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Didi + Ping – Rings of Saturn

One of Didi + Ping’s greatest passions is the exploration of outer space. Not only is “Rings of Saturn” a showcase of one of our solar system’s most unique and beautiful planets, but also a reminder of the many beautiful celestial bodies that dot the universe. Let the buzzy synths and electronic drums launch you into orbit around this golden gas giant. Who will be the first human among us to fly through the billions of tiny moons that encircle the ringed planet?

“Rings of Saturn” is an instrumental bop, an irresistible song to play and just vibe to. It’s a song that perfectly reflects the essence of outer space and the awe-inspiring planet of Saturn with it’s futuristic beats and high-pitch melody that fades into the background. The combination creates a symphony with the tempo’d beats guiding you through the journey and the ethereal background sending the tone for the beautiful planet you’re seeing; a perfect ode to the “Rings of Saturn.”

The single “Rings of Saturn” from the Asian-Canadian electronic artist, multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer Didi + Ping (who was just named to DJ Mag’s 10 Emerging Artists You Need To Hear) is out now.

Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version.

Kristian Wang, who performs under the moniker of Didi + Ping, fuses the two powerful forces that have always driven him: music and his natural surroundings. Didi + Ping’s intricate soundscapes are as boundless as the vistas Wang recalls from his youth. Each production is infused with lilting melodies, emotional chords and mesmerizing instruments, thoughtfully composed to celebrate Wang’s robust musical proclivities, his rustic upbringing, and the colorful personalities who shaped him. The moniker itself, “Didi + Ping” pays homage to Kristian’s rich Asian ancestry. “Didi” means “younger brother” in his family’s native Mandarin tongue, and doubles as a shout-out to his sibling, with whom he’s created homespun grooves throughout the years. “Ping” is Wang’s Chinese namesake, and a powerful reminder of his ancestors’ storied past. As a descendent of grandparents who fled China during the civil war in search of a better life in Canada, he is no stranger to the notion of embracing the unknown. And that concept is exactly what Didi + Ping strives to illuminate in his buoyant tracks, which unveil a unique take on deep and up tempo melodic house, and showcase his talents as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer.

Didi + Ping recently released single “Pharaoh” transporting listeners to one of the cradles of civilization. Luring in the listener with a moody bass choir, “Pharaoh” explores the tombs of Ancient Egypt’s divine monarchs. Indeed, Canada’s talented producer evokes the godly presence of these powerful rulers through his commanding piano chords, thunderous percussion, and angelic singers. His knack for building epic soundscapes and groovy beats will surely entice you to the dance floor. Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version. “Take Flight” about flying being an ancient dream of humankind. On the track, Didi + Ping demonstrates his compositional prowess and atmospheric production sense with silky-toned violins and an uplifting drum beat. An inspiring piano melody drives the piece – “look heavenward!” it sings. These charming ingredients create a wishful song that will carry you high into the sky and take you for a drive on the “infinite highway of the air.” Press here to listen. Press here to listen to extended mix. “Take Flight” followed debut single “Buffalo Jump” which was recently featured on TIDAL’s Rising Electronic playlist. Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version. The smooth house cut captures the spirit of the wild featuring melodious flute trills, vigorous hand drums and fascinating samples of a Native American pow wow recorded by a group who still inhabit Alberta, Canada, not too far from where Wang grew up in Calgary. The exuberant four-on-the-floor beat was first laid down as a Valentine’s Day gift for Wang’s girlfriend, before evolving into a broader love letter to the wide-open spaces and historic fragments of Americana that have long instilled wonder and pride in the curious artist.

Through captivating tones and weaving rhythms, Didi + Ping honors the mysteries of the planet, the serenity of nature and the collective spirituality that these aspects have evoked in civilizations throughout the ages.

Drawing inspiration from anywhere he can, from his home to outer space, he transports listeners elsewhere through his artistry. With immeasurable talent, and Didi + Ping is definitely an artist to watch!

Alec Benjamin photograph by Matty Vogel from Collin Citron, Elektra Records for use by 360 Magazine

ALEC BENJAMIN TOUR × VIDEO – THE WAY YOU FELT

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin has unveiled an official music video for his latest single “The Way You Felt.” In the Miles & AJ-directed visual, Alec confronts a past relationship by revisiting stops along their shared history and reliving pivotal moments – even though he’s alone this time. Watch it on his official YouTube channel here.

“I love music videos that have the ability to tell the story beyond the lyrics of a song,” Alec shared. “When I wrote ‘The Way You Felt,’ I found myself thinking about an ex-girlfriend, so when it came time to shoot the video, I felt inspired to go back to all of the places where our relationship unfolded. I thought it was the perfect way to process some good and bad memories, and maybe get a little closure, which I obviously needed because I’m still writing about it.”

“The Way You Felt” is available to stream and download now here via Elektra Records. Upon release, Billboard praised, “The pain feels genuine, and Benjamin’s soothing delivery creates the impression that the shock hasn’t fully registered.” Alec recently delivered the song’s network television performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the clip here. To celebrate Mother’s Day, Corden and his mother Margaret also welcomed Alec and his mother Janet onto the show for a special interview. Watch it here.

Adding further dimensions to the track, Alec also recently shared an acoustic version and a Mandarin version entitled “你的目光(The Way You Felt).” The song marked Alec’s first official Mandarin release, and debuted at #1 on NetEase Music’s Western New Music Chart in China, surpassing new releases from artists including Lorde and Maroon 5. Competing with both domestic and international releases, the track also climbed to #2 on the platform’s Viral Chart and #8 on the New Music Chart. After resuming his study of the language during the COVID-19 pandemic, he collaborated with Chinese actress and singer Zhao Lusi on a Mandarin version of his hit single “Water Fountain” earlier this year. Watch their duet on his YouTube channel here.

This Fall, Alec will return to the road for a North American tour with support from Harry Hudson. The 23-city trek kicks off on September 14 in Santa Cruz, CA, and wraps on October 21 in Pomona, CA. Due to overwhelming demand, he has already added second nights in multiple markets and upgraded his Dallas, TX show from Canton Hall to The Bomb Factory.

Remaining tickets for the tour are available now here.

The Way You Felt” follows Alec’s critically acclaimed 2020 debut studio album,These Two Windows. Generating nearly half-a-billion streams in under a year, it boasts the hit singles “Jesus In LA,” “Oh My God,” and “Mind Is A Prison.” Attracting widespread praise, People raved, “The album is a major milestone,” and Stereogum christened him “A fascinating voice in modern pop.” In addition to plugs from The New York Times, American Songwriter and more, Billboard noted, “The rising pop singer-songwriter succeeds in making the matter distinctive by how much his lyrics read like a heart-to-heart conversation.”

Alec Benjamin North American Tour Dates

September 14, 2021 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

September 15, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

September 17, 2021 – Portland, OR – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT

September 18, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – SOLD OUT

September 19, 2021 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

September 21, 2021 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

September 22, 2021 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom

September 24, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis

September 25, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

September 26, 2021 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre – SOLD OUT

September 28, 2021 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall – SOLD OUT

September 29, 2021 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

September 30, 2021 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS

October 02, 2021 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues – Boston – SOLD OUT

October 03, 2021 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

October 04, 2021 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT

October 05, 2021 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

October 08, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

October 10, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

October 11, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

October 12, 2021 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham – SOLD OUT

October 15, 2021 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues – Houston*

October 16, 2021 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory^*

October 17, 2021 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin

October 19, 2021 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren – SOLD OUT

October 21, 2021 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House – SOLD OUT

^Upgraded from Canton Hall

*No Harry Hudson

About Alec Benjamin

As popular music gets more and more “genre-less,” Alec Benjamin has only gotten more and more era-less. You can’t pin his candid storytelling, warm melodies, sticky hooks, and natural production to any age. That’s why he’s quietly become his generation’s own troubadour. Thus far, he has amassed nearly four billion streams, 820 million YouTube views, and multiple gold and platinum singles. He has sold out shows on three continents and counts Billie Eilish and John Mayer among his most vocal and ardent fans. Not to mention, he’s collaborated with everyone from Alessia Cara to Chinese superstar Zhao Lusi. His 2018 mixtape, Narrated For You, picked up a gold certification, while the 2020 debut album, These Two Windows, arrived to widespread critical acclaim from Billboard, People, Stereogum, and more. After a Global Pandemic, a year of soul-searching, and countless hours writing, he returns with his new single “The Way You Felt.”

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