Anna Lunoe lays down a scorching score to the ‘Right Party’ on latest EP [Review]

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Besides being a relatively new mother to her toddler, Willa, the Australian-born Anna Lunoe is also a diligent and tactful mother of dance beats. The HYPERHOUSE heroine’s twofold finesse both behind the decks and in the studio has earned her accolades in the form of a Skrillex-championed OWSLA signing, collaborations with dance music majesty like Chris Lake and Flume, as well as her watershed billing as the first-ever female solo act to take the EDC Vegas main stage under siege in 2016.

In the “Stomper” sponsor’s latest display of dance-floor irreverence, Lunoe has shared her four-part aural road map to the Mad Decent-housed Right Party. The EP is an all-out Lunoe-powered affair, complete with her own get-down-friendly vocal cuts, which encircle her galloping bass lines like the designated painfully cool girl compelling the party like child’s play (“Follow me / I’ll take ya’ to the right party”).

The previously released cuts from the EP, “303” and “What You Need,” featuring Wuki, arrive alongside two brand new offerings, “Right Party” and “Creep.” While “Creep” adds to the festivity’s more texturized foliage, with its crowded-party-themed chatter samples and squawky analog melodies, “What You Need” wastes no time reaching its raucous objective, with a teeth-grinding-reminiscent (in the most mellifluous way possible) bass line and slapping percussion to boot. And perhaps the most delectable of the four-course meal is “303,” which sees Eminem’s iconic “Without Me” vocal hook morphed and molded to fit Lunoe’s devilishly danceable agenda (“This looks like a job for me / So, everybody just follow me / If you want to get a little tipsy / We can dance to the beat of the 303”).

The EP is less of a dramatic departure than it is a coquettish dose of sonic experimentation within the household mode she’s already explored so voraciously. If there was any ambivalence remaining as to whether or not Lunoe can command a dance floor with the same ease and ferocity as John Bonham can bang a drum, there shouldn’t be after attending the Right Party.

ANNA LUNOE – RIGHT PARTY WORLD TOUR DATES

The EP accompanies Lunoe’s announcement of an impending world tour scheduled to beat on through the remainder of summer 2019.

6/21 – Encore Beach Club at Night – Las Vegas, NV

6/28 – Tinderbox – Odense, Denmark

6/29-6/30 – Digital Dreams Festival – Toronto Canada

7/7 – Cle Pool – Houston, TX

7/19-7/21 – We The Fest – Jakarta, Indonesia

7/20-7/21 – Good Vibes Festival – Genting Highlands, Malaysia

7/26 – Soap – Seoul, Korea

7/27 – Fuji Rock – Yuzawa, Japan

7/30-7/31 – Northcoast Music Festival – Chicago, IL

8/4 – HARD Summer – Los Angeles, CA

8/9-8/12 – Shambhala – Salmo, Canada

8/25 – Mysteryland – Hoofddorp, Netherlands

8/30-8/31 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL

9/20 – Imagine Festival – Atlanta, GA

Walshy Fire of Major Lazer announces debut solo album, ‘ABENG,’ shares lead single, ‘No Negative Vibes’

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Walshy Fire of Major Lazer announces debut solo album, ‘ABENG,’ shares lead single, ‘No Negative Vibes’Unnamed 2

While he may be best known as the Master of Ceremonies for Major Lazer, Walshy Fire is also a producer and DJ of his own accord, and now he’s ready to put forth his debut solo album, ABENG, along with the LP’s first single, “No Negative Vibes.”

The title of the album refers to an instrument crafted from an animal horn that was taken from Ghana to Jamaica. Slaves would use this instrument to communicate over long distances in a way only people within their community could understand.

This title is quite profound provided that Walshy’s presence in Major Lazer gives the group real authenticity. Diplo and Switch (two American DJs) started Major Lazer back in 2008, but Walshy was born in Kingston, Jamaica, a city where Major Lazer draws heavy musical influence. After the extreme success of “Lean On“, Walshy and Major Lazer began touring all over the world including Africa, which had an acute effect on him as a producer.

“The intention [of ABENG] is to make the Caribbean and Africa have a conversation that is louder, and in the same studio or the same stage, at the same time,” Walshy says. 

Just as the abeng traveled from Africa to the Carribean, the music of those two regions have shared influence for decades, evolving into styles like dancehall, soca, and reggae. On “No Negative Vibes,” Walshy has included vocal work from fellow Jamaican artist Alkaline and Nigeria’s own Runtown for a pleasant, uplifting slow jam.

ABENG will be out June 7 on Mad Decent.

Anna Lunoe releases ‘303’ remixes

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Anna Lunoe is an artist who has remained consistent throughout her entire career. Over the last decade, she’s put out dozens of releases, each of them adhering to her upbeat and unapologetic style of house music which has since been branded as “Hyperhouse.”

Some of the labels that are fortunate enough to have Lunoe in their catalog are Fool’s Gold, OWSLA and Spinnin’ Deep. To certain pursuers of dance music, these imprints might not seem like the first choice for house releases. However, Lunoe’s dedication to her craft and consistency as an artist have earned her respect across the entire musical spectrum. This is a quality she shares with Diplo, who recently signed Lunoe’s latest offering, “303”, to Mad Decent. Now the “303” remix package is out with four new takes on Lunoe’s Eminem-tinged bass-house cut.

This first in the package is the Ninajirachi remix, which takes “303” farther from the traditional bounds of house and dives deep into clamoring, percussive breaks. Next on the remix duties is Flava D who infused the track with his signature gritty, low-end wubs. Seasoned house producer Jay Robinson also provided a new take on “303”, this time embracing the title of the track in true form with a jacking 303 groove. Finally to close is the Odd Mob remix which adopts a more minimal flavor, integrating subtle pads alongside ear-catching blips and bleeps.

The remix package lends itself to that versatility that Lunoe has defined over the years through her Hyperhouse brand. At one point or another, Lunoe has produced a track similar in sound to each of the “303” remixes. This, in turn, makes it very likely to hear any of the four in her sets across the upcoming festival season.

Valentino Khan lends bass house fervor to debut single from forthcoming EP, ‘Pony’

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Valentino Khan lends bass house fervor to debut single from forthcoming EP, ‘Pony’Valentino Khan Pete Don

Valentino Khan is never one to shy away from a sonic spectacle, which listeners can certainly observe on his new track through Mad Decent, “Pony.”

The anthemic house offering is the debut single from the LA artist’s newly announced EP. Khan enlists the sounds of actual galloping horse hooves, which he infuses into the production backdrop lending the track its name. The song is almost certain to become a main-stage fixture heading into the summer festival season with its timely and undeniably invigorating design.

While Khan’s creative edge ostensibly revolves around dance-inducing drops, he has found a way to mold his infectiously outlandish insignia to a length of styles, including trap and, in this case, driving house, in order to keep his spirited tracks fresh. Khan’s forthcoming EP joins his recent streak of releasing music via Diplo’s Mad Decent, including a recent collaboration with Kayzo, “Novocaine.”

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Diplo unveils dance floor-ready ‘Higher Ground’ EP – with Blond:ish collaboration

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Diplo unveils dance floor-ready ‘Higher Ground’ EP – with Blond:ish collaborationDiplo 2017

It’s only May, and Diplo has already had a ridiculously busy year. Kicking off 2019 with his Europa EP, the Mad Decent heavyweight has also released a full album as LSD with Labyrinth and Sia. Just weeks after releasing his “Old Town Road” remix and his country track as Thomas Wesley, Diplo has pulled a complete 180 with the unveiling of his dance-floor ready Higher Ground EP.

Spanning four tracks, the EP includes vocal performances from Tove Lo and Kah-Lo, as well as additional production from Blond:ish. Leaning into the world of tech-house, all four tracks have a deep, driven sound to them. While “Hold You Tight” focuses on a chunkier low-end bounce, “Give Dem” is a pristine, peak-hours club heater, with a grooving bassline and whistles bringing some serious energy to the track. With Tove Lo laying her approachable vocals to a textured, techy backdrop, Diplo has put forth a solid collection of house tracks that are sure to be rinsed during his shows, as well as many others.

Diplo has been dipping heavily into the house worlds as of late. The icon was surprise performer at Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost Miami, and was additionally spotted at parties like Rumors and Rhonda during Coachella Weekend 1. That same weekend he also shocked his crowds with a full house set.

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Exclusive: Nitti Gritti and Gammer link for long-awaited ‘Underdogs’

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Exclusive: Nitti Gritti and Gammer link for long-awaited ‘Underdogs’Nitti Gritti Gammer

Neither Nitti Gritti nor Gammer is a stranger to the Diplo-sponsored spotlight. The former, a Miami native, took to Diplo’s Mad Decent label last year to release his first-ever EP, Drive, while the British latter, a former hardcore hero, secured his debut guest spot on Diplo & Friends back in 2017.

Now, the two have brought their bass abundant faculties back to Mad Decent for a skull-splitting offspring by the name of “Underdogs.” The driving, cinematic introduction surrenders to an equal parts confounding and gratifying trap/dubstep hybrid display. Gammer’s bygone days rear their head in the track’s hardcore fills, for a finished product that is as fluid as the earth is round.

With their unfettered creative dexterity and aural finesse, “Underdogs” is certainly just an enticing title, and by no means eponymous of its creators.

Anna Lunoe and Wuki merge for Mad Decent-held ‘What You Need’

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Anna Lunoe and Wuki merge for Mad Decent-held ‘What You Need’Anna Lunoe What You Need

Veteran OWSLA Aussie, Anna Lunoe, and chameleon Denver producer, Wuki, prove to be quite an intuitive pairing on their latest, stripped-down club track, “What You Need.”

Landing on Diplo‘s Mad Decent label housing, the track channels its creators’ get-up-and-shake-it signature sounds, topped with crisp hi-hats rounded out by low, grinding bass. As the contorting vocal hook suggests, the track is an abundantly apt prescription for welcomed dancefloor deviance.

“What You Need” marks the second Mad Decent single of the year for the industry-revered DJ (who just recently brought her loony tunes to Indio for weekend one of Coachella) following her equally dance-adept “303.” Also earning quarter with upper-echelon electronic dwellings, Wuki attracted the likes of Spinnin’ Records earlier this year, for his earth-rattling, off-the-wall “IGD.”

Diplo also makes house music now, releases two grooving new tracks ‘Hold You Tight’ and ‘Bubble Up’

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Diplo also makes house music now, releases two grooving new tracks ‘Hold You Tight’ and ‘Bubble Up’Diplo Dame Dash

Diplo is always keeping us guessing. The Mad Decent helmer just dropped two new house tracks, “Hold You Tight” and “Bubble Up,” telling Beats 1, “I’m trying to develop a new style with house sounds. This is the first of eight records I’m putting out this summer.”

As music’s favorite renaissance man, the culture curator has credentials in hip-hop, dancehall, pop, dance music, and now house music. Oh, he’s also got street cred in the country world as he’s also slated to headline a Stage Coach afterparty this spring.

The Major Lazer frontman released his Europa EP earlier this year, showcasing his A&R prowess by unearthing undiscovered hip-hop talent in Europe. His group with Sia and Labrinth, LSD, is dropping their debut self-titled album on April 12. What’s more—Diplo has set his sights to making Mad Decent Block Party‘s return into a massive festival affair. He’s releasing music with SHAQ and Mark Ronson under his Silk City project. Lastly and sadly, he’s working on what could be Major Lazer’s final album. How Diplo has the time to now dabble in expanding his house chops is a mystery, though they say Random White Dude Be Everywhere, so it’s hard to say we’re surprised.

WHIPPED CREAM continues to impress with her second Mad Decent release of the year, ‘Time’

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WHIPPED CREAM continues to impress with her second Mad Decent release of the year, ‘Time’WHIPPED CREAM Press Photo

Following the dark and cinematic “You Wanted It,” WHIPPED CREAM flexes another twisted soundscape, “Time,” with the soothing heavy-hitting bass rumbling alongside DeathbyRomy’s ethereal vocals. The hauntingly beautiful track has been released on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint. Through orchestral chord progressions, menacing harmonies, and complex drum rhythms, WHIPPED CREAM continues to push her production talents toward the edge.

“‘Time’ is a record that was created to make you feel something,” WHIPPED CREAM said of her new track in a release. “When I sent Romy the record I told her to write something as if you were trying to change the world. She came back with these lyrics that sent chills all over my body. We hopped in the studio a short time after and she absolutely bodied the song. Such a joy to work with a vocalist who can complete your vision.”

Diplo plans to reinvent Mad Decent Block Party into mega festival, Mad City

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Diplo plans to reinvent Mad Decent Block Party into mega festival, Mad CityDiplo Ball Mdbp

Mad Decent Block Party may be making a return and Diplo wants the party to be bigger than ever. The California producer has reportedly been building an ambitious proposal aimed at throwing what’s being called a “Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival” with SGE Entertainment—the company that produced festivals like Lost Lands and Moonrise. Luckily, the mouthful is being shortened simply to “Mad City.” Diplo’s infamous block parties grew from his a small Philly outdoor affair and skyrocketed in popularity to a circuit of block parties and eventually an ill-fated cruise. Despite 2018 only seeing one Mad Decent Block Party, it seems the event brand could be gearing up for its biggest iteration yet in 2019.

If approved, the “Mad City” festival will take place at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts on July 20-21 with a proposed capacity of 37,000 people—the largest festival the city would host. Major Lazer and Billie Eilish will reportedly headline with Diplo acting as a main curator. Performances are expected to last from noon until 11pm on both days.

Diplo’s lofty sights have already seen pushback; the team’s initial application has been rejected by the Brockton License Commission on the basis of being too big to handle in regards to safety. Initially, Diplo planned on announcing a complete artist roster on March 25, but the opposition from city officials against the festival will most likely set their team back a bit.

H/T: Enterprise News