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.
Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”
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.
Is Diplo a robot? If working on Silk City, LSD, and Major Lazer isn’t enough, he’s out in studios all over the world doing A&R work for his label, Mad Decent by scouting premier undiscovered talent from areas with underrepresented artists. From the aforementioned endeavors, Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr is using his solo Diplo project. Today, he dropped his new Europa EP, a followup to 2018’s California, to celebrate collaborations with rappers from France, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, and Algeria.
In this album, Diplo takes a more backseat approach, allowing the fresh talent to take center stage. French-British rapper, Octavian, from London glides along lush synths on “New Shapes,” while Dutch rappers Bizzey—former member of Yellow Claw—and Ramiks bounce with sitars and a soca beat on “Dip Raar.” “Baui Coupé” showcases German rapper, Bausa, with a catchy hook, and Soolking from Algeria does sits back with floating trap vocals on “Oh Maria.” “Mira Mira” features Manchester up-and-coming urban-jazz artist IAMDDB while “Boom Bye Bye” featuring Niska received high praise at the project’s first release.
March 2018 saw Diplo deliver California, a seven-track effort that emanated the warmth of the EP’s namesake state. Diplo’s first solo production since 2013’s Revolution, the collaboratively diverse EP coalesced the likes of Lil Yachty, Goldlink, MØ, and more for an effervescent showing that continues to fizz with sonic personality, even as Diplo announces the imminent arrival of California followup, Europa.
Poised for a Feb. 22 debut, Europa will transport four Diplo originals from the electronic chameleon’s studio to listeners’ speakers. Diplo diffused some of Europa‘s sound two preliminary singles from the six-track, European inspired EP, “Boom Bye Bye” with Niska,” and most recently, “New Shapes” with UK hip-hop entity, Octavian. The remaining four cuts will call upon the talents of Soolking, IAMDDB, Bizzey & Ramiks, and Bausa. Diplo has continually proven his musical craft to be the antithesis to creative pigeonholing, and as such, fans can expect Europa to be a project that only further exemplifies Diplo’s commitment to conceptual and artistic versatility.
Diplo released a French hip-hop single and music video, “Boom Bye Bye,” with rapper Niska from the Parisian suburbs. This is the first single off the A-list producer’s forthcoming “prequel” EP to last year’s California, Europa, adding to his locally focused extended play projects.
“Boom Bye Bye” caresses listeners with lush keys and hardened percussion over a flowing French verse of hip-hop and singing. The catchy hook hits with soft, trap horns and dissident wide-ranging vocals on a loop. The Mad Decent label boss mentioned to Complex last year that he wanted to work with a new generation of hip-hop in pursuit of his new developing projects which also includes Silk City with Mark Ronson and LSD with Sia and Labrinth. This unfortunately means a disbandment of his decade-long dancehall project, Major Lazer, although if this is a peek into what Diplo looks to work towards, there is still a lot of the world for Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. to bring to the mainstream.