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Santigold: 10 Years Golder Tour

Santigold is embarking on a US tour to commemorate the recent 10thanniversary of her self-titled debut album. The 10 Years Golder Tour kicks off April 30th at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium. She will be performing her debut album in its entirety as well as songs from throughout her career including her latest mixtape-style album I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown). 

This past summer, Santigold released I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown), a spontaneous mixtape-style project she recorded with Mixpak Records producer Dre Skull. Santigold and Dre Skull bonded over their shared passion for Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music. Dre Skull, known for working across dancehall, hip hop, and electronic music as a DJ, producer and founder of Mixpak Records became an instant creative comrade of Santi’s. They decided to explore their ideas for a mixtape, which ultimately grew into a 10 song recording session, which they came to call The Gold Fire Sessions. Over the course of two weeks, they recorded the bulk of the songs, playing with Reggae and Afro-Caribbean influences while pushing and pulling their pillars with Santi’s singular point of view. As the writing and recording gained steam, Santi unearthed a few gems (ideas she had started with producers Ricky Blaze and Diplo) from her unreleased vaults and she and Dre reworked them, threading together classic Santigold ideas with the spirit of this new work. The incisive social commentary, humor, and daredevil sound that have become hallmarks of her work take on exciting new forms on this project. Unlike other Santigold albums, which are recorded over long periods and heavily curated and edited by Santi, I Don’t Want is a loose and spontaneous project, a snapshot of the infectious energy of the sessions with Dre Skull.

In the decade since her classic debut, Santi has revealed herself to be the most eclectic artist of her generation with a broad influence. She has collaborated with Jay Z, Kanye West, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O & Nick Zinner, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Amadou & Mariam, Q Tip, MIA, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Julian Casablancas, U-Roy, Lykke Li, Basement Jaxx, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, Asap Rocky, Diplo, Lil Yachty, Devo, and The Lonely Island. Her songs have been sampled by Drake & Lil Wayne and Future among others. She’s written for Gza of Wu-Tang Clan, Lily Allen, and Christina Aguilera. Santi has been handpicked for tours by Bjork, Kanye West, Jay Z, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys. She’s a singular artist beloved by her peers across genres.

10 Years Golder Tour Dates
April 30: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
May 2: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 3: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
May 6: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 8: Chicago, IL @ The Vic
May 14: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
May 15: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 17: Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
May 18: San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

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Newest Love: Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – “Easy Go”

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Since their inception ten years ago, Mad Decent has quickly established itself as a global hotspot for budding talent and the Diplo-led imprint has become home to several of the electronic industry’s brightest talents. Their newest release titled “Easy Go,” comes from the dynamic pairing of certified remix king Grandtheft and singer/songwriter Delaney Jane.

Grandtheft and I have been working on this track for about a year now and I’m super excited to finally put it out, especially with a fellow artist from Toronto. This song is about living in the fast lane, kinda just going through the motions of every day life while not really feeling alive… That is, until meeting someone who changes it all. I’m in love with this track and I hope it speaks to people like it does to us!” – Delaney Jane

From the start, “Easy Go” has the makings of a chart-topper: Irresistable vocals, whimsical lyrics, and an addictive melody that one may expect from a Grandtheft production. The chemistry between these two Toronto-based artists is on full display throughout the single, with Delaney Jane providing the perfect touch of vocal gloss to match with Grandtheft’s creative output.

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Listen: T/W/R/K – “Hands On It”

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Is there anything that T/W/R/K can’t do? As if their continued success in the electronic space wasn’t enough, the duo from NYC (also known as their solo aliases Benzi & eSenTRIK) are once again fusing the worlds of hip hop and dance music together with the release of their new single “Hands On It,” featuring Migos, Sage the Gemini, and Sayyi.

Premiered via Billboard and BBC Radio 1 Diplo & Friends, T/W/R/K’s “Hands On It” is somewhat of a return to glory with their signature club sound. It’s a veritable goldmine of talent – Atlanta’s biggest export Migos contributes a hectic but flawless first verse, followed by a lyrical smackdown by Bay Area champ Sage The Gemini. Rounding out the tune is a catchy hook from rising starlet Sayii. If you like what you hear, you’ll be happy to know that T/W/R/K’s newest single is set to be part of a forthcoming EP, which will contain an extensive star-studded feature list comprised of names likes Fetty Wap, Eva Simmons, Sliink, Rich the Kid, and more. Stay tuned!

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Video: Martin Solveig – “Hey Now”

Martin Solveig returns to the spotlight with yet another masterful slice of musical and video genius, bursting at the seams with all the essential ingredients you’d expect from one of France’s most prolific, hard working and diverse exports.

Following the inescapable hysteria that was “Hello” – with over 1.2 million copies sold in the US to date – and the ensuing “SMASH” album and video series, this latest offering is gathering pace at an unprecedented rate. “Hey Now” – out now on Big Beat Records – is the first of several collaborations Solveig has lined up for 2013, as he takes a more experimental approach to making and delivering the music and videos he is oh so famous for. Smattered with that Solveig pop frivolity and fun factor we’ve all grown to love, lashings of big bass, synth, Solveig wizardry and that all-important ‘hum-along’ factor, “Hey Now” the record and indeed video has it all!

Having already received huge support from DJs (David Guetta, Diplo, Madeon, Kaskade, Bingo players and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to name just a few) and radio shows across the world, Martin’s unique take on unadulterated fun is showing all the right signs of becoming a must-have track for the impending summer. Combining his own trademark sounds with those from The Cataracs and new kid on the block Kyle, this release has all the hallmarks of a bona fide Martin Solveig smash.

With remixes already in from the likes of Carnage and Laidback Luke, and with further edits from Lemâitre and Tommie Sunshine to come – there’s sure to be something for everyone. The single and video is out on right now with exclusive remix package to follow over the coming weeks.

Martin Solveig North America Tour Dates:

May 29 – NYC @ Marquee
May 31 – San Francisco @ Ruby Skye
June 1- Las Vegas @ Encore Beach Club
June 1 – Las Vegas @ XS
July 11 – Quebec City @ Festival D’ete De Quebec
July 12 – Los Angeles @ Avalon
Aug 30 – NYC @ Electric Zoo

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PSY Releases “Gangnam Style” Remix Style

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PSY is revamping and re-upping his multi-platinum, history-making phenomenon “Gangnam Style” with the star-studded GANGNAM STYLE REMIX STYLE EP, available digitally today via School Boy/Republic Records. The collection features fiery new guest spots by hip-hop titans 2 Chainz and Tyga on one track and remixing from electronic dance music titans Diplo and Afrojack.

These remixes take “Gangnam Style” straight to the dance floor with propulsive production and uncontainable club energy courtesy of some of the biggest presences in the EDM scene. Meanwhile, 2 Chainz and Tyga add their own flavor to the massive hit, giving it another dimension altogether. Get ready to move to “Gangnam Style” all over again. This release will tide the world over until the next phase begins, which is only a little more than a month away.

“Gangnam Style” has solidified PSY as a superstar, and he’s taking everything to the next level once more. His reign will continue as strong as ever in 2013.

The music video for “Gangnam Style” is the first clip ever to reach 1 billion views on YouTube/VEVO. It also holds the Guinness World Record for “most-viewed” on the site, unseating Justin Bieber’s 2010-released “Baby”. It’s the “most-liked” video on the hub with over 5.8 million “Likes”. The video shows no signs of stopping still. Views range between 7 and 10 million daily for “Gangnam Style”, and countless clips fan-generated have popped up generating their own plethora of eyeballs.

PSY also has been honored recently in the U.S. and across the Atlantic. At the 2012, MTV Europe Music Awards, “Gangnam Style” received the top honor for “Best Video”, while at the American Music Awards, he took home their coveted trophy as this year’s “New Media Honoree”. Last Thanksgiving, PSY popped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a very special holiday rendition of the song. It followed up a string of successful high-profile TV appearances including the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Ellen DeGeneres, ABC’s Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The View. Psy also closed out his stellar chart-topping year with a performance of the hit song on ABC’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve w/ Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square on Dec 31st.

PSY has also graced the cover of Billboard Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and has been featured prominently in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, L.A. Times, GQ, People, Maxim, and more.

GANGNAM STYLE REMIX STYLE EP Tracklisting
1.       Gangnam Style (강남스타일) Diplo Remix (Feat. 2 Chainz and Tyga)
2.       Gangnam Style (강남스타일) Afrojack Remix
3.       Gangnam Style (강남스타일) Diplo Remix (Instrumental)
4.       Gangnam Style (강남스타일) (Instrumental)

Check out the EP on iTunes, here.

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Diplo to Release Photographic Journey Book

128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything In Between with foreward by Alexander Wang and photos by Shane McCauley

How Diplo begins his book:

“Seven years, thirty-two countries, sixty thousand photos, and a million miles later, here is what we’ve been doing.”

From private beaches in Barcelona to a music studio in Jamaica, 128 Beats Per Minute is a photographic journey through the life of Grammy nominated and one-half of Major Lazer, DJ/producer Diplo.  The stunning photography by former assistant to Annie Leibowitz, Shane McCauley, captures the excitement and vibrant mood as they travel from country to country and party to party, complete with a foreword by the CFDA/Vogue award winning fashion designer, Alexander Wang.

Chapters are divided by country, from Israel to Trinidad, and Russia to Asia – complete with a playlist as well as Diplo’s impressions of the culture and people: “Every city has its own cultural movement, history, fashion, and art-all of which is constantly evolving into something different.”  Not only a DJ and producer, Diplo also founded the label Mad Decent, which has brought Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world and has been honing his literary chops while writing a column for Vanity Fair online. 128 Beats Per Minute is Diplo’s tour of the world and offers a glimpse into the people, places, and music that inspires him.

The book is set to drop in April via Universe Publishing.

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Grammy Nomination – Diplo

2011 is the year of the electronic musician, with the numerous accolades, features, sold out festivals and now Grammy nominations for the genre and its artists.  One of the music industry’s most recognized names and undeniably charismatic personalities, Diplo, has been nominated for his second Grammy (previously nominated for M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes’) as producer for Chris Brown’s three times nominated “Look At Me Now.” The Rap Song of the Year nominee infiltrated clubs and radio waves and garnered over 132 million views on YouTube, arguably one of the biggest hits of the year.
Diplo wears many hats and there will be no shortage of projects to follow in 2012.  In addition to working with everyone from pop stars, rappers and indie rockers, Diplo is gearing up for the sophomore release from Major Lazer and more world touring.  His record label, Mad Decent, and new label imprint, Jeffrees, will continue to put out some of the most exciting new artist releases, while Diplo continues to pen his online column for Vanity Fair, as well as the release of his first book with photographer Shane McCauley through Rizzoli.
Congratulations to Diplo and all his fellow Grammy nominees!

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Brand New: Diplo and Oliver Twizt – “Go”

Diplo and Dutch producer Oliver Twizt just dropped the new digital EP “GO” today, which includes five other remixes of the title track.  Featuring work from Kid Kaio, Erick Rincon, Swarms and a SICK PeaceTreaty remix which you can download below.

Listen: Diplo and Oliver Twizt – “Go”

Download: Diplo and Oliver Twizt – “Go” (PeaceTreaty remix)

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Wale and Diplo Leak New Track

Wale and Diplo are so proud of their hot new track “Slight Work” that they decided on Twitter to leak it.  “Slight Work,” which is on Wale’s Ambition (album drops on Tuesday, 11/1/11), features Big Sean and was produced by Diplo, who premiered the track yesterday on his Facebook.

 

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Free Download: CSS – “Hits Me Like a Rock” (Depressed Buttons Remix)

CSS’ infectious, tropical-flavored single “Hits Me Like a Rock” (featuring Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie) has become a summer favorite, perfect for both backyard barbeques and all night dance parties.  Now, the track has gotten the remix treatment from Depressed Buttons, a new outfit consisting of three members of The Faint, who are signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label.  CSS will kick off their North American tour this fall, and the Brazilian crew will release their new album La Liberacion on August 22nd through V2/Cooperative Music USA/DowntownRecords.

Listen/download: CSS – “Hits Me Like a Rock” (Depressed Buttons Remix)

CSS Tour Dates:

10/1:  Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
10/2:  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/4:  Seattle, WA @ Neptune
10/6:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/8:  Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/9:  Los Angeles, CA @ Filter Culture Collide Festival
10/13:  Denver, CO @ Bluebird
10/15:  Mexico City, Mexico @ Curva 4 Race Track at Foro Sol
10/17:  Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
10/21:  Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/22:  New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/23:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/24:  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/26:  Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/28:  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/29:  Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/30:  Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa

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