Following 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.”
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 moulded an impressive collection of remixes from Life and Death artists, bringing energy from all directions.
Over the course of 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) and 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.
Listen to the track below.