After months of hype, Major Lazer has finally released the collaboration with PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj titled “Run Up.” The song definitely plays on Diplo’s like for the dancehall sound and is a certified banger. According to Complex, “Run Up” is expected to be on Major Lazer’s upcoming fourth studio album, Music Is the Weapon.”
And while visiting Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show last summer, Diplo let us know some of the artists’ who might be featured on the album.
“Definitely we have Usher on it. [“Lean On” collaborator] MØ’s back on songs,” he said. “We have a song with Sam Hunt which is very unusual, but I love him. Travis Scott. I don’t even know; I have to go back…Sia is on a couple ideas, but one of the records might be her record. She’s definitely background vocals on a song.”
Oh yes, it’s here my friends. Childish Gambino has finally dropped his highly anticipated …Awaken, My Love!
…Awaken, My Love! is unlike anything out right now. It’s unique. We get a mixture of funk, soul, and R&B – with literally no rapping, which is surprisingly ok. Gambino has taken a 360 turn on his music style, and has successfully resurrected a forgotten genre.
…Awaken, My Love! will have you feeling several types of ways. Each song tells a different story. “Have Some Love” puts you at a family reunion BBQ, bonding with the loved ones. “Zombies” puts you in a scene straight outta Stranger Things. “Redbone” will take you back to being a youngin’ in your grandpa’s living room, jamming classic vinyl. “California” will take you to an island in the middle of nowhere, sippin’ on a piña colada.
Childish Gambino is a man of many, many talents and continues to amaze us left and right. Peep …Awaken, My Love! for yourself below:
“Redbone” samples a sped-up version of Jaco Pasourius‘ “Portrait Of Tracy”, from all the way back in 1976. Gambino doesn’t rap on the track (again) but the vocals that he does give us kind of remind me of a young, more modern, Barry White.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Gambino describes his upcoming album, …Awaken, My Love!, as being influenced by the music that he grew up on:
“I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling. I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great.” – Donald Glover
Peep “Redbone” below, and stay on the lookout for …Awaken, My Love!, expected Dec. 2!
Master of remixes, DJ Kaskade, has been DJing for over two decades and shows no signs of stopping soon. Chicago born and raised, “Ryan Raddon” brings fans, clubs, festivals and dance parties the electronic tunes they love with his remixes, EPs, and albums. Aside from being a husband and father of three, Raddon has managed to become the No. 8 highest ranked dj in the world, according to Forbes, making $17 million that year.
Kaskade became interested in house music and the nightclub scene as a teenager. He was inspired by bands like The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Smiths. He told The New York Times that he is not a partier but the Chicago house music scene attracted him because was full of progressive thinkers like himself. In high school he spent his spare time experimenting with records and night clubs. In college he went on to spinning and DJing house parties. The acclaimed DJ and artist began gaining popularity in the dance/house scene creating his own music and producing records as an A&R director with OM Records and collaborating with other DJ’s such as deadmau5. In 2008 his single “Move for Me” from his fifth studio album, Strobelite Seduction, became his first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s dance chart. Since then Kaskade has been a big name in EDM, travelling the world doing tours, headlining shows and festivals. His 2011 double album Fire & Ice landed him nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart. His remixes of pop hits also have earned him Billboard recognition over the years. He has been named America’s best DJ twice in 2011 and 2013 and nominated for several Grammy’s in the past ten years. From the vinyls to the digital turn tables, Kaskade continues to passionately share his talent with the world.
Kaskade’s most recent album, Automatic, was released last year.
His latest release is another collaboration with deadmau5 “Beneath with Me” featuring Skylar Grey.
Grab your tickets to see Kaskade and the rest of the Mala Luna line-up here.
Steve Aoki is an icon among electro-house artists. He is best known for his unique live sets where he covers the crowd in birthday cake (yes, legit birthday cake), then gives them a champagne shower (yes, with actual bubbly), and crowd surfs on actual inflatable boats. Aoki’s the definition of rage king!
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki, better known as Steve Aoki, has been a DJ for quite some time now. The 38 year old has definitely perfected his craft. Steve’s well known for his own tracks, as well as his many collab’s and remixes. He collab’d with Kid Cudi for his remix of “Pursuit of Happiness”, that was featured in the movie Project X. He remixed Drake’s “Forever”. He collab’d with Will.I.Am for “I’m in the House”, which was a hit with MTV’s reality series Jersey Shore. Aoki has also worked with Diplo, Tiesto, The All American Rejects, and Bassnectar…just to name a few. Steve founded his own label, Dim Mak, back in 1996 and named it after his idol Bruce Lee. Dim Mak is the home for Aoki, as well as many additional artists such as MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots, Bloc Party, and more. Netflix came out with the documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” based on Steve Aoki, and it’s literally his life motto. He has a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ attitude, and it’s rooted from his father. The documentary follows Steve, and shows us how crazy his life truly is. Steve Aoki has released several albums over his career, with the most notable being Wonderland, and recent 2 part Neon Future series. Wonderland was released in 2012 and features were stacked with Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Travis Barker, Will.I.Am, etc. It’s the album that Steve blew up off of. Neon Future l was released in 2014, and Neon Future ll in 2015. Notable features include Waka, Snoop, Kid Ink, MGK, Flux, and Will.I.Am.
Yesterday Kaytranada finally dropped his full remixes on Chance the Rapper’s “All Night” off of Coloring Book and Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky” off of A Seat at the Table. He had previously released snippets thru his 0.001% back in September. Kaytranada adds his funky twist to both tracks and the results will definitely make you want to dance! Peep both tracks via SoundCloud below:
Last night Zeds Dead released their single “DNA” featuring Jadakiss & Styles P, and the track definitely goes hard! Zeds Dead works their magic with the beat, while Jadakiss & Styles P’s vocals are blended into the song perfectly. The track is to be featured on Zeds Dead’s upcoming album, Northern Lights, set to drop this Friday, Oct. 14.
Zeds Dead recently announced their Northern Lights Tour and will be making a stop with Nebbra & Memorecks in San Macros. Snag tickets below:
Symere Woods, better known as Lil Uzi Vert, is a 22 year old trap-rapper out of Philly. He’s been rapping since 2014, and was first noticed with his feature on Carnage’s “WDYW”. Uzi’s solo hype recently skyrocketed with his Luv is Rage mixtape and hit single, “Money Longer”.
Uzi’s fresh to the rap game, and has already been recognized as an artist to watch by Complex, XXL, Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Spin, just to name a few. Complex describes him as the “next rap phenomenon”. Noisey describes him as the “center of the trap rap snapchat generation gap”. AND he has been given The 2016 XXL Freshmen Class crown.
Uzi’s inspired by A$AP Mob, Mike Jones, The Ying Yang Twins, Wiz, and….Marilyn Manson? Yes, Marilyn Manson. Uzi jumped on that bandwagon during his “rockstar phase” at 13. Manson influenced Uzi’s style, and Uzi views him as “one of the most intelligent people I ever saw in my life”.
A$AP Ferg recently released “Uzi Gang” in honor of Lil Uzi Vert. Uzi isn’t an official member of A$AP Mob, but he is heavily affiliated with them and shares a similar style. Uzi is currently signed with Atlantic Records. Cop your tickets to see Lil Uzi Vert at Mala Luna Festival here.
Hailing all the way from Montréal, Canada, producer/DJ Lunice is no newcomer to the hip-hop/EDM community.
Born Lunice Fermin Pierre II, Lunice began his relationship with sound and rhythm as breakdancer before getting inspired by producer 9th Wonder and officially beginning his own music career. In 2007, he played his first show, but it was the help of a viral video of himself isolating to Lazerworld’s “Gucci Sweatshirt” that starting gaining him attention as he began to make a name for himself (btw, that video is not one to miss).
After a few years of playing gigs and constructing a unique sound, he signed to LuckyMe Records and released two EPs, Stacker Upper (2010) and One Hunned (2011). Quickly after, Lunice began collaborating with other artists, most notably Diplo and his Mad Decent label for remixes and performances for his Mad Decent Block Party. Since then, Lunice has collaborated with artists such as Rick Ross, Rockie Fresh, Flying Lotus, and Azaelia Banks, and can even be seen featured in her “212” video.
In 2011, as the remnants of dubstep were fading, hip-hop and EDM were merging and morphing into a new the genre that would completely take over the scene. During this time, Lunice joined forces with fellow producer and close friend Hudson Mohawke to create the group TNGHT, and together released some of the hypest trap songs to emerge during that era. When the duo released their official TNGHT EP in 2012, they officially solidified their spots as DJs to watch. Soon after, the two really began getting recognized for their unique sound, and even had the opportunity to co-produce Kanye West’s song “Blood on the Leaves” from Ye’s Yeezus album (the track samples “R U Ready” by TNGHT, too)
Since then, TNGHT has separated, but Lunice is still going strong, as he most recently released his 180 EP.
Lunice is a veteran to the festival game, as he’s traveled everywhere for years, energizing fans in every crevice of the world. Soon, he’ll be in San Antonio to dominate the stage and do what he does best: be hella hype.
Make sure to check out Lunice and get ready for Mala Luna Music Festival! Snag your tickets here.
The new Machinedrum album Human Energy is available now. Human Energy is the latest of Machinedrum’s (aka Travis Stewart) many projects, and he has released it just ahead of his US tour. The album is full of the Machinedrum glitch production and sampling you know and love, plus includes features from Jesse Boykins III, Melo-X, Rochelle Jordan, and more. You can stream the 15-track project on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.
Machinedrum is making his way to Texas in November. You can get tickets to those shows at the links below.