Major Lazer are continuing on their journey to highlight talent throughout the African music scene. First, they dropped a mixtape showcasing innovative and trendsetting Afrobeats from across the continent, and now the trio has released a new single to kick off a string of collaborative releases that will do the same. “All My Life” sees Major Lazer team up with singer-songwriter Burna Boy, and more extensively look into the Nigerian creative scene through a video shot in Lagos by South African filmmaker Adriaan Louw. On the release, Diplo says,
“Over the past few years we’ve had the chance to tour extensively and work with artists across Africa. These music scenes continue to inspire the music we make and sets we play. We wanted to bridge our music as Major Lazer with all these new sounds and genres coming out of Africa.”
This latest single follows work with Mr. Eazi on “Let Me Live.” Watch the new video for “All My Life” below.
Electronic authorities of the ubiquitous Major Lazer are bringing a little bit of Africa to the club with their latest “Afrobeats” DJ mix out on Major Lazer frontman, Diplo‘s label, Mad Decent.
The release is especially timely, with reggae, Caribbean, and Afro-inspired accents permeating through the mainstream music circuit, brought to the forefront by the likes of Dillon Francis, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and Major Lazer themselves. The mix is comprised of overt homage’s to the south-of-the-equator-styled artistry, containing songs like “Live and Die in Afrika,” by Kenya’s Afro-pop guru, Sauti Sol, and “Sgicha” delivered by South African tag team, DJ Buckz, HHP, and Afrikan Roots.
Major Lazer masterfully showcase the extensive cultural reciprocity of Afro-pop, with momentous rhythms and hefty, party-certified bass. The mix simulates the experience of traversing the African continent. Africa is known for its vastly differing ways of life, specifically regarding its countless native languages. The mix highlights this notion accordingly, with every song seemingly incorporating a varying indigenous tongue.
New Zealand native QUIX has had a steady rise, thanks to hard-hitting releases on the likes of Mad Decent and Dim Mak. The producer has released another track on Dim Mak, and this time he has linked up with Vincent and vocalist David Shane to collaborate on the song.
“Hero” is not a track for those looking for some airy chords and a melodic drop. Shane’s vocals are radio-worthy with polarizing soprano notes that lure the listener in. While the song is seemingly smooth at the get-go, it falls into a commanding bass drop. Knife-like chords are layered over the bass to kick up the energy, making the track the perfect one for bass lovers to get their night going.
NGHTMRE has teamed up with Wavedash for a monstrous bass-driven collaboration named “Grave.” The track is out now via Mad Decent.
“Grave” buries listeners in huge piles of bass laced with lacerating synths that cut through the eardrums like a hot knife through butter. It’s a record built for throwing festival crowds into utter chaos, and it does this job well by following a tried-and-true formula for bass creation. Despite roughness around “Grave’s” edges, it’s quite an easy number for fans to pour all their rage-fueled dance moves into.
Wavedash recently released a track with NGHTMRE’s Gud Vibrations‘ partners in crime, SLANDER, so the duo teaming up with the dubstep veteran was far from a surprise. “Grave” is everything fans would expect from Wavedash and NGHTMRE uniting, and fans will certainly see the artists’ performing the track live in sets this fall.
LA-based producer Valentino Khan continues his streak of club-primed dance products in 2018 with his infectious new single “Feel Your Love.” The new track comes hot of the heels of a remix of Diplo‘s Deadpool 2 collaboration “Welcome To The Party,” and is seems Khan has found a fitting new home with his latest Mad Decent release. Aiming for a summer dance anthem, VK hits the spot on “Feel Your Love.” The tune is a pleasing, high-energy house beat with uplifting vocal chops and major-chord piano riffs primed for heavy playlist rotation this season.
With no shortage of viral dance hits in the bag, Valentino Khan’s catalog has come to include four-on-the-floor house, UK garage-inspired club fare, and jungle beats, along with the trap and hip-hop stylings that propelled him to international DJ stardom. The handlebar clad beat maker is currently touring the globe, stopping at Lollapalooza and HARD Summer in August as well as an appearance at Creamfields UK.
Major Lazer cemented themselves as the deliverers of chart-topping summer tracks with their 2015 track “Lean On,” which recently hit its 1 billionth stream on Spotify. On their latest, they’ve teamed up with UK group Rudimentalto deliver another summer heater, titled “Let Me Live.” Both parties have proved themselves collaborators extraordinaire — with Major Lazer working with every artist from Ariana Grande to Travis Scott to Ellie Goulding, and Rudimental with Ed Sheeran and Macklemore — and “Let Me Live” continues that legacy.
Enlisting vocals from Anne-Marie, an artist Rudimental helped launch into now full-on pop stardom, as well as Nigerian singer-songwriter Mr. Eazi, “Let Me Live” is a reggae-pop crossover track that isn’t trying to impress for radio play, but might accomplish just that with its laid-back demeanor. Also featuring vocals from the iconic South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Let Me Live” is world music on a true global stage.
Adam Jouneau, the Frenchman better known as Habstrakt, is back with another bass crunching tune, “Movie,” featuring josh pan, to add to his long, multifarious catalogue. The Mad Decent release comes after the Frenchman’s wildly popular, ear-splitting collaboration with Skrillex, “Chicken Soup.”
Habstrakt is known for his ability to repurpose wide-ranging assortments of popular elements on the electronic spectrum and shape them into something altogether unrecognizable–his latest creation not withstanding.
“Movie” is a continuation of the heavy-handed house leanings Uncle Habby has displayed in both his recent productions and DJ sets as he accompanies Destucto along his Let’s Be Friends Tour. Josh pan’s shadowy vocals are all smoke and mirrors, carrying us through minimal, downtempo interludes. But the drop soon erupts into a jarring, serrated display of metallic bass and house beats–almost as if Habstrakt has translated his longstanding dubstep devotion into a 4×4 house pattern.
Don’t expect to hear “Movie” in any generic big room sets any time soon.
Late last year, Kit Kat got everyone’s attention with a charmingly cheeky Chance the (W)Ra(p)per commercial starring the America’s favorite sweetheart rhymer. Now following up in 2017, Kit Kat has recruited Mad Decent‘s Valentino (Kit) Khan for a new electronic-inspired “remix” of the brand’s iconic jingle from 1986, cramming Khan’s signature blend of bouncy, hunkered-down-low house-meets-trap into a 30-second mini cut. Following the proven recipe for success on hits like “Pump,” “Bullseye,” and “Deep Down Low,” which has easily become one of the most popular DJ tools of the last few years, Valentino Khan injects Kit Kat’s promotional efforts with a heavy dose of his rump-shaking dance floor appeal.
Diplo‘s long-running Mad Decent Block Party will break new international ground in 2018, with plans announced to touch down in Pakistan early next year. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event brand has expanded well beyond its humble Philly street party origins, growing into a 20+ stop mini-festival circuit by 2014, charting a cruise ship the following year, reaching Red Rocks, and eventually, India back in 2016. The label showcase scaled back down to a tightly curated two-city 10th anniversary this year, though the Major Lazer frontman officially revealed plans to ramp things back up with the Block Party’s Pakistani debut in February, breaking the news to fans via Twitter.
With MDBP’s newest stop just over one month away, expect firm dates and a lineup to land very soon. The upcoming event comes almost exactly two years after Diplo’s first career visit to Pakistan, playing a show alongside Elliphant and local Pakistani musicians Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi in the country’s capital, Islamabad. Diplo’s new venture in the Middle East could also signal more exciting news for Mad Decent Block Party’s stateside edition coming later in 2018.
Habstrakt & Dombresky have released a new collaborative single, “Antigone.” The track, released on Mad Decent, sees two of France’s most innovative bass-house producers collaborate for the first time ever.
French producer and DJ Habstrakt has been chartering new territory by amalgamating bass music with traditional house influence, synthesizing his own blend of aggressive yet groovy melodies. With a massive collaboration with Skrillex on “Chicken Soup” under his belt and remixes for DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, and Zomboy, Habstrakt has built a proven track record in the EDM community. The producer is set to accompany Destructo next year on his Let’s Be Friends tour alongside Walker & Royce, Fisher, Will Clarke, Deux, Dillon Nathaniel, Gerry Gonza and Golf Clap.
In 2015, Dombresky was discovered by A-Trak, allowing him to produce an official remix of “We All Fall Down.” With new found recognition under his belt, Dombresky released both his first track “Wait” and his second “Utopia” on Tchami’s Confession label; the latter reaching over one million streams on Spotify.
The coalescence of two hard hitting players on “Antigone” results in a saturated dance floor ballad. Thick bass samples roll over hard hitting kicks and moody synth lines. The middle of the track alludes to UK rave, with ominous synths leading into the tracks second breakdown. The collaboration is sure to be played all across the festival circuit in 2018.