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Diplo, Frank Ocean, & The Clash-Hero [FREE DOWNLOAD]

A brand-name collaboration almost always reeks of contrived synergy (see: Red Bull’s Azealia Banks/Paul Oakenfold duo), but just sometimes it can hit the nail on the head. Today, Converse released the next chapter of “Three Artists One Song,” this time featuring Diplo, Frank Ocean, and Mick Jones & Paul Simonon of The Clash. The track features classic half-croon vocals from Ocean on top of an island-Brit hybrid between Diplo and The Clash. Twangy chords (a la Joe Strummer) play out over mellowed 808s (a la Diplo) before breaking down into a mix of raucous reggae and a quasi-motown chorus. Pick up the track for free below.

BENZI | GIRL TRAPZ | Volume Five (The Finale)

After premiering on the Diplo & Friends Valentine’s Day special, Benzi has unleashed the final masterpiece in the GIRL TRAPZ series. Volume Five closes out the series in ultimate form, with thirty-five new and classic jams getting the Benzi treatment. Included on the mix are super exclusives from the likes of Salva & RL Grime, FS Green, Trippy Turtle, eSenTRIK, DJ Sliink, and many more! This may be the end of GIRL TRAPZ but get ready for a whole new series and many more Diplo & Friends / BBC Radio mixes coming very soon! This is just the beginning shawty!

Download the tracked out album version below and if ya missed any previous volumes, download the entire GIRL TRAPZ series  at benzi.co/GIRLTRAPZCOLLECTION

Plus here is the first track in the mix… a brand new remix by eSenTRIK of the hit single “Pony” by Ginuwine!

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Holy Sh*t… It’s Holy Ship!!!

The weekend in a nutshell
The weekend in a nutshell

Day One Complete Photos | Day Two Complete Photos | Day Three Complete Photos

See Claude VonStroke’s Top 10 Moments from Holy Ship!!!

Most people who weren’t on the third annual voyage of Holy Ship!!! (the exclamation points represent how many years it has taken place) are likely one of two things: insanely jealous of those who were, or sick of hearing about it (likely both). When I wrote my wrap-up piece about the Holy Ship!! last year, I explained that at the time I was constantly being asked about how it was. So far it’s been a lot of the same and although I’ll do my best to write about this year’s adventure, a person truly doesn’t understand how magical and how ridiculous it is until you experience Holy Ship first hand. I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around the three-night experience (Jan 9-12), I’m not sure if I ever will, and it’s hard to say where to begin. But I’ll do my best to share as much as I can with you. Again: no one truly understands what Holy Ship is like until you experience it first-hand. 

When the lineup was announced months ago, I was absolutely floored by who would be on board. Sure, you have your big names like Skrillex, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Boys Noize, Zedd, Laidback Luke, etc (all of whom I am a fan of), but I always like to do a full survey of the entire list. And within that list I saw names like France’s G-House revolutionaries Amine Edge & Dance, Dirtybird chief Claude Vonstroke, UK duo Disclosure, reinvented Disco-maniac Skream, master of bounce TJR, and oh-so-soulful Slovenian Gramatik (to name but a handful). Oh yes, and the brain behind the whole experience: DESTRUCTO. And let me tell you – when everything was said and done, not one artist on that list disappointed. Well, one of them did but I won’t mention who that was.

Wednesday evening January 8th was the annual pre-party show at South Beach’s Story nightclub. On the docket were Destructo, Oliver, and Zedd. Story is a pretty insane nightclub and holds true to South Beach’s renowned night life scene. Zedd pulled out all the stops and as much as I like to think I’ve moved on from him, he just does not disappoint. Banger after banger, crowd pleasers, sing alongs, and rapid-fire track selections that will keep even the most ADD-riddled human happy. We met some Shipfam, we partied with strangers, and we highly looked forward to setting sail the next day.

One thing about Holy Ship that I learned last year is that there is a lot of waiting involved from start to finish. You wait in line to get on the boat, you wait for your luggage to arrive, you wait for the ship to set sail/for the music to start, you wait to get off the boat for the island parties, you wait to get back on the boat from the island parties, and finally you wait to get checked back in to the U.S. But despite all that waiting the trip is 100% worth it. Why is it worth it? Four stages of music from sun down to sun up. Two private island beach parties. Friends new and old from all over the world. Rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest and best dance music artists in the world. All-in-all it’s about sun, skin, surprises, and letting loose in the Caribbean.

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Diplo & Mad Decent Present: A Very Decent Christmas

What better way to bring a smile to your face than a little holiday trap? In honor of the season, Diplo and the Mad Decent crew compiled a whole 8-entry tracklist of some dope holiday rachetness that’ll be jingle bells to your ears. The album called “A Very Decent Christmas” has a dope line-up featuring Gent & Jawns, Mitch MurderDJ Snake, Kennedy Jones, Astonomar, Juyen SebulbaVjuan Allure, and obviously Diplo himself.  Best part of it all, is that you can listen to the entire album all the way through before committing to purchasing. If you do decide that you want this album to call your very own, you can head on over to iTunes to snatch that bad boy up for only $3.99. That’s a good ass deal right there if you ask me.

The sound of combing trap and a jolly holiday jingle definitely does sound a little risky to be honest, but they certainly pulled it off. Like the first powdering of snow, this is only the beginning of the swallow of holiday tracks that’ll be coming our way. Now turn up the volume, make your booty drop and get your “ho-ho-ho” on.

 

 

Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix)

Diplo surprised the community over the weekend with a random FREE remix he did for the guys of Grizzly Bear. Grizzly Bear, for those of you who are unaware of the band, are a four man group that have been making waves in the pop industry for the better part of a decade. Hailing from Brooklyn, the group recently released a compilation mini-album (Shields: B-Sides) as a follow up to their fourth studio album. Diplo was feeling the indie love as he took on the smash single Will Calls from the freshly printed album. Already receiving applauses from the band, Diplo brings in the signature trap bass making this remix festival approved.

(You can find the free download by jumping to the Soundcloud page)

Diplo – Horsey (Kreap’s Housey Horsey Mix)

So, first of all, let’s all have a nice laugh to this awesome photo just to get it out of our systems. Now, remember that perfectly annoying Diplo song “Horsey”? Love it or hate it, if you’re like me, you moved on from it a long time ago. Melbourne disco/house producer Kreap, however, has not. Kreap recently remastered his remix of “Horsey”, originally produced for a remix contest, and has offered up the 320 kbps download up for free through his SoundCloud. Diplo’s track had some nice elements but it was never a track I could stand for more than a minute mixed into a set. Kreap’s take, on the other hand, takes Diplo’s moombahton direction and sets it on a vibe-filled house-y stage, only dropping in parts of the original screeching sound over a swooning and bouncing beat. He also makes better use of the vocals better than Diplo ever did. Now this is a track I could spend some time with. Grab the free DL and kreap around on Kreap’s SoundCloud for some more free gems.

As an extra treat, check out Kreap’s garage-themed remix of Treasure Fingers and The Knocks collab “My Body” below.