March 2018 saw Diplo deliver California, a seven-track effort that emanated the warmth of the EP’s namesake state. Diplo’s first solo production since 2013’s Revolution, the collaboratively diverse EP coalesced the likes of Lil Yachty, Goldlink, MØ, and more for an effervescent showing that continues to fizz with sonic personality, even as Diplo announces the imminent arrival of California followup, Europa.
Poised for a Feb. 22 debut, Europa will transport four Diplo originals from the electronic chameleon’s studio to listeners’ speakers. Diplo diffused some of Europa‘s sound two preliminary singles from the six-track, European inspired EP, “Boom Bye Bye” with Niska,” and most recently, “New Shapes” with UK hip-hop entity, Octavian. The remaining four cuts will call upon the talents of Soolking, IAMDDB, Bizzey & Ramiks, and Bausa. Diplo has continually proven his musical craft to be the antithesis to creative pigeonholing, and as such, fans can expect Europa to be a project that only further exemplifies Diplo’s commitment to conceptual and artistic versatility.
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
From Montreal’s Igloofest, to the gone-but-never-forgotten Brrrrr Winter Music Festival in Toronto, Canadians are incredibly fortunate to host a plenitude of outdoor-winter events throughout the years. Though winter is close to being over and the inaugural start to festival season approaches, Snowbombing Canada is here to remind everyone that there’s never a wrong time to party in the snow.
Fusing the worlds of winter-sports and dance music into a winter-wonderland for four days and nights, Snowbombing Canada takes place from April 5–9 amidst Sun Peaks Valley; one of the hidden treasures of Canada’s West coast. With success in booking distinguished and complementary dance/hip-hop headliners, last year’s event saw Kaskade and Ludacris close out the event.
As the 2018 edition nears, fan-favorite duo ODESZA and hip-hop queen Cardi B are set to headline the “Forest Stage”, appropriately located in between the panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and towering trees. Boasting a plethora of additional acts like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Gorgon City and Troyboi, Snowbombing has curated a detailed lineup that suits the festival’s exuberant vibe.
Snowboarders and skiers are treated to the best of both worlds; shredding during the day and dancing at night. Activities like ‘Alpine Yoga’, ‘The Snowlympics’and some cheeky ‘Chair Life Speed Dating’ add unique attributes that turn guests from attendees, into Snowbombing veterans.
Festival passes, accommodation and transportation are all available online.
In the midst of all the 2018 Grammy Awards blowback, mainly pertaining to Kendrick Lamar failing to win Album of the Year, LA-based producer Yung Bae puts an old-school funk spin on the beloved rapper’s track “DNA.” Along with edits of Rich Chigga and Goldlink, this continues the producer’s trend of remixing hip-hop tracks.
Hailing from Portland, Yung Bae’s diverse sound ranges from future funk to Japanese-inspired pop, adding a groovier beat-style to the original, including vintage horn samples, a toned-down drum beat and subtle bass.
Lido is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Everything,by giving avid fans more than just his music.
The Norwegian producer released signed limited edition vinyl copies and sheet music from the album. He’s also revealed an unreleased version of his track, “Only One,” that features the vocals of GoldLink.
“Only One” features hypnotic melodies that give the song depth and beauty. GoldLink’s smooth vocals add a completely different element to the track. The concise yet personal verse paints a picture of a life-changing ex, with Lido’s production tying everything together for something powerful, yet spiritual.
“Only One” is another example of the producer’s smooth, consistent production.
The Norwegian virtuoso Lido has returned with yet another new rapturous reworking, this time hitting GoldLink’s even-keeled “Crew.”
Ripping apart the tune’s pace entirely, he eases into the track, showcasing his expansive musical repertoire in a piano introduction. Once GoldLink comes around with the first verse, Lido picks up the pace, and the track takes off. Similar to his reworking of GoldLink’s “Sober Thoughts” released just last year, the flip is filled with energy, and by the time the second round of verses rolls around, things are up to full speed.
Falcons, the LA-based producer responsible for collaborations with Goldlink, Chaz French, Ekali, and more, has returned with his first solo track of 2017. After recently teasing it in his sets, he has finally released the song on Fool’s Gold Records, along with a psychedelic animated video.
Falcons delved into his childhood influences to craft this song, and says he was inspired by his exposure the sounds of old school rave music at an early age:
“‘Want Your Body’ is an homage to the 2 types of music that had the biggest impact on my career. My mom introduced me to 90’s dance music as a kid. At the time it felt normal cause that’s my mom, but looking back I’m super thankful to have been introduced to acts like The Prodigy and Halcyon at a young age. It seeped into all my music and ‘WYB’ is an ode to that.”
Featuring pianos that could easily fit in a garage track and drum breaks that could invigorate any raver, the song is set alongside a colorful video with a 3-D animated figure who finds himself in an assortment of psychedelic environments. The video is directed by Amber Park, who has been commissioned for official work by Major Lazer, Katy Perry, Migos, and more. With the hype for this song only raised with the release of a video, it won’t be surprising to hear this track played through the entirety of the summer.