2018 has been a year of forward-thinking hard work from Don Diablo. Since the release of his sophomore album, Future, there’s been a lot to acknowledge regarding the Dutch producer, including remixes for Martin Garrix, Kygo, Diplo, and more, alongside various original works. Now, he’s decided to pay homage to the late Nate Dogg with his latest single “I Got Love.”
Dogg — who died tragically at the age of 41 — is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop, coming up with rap legends such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. It may seem that Diablo is taking things in a unique direction here, but his previous single, “Survive” featured contemporary rapper Gucci Mane — proving his innovative moves to break into hip-hop’s rising popularity.
The track samples Dogg’s vocals from his 2001 release of the same name, which are layered over upbeat piano chords and subtle drum hits to create blissful future house vibes.
Don Diablo is taking his relationship with Disney one step further, announcing a special Halloween performance at Disneyland’s Paris amusement park. The Dutch producer and DJ will fittingly take over the Star Wars section of the park for his performance, following a clothing collaboration with the franchise earlier in 2018.
Don Diablo has been making it a point to DJ some impressive events this year, most recently live streaming a sunset performance from a yacht in one of Ibiza’s most iconic vistas. And Disneyland’s European location is bulking up their presence in the dance music hemisphere, boasting this booking that follows a festival that launched in 2017 called Electroland. Here’s to hoping the amusement park’s Los Angeles and Orlando locations follow suit and jump into the dance event space soon.
Don Diablo is back to deliver a unique “Chill Mix” for his Hexagonian listeners. Straying away from his signature upbeat, futuristic house anthems, the Dutch DJ-producer slows his sound down with his “Another Chance” remix featuring Big Pineapple.
The Hexagon Radio founder shared the release to his 322K followers on Twitter to voice his excitement about the track, which he had first remixed in June of this year, alongside minimal details on the original track. The new release comes just a few weeks after his explosive collaboration with Gucci Mane and Emeli Sandé, “Survive,” which blends the realms of rap and dance music into an electrifying, beat-driven single.
It may be tough to imagine an EDM crossover collab still raising eyebrows in 2018. Artists ranging from Skrillex to Kygo have made pop-savvy dance tunes featuring radio royalty Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and more. Still, anyone who saw a futuristic meeting of worlds between Don Diablo, Emeli Sandé and trap rap icon Gucci Mane likely had a crystal ball. The three of them make future house magic on a new single titled “Survive,” arriving via Diablo’s Hexagon imprint.
Emile Sandé kicks things off with hair-raising melodrama, her choruses meshing perfectly with the track’s epic atmospherics. Don Diablo lets the stuttering beat worm its way into listeners’ ears before Gucci Mane takes over on what has to be the most unique backdrop for bars the rapper has ever met. Gucci’s verse is sure to surprise those who though the ingredients couldn’t possibly fit, his triumphant brags providing instant swagger.
“It’s just one of those records that needed to be absolutely perfect, from start to finish,” Diablo told Billboard. “I wanted to it to stand out and combine three worlds into one; a Dutch music producer, an incredible British singer songwriter, and one of the biggest U.S. rappers of today. I am more than proud of the final outcome, and hope the music and the message of the song will motivate people to dream big and see beyond the clouds of their personal challenges.”
Dutch super producer Don Diablo is the latest heavy hitter to try his hand at remixing Martin Garrix‘s hit collaboration with R&B crooner Khalid, “Oceans.” Adding his signature upbeat flair to the track, Don Diablo undoubtedly extends the shelf life of Garrix and Khalid’s infectious crossover cut, with a remix effort that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Don Diablo slows down the tempo and enhances Khalid’s vocals to become the centerpiece of the track during the introduction. The track breaks with cutting, club-ready chords as Don Diablo injects a fresh energy into “Oceans.” Diablo’s ability to pick up the energy while maintaining the song’s original allure showcases the producer’s versatile hand behind the console. The new “Oceans” remix is out now on Garrix’s STMPD Records.
Don Diablo has again teamed up with “Too Close” breakout artist Alex Clare for new upbeat track, “Heaven To Me.” Don Diablo is known for his future bass tracks that have radio crossover appeal. “Heaven To Me” is no exception, and with Clare’s infectious vocals and the propelling bassline, the track has the capacity to be both a radio and club hit.
Diablo spoke about his excitement for the track in an official release.
“This record is special to me because it’s the perfect showcase of my trademark sound as a producer, it contains a strong motivational lyrical message and it features one of my favourite male vocalists, Alex Clare, with whom I have collaborated before six years ago for a song called ‘Give It All,’ which also featured Kelis and also contained a very personal message,” he says. “Releasing ‘Heaven To Me’ now feels like it’s all gone full circle.”
This is the duo’s second collaboration together, and the track is out now on Diablo’s own imprint, Hexagon.
The penultimate day of the final weekend of Tomorrowland 2018 has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. People of tomorrow can relive a jam-packed July 28 of the Story of Planaxis to the fullest: Nora En Pure gets deep as ever, Armin van Buuren returns from weekend one for back-to-back mainstage appearances, Virtual Self makes a debut in Boom, and Salvatore Ganacci returns with more shenanigans. Meanwhile, Belgian legends Cherry Moon Trax light up the mainstage with the trance classics that led to the country’s domination of dance in the 90s.
The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.
Future house maestro and Hexagon label boss Don Diablo crushed his 90-minute Tomorrowland set on Tiësto‘s Musical Freedom stage this past weekend in Belgium. Diablo delivered highlights including “Pizza,” a collaboration with Chris Lake, his tried and true “Smells Like Teen Spirit” remix, and his single with Tiësto, “Chemicals,” of which the Musical Freedom founder joined him on stage for.
To finish the set, he says to the crowd, “If you miss someone right now, put your hands up in the sky” before launching into a beautiful tribute to the late Avicii. The tribute started with a remix of “Fade Into Darkness” where the dropping into melodic, electro-house joyfulness. Next, was a rework of Bergling’s iconic “Levels” vs Eric Prydz’s “Pjanoo,” and to end the set was Diablo’s collaboration with Swedish singer Hilda “Wake Me When It’s Quiet,” a song written a the day after the passing of Avicii, written to raise awareness for mental health.