You know those DJ’s/ artistes whose material you really like but if you’re fair at all to yourself and the universe at large, it would only be the right thing to do if you admit that they are, in fact, pretty static? That’s Diplo for me. I love his work, I love the music he puts out as part of the Major Lazer duo with Switch–I am so much in love that I have his entire discography (and counting).
However, I’m not going to say his work doesn’t give me a bit of that monotonous vibe–what’s new, really isn’t all that new, but it’s still different from the last thing, and it’s what I like, so why not listen to it, right?
But as I type those words, I have to turn around and eat them, because Diplo’s latest mixtape released through the Pomp&Clout series of mixtapes is nothing but sheer 70s and 80s rock and soul music with not a single lazer in earshot–just pure fire breathing goodness. Am I thrilled? Heck yes I’m thrilled!
The Mixtape starts out with that retro Rock N’ Roll energy, and then mellows out with some easy retro soul–all intertwined with distorted guitar sounds; pure fuzz no lazers, it’s nothing but major.
If the only thing you know or like from Diplo is that one “Pon de Floor” track he released through the Major Lazer collaboration, then you especially should take a seat and have a listen. Even though you probably won’t be pleasantly surprised, I like to think that my readers have the best of intentions, so it’s all good.
It’s the sweetest thing ever, I promise.