Back when Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak were teasing “Potato Will Eat You,”many speculated that their cryptic messages were hinting at a new supergroup being formed. “Potato” turned out to be a YouTube video channel that houses content from three of EDM’s most outspoken icons, leaving many satisfied but still mildly disappointed. Now it appears that two of the three are forming a collaboration for the record books as the Skrillex/Diplo duo Jack U. The name Jack U first appeared yesterday on Mad Decent’s Block Party lineup – an act that could have been easily glossed over as one of Mad Decent’s many yet-unknown talents. Strangely enough it has since been revealed as much more monumental than that with Diplo ditching any convoluted teasing and getting right to the point on Twitter yesterday.
Diplo’sBlow Your Head debuted a month back on the large-scale media project Potato as a cultural biography series documenting the experiences of forward-thinking artists. While previous episodes have featured 3BallMTY, MikeQ, and Rusty Lazer, this week delves into the life of New York’s Luca Venezia, or Drop the Lime. The Trouble & Bass founder discusses his early inspirations for the label, his plans of expansion, as well as his love for the Big Apple. There is a romantic outlook inherent in Venezia’s words that evokes the deeper dimension to the Blow Your Head series as Diplo’s project continues to showcase the diversity of the EDM world.
In typical Dillon Francis fashion, the music video for “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)” is pure adulterated audio visual mayhem – and we love it. Eerily reminiscent of those awful “Elf Yourself” e-cards your out of touch aunt sends you every Christmas, Dillon’s oversized dome bounces around overtop old dance party clips, including what appears to be the 90s classic, MTV’s The Grind.
The Potato Will Eat You project between Skrillex, A-Trak, and Diplo kicks off the mix series of the media hub venture with its debut episode coming from the legendary Moby. If you’ve been lucky enough to see him live, you know his action packed sets are uncompromising in nature and offer everything from gritty electro house to banging techno. The mix above features everything as stated and more, a signature set full of great party music. Potato eats Moby, Moby delivers mix, fans rejoice — tracklist below. (more…)
After premiering his new cultural documentary series Blow Your Head on Potato last week, Diplo has followed it up with a strong second showing. The latest installment features Qween Beat co-founder Mike Q and shines a light on the underground LGBT ballroom scene that he makes music within. While the seminal 1990 documentary Paris is Burning introduced the “voguing” dance form to mainstream consciousness, Mike Q shows that the style is alive and well in modern day Manhattan and New Jersey. Diplo has delivered again, providing a great glimpse into a thriving house sub-culture that rarely gets attention.
“These are our stories from the roads, the streets, the sidelines and the backstages. This is Blow Your Head,” Diplo calmly introduces his new cultural documentary series from mega-project, Potato. The inaugural episode follows Mexican DJ trio 3BallMTY through Mexico City as they prepare to play for over 200,000 fans in opening for Justin Bieber. Unlike Skrillex’s Bang!, which was debuted on Potato earlier this week, Diplo’s video series takes a deep look beneath the surface of music as we know it.
After unveiling his video hub with mini-documentary Bang!, Diplo has premiered his latest music video. The next offering to come from his Express Yourself EP is “Butter’s Theme,” which follows in the footsteps of the infamous dance associated with the extended play’s title track. As expected, Diplo packs his latest project, from beginning to end, with booty-shaking, hip-gyrating, jumping, and plain old twerking. Stay tuned for the first episode of “Blow Your Mind” from Potato later today — just don’t let it eat you.