Diplo, SIDEPIECE spike temperatures with ‘On My Mind’

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Diplo, SIDEPIECE spike temperatures with ‘On My Mind’Diplo 2017

On the release end of Higher Ground, Diplo has been an elusive force. In the time that’s followed his first release on his imprint, Diplo has deferred the spotlight to tastemakers such as Walker & Royce and Born Dirty. Yet, with the flicker of a shadow, a silhouette, Diplo steps back into it, fully illuminated as he bestows a sultry house heater upon his listeners. Welcome back; we’re listening.

Christened “On My Mind,” the track commands a sonic sex appeal that not-so-subtly beckons dancers to inch just the slightest bit closer on the crowded floor, under the reflecting silver of a disco ball. From the allure of its looping vocal hook, which samples 702’s Missy Elliot-assisted “Steelo,” to the refined climaxes of its chords and slicing break downs, “On My Mind” won’t soon be off streamers’.

The torrid thrill that is “On My Mind” is not unheard material for those who’ve followed Diplo’s evolving sound over the past year as it’s dipped progressively deeper into underground territory. In Diplo’s live sets, the single has been an omnipresent staple, spiking temperatures across national and international stages alike. Diplo’s second Higher Ground outing is made in tandem with SIDEPIECE, the two-piece outfit of Party Favor and Nitti Gritti.

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NMF Roundup: Four Tet remixes ‘Midnight Hour,’ Dillon Francis flips Maroon 5 + more

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NMF Roundup: Four Tet remixes ‘Midnight Hour,’ Dillon Francis flips Maroon 5 + moreFour Tet Photo Credit DAN WILTON

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.

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.

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Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + more

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Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + moreArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Diplo, Walker & Royce, Golf Clap, and more to spin at Mad Decent’s Higher Ground showcase

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Diplo, Walker & Royce, Golf Clap, and more to spin at Mad Decent’s Higher Ground showcaseDiplo

Having just minted his Higher Ground imprint, Diplo is now turning a curative eye towards the first-ever Higher Ground showcase, co-produced by Mad Decent and Made Event. Come September 22, Diplo, Walker & Royce, Paul Woolford, Golf Clap, Huxley, SIDEPIECE, Dateless, LP Giobbi, Anden, Fundido, and Lukewarm will descend upon The Brooklyn Mirage for a lucid evening of mellifluous house music.

“[House music] has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward,” Diplo writes in a recent press release.

The variety of the event’s roster embodies the sonic diversity that Diplo seeks to instill in the imprint, which will encompass releases spanning tech-house, deep/melodic house, and Afro-infused house, among other styles.

Dirtybird favorites Walker & Royce put forth the label’s inaugural release on Wednesday, with their four-part (two originals, two extended cuts) EP, Rave Grave. Higher Ground is also expected to house a number of Diplo’s own original productions.

Four on the floor enthusiasts can secure tickets to Higher Ground, here.

Diplo, Walker & Royce, Golf Clap, and more to spin at Mad Decent’s Higher Ground showcaseHigher Ground