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This Week in Diplo: The week that kept on giving

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The official video for Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” with Diplo, CL, and G-Dragon dropped this week, and while I can’t be sure if G-Dragon and CL (Skrillex and Diplo are cameo-less) are doing impressions of late ’90s and early 2000s American rap videos or if this is meant to be taken seriously, it’s pretty fun.

And to continue the holiday-release-giving: Diplo gave EW three blistering playlists on Spotify. The first is hip-hop. It kicks off with Rae Sremmurd and blows through tracks by Migos, ILoveMakkonen, Kanye, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, and so many more.

The second is future house-based. Duke Dumont, Oliver Heldens, Route 94, AlunaGeorge, and more make up two and a half hours of fun.

And the third—proving Diplo either really does exist in a genre-less state of taste or he’s very generous during the holidays—is psychedelic rock. The Mops, The Seeds, The Bees, The Telescopes, The Yardbirds (are we sensing a pattern here?) are all there.

And because why do one when you can do seven, Jack Ü has previewed seven official remixes for “Take Ü There” this week. The package was partially leaked a month ago, with the Felix Cartal, TJR, and Vindata remixes releasing earlier than intended. The rest of the collection is rounded out by Tchami, Tujamo, Netsky, and (drumroll, please) Zeds Dead.

Check out the rest on their Soundcloud.

Aside from that, it’s been a lot of travel (Jamaica, India) and promotion for Jack Ü’s biggest show ever: Headlining NYE at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Get tickets here.)

DJ Snake drops 'Dirty Vibe' remix

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DJ Snake, Grammy-nominated French DJ and hip hop producer most famous for 2013’s runaway hit “Turn Down For What” and his “Get Low” collaboration with Dillion Francis, dropped a new remix today on OWSLA with fellow Frenchman Aazar of Skrillex and Diplo’s “Dirty Vibes.” READ FULL STORY

Seven Lions and Xilent drop new track 'The Fall'

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Twenty-seven-year-old producer, remixer, instrumentalist and DJ Jeff Montalvo, performing under the stage name Seven Lions, dropped a new track titled “The Fall” today on OWSLA Records, along with Xilent (né Eryk Kowalczyk).

Seven Lions’ first garnered attention in 2011, releasing a remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go.” Since, he’s released three EPs (the second of which, Days to Come, was also on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint in fall 2012), toured with EDM’s golden child Porter Robinson, and made his rounds on the festival circuit with sets at SXSW, Camp Bisco, Ultra, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, and others.

With hints of Röyksopp, “The Fall” is full of emotional atmospherics, a pulsing bassline, and heavy, trance-y instrumentals. It’s top-notch dance-floor fantasy. Hear the track below. (Track is available for purchase here.)

We raved for four days on the high seas with the Mad Decent Boat Party

Over the course of a decade-long career, the DJ/producer Diplo’s moved from pop music’s fringes to its very center, where he’s been working with A-listers like Madonna and Snoop Dogg—who look to tap into his talent for transforming eccentric sounds into hit songs. Along the way, he’s managed to keep one foot in the underground, with an indie label called Mad Decent and a cult following on the goofier, less bottle-service-centric end of the EDM scene.

Those fans have helped turn his annual Mad Decent Block Party, which he first started holding outside his house in Philly, into a touring festival that this year hit 22 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, he launched the first ever Mad Decent Boat Party, a four-day non-stop floating rave on a cruise ship touring the Caribbean. Over 2,700 people made the voyage—including an EW correspondent who was there to document the debauchery. Here’s what we saw.

Stream an exclusive remix from the upcoming Deadmau5 retrospective

On Monday, EDM icon Deadmau5 will release 5 Years of Mau5, a double album of greatest hits and remixes by dance music luminaries like Dillon Francis and Nero. The retrospective collection comes with different bonus features on different platforms, including exclusive remixes in its Spotify, Beatport, and iTunes editions. One of the standouts is a remix, available on iTunes only, of “Raise Your Weapon” by the German house producer Maywald that replaces the fan-favorite original’s monster drops with a neatly arranged synthesized string section, turning a big room banger into something more suitable for an after-hours cool down. Get an early peek (and the complete tracklist) after the jump.

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Dillon Francis, DJ and 'normal hipster dude from L.A.,' talks about his new record

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Los Angeles-based DJ Dillon Francis is about to release his first album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule. Out on Columbia Records Oct. 27, MSFR is not your typical EDM collection. Over the course of 12 tracks, he offers smatterings of pop, traditional club dance tracks, a few surprisingly downtempo tunes and, of course, some of his signature moombahton. The collaborators, understandably then, are equally cross-genre—the album shares credits with Twista, Mad Decent labelmates DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, Martin Garrix, Simon Lord, and others.

Non-album track “When We Were Young (Grandtheft Remix),” which EW is premiering exclusively, is a slowed down, synth-pop take on the original’s classic house-anthem vibe. Stream it below and read on, as EW talked to Francis about putting together an album, planning his first tour (kicking off mid-November), and how he’s still just a normal 27-year-old dude.

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This Week in Diplo: Diplo turns 10

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There was a time pre-Diplo. Really. Ten years ago—long before the Vegas residencies, the star-studded recording sessions, headlining festivals, and all the many, many hits—a 25-year-old Diplo was just releasing his first album, Florida, on Big Dada Records. He threw the collection up on his Soundcloud page this week and announced that the album would be reissued with unreleased tracks on Black Friday (Nov. 28).

On his celebratory Instagram he captioned: “10 years ago.. i made my first album, ‘Florida,’ between a small apartment in Philly and my mom’s house in Florida.. i was working late nights and taking a bus through the city every night, smoking some weed, putting on headphones & just making things I never heard before and could just imagine.. making this record created an entirely new world for me. now that i think back it’s a very strange beginning and it’s crazy it’s been 10 years since it’s first release but really this record represents my first 23 years of life.. what i had inside of me and where i came from so i’m excited to revisit it.. i put it up on soundcloud for all of you to hear.. a special re-release will come black friday”

The album is remarkably up-to-date, but given that Diplo has been the zeitgeist in music over the last handful of years, his future-casting ability should perhaps not be too surprising.

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Big Gigantic on turning down versus turning up, and how they're like the Dead

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Big Gigantic, the jazz-and-hip-hop-infused electronic duo from Boulder, CO., brought their act to Madison Square Garden this weekend for the eighth annual Bass Center show—performing directly before Bassnectar (and after Rusko and Paper Diamond).

It’s been a big year for saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken. They toured Australia, they played Coachella, they were part of Srillex’s Superjam at Bonnaroo, they sold out two nights at Red Rocks in September. Now they’ve helped sell out MSG, giving an expectation-defying hourlong performance and bringing out legendary beatboxer (and former Roots member) Rahzel. Oh, and they also performed at almost half the Mad Decent Block Parties. Oh, and they also released their fifth album, The Night is Young.

The day before their set and the launch of their Touch the Sky Tour, EW sat down with the duo to chat about their festival-filled summer, hanging out with Diplo, and what its like straddling the gap between so many genres.

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Rave Jedi-style with Flux Pavilion's 'Star Wars Rebels' theme remix

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Following in the legendary footsteps of Meco’s disco version of the Star Wars theme song, U.K. dubstep star Flux Pavilion has brought his remix skills to bear on a DJ-friendly new version of the theme to Disney XD’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels. 

Combining the epic sweep of a John Williams score and a generous amount of tweaked-out EDM bass, the track should come in handy when you need to turn up your function to intergalactic levels.

The remix goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 7 here.

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This Week in Diplo: The last Block Party and a few Jack U adventures

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The 2014 Mad Decent Block Party Tour ended last weekend and went out the only way it could: with an insane amalgamation of live sets, after-parties, after-after parties and surprise sets. At one point, fans were swinging from the ceilings, and that is not a metaphor.

Berkeley, CA,

🙆@maddecent block party Berkeley was real dumb yellow bus 🚌 retarded 🙌🙌

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San Francisco after-parties,

Eugene, OR,

And then off to Canada for the final stop.

After which Diplo took a minute to thank his fans as it ended.

The MDBP started in 2008 as a one-off in Philadelphia as a literal block party, not a stadium tour. As you can see in this caption, as well as from the countless social media posts and media coverage throughout the summer, it has grown extraordinarily. Twenty-two stops (not counting after-parties or pop-ups), most of which were sold out and almost 170,000 attendees is no small feat—nor, I would imagine, is putting on a traveling festival of sorts.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.34.54 PMFull disclosure, the tour isn’t exactly over. The first Mad Decent Boat Party sets sail from Miami through the Caribbean mid-November. This is either the most exciting or terrifying announcement I’ve received recently. (I’m leaning toward the former.)

2014_MDB_11_LineupGraphic_MarqueeYou might be tempted to think Diplo would, I don’t know, take a week off after the tour. Relax, even. While I see your thought process, I’m here to tell you, you would be wrong in such assumptions.

Diplo and Skrillex have been hard on the campaign trail for Jack U and their MSG New Year’s Eve show. They released a YouTube video. They tweeted and Instagrammed incessantly. They gave tickets away. They tweeted and Instagrammed more.

And then, presumably, once they realized everyone already wants to go, they went to shoot a music video for “Take U There” with Kiesza.

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Release details on the video are still unreleased, but the excitement on social media from fans is palpable.

And, lest all the Jack U excitement distract us, let’s remember Diplo is also a formative member of Major Lazer, who also had a pretty sweet summer. They posted a highlight reel on their homepage of the season on Wednesday. If you have a high tolerance for FOMO and/or are comfortable dreaming of next year’s tour this early in the game, give it a watch.

Aside from that, Diplo went to a baseball game (with Skrillex because, obviously) and the dentist. Stars—they’re just like us… sort of.

HOME RUN DODGERS

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