Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video reboot

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Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video rebootLil Wayne Carter V

Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.

Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.

Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018Skrille 1

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.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”

 

This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

Stream The Vox Lux Soundtrack Featuring Scott Walker’s Score And Natalie Portman Singing Sia

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Vox Lux is gonna be a divisive film. I found a lot to like in it (and a lot to think about), but I think just as many people will hate it as will love it. The music is also sure to be a discussion point, and whether it’s meant to be bad … More »

Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism

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(Warning: Vox Lux spoilers ahead.) Over the last couple decades, there’s been a shift in the way we discuss pop culture. It has been, for lack of a better word, called poptimism, which has resulted in a race to analyze the lowest common denominator as high art. Originally started as a welcome way to amplify … More »

Natalie Portman Sings Sia & Greg Kurstin’s “Wrapped Up” In New Vox Lux Trailer

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Vox LuxIn a couple weeks, Vox Lux will be in theaters nationwide. The film, which seems like a twisted dark-timeline version of A Star Is Born, stars Natalie Portman as the adult version of a pop star that became famous as a teenager in the wake of a school shooting. Last month, we got its More »

David Guetta reveals new jungle-bound video for ‘Say My Name’

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David Guetta reveals new jungle-bound video for ‘Say My Name’David Guetta 2018 Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

Despite gifting fans earlier this year with a wide selection of music on 7, David Guetta has decided to adorn his fans with a follow up to one of the more prominent tracks from the project. This time, it’s a wild new video for his Bebe Rexha and J Balvin collaboration “Say My Name.” The newest landing is the fourth music video release for the French DJ’s seventh studio album, following “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie, “Flames” with Sia, and “2U” with Justin Bieber.

Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the video has all the makings of an underground jungle rave, with its outpour vibrant colors, exotic uniforms, and some palm tree-bound Iguanas and Toucans. The party appears to take place in several locations, including an empty, abandoned pool, and what can be perceived as a giant furnace burning behind Guetta and Balvin’s Throne Room.

Guetta’s two-sided 7 saw his darker, club-oriented sound from his more nascent production stages reborn alongside his modernized dance pop signature. is his first album since Listen in 2014, with the former including features from Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and more.

Diplo-tinged LSD arrives at full potency, with ‘Mountains’

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Diplo-tinged LSD arrives at full potency, with ‘Mountains’Mountains LSD 1

With one breakneck sweep, Diplo‘s torrential triad, LSD, has disseminated its dance-pop through the airwaves faster than a rogue wave meets the sea. Comprised of vocal virtuosos, Labrinth and Sia, and of course, Diplo himself, LSD strikes again with the billowy, “Mountains.”

“Mountains” opens with a stirring display of far off falsettos from Labrinth and Sia, before spilling into buoyant, Diplo-curated electronic musings. From the vocal nuance, to the wistful production quirk, “Mountains” exemplifies the pop powerhouses’ dedication to dousing their dance pop in technicolor splendor, eclipsing radio-ready standards.

This latest concoction follows the full-bodied “Thunderclouds” LSD delivered earlier this year, ransacking radio time and appearing in Samsung’s widespread Galaxy Note 9 ad spread. Unable to keep his production paws in one place for too long, Diplo has been ferociously active elsewhere, too, churning out Major Lazer‘s farewell album, and teaming with Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee on the late, “Close To Me.”

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Diplo teases new LSD track, out November 1

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Diplo teases new LSD track, out November 1Diplo LSD

From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.

“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.

The track is set to be released on November 1.

 

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