Santigold has snap-released her dancehall mixtape, I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions, produced by Mixpak Records founder Dre Skull. In her first release since 2016’s 99¢ album, the project came together with old, unfinished beats from Diplo and Ricky Blaze.
Announced just one day prior, Santi White opted to go with a swift release strategy to mimic current music consumption trends. She told Rolling Stone, ““I don’t think people necessarily digest music in the same way. So I’m going to do fun stuff for a minute, a different way. I have another EP I’m about to do with someone else that’s going to be really fun and fast.”
The Philadelphia-native singer and producer carries a casual, cool, rhythmic tone throughout the project, primed for leisurely poolside kicking. It’s a swaggering summer reggae record, that manages to incorporate compelling social commentary atop sunny island grooves. To top everything off, she recorded the album while pregnant, finishing her last track and the album’s titular “Gold Fire” just a week before the baby’s due date. Santigold will also perform select dates on Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary tour.
Rihanna and her label, Roc Nation, are in the midst of completing an album devoted to singer’s Caribbean roots. Sources close to the project have also suggested she’s also working on a different pop-oriented album. For the last year, team RiRi has been searching for beats, collecting what sources say is close to 500 records from different producers for the dancehall album alone. One producer whose asked to remain anonymous told Rolling Stone, “They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.” Apparently the Barbados-born pop queen’s A&R is still asking for records.
Many of the singers and producer’s who’ve contributed to the project believe Jamaican artists will benefit from the high-profile release. Producers listed as potential collaborators include Drake affiliates Supa Dups and Boi-1da, reggae artist Chronixx, electronic pop royalty Skrillex, and an army of others. The “Work” singer has been enlisting demos from top-tier Jamaican talent to further penetrate the American market. Dancehall may be seeing a steep rise in representation in pop music currently, though Rihanna’s upcoming work looks to seal that envelope. Nearly half of Spotify’s most played songs ever have a soca inspired rhythm — from Drake to Dillon Francis. With Rihanna’s team hard at work intentionally highlighting Jamaican producers, fans might be introduced to a whole new genre of popular music soon.
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Random White Dude Be Everywhere.
Diplo has been on an absolute tear lately. In the last two weeks, he’s dropped a radio-ready party cut with Lil Pump for Deadpool 2, he’s debuted an already highly acclaimed disco project dubbed Silk City with Mark Ronson, delivered a summer time jam with frequent collaborator MØ, oh… and scored the World Cup’s 2018 anthem with a comeback-primed Will Smith. But Diplo’s month-long flexing spree wouldn’t be complete without a Major Lazer giveaway, so now the trio have come through with a boisterous dancehall remix that’s perfect for Memorial Day Weekend poolside playlists.
Taking on Jus Now, Dismantle, and Busy Signal’s “Fire (Spotie)” anchored around he horn breakdown of OutKast’s seminal “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” Major Lazer inject the uninhibited dancehall belter with an additional burst of dance floor appeal and a wild modified jungle break. The original tune, which came by way of Trinidad-meets-UK duo Jus Now and Busy Signal, who famously lended vocals to Major Lazer’s groundbreaking “Watch Out For This,” is now getting a full circle remix from Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, as the Mad Decent helmer just continues to be the summer’s gift that keeps on giving.
Major Lazer released a new track to Soundcloud yesterday entitled “Go Dung” as a free holiday gift for fans. The track features Caribbean soca pop group Kes, who inject their signature Trinidad & Tobago rooted vocals into the track blessing it with palpable rhythm.
Major Lazer’s keen ability to pull from Caribbean cultural elements and install them into their own body of work has allowed them to pave their own path within EDM, and the group — comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire — is likely to reach a new pinnacle in the genre with each successive release.
GTA have always kept to a strict “death to genres” code, and generally, they’ve been able to disguise their production style around a wide variety of different sonics. There’s no doubt however that the Miami exports have a strong penchant for trap music, and when they deliver, it tends to go hard –– case and point, their newest piece alongside Falcons and Stush, “Buyaka.” LA’s Falcons, UK-based rapper Stush, and GTA all found their first pairing on a remix of 2015’s “What We Tell Dem,” and now the group has rejoined on a brand new original product that weaves Stush’s dubby spits through a turbulent trap beat that impressively complements the three producers’ bombastic styles.
The new track, which found its debut earlier this year in Falcons’ Diplo & Friends mix, stacks up multi-layered percussion behind patois-laced versework before dropping into a knocking break with a punchy hook. Stush’s heavy rhyme format grinds over Falcons’ and GTA’s stomping beat, blurring the gaps between trap, dancehall and hip-hop. “Buyaka” comes with a fitting A-Trak cosign, landing by way of Falcons’ longtime home imprint, Fool’s Gold Records.
Amalgamating reggae, dancehall, and soca with electronic music, Noise Cans is here with his debut EP. The Bermudian producer has already released “No War,” and subsequently Yellow Claw’sremix of the track, which is also featured on the six-track compilation. While each track has its own distinct style, the one characteristic tying the album together is the upbeat energy pulsing through each track. Noise Cans joins the ranks of anonymous masked producers, with little being known about him other than the fact he is Bermudian.
Noise Cans commented on Masquerave.
“When creating this EP, I wanted to put together a body of work that included the core (my Caribbean culture) and touches of electronic and modern sounds that I’ve grown to love today, creating, to me, the perfect marriage.”
Just last week, Caribou‘s Dan Snaith sent fans into a frenzy with the release of a cryptic visual. Now, it seems fans will need to increase their anticipation as the artist has announced his second album under his club-focused alias Daphni is set to be released Friday, Oct.6.
Dubbed Joli Mai, the release is set to consist mainly of extended versions of tracks from Snaith’s recent Fabriclive mix, where most of the tracks created as short two or three-minute tunes for the mix. On the forthcoming release, they’re fleshed-out into full-length tracks.
“Vulture,” which had been teased last week in the cryptic visual and appeared on Midland’s Fabriclive 94 CD, will also be released for the first time in full.
To highlight the forthcoming release, Snaith went a step further and shared four new songs, “Face To Face,” “Carry On,” “Tin,” and “Hey Drum.” All four tracks are available to listen to in their entirety on the Daphni Bandcamp page now. “Carry On” has also been added to Spotify.
Joli Mai Tracklist:
01 Poly 02 Face to Face 03 Carry On 04 Vulture 05 Xing Tian 06 Vikram 07 Tin 08 The Truth 09 Hey Drum 10 Medellin 11 Joli Mai 12 Life’s What You Make It
Joli Mai is out Friday, Oct. 6 on Snaith’s own Jiaolong label.
Major Lazer have been responsible for some of the top-played songs of all time over the last few years since their pop scene emergence, with ubiquitous hits like the DJ Snake and MØ-assisted “Lean On” and the group’s sweeping Justin Bieber feature, “Cold Water.” Now, it appears Diplo has lured another notable hitmaker into the studio, this time enlisting New Zealand-bred superstar Lorde on what is likely to be another dominating hit. Unveiling the still-nameless track for a first listen on his Beats 1Lazer Sound program, Diplo previewed the dancehall trio’s newest product, introduced by Lorde’s unmistakable vocals.
Lorde reworks Jamaican dancehall icon Yellowman’s 1984 standout, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” backed by a breezy, beach-primed steel drum beat that’s quintessential Major Lazer. The new collaboration also features vocal work by Jamaican MC Vybz Kartel. Details on the new collaboration are sparse, without an official title or release date available yet, though at first listen, the full forthcoming product will be well worth the wait.
Tomorrowland is on the verge of wrapping up yet another year of successful festivities in its picturesque Boom, Belgium location. Quite a bit of growth took place this year, with the festival announcing its intent to be a two-weekend event moving forward, renewing its contract with the local government, and more recently, the announcement of a potential return of Tomorrowworld in the states come 2018.
Weekend 2 allowed artists another chance to bring their A-game to the table, and from the sets that are just beginning to trickle in thus far, it looks like they met the challenge. Those who missed out on this past weekend’s action can immerse themselves in an array of sets across all genres, from DJ Snake, to Kaskade, to Seth Troxler.
Keep watch on this post, as more sets will be added as they arrive.
Fedde Le Grand wastes no time with a slow intro in his newest track “Firestarter,” which opens to Ida Corr’s powerful vocals and blaring saxophone accents. The song has a dancehall influence unheard in Le Grand’s previous releases, but the drop propels the song into his signature big room sound. Shaggy’s vocals compound the song’s Caribbean flair making “Firestarter” a rare blend of multiple genres.
Fedde Le Grand has long been known as one of the founding fathers of big room house, and he is one of the few producers who has stayed authentic to the sound he became known for as the industry evolved to progressive pop. While “Firestarter” is certainly more of a contrast in sound to his previous releases, Le Grand has found a way to experiment while staying true to the style fans know and love.
Le Grand has also used the release to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his hit “Let Me Think About It” with Ida Corr. The song calls back the iconic old school electronic music movement he helped pioneer while “Firestarter” symbolizes the continuation of an incredible collaboration and an incredible career.
Listen to the track, premiered exclusively by Dancing Astronaut, and if you’re feeling nostalgic, travel back in time to Ida Corr and Fedde Le Grand’s 2007 collaboration, “Let Me Think About It.”