Alex Metric joins the cast of house DJs chosen to remix Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity,” adding groovy bongos along the original’s high pitched strings. Lipa’s stirring vocals to continue to ride the rhythms in this re-work, falling on a funk-driven bassline that drives the momentum toward rowdy dancing. Paired with other fun elements like the occasional cowbell, Metric has fashioned a refreshed rendition as jubilant as the original, but unique enough to stand on its own.
It only makes sense that Metric took a crack at a Silk City edit. The British artist helped co-write the original and has previously collaborated with another remixer on the roster, Ten Ven, who brought darker tones to his version. Other remakes came from The Black Madonna and MK for a powerful slate of artists taking their stab at the single.
In addition to a grip of house remixes, Diplo released the official dance video to the original. Silk City consists of the Mad Decent label boss and “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson.
The Black Madonna is the embodiment of the busy DJ and producer lifestyle found in the world of house and techno. Somehow, between constantly touring and bringing justice to ticket scammers, the Smartbar resident-turned-international phenomenon has time to produce some of the grooviest house music around. Her latest offering comes in the form of a remix, putting a soulful spin on Silk City‘s collaboration with Dua Lipa, “Electricity.”
The Black Madonna uses Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s keys to channel a traditional Chicago house vibe, while beefing up the drums to make a powerful, club-worthy edit. Adding to her catalog of moody house tunes, the artist has created yet another weapon in her already impressive bag of tricks.
English pop songstress, Dua Lipa, has been firing on all fronts this year, making her 2018 (albeit controversial) Ultra debut, partnering with kingly Calvin Harris on radio sensation “One Kiss,” and most recently, securing a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC’s crown-jewel late-night affair.
Lipa commanded the Kimmel stage earlier this week to perform her retro dance single “Electricity,” produced by none other than Diplo and Mark Ronson under their brand new Silk City masthead. Diplo and Ronson spawned the partnership at the turn of the year to pay homage to the dance realm’s old-school disco digs.
We’re hard pressed to find a better collaborative grouping lately than Dua Lipa, Diplo, and Mark Ronson. The pop sensation’s long-awaited pairing with Silk City finally landed earlier this month, and suffice it to say, “Electricity” definitely managed to live up to expectations with a magical blend of radio-ready dance pop, backed by Dua Lipa’s standout vocals.
While the official music video was released and currently hails over 23 million views, it seems the three artists want more. Now, they share a new vertical video for the record, taking viewers on a journey fit for an Instagram story. The four-minute clip sees Lipa performing the record in a black leather tube top, dancing the night away in a nightclub. The additional video serves as the perfect backdrop to keep “Electricity” in rotation for the rest of the year.
When it comes to fusing the two worlds of dance and pop music, Diplo and Mark Ronson know what’s best.
Each of their Silk City releases has built on its sultry songstress choice and rhythmic house structures with ample anticipation— see “Feel About You” for a noteworthy example. What’s more is that all of the tracks remind their listener of just how powerful the widespread accessibility and proliferation of dance music has become. With “Electricity,” the two have surmounted every one of their electrifying releases and massively multiplied its amps. Of course, the energy of the track wouldn’t be possible without the ever-rising superstar Dua Lipa‘s backing vocals. With its healthy house cords and Lipa’s vocal refrains, the three have created the amicable pop-dance crossover. It’s a track that’s poised for radio and streaming services domination alike and harkens back to the days of Diplo’s 2014 LP title — Random White Dude Be Everywhere — considering it’s a track that’ll soon be virtually inescapable.
In the track’s music video, as Diplo and Ronson are ascending in the elevator to Lipa’s loft apartment, the viewer gets the literal sense that Lipa’s lighting the way for the collaboration. The elevator’s not working and suddenly, as soon as Lipa’s vocals are heard from within, it cuts to her making her way across the loft apartment again. Diplo and Ronson are no strangers to embracing collaboration, and with “Electricity,” it seems they created the perfect song for the modern musical zeitgeist.
Mark Ronson has released a five-minute mini-mix of Michael Jackson‘s most iconic dance floor smashes titled ‘”Diamonds Are Invincible,” celebrating what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday. The project is a direct collaboration with Jackson’s estate, and features multiple hits including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Billie Jean.” The super producer’s contribution is just a piece of the celebration taking place August 29. Festivities include a special performance of the “Michael Jackson ONE“Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, followed by a bash at Daylight Beach Club. Appearances from Jackson’s children Paris and Prince, as well as brothers Jackie and Tito and a surefire grip of celebrity guests are expected.
Ronson is no stranger to pop royalty, as the architect of hit records for artists from Adele to Bruno Mars – but the task of tributing Jackson’s unparalleled legacy was still a daunting task for the Silk City producer. In a statement, the seasoned hit maker explained his mindset when undertaking the project. According to Ronson,
“It was such an amazing, awe-inspiring and insanely intimidating task to put this together, although you’d need hours and hours to fit all of Michael’s classic tunes into one track. I wanted this to feel like being on the dance floor at a sweaty, wild NYC club getting down to as much MJ as possible in five minutes. And I can’t wait for you to all hear the extended version coming soon.”
Dua Lipa‘s feature on the ’90s house homage “One Kiss” back in April with Calvin Harris was an apt brush with the danceable potential of the singer-songwriter’s vocal talent. Since the world was introduced to Silk City with “Only Can Getter Better,” back in May, a collaboration between Lipa and the Mark Ronson/Diplo duo seemed inevitable. Earlier this year, Lipa announced that it was coming, and now, she’s shared a few more details on the track, hinting on Twitter the track will arrive on September 6.
Recently, Lipa spoke on the song with Rolling Stone, revealing, “It’s something different, but it does lead into some of new music that I’m going to bring in my albums. It’s got some throwback elements to it; it’s dancey; it’s still a pop song.” It still remains unknown as to whether the new track will be the lead single of Lipa’s next album.
After his appearance on RL Grime‘s No. 1 album, NOVA, Miguel taps Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke to co-produce a new single, “Vote,” for the new movie Crazy Rich Asians, now in theaters. Ronson, 2016’s Grammy Award-winner for Record of the Year with “Uptown Funk,” adds his signature groove and crisp live instrumentation to the upbeat soundtrack contribution giving Miguel the groundwork to ride catchy versework and glide across the hooks. You can hear Hudson Mohawke’s pronounced low-end rumblings — a stark contrast to the troll piece the Scottish producer recently made for Sacha Baron Cohen.
Filmed by Jon M. Chu based off the critically-acclaimed Kevin Kwan book of the same name, the movie looks to break down barriers and address Asian representation in Hollywood by giving roles that aren’t typically given to Asians in American films. The soundtrack looks to do the same as “Vote” is one of only three english songs on the 14-track soundtrack. Dive into the tracklist below.
Tracklist for Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack:
1. Waiting For Your Return – Jasmine Chen
2. Money (That’s What I Want) – Cheryl K
3. Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I Want Your Love – I Want You To Be My Baby) – Grace Chang
4. My New Swag – VAVA feat. Ty and Nina Wang
5. Give Me A Kiss – Jasmine Chen
6. Ren Sheng Jiu Shi Xi – Yao Lee
7. Ni Dong Bu Dong (Do You Understand) – Lilan Chen
8. Wo Yao Fei Shang Qing Tian – Grace Chang
9. Material Girl (200 Du) – Sally Yeh
10. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Kina Grannis
11. Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I Want Your Love – I Want You To Be My Baby) – Jasmine Chen
12. Yellow – Katherine Ho
13. Vote – Miguel
14. Money (That’s What I Want) – Cheryl K feat. Awkwafina
Listeners looking to let their ears slip into something silky can look no further than Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s second volume of Silk City‘s Especially 4 U mix series.
The Silk City constituents flaunt the finesse of their disco house domination in the one-hour mix, a cool caboodle of Silk City edits of recent releases from Drake, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone–among others from DJ Koze and more–and retro, rhythmically indulgent disco flavored delights. Disco ball not included.
Dua Lipa discusses her forthcoming Silk City collaboration, here.
Silk City wasn’t lying with the release of the group’s debut single, “It Can Only Get Better.” It could only appreciate from there, and unsurprisingly, on the heels of an already delightful summery tune, it has.
The delectable duo’s done the lord’s work on their new single “Feel About You,” tapping early Major Lazer affiliate and sultry songstress Mapei for the collaboration, allowing her bellowing vocal work take the lead. Diplo and Mark Ronson are absolute professionals on the new joint effort, dropping off an easy-listening hit that’s poised for radio domination. As strange of a pairing as Silk City may have seemed, each new product from the two super producers suggests the collaboration was definitely meant to be. Believe it or not, the boys have another new mega collaboration on the way. Florence Welch and Dua Lipa are both confirmed to have worked on the single, so really, it’s looking like things may, somehow, get even better from here. Of course there are no complaints, Silk City are the summer gift that keeps on giving.