Diplo has reaffirmed his taste for bass and trap with the release of “Another Life” by Luca Lush featuring Aviella on his Mad Decent imprint. The new single beguiles listeners with a euphoric, mostly uplifting anticipation with only a smattering of dark tones.
However, as the track progresses, body-trembling 808s and erratic, cascading synths dominate the piece, until Aviella’s sultry vocals provide a brief respite amongst a vail of arpeggiated, distorted synths. This time around, we’re introduced to quick change-up of double timed psytrance. Throughout the song, listeners get pulled from elated, to demonstrative, to calm, to ecstatic as listeners go on a genre-roller coaster no one asked for but then become pleasurably delighted at the diversity and originality.
In the Mad Decent label bosses remix EP of California, he enlisted the talents of QUIX and UNKWN for some heavy bass remixes, so this exploration towards the fringes while maintaining mass appeal continues to place Diplo at the upper echelon of tastemaking. Luca Lush was also recently called on for Diplo and Friends mix on Diplo’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Now, on October 26, one of his most anticipated shows of the year has arrived, as Gritti will take the stage with Valentino Khan and Dillon Francis at Light & Life’s Halloween Warehouse 2018. To prime attendees for what should be a freaky night in the depths of Brooklyn, Gritti has curated an Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for DA.
The selection includes hard-hitting tracks from his current rotation, including favorites from his Drive EP, the Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus team-up “ID,” “Crystal Eyes” from Ekali‘s 2018 debut EP, and more.
Major Lazer and Tove Lo invite listeners to kick back and burn one, as they’ve materialized their latest track, “Blow That Smoke,” in what seems like record time after teasing a preview of the new track on Twitter earlier this week.
“Blow That Smoke” has been released at peak momentum for both parties, as each gears up for new forthcoming ventures. For Swedish pop singer Tove Lo, it’s her new film, Blue Lips, due Friday, October 19. For Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke” sees the trio take a break from their Afrobeat onslaught of releases to return to an infectious, dancehall-crossover design that has enough legs to hold its own alongside the super group’s historic “Lean On.” The single also serves as the latest single off their impending farewell album.
Paired with a lyric video in classical Rasta-style animation, “Blow That Smoke” poses to be an anthem in the dance-pop domain through 2018’s end and beyond.
Tove Lo recently teased her new feature single with Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke,” dropping October 17. With a sultry island beat, the Swedish singer/songwriter glides along a caressing acoustic guitar. The dancehall-inspired pop tease sounds like signature Major Lazer fashion.
She posted a snippet of the song on Twitter, hyping up fans with a sweet surprise. Tove Lo plans to release her new Blue Lips film on Friday, October 19.
Major Lazer has released four music videos in four weeks, celebrating their Afrobeat roots. The trio also recently announced their final album, set to be released next year.
TroyBoi has released the first single off his V!BEZ Vol 2 EP, “Frustrated.” The new track, which R&B vocals from Destiny, comes just weeks ahead of the record’s forthcoming November 2 arrival on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint.
In “Frustrated,” the trap kingpin weaves sultry instrumentation with dissident, emotive vocals and popping ad-libbed samples. Almost every element bounces after the song’s climax, from its rumbling 808s, to its melodic violins. TroyBoi’s versatility and forward-thinking within the industry is as apparent as always in this new release, as he commingles elements of his signature, modern trap with old-school R&B.
TroyBoi also recently released a remix of “Do One,” from grime grandpas Pete & Bas. The elders’ catchy flow carries a heavy weight that TroyBoi builds nicely and drops into similarly hilarious trap sounds that could certainly rock a festival stage.
Nitti Gritti has released his Drive EP off Diplo‘s Mad Decent label. The four-track EP blends electro, bass, and trap elements as the Miami native douses the project with his high-energy style.
“Money” is starts off fast with chants below trap percussion that quickly leads into an anticipation rise and a spaced-out trap climax with screeching synths. “I Got It” is a collaboration with Maliboux that gets to the point quick, with machine-dismantling trap whose tempo gets cut in half on the second drop. “Tell Me” has more of a hip-hop vibe, allowing for a more casual, laid-back atmosphere at the beginning. The drop has more of a melodic trap feel than the previous two percussion smashers. “Drive” is a collaboration with Eliminate. Bassheads will rejoice as big 808s crawl amongst piercing high-ends for a brain-melting sensation.
The first two tracks off the EP drop after around 30 seconds, denoting the producer’s quick pace. Nitti Gritti’s debut Mad Decent project comes after his hard-hitting, bass collaboration with Adair, “Run & Hyde.”
Major Lazer have released the music video for their dance casual new track, “Tied Up” featuring English singer Raye and Nigerian vocalist Mr. Eazi. With an acoustic flare amidst confident drums, the song passes through a grounded bassline into a harmony between Raye and Mr. Eazi’s complimentary voices, eventually falling into swinging vocal chops that glide and groove along dancehall rhythms. Directed by South African director Adriaan Louw, the video was shot in Ghana, featuring the star vocalists against a backdrop of city streets and overcast skies.
This fall, expect to see Major Lazer team up with more African artists, releasing their African-inspired EP at a later date. Their six-date African tour is set to start September 29th in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Diplo recently stated 2019 will bring the last Major Lazer album. He mentioned the 10 years he’s been with the group, as well as a final culmination of international sounds rounding off their next spree of releases. The Mad Decent label boss mentioned focusing on his other projects, LSD and Silk City.
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.