Kaskade was first in line to bring fans a holiday-themed playlist, and with 20 days until Christmas, Mad Decent has appropriately unleashed A Very Decent Christmas. While Kaskade’s playlist consisted of soothing deep house, along the lines of “sitting-by-the-fire-whilst-sipping-eggnog” music, Mad Decent hands listeners an 8-track EP full of character and Christmas cheer. Steering away from the politically correct, A Very Decent Christmas features “some serious xmas re-imaginings” thanks to Diplo, DJ Snake, Gent & Jawns, Juyen Sebulba, Astronomar and Kennedy Jones. To top it all off, Vjuan Allure and Mitch Murder (feat. Santell) grace the playlist with original productions: “Rude Off 2013” and “Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone,” respectively.
iTunes: A Very Decent Christmas
After a series of remakes from the likes of Henry Fong and Hayden James, one of 2013′s favorite electronic songs, “Without You,” gets yet another makeover, though this time it’s from the original creator himself, Dillon Francis. Gearing up for the full “Without You” Remix EP set for release on December 10th, the Los Angeles producer reworks his slower, angsty break up tune into a big room melody. The Mad Decent funny man dubs this one “a big fucking cryo blast in your face.” The full EP is expected to include versions of the fan favorite from Flux Pavillion & Doctor P, Torro Torro, Treasure Fingers and Low Steppa. As Dillon says, “cue the fireworks.”
Release: December 10
Over the past year, the hip-hop and EDM collision that has taken place has spurred incredible creations. From the appearance of Skrillex on Kanye West‘s album Yeezus to Snoop Dogg‘s Ultra Music Festival 2013 set, it is hard to deny the power and beauty the two genres can create when used in harmony. It seems that Mad Decent has found the happy medium and has harnessed the hybrid style to create a brand to call their own. With memorable lyrics and a hook that begs the listener to run the track back, the DJ Mustard-produced “How To Be The Man” falls perfectly into place on Diplo‘s label. Riff Raff‘s rash stylistic rapping promises to be ever-present in future trap sets, and with production from the ratchet music hit maker, Jody Highroller’s NEON iCON! album seems ever-more enticing. Released as the first single off of the 2014-slated album, “How To Be The Man” is available now.
Tiësto protégé Daniel Amezquita, familiarly known as Moska, teamed up with Mad Decent‘s favorite trio, Major Lazer to bring us a new track, “Lose Themselves.” Officially making it’s debut on Hardwell On Air Episode 143, the new track features RDX on vocals to provide a reggae overtone to an otherwise big room mix of drum and bass, heavy synths and fast, energetic melodies. Coming in at just over three minutes, the track features a quick beat with an even quicker drop that offers a healthy dose.
Release date: TBA
Mad Decent’s musical circus, Major Lazer, has released the video for their irresistibly bouncy, upbeat dance hall inspired “Jet Blue Jet”. Diplo’s band of laser wielding mayhem makers are known for pushing the envelope, and this video definitely follows suit. Featuring scantily clad, gorgeous women blowing gobs of thick smoke into the air to the tune of Major Lazer’s funky dance track, this video is the epitome of Major Lazer material. White backdrops, sexy silhouettes, and provocative tattoos are then taken to the next level as the video takes a turn for the trippy. Flashing lights, bright colors, and a thumping big room break make this tune and its visuals fit right in with the rest of the act’s repertoire of fun, colorful, reggae party music.
Mad Decent’s label head and resident celebrity has earned his stripes as dance music’s most interesting man. A man of many hats, Diplo has become the forefront trailblazer for the twerking pop culture phenomenon, just released his latest Revolution EP, is currently producing for the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and still manages to find time to sit down and focus on the heart of his fame by releasing two-hour long jam session mixes.
Today Diplo takes to the Internet’s most popular forum and opens up the table for questions and discussions during his live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on r/music at 12 PST/3 EST. Watch out for the conversation and join in here!
It has been over a year since Diplo graced the universe with his Express Yourself EP, and after starting a movement, throwing a handful of badass block parties and launching a career or two, the Mad Decent label head has finally released his latest body of work and put it all on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. His Revolution EP features ten collaborators, four originals and two remixes, and is kicked off by the “Express Yourself” follow-up, “Biggie Bounce.”
Though that opening collab with Angger Dimas & Travis Porter could have set the booty-shaking tone, each of the four originals adds its own distinct flavor. From “Revolution’s” surprisingly soft vocal to “Crown’s” hard trance meets trap meets synth pop melody to “Rock Steady’s” pure hip-hop beat and all-star cast, the new material is as unexpected as we’ve come to expect from the producer. Throw in remixes from Boaz van de Beatz and TWRK and you’ve got an aurally stimulating way to spend 23 minutes: How you express that excitement is up to you.
Check the full tracklist
Hailing from Mad Decent’s hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Victor Niglio reps Diplo’s label with ease on his latest original “Jiggy.” On his Jeffree’s debut, Niglio wastes no time flaunting the rowdy house style of his parent label, inciting an ass-shaking riot much the same way Diplo’s done so many times in the past. Mr. Man takes over on lyrical duties and spits silky smooth verses over the track didgeridoo back bone while percussive flairs and its infectious hook twist and warp the mix into a Twerk-friendly freakfest.
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.