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

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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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RL Grime’s Sable Valley imprint releases its debut showcase via Jackal’s ‘Christ Person, Woman God’

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RL Grime launched his Sable Valley imprint earlier this year stemming from the release of his single “Arcus” featuring graves. Now, the new imprint released its first track separate from its creator: “Christ Person, Woman God” by Jackal. Comprised of rich texture and sparkling melodies, the song picks up and launches into a blast of glitching, cascading synths atop a trap backbone. Complex sound design that turns synths into percussion elements create a unique soundscape with heavy harmonies. In a press release, RL Grime noted that this track is an introduction to the kind of sound Sable Valley will be pushing going forward.

“Christ Person, Woman God” is in RL Grime’s live rotation, and according to him, the crowd reaction put this track on a pedestal and helped propel it as his new label’s premiere showcase. Along with the single, Sable Valley released the first edition to their mini-mix series, which will happen for every release on the imprint to introduce the song and the artist.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and more

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In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

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RL Grime and graves release spectral music video for ‘Arcus’ [Watch]

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The tacit suggestion in the official music video for RL Grime and graves‘ “Arcus” would be “expect the unexpected.” With its dimly lit shots of snowy outdoor scenery and suspense-ridden narrative, the visual component directly complements the somber titillation of the trap-infused single. Directed by Arnaud Bresson, the video chronicles a group of friends’ experiences with the occult.

Shots fire from the mere fingers of the video participants, while others take on different supernatural abilities, to levitate, stand sideways, and at one point, appear completely translucent in bodily representation. The video has a firm command of the eerie, as cards scatter on the concrete, rain falling in a spectral haze at video’s end.

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Whethan Teases New Collaboration With RL Grime at EDC Mexico

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Festival season means more and more new music is coming to the surface. And with festival season gearing up, we have new previews to share. Recently at EDC Mexico, Whethan previewed his collaboration with RL Grime. The preview is only about 30 second long, but we do get to hear one drop of the upcoming

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Good Morning Mix: RL Grime’d EDC Mexico destruction

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The internet can always be counted on to capture items that fans want most. Though EDC Mexico has just barely wrapped, recordings of different sets are already popping up in various areas. RL Grime has been included in this mixture of set retrieval, to the joy of bass fans all over; in fact, someone took the liberty of recording the entirety of his set through the Insomniac TV stream.

Clocking in at about an hour, RL’s set is the sonic equivalent of adrenaline. The iconic producer invigorates his crowd with a diverse set that packed in hints of drum ‘n’ bass, future bass, and of course, plenty of trap. As any EDC is quite the occasion for artists involved, RL Grime also dropped a few new IDs as well. Toss on the mix for a jolting, yet welcome start to the day.

 

Listen to RL Grime’s EDC Mexico destruction

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The internet can always be counted on to capture items that fans want most. Though EDC Mexico has just barely wrapped, recordings of different sets are already popping up in various areas. RL Grime has been included in this mixture of set retrieval, to the joy of bass fans all over; in fact, someone took the liberty of recording the entirety of his set through the Insomniac TV stream.

Clocking in at about an hour, RL’s set is the sonic equivalent of adrenaline. The iconic producer invigorates his crowd with a diverse set that packed in hints of drum ‘n’ bass, future bass, and of course, plenty of trap. As any EDC is quite the occasion for artists involved, RL Grime also dropped a few new IDs as well. Toss on the mix for a jolting, yet welcome start to the day.

 

RL Grime and Graves Combine Forces in “Arcus”

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After six months, we finally have new music from RL Grime. Combining forces with Graves, “Arcus” was released last Friday and showcases the sound and feel we love from both artists. RL Grime has been teasing this collaboration for quite some time, so it’s great to finally have a crisp and clear version. RL Grime’s

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NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + more

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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.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

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.

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