Diplo announces his first ambient album set to release this week
Diplo is undeniably a man of many talents, but what really shines brightly about this legend is his drive to connect with his fan base on a deeper level. From surprising his fans with bass-heavy remixes this year to even revealing his very own country album Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil, Diplo is always one step ahead of the game in the music industry. Now, as our world has changed completely due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we can all agree we have been personally affected one way or the other. However, brightening up the mood is once again no man other than Diplo himself as he has just announced the release of his first-ever ambient album MMXX.
Providing his fans with a heart-warming message on his official Instagram account, Diplo states:
“First, all the flights got canceled then schools, restaurants, and shops closed.. slowly people or their family members got sick and lost their jobs and eventually, we regained some normalcy but it was through the American way… A wake up to the racial problems that don’t wait for a pandemic to slow down and in return protests and riots carried on as a last resort in search of some kind of change. Some kind of realisation that made us feel normal. I think it was a reaction to all the anxiety that we had to deal with this year. 2020 was fucked. We’re only 3/4s thru.. who knows when the aliens are going to arrive. This album is the only music I made this year.”
With a true portrayal of emotion and realness behind the upcoming album, Diplo has already shared he will be featuring artists such as Good Times Ahead, Lunice, Mikey Ekko, and more to instill hope even during some of the darkest of days. With MMXX scheduled to release on September 4, fans are lucky to once again explore another side of Diplo we have not heard yet. For now, all we can say is thank you Diplo for continuing to be fully transparent with your audience during the time we need it the most.
Check out the full announcement below.
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First all the flights got canceled then schools, restaurants and shops closed.. slowly people or their family members got sick and lost their jobs and eventually we regained some normalcy but it was through the American way… A wake up to the racial problems that don't wait for a pandemic to slow down and in return protests and riots carried on as a last resort in search of some kind of change. Some kind of realization that made us feel normal.. I think it was a reaction to all the anxiety that we had to deal with this year.. 2020 was fucked. We're only 3/4s thru.. who knows when the aliens are going to arrive. This album is the only music I made this year .. it's called 2020. "MMXX" it's about being here this year. For me it's all I had inside me. I didn't want to have zoom sessions, I didn't want to write pop songs. I was just stuck in my house with keyboards and a guitar I barely ever used . I would walk outside Los Angeles and see empty streets and see nervous people and this is what I heard .. but to me this year isn't dark it's not about the negative .. it's about hope . We are all going to remember we did it together and remember what we take from it .. we can look back in a few years and say it was tough but I'm tougher… Everyone might need something different, you don't have to do it alone .. mental health is something that we don't speak about enough. I'm giving to @_beamorg & @thelovelandfoundation because they can give you a little help where you need it most. I'll be donating proceeds of what we're making from this album .. also working with calm app because they can help find a way for people to listen to these tracks… Making ambient music might be a lot different than what you would expect from me but actually if you know me you probably know it's not. I hope you can tune out for 40 minutes next week when the full album is out but for now.. check out some of the tracks on @calm
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