Diplo‘s proven his prowess far beyond the radio-friendly pop and trap that have guided his career into A-list celebrityhood. He’s a true DJ at his core, and through various different mediums like Burning Man and beyond, has spread his proverbial wings and spun sets one normally wouldn’t expect to hear from him.
Take his most recent after-hours mix, which per the title he’s chosen for it, was inspired by the sounds of Las Vegas night life. We see a more 4/4-oriented side of Diplo in this mix, with him returning to the house realm for an hour of scintillating beats, uplifting vocal clips and chunky basslines. He’s put together an enduring mixture of tracks, which serve their “after-hours” purpose perfectly by maintaining an even, driving force on the dancefloor.
Prior to taking things down a notch with this mix, Diplo recently caught mass attention in a brand new release under his collaborative LSD moniker with Sia and Labrinth titled “Thunderclouds.” The single has already been circulating airwaves far and wide, to the public’s pleasure.
Believe it or not, the equivalent of a full presidential term has passed since Iggy Azalea ruled summer 2014. Back then, it was hard to go about daily life without encountering this young blonde white woman from Australia rapping in an affected Southern drawl. Her pop-rap hits were everywhere — and whenever you weren’t hearing … More »
LSD isn’t only a synthetic crystalline compound — it’s also the charmingly psychedelic supertrio made up of Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo. They released a new single called “Thunderclouds,” a dreamy combination of downtempo genres that intertwine and combine into an uplifting lyrical paradox, turning dark skies into island pop merriment.
Sia shared a psychedelic cartoon snippet in anticipation for the full-length single, continuing the branding from their previous music video for “Audio” and “Genius.” The group’s third single takes a different direction from their more electronic predecessors. Island melodies, half-time beats, casual guitar, and a romantic dance between the two vocal protagonists give weight to the song’s narrative structure and listenability. There’s a sense of nostalgia from the minimal arrangement and cabaret rock canvas. Vocals from Sia and Labrinth carry the project for most of the track. A pristine end-of-the-summer song in what might be a chart climber for LSD.
There’s a new pop supergroup in town! Producer Diplo recently teamed up with singers Sia and Labrinth to form the trio LSD, which is both a smart thing and an obvious thing to call this particular project. We’ve posted their first two singles, “Audio” and “Genius,” and now they’ve come out … More »
The Roland TR-808 is one of the most innovative machines in the past century of music. Only on sale from 1980 to 1983, this short span of time saw the 808 gain major influence in techno and essentially birth the early hip-hop movement, from the raw sounds of Detroit to Afrika Bambaataa‘s classic “Planet Rock.” As the sound emerged from the underground, the drum machine garnered mainstream attention with it’s use in Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in 1982, while becoming a mainstay for hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Run DMC. As pop music in the 80’s drifted towards a more electronic sound, the 808 was eventually adopted by everyone from Whitney Houston to Phil Collins.
Though the machine fell out of the mainstream in the 1990’s due to a lack of availability, an overuse of the sound, and east coast hip-hop’s shift to more soulful, jazzy beats, it stayed strong in US and European rave scenes while America’s burgeoning southern trap scene began to flourish and the end of the millennium. The early 2000’s saw the likes of Gucci Mane, T.I., and Young Jeezy (and their producers) utilizing the TR-808 to form rap music’s now ubiquitous trap genre.
Kanye West modernized the use of the drum machine in the 21st century on his seminal 808s and Heartbreaks, though samples of the 808 are nearly everywhere, and have been for quite some time. Eventually artists like Flosstradamus, Baauer, TNGHT, and Diplo began using the signature percussion of trap music, and a new sub-genre emerged, adding diversity to EDM’s popular dubstep/big room/progressive house dynamics. Suffice it to say the 808 has made a considerable impact on contemporary music production, so, on 8/08, join us in celebrating the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine with our 808 playlist below.
Diplo and MØ have steered electronic pop music into crystal clear cerulean waters with their collection of feel-good hits. After years of fruitful musical kingship, which has given us mega-hits “Lean On” and “Cold Water” to name a few, the two gave us their breezy new summertime hit, “Sun In Our Eyes,” which now gets its very own accompanying music video. It’s a joyous tune, one that Diplo even boasts is their best so far.
“Sun in Our Eyes” is the lead single from MØ’s forthcoming album Forever Neverland, which is set for release October 19. In the video, the two can be seen on a shipping container, embarking on their journey to Neverland. Diplo’s braiding hair and MØ basks in the, you guessed it, sun — may they forever remain full of youth, either that or refuse to grow up.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
Diplo and Mark Ronson have premiered their latest track “Loud”, from their collaborative project Silk City today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music. This latest single sees the duo team up with 2 of the hottest names in the rap industry GoldLink & Desiigner to hit the spot on a
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.
Diplo had speakers blazing in May when he released what would come to be known as Deadpool 2’s unofficial theme song — “Welcome To The Party.” The original track, included in the motion picture’s soundtrack, featured the rap stylings of French Montana and Lil Pump, as well as some background harmonizing from teenage vocalist, Zhavia, known from her appearance on The Four.
A few weeks later, Diplo has followed up on the gargantuan release with a remix from the likes of hip-hop heavy hitter, Juicy J, Famous Dex, and original contributor circling back for another go, Lil Pump. Reviving the same larger-than-life trap beat, the remix uses the three new verses to bring a similarly irreverent and rowdy fervor to the track, extending “Welcome To The Party’s” shelf-life well into the summer months.