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.
DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”
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.
April 12 is when the world will see what LSD—Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth—is fully capable via their namesake debut studio album. Based off its first single, “No New Friends,” the LP looks to be an instant hit. The track shimmers with the group’s pop-friendly sounds, embracing dancehall-inspired rhythms and blow horn synths for production that sounds like it was made for the islands. Adding to the cheery atmosphere are Sia and Labrinth’s intertwining vocals, which per usual complement each other in the best of ways. “No New Friends” is built for radio play, where we’ll likely be hearing it in the coming weeks.
LSD made its debut in 2018, making waves with their colorful audiovisual aesthetic and powerhouse acts involved. Their last release, “Mountains” showed off the group’s sentimental side, winning over the hearts of crossover fans worldwide.
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Sometimes it feels like we need a side chart to keep track of all of Diplo’s side projects. From Major Lazer, to Jack U, to the now Grammy Award-winning Silk City, Diplo seems to constantly have his hands full. Today though, Diplo released a major update concerning his side project with Sia and Labrinth known
Dance-pop power squad LSD are officially on the calendar for their first studio album release, which Diplo announced via Instagram will touch down April 12.
The trio, comprised of production stylings from Mad Decent label head, Diplo himself, with vocal accompaniment from Sia and Labrinth, have accrued torrential, radio-ravaging popularity, despite a sparse sonic catalog and terse time frame to match. The group is known for their ultra potent fusing of pop and electronic soundscapes, bolstered by the vibrant psychedelia showcased in their music videos, most discernible in the visual accompaniment of their third and most popular track, “Thunderclouds.”
LSD’s confirmation of their imminent self-titled album coincides with the news of another album and purported disbandment of an additional Diplo project: longtime super-group, Major Lazer. Diplo announced last year that the forthcoming Major Lazer album would likely be their last. Dance-pop’s modern-day rolling stone, Diplo never seems to let a new sonic pathway go untrodden for very long.
Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.
Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.
Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.
With one breakneck sweep, Diplo‘s torrential triad, LSD, has disseminated its dance-pop through the airwaves faster than a rogue wave meets the sea. Comprised of vocal virtuosos, Labrinth and Sia, and of course, Diplo himself, LSD strikes again with the billowy, “Mountains.”
“Mountains” opens with a stirring display of far off falsettos from Labrinth and Sia, before spilling into buoyant, Diplo-curated electronic musings. From the vocal nuance, to the wistful production quirk, “Mountains” exemplifies the pop powerhouses’ dedication to dousing their dance pop in technicolor splendor, eclipsing radio-ready standards.
This latest concoction follows the full-bodied “Thunderclouds” LSD delivered earlier this year, ransacking radio time and appearing in Samsung’s widespread Galaxy Note 9 ad spread. Unable to keep his production paws in one place for too long, Diplo has been ferociously active elsewhere, too, churning out Major Lazer‘s farewell album, and teaming with Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee on the late, “Close To Me.”
From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.
“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.
All good things must come to an end — it looks like Major Lazer may be creeping towards a finale.
In a recent interview with Complex, Diplo suggested that Major Lazer will be coming to an end in 2019 after one last album, eleven years after the group was initially founded by himself and his former counterpart Switch. Dishing on a range of exciting topics, the news of the dancehall trio’s disbandment comes when their frontman announces a forthcoming commemorative collection to mark the group’s ten year anniversary that features,
“A bunch of stuff you haven’ t heard like that we made the last ten years. Next year marks our last album, so we got a lot of stuff in between now and then.”
The reason for the split? Simply, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. Diplo’s side projects — the Mark Ronson-assisted Silk City and Labrinth and Sia‘s collaborative LSD — are starting to come into their own as full-fledged projects, and work with a whole new generation of rappers has Mad Decent‘s head honcho busier than ever. Moreover, sometimes it just comes down to knowing when to hang it up. After dominating the charts and cementing their names in the streaming records books, bridging the gaps between pop, electronic, and dancehall, and representing electronic music everywhere from Cuba to Africa to India, there’s not much more for Major Lazer to do.
For now, Diplo, Walshy, and Jillionaire have plenty on the way to look forward to, though it’ll all likely be capped with a deserved 21-gun salute for the Major in 2019.