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.
The past few months on Don Diablo‘s end have been fairly silent in regards to new music works. He’s been amidst an expansive, marathon tour, so it makes sense. However, he recently found time to hash out a fresh edit of Big Pineapple’s “Another Chance,” and has since bestowed it upon his patient fans.
Not much is known about Big Pineapple, nor the original “Another Chance,” for that matter. A search for the tune on various platforms yielded zero result. That said, Diablo’s edit is certainly a pleasurable one. He douses the ears with his signature future house methodology — though more toned down in this piece — and pumps emotion into the finished product with soothing piano riffs and warm vocals. It listens like a drive down the highway, or a days spent outdoors in the summer with friends.
Dutch DJ and Producer Don Diablo keeps the tempo high in newest release “Anthem (We Love House Music).” This track is the first club focused release Diablo has shared since hit, albeit radio-focused, album FUTURE. Diablo commented on the song in an official release.
After releasing my FUTURE album I felt it was time to take over the dancefloors again. Festival season is coming and with the release of “Anthem (We Love House Music),” I wanted to bring back my trademark Future House sound with a fresh twist. I debuted the record on themainstage of EDC LAS VEGAS and reactions were so strong I decided to release it as soon as possible. We Love House Music! – DonDiablo
The future house chords are sure to keep any club going until the early hours of the morning, and fans can definitely expect to hear the pulsing chords of “Anthem (We Love House Music)” at clubs and festivals across the world.
Cryptocurrency creation continues to grow more prevalent among producers active in the electronic sphere, as evidenced in Years & Years’ development of their very own currency. The British band’s gravitation towards digital currency mimics that of 3LAU, Don Diablo, and Gramatik, artists who’ve exhibited interest in crypto-currency. 3LAU notably wrote his own beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency, while Don Diablo and Gramatik devised their own currencies, HEXCOIN and GRMTK, respectively.
Years & Years are clearly in good crypto company as they introduce the ‘official cryptocurrency of Palo Santo,’ YearCoin. Participants in the group’s digital currency will have the ability to ‘mine’ YearCoins by performing tasks relative to Years & Years’ catalogue. Streaming the artists’ single, ‘Sanctify’ on Spotify, pre-ordering their forthcoming sophomore album, ‘Palo Santo,’ and sharing the cryptocurrency online, for instance, all count towards users’ YearCoin counts. Once a player garners 1,000 Year Coins, that user will earn a ‘Palo Santo’ ID card.
Released on his HEXAGON imprint, Don Diablo collaborated with Hilda for a stunning single, “Wake Me When It’s Quiet.” The piece opens with tranquil piano riffs complimented by Hilda’s breathtaking, airy vocals. “Wake Me When It’s Quiet” begins as a goose-bump inducing ballad and slowly escalates into a gentle, electronic masterpiece.
At each climax, Don Diablo crafts an exquisite balance of bittersweet, melodic tones with emotive progressions of fluttery waves of bass and glittering synths. Hilda’s voice serves as the perfect, dynamic expression for the piece with her rich sound and impressive range. With his latest, Don Diablo has mastered his softer side by giving listeners yet another surprise from the renowned, versatile artist.