Following the release of the deluxe version of Diplo’s self-titled album, DJ Tennis curates an all-star line-up of artists from his Life and Death label roster to remix tracks from acclaimed LP. Showcasing the synergy and close relationship of Diplo and DJ Tennis and their respective imprints, Higher Ground and Life and Death, the remix EP arrives as an extremely limited edition 12″ vinyl pressing that will be out alongside digital.
‘My good friend and colleague Sam from Higher Ground approached me after a party and asked me if I was interested in curating a remix package for Wes and I didn’t have to think twice. My instincts were right and the results are amazing. The musical diversity of the remixes, on limited edition vinyl with a limited edition clothing collab…a perfect match. I’ve been following Diplo for years as his musical journey and vision has always been an inspiration for me. A multifaceted character and true original, he’s a genuine producer and has grown to become a dear friend.’ – DJ Tennis
‘Diplo’ dived into the house music that first blew the now Grammy winning & chart-topping producers mind as a teenager. A titan of electronic music, he turned his focus back to these roots. ‘Diplo (Life and Death Remixes)’ features productions from across the original album including the Grammy-nominated “On My Mind” with SIDEPIECE.
“I’ve admired Manfredi (DJ Tennis) as a producer, DJ, label owner, and friend for years now. His Life and Death imprint has been one of the most consistent labels in house music for a long time, and when we started the Higher Ground concept, he was one of the first guys that understood what we were trying to do: break down genre boundaries and tie sounds and scenes together. Manfredi supported us from the beginning. As a result, there’s great energy between Higher Ground and Life and Death, we’ve played a bunch of shows together and we’re constantly trading music. When I dropped my self-titled album this year, I thought it would be a great opportunity to create something to showcase this, so we put together this pack of remixes.” – Diplo
From the suave and expansive sounds of DJ Tennis and Carlita’s remix of ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, the mesmerizing and complex drum patterns of Red Axes’ rendition of ‘Right 2 Left’, to a complete reimagination of BĘÃTFÓØT & Ashee’s ‘Forget About Me (Nite Version)’ & Danny Daze’s Sun & Waves mix of collaborative Seth Troxler track, DJ Tennis has molded an impressive collection of remixes from Life and Death artists, bringing energy from all directions.
Throughout a 20-year career that began with his now-legendary club night Hollertronix, Diplo has gone from selling records to Kanye West out of the trunk of his car to collaborating with the world’s biggest stars (Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Bieber) and playing all over the globe (Havana, Karachi, Kathmandu). He continues to explore and champion genres and artists from around the world (baile funk, dancehall, New Orleans bounce) through his label, publishing company, and various book, film, and TV projects.
The eleven-time Grammy nominee is also a member of the iconic Major Lazer, one-third of LSD—the psychedelic supergroup with Sia and Labrinth whose debut album has been streamed over 3 billion times, and half of Silk City with Mark Ronson—whose Platinum-certified, Grammy-winning “Electricity” with Dua Lipa topped charts worldwide.
Carlita has been turning heads – and for a very good reason. Now based out of New York City, the Turkish-Italian artist is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who is part of the underground’s most elite circles. She’s renowned for playing unique stages internationally; from Burning Man to Tesla’s Giga Factory opening and more. This summer, she’s turned up the heat with her project by getting her hands on numerous impressive ventures. Earlier this month, her official remix of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s track “See You Again” was released as a part of their ‘SURRENDER REMIXES’ album, alongside remixing artists like Adriatique, Colyn, Dom Dolla, and more. On September 5th Carlita presented her Cercle set from the mythical Cinecittà Studios in Rome, Italy. The Cinecittà Studios, often called “La fabbrica dei sogni” (“Dream Factory”) was the backdrop to her performance, a location where over 3,000 films have been shot at Cinecittà in its 80+ year history and at least 51 of them have won Academy Awards. She played all the key parties at Burning Man including Robot Heart x Mayan Warrior, The Kazbah (sunrise set), and Pineapple Motel (with Diplo), and on September 9, coinciding with New York Fashion Week, Carlita presented her own multisensory high-fashion concept party called Senza Fine. The party blurs the boundaries between genres of music, people, design, and experience – attendees are immersed in a boundless celebration of the senses through the use of colored haze, lighting, fragrance, and curation of architectural design.