TroyBoi has released the first single off his V!BEZ Vol 2 EP, “Frustrated.” The new track, which R&B vocals from Destiny, comes just weeks ahead of the record’s forthcoming November 2 arrival on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint.
In “Frustrated,” the trap kingpin weaves sultry instrumentation with dissident, emotive vocals and popping ad-libbed samples. Almost every element bounces after the song’s climax, from its rumbling 808s, to its melodic violins. TroyBoi’s versatility and forward-thinking within the industry is as apparent as always in this new release, as he commingles elements of his signature, modern trap with old-school R&B.
TroyBoi also recently released a remix of “Do One,” from grime grandpas Pete & Bas. The elders’ catchy flow carries a heavy weight that TroyBoi builds nicely and drops into similarly hilarious trap sounds that could certainly rock a festival stage.
Aspiring producers hoping to create music sound like the producers who inspire them, look no further than Sounds.com‘s newest residency series Sounds Originals. The site launched in 2018 as a subscription-based platform for loops and samples created by Native Instruments. Through Sounds Originals, the site is partnering with industry veterans Diplo, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, and Catnapp, giving subscribers access to their unique sonic identities through multiple downloadable sample packs. The Sounds Originals partners will also participate in a variety of user-centric activities. The launch of the series marks the next step in realizing the company’s vision of democratizing creative tools so anyone can freely express their musical ideas.
Diplo is the first artist to launch his Sounds Originals partnership, and the first of multiple Diplo packs, titled Diplo Drops are available October 12. The artist spoke about the partnership, saying “I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound. I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”
Sounds.com subscribers now have exclusive access to a collection of Diplo’s one-shot samples, vocals, vocal stabs, and synth textures – all in a bass and dance style. Those looking to get involved can find more information on Sounds Originals here.
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.
On a video promoted by Kanye West, Dame Dash is pitching a beat he calls his own to Mr. West. Dash is seen feeling this beat for a total of one minute and 17 seconds, selling Kanye on his creative genius. Unfortunately for the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, that song isn’t his. It’s Diplo‘s from his 2004 album, Florida, “Sarah.“
Dash says in the video, “Yo, bro. I’ma send you this beat. Don’t talk that shit talkin’ bout you ready to rap, had me come cook some shit up, get in the lab. We make shit up. I’m in the studio, making motherfucking records, and I got more, so just let me know. You have to respect my creativity in this motherfucker. I’m only telling you this to get you hyped over this shit. I’ma email this shit to you. Let this shit get your mind right.”
Hyping up his genius creativity and ownership for over a minute became cringeworthy once the Mad Decent label boss called him out Twitter. The fake Diplo account created for Vice’s comedy What Would Diplo Do?
Though the future of dance music dynasty, Major Lazer, may be tentative since the recent news of their imminent disbandment, the trio is still toiling away on the release radar. Their latest video for “Loyal,” sees the fierce faction join forces with Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, Kranium, and Nigerian vocalist, Kizz Daniel. The afrobeat/dancehall production is especially timely, as Diplo observed, given the fact that Nigeria just celebrated their independence day earlier this week (October 1).
The video (shot by serial Major Lazer director, Adriaan Louw of South Africa) is set at both dusk and midday along the vibrant streets and rushing oceanic coast of Senegal. It follows both Daniel and Kranium, who are joined by a sundry of dancers in technicolor, modern African attire. A comment from Major Lazer’s YouTube account proclaims, “Senegal is the lion country where the youth are fearless.”
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.
As Diplo continues to work on new projects, such as Silk City with Mark Ronson, and LSD with Labrinth and Sia, Diplo is preparing a means to an end for his Major Lazer project. With 2018 marking 10 years of Major Lazer, the group has celebrated billions of streams online, countless awards, and major recognition
Every year thousands of people descend upon beautiful South Lake Tahoe for the days leading up to New Years Eve to get their fix of not only the beautiful outdoors, skiing, and snowboarding, but one of the biggest electronic music festivals of the year, SnowGlobe Music Festival. This year the event is back for its eighth iteration, and the organizers at SnowGlobe just announced an impressive, well-rounded lineup for the December 29 – 31, 2018 event.
Lineup toppers include Above & Beyond, Diplo and Eric Prydz, with REZZ, and RL Grime, both coming off their sophomore LPs this year, also slated for headlining performances in 2018. The festival follows suit with the trend of billed back-to-back sets, bringing new label heads NGHTMRE and SLANDER together, Chris Lake and Walker & Royce, and AC Slater and Wax Motif for back-to-back sets. The festival with feature three stages, and it will also have new art instillations in addition to the return of the festival’s beloved Big Air activation showcasing professional ski and snowboard demos between sets on the main stage.
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.
Getting a glimpse of who is in the studio alongside Diplo appears a surefire way to gain insight about the collaborations that could potentially be on the horizon. If ourgenerationtv‘s recent Instagram post is indicative of the next Diplo project to permeate playlists, listeners can expect to see Diplo, Juice WRLD, and Lil Yachty‘s names on a track in the future. Shot by photographer and videographer Chris Long, the image of the three industry influencers suggests that the group could very well be at work on a joint production — one that might even have involved Trippie Redd, who contributed to recent Diplo release, “Wish.”
Although the development of a nascent collaboration between Diplo, Juice WRLD, and Yachty currently remains inconclusive, it’s safe to say that the producers are hardly strangers. Juice WRLD notably teased a series of song previews featuring Diplo. A brief clip of the rapper and Diplo’s offering, “Demons,” landed on Juice WRLD’s Instagram story not too long ago, indicating that the “Lucid Dreams” artist was certainly at work in the studio with Diplo. Lil Yachty and Diplo previously combined talents on “Worry No More.”