LSD share illusory ‘No New Friends’ video

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LSD share illusory ‘No New Friends’ videoSia Labrinth Lsd No New Friends

Following LSD‘s recent and long-awaited debut album release, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD, the three-pronged electronic-pop firepower has shared the visual for “No New Friends,” one of the singles released just before the full-length project.

The video features perennial Sia stand in, Maddie Ziegler, cast as an amicably oversized companion to the Beatles-esque dressed Labrinth, as they, in trippy-as-ever LSD fashion, frolic through a pastel-painted wonderland. All the while Diplo, the production lifeblood of the group, portrays both the chimerical realm’s sun and moon, as well as its cane-touting friendly giant, grinning and omnipotent.

Major Lazer Puts On Surprise Show At Coachella’s DoLab

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The key to catching great secret sets at music festivals is to always be on the lookout on artist’s social media. Those subtle or not-so-subtle hints are your clues for when and where to catch these sets. Diplo did just that this past weekend at Coachella to announce a surprise Major Lazer set. After his

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Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo share debut album as LSD [Stream]

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Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo share debut album as LSD [Stream]LSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

There’s simply no denying Diplo‘s ability to craft a hit, but his remarkably chameleonic quality as a producer is what makes him such a dynamic talent. He can produce fizzy bass anthems with Skrillex as Jack Ü or switch to breezy pop anthems with Major Lazer on a dime. Now, he’s exploring psychedelic new avenues alongside Sia and Labrinth as LSD, with the trio officially releasing their debut full-length together, a self-titled Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.

A supergroup of certified hitmakers—with writing and production credits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more among them—LSD manages to maintain an incredibly complementary blend, considering the outfit’s blockbuster talent. Following 2018’s “Genius,” the group has released a number of singles this year ahead of the album’s full release, including “No New Friends,” and the ubiquitous “Thunderclouds,” by far their most popular piece to date. Stream LSD’s debut album in full below.

NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + moreLSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

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.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

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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Diplo, Sia and Labrinth Debut Their First Full Album As LSD

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Diplo is the man of one thousand side projects. While almost everything the man touches turns to gold, his latest collaborative effort with Sia and Labrinth (LSD) has been rapidly gaining notoriety for its original take on genre-bending sounds. After a few successful singles, the trio of artists has finally released their first full album

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BLACKPINK’s All-Out K-Pop Onslaught Reaches American Shores

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BLACKPINKLet me take you back to a moment in the not-so-distant past, a proudly and obnoxiously loud era in pop music history known as the early 2010s. More »

Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’Zedsdead

Zeds Dead give Diplo, Ellie Goulding, and  Swae Lee‘s unconventional love song, “Close To Me,” a bass upgrade in their new remix of the late 2018 collaboration. The Canadian bass gods pepper the rework with grainy dubstep drags in the song’s heaving breaks, while quickening the original’s tempo, and slightly inverting Goulding’s vocal contribution. While the trappings of Diplo’s original aren’t wholly absent in Zeds Dead’s remix, the Deadbeats helmers’ version is audibly distinctive from the original “Close to Me” mix that quickly made its way to radio airwaves last year.

As in past Zeds Dead productions, the flip’s climactic build and bass-laden drop serve as the focal points of the re-imaginative effort. The new “Close to Me” remix is classic Zeds Dead—forceful in its tone, and rife with musical energy that packs a heavy-handed punch. The new take will undoubtedly work its way through DJ sets this festival season, the revamp a potent showing made for loud listening.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelDiplo Mon MVMT18 Bryan Mitchell 199

What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelSuper Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party

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A Mad Decent Block Party festival looks likely

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A Mad Decent Block Party festival looks likelyDiplo Dame Dash

From the looks of Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s Twitter account, Diplo‘s drive to grow his Mad Decent Block Party event series into a larger scale two-day festival will presumably pay off, to yield the first-ever Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Although Diplo originally eyed Brockton, Massachusetts as the potential site of the inaugural festival, city lawmakers voiced their opposition to the event. The Brockton chief of police stated that the affair would be “way too big to handle,” and Brockton’s mayor and three city council members followed suit, rejecting Diplo’s bid for a Brockton-based Mad Decent Block Party Festival.

While the specifics regarding just how and where Mad Decent Block Party Festival will transcend aspiration to come to fruition is currently unclear, it appears that Diplo will indeed tailor his celebrated event brand, to turn the multi-city block parties into a festival format. Mad Decent Block Party Festival recently tweeted a brief video, captioned “IT’S HAPPENING.” The cartoon Major Lazer inspired announcement video didn’t disclose any further details, but the “it” in question can only be in reference to a Mad Decent Block Party festival. The Mad Decent team has not made an official announcement regarding the tweet.

IT’S HAPPENING 🌀pic.twitter.com/d3UqJCzSHU— Mad Decent Block Party Festival (@mdbpfest) April 5, 2019

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Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated series

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Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated seriesMajor Lazer Animated

Back in 2015, Major Lazer took their visuals to the next level, developing an entire cartoon world around their animated freedom fighter mascot and bringing it to life. The Major Lazer cartoon, which premiered on FXX in April of 2015, featured the group’s titular character it a futuristic post-apocalyptic Jamaica, protecting the people, fending off vampires, and smoking mad weed—you know, general freeing the universe stuff. Notable contributors to Major Lazer‘s first season include John Boyega, now of Star Wars fame, Ezra Koenig, Aziz Ansari, J.K. Simmons, and Lonely Island mastermind Andy Samberg. Unfortunately, the show, which took years to greenlight and produce, wound up being a short-lived venture, lasting only 11 episodes despite it being generally well received.

Now, Major Lazer could return for season two, with Diplo quietly alluding to the program’s return on social media. The Major Lazer frontman didn’t delve into detail, but Major Lazer is expected to return with new material this year, and possibly even disband thereafter. So more 80’s-inspired adult cartoon gold could sweeten the pot if this is in fact the last we see of Major Lazer.