lectronic artist, multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer Kristian Wang, who performs under the moniker of Didi + Ping, has released his new deep house single “Take Flight” fusing the two powerful forces that have always driven him: music and his natural surroundings. CLICK HERE to listen. CLICK HERE to listen to extended mix. Flying is an ancient dream of humankind, and “Take Flight” expresses that wish with fervor. 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.” 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.
“‘Take Flight’ expresses my wish to fly – simple as that!,” shares Didi + Ping. “There are so many instances where I wish I could just jump into the sky, free from the shackles of gravity!”
“Take Flight” is the follow up to debut single“Buffalo Jump” which was recently featured on TIDAL’s Rising Electronic playlist. CLICK HERE to listen. CLICK 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.
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 shoutout 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.
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.