Earlier this month, a friendless Diplo took to the duties of his Diplo & Friends BBC Radio 1Xtra slot and delivered a mix solo that, truth be told, didn’t need a supporting cast. Mad Decent‘s mad scientist compiled a twerk saturated, bouncy mix that features plenty of big room/festival sounds, incorporates dance hall and moombahton elements, is packed to the brim with hip-hop inspired remixes, and offers a heavy dose of bass and trap music. This mix screams Diplo, demonstrating exactly why he has become one of the most relevant and sought after music producers around right now.
Upon joining Major Lazer, Walshy Fire has lent both his MC’ing and DJ’ing abilities to the versatile project. Teaming up with reggae adept Chronixx, the two have released “Start a Fyah Mixtape” under the official Major Lazer heading. The mixtape is strictly dancehall/reggae, with Chronixx providing continuous verbal output. While we gave a glimpse into Jamaica’s dancehall phenomenon with Diplo‘s Kingston diaries, “Start a Fyah Mixtape” is further education into the flourishing dancehall culture. The mellow, dub-driven mix is available for free download below.
Diplo, our favorite advocate of a more globally-minded form of dance music, has kept a bit of a running travel log with Vanity Fair over the last eighteen months. In his latest installment, the American producer and DJ steps out into the world of dancehall in Kingston, Jamaica with photographer Shane McCauley. Dancehall, in case you’re unfamiliar, is a “beat-heavy descendant of reggae” as Vanity Fair puts it. Diplo seems to travel back and forth between Jamaica and his home base in LA to work on new music with quite some frequency and he writes to us in his latest photo essay of some of the scene’s more notable intricacies and main characters. Check out some of the photos below and click through to see the full slideshow on Vanity Fair.
Everyone’s favorite renegade, zombie fighting, lazer-toting Jamaican commando is back with a brand new mix. Major Lazer’s latest mix contains an impressive sixty two tracks in just seventy one minutes. The mix is exactly what you would expect from Diplo’s long term side project and contains a whole host of absolutely fantastic feel-good reggae/dancehall tracks. While Diplo might have dropped Switch from the Major Lazer project, he seems to have found more than adequate replacements in Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. Check out the mix below and then click after the break for the (very long) tracklist.