Diplo and Nitti Gritti have jointly brought home a Latin Grammy Award for their collaboration, “200 MPH.” Produced alongside Bad Bunny, the slow-burning number surfaced on the Puerto Rican vocalist’s album, X 100PRE, released in 2018. The LP was the victor of the “Best Urban Album” category. Bad Bunny notably performed with fellow Grammy Award winners Ricky Martin and Residente at the 20th annual Latin ceremony.
The shared triumph was particularly satiating for Nitti Gritti, who previously tweeted that he was “coming for Producer of the Year, Best Remix, Best Dance Song, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.” “I’m coming for it all,” the “I Got It” hit maker added.
Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski is leaving his former NFL and Tide Pod glory behind. In its place, he’s taking up arms with some of the most resounding names in the dance music dominion Saturday, February 1.
The former Patriots tight end and prospective future hall of famer’s Super Bowl weekender this coming February won’t be in his usual fashion—by any means. He’s taken on a monster of a sponsor (Monster Energy) to host the one-day beachside merriment, which he’s tagged GRONK BEACH. The festival is bolstered by an artist roundup that seems straight from a pre-game playlist.
As nonsensical as the idea may seem, lineups don’t lie; and this one boasts Diplo, Kaskade, and more outlandish characters like Carnage and locationally appropriate Flo Rida. The assuredly over-the-top production will land at North Beach Bandshell, running approximately 1-7 pm. Tickets go on sale Thursday, here.
The branding is another piece of evidence in the case for electronic music’s pervasive push into omnipresent pop culture in recent years. So much so, that Gronk’s decided to “call an audible” and hang up his cleats for a piece of the off-the-wall dance music dessert.
So move over, Shaq. There’s another sports legend making a run for the festival frontlines.
Among all of Diplo‘s fledgling ventures, his new Higher Ground label might be one of the most exciting things to watch unfold. The house-leaning sister imprint to Mad Decent sprang up over the summer, hosting a debut release from Walker & Royce, along with a label showcase in Brooklyn and some co-branding exposure at Destructo‘s recent AMF event in LA. Now, boss man himself is stepping up to the plate, premiering on his new label alongside Born Dirty on “Samba Sujo” and “Ouro.”
Higher Ground, named after Diplo’s house EP of the same name, continues to prove its commitment to the genre’s widely variant composition. The twofer release features a heavily filtered afro-house jump starter on “Samba Sujo,” followed by a more tempered club-ready selection on “Ouro,” with each track also receiving an extended cut to boot. Listen below.
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.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
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.
Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.
Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.
Ah, another week, another episode of Random White Dude Be Everywhere. In this week’s edition, find Diplo in his latest curatorial role, this time linking with ESPN to soundtrack their “Ready For Football” campaign for Monday Night Football.
For his first selection, Diplo is featuring “Ruckus” by Konata Small for this week’s Monday Night Football game—an NFC West showdown between the white-hot San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. According to Diplo, the track captures the intensity expected to fuel the highly anticipated MNF shootout.
ESPN’s VP of Marketing, Emeka Ofodile, explains the move behind bringing theCalifornia producer aboard the Monday Night Football team, saying,
“Diplo is a force to be reckoned with and we knew he’d bring great energy to our “Ready For Football” campaign. He also happens to be a big sports fan and we’re looking forward to building something really special around the NFL on ESPN.”
In the benevolent spirit of All My Friends Music Festival, MK and Diplo took the decks together at the festival’s 2019 iteration to forge a sonic camaraderie by way of a back-to-back set. If the collaborative showing predated Diplo’s establishment of his house-centric new imprint, Higher Ground, the pairing might have appeared rather incongruent.
Yet, with Diplo’s choice to channel his late talents towards the house space in a more austere effort, the MK and Diplo matchup is natural—one sonic puzzle piece interlocks with another. Unsurprisingly, the duo’s live synergy is apparent from the set’s animated start to satiating finish.
Rife with upbeat house selects broadly situated in deep-house territory, MK and Diplo’s performance flaunts the producers’ shared ear for highly danceable cuts. As for Diplo specifically, the back to back, delivered from Skylight Row DTLA, is proof that he’s fit to spin alongside any established house entity.
Major Lazer and Khalid have teamed up for a swooning feeler entitled “Trigger,” released on the soundtrack for the upcoming PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding: Timefall, due November 7.
Combining both artists’ strong points, the radio-rendered production lays a bed of lush synths for Khalid’s crooning vocals to rest upon and flourish. The soft chords caress the verse and lead into another keynote from the Diplo-led group: their combination of wind instruments and vocal melody that hook the listener after Khalid succeeds in seducing them with his emotive incandescence.
Aside from the musicality, the lyrics run deep, alluding to a gunshot as a metaphor for a breakup. The words arrive as reflective poetry.
Major Lazer have yet to announce the release of their impending and presumably final LP, Lazerism. So far this year, they’ve released three singles and were featured on Beyoncé’s Lion King album.
Death Stranding: Timefall Track List:
1. “Trigger” Major Lazer & Khalid 2. “Ghost” Au/Ra & Alan Walker 3. “Death Stranding” Chvrches 4. “Yellow Box” The Neighbourhood 5. “Meanwhile…In Genova” The S.L.P. 6. “Ludens” Bring Me the Horizon 7. “Born In The Slumber” Flora Cash 8. “Sing To Me” MISSIO
This past week, Diplo and deadmau5 both made separate appearances on David Spade‘s Comedy Central show Lights Out With David Spade. The post-Daily Show slot features Spade doing monologues, comedy skits, and entertaining his guests, who are usually comedians. Last month, Lights Out secured Chance The Rapper. This week’s episode followed in a similar suit with its guest features from not one, but two EDM superstars.
On deadmau5’s segment of the show, the Canadian producer starred in an extended comedic bit in which he tries out to be Spade’s house band. For Diplo’s Lights Out portion, the Major Lazer member appeared alongside Whitney Cummings and Thomas Lennon on a four-way panel discussion about social media with Spade.
deadmau5 released the follow-up to his full length album where’s the drop—remix album here’s the drop!—earlier this month. He is currently on his Cube v3 tour. Meanwhile, Diplo has continued to move into country territory, locking in his second Stagecoach appearance slated for 2020. He has also hinted at Jack Ü‘s long-awaited return in 2020 as well.
Diplo is a country artist now. A one-time fluke booking at Stagecoach Music Festival to get the after hours crowd going could have been chalked up as a fun publicity stunt. Though almost a year later, Diplo, or rather Thomas Wesley, has a growing catalog of country-leaning material and now he’s even locked in for a second outing at the most famous country festival at the US.
The three-day Goldenvoice affair, held at the Empire Polo Fields where Coachella takes place, turned in a thick 2020 lineup of country music power players topped by Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Thomas Rhett. Diplo is featured prominently in the undercard next to his holiness Guy Fieri, Mayor of Flavortown. Additionally, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are locked in for Stagecoach 2020, so expect the three to reunite for another live performance a year after “Old Town Road” changed the game. See the full Stagecoach lineup below.