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.
Everything’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 »
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
Believe 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 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.
I 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 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.
Since the pair first met in the studio back in 2013, Diplo and MØ 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 Lazer‘s 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.
Ekali played to a packed Sahara tent in the middle of the afternoon
As if closing out the Do LaB tent wasn’t enough of an achievement, Ekali’s Sahara tent set was a testament to his massive growth and range as a producer. With over 20,000 in attendance, it’s for certain that Ekali’s destined for a monumental year, and to that, a congratulations is in order.
Was expecting maybe a couple thousand people at Coachella today.. we had over twenty thousand. Not going to get over this for awhile
Party Favor‘s set was filled with surprises. Dropping off a fervent performance with surprises from Tyga, Jamie Foxx, and Rich The Kid, Party Favor saw that things got a even hotter out on the polo fields.
Danish pop artist MØ graduated from her “Lean On” performance two years ago at Coachella with Major Lazer and blew the crowd away with her main stage sunset performance, where she even managed to bring out a few friends along the way. In addition to performing a solo rendition of the Justin Beiber featured “Cold Water,” MØ brought out Charli XCX for “Porsche,” and danced onstage with Diplo for their collaboration “Get It Right.”
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David Byrne rewrote history
Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne took the stage with a performance of past and present classics in Stop making Sense fashion, even finishing on a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” listing names of black victims of police violence with an absolutely epic drum-heavy rendition.
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Beyoncé took the throne
Queen B delivered. As expected, Beyoncé’s headlining performance was nothing short iconic. Undoubtedly, it’ll go down as one of the greatest Coachella performances in history with Beyoncé standing as the first ever woman of color to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she quixotically squealed, when talking about the phenomena.
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca, Getty Images for Coachella
Moving through her performance with poise, hair flowing, barely seeming to break a sweat, Beyoncé’s energy and the performance’s production proved she’s one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace the stage. The New York Times has even gone so far to call her bigger than Coachella in their latest editorial.
She opened with a performance of “Crazy In Love,” brought out her husband JAY-Z for one of their many collaborations “Déjà Vu,” had her sister Solange come out for “Get Me Bodied,” and then she did the unthinkable. She saved humanity. I mean—and then she reunited Destiny’s Child.
Although rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion have been circulating for months, nothing comes close to the real thing. The trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”
“I was supposed to perform last year but I got pregnant, thank God,” Beyoncé said before closing her set with an a cappella rendition of her uplifting “Love On Top.” “I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me. I want to sing this last song to all my incredible, beautiful fans. Loyal fans. Ride or dies. I love y’all.”