Diplo and John Mayer are reportedly working on new music together. At first thought it might seem like an oil and water combination, but the more one repeats it in their head, the more sense it actually starts to make. It’s one of the world’s foremost pop producers and EDM’s designated stepdad matched with one of the most prolific musicians of a generation, who both seem to have a genuine knack for not taking themselves too seriously while also dominating their respective crafts.
The “Close To Me” producer revealed the upcoming collaboration in quintessential Diplo fashion, remarking on the collaboration with a photo posted to Instagram… not a photo of him and Mayer — but it still gets the message across. There aren’t any concrete details yet on when John Mayer and the Mad Decent head honcho are set to debut their impending new music, or how much of it exists. Between his work with Major Lazer, Silk City, LSD and the former Jack Ü, perhaps a joint effort with Mayer could even turn out to be Diplo’s next super group. Who knows?
Its hard to believe that it has been nearly two full years since Justice‘s seminal comeback record, Womanblasted through the EDM consciousness. Perhaps that’s because in that time Xavier De Rosnay and Gaspard Augé have maintained an exceptionally busy itinerary, touring their third album across the world, from massive arena shows to international festival circuit headlining slots. Now, aligning with the band’s decade-long strategy, the pair of French electro icons have returned with the “live”rendition of their latest album, offering a reimagined Woman Worldwide, out now via Because Music and their longtime home of Ed Banger Records. The new concept is an intriguing take on the live album format, coming together in the studio rather than a performance recording, melding together the greatest elements of Xavier and Gaspard’s live show.
The album comes after months of stage notes, piecing together a live show with a proper album feel. Justice’s Xavier De Rosnay described the album’s complexion to Dancing Astronaut,
“After maybe 6 months of touring, we were really feeling the music we were playing on stage every night, and we just wanted to share it with the people who are interested in it. So we thought to record it and make another live album, but because we already made A Cross the Universe and Access All Arenas, we wanted to find a way to make this one different.”
Woman Worldwideis inspired by the live show designed around the duo’s latest LP, but the album proves to be much more than that. It’s a sonic retrospective that spans ten incredible years of Justice, from canonized classics like “D.A.N.C.E.” and a revamped “DVNO” crosscut to the pair’s nu-gospel opus “Safe and Sound” and disco-rock belter “Randy.” The new live/studio hybrid album pays homage to Justice’s legendary catalog, but for those who have seen a Justice live show, it proves to be ever faithful to their live performance. For those that haven’t, it serves as a clean cut studio album that paints an incredibly accurate picture of the real thing. Enjoy.
“Yes, absolutely, Swedish House Mafia is back. Now during summer everyone is traveling a lot, but we’ve entered the studio. I can’t really say much more, but we’ve decided that: ‘Here we go.’”
During the trio’s comeback performance earlier this year, fans had already spotted unidentified originals placed throughout the set — perhaps a fully fleshed-out Swedish House Mafia release is also underway in 2019.
God bless Twitter. It’s a lawless breeding ground for the Internet’s worst moments, but among many other uses, it has become a powerful vehicle for speedy, viral marketing grabs and not-so-subtle distribution channel for our favorite artists. Whatever Lady Gaga and Boys Noize are up to with the recent exchange of some very juicy tweets — we’re already salivating for more. In just three tantalizing sentences between them, the day’s reigning techno don and pop megastar respectively may have confirmed the collaboration we’re likely not yet worthy of.
Yes, of course it did, but what could this mean? Perhaps BNR‘s head honcho is writing a new track on Gaga’s next project? Is the “Perfect Illusion” vocalistlending her iconic vocals to a dark, industrial masterpiece? They each sound like a long shot, but the writing is on the Twitter wall for us to relentlessly pick apart. Who knows what came from Lady Gaga’s rather careless episode in Boys Noize’s studio? Whatever they’re up to, Lady Gaga and Boys Noize sound like a strange match made in electro heaven, and we’re already hooked.
As far as strange sonic pairings go, sometimes musical opposites really do attract — just ask Elton John and Eminem, Kanye West and Bon Iver, or Aerosmith and Run DMC, among many others. Now, possibly the next artistic convergence to to join the odd collaborations ranks could be Zhu and Tame Impala, as they’re rumored to have linked up for an upcoming project. This set of rumors reignited speculation that first began circulating on the internet in late 2017.
Zhu took to Twitter to fan the flames, leaving a perfectly nondescript message that will either leave fans scratching their heads, or salivating for a first listen. If this materializes, will Zhu’s enigmatic electro-noir style complement Tame Impala‘s buzzing psychedelic rock fare? Only time will tell, though all signs point to a hit waiting to happen. Fingers crossed.
It may very well be every music producers dream to one day build their own home studio. By now, you’re probably very familiar with deadmau5’s incredible home studio. You might have even seen Danny Tengalia’s studio or Hans Zimmer’s breaktaking one-of-a-kind studio. After the year that The Chainsmokers have had, it’s only right that they’d
Music production isn’t easy, even if you’re one of the best music producers in the game. During one of Deadmau5’s latest live streams, Deadmau5 shows he is indeed human after all. As seen in the video below, Deadmau5 gets frustrated after struggling to come up with his latest writing. Watch as Deadmau5 proves that he
Cutting his teeth in the world of post-hardcore screamo and then UK-born bass music, and now celebrated as one of pop’s most in-demand producers, Skrillex makes an unlikely candidate for rap music’s favorite beat maker of the moment, yet still he’s managed to firmly plant his flag in the hip-hop game, aligning with some of the genre’s brightest up-and-comers and most formidable veterans. He has joints with Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Ferg, and Rick Ross, with rumors of collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, D.R.A.M., G-Eazy and more underway. Now, the latest rhymer to join Sonny’s growing hip-hop hit list is emerging rapper G4SHI, as the pair were spotted in the studio working on new material together.
G4SHI already has some crossover in the dance space, previously delivering versework on DJ Snake‘s “Oh Me Oh My” alongside Travis Scott and Migos on 2016’s Encore. Now the burgeoning Albanian rapper seems to be cooking something up with Skrillex, and by the clip teased on Snapchat, it sounds like melodic R&B with a heavily saturated auto-tuned hook in the works.
With recent reports of potentially fresh Dog Blood material and recent upload tests from Skrillex on Discord and the new studio footage, perhaps a Skrillex release is not as far off as we think.
To say that the internet is starved for new Skrillex music would be an enormous understatement. The Great Skrillex Famine may have reached a pivotal turning point recently though, as new teasers appeared on the online communication platform Discord over the weekend, seemingly right from Sonny himself. Uploading two rough audio snippets to the forum, Skrillex sent the speculation mill ablaze nearly instantly. The general consensus seems to be new music on the way, although the where, when and how obviously continue to remain a mystery. This year has brought rumors of collaborations with D.R.A.M., Mr. Carmack, Kendrick Lamar, and more, and with Skrillex on a touring hiatus this year, the prospect of new solo material sometime in 2017 seems highly probable.
The two tantalizing previews that were recently uploaded to Discord total out at 25 seconds of audio, though to ravenous Skrillex fans, 25 seconds of verified new Skrillex music feels like a lifetime. The first clip is titled “DISCORD_TEST_SKRIL” followed shortly by “JUST made this shitty song :D.” While some artists like deadmau5 have made common practice out of creating and testing new material online in real time, verified test uploads like this from Sonny are nearly unheard of. Perhaps going forward new teasers will crop up on Discord, though for now, the wait for new Skrillex music seems to remain stuck on the seemingly endless “soon” status.
It appears Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak are in the studio together again with another collaboration in the works. Hip-hop’s two brightest up-and-comers first linked on last year’s “Blessings (Reprise)” from Chance’s Grammy-nominated gospel masterpiece Coloring Book. Now it appears a follow up effort from Chano and .Paak is underway, and the pair have shared a short teaser that already packs a healthy dose of hype.
Currently, details on the new collaboration are scarce, but .Paak is already known to have an album on the way in 2017 with his band, The Free Nationals, and although Chance is still riding the wave of what could prove to be a historic record come Grammy night, he’s rumored to have new projects dropping in 2017 as well. This soulful new funk instrumental is likely to turn up in an official capacity soon, signaling that hip-hop’s mainstream spotlight isn’t going anywhere in 2017 with these two at the helm.