Red Bull's new weekly nightlife bulletin is so packed with good stuff that we can't fit it all into one blog. So here's a little something extra as Kate Hutchinson announces the UK arrival of the enigmatic Diplo...
Ever the intrepid sonic globetrotter, Mad Decent head honcho and all-round enigmatic producer Diplo, sometimes called the ‘Christopher Columbus of electronic music’, is heading to London with his fizzing electro turntable alchemy on Thursday, April 28. The special show, in association with Red Bull Music Academy and Deadly People, will be recorded exclusively for Red Bull Music Academy Radio.
The last time the mash-up menace played in the UK capital, he was tearing up Notting Hill Carnival at the annual Red Bull and Major Lazer party last August. But this time Diplo is flying solo, with a few special guests yet to be announced along for the ride and packing piles of the kinds of new eclectic-informed beats from the far corners of the world that he’s renowned for.
We wonder what unchartered territories he’ll uncover next. Tribal psych-rap, perhaps? Or maybe Tibetan horrorcore? And let’s not forget naturalist fuckstep. Diplo is always exploring new talent, whether it’s filming documentaries on Brazilian baile funk one and making beats for political pop princesses or producing screaming hardcore bands. But you can expect him to conjure a wild, skank-heavy atmosphere to blur this aural skullduggery into one.
'He’s living the proper musician’s life. He's the guy that everyone wants to be mates with'
“While some producers are stuck in their city basement studios, Diplo’s out there riding down the Mekong river, drinking in a swanky Moscow club or out in the Australian outback teaching Aborigine kids how to make beats,” says Phil Hutcheon, Deadly People’s founder. “He’s living the proper musician’s life. And he’s fucking hilarious on Twitter when he’s telling us all about it. He's the guy that everyone wants to be mates with.”
These days, that even counts the fashion world. The Los Angeles-based Philly home slice was recently shot for designer Alexander Wang’s Spring 2011 T Collection (see the behind-the-scenes documentary from the shoot here).
Consequently, Hutcheon can already feel the buzz. “Since the announcement, we’ve had dozens of emails about it. People are going crazy!” he adds. “You can tangibly feel the excitement of this Christopher Columbus of electronic playing one of our most beautiful venues, Koko.”
Diplo himself concurs: “Red Bull Music Academy parties are always crazy. Every year we do our Major Lazer Notting Hill Carnival party and now, with club shows like Koko, we’ll be able to keep doing great events in London.”
For a full list of international tour dates, see Diplo’s Myspace.