From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.
“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.
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.
All good things must come to an end — it looks like Major Lazer may be creeping towards a finale.
In a recent interview with Complex, Diplo suggested that Major Lazer will be coming to an end in 2019 after one last album, eleven years after the group was initially founded by himself and his former counterpart Switch. Dishing on a range of exciting topics, the news of the dancehall trio’s disbandment comes when their frontman announces a forthcoming commemorative collection to mark the group’s ten year anniversary that features,
“A bunch of stuff you haven’ t heard like that we made the last ten years. Next year marks our last album, so we got a lot of stuff in between now and then.”
The reason for the split? Simply, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. Diplo’s side projects — the Mark Ronson-assisted Silk City and Labrinth and Sia‘s collaborative LSD — are starting to come into their own as full-fledged projects, and work with a whole new generation of rappers has Mad Decent‘s head honcho busier than ever. Moreover, sometimes it just comes down to knowing when to hang it up. After dominating the charts and cementing their names in the streaming records books, bridging the gaps between pop, electronic, and dancehall, and representing electronic music everywhere from Cuba to Africa to India, there’s not much more for Major Lazer to do.
For now, Diplo, Walshy, and Jillionaire have plenty on the way to look forward to, though it’ll all likely be capped with a deserved 21-gun salute for the Major in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Dua Lipa paused the production of her second album to speak with Rolling Stone about what is sure to be an album standout: a collaboration with Diplo and Mark Ronson crafted under the duo’s Silk City alias.
“It’s something different, but it does lead into some of the new music that I’m going to bring in my albums,” Dua Lipa said of the joint project, “It’s got some throwback elements to it, it’s dance-y, it’s still a pop song.”
An official music video will accompany the song’s impending release. Dua Lipa did not indicate whether the Silk City/Dua Lipa matchup would be released as a lead single ahead of the album’s arrival.
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.