July is here, which means two things - Latitude Festival is just around the corner, and it’s time for a brand new issue. This month, we’re welcoming MØ to the cover of DIY, as she leads the charge of our massive, 20-page Latitude preview.
Inside, Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen takes us through the crazy, post-‘Lean On’ world of MØ as she gears up for her sure-to-be-bloody-massive second album. Oh, and we also chat to both MØ and Diplo about DIY’s hand in the creation of ‘Lean On’. It wouldn’t have happened without us. Possibly.
“Maybe three years ago, or even more, DIY interviewed me and asked me about my dream collaboration, and I said Major Lazer,” she remembers, revisiting just how recent stratospheric events first began to unwind. “Someone on Twitter tweeted Diplo, and said ‘please make this happen, you should work with her’. He replied ‘we love her’,” she beams. “So then me and my manager were like, we need to fucking hunt him down and get a session set up.” Hunt him down, she did: cornering the producer in Amsterdam for a day of studio time. The outcome was ‘XXX 88’. “That was the beginning of our collaborations. So thanks, man!”
Elsewhere, we delve into the best of the rest of the Latitude line-up, from headliners like The Maccabees and The National, through to exciting newcomers like Danny L Harle and Weaves. It’s gearing up to be one of the biggest weekends of the summer once more, and we’ve got the essential lowdown.
We also talk to Bat For Lashes about her gripping new concept album ‘The Bride’, talk new beginnings with a fresh-look Blink-182, catch up with Partybaby on their debut trip to the UK, get the lowdown on Twin Atlantic’s new album ‘GLA’ (including how to pronounce it…), and go in the studio with Two Door Cinema Club.
In Neu, our essential new music section, we meet Blaenavon, Abattoir Blues and GoldLink, and as ever there’s the full rundown of all the month’s new releases and best live shows.
That’s just the beginning, too. Basically, it’s absolutely jam-packed. It’s a wonder the thing’s not falling apart at the spine, really.