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.
FIFA players might now consider themselves officially on ZHU‘s ‘Blacklizt.’
The beloved Electronic Arts video game franchise linked up with ZHU to bring his clothing line to a pixel perfect portrayal in the video game series, offering ZHU’s line as a wearable option for game players. Thanks to the fashion conscious collaboration, players can now sport a sleek black jersey emblazoned with ZHU’s logo, making for a perfect ‘play’ in an aesthetic league.
ZHU’s clothing line has proven itself emblematic of style not only on the electronic field, but in social circles as well. Gyasi Zardes of the Major League Soccer team, the LA Galaxy, accordingly donned the ZHU embossed jersey at FIFA 18’s launch event last night.
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Fans of Madeon are familiar with his back catalogue like the back of their hands, so there has to be a considerable amount of hype now that his remix of Blur’s “Song 2” might officially be released. The song has been around since 2011, at the very least, yet is now being featured in a video trailer for this year’s annual FIFA installment.
Madeon’s own take on the track meshes well with the original and has a distinct callback to his pre-Adventure style. Considering that FIFA games are generally accompanied by soundtracks, there’s a good chance that fans can finally have the opportunity to purchase the track that they’ve been seeking for so long. And fortunately, if this website is to be believed, fans are going to be really happy.
While the song wasn’t made specifically for FIFA, we don’t care as long as we get to include it in our library.
Also included on the soundtrack will be Zedd, Kygo and Major Lazer, along with Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris’ latest collaboration, “Hype.”
Can’t wait to try out Blur – Song 2 (Madeon Remix) tonight, it’s a fun show-exclusive.