JK. Crazy part. Y’all believed me for a second. With hundreds of thousands of people set to “storm Area 51”, Diplo took to Twitter to feed into the latest fad. Diplo Playing Area 51 i’m playing the area 51 stage at 10pm — wes (@diplo) July 13, 2019 Let’s take a minute to appreciate how
Neither of these open-format dons are strangers to house as they have supported it fervently over their seasoned careers. However, they have both of late been blessing Diplo’s label with house jams that are more stylish than energetic, invoking subtlety over flash.
Diplo recently released his Higher Ground EP on Mad Decent which was a diverse pallet of house music along with the EP’s remix package that further expanded that critique. Valentino Kahn’s latest release before “JustYourSoul” was “Pony,” a more raucous, bass-heavy house tune that also came out on Mad Decent.
Now this dynamic duo have combined forces for a serene, mature take on house that alludes to Diplo’s funkified project with Mark Ronson, Silk City. Relying on the mid-range to infuse listeners with the groove as opposed to throwing it in their face with the bassline, this track would be right at home in a set from Archie Hamilton, Denis Sulta, or a myriad of other house artists who are known for their jazzy renditions of all things four-on-the-floor.
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Just over a week before the upcoming installment of Mad Decent Block Party, the label/event brand took to Facebook to confirm the festival’s imminent cancellation.
The rather nebulous announcement attributes the decision to “circumstances beyond our control,” hindering organizers from throwing the festival “the way that it was envisioned.” The hallowed annual event has been a longtime vessel for Mad Decent to show off its illustrious label roster, as well as gather extraneous, up-to-date talent from across the electronic/hip-hop continuum.
This year’s July 20-21 Block Party, pegged to land in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was scheduled to see scene staple performances from the likes of REZZ, Major Lazer (which includes Mad Decent label boss, Diplo himself), RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Billie Eilish, and more across the weekend. Per the announcement, Mad Decent will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders on or before July 12.
In recent years, Yotto‘s earmark has become synonymous with dreamily danceable aural world building. The Finnish DJ/producer’s expansive tenure on the auspicious deep/tech house Anjunabeats subsidiary, Anjunadeep, has yielded eons of ethereal, journey-like experimentation in and around his chosen realm of cerebral electronica.
The latest notch on his effervescent catalog is a reverie-soaked remix of Diplo‘s “Win Win,” released through the Mad Decent boss’s own label, no less. Yotto takes the Tove Lo collaboration from the club to the clouds. The tech-y synth line swirls and swims like flowing fractals, while Tove Lo’s vapory intonations rise and fall above the track like a euphoric breeze. Yotto, as he does with nearly every offering, actualizes the exceedingly difficult endeavor of creating amorphous electronic music, equally suited for open-air dancefloors and sedate apartment dens.
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What So Not has gone outside of his usual creative aesthetic with Diablo for a brand new collaboration, “OOGAHDAM!” The two have both done something completely different for this production, defying expectation with a heady drum ‘n’ bass tune. Its instrumentation is robotic and futuristic in tone, implying inspiration from other greats in this arena like Pendulum. Well-placed vocal samples add an infectious and urban-inspired edge to the finished product. Though this single is far different than one might assume from these two collaborators, their willingness to step completely out of their proverbial boxes is commendable—and speaks to their abilities as producers. Hopefully, we’ll see more of this from both parties in the coming months.
“For me 2019 is about being free and spontaneous. It’s getting back to: This feels right for this moment. Let’s put it out in the world now,” explained What So Not about the release.
“OOGAHDAM!” is out now via Mad Decent and Sweat It Out.
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Besides being a relatively new mother to her toddler, Willa, the Australian-born Anna Lunoe is also a diligent and tactful mother of dance beats. The HYPERHOUSE heroine’s twofold finesse both behind the decks and in the studio has earned her accolades in the form of a Skrillex-championed OWSLA signing, collaborations with dance music majesty like Chris Lake and Flume, as well as her watershed billing as the first-ever female solo act to take the EDC Vegas main stage under siege in 2016.
In the “Stomper” sponsor’s latest display of dance-floor irreverence, Lunoe has shared her four-part aural road map to the Mad Decent-housed Right Party. The EP is an all-out Lunoe-powered affair, complete with her own get-down-friendly vocal cuts, which encircle her galloping bass lines like the designated painfully cool girl compelling the party like child’s play (“Follow me / I’ll take ya’ to the right party”).
The previously released cuts from the EP, “303” and “What You Need,” featuring Wuki, arrive alongside two brand new offerings, “Right Party” and “Creep.” While “Creep” adds to the festivity’s more texturized foliage, with its crowded-party-themed chatter samples and squawky analog melodies, “What You Need” wastes no time reaching its raucous objective, with a teeth-grinding-reminiscent (in the most mellifluous way possible) bass line and slapping percussion to boot. And perhaps the most delectable of the four-course meal is “303,” which sees Eminem’s iconic “Without Me” vocal hook morphed and molded to fit Lunoe’s devilishly danceable agenda (“This looks like a job for me / So, everybody just follow me / If you want to get a little tipsy / We can dance to the beat of the 303”).
The EP is less of a dramatic departure than it is a coquettish dose of sonic experimentation within the household mode she’s already explored so voraciously. If there was any ambivalence remaining as to whether or not Lunoe can command a dance floor with the same ease and ferocity as John Bonham can bang a drum, there shouldn’t be after attending the Right Party.
ANNA LUNOE – RIGHT PARTY WORLD TOUR DATES
The EP accompanies Lunoe’s announcement of an impending world tour scheduled to beat on through the remainder of summer 2019.
6/21 – Encore Beach Club at Night – Las Vegas, NV
6/28 – Tinderbox – Odense, Denmark
6/29-6/30 – Digital Dreams Festival – Toronto Canada
7/7 – Cle Pool – Houston, TX
7/19-7/21 – We The Fest – Jakarta, Indonesia
7/20-7/21 – Good Vibes Festival – Genting Highlands, Malaysia
7/26 – Soap – Seoul, Korea
7/27 – Fuji Rock – Yuzawa, Japan
7/30-7/31 – Northcoast Music Festival – Chicago, IL
8/4 – HARD Summer – Los Angeles, CA
8/9-8/12 – Shambhala – Salmo, Canada
8/25 – Mysteryland – Hoofddorp, Netherlands
8/30-8/31 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
9/20 – Imagine Festival – Atlanta, GA
While he may be best known as the Master of Ceremonies for Major Lazer, Walshy Fire is also a producer and DJ of his own accord, and now he’s ready to put forth his debut solo album, ABENG, along with the LP’s first single, “No Negative Vibes.”
The title of the album refers to an instrument crafted from an animal horn that was taken from Ghana to Jamaica. Slaves would use this instrument to communicate over long distances in a way only people within their community could understand.
This title is quite profound provided that Walshy’s presence in Major Lazer gives the group real authenticity. Diplo and Switch (two American DJs) started Major Lazer back in 2008, but Walshy was born in Kingston, Jamaica, a city where Major Lazer draws heavy musical influence. After the extreme success of “Lean On“, Walshy and Major Lazer began touring all over the world including Africa, which had an acute effect on him as a producer.
“The intention [of ABENG] is to make the Caribbean and Africa have a conversation that is louder, and in the same studio or the same stage, at the same time,” Walshy says.
Just as the abeng traveled from Africa to the Carribean, the music of those two regions have shared influence for decades, evolving into styles like dancehall, soca, and reggae. On “No Negative Vibes,” Walshy has included vocal work from fellow Jamaican artist Alkaline and Nigeria’s own Runtown for a pleasant, uplifting slow jam.
ABENG will be out June 7 on Mad Decent.
Anna Lunoe is an artist who has remained consistent throughout her entire career. Over the last decade, she’s put out dozens of releases, each of them adhering to her upbeat and unapologetic style of house music which has since been branded as “Hyperhouse.”
Some of the labels that are fortunate enough to have Lunoe in their catalog are Fool’s Gold, OWSLA and Spinnin’ Deep. To certain pursuers of dance music, these imprints might not seem like the first choice for house releases. However, Lunoe’s dedication to her craft and consistency as an artist have earned her respect across the entire musical spectrum. This is a quality she shares with Diplo, who recently signed Lunoe’s latest offering, “303”, to Mad Decent. Now the “303” remix package is out with four new takes on Lunoe’s Eminem-tinged bass-house cut.
This first in the package is the Ninajirachi remix, which takes “303” farther from the traditional bounds of house and dives deep into clamoring, percussive breaks. Next on the remix duties is Flava D who infused the track with his signature gritty, low-end wubs. Seasoned house producer Jay Robinson also provided a new take on “303”, this time embracing the title of the track in true form with a jacking 303 groove. Finally to close is the Odd Mob remix which adopts a more minimal flavor, integrating subtle pads alongside ear-catching blips and bleeps.
The remix package lends itself to that versatility that Lunoe has defined over the years through her Hyperhouse brand. At one point or another, Lunoe has produced a track similar in sound to each of the “303” remixes. This, in turn, makes it very likely to hear any of the four in her sets across the upcoming festival season.
The anthemic house offering is the debut single from the LA artist’s newly announced EP. Khan enlists the sounds of actual galloping horse hooves, which he infuses into the production backdrop lending the track its name. The song is almost certain to become a main-stage fixture heading into the summer festival season with its timely and undeniably invigorating design.
While Khan’s creative edge ostensibly revolves around dance-inducing drops, he has found a way to mold his infectiously outlandish insignia to a length of styles, including trap and, in this case, driving house, in order to keep his spirited tracks fresh. Khan’s forthcoming EP joins his recent streak of releasing music via Diplo’s Mad Decent, including a recent collaboration with Kayzo, “Novocaine.”
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It’s New Music Friday and that means there is new music for everyone! One of the many tracks that we have all been blessed with today is Nitti Gritti and Gammer’s new single, “Underdogs.” As many of you fans know, this new single has been one of the most anticipated releases since 2018. After a
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