Ellie Goulding has closed a multi-year hiatus from the release ring via the Diplo and Swae Lee collaboration, “Close To Me.” Although the sharp, signature soprano tone of Goulding’s voice might have initially appeared an inconceivable pairing with the silk of Swae Lee’s often hip-hop-leaning vocals and verses — let alone Diplo’s electronic groundings — “Close To Me” proved a harmonious showing, despite the seeming eclecticism of its artists. Goulding’s first original effort since 2016, and an introduction to what remains yet to come on her fourth studio album, currently in the works, “Close to Me” now receives a visual.
Filmed in Budapest, Hungary, “Close To Me” pans from one hi-def shot of the Hungary landscape to another, to provide a luxe backdrop to Goulding and Lee’s verbal deliveries. The production is one of grandeur, both in terms of the sprawling majesty of the architecture that figures in the video, and Goulding’s styling. The British singer dons a number of arresting fashion statements that only further focalize the breathy vocalist as one of the video’s many aesthetic gems.
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.
Three years in the making, KOAN Sound have unveiled a single from their forthcoming debut album, Polychrome. Also making a comeback is Haywyre, who’s released his first single in two years: the disco-infused “Tell Me.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Out of Me,” a mystical venture that propels the listener deep into outer space. Dubstep powerhouses Teminite, Chime and PsoGnar have teamed up for a dynamic single, “Monster,” which showcases all three artists’ skillful wobble-crafting abilities, along with PsoGnar’s vocals. Also in the dubstep realm, Doctor P returns with his fourth release of the year, “Something To Believe In.” Xavi’s created a clever take on Porter Robinson‘s notable “Sea of Voices,” and Nitti Gritti molds his own bass-heavy version of Dillon Francis‘ “White Boi.”
Alex Metric joins the cast of house DJs chosen to remix Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity,” adding groovy bongos along the original’s high pitched strings. Lipa’s stirring vocals to continue to ride the rhythms in this re-work, falling on a funk-driven bassline that drives the momentum toward rowdy dancing. Paired with other fun elements like the occasional cowbell, Metric has fashioned a refreshed rendition as jubilant as the original, but unique enough to stand on its own.
It only makes sense that Metric took a crack at a Silk City edit. The British artist helped co-write the original and has previously collaborated with another remixer on the roster, Ten Ven, who brought darker tones to his version. Other remakes came from The Black Madonna and MK for a powerful slate of artists taking their stab at the single.
In addition to a grip of house remixes, Diplo released the official dance video to the original. Silk City consists of the Mad Decent label boss and “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson.
Diplo and John Mayer are reportedly working on new music together. At first thought it might seem like an oil and water combination, but the more one repeats it in their head, the more sense it actually starts to make. It’s one of the world’s foremost pop producers and EDM’s designated stepdad matched with one of the most prolific musicians of a generation, who both seem to have a genuine knack for not taking themselves too seriously while also dominating their respective crafts.
The “Close To Me” producer revealed the upcoming collaboration in quintessential Diplo fashion, remarking on the collaboration with a photo posted to Instagram… not a photo of him and Mayer — but it still gets the message across. There aren’t any concrete details yet on when John Mayer and the Mad Decent head honcho are set to debut their impending new music, or how much of it exists. Between his work with Major Lazer, Silk City, LSD and the former Jack Ü, perhaps a joint effort with Mayer could even turn out to be Diplo’s next super group. Who knows?
Not only has MTV brought Teen Mom and Jersey Shore back to the airwaves in 2018, but the company is now announcing its acquisition of U.S. based New Year’s Eve event, SnowGlobe Music Festival. The annual three day event returns to South Lake Tahoe, California on December 29-31 for its eighth year. Terms of the deal had not yet been disclosed at time of writing.
“With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo in an official release. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.”
MTV in collaboration with the SnowGlobe Team also plan to expand the festival to additional dates and locations worldwide. The festival will also be a platform for MTV to expand their New Year’s Eve coverage.
2018’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists performing across three stages. SnowGlobe will also feature all-new art installations and the festival’s signature “Big Air” activation showcasing extreme winter sports demonstrations.Tickets for this year’s iteration of the event are still available for purchase here.
With one breakneck sweep, Diplo‘s torrential triad, LSD, has disseminated its dance-pop through the airwaves faster than a rogue wave meets the sea. Comprised of vocal virtuosos, Labrinth and Sia, and of course, Diplo himself, LSD strikes again with the billowy, “Mountains.”
“Mountains” opens with a stirring display of far off falsettos from Labrinth and Sia, before spilling into buoyant, Diplo-curated electronic musings. From the vocal nuance, to the wistful production quirk, “Mountains” exemplifies the pop powerhouses’ dedication to dousing their dance pop in technicolor splendor, eclipsing radio-ready standards.
This latest concoction follows the full-bodied “Thunderclouds” LSD delivered earlier this year, ransacking radio time and appearing in Samsung’s widespread Galaxy Note 9 ad spread. Unable to keep his production paws in one place for too long, Diplo has been ferociously active elsewhere, too, churning out Major Lazer‘s farewell album, and teaming with Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee on the late, “Close To Me.”
From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.
“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.
The Black Madonna is the embodiment of the busy DJ and producer lifestyle found in the world of house and techno. Somehow, between constantly touring and bringing justice to ticket scammers, the Smartbar resident-turned-international phenomenon has time to produce some of the grooviest house music around. Her latest offering comes in the form of a remix, putting a soulful spin on Silk City‘s collaboration with Dua Lipa, “Electricity.”
The Black Madonna uses Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s keys to channel a traditional Chicago house vibe, while beefing up the drums to make a powerful, club-worthy edit. Adding to her catalog of moody house tunes, the artist has created yet another weapon in her already impressive bag of tricks.
“Close To Me” is quite weighty, in that Goulding, while avid fans will remember her musing nostalgia over Kygo‘s semi-recent “First Time,” has not released a single of her own in years–three to be exact. Diplo, on the other hand, has been relentlessly doling out releases in and outside of the Major Lazer moniker, with his recent posthumous collaboration with XXXTENTACION and the ever-auspicious, Skrillex, receiving further support from the aforementioned Rae Sremmurd, in fact.
“Close To Me,” with its broody acoustic plucks and fusing of Goulding’s enrapturing entreats with Lee’s breezy rhymes, is technically Goulding and Diplo’s second collaboration to date. The UK singer-songwriter paired with Major Lazer in 2015 for the radio-ravaging and aptly-named “Powerful.” Whether this latest venture is simply a solitary effort, or a harbinger of a yet-to-be-named multi-work project, Goulding fans are surely smitten seeing her back in singing saddles.
Now, on October 26, one of his most anticipated shows of the year has arrived, as Gritti will take the stage with Valentino Khan and Dillon Francis at Light & Life’s Halloween Warehouse 2018. To prime attendees for what should be a freaky night in the depths of Brooklyn, Gritti has curated an Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for DA.
The selection includes hard-hitting tracks from his current rotation, including favorites from his Drive EP, the Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus team-up “ID,” “Crystal Eyes” from Ekali‘s 2018 debut EP, and more.