Snapshot of Diplo, Juice WRLD, Lil Yachty in the studio suggests a collaboration could be on the way

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Getting a glimpse of who is in the studio alongside Diplo appears a surefire way to gain insight about the collaborations that could potentially be on the horizon. If ourgenerationtv‘s recent Instagram post is indicative of the next Diplo project to permeate playlists, listeners can expect to see Diplo, Juice WRLD, and Lil Yachty‘s names on a track in the future. Shot by photographer and videographer Chris Long, the image of the three industry influencers suggests that the group could very well be at work on a joint production — one that might even have involved Trippie Redd, who contributed to recent Diplo release, “Wish.”

Although the development of a nascent collaboration between Diplo, Juice WRLD, and Yachty currently remains inconclusive, it’s safe to say that the producers are hardly strangers. Juice WRLD notably teased a series of song previews featuring Diplo. A brief clip of the rapper and Diplo’s offering, “Demons,” landed on Juice WRLD’s Instagram story not too long ago, indicating that the “Lucid Dreams” artist was certainly at work in the studio with Diplo. Lil Yachty and Diplo previously combined talents on “Worry No More.”

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Watch the music video for Major Lazer’s latest track, ‘All My Life’ with Burna Boy

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Major Lazer are continuing on their journey to highlight talent throughout the African music scene. First, they dropped a mixtape showcasing innovative and trendsetting Afrobeats from across the continent, and now the trio has released a new single to kick off a string of collaborative releases that will do the same. “All My Life” sees Major Lazer team up with singer-songwriter Burna Boy, and more extensively look into the Nigerian creative scene through a video shot in Lagos by South African filmmaker Adriaan Louw. On the release, Diplo says,

“Over the past few years we’ve had the chance to tour extensively and work with artists across Africa. These music scenes continue to inspire the music we make and sets we play. We wanted to bridge our music as Major Lazer with all these new sounds and genres coming out of Africa.”

This latest single follows work with Mr. Eazi on “Let Me Live.” Watch the new video for “All My Life” below.

Major Lazer go in on 30-minute ‘Afrobeats’ mini mix

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Electronic authorities of the ubiquitous Major Lazer are bringing a little bit of Africa to the club with their latest “Afrobeats” DJ mix out on Major Lazer frontman, Diplo‘s label, Mad Decent.

The release is especially timely, with reggae, Caribbean, and Afro-inspired accents permeating through the mainstream music circuit, brought to the forefront by the likes of Dillon Francis, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and Major Lazer themselves. The mix is comprised of overt homage’s to the south-of-the-equator-styled artistry, containing songs like “Live and Die in Afrika,” by Kenya’s Afro-pop guru, Sauti Sol, and “Sgicha” delivered by South African tag team, DJ Buckz, HHP, and Afrikan Roots.

Major Lazer masterfully showcase the extensive cultural reciprocity of Afro-pop, with momentous rhythms and hefty, party-certified bass. The mix simulates the experience of traversing the African continent. Africa is known for its vastly differing ways of life, specifically regarding its countless native languages. The mix highlights this notion accordingly, with every song seemingly incorporating a varying indigenous tongue.

Must Listen: Dua Lipa strikes a cord with long-awaited Silk City collaboration, ‘Electricity’

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When it comes to fusing the two worlds of dance and pop music, Diplo and Mark Ronson know what’s best.

Each of their Silk City releases has built on its sultry songstress choice and rhythmic house structures with ample anticipation— see “Feel About You” for a noteworthy example. What’s more is that all of the tracks remind their listener of just how powerful the widespread accessibility and proliferation of dance music has become. With “Electricity,” the two have surmounted every one of their electrifying releases and massively multiplied its amps. Of course, the energy of the track wouldn’t be possible without the ever-rising superstar Dua Lipa‘s backing vocals. With its healthy house cords and Lipa’s vocal refrains, the three have created the amicable pop-dance crossover. It’s a track that’s poised for radio and streaming services domination alike and harkens back to the days of Diplo’s 2014 LP title — Random White Dude Be Everywhere — considering it’s a track that’ll soon be virtually inescapable.

In the track’s music video, as Diplo and Ronson are ascending in the elevator to Lipa’s loft apartment, the viewer gets the literal sense that Lipa’s lighting the way for the collaboration. The elevator’s not working and suddenly, as soon as Lipa’s vocals are heard from within, it cuts to her making her way across the loft apartment again. Diplo and Ronson are no strangers to embracing collaboration, and with “Electricity,” it seems they created the perfect song for the modern musical zeitgeist.

Relive Diplo’s many Burning Man 2018 sets, including his b2b with Flume [Watch]

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Burning Man is no average festival, and as such, the desert-based event warrants no average sets.

“I’m guilty of getting lazy and keeping some of the same routine and playing [the] same songs,” Diplo wrote in a recent Instagram post that contained ten clips from the DJ’s various sets over the course of the weekend. “But at BM I get to play records for the first time, bring back old records, improvise, connect with old friends, find new energy, do amazing back to back sets,” Diplo continued.

Diplo delivered a multitude of sets that allowed the LSD constituent to break with his standard MO across various Burning Man stages — including the no name camp, camp jou jou, the 747, and the church, among others. Instead, they got to watch him live as he shuffled through his library to drop some heat that rivaled even the temps of Black Rock City.

“…creating a vibe w friends and random people riding bikes around you is some of the moments that make me feel like DJing is still one of the greatest jobs in the world. And I’m so lucky,” Diplo concludes the post. Swipe through Diplo’s Instagram collage to relive some of the producer’s liveliest moments at Burning Man 2018.

If you have time to swipe – here are a couple of sets I played at Burning Man. My job is usually make songs that you hope people can dance too and to go out and play lot of sets every weekend . As you can imagine even that gets tiring . I’m guilty of getting lazy and keeping some of the same routine and playing same songs .. but at BM I get to play records for the first time bring back old records . Improvise .. connect with old friends find new energy .. do amazing back to back sets .. find random art cars to pull up get lost in some lights and find songs I never heard before . Just creating a vibe w friends and random people riding bikes around you is some of the moments that make me feel like DJing is still one of the greatest jobs in the world . And I’m so lucky .. thank you to robot heart .. the church . No name camp . Camp question mark . Camp jou jou. Bounce art car . The 747. Bunk

bed . The Christina The sol riser and everyone else .. especially to @flumemusic and @simihaze and @richmedina for rocking with me

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Weekend Rewind: Skrillex and Diplo bring Jack Ü to Burning Man [Stream]

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It has been a long four years since Jack Ü‘s heyday and EDM seems to move much faster nowadays. Now Diplo manages to sprout a new supergroup every few months, but his original side project team up with Skrillex was a particularly fun moment for dance music. The two superstar buddy DJ’s make a meal out of their short lived partnership, roping in headlining slots across the world, a Madison Square Garden affair, halftime performances, and of course a legendary performance at Burning Man. Skrillex and Diplo brought a special Playa-primed version of their Jack Ü collaboration to Camp Questionmark, and of course an unforgettable two-hour back-to-back set ensued.

Ah, the summer of 2014 — a simpler time. A few months prior, the two co-headlined Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Skrillex was just months off of his debut LP Recessand Diplo was dominating the airwaves with “Express Yourself.” Everytime Jack Ü hit the decks it was a party. It was an amusing slice in time for dance music, so with this year’s edition of Burning Man now drawing to a close, a revisit to one of Jack Ü’s most memorable outings is certainly in order.

Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo debut video for their LSD project’s ‘Thunderclouds’

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All-star artist trio LSD continues to grow their presence with the release of a new video. Made up of international stars Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, the super group has released a visual component for their most recent single, “Thunderclouds,” and it’s just as noteworthy as the star power that the group itself holds.

Calling on inspiration from the group’s collaborative acronym, the video for “Thunderclouds” is dreamlike and psychedelic, combining real world and animated elements to create a storybook experience featuring pop colored hues over a carnival ringleader played by who else but Diplo.

Sia’s now iconic music video history is not lost on the group either, as they’ve enlisted Maddie Ziegler of her “Chandelier” video to participate in the theatrics.”Thunderclouds” follows singles “Genius” and “Audio” ahead of LSD’s upcoming album.

Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and more

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Every year, fans can expect some wild performances at Burning Man, and this year proves to be no different. Leading the pack, we have Diplo and Flume plotting a special back-to-back set from the Playa this year. While Diplo will deliver several different sets during the course of the week-long event, he will notably appear alongside the Skin producer on August 31 for a 12:00 to 2:00am.

BURNING MAN CREW See you in black rock city next week 🔥🐋🦈⬆

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Diplo and Flume’s joint appearance won’t be the only exciting performance at Black Rock City this year. ZHUSkrillex, Seven Lions and more will also take the decks at Burning Man, with Skrillex slowly revamping his presence on the events circuit as the year winds down. Skrillex recently appeared on the lineups for Arizona’s Snowta and Decadence festivals, and now he’s making his annual trip out to the burn. With people currently flocking to the Nevada desert for this year’s iteration of the event, expect a number of additional high profile artists to spring up at Burning Man too.

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Dua Lipa announces release date for Silk City collaboration

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Dua Lipa‘s feature on the ’90s house homage “One Kiss” back in April with Calvin Harris was an apt brush with the danceable potential of the singer-songwriter’s vocal talent. Since the world was introduced to Silk City with “Only Can Getter Better,” back in May, a collaboration between Lipa and the Mark Ronson/Diplo duo seemed inevitable. Earlier this year, Lipa announced that it was coming, and now, she’s shared a few more details on the track, hinting on Twitter the track will arrive on September 6.

Lipa also revealed in a series of tweets, with the electricity emoji that possibly alludes to the track’s title, that the track will be arriving with a video.

Recently, Lipa spoke on the song with Rolling Stone, revealing, “It’s something different, but it does lead into some of new music that I’m going to bring in my albums. It’s got some throwback elements to it; it’s dancey; it’s still a pop song.” It still remains unknown as to whether the new track will be the lead single of Lipa’s next album.

Weekend standouts: 10 artists who showed up to show off at Moonrise Festival 2018

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As the ‘moon rose,’ the bass dropped across Moonrise Festival‘s four stages over the course of the Maryland’s event’s two-day occupancy at Pimlico Race Track. Diversely decorated with talent that spanned dance music’s many subgenres, Moonrise’s 2018 lineup drew a variety of acts ranging from MIJA to Timmy Trumpet to Zeds Dead, and a crowd comprised of fans with equally divergent tastes.

Dancing Astronaut went live on location for one of the final festivals of the 2018 season. What follows are ten artists who brought the Moonrise momentum, throwing down sets that made new fans out of attendees, and astonished longer term listeners.

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3LAU broke out of the 2018 release gate with a fervor that was anything but tempered on his debut full-length outing, Ultraviolet. The 11-track offering asserted that the producer’s 2016 “Into You” remix only nascently evinced 3LAU’s astute ear for electronic experimentation, one that gained extended exhibition on Ultraviolet.

A standout in the current context of EDM, given the album’s distinctive spin on commercial house, Ultraviolet’s edge derived from its confident re-imagination of what music branded as “EDM” could sound like. Fast forward to August 13 at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Track, and 3LAU would translate the energy of Ultraviolet–but on a larger scale, of his career to date–to his live set at Moonrise Festival’s Stellar Stage. A robust showing rife with vivid bass, jumps into electro territory, and 3LAU classics–“How You Love Me,” for one–the set exemplified 3LAU’s maturity both as a producer in the studio, and as a performer behind the decks. 3LAU’s inclusion of Zeds Dead’s bass oriented flip of Touch” proved a highlight of the set.

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Diplo, Stellar Stage

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Unfortunately, festivals don’t always proceed as planned. Festival organizers paused the first day of Moonrise about 30-minutes before Diplo’s hour-long set at the Stellar stage due to inclement weather. With reports of lightning a few miles out, and with thousands of people on the open grass infield of Pimlico Race Course, the city of Baltimore was bound to take precautions.

Attendees were moved to the grandstand until further notice, but once Moonrise resumed just after what would have been the end of Diplo’s set, ticket holders still got a 25-minute set from Diplo. Despite the limited time frame, Mr. Wentz to give fans everything they’d would want. He played all the hits, including “Revolution,” Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” his latest collaboration with Get It Right,” and more. The highlight had to be this Benzi Mashup, which blends the Smookie Illson Boot of “Club Action” (a go-to during Skrillex and Jack Ü sets back in the day) with the classic “We Like To Party” by Vengaboys and 4B’s “WHISTLE.” Diplo dropped craziness right into the sunset to prep fans for Kaskade.

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Chris Lake’s beats leveled the ground at the Celestial Stage. What started as a grassy field was ready for the pouring of concrete after Moonrisers were done thumping. Lake’s unique and often deep darker tracks were a welcome reprieve from the headbanging dub-sets throughout the day for many, that tech house can sometimes just be home.

Chris Lake served up style with toppings of hilarity with his collab track with Chris Lorenzo‘s “Pizza,” while simultaneously extending solid nods to the homies out of the Dirtybird collective by incorporating several of the label mates’ releases in his set, including–among others–FISHER‘s “Losing It.”

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MK, Celestial Stage

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Give MK an hour behind the decks and a disco ball, and he’ll transform the grassy grounds of a race track into an open air house oasis. While Moonrise resides as one of the East Coast’s best festivals for big name bass performances, the event’s Celestial Stage effected the intimacy of an underground club in the middle of Baltimore.

When it comes to crowd captivation, there is indeed no better duo to initiate immersion than MK and Chris Lake. Lake joined MK at the decks for a surprise b2b that scaled the house to tech house continuum with each track of the set. Hearts palpitated to MK’s “17,” and all in attendance could unanimously agree that the b2b was one of the most serendipitous outcomes of August 11th’s rain related scheduling adjustments.

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Two Friends, Stellar Stage

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Although they had one of the earlier time slots at Stellar Stage, Two Friends crushed their set in front of a huge crowd turnout.

It’s always bound to be a great performance from the duo, considering they’ve remixed every song millennials would want to hear at a party. Two Friends’ revamps range anywhere from The Killers to Blink-182 to Kanye West. Their remix of West’s classic hit, “Touch The Sky,” can be hard to find on the web nowadays due to copyright reasons, so having the privilege of seeing it live is always a treat, an an undeniable high point of Two Friends’ Moonrise set, at that. Luckily for fans, there’s still a few links out there for the remix, and those who missed out on the exclusivity at Two Friends’ set can still get in on the action with this rip of the rework.

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Emancipator, Lunar Stage

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Douglas Appling has had an incredible talent for tying the flow of electronic production with live instruments since Emancipator‘s inception. Appling’s sound is eclectic yet grounded, provoking yet calming, and organic yet able to take the listener to a different planet. With his full live band, along with the heart of the Ensemble’s melodic flow violinist, Ilya Goldberg, Emancipator’s vibrations became one with the airwaves around Moonrise 2018. Rain would eventually begin to fall to the sounds of Emancipator’s ambient trip-hop on Sunday afternoon of the festival, and although the weather would briefly pause the party, there was a moment of pure stillness and near palpable peace at this set.

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JOYRYDE, Stellar Stage

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JOYRYDE proved impervious to the weekend rain as he resumed Sunday activity at the Stellar Stage following the final day’s brief pause. The Skrillex collaborator greeted the Moonrisers who traipsed back onto festival grounds from the grandstand area with potent, punching bass from the very first track of his set, driving energy and adrenaline with bass lines that traveled from the decks, to race track grass, and up through the soles of attendees’ shoes.

JOYRYDE’s characteristically eclectic, bass-inflected aesthetic behind the decks commanded a distinctive brand of live energy accented with UK grime tilts and grittier turns.

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Illenium, Stellar Stage

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The Denver based breakout producer had one of the most talked-about sets of the weekend, and rightfully so, as Illenium‘s music boasts an ethereal sentimentality that provides an entirely unique live experience while creating a positive atmosphere amongst the crowd.

That being said, Illenium slightly switched gears during his Moonrise 2018 set, incorporating some heavy bass drops that signaled a departure from Illenium’s wheelhouse, the typical slow feels trip that listeners are familiar with. Although he stepped into some grittier territory for the set, a DJ’s unexpected maneuvers never fail to engross crowd members, and as such, Illenium’s Moonrise showing was probably his most notable performance to date.

A particularly noteworthy moment of the set included Illenium’s dropping of “Gold,” his highly celebrated collaboration with Excision, featured on Excision’s latest album, Apex.

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Hardly unexpected or surprising, Dancing Astronaut’s Break Out Artist of 2016 did not disappoint during her climactic Moonrise performance.

REZZ sent out heavy vibrations that transfixed the minds of those assembled in the crowd at the Solar Tent for the bass prodigy’s set. It was clear before Moonrise that REZZ wasn’t going to be playing around, and Space Mom indeed came strapped, loaded, and ready to break some backs with a ‘Certain Kind Of Magic,’ in the same titular fashion of her second studio album. Her dubbed out dark dance music absolutely slayed the Solar Tent, providing a proper finale for the festival’s opening night.

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Kaskade, Stellar Stage

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To evade mention of Kaskade’s ‘Stellar’ showing on August 11 would be to overlook a set that evinced the electronic veteran’s reliability and limitless energy with an especial, if not glaring, clarity.

After sharing a portion of his originally allotted set time with Diplo following Saturday’s rain induced pause, Kaskade took to the decks to ensure that Moonrise goers would have some “Fun.” In many ways a ‘greatest hits’ styled set, longtime Kaskade fans enjoyed classic productions like “Disarm You” and “Something Something Champs Remix” interwoven among comparatively more recent releases like the Phoebe Ryan assisted “Almost Back.” Rife with atmospheric electro and pumping, progressive house festival drops, the set underscored the  ethereal caliber of a Kaskade set, one that endured even with unexpected adjustments.