Diplo announces new six-cut EP, ‘Europa,’ due Feb. 22

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March 2018 saw Diplo deliver California, a seven-track effort that emanated the warmth of the EP’s namesake state. Diplo’s first solo production since 2013’s Revolution, the collaboratively diverse EP coalesced the likes of Lil Yachty, Goldlink, , and more for an effervescent showing that continues to fizz with sonic personality, even as Diplo announces the imminent arrival of California followup, Europa.

Poised for a Feb. 22 debut, Europa will transport four Diplo originals from the electronic chameleon’s studio to listeners’ speakers. Diplo diffused some of Europa‘s sound two preliminary singles from the six-track, European inspired EP, “Boom Bye Bye” with Niska,” and most recently, “New Shapes” with UK hip-hop entity, Octavian. The remaining four cuts will call upon the talents of Soolking, IAMDDB, Bizzey & Ramiks, and Bausa. Diplo has continually proven his musical craft to be the antithesis to creative pigeonholing, and as such, fans can expect Europa to be a project that only further exemplifies Diplo’s commitment to conceptual and artistic versatility.

Photo credit: Bryan Mitchell

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »

Jessie Reyez Is Really Great And You Should Listen To Her

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Jessie ReyezJessie Reyez has so much to say, and hearing her say it is so much fun. More »

Don Diablo remixes Diplo’s “Sun In Our Eyes”

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The king of remixes just keeps them coming. Don Diablo just released his remix of Diplo’s and MO’s collaboration “Sun In Our Eyes”. Keeping it upbeat and fun, Don Diablo’s remix is full of bouncy beats that make you want to dance and party the night away. Combined with vocals from MO, “Sun In Our

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The Wilting Of Iggy Azalea

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Iggy Azalea - Survive The SummerBelieve it or not, the equivalent of a full presidential term has passed since Iggy Azalea ruled summer 2014. Back then, it was hard to go about daily life without encountering this young blonde white woman from Australia rapping in an affected Southern drawl. Her pop-rap hits were everywhere — and whenever you weren’t hearing … More »

Diplo and MØ embark on their way to Neverland in the new ‘Sun In Our Eyes’ video

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Diplo and MØ embark on their way to Neverland in the new ‘Sun In Our Eyes’ videoMO Press Photo 2018 Cr Fryd Frydendahl Billboard 1548

Diplo and have steered electronic pop music into crystal clear cerulean waters with their collection of feel-good hits. After years of fruitful musical kingship, which has given us mega-hits “Lean On” and “Cold Water” to name a few, the two gave us their breezy new summertime hit, “Sun In Our Eyes,” which now gets its very own accompanying music video. It’s a joyous tune, one that Diplo even boasts is their best so far.

“Sun in Our Eyes” is the lead single from MØ’s forthcoming album Forever Neverland, which is set for release October 19. In the video, the two can be seen on a shipping container, embarking on their journey to Neverland. Diplo’s braiding hair and MØ basks in the, you guessed it, sun — may they forever remain full of youth, either that or refuse to grow up.

Photo Credit: Fryd Frydendahl

Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

MØ’s ‘Nostalgia’ gets a house remix from Detroit’s own MK

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released two house remixes of her most recent single, “Nostalgia.” The Danish pop star enlists veteran talents MK and Claude VonStroke to transform the original, alternative pop vibe into upbeat house. MØ’s smokey vocals make her a perfect candidate for a house makeover. Both remixers keep the calypso rhythm, staying true to the original beat. High hats are a major, groovy player in each.

In the MK remix, MØ sounds like she’s talking at the listener, while the dissident vocal chops flutter in space. The contrast between the two vocals creates a present yet distracted ambiance.

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a known remixer from the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’s recently done official remix work for major acts such as Armand Van Helden, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, and Rihanna.

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Diplo and MØ are back with a bright, summertime single, “Stay Open”

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Since the pair first met in the studio back in 2013, Diplo and have displayed a fruitful creative synergy. Their combined musical moxie has resulted in multiple chart-topping hits, including “Get It Right,” “xxx 88,” “Cold Water,”, Jack Ü‘s “Ü Know,” and, of course, Major Lazers 2015 smash, “Lean On.”

Now the ride-or-die pair have teamed up once again on a bright new release just in time for summer, “Stay Open.” A short and light-hearted track, Diplo’s laid-back production style lays down soft guitar chords and swirling synths to capture MØ’s deep, soulful melodies. The single is a nice intermission from Diplo’s California EP, which remained focused on honing the producer’s hip-hop-driven sound.