This Week in Diplo: Will you rap for me?
Diplo needs you. Us. Everyone. On Wednesday, he put a new song, “Everyday,” up on Soundcloud and asked that someone rap on it.
The downbeat and atmospheric track is not what we’ve come to expect from the Mad Decent label head, but echoes the sentiment Big Gigantic recently expressed to us: Turning down is the new turning up. I can’t tell if he’s serious about harvesting submissions, because there are actually vocals on the track, but all they say is “Who wants to rap for me?” So, there’s only one way to find out: Download the track and give it a whirl.
Also in new music, Diplo released his remix of Zola Jesus’ “Go (Blank Sea).”
Again more focused on future bass vibes and melodic synth leads than the big drops and high energy we’re used to, this might signal an interesting new direction for the ever-versatile producer. (It is an equally drastic turn for Zola Jesus, who seems to be embracing pop more and more.)
Also this week, the trailer for the documentary 808 was released via Rolling Stone. About the Roland TR-808, a favorite electronic instrument of the 1980s that has been used by far too many artists to attempt naming, 808 is slated for a 2015 release and will discuss the invention, rise, and very quick fall of this particular machine. The documentary will feature interviews with Diplo, Questlove, Pharrell, New Order, Rick Rubin, Damon Albarn, Phil Collins, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Lil Jon, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, Goldie, and Roland founder Ikutaro “Mr. K” Kakehashi.
Check out the trailer below.
Other than that, Diplo went to Austin for Austin City Limits and threw one of the best parties the city’s seen in with Jack U partner Skrillex.
(The caption read: “Remember that time jackü played 3 hours in someone’s house in Austin”)
He also squeezed in a vacation to Florida (it has been all over his Instagram) and announced that Major Lazer would be heading to Jamaica for a December concert.