Last year’s NYE Decadence festivities brought unforgettable performances by REZZ, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and a special back-to-back set with NGHTMRE, and DJ Diesel. Click here for ticket information.
Press play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »
How to pique interest? Tease followers with the possibility of new Jack Ü music. It was a surefire formula for Diplo, who recently shared a cryptic video of himself dropping a remix of 2015 Jack Ü smash, “Where Are Ü Now,” on his Instagram account. “Comment if we should release some more Jack Ü,” he wrote. Needless to say, a flood of replies swiftly materialized in the comments section.
Diplo’s cryptic activity follows his admission to Rolling Stone that Jack Ü could return in 2020. “I think Skrillex has a lot of material he’s been gearing to release,” Diplo said in the October interview. “When that happens I think we might be able to do some new stuff, but I’ve worked on a to of ideas for the project. It’s all in due time. There’s not any rush for it or anything.” In the years since Jack Ü’s reign, both artists have since moved on from the joint project many times over. Though, a return to form in 2020 would bring two of music’s most globally in-demand producers together again, and Jack Ü 2.0 might be something entirely different the next time around.
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Diplo‘s name is everywhere you turn in today’s music scene, including the lineup for the upcoming All My Friends Music Festival in Los Angeles. The Higher Ground producer was just added to the star-studded list of artists and will take the stage with MK for a special deep house set on Oct. 20.
In perhaps one of his most notable accomplishments this year, Diplo released his Higher Ground EP in March, including tracks with Blond:ish, Tove Lo, and Kah-Lo. With the four-track EP came the launch of his Higher Ground imprint, which showcases up-and-coming and established house music talent.
Ahead of his back-to-back set with MK, Diplo has curated a mix for AMF Radio, shining a spotlight on artists like Alex Metric, Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Walker & Royce, and more. Get a little taste of what’s to come at the upcoming festival via his hour-long mix.
All My Friends Music Festival takes place Oct. 19-20 at Skylight Row in Los Angeles. See the full lineup and get tickets here.
A man who characteristically wears many musical hats apltly describes Diplo‘s approach to production throughout 2019. The producer has demonstrated the ease his amorphous affinity to reinvent himself, with the release of house EP, Higher Ground, and his establishment of an house-hailing imprint by the same name—as just a solitary example.
Not to be overlooked in the bountiful sonic web of his recent ventures is Diplo’s development of his country-geared project, Thomas Wesley. Having wrapped his inaugural Higher Ground showcase, hosted at New York’s Brooklyn Mirage on September 22, Diplo now turns his attention to his Thomas Wesley moniker with “Lonely.”
The record features—believe it or not—the Jonas Brothers, marking yet another high-profile collaboration from the DJ who’s worked with just about every variation of artistry in the game at this point in his storied career. The Jonas Brothers’ triad of vocals is pop-oriented in nature, sitting smoothly atop an upbeat arrangement that derives a rugged, Western authenticity from metallic guitar chords. “Lonely” is the third single from Diplo’s forthcoming country album; predecessors include “So Long” and “Heartless.”
It has been announced that Diplo will be joining the Area10 label boss MK (Marc Kinchen) for a special b2b set Sunday, October 20 at the ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival.
The studded b2b announcement comes off the heel of Diplo’s Higher Ground EP and imprint installment earlier this summer. The multi-faceted producer of course had to dip his toes in the frivolous house game, so came the birth of Higher Ground where he could support up-and-coming talent and shelve his own four-on-the-floor works.
In a press release, Diplo had some words about the encompassing electronic genre: “House is where it all came from. Everything we know and love as dance music today started with the masters in Chicago & Detroit almost forty years ago. The genre 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.”
Makes sense that he’s now pairing with the Detroit house music hit-maker, MK, a friendship and chemisty that’s been brewing for years.
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Between his seemingly interminable menagerie of other musical ventures, Diplo still somehow finds the time to continue his foray into the modern house music fortress. Narrowing in on a recent Arkade anthem: Kaskade and Felix Cartal‘s “More” from the former’s Redux 003 EP.
Stepping outside his new country alias, Thomas Wesley (his real name), Diplo’s ditched the ten-gallon hat and rhinestone Western shirt (for now) to bring some gritty, guttural low end to the formerly fluorescent “More.” The Mad Decent maestro nixes Jenn Blosil’s syrupy croons and frothy vocal chops for a grumbly, club-catering finished product. The rendition arrives like its predecessor’s malevolent twin, donning a mischievous smirk and enough clapping percussion to keep listeners alive and on the floor well after the remix fades out.
Showing four on the floor ardent fidelity in recent years alongside his sprawling sundry of sonic involvements, Diplo has recently gone as far to erect his own label, Higher Ground, in order to celebrate the long-winded development of the genre—propping up its most incisive contemporaries in the process. The Major Lazer patriarch tapped modern house sensations, Walker & Royce for the imprint’s inaugural release: Rave Grave.
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.
Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”
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.
The latest to join the ranks of DJs performing at both obscure and iconic locations is Diplo, who has just announced a set atop Sydney’s famed Harbour’s Bridge on September 26. This will be the first time ever an artist has played at this destination, making the occasion extra special. Those not able to attend in the flesh will find relief in knowing that the set will be live streamed and recorded for repeated listening and viewing.
Diplo’s upcoming Harbour’s Bridge debut is part of 21st anniversary of BridgeClimb, an organization that has helped over four million locals and tourist reach the landmark’s summit over its years in existence. The bridge itself turns 100 years-old in 2023.
Outside of his Sydney show, Diplo’s been maintaining quite the busy schedule. He hinted at Jack Ü’s return in July, and recently kicked off his Higher Ground label with a release from Walker & Royce. A label showcase is coming to Brooklyn on September 22.