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Diplo – Hot Chip vs Major Lazer (Extended Version)

OBSESSED!  This is almost all I want to say but that would be a big no no, but that word pretty much sums up this track for me.  I know I have been holding out on this one all weekend, but I really wanted to give you something that will make you feel so F*&cking alive as it does for me.  Literally this has been on repeat for the past few days on every stereo system I can play it on, my car, my computer, my phone, Hector’s amazing studio sound system and sometimes two of those at the same time…Umm ya I am excited, so what!!

Diplo is nothing less then incredibly amazing, and Major Lazer puts me on the sexiest mood, pretty much all the time, these dudes know how to get everyone undressed, literally, shaking and dancing so hard that it looks like a hurricane might have just hit.  He has been touring with MAD DECENT and as disappointing as it is for me to say that I haven’t been a part of this amazing tour yet, everyone I know that has is speechless especially when Diplo gets the sound systems bumping with his ability to take anything that is already riveting and you feel like your on a different planet..WOOOOO!

This entire track is filled with Diplo’s little surprises, sounds and technique you just didn’t expect and for me with so many tracks, by the last 20 seconds I will switch to a new track but the end of this one is my favorite ending that I have heard in a really long time!  OK, enough with my excitement, I have decided since hearing this that it’s going to be my Monday anthem, Monday is the new Friday, so press play and you will see what I mean, enjoy!

Diplo – Hot Chip vs Major Lazer (Extended Version)

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Santigold – Look At These Hoes

Look at these pros.
Look at these clothes.
Look at this dough.
Look at this gold, looking evil.
Look at me then look at these hoes.
These bitches ain’t fucking with me. Killa!

Killa! Killa, killa!
Killa! Killa, killa!

My money on it we now gon’ knock on it to set it low.
Bar don’t need to come down let it ride they’ll go. They’re far below.
Mind will lead they can tell I know. I know me they can tell me no.
If you got heart let it beat then while they’re sinking don’t let your thing go.

Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.”

I love a B*&ch who knows how to spit her S*&t!  In other words, I love a Lady who can speak her mind and tell it how it is, that’s how I am, a “love me or hate me attitude.”  Santi has a unique package going on with all the quality and quantity that girls look up too and guys don’t know how to handle but they want to handle…with care!

Look At These Hoes is badass for good reason, produced by none other then Diplo and Boys Noize to create the quality sound that gives this track all the quality you need.  The drums are fire on some good headphones or speakers, so try and blast this if you can, along with all the sound effects that give it this tribal/animalistic flavor like you could be inside some trippy jungle club or something crazy like that.  I love everything about the production, lyrics and total package of this track, not only that but the album that this track is on, Master Of My Make Believe is pretty fly, with some other great producers such as Q-Tip, Ricky Blaze, Switch, you just can’t go wrong here.

Well the weekend has approached, so get your attitudes cranked up, I think this track will help, enjoy!

Santigold – Look At These Hoes

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Electric Zoo Festival – September 4th, 2011

While many have come to know Labor Day weekend as a last hurrah for the summer, New Yorkers have come to know it as the weekend where electronic music takes hold of Randall’s Island for not two, but three whole days. I had the pleasure of attending Zoo on Sunday, after deciding that there was no way my body could handle three days of electronic music. I’ll cut to the chase:

Having gone to zoo last year, I knew that the lines to get in were absolutely nuts, and the bathrooms were ridiculous to get into. This year was not the case, as I got into the festival quickly and easily, and found the staff to be friendly and totally helpful. It was pretty rad to see such organization taking place at a festival that definitely has the potential to turn into an absolute riot. The efficiency of the staff went hand in hand with the performances themselves, which were well articulated and seemingly, perfectly rehearsed.

I knew who my two favorites were almost instantly: Chromeo and Diplo. I wasn’t even expecting it to be this way because I was rooting for Calvin Harris all along, but I was absolutely blown away by Chromeo and Diplo. Two entirely different sets, both managed to make my friends and I dance the hardest we’ve ever danced. I loved both sets for different reasons. We somehow managed to make it to at least half of Chromeo’s performance, and the vibes were all different as soon as we arrived. People all around us were actually grooving, and I mean, boogie, jive, shake your hips, move your feet, smile like a bafoon, grooving. There was no grinding, (to my knowledge) or ridiculous jumping-fist bumping combos, (which is really easy to come across when there’s techno involved) just pure happiness and good energy all around. I was really pleased to hear Bonafied Lovin and Night by Night. I really appreciated Chromeo’s live set because they embodied my idea of implementing  literal electronic music while not necessarily fitting into the electronica genre.

Diplo was a totally different vibe altogether, but my friends and I made it our mission to be up in the front row for maximum dancing space. The truth is, there is no dancing space in the front row, but we did get the best view of Diplo’s sexy bod when his shirt came off. At one point, Maluca came out on stage with two totally swagged out back up dancers, and the three of them danced in unison while she sang along with Diplo’s tracks. We’d been jamming out to his intense beats for a while, when we decided we were going to try and catch the end of Afrojack’s set. As we’re on our way out, I hear the beginning of Day-o mashed up with Pon de Floor. I remember making eye contact with one friend in particular…”We have to stay. For this song at least…” and so we stayed. And you know what? We didn’t leave. Because after that, every song he put on was just more and more incredible. Remixes of Kanye/Jay-Z’s Otis, some Weezy tracks, and even more that I’m sure I’m forgetting. I looked at my friends at one point and saw every single one of them stomping, waving their arms, and moving their hips the hardest I’d ever seen. It was a beautiful sight, thus, making Diplo’s my favorite set at Electric Zoo this year.

I’m pretty sure this is the track that Diplo dropped at his set. It is pretty freakin sexy, and I think ya’ll will dig it just as much as I did.

Jay-Z/Kanye West – Otis (ft. Otis Redding) (Gantman’s “Otis Jacks” Remix)

-Ashley

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Diplo – Fabriclive 24

Every day we come across well-intended artists that make an attempt at ameliorating an already epic song by remixing it in their own style. I don’t know about you, but looking for a good remix of a classic tune is like looking for your contact lens in the middle of a crowded dance floor.

A bit over three years ago I had my first experience of the renowned night club Fabric in the heart of London, to go see my friend Nathan C. lay down a set. Several floors of rooms diversified by each DJ playing any given night make that place a musical dojo. Whatever butters your muffin, they had it. A sober trance induced by musical mastery is what I was submitted to.

That being said, the boys n girls at Fabric management, not stupid in the least, release an album of their best sets. Diplo’s edition is the 24th of over 40 all incredibly unique and epic Farbiclive sets.
As I was preparing for one of my many meetings last week, I ran across Diplo’s epic transition between The Cure’s Lovesong and Outkast’s B.O.B. It is amazing how some people can listen to a song, and within a matter of seconds, a number of paralleling tunes pop up in their head. “Damn, that would mix well’ is an exemplary thought crossing his mind.

It was blatant that these two bad boys needed to be posted in our family dojo. Hoping it has the same effect on you as it did on me, here’s Diplo’s transitional mastery. Enjoy.

The Cure – Lovesong (Diplo Remix)

Outkast – B.O.B. (Diplo Remix)

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Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart/Raise It Up (Switch Remix)

How important is a producer to an artist? Well, the Michael Jackson sound we all love wouldn’t really exist without Quincy Jones. The psychedelic pop genius of Oracle Spectacular wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous without the vision and direction of producer Dave Fridmann. Would there even be Snoop Dogg without Dr. Dre? M.I.A. without Diplo? I mean the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong making music is a collaborative effort, one which like any successful relationship requires compromise and love so it’s silly to say that one person is solely responsible for anything. However, I believe in giving credit where it’s due and having studied many before and after examples, I have to tip my hat off to these guys for helping take these ideas to the next level. Anyways, I was so impressed by this Switch remix that I had to take a moment to show appreciation to all the great producers.

This Florence and the Machine remix is nothing short of amazing. Switch, one of the main producers behind M.I.A.’s groundbreaking Kala, creates a hopeful yet extremely energetic version of this track that will have you feeling good, thinking, partying and dancing all at the same time. I enjoyed the original but I mother truckin’ love this remix, can’t think of a better song for a Monday morning, enjoy.

Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Switch Remix)

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M.I.A. – Pull Up The People (Speed Painting By Salena)

Randomly ran into this during a YouTube binge and what a pleasant surprise it was. I’m not very familiar with speed painting but this undeniably cool. It’s from an upcoming artist called Salena, out of Berlin, Germany. She’s done a few of them which are featured on her Myspace. The featured track is one of my all time favorites M.I.A. songs called Pull Up The People, from her freshman effort Arular. Nothing like some invigorating Diplo production, London Sri Lanken street slang and cool art to get Friday started. Enjoy.

M.I.A. – Pull Up The People

Here’s a bonus track from the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape released back 2004.

You can be a follower but whose your leader?”

M.I.A. – M.I.A. (Diplo Mix)