Dance-music titans team up

Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson

NEW YORK • Mark Ronson and Diplo have separately produced music that goes down as smooth as silk for countless acts.

Last Saturday, the duo fused their brands of dance music under the moniker Silk City, debuting before sweaty masses at New York's Governors Ball.

Silk City - named after a Philadelphia diner where a young Diplo built his name as a DJ - kicked off a set with a distinct feel of Ronson as funk-infused beats merged with snippets of soul.

Diplo and Ronson, who produced for the late Amy Winehouse and collaborated with Bruno Mars on blockbuster 2014 hit Uptown Funk, in the course of an hour, incorporated decades worth of samples from artists ranging from disco-era titan Van McCoy to young rap heroine Cardi B.

While bringing in some of the soaring sheets of electronica and pumping drums now associated with Diplo, Silk City shied away from the stage theatrics of Diplo's Major Lazer project with the two veterans spinning like classic DJs.

Diplo, who has explored Jamaican and Brazilian dance scenes and, more recently, crafted a fresh sound for Justin Bieber, described Silk City on Instagram as "an homage to some of the greatest dance music cities in the world... Chicago, London, Detroit, Paris".

Silk City, ahead of the show, released a first single, Only Can Get Better, a track of old-school, dance-club house with vocals by Australian R&B singer Daniel Merriweather.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Dance-music titans team up'. Print Edition | Subscribe