Since 1965, Notting Hill Carnival has celebrated the UK’s rich West Indian community. So how does Major Lazer (the collaboration of two distinctly non-West Indian producers Diplo and Switch) enter the fray? The same way the cross all borders of global sound, with a killer party and true respect for the indigenous music being celebrated mixed with contemporary artists who are pushing the sounds in new directions. This year’s Major Lazer Carnival will feature dancehall legend Sean Paul along with Nicky Da B, Hudson Mohawke, Doc Daneeka, Mele b2b Lil Silva and Raf Riley. …MORE
We’ve lost track of how many times Diplo has appeared on the Coachella stage over the year, first as tour DJ for M.I.A. in 2006, and at least once with his own act, Major Lazer. Throw in at least one solo DJ set in 2008, and you’d think he’d be a pretty big fan of the annual festival. Apparently he’s a bigger fan of talking trash on Twitter, like he did yesterday when he tweeted: “
“Maybe I’m just throwing shade but ‘Coachsmella’ looks pretty lame this year. You used to be a place to check out new bands/music.
“Besides Snoop and Dre that’s boss shit right there. Its like bootleg Ultra with a few bands that are safe.”
The tweet has been deleted, but what do you think? Is “Coachsmella” not cool anymore because Diplo said so? …MORE
Ranking the top artists of the past 365 days is a tricky proposition. What seemed like a simple enough question when we asked you to rate 100 top artists becomes a labyrinth of questions regarding the state of music in 2011. Is dance music really taking over the American landscape, or does hip-hop still rule the minds of music fans? Is it fair to nominate an act that didn’t release a proper record this year, when the internet has made the act of releasing albums virtually obsolete? Did some acts hustle hard for voters while others sat back and let the votes come in? …MORE
Austin is no stranger to major music gatherings, but local fave Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown out of the shadow of it’s older siblings ACL and SXSW to become an event worthy of national attention on its own. Here’s URB’s video recap by Calvin Millar with awesome footage of Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Major Lazer and more. Music by Neon Indian. Wish you were there? You betcha.