Weekend Rewind: Take it back 13 years to Mark Ronson’s 2007 Essential Mix

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Rewind 13 years to 2007, a British-American producer known as Mark Ronson was just at early stages of his imminent rise to international stardom. The previous year won him widespread recognition for his production on Christina Aguilera‘s Back to Basics, Amy Winehouse‘s Back to Black, Lily Allen‘s Alright, Still, and more. However, it was 2007 that cemented the dawning of Ronson’s electronic legacy—seeing the release of his second studio and No. 2-charting album Version, his highest-peaking single (with the exception of “Uptown Funk”), “Stop Me”, and his first Grammy-nomination. Even living under a rock, anyone could tell: Mark Ronson was the next big thing.

Now, we look back to Mark Ronson’s 2007 Essential Mix days after its 13th anniversary. Reflective of his penchant for disco, hip-hop and electronica, Ronson’s selections inject retro-inspired covers like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, beat-heavy hip-hop picks from Notorious B.I.G. “Nasty Boy” to Rhymefest’s “Devil’s Pie”, and tracks from collaborators including Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Robbie Williams. Two hours of high-funk energy cut with doses of nostalgia-inducing sounds, Ronson’s Essential Mix traverses the electronic playground through elements of blaring brass, guitar riffs, rap, and more, driven by an insatiable appetite for the dance-floor and an eclectic taste for good music that undeniably foreshadowed Ronson’s status as one of the most prolific producers today.

Breakbot, rosé and waterfront views await at New York’s Pinknic Festival [PLAYLIST]

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To some, the summer festival experience is all about embracing the grime and roughing out the elements for the weekend. But that couldn’t be further from the case for Derek van Bakergem and company, who will be bringing the fourth sparkling rendition of Pinknic, New York’s refreshing rosé-themed lifestyle and music festival, to Randall’s Island this weekend, July 19-20.

Waterfront views, food gardens of New York’s tastiest bites, and of course, rosé (or frosé, your choice), are all part of the Pinknic package, but the festival, which suggests a chic pink and white dress code, is also slinging some serious musical firepower this year. Talent like Mark Ronson, Breakbot, and Chromeo is enough to turn the heads of those inclined towards just the music festival aspect while still driving home Pinknic’s light-spirited summer sway.

Tickets to the festival can be found here.

Stream new Mark Ronson LP, ‘Late Night Feelings’

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Mark Ronson‘s approaching a renewed climb in his career as of late. His latest album Late Night Feelings is a culmination of these milestones, which include forming Silk City with Diplo, a contribution to the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack, and continued writing alongside acclaimed pop stars. The LP is star-studded, and his collaborative singles with Miley Cyrus in “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” Camila Cabello in “Find U Again” helped generate buzz for the project ahead of time.

Far more lies in store for this disco/popa fusion; it’s title track of course plays with the heartstrings, thanks in part to Lykke Li, as do “Pieces Of Us” with King Princess and additional Lykke Li collaboration “2AM.” The retro elements are nicely fused into more contemporary soundscapes, and overall Late Night Feelings is an accurate title.

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Camila Cabello hits the studio with Diplo amid ‘Find U Again’ with Mark Ronson [Stream]

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Camila Cabello, a former member of Fifth Harmony, is rounding out the spring season with a chip on her shoulder, releasing her latest collaboration “Find U Again” with Mark Ronson.

In working with stars like Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and more, Ronson has more than exemplified his ability to catalyze radio sensations with his touch in the studio, producing an inevitable radio ravager with this latest collaboration. “Find U Again” incorporates ’90s diva feels with some funky leads and light drum hits, while bringing in sounds from the current decade with a synth-geared bass line. The Cuban-American’s vocals are a prime addition to the arrangement, bound to shoot this pop sizzler up the charts.

The track isn’t all Cabello has in store this year, as she was recently seen hooked up to a mic in Diplo‘s Instagram story. Luckily, a fan account captured the evidence.

Mark Ronson dabbles in melancholy disco on new single, ‘Late Night Feelings’

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Temporalities fold in Mark Ronson‘s latest release, “Late Night Feelings,” a production that wields the novelty of a new single, while simultaneously effecting an old-school feel. The second song off of Ronson’s next long-form project, Ronson’s self-professed collection of “sad bangers,” Late Night Feelings, the eponymous offering enlists Lykke Li. Tonally, “Late Night Feelings” is an undeniably groovy number that harnesses vintage, ’70s disco funk. Lyrically, the single tells a different story. The tune’s vocal raconteur, Li pines for a love lost as she laments her smoldering desire to pick up the phone to dial the digits of her former flame.

It’s easy to forget that “Late Night Feelings” is a melancholy track at heart: the retro flair creates a spirited sort of wistfulness that, paradoxically, feels good. The old school spunk, however, is a momentary distraction. Ronson puts the “sad” in “sad banger” at song’s end, when he foregrounds Li’s mellifluous vocal, to spotlight the inescapable blue nature of the track’s lyrics.

Ronson’s first solo album since 2015’s Uptown Special, Late Night Feelings is slated to arrive in full on June 21.

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Don Diablo takes on Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson in new remix

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Don Diablo takes a stab at another official remix this year, altering Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus‘ “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” into an groovy future house heater. With underlying, heavy synths and filtered horns, the first verse is brought up with a piano chord progression that implores listeners to dance.; the Don himself called it “piano house” on Twitter. Miley’s twangy vocals sink nicely into the bed Diablo has created for them, wrapping around a bouncy drop that’s filled with horns and dance pop percussion for an extra helping of catchiness more well-suited for the club.

Reddit future house aficionados recently crowned Don Diablo as the genre’s top player in 2018, and by the start of 2019,  the Dutch DJ emerged with an official future house remix of Panic! At The Disco’s chart topping “High Hopes,” which also showcased the funky electro house atmosphere with a piano progression to match.




NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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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.

A-Trak releases second annual Goldie Awards recap video

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A-Trak releases second annual Goldie Awards recap videoA Trak Goldie Awards

A-Trak’s second annual Goldie Awards hit Brooklyn Steel on November 8, pinning turntablists and producers from around the world in a Beat Battle and DJ Battle competition in front of a live audience. The Fool’s Gold creator built the tournament to seek raw talent and originality on the dance floor.

Hosts were Nadeska Alexis and Desus Nice. Judges were an wonder cast of Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Craze, Murda Beatz, El-P, Anna Lunoe, Boys Noize, and Venus X.

A-Trak recently released the recap video, which showcases clips from the Beat Battle and DJ Battle with some judge considerations. Buck Rodgers was the unanimous champion on the beat side, while Yuto battled it out with Brandan Duke the DJ for the DJ Battle victory.

Alex Metric fires off a disco house remix of Silk City and Dua Lipa’s ‘Electricity’ as official video released

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Alex Metric fires off a disco house remix of Silk City and Dua Lipa’s ‘Electricity’ as official video releasedAle Metric Danny North

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.

Photo Credit: Danny North