Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Diplo focus


DJ AND remixer Diplo has had higher peaks than most in his career.
Since 2003 the Philadelphia producer, real name Wesley Pentz, has worked with leftfield artists such as Bonde Do Role and MIA as well as heavyweights such as Radiohead, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, and his work is credited with raising the profile of Brazilian funk music in the US and Europe.
This Collected Works compilation, titled Decent Work For Decent Pay, reflects this blend of good time South American vibes with drum and bass and breaks beats and a pop inkling - and it will come as no surprise to fans that it's ruddy fantastic.
There are a few disappointing tracks here - Kano missing the beat and that infernal kangaroo song - but cuts such as the Daft Punk, Spank Rock, Sandra Melody and MIA collaborations show Diplo's is a back catalogue worth dipping into.

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