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.
Mark Ronson is everywhere, it feels like. The producer’s collaborated with an impressive array of A-list artists over the years, laying the foundation for a number of projects. Not to mention, he’s also altered the surrounding discourse of a number of musical genres along the way. From the recent Queens of the Stone Age album to Amy Winehouse’s seminal Back to Black to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” each of Ronson’s efforts is a continual testament to the times and budding trends, but also to his scope, skill, and attention to detail.
Despite having an impressive résumé of his stature, it’s with both sincere wit and humbleness that the dilettante views his own successes. Recently, he’s opened up in an interview about his production, particularly his work with Diplo for the two’s new joint Silk City venture, telling The Times he’s been doing “All these things that shouldn’t really happen to someone who works in the background,” though of course, Ronson is far from the background today.
He’s worked with some of the biggest acts in music, citing his studio neurosis and Diplo’s carefree attitude as what led to the creation of Silk City. Ronson and Thomas Pentz’ joint-effort is a sound meeting of the minds, a collaboration 20 years in the making, and better yet, they’re just getting started.
So far, the two have shared the gargantuan summer tune “Only Can Get Better,” but their plans are big. While word of an album has yet to be confirmed, Ronson did reveal to The Times that Silk City’s getting ready to release an absolutely massive new single called “Electricity” co-written by Florence Welch — the frontwoman of Florence + The Machine — Romy Madley Croft of The xx, and vocals by the ever-ascending Dua Lipa.
“Electricity” is a belter, Ed Potton of The Times even describes it as “featuring spiritual piano house music like they used to make,” saying “Lipa sounds imperious” in his write-up. Ronson even says of the collaboration that Lipa “has this deep, soulful voice that harkens back to gospel house.”
Hopefully, the track won’t be the last fruit of the two’s labor. Ronson ends the interview with a joking air to his tone, “You know how they say, ‘Always make sure you wear a clean pair of underwear?’ ” he says. “Well, every song I make could be my last song,” and he’s right, but we’ll still count on him paving the way for a long, long time.
Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.
In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.
1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”
The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?
One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.
Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.
The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.
5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer
We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.
This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.
Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.
Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.
This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.
Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.
DJ, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, it’s no question that Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, has risen to A-list status in the music and entertainment industry. So, it’s only fair that The Oxford Union — one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies — welcomes him as a guest on their Q&A series. Oxford Union has hosted a wide range of international guests at the University, ranging from prominent political figures to the Game of Thrones cast and John Mayer.
“I never imagined my career would take me somewhere like this.” – Diplo
In this 56-minute long Q&A, Diplo essentially sits down in front of a room of Oxford students (most of whom are itching for him to check out their USB or at the very least sign it), and explains who he is, what he does, and how he got there. For those readers who are unfamiliar with his back-story and are interested, this is probably as good as it gets. But for those who are well-informed on all things Diplo — DA has picked out eight facts that we found interesting about Pentz in this Q&A.
1. He almost drowned in the Ganges River because his crazy friend Brent said it was safe to jump in.
“I was for sure I was gonna die in this river…I remember seeing a little girl pointing at me from the riverside screaming that there’s a dead guy in the water.” This story stems from Diplo explaining his early days as a 19-year-old collecting records in India. “I decided I had to get rid of Brent, he was crazy.” (@ 3:30)
2. He paid for a $1000, 6-month trip to India by selling vinyl records in England.
He starts the Q&A by talking about his first time in England (in perfect context), explaining how he managed to travel around the country and sell 100 vinyl records that he collected from the depths of India. “Back then, people were actually buying and selling records.” (@ 6:00)
3. He never thought being a DJ could be considered a career.
“When I was younger there weren’t people that said you can make electronic music or you can be a DJ and that’s how you can live your life.” This stemmed from explaining why he moved to Philly after growing up in Florida, since you “kinda go there to die.” (@9:30)
4. To this day, his father still thinks he deals drugs.
He gets into talking about how as a young person it’s hard to get into a truly creative job while affording to pay the rent and such. He then asks the room if their parents are happy with them pursuing creative careers and while some are, it appears Mr. Pentz Sr. still doesn’t quite understand how his son pays the rent. (@11:15)
5. A writing opportunity for FADER turned into a trip to Brazil where he learned how to produce music.
After writing a cover story about Atlanta hip-hop, Pentz was given an opportunity to write about Brazil for the editor of FADER. However, the editor decided he was a much better writer and would write a story about Diplo going to Brazil. “I was fascinated by this music called baile funk…it’s a combination of almost heavy metal and miami bass.” He utilized the premise of a big magazine story to get into the studio with Brazilian artists and, without knowing any Portuguese, was able to communicate through technical music terms and learn production programs. (@ 13:00)
6. Tiesto experiences jaw pain from smiling so much.
No, we cannot actually confirm this, but damn if he doesn’t look so happy up there.
Tiësto images taken from his Facebook page
He did actually ask Diplo how he performs without the smiles, since (as fans will know) he’s always looking so calm and collected on the 1’s and 2’s. “Tiesto came by to me and he’s like ‘how do you always DJ…and like…you don’t haveta smile the whole time like I do…’ It’s a show sometimes…but it’s still fun for me.” (@22:30)
7. His very first gig involved “tape cassette DJing” and scaring families away from the pool.
A student in the audience asks about his very first gig, to which he explains how he had no idea what he was doing an ended up getting cut off by the hotel. “I played whatever records I had…I didn’t realize you had to create a rhythm and an environment.” He goes on to say how back then there were no real examples of who he could look up to as a DJ or how to make a living out of it. (@39:00)
8. His longest day job was at Subway…and he didn’t like it very much.
“We got robbed so many times I had to quit.” He reminisces on that experience in explaining how blessed he is to make music for a living. (@46:30)