2019 has been an interesting year for superstar DJ and producer Diplo. Fully exploring his musical prowess and expanding into the country market, the talented musician gave Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” an official remix, accompanied by a performance at country music festival Stagecoach and the launch of his own country music project, dubbed Thomas Wesley. Thankfully, he still blessed us with a wide variety of electronic hits as well, including collaborations with Valentino Khan, Wuki, and Born Dirty, the latter of which, a bouncy dance single named “Samba Sujo,” just released an official remix pack.
The remix pack includes two unique takes on Diplo and Born Dirty’s original courtesy of Blond:ish and Felix Da Housecat & Dave The Hustler. Blond:ish’s remix blends the unique vocals of the original hit with an assortment of groovy drums that together form a house music vibe perfectly suited for both summer beach parties and underground warehouses. Felix Da Housecat & Dave The Hustler’s collaborative remix follows a similar feeling, leaning more closely to techno while still providing a feel-good dance beat sure to make its rounds in 2020’s festival and concert circuit.
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Dillon Francis has officially a global publishing deal under Big Deal Music Group and Diplo’s Mad Decent Publishing, becoming the first artist in the industry to do so.
With a fan base as hearty and loyal as any in the industry, Francis makes the perfect first acquisition for the Diplo-fronted publishing partnership. Co-founder of Big Deal Jamie Ceretta has publicly stated his desire for “partners who have a history of taking chances artistically and making them count,” as fitting of a description as any for the DJ/producer/social media personality triple threat that is Dillon Francis. Big Deal Music Group and Diplo’s Mad Decent Publishing could possibly stand as a bridge between the dance music community and folkier, jazzier and indie sounds, with Big Deal Music having a roster including St. Vincent, Weyes Blood, and Kamasi Washington.
Dillon recently released his Magic is Real mixtape, the much anticipated followup to 2015’s This Mixtape is Fire. The seven-track burner not only found its home on Mad Decent, but also becomes Francis’s first release included in the global publishing deal, with all of his future releases included in the agreement as well.
Diplo and Nitti Gritti have jointly brought home a Latin Grammy Award for their collaboration, “200 MPH.” Produced alongside Bad Bunny, the slow-burning number surfaced on the Puerto Rican vocalist’s album, X 100PRE, released in 2018. The LP was the victor of the “Best Urban Album” category. Bad Bunny notably performed with fellow Grammy Award winners Ricky Martin and Residente at the 20th annual Latin ceremony.
The shared triumph was particularly satiating for Nitti Gritti, who previously tweeted that he was “coming for Producer of the Year, Best Remix, Best Dance Song, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.” “I’m coming for it all,” the “I Got It” hit maker added.
Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski is leaving his former NFL and Tide Pod glory behind. In its place, he’s taking up arms with some of the most resounding names in the dance music dominion Saturday, February 1.
The former Patriots tight end and prospective future hall of famer’s Super Bowl weekender this coming February won’t be in his usual fashion—by any means. He’s taken on a monster of a sponsor (Monster Energy) to host the one-day beachside merriment, which he’s tagged GRONK BEACH. The festival is bolstered by an artist roundup that seems straight from a pre-game playlist.
As nonsensical as the idea may seem, lineups don’t lie; and this one boasts Diplo, Kaskade, and more outlandish characters like Carnage and locationally appropriate Flo Rida. The assuredly over-the-top production will land at North Beach Bandshell, running approximately 1-7 pm. Tickets go on sale Thursday, here.
The branding is another piece of evidence in the case for electronic music’s pervasive push into omnipresent pop culture in recent years. So much so, that Gronk’s decided to “call an audible” and hang up his cleats for a piece of the off-the-wall dance music dessert.
So move over, Shaq. There’s another sports legend making a run for the festival frontlines.
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Among all of Diplo‘s fledgling ventures, his new Higher Ground label might be one of the most exciting things to watch unfold. The house-leaning sister imprint to Mad Decent sprang up over the summer, hosting a debut release from Walker & Royce, along with a label showcase in Brooklyn and some co-branding exposure at Destructo‘s recent AMF event in LA. Now, boss man himself is stepping up to the plate, premiering on his new label alongside Born Dirty on “Samba Sujo” and “Ouro.”
Higher Ground, named after Diplo’s house EP of the same name, continues to prove its commitment to the genre’s widely variant composition. The twofer release features a heavily filtered afro-house jump starter on “Samba Sujo,” followed by a more tempered club-ready selection on “Ouro,” with each track also receiving an extended cut to boot. Listen below.
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.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
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.
Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.
Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.