It’s not everyday that an artist completely scraps all their posts on social media, but when they do it usually entails that something is on the way.
This is hopefully the case with Lido, as he has deleted everything on his Instagram, leaving only 2 posts that are pictures of an O and a U. To top it off he has also deleted his posts on Facebook and tweets off of Twitter and changed his pictures to an image that says “OU.”
Could this be the sneaky announcement of an album…or is it something else? We will just have to keep watching to find out.
Fool’s Gold affiliate, Hoodboi, has served up a smooth-and-silky downtempo remix of his longtime collaborator Lido‘s “Stay With Me,” featuring J’von, from Lido’s 2018 LP, Spacesuit. The two producers’ partnership dates back to 2014, when Hoodboi appeared on the official remix album of Lido’s I Love You EP. They rendezvoused for “Palm Reader” not long after — a decisive breakthrough track for both parties. Sharing an affinity for light, airy aesthetic with deeply nuanced sampling and production skills, it’s not terribly difficult to see why Hoodboi was tempted to transform another Lido production.
In standard Hoodboi fashion, the remix takes the original track’s simple and with seamless splendor introduces his reverb-heavy saxophone-laced translation. The wavy rendition nixes most of J’von’s vocoded vocals, filling the void with intricately-layered instrumentation and a clapping beat.
Throughout his career, Lido has proven himself to be among the most forward-thinking producers around. From his heartfelt debut album, Everything, to his high-energy, career-boosting Soundcloud singles, his unique blend of soul, electronic production, and songwriting prowess has kept everyone intently waiting for his next release. For his latest project, the Norwegian producer has unveiled a seven-minute reimagining of Kanye West and Kid Cudi‘s critically acclaimed album, Kids See Ghosts.
Titled kidsloveghosts, the project is not Lido’s first attempt at creating something from a Kanye West album. In 2016, the artist released The Life of Peder, a similarly eclectic interpretation on West’s The Life of Pablo. Lido once again proves his masterful ear for production and remixing, seamlessly weaving the seven-track project into a comprehensive electronic composition. The piece jumps between stunningly vibrant low-end punches and acoustic, soulful ballads, assisted by Lido’s multi-instrumental talents. Available for free on his website, this is a must hear for Lido, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West fans around the world.
Forever pushing the boundaries of today’s music, Norwegian producer Lido has joined forces with Seattle rapper J’von for an innovative seven-track EP, Spacesuit.
Spacesuit kicks off by bringing in a third collaborator, Towkio, to express a love of shoes in aptly titled “Sneakerhead.” A quick-witted intro verse juxtaposed with a bright guitar line ushers in an easygoing tune that sets the stage for the following songs.
From there, the EP flows effortlessly, melding Lido and J’von’s styles through top-notch harmonies and heartfelt production. They tap other collaborators like Mulherin and Mayer Hawthorne, who also fit in effortlessly with the soulful, silky-smooth vibe of Spacesuit.
Just days after releasing the final single from his forthcoming EP, Shallou’s take on “Problems” hit the airwaves. In his remix, the producer toys with the vocals for a more playful take on the original. He maintains the initial melody, incorporating bouncing, glitchy elements for a spirited rendition of the song. While Shallou carefully preserves the authenticity of the original tune, he’s added his own peppy step to it.
April looks to be huge for the producer, as his seven-track Souls EP comes out April 27.
Skrillex has been relatively active in 2018 thus far assisting What So Not on his album with their collaboration as well as producing a track on The Weeknd‘s new album. While he has been teetering between the dance world and producing for other artists, Sonny Moore may have a couple power collaborations in tow as of tonight.
The OWSLA leader took to his Instagram story to share a brief window into his hang, and possible studio session, with fellow Grammy nominee Mura Masa, and previous collaborator, Lido. While the stories only features a short snippet of Mura Masa lip-syncing to American Football’s “Never Meant” and a boomerang of Lido bobbing his head, we can only hope the three production savants have something cooking behind closed doors.
You can watch the full story on Skrillex’s Instagram here for the next 24 hours.
Remember the first time a kid from Chicago really challenged hip-hop’s status quo? He showed us how swapping 808s for chopped soul samples might actually be cool and that skinny jeans and neon Polos could be just as hip-hop as football jerseys and Cartier. He ushered in a new era of hip-hop by allowing himself to be weird and detailing his journey through the come up across three coming-of-age themed albums that have since cemented their places in the hightest echelons of modern hip-hop history. That kid was Kanye West, and nearly two decades after his emergence, his influence has shaped three of the genre’s brightest new torch carriers: Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and now undisputedly, Towkio.
Each of these three young forward-thinkers are now pushing hip-hop into the future on those same principles, and at times, experimental appeal — though now Towkio is officially planting his flag with his debut LP, WWW. One listen through the new album, and it becomes clear that Towkio’s definition of hip-hop not only sets him apart from most of his contemporaries’, but also that it doesn’t necessarily adhere to current hip-hop conventions either; he doesn’t seem phased in the slightest.
Conceived between the journey from an emerging Chicago rapper to lamping at Rick Rubin’s mythical Malibu recording sanctuary Shangri La, Towkiosets the narrative in WWW.‘s first bars on “Swim,”
“New chapter, new page, made some money off the first mixtape. Now I’m living, good chillin by a beach that’s not a lake. Said the earth controls the moon so we control the waves.”
Relying heavily on these ideas of perspective, frequency and resonant connectivity, the foundational motifs go beyond just the track titles and lyrics. They are weaved into the record’s eclectic complexion of genres, roping together dreamy psychedelic intros, footworking breaks, funk, trap, R&B, and a healthy dose of his throaty vocal hopskotch. Creating the album took the “Drift” rapper to pyramids in Mexico, winding Hawaiian hills, and ultimately 92,000 feet into the atmosphere to quite literally drop his album from a visual vantage point that only a microscoping group of humans in history have ever witnessed.
Sonically, the record plays upon hip-hop’s new wave versatility, with a welcomed serving of pop appeal on tracks like “Hot S**t,” the Teddy Jackson-assisted “Symphony,” and a cheeky breakbeat cut on “Disco.” Louis The Child‘s contribution to the album, “Loose,” opens like it’s the much needed mid-record breather, before quickly tightening down and breaking into a rambunctious collection of bombastic kicks and tenacious spits.
The real respite, however, comes as one of the album’s final additions — a sleepy R&B piece alongside Grammy-nominated SZA called “Morning View.” Throughout its 13-track span, celestial trains of thought play a key aesthetic role in WWW.‘s compilation, culminating on pieces like “Alone” and “2 Da Moon.” Such a theme is not unlike the early outputs of fellow unconventionals like Kanye and Kid Cudi.
photo credit: Lenny Gilmore
Towkio showcases his inextricable acceptance of weirdness, and unapologetically declares it cool in his own way as well. It isn’t cookie-cutter rap music, and it wouldn’t be true to Towkio if it was. If still not skeptical about the Yeezy coming-of-age parallels, listen to him and Vic Mensa go in with brilliant, youthful defiance on “Forever” and tell me it doesn’t sound like the logically matured progression to West’s seminal classic, “We Don’t Care.”
On paper, WWW. is built by a team of sharp industry power players, with Lido behind the console raking in substantial writing and producing credits with Knox Fortune and frequent SZA songwriter Carter Lang, all beneath the legendary Rick Rubin’s watchful eye. Together, a seemingly motley crew of differently-wired creators have come together to aid in the delivery of Towkio’s triumphant longform debut — a relatable narrative of introspection and simultaneous emergence, all wrapped up in the underlying concept of the “overview effect” and how we relate to the daily risks we all take living on this big blue rock with one another.
Nowadays, the burgeoning rapper keeps his head in the stars, his feet in the California sand, and he’s survived a plummet from space that would humble anyone. Towkio has officially staked his claim in his corner of the ever-growing hip-hop empire, and in two more decades from now, who knows how WWW. will inspire an entirely new generation of rappers?
Literally just yesterday I wrote in an article how talking about Skrillex being in the studio with another artist has become a daily ritual for me. I wrote that in jest. But here I am, the next day, in fact writing about Skrillex being in the studio with another artist. This time around though it
Lido has broken through to the mainstream in recent times, garnering critical support for his releases of Portugal, The Man’s seminal pop track “Feel It Still” and a massive collaborative effort with THEY on “Not Enough.” These singles came after a slew of forward-thinking outputs over his years in music that had already made the burgeoning talent a must-watch.
Now, the Norwegian producer has released an official remix of Kris Wu’s sleek single “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott. Scott’s atmospheric vocals act as a heady backdrop to Lido’s saturated bass lines and spaced out synths; the track is a pointed example of why Lido’s artistic progression continues to fuel his global notoriety.
Former Flosstradamus member YehMe2 has also released a funk wave house remix of the track, which features popping synths and instrumental drums that play like an indie dance track.