An engineer in Berkeley took a literal “trip” back in time when reviving one of the few Buchla synthesizers left in the world. The modular instrument, once considered one of the most groudbreaking in the world, had been sitting in a Cal State East Bay basement since the late 1960s.
While re-working some of the wiring, the enginer, named Eliot Curtis, noticed an odd crust on one of the knobs. He found out what the mystery substance was about 45 minutes after removing it with a finger when he began to “feel fuzzy” and eventually enter a nine-hour trip. Lab tests later confirmed that the substance he’d been unintentionally dosed with was LSD. The substance had been able to survive due to its dark and cool storage conditions.
Don Buchla, the creator of the synth who once worked with bands like Grateful Dead, was a notable figure in the 60s counterculture movement. He even had close ties to Ken Kesey, who was a major spokesperson for LSD and a manufacturer during his time. Unfortunately, how this synth got covered in the substance will remain a mystery, as both Buchla and Kesey are no longer with us.
Research into the beneficial effects of psychedelic drugs continues to reap positive outcomes with the latest study published May 14, linking reduction in alcohol consumption and misuse with psychedelic use. The study suggests that LSD and other classic psychedelics including magic mushrooms have potential anti-addiction effects that could help people overcome their alcohol dependency.
The survey pool consisted of 343 respondents who were mostly white males in the USA. All participants reported seven years of problematic alcohol use. After psychedelic use, 83 percent of participants no longer met the Alcohol Use Disorder criteria, rating their experience as “highly meaningful and insightful” and 28 percent endorsed the psychedelics effect in regards to changing life priorities or values.
Psychedelics have accumulated increasing support in recent years due to research showing its ability to treat illnesses like depression, addiction, and even lower violence in individuals. Earlier this year, Denver became the first city to decriminalize magic mushrooms and London opened the worlds first research Centre for Psychedelic Research. Despite being a big step, psychedelics still have a ways to go before being recognized legally as an accepted medicinal drug.
Following LSD‘s recent and long-awaited debut album release, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD, the three-pronged electronic-pop firepower has shared the visual for “No New Friends,” one of the singles released just before the full-length project.
The video features perennial Sia stand in, Maddie Ziegler, cast as an amicably oversized companion to the Beatles-esque dressed Labrinth, as they, in trippy-as-ever LSD fashion, frolic through a pastel-painted wonderland. All the while Diplo, the production lifeblood of the group, portrays both the chimerical realm’s sun and moon, as well as its cane-touting friendly giant, grinning and omnipotent.
There’s simply no denying Diplo‘s ability to craft a hit, but his remarkably chameleonic quality as a producer is what makes him such a dynamic talent. He can produce fizzy bass anthems with Skrillex as Jack Ü or switch to breezy pop anthems with Major Lazer on a dime. Now, he’s exploring psychedelic new avenues alongside Sia and Labrinth as LSD, with the trio officially releasing their debut full-length together, a self-titled Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.
A supergroup of certified hitmakers—with writing and production credits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more among them—LSD manages to maintain an incredibly complementary blend, considering the outfit’s blockbuster talent. Following 2018’s “Genius,” the group has released a number of singles this year ahead of the album’s full release, including “No New Friends,” and the ubiquitous “Thunderclouds,” by far their most popular piece to date. Stream LSD’s debut album in full 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.
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.
April 12 is when the world will see what LSD—Diplo, 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.
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.
Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.
Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.
Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.
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.”