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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“[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.