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

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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.

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Diplo shares release date for LSD’s first full-length album

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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.

Skrillex, Tiësto, Tchami, and more confirmed for EDC Japan’s stacked 2019 lineup

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Skrillex, Tiësto, Tchami, and more confirmed for EDC Japan’s stacked 2019 lineupEdc Japan 2019 Photo Cred Edc Japan

Insomniac‘s EDC franchise is coming to fruition with festival season on the horizon. Kicking off 2019 with a wildly successful EDC Mexico in February, the set of festivals is gaining more traction than ever with some rumors for this year’s Vegas installment, including appearances by Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz, as well as a now-confirmed host in Bill Nye The Science Guy.

However, Japan is first in the queue of obtaining its official lineup announcement. Organized at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park, the festivities will consist of performances by Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Whethan, and more.

EDC Japan 2019 will take place May 11-12, approximately one weekend before the 23rd edition in Las Vegas.

Tickets and more info for EDC Japan can be found here.

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Good Morning Mix: Major Lazer make Brazil-centric Carnaval mix

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Carnaval has just begun in Brazil, and to honor the cheerful chaos that ensues, Major Lazer has put together a brand new mix. The tracklist reveals something particularly special: most of its tracks happen to be by local artists from the area. Diplo and his colleague’s continual willingness to showcase underrated talent from outside the states is commendable.

Clocking in at just over an hour, the music selection is diverse and high-charged. Some bachata-inspired beats even make their way into the fold via MC Davi’s “O Verão Esta Chegando.” Bass runs abound, with wild trap drops and rhythmic heaters stimulating the senses. Major Lazer make it easy for listeners to place themselves mentally amid the madness that takes over the country during this time of year.


Lunar Lunes: Chet Porter remixes ODESZA, Walker & Royce spread the ‘Word,’ YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls + more

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Lunar Lunes: Chet Porter remixes ODESZA, Walker & Royce spread the ‘Word,’ YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls + moreODESZA Bumbershoot 8 Jonathan Gipaya

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

As part of ODESZA‘s newest set of A Moment Apart remixes, Chet Porter has put an ethereal spin on album standout, “Line of Sight.” Louis Futon flips James Blake’s “Retrograde” in his newest release, and YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” in his freshest remix. BIJOU has released some new house heat on Insomniac Records, and Walker & Royce have done the same on HotBoi Records with “Word.” The Knocks reveal the latest to remix a New York Narcotic track: Wankelmut with a funky new take on “Retrograded.” DUCKY thrills with a new EP, and formidable Swarm puts a dark twist on Roniit’s “Visceral.” Dustycloud returns to Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint with “Reckless,” and Braxton channels nighttime vibes with a new Anjuna release, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Sweekuh taps Love, Alexa and Faze on a new single, “Where Do We Let Go” and R3HAB turns the energy up on Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Major Lazer tease impending, fourth studio album, reportedly their last

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Major Lazer tease impending, fourth studio album, reportedly their lastUnnamed 2

Major Lazer recently took to Twitter to tease their fourth studio album, Music Is the Weapon, reportedly their final project to culminate the group’s 10-year run.

The trio’s frontman, Diplo, suggested in an interview with Complex that 2019 will be Major Lazer’s final ride as he focuses on side projects—the Mark Ronson-assisted Silk City and Labrinth and Sia‘s crooning collaborative, LSD. The Mad Decent label boss also mentioned wanting to work with a whole new generation of rappers, widening the likelihood for Major Lazer’s dissolution.

Earlier this year, Major Lazer also teased a collaboration with Latin superstar, J Balvin, keeping listeners even higher on their toes for more upcoming singles off their new LP. Music Is the Weapon will proceed Peace Is The Mission, which dropped in 2015.

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.