Tribute groups are commonplace in the rock world, but not so much in dance music, except for Major Behavior – an homage to Major Lazer founded by Instagram star, The Fat Jew, and his friend Maachew Bentley who is a downtown New York DJ luminary. This new tribute group promises to pay their respects by delivering a true Major Lazer experience both on and off the stage, as seen in the unveiling video created by Billboard and its senior dance/electronic editor, Matt Medved. Watch the full video to get to know the emerging group through a special in-studio interview, Guitar Center shenanigans, and more.
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The year is winding down and everyone has their sights set on NYE, but there’s something much more exciting than your typical night on the town… Electric Paradise Music Festival is going down on a gorgeous beach in the Dominican Republic on the 19th, and it’s expected to be a stand-out electronic music-driven event featuring acts like Major Lazer, Nicolas Jaar, AlunaGeorge, Chromeo, and even Skrillex, amongst others. In addition, the festival promises a bunch of other fun activities if you need a break from the music, and many food/drink options to keep you happy, satisfied, and healthy.
In celebration of Electric Paradise, we’ve put together a list of what you need to know about Electric Paradise.
CRWNS, a fresh 21-year-old producer/DJ, seems to be jumpstarting his ascent up the ranks of dance music’s elite. With two previous releases to his name, and now this latest offering, he’s cultivating his own sound within the low-end-focused sphere, and many are picking up on the authentic vibes that he always delivers. On his remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” CRWNS supports MØ’s vocals with a flurry of shimmering synths, which are complimented by arpeggiated melodies and vocal edits that help drive the mid-tempo rhythm. Download CRWNS’ remix here, and watch out for more from the young talent.
Before Major Lazer was the Major Lazer that the masses have come to know, the project was a split effort between Diplo and production guru Switch. Now unveiling his new With You. project, Switch has returned to our airwaves. A collaboration with Vince Staples, “Ghost” is a cheeky blend of house and hip-hop that really hit me hard the first time. It’t not an easy auditory bridge to gap, but they’e done it seemlessly.
We all know Pharrell has been on the hot streak this year, and his recent collaboration “Aerosol Can” with Major Lazer has only fueled that fire. BUT – Tom Haverford would ask… is it a banger? The Miami native Damaged Goods has created the answer to that question with his newest remix. DG takes Pharrell’s witty vocal and sends it straight for the main stage with heart pounding drums and a pummeling bassline fit for the festival circuit. Listen and grab it for FREE!
DJ Snake has been on a remixing tear lately, taking on Duck Sauce, AlunaGeorge, and as of this morning, Major Lazer. The Parisian producer has a very distinct style of bass, using elements of Hip Hop beats with bleepy Electronic leads, and Snake’s remix of Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” available for stream today is a prime example. “Coming soon” reads in the description on Soundcloud, so maybe we’ll be seeing an official “Bubble Butt” EP out soon?
For some reason or another, over the years most holidays that otherwise have a rather solemn connotation have merely become another day off from school/work to drink and bask in the sun in the good ol’ United States of T&A. While I feel compelled to advise you to take a minute to reflect on what Memorial Day really is all about, who are we at GDD™ to break with tradition. Hell, I know we’ll all be poolside ourselves with a cocktail or twelve in our system.
So when you’re getting drunk shaking your bum at the pool over this three-day weekend, cue up this special guest mix offered up by our Canadian homie and frequent Diplo collaborator Grandtheft. It’s stacked full of Grandtheft originals, edits, and remixes, as well as a bevy of GDD™ friends and favorites, including Cashmere Cat, RL Grime, Willy Joy, Skream, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar and more. With 33 tracks packed into a one-hour show you know the good vibes will keep on comin’.
Best part about it: 1. It’s free to download, and 2. It’s uncensored! Scroll over the image above to download, and get the tracklist after the jump!
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• Novation brings back Bass Station
ATL’s Heroes x Villains know Trap music. Not the kind of Trap your younger brother is making in his bedroom. It’s the kind of shit that Atlanta has born and bred for years. Put best by the Dirty South duo, “We’re only interested in making music you can fight or strip to.” Not a bad mantra whatsoever, and it seems to be doing them well as they’ve been commissioned by Major Lazer for an official remix of ‘Jah No Partial,’ due out on Diplo‘s Mad Decent next month. Big time roots n bass with this one.
GDD’s own Tropicool delivers a warm musical mosaic comin’ in hot & bothered sure to tickle the fruit of your loins and tease the audible palate with euphoric tones, smooth rhythms, & sexy funk. Whether your pouring warm cream over them curvaceous twin nippily peaks or dripping hot wax all over that sweet, sultry V, these hand-crafted, carefully selected tunes will metamorphasize you into a modern day Don Juan El Capitãn. Be careful, they may fall in love.
Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune
Crazy P – We Can Only Be (Wolf & Lamb ft. Slow Hands)
Tropics – Pop Up Cinema
Chromatics – Kill For Love
Grimes – Genesis
Major Lazer – Get Free
Metronomy – Corinne (Benoit & Sergio Cover)
Pillowtalk – Sunny
Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy (Gardens & Villa Cover)