Major Lazer take on classic OutKast sample in new “Fire (Spotie) remix

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Random White Dude Be Everywhere. 

Diplo has been on an absolute tear lately. In the last two weeks, he’s dropped a radio-ready party cut with Lil Pump for Deadpool 2, he’s debuted an already highly acclaimed disco project dubbed Silk City with Mark Ronson, delivered a summer time jam with frequent collaborator MØ, oh… and scored the World Cup’s 2018 anthem with a comeback-primed Will Smith. But Diplo’s month-long flexing spree wouldn’t be complete without a Major Lazer giveaway, so now the trio have come through with a boisterous dancehall remix that’s perfect for Memorial Day Weekend poolside playlists.

Taking on Jus Now, Dismantle, and Busy Signal’s “Fire (Spotie)” anchored around he horn breakdown of OutKast’s seminal “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” Major Lazer inject the uninhibited dancehall belter with an additional burst of dance floor appeal and a wild modified jungle break. The original tune, which came by way of Trinidad-meets-UK duo Jus Now and Busy Signal, who famously lended vocals to Major Lazer’s groundbreaking “Watch Out For This,” is now getting a full circle remix from Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, as the Mad Decent helmer just continues to be the summer’s gift that keeps on giving.

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Diplo and Mark Ronson of Silk City release their Essential Mix just in time for Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day Weekend ahead, the need to for new jams is real.

Luckily, Diplo and Mark Ronson have teamed up on a new project called Silk City, and have released their first Essential Mix just in time for the elongated weekend. The mix is packed with groovy house tracks from Silk City’s very own debut, “Only Can Get Better,” to the duo’s vaulted edits of Drake and Cardi B, including a plethora of additional tunes that effortlessly carry the momentum with each transition.

There’s no doubt that Silk City will be played out quite a bit this weekend ahead of their Governor’s Ball live debut. Those holding down pool parties and beach hangs and drinks with good friends, reach for Diplo and Mark Ronson’s new mix and you’ll be in good hands.

Listen to the anthemic Diplo and Will Smith World Cup soundtrack, ‘Live It Up’

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Teamwork makes the dream work, and in the EDM arena, there’s no better all-star captain than the venerable Diplo. The “Get Lit” Will Smith has slowly been making his way into a musical comeback, and now, he’s on the starting lineup with Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi for Diplo’s FIFA 2018 World Cup anthem, “Live It Up.”

In previous years, World Cup anthems have beared some resemblance to their host countries — see Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” as just one notable example — but Diplo’s Latin-flavored EDM jam, on the other hand, oozes the pop troupes and preferences he’s come to align his production work with. “Live It Up” doesn’t even vaguely align itself with Mother Russia. Instead, it dabbles in the high-energy, horn-heavy, layered tendency of popular music that’s taken the world by storm on tracks from artists like J Balvin.

Though Smith has just two verses on the track, “One life/ One dream/ One moment/ One team/ One you” and another where he almost sings, “You wanted it/ You got it/ The whole world is watching/ So let’s get this popping,” he sounds fatigued.  His singular points of reference echo the singular approach to this worldwide arena primer. And while the track’s general appeal lies in it’s relatively formulaic approach, “Live It Up” contains all the classic elements of a summertime highlight and will inevitably morph into a hit given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world.

Will Smith, Diplo, And Nicky Jam Made A World Cup Anthem

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Nicky-Jam-Live-It-UpThe World Cup is coming to Russia this summer, and tournament organizers FIFA have just unveiled the tournament’s official song, which doesn’t even sound remotely Russian. It doesn’t even feature any artists whose countries will be represented in the tournament. Instead, it’s a Diplo-produced and vaguely Latin-flavored EDM jam that features generically motivational vocals from … More »

Diplo Has Three States Left To Hit Goal Of Performing In All Fifty

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From the festival grounds to the dance floor, Diplo has performed just about everywhere both throughout the United States and internationally. Believe it or not, the Mad Decent legend hasn’t hit every state in the U.S.. Come next week that will all change. Diplo announced that he will be hitting the last three of fifty

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Welcome to Silk City: Diplo and Mark Ronson debut new disco project with ‘Only Can Get Better’

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Imagine if Michael Jordan and LeBron James got the chance to play on the same team in their primes. That’s essentially what we’re looking at with the union of Mark Ronson and Diplo and the launch of their new vintage club fare-inspired collaboration, Silk City. We’re experiencing a team up of epic proportions — two modern pop titans, arguably today’s most in-demand producers, joining their hit-making sensibilities to create vibrant, infectious disco cuts. What a time. Officially debuting the Silk City project, Diplo and Ronson have shared “Only Can Get Better,” featuring Australian vocalist Daniel Merriweather — and damned if it isn’t an absolute bop.

Silk City’s first recorded offering comes a few weeks ahead of their live debut at Governor’s Ball in New York in June. Ronson and Diplo have already confirmed upcoming material with Dua Lipa, and with credentials between them that include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Amy Winehouse to name a few, the pair likely have a cast of emerging pop stars at the ready for a range of upcoming products. Silk City’s approachable, palatable brand of disco shines on “Only Can Get Better,” without really having a nostalgia card to play. Just based on the sheer ingenuity of two of today’s most profilic producers, Silk City is already positioned to potentially ride a swelling disco resurgence in 2018.

Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better” (Feat. Daniel Merriweather)

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Silk-CityThis summer, there’s at least one unfamiliar name on the posters of a whole lot of bigger music festivals: Silk City. You might not recognize those words together, but you know who’s in the group. Silk City is the duo of superstar DJs Diplo and Mark Ronson, who have known each other since long before … More »

Silk City, Diplo, Mark Ronson Combine For Groovin’ New Single “Only Can Get Better”

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Today we have a special treat for your ears courtesy of some legends in the dance music scene. Silk City, Diplo & Mark Ronson have joined forces to bring us a very groovy and vibrant house tune that will for sure make you want to get up and dance. The new single brings together an

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Diplo Is Producing The New World Cup Anthem With Will Smith

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The World Cup is right around the corner folks. While America embarrassingly did not make the cut this year, at least some of our musicians will be represented. Turns out that the World Cup anthem will feature none other than Will Smith along with some international superstars. The entire track will be produced by, well

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Diplo and Will Smith link up to produce 2018 World Cup anthem

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Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi, and Diplo are reportedly joining forces for the World Cup’s 2018 anthem, and judging by the star power inherent in this grouping, the incoming theme song sounds like it’ll be a veritable sonic goal.

Smith, Jam, and Kosovo vocalist, Istrefi, will perform the number, with Diplo handling all things production related. Titled ‘One Life to Live. Live it Up,’ the finished production is expected to drop on Friday, May 25.

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Given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world, the anthem will enjoy prevalent airtime. Previous World Cup anthems have included Pitbull’s ‘We Are One (Ole Ola),’ and Shakira’s wildly popular ‘Waka Waka,’ among others.

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