The list of Diplo productions never ends. After releasing his Higher Ground EP less than a month ago, the juggernaut artist has output an unexpected new project alongside Charli XCX and Herve Pagez that marks the first time the three artists’ have collaborated together. They took to their socials to promote the forthcoming collaboration, surprising fans by letting them know it would be released the next day.
The track is called “Spicy,” and it sees transform The Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” into a dancehall track while still maintaining the infectious integrity of the original. The “Spicy” release accompanies the kickoff of The Spice Girls reunion tour, and it has been released alongside of the full technicolor music video, which features all three collaborators and copious amounts of dolphins.
If there’s one thing Diplo‘s not, it’s idle. The globetrotting mega producer is seemingly always engaging in new projects—he just dropped an album with his supergroup LSD, and he’s been unstoppable lately with a relentless stream of new music (anyone heard that “Old Town Road” remix?). For his latest piece of content, the “Win Win” producer released the new video for his single with Octavian, “New Shapes.”
The visual evokes a sense of confusion and disarray as Octavian lethargically slides from a couch in a smoke-filled room to grimy warehouse party. Angelo Dominic Sesto served as the director for the cut with PRETTYBIRD serving as executive producer.
This song came out as a part of Diplo’s EuropaEP, a six-track release that featured a different European artist on each. Octavian is a French-British rapper who was born in London. Recently he has ascended through the ranks after working with artists like Skepta, A$AP Ferg, and others.
Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.
As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.