Walshy Fire of Major Lazer announces debut solo album, ‘ABENG,’ shares lead single, ‘No Negative Vibes’

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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.

Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’

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Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’Wuki Live Credit BOO AZ

WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded into DJ sets everywhere. One year ago, Berman fused Major Lazer‘s breakout hit “Pon De Floor” with Daft Punk classic “One More Time.”

Now, Wuki gives fans a new take on another masked-robot classic, teaming up with Ship Wrek on “Techno Logic.” The rising LA-based duo are making a ton of noise with their distinct brand of house, adding that flare to the grooved-out bass-line on this new collaborative homage to the French visionaries. Of course, listeners are also welcomed by utter craziness from Wuki under the beloved Daft Punk sample.

Catch Wuki on a packed summer itinerary, hitting Electric Forest on June 29 after a string of shows in Australia, followed by a performance at Yellow Club in Bangkok before stops at Red Rocks (August 10 with Alison Wonderland) and Electric Zoo August 30.

Stream Major Lazer’s surprise Do LaB set from Coachella 2019

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Stream Major Lazer’s surprise Do LaB set from Coachella 2019Babes Wodumo Major Lazer Min

A cornerstone of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival experience, Do LaB‘s carefully curated stage, rallies expert electronic acts for a high caliber lineup within the festival’s larger billing. Central to Do LaB’s diverse annual lineups are a slew of surprise guests, whom Do LaB situates among its showcased acts. In the past, Do LaB has breathed life into the age-old, highly applicable aphorism, “expect the unexpected,” by bringing the likes of SkrillexMajor Lazer, and Richie Hawtin to Coachella’s Do LaB stage for unanticipated live sets.

Do LaB continued its tradition of large-scale, surprise-guest revelation at Coachella’s recently concluded 2019 iteration, wherein Major Lazer took the decks during Weekend 1. As per Major Lazer’s musical usual, the soon-to-disband group’s set is rife with the tropically inflected dancehall sound that originally rocketed the electronic trio to sonic superstardom.

Photo credit: Adam Elmakias

Major Lazer share their first single ‘Can’t Take It From Me’ from final upcoming studio album

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Major Lazer share their first single ‘Can’t Take It From Me’ from final upcoming studio albumBabes Wodumo Major Lazer Min

Since teasing their fourth and final studio album Music Is The Weapon, Major Lazer have stayed relatively quiet up until now. The dancehall trio consisting of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire have finally released their first single “Can’t Take It From Me” enlisting vocals from Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip, and returning to their signature blend of Carribean-inspired dance music. Major Lazer announced the group would be wrapping up all activities and dissolving back in September 2018, having celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Front-man Diplo promised that their last album Music Is The Weapon would consist of “a bunch of stuff you haven’t heard like that we made the last ten years.”

While the final LP does not yet have an official release date, Major Lazer and especially Diplo has kept busy in the meantime. Diplo teased the return of Major Lazer’s animated FXX series, announced his inaugural The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, and released his first single under newly-formed country project Thomas Wesley.

Photo Credit: Adam Elmakias

North Coast confirms new venue and 10-year anniversary lineup: Bassnectar, Major Lazer, and more

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North Coast confirms new venue and 10-year anniversary lineup: Bassnectar, Major Lazer, and moreNorth Coast Music Fest

For its watershed 10th installment, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has secured nearly 30 musical guests over a new two-day format for Labor Day Weekend, August 30-31.

Topped by Bassnectar and Major Lazer, “Summer’s Last Stand” is keeping its roster strictly electronic this year, appealing to its increasingly central audience in years passed. Additionally, after a career-long run at Union Park, North Coast is relocating to Chicago’s waterfront, specifically the picturesque, man-made peninsula, Northerly Island, at The Huntington Bank Pavilion.

The 2019 undercard runs deep, with bolstering from Tchami, Jai Wolf, Big Wild, Anna Lunoe, and i_o, to name a few of those poised to deliver performances between the two-stage setup. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26 at 12pm CST.

More information on North Coast is available here.

NORTH COAST 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LINEUP

(ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Align

Anna Lunoe

Bassnectar

Big Wild

Birthdayy Partyy

Dee Mash

Dirty Monkey

Elevatd

Flux Pavilion

Ford.

GoodSex

Gorgon City (Live)

i_o

Inzo

Jai Wolf

Jauz

Kyle Walker

Major Lazer

Melvv

Ookay (DJ Set)

SG Lewis

Snakehips

SoDown

Stratus

Tchami

Trampa

Wooli

Yung Bae

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Major Lazer Puts On Surprise Show At Coachella’s DoLab

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The key to catching great secret sets at music festivals is to always be on the lookout on artist’s social media. Those subtle or not-so-subtle hints are your clues for when and where to catch these sets. Diplo did just that this past weekend at Coachella to announce a surprise Major Lazer set. After his

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelDiplo Mon MVMT18 Bryan Mitchell 199

What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

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Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated series

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Diplo teases possible return of short-lived Major Lazer animated seriesMajor Lazer Animated

Back in 2015, Major Lazer took their visuals to the next level, developing an entire cartoon world around their animated freedom fighter mascot and bringing it to life. The Major Lazer cartoon, which premiered on FXX in April of 2015, featured the group’s titular character it a futuristic post-apocalyptic Jamaica, protecting the people, fending off vampires, and smoking mad weed—you know, general freeing the universe stuff. Notable contributors to Major Lazer‘s first season include John Boyega, now of Star Wars fame, Ezra Koenig, Aziz Ansari, J.K. Simmons, and Lonely Island mastermind Andy Samberg. Unfortunately, the show, which took years to greenlight and produce, wound up being a short-lived venture, lasting only 11 episodes despite it being generally well received.

Now, Major Lazer could return for season two, with Diplo quietly alluding to the program’s return on social media. The Major Lazer frontman didn’t delve into detail, but Major Lazer is expected to return with new material this year, and possibly even disband thereafter. So more 80’s-inspired adult cartoon gold could sweeten the pot if this is in fact the last we see of Major Lazer.

Diplo plans to reinvent Mad Decent Block Party into mega festival, Mad City

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Mad Decent Block Party may be making a return and Diplo wants the party to be bigger than ever. The California producer has reportedly been building an ambitious proposal aimed at throwing what’s being called a “Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival” with SGE Entertainment—the company that produced festivals like Lost Lands and Moonrise. Luckily, the mouthful is being shortened simply to “Mad City.” Diplo’s infamous block parties grew from his a small Philly outdoor affair and skyrocketed in popularity to a circuit of block parties and eventually an ill-fated cruise. Despite 2018 only seeing one Mad Decent Block Party, it seems the event brand could be gearing up for its biggest iteration yet in 2019.

If approved, the “Mad City” festival will take place at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts on July 20-21 with a proposed capacity of 37,000 people—the largest festival the city would host. Major Lazer and Billie Eilish will reportedly headline with Diplo acting as a main curator. Performances are expected to last from noon until 11pm on both days.

Diplo’s lofty sights have already seen pushback; the team’s initial application has been rejected by the Brockton License Commission on the basis of being too big to handle in regards to safety. Initially, Diplo planned on announcing a complete artist roster on March 25, but the opposition from city officials against the festival will most likely set their team back a bit.

H/T: Enterprise News

Diplo shares release date for LSD’s first full-length album

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Diplo shares release date for LSD’s first full-length albumLSD New Album

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.