When you think of electronic music, one of the first name that comes to many people’s minds is Diplo. With a 20-year career in the industry that has seen him rise to the top of the scene with hit after hit, not only for his own releases but also his varying side projects, it is astonishing to learn that it’s been nearly 18 years since his last full length record. This all changes now with the release of the long-awaited self-titled album (via his own imprint Higher Ground and Sweat It Out) that sees him return to his roots with some seriously addictive and thumping house-influenced music that enlists an all-star cast on collaborative duties.
Featuring the likes of Miguel, Jungle, SIDEPIECE, Aluna, TSHA, Leon Bridges, Lil Yachty, Busta Rhymes, Seth Troxler, Amtrac, RY X and many more, Diplo utilises the individual brilliance of all artists to create uniquely brilliant but cohesive electronic soundscapes full of groove and vibrancy that you simply can’t ignore. Throughout the sonic masterpiece that is this self-titled album, Diplo showcases all the tricks of his trade with a lively and upbeat instrumental base on offer featuring commanding piano chords, driving percussion setting the tone as well as uplifting synths and basses that set just the right amount of space for each of the vocalists to raise the bar on each track to astronomical heights.