Aside from debuting his Jack U project alongside Skrillex and scoring soundtrack duties for The Hunger Games alongside Sia and The Weeknd, well-dressed trap innovator Diplo has remained a high-end purveyor of the genre’s current lifeblood. Having set expectations high for his impending Revolution EP for his own Mad Decent imprint, the Major Lazor component has premiered the full brunt of the EP ahead of its October 8 release. With four original tracks in tow and two further remixes, the six-track offering collects talents as driven and diverse as Angger Dimas, Travis Porter, Faustix & Imannos, Action Bronson and RiFF RAFF. Dutch producer Boaz van de Beatz and familiar dual nationality outfit TWRK make for the icing on the cake where this highly sprung collective offering is concerned, marking six more reasons to believe that Diplo’s ear for future movements need not be questioned just yet.
Diplo‘s track record already includes work with the likes of Beyonce, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Lil’ Wayne, and more, but the Mad Decent producer and Major Lazer frontman is exploring another front this fall. Teaming up with Sia, the longtime David Guetta vocalist responsible for “Titanium,” and R&B sensation The Weeknd, Diplo’s latest production has landed on the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel.
Delivering a mastered product of “Elastic Heart,” he offers a tempo much slower than his consistent twerk provoking tunes. In fact, his collaboration comes less as his signature tricks and more as a ballad for both gifted singers. “Elastic Heart” will be released with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack on November 22nd and will be paired with records from Coldplay, Lorde, Christina Aguilera, and more.
This past weekend in San Diego, California, Diplo’s traveling Mad Decent Block Party took over the city’s Petco Park lot. In addition to acts such as Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, and Dillon Francis, a mysterious headliner referred to as Jack U had been originally rostered as a top biller. Initially following the announcement, Diplo revealed that Jack U is the newest super-duo formation between himself and Skrillex. Coming as Skrillex’s second of such following his Boys Noize tag team of Dog Blood, Jack U is a pairing of electronic superstars and previous Billboard cover boys.
Jack U, however, was only listed to perform once among this summer’s nation-wide block party, but that sole performance become something special when Diplo and Skrillex linked up behind the decks and premiered a handful of never-before-heard collaborative material. Some Petco attendees quick to the punch recorded the debut efforts and, from what has surfaced thusfar, four of those tracks have been revealed — one of which features AlunaGeorge.
Continue to listen to four new collaborations from Skrillex and Diplo live from San Diego.
When talking about OWSLA, it is nearly impossible not to name drop, and the second chapter of Jack Beats remixes only makes the challenge more difficult. Following up on August’s efforts from Major Lazer, Brillz and AC Slater in Jack Beats Remixed Vol. 1, Clockwork has enlisted his remix services for the second volume. Taking on the iconic British pair’s collab with Example and Diplo, the young Dim Mak signee will make his debut on The Nest with a re-strategized “War.” More electro than eclectic, the remix preserved the vocals while twisting the tones into bass-heavy builds. To be released alongside A-Trak’s rework of “Just A Beat” on September 24th, the “War” remix offers just a taste of the many ways to serve Niall and Ben.
Days after previewing his Angger Dimas and Travis Porter collaboration, “Biggie Bounce,” Diplo has officially released the title track from his forthcoming EP. “Revolution” features Imanos, Faustix, and Kai, and delivers a sound heavily influenced by his recent streak with sideproject Major Lazer. In addition to “Revolution” and “Biggie Bounce,” the Revolution EP will come complete with the currently unreleased “CROWN” and “Rock Steady” for a four-trak offering from Mad Decent due on October 8th.
When Mad Decent’s mastermind teams up with Indonesia’s most innovative and Georgia’s hottest hip-hop outfit, madness is sure to ensue. In this case, madness is called “Biggie Bounce.” A collaborative effort between Diplo, Angger Dimas and Travis Porter, the tune feature everything from soca steel drums to smooth lines to a siren, all packaged in a brassy, bold, and brief preview. Though teased on Instagram and promised to come out soon, few details have been released as to just how soon that will be. When it does hit the shelves it will be part of an EP, so check back for more details.
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It’s another round for Diplo and 2 Chainz. First came their collaborative remix for the YouTube sensation “Gangnam Style,” next followed work on Tinie Tempah’s “Trampoline,” and of course there was the remix of Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt.” Now ready to unleash his sophomore studio album, 2 Chainz has enlisted Diplo for production duties on BOATS II for his Fergie-assisted “Netflix.” With heavy hip-hop drums and a trendy, hard hitting beat of the same genre, Diplo masks his usual animation with an urban persona. The chemistry between both titans is beginning to solidify as one of the greatest popular pairings of 2013.
Is there a historical account of the world’s greatest twerk record or the most populated twerk wall? Probably not. But that’s due to change this Sunday when Diplo takes over New York’s Electric Zoo festival. The Mad Decent head honcho began his search for 50 girls who can “#expressthemselves” last week with a tweet which included an inquiring email address; firstname.lastname@example.org. Now making his run at history official, Diplo has taken to Instagram to further recruit for his Electric Zoo Twerk Wall.
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