The pair are set to headline this year’s Bestival under their moniker Silk City. Today (May 23), they’ve unveiled the retro, house-inspired lead single. The summer smash-in-waiting – featuring Daniel Merriweather – premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1.
Speaking on the phone from LA, Ronson discussed meeting Diplo through a friend back in 2002 and their mutual love of music. “Even though the style of music we do is quite different, there’s so much shared stuff that we do love – like classic house, disco and hip-hop,” he told Mac. “So we just got in the studio sometime last year and started making some music.”
Ronson added that the “combination of [Diplo’s] style of drums and production” together with his chords made him want to continue working together.
“I just really liked how it was coming out and we were just like, ‘this should be something.'”
Later in the chat, Ronson also teased that a collaboration with Dua Lipa is coming over summer.
Diplo previously said that the new project is “a homage to some of the greatest dance music cities” in the world, which he named: Chicago, London, Paris and Detroit.
“[Mark Ronson] & I met as DJs 20yrs ago & our paths have taken us everywhere since,” he tweeted. “It is great to get back together & make music.”
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Diplo will produce Will Smith’s official World Cup song.
Mark Ronson last released a full-length record in 2015 with ‘Uptown Special’, while Diplo’s last LP, ‘California’, dropped in March this year. Diplo also teamed up with Sia and Labrinth recently – forming the supergroup LSD.