NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

LSD – No New Friends

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LSD – No New FriendsLSD No New Friends

April 12 is when the world will see what LSDDiplo, Sia, and Labrinth—is fully capable via their namesake debut studio album. Based off its first single, “No New Friends,” the LP looks to be an instant hit. The track shimmers with the group’s pop-friendly sounds, embracing dancehall-inspired rhythms and blow horn synths for production that sounds like it was made for the islands. Adding to the cheery atmosphere are Sia and Labrinth’s intertwining vocals, which per usual complement each other in the best of ways. “No New Friends” is built for radio play, where we’ll likely be hearing it in the coming weeks.

LSD made its debut in 2018, making waves with their colorful audiovisual aesthetic and powerhouse acts involved. Their last release, “Mountains” showed off the group’s sentimental side, winning over the hearts of crossover fans worldwide.

 

Diplo shares release date for LSD’s first full-length album

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Diplo shares release date for LSD’s first full-length albumLSD New Album

Dance-pop power squad LSD are officially on the calendar for their first studio album release, which Diplo announced via Instagram will touch down April 12.

The trio, comprised of production stylings from Mad Decent label head, Diplo himself, with vocal accompaniment from Sia and Labrinth, have accrued torrential, radio-ravaging popularity, despite a sparse sonic catalog and terse time frame to match. The group is known for their ultra potent fusing of pop and electronic soundscapes, bolstered by the vibrant psychedelia showcased in their music videos, most discernible in the visual accompaniment of their third and most popular track, “Thunderclouds.”

LSD’s confirmation of their imminent self-titled album coincides with the news of another album and purported disbandment of an additional Diplo project: longtime super-group, Major Lazer. Diplo announced last year that the forthcoming Major Lazer album would likely be their last. Dance-pop’s modern-day rolling stone, Diplo never seems to let a new sonic pathway go untrodden for very long.

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018Skrille 1

Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”

 

This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

Diplo-tinged LSD arrives at full potency, with ‘Mountains’

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Diplo-tinged LSD arrives at full potency, with ‘Mountains’Mountains LSD 1

With one breakneck sweep, Diplo‘s torrential triad, LSD, has disseminated its dance-pop through the airwaves faster than a rogue wave meets the sea. Comprised of vocal virtuosos, Labrinth and Sia, and of course, Diplo himself, LSD strikes again with the billowy, “Mountains.”

“Mountains” opens with a stirring display of far off falsettos from Labrinth and Sia, before spilling into buoyant, Diplo-curated electronic musings. From the vocal nuance, to the wistful production quirk, “Mountains” exemplifies the pop powerhouses’ dedication to dousing their dance pop in technicolor splendor, eclipsing radio-ready standards.

This latest concoction follows the full-bodied “Thunderclouds” LSD delivered earlier this year, ransacking radio time and appearing in Samsung’s widespread Galaxy Note 9 ad spread. Unable to keep his production paws in one place for too long, Diplo has been ferociously active elsewhere, too, churning out Major Lazer‘s farewell album, and teaming with Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee on the late, “Close To Me.”

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Diplo teases new LSD track, out November 1

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Diplo teases new LSD track, out November 1Diplo LSD

From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.

“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.

The track is set to be released on November 1.

 

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

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Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo debut video for their LSD project’s ‘Thunderclouds’LSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

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.

LSD supergroup of Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo release psychedelic island single, ‘Thunderclouds’

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LSD supergroup of Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo release psychedelic island single, ‘Thunderclouds’Diplo Sia Labrinth LSD Thunderclouds

LSD isn’t only a synthetic crystalline compound — it’s also the charmingly psychedelic supertrio made up of Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo. They released a new single called “Thunderclouds,” a dreamy combination of downtempo genres that intertwine and combine into an uplifting lyrical paradox, turning dark skies into island pop merriment.

Sia shared a psychedelic cartoon snippet in anticipation for the full-length single, continuing the branding from their previous music video for “Audio” and “Genius.” The group’s third single takes a different direction from their more electronic predecessors. Island melodies, half-time beats, casual guitar, and a romantic dance between the two vocal protagonists give weight to the song’s narrative structure and listenability. There’s a sense of nostalgia from the minimal arrangement and cabaret rock canvas. Vocals from Sia and Labrinth carry the project for most of the track. A pristine end-of-the-summer song in what might be a chart climber for LSD.

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8 facts we learned in Diplo’s interview with Oxford Union

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DJ, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, it’s no question that Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, has risen to A-list status in the music and entertainment industry. So, it’s only fair that The Oxford Union — one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies — welcomes him as a guest on their Q&A series. Oxford Union has hosted a wide range of international guests at the University, ranging from prominent political figures to the Game of Thrones cast and John Mayer.

“I never imagined my career would take me somewhere like this.” – Diplo

In this 56-minute long Q&A, Diplo essentially sits down in front of a room of Oxford students (most of whom are itching for him to check out their USB or at the very least sign it), and explains who he is, what he does, and how he got there. For those readers who are unfamiliar with his back-story and are interested, this is probably as good as it gets. But for those who are well-informed on all things Diplo — DA has picked out eight facts that we found interesting about Pentz in this Q&A.

1. He almost drowned in the Ganges River because his crazy friend Brent said it was safe to jump in.

“I was for sure I was gonna die in this river…I remember seeing a little girl pointing at me from the riverside screaming that there’s a dead guy in the water.” This story stems from Diplo explaining his early days as a 19-year-old collecting records in India. “I decided I had to get rid of Brent, he was crazy.” (@ 3:30)

2. He paid for a $1000, 6-month trip to India by selling vinyl records in England.

He starts the Q&A by talking about his first time in England (in perfect context), explaining how he managed to travel around the country and sell 100 vinyl records that he collected from the depths of India. “Back then, people were actually buying and selling records.” (@ 6:00)

3. He never thought being a DJ could be considered a career.

“When I was younger there weren’t people that said you can make electronic music or you can be a DJ and that’s how you can live your life.” This stemmed from explaining why he moved to Philly after growing up in Florida, since you “kinda go there to die.” (@9:30)

4. To this day, his father still thinks he deals drugs.

He gets into talking about how as a young person it’s hard to get into a truly creative job while affording to pay the rent and such. He then asks the room if their parents are happy with them pursuing creative careers and while some are, it appears Mr. Pentz Sr. still doesn’t quite understand how his son pays the rent. (@11:15)

5. A writing opportunity for FADER turned into a trip to Brazil where he learned how to produce music. 

After writing a cover story about Atlanta hip-hop, Pentz was given an opportunity to write about Brazil for the editor of FADER. However, the editor decided he was a much better writer and would write a story about Diplo going to Brazil. “I was fascinated by this music called baile funk…it’s a combination of almost heavy metal and miami bass.” He utilized the premise of a big magazine story to get into the studio with Brazilian artists and, without knowing any Portuguese, was able to communicate through technical music terms and learn production programs. (@ 13:00)

6. Tiesto experiences jaw pain from smiling so much.

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He did actually ask Diplo how he performs without the smiles, since (as fans will know) he’s always looking so calm and collected on the 1’s and 2’s. “Tiesto came by to me and he’s like ‘how do you always DJ…and like…you don’t haveta smile the whole time like I do…’ It’s a show sometimes…but it’s still fun for me.” (@22:30)

7. His very first gig involved “tape cassette DJing” and scaring families away from the pool.

A student in the audience asks about his very first gig, to which he explains how he had no idea what he was doing an ended up getting cut off by the hotel. “I played whatever records I had…I didn’t realize you had to create a rhythm and an environment.” He goes on to say how back then there were no real examples of who he could look up to as a DJ or how to make a living out of it. (@39:00)

8. His longest day job was at Subway…and he didn’t like it very much.

“We got robbed so many times I had to quit.” He reminisces on that experience in explaining how blessed he is to make music for a living. (@46:30)

Diplo’s California EP is out now along and he continues to release music via side projects LSD (with Labrinth & Sia) and Silk City with Mark Ronson. See him perform at this summer’s biggest festivals including Tomorrowland, Moonrise, HARD Summer, and more.