Heading to your Fourth of July celebrations with food, drinks, and fireworks? Don’t forget to load up on the music to accompany the Independence Day festivities. In July 4th fashion, take live sets from your favorite patriot technicians on the go — and what better way than to revisit some of our favorites from the homeland.
Tinie Tempah is returning to the dance music front years after lacing “Miami To Ibiza” with his vocals. This time he’s called up frequent collaborators 2 Chainz and Diplo for their respective talents. After their success on “Gangnam Style” and a remix for the latest Major Lazer single, Diplo crafts a bouncy beat that treads between trap and hip-hop compliance à la “Bubble Butt.” Serving as the lead single off Tinie’s forthcoming Demonstration album, “Trampoline” is signature Diplo-meets-rap star material — from the production to the lyrics.Posted by
When they’re not spinning records and entertaining fans many DJs return home to their families to deliver a different kind of entertainment. They trade in their records for tutus and crowns, funny faces, cotton candy, and matching attire. In honor of Father’s Day we’ve decided to shift our focus from their DJ duties to their diaper daddy duties.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Diplo – Express Yourself
The track that launched a tour, a twerk movement, and a mass expulsion, Diplo’s “Express Yourself” uses Nicky Da B’s vocal and a drunken dance hall beat to get even the nicest high school girl to “make it clap.” With Diplo’s brand of grinding and grind-enducing reggaeton, the track shook its way into the heads of hordes of Mad Decent fans and their eavesdropping younger cousins.
Labrinth – Express Yourself
Britain’s Labrinth invites listeners to express themselves in a slightly more PG way. Sampling the vocal of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band’s own “Express Yourself” (which N.W.A consequently used in their own “Express Yourself”), the producer created an optimistic rework with a synthy big band feel. Complete with a dreamscape intro and kick drum punctuation, the tune is mom-approved fun for the whole family.
In our first installment of Before the Beats we showed off shots from artists including Brodinski, Dillon Francis, and Sebastian Ingrosso. For the second edition, we’ve collected even more photos which run the gamut from cute and cuddly to funny and predictive of their musical futures. New additions to the baby photo retrospective include Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Sander van Doorn, but we also have new pictures from artists previously featured in our first installment; repeat offenders include Steve Angello, Chuckie, and A-Trak. Click below the break to find out what your favorite artists looked like before they were big stars.
Major Lazer rides high off the success of Free The Universe, and their single with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Mystic, and most recently 2 Chainz has been a standout dance gem. “Bubble Butt” embodies Diplo’s message over the past year or so: a call for ass-shaking. “Express Yourself” sparked a viral dance of its own that had the world doing hand stands and “Butters Theme” had fans seeing triple. “Bubble Butt” now puts the glorified booty-shaking on display once again, this time in tandem with a song that instantly provokes such gyrations.
When Vulture asked Mad Decent labelhead Diplo to curate the perfect summer playlist they didn’t expect nearly 100 tracks and 6 hours of music… but that is exactly what they got. The perfect soundtrack to a summer pool party, Diplo’s Endless Summer playlist is as eclectic as it is rowdy – featuring a collection of trap, future garage, hip hop, R&B, and everything in between. Let Diplo provide the music for your next backyard barbecue, his playlist is guaranteed to set your party off on the right foot (and take it into the early morning hours). Fair warning; your neighbors might hate you.
Major Lazer‘s latest studio album, the dancehall/electronica Free The Universe, has stirred excitement, reception, and momentum for Diplo’s side project. Avoiding synthetic electro from start to finish, the album boasts unprecedented originality, particularly with “Bubble Butt,” the collaboration with Bruno Mars, Tyga, and Mystic. For the track’s remix, Diplo has called upon 2 Chainz, who surprised Major Lazer’s Coachella crowd to rap his verse ahead of its release this Memorial Day Weekend.
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Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Claude VonStroke, Dirty South, Chuckie, and more.