Diplo teases upcoming Major Lazer and J Balvin collaboration in 2019

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Between LSD, Major Lazer, Silk City, and Diplo‘s solo endeavors, Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. is second to none when it comes to an exhaustive amount of creative output through multiple projects that have yielded chart-topping hits in 2018. The California producer recently took to Instagram to showcase his year end review, which includes a collage of over 30 releases he has put out over the course of 2018. Of course, the producer’s year end review was not without an additional post teasing what is to come from him in 2019 as well.

In a new post featuring Walshy Fire and Latin pop superstar J Balvin, Diplo captions, “We got something very big planned for 2019 @jbalvin @majorlazer.” Colombian singer J Balvin has become one of the most streamed artists in the world, and he has taken the American pop scene by storm having collaborated with the likes of Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Ariana Grande, and even David Guetta.

Should Major Lazer link up with J Balvin in 2019, it would not be their first collaboration, having previously released “Buscando Huellas” with Jay Sean and a “Lean On” remix together. It is left to be seen what language the impending collaboration will be in or what genre it might turn out to be, but with Major Lazer potentially calling it quits in 2019, this certainly gives fans something to look forward to in the new year.

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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 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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Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Swae Lee rally romantics on ‘Close To Me’

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Serial chart-toppers, Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Swae Lee (from Rae Sremmurd) have aligned for “Close To Me,” a rich, enduring love ballad of a most modern modality.

“Close To Me” is quite weighty, in that Goulding, while avid fans will remember her musing nostalgia over Kygo‘s semi-recent “First Time,” has not released a single of her own in years–three to be exact. Diplo, on the other hand, has been relentlessly doling out releases in and outside of the Major Lazer moniker, with his recent posthumous collaboration with XXXTENTACION and the ever-auspicious, Skrillex, receiving further support from the aforementioned Rae Sremmurd, in fact.

“Close To Me,” with its broody acoustic plucks and fusing of Goulding’s enrapturing entreats with Lee’s breezy rhymes, is technically Goulding and Diplo’s second collaboration to date. The UK singer-songwriter paired with Major Lazer in 2015 for the radio-ravaging and aptly-named “Powerful.” Whether this latest venture is simply a solitary effort, or a harbinger of a yet-to-be-named multi-work project, Goulding fans are surely smitten seeing her back in singing saddles.

 

Weekend Rewind: Take a tour through Major Lazer essentials to celebrate the group’s 10th birthday

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Today, Major Lazer are considered one of the biggest sensations in modern EDM. The Diplo-led group, which moved to its current iteration in 2011, has put out some of the past decades hugest crossover anthems — and it only continues to grow. While they remain at the forefront of modernity and are constantly coming up with creative ways to play around with the status quo, it becomes difficult to fathom that Major Lazer just turned 10 years old.

In celebration of their milestone birthday, Major Lazer took to their Spotify account to post a nostalgia-laced “Essentials” playlist of all their greatest hits. It’s a wonderful cacaphony of bass, synthesis, and quirky vocals that make it impossible for any one listening to sit still. Naturally, productions like “Pon De Floor,” “Hold The Line, and “Powerful,” make it in, with a heavy emphasis on more contemporary numbers like their multi-platinum, “Lean On” and their newest “Blow That Smoke.”

The birthday is also a poignant reminder that the group will finished in the near-future. At the end of September, Diplo announced that their next album would be their last. Luckily, he also advised that “there’s a lot of new music” in the meantime.

Major Lazer and Tove Lo exhale their latest, ‘Blow That Smoke’

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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.

Major Lazer and Tove Lo preview new dancehall joint, ‘Blow That Smoke’

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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.

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Major Lazer strum warm weather heartstrings with new video for ‘Loyal’

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Though the future of dance music dynasty, Major Lazer, may be tentative since the recent news of their imminent disbandment, the trio is still toiling away on the release radar. Their latest video for “Loyal,” sees the fierce faction join forces with Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, Kranium, and Nigerian vocalist, Kizz Daniel. The afrobeat/dancehall production is especially timely, as Diplo observed, given the fact that Nigeria just celebrated their independence day earlier this week (October 1).

The video (shot by serial Major Lazer director, Adriaan Louw of South Africa) is set at both dusk and midday along the vibrant streets and rushing oceanic coast of Senegal. It follows both Daniel and Kranium, who are joined by a sundry of dancers in technicolor, modern African attire. A comment from Major Lazer’s YouTube account proclaims, “Senegal is the lion country where the youth are fearless.”

 

Djakarta Warehouse Project reveals diverse phase two lineup, including Afrojack, Mura Masa and Ørjan Nilsen

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The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.

The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.  Djakarta Warehouse Project reveals diverse phase two lineup, including Afrojack, Mura Masa and Ørjan NilsenIMG 5067

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Major Lazer release free-spirited music video for ‘Tied Up’ featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye

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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.