Admittedly, Wesley Pentz better known as Diplo is one of the dictators of cool that I’m always going on about. But when your crew’s (Hollertronix) parties help set off a craze as big as mash-up; you popularize entire genres that are marginal (Grime) or even completely unknown to the U.S. (Baile Funk); discover, date and DJ for a phenomenon like M.I.A. (regardless of the fact that she is way over hyped); and on top it all off your debut album gets released by Big Dada (subsidiary hip hop label for Ninja Tune) and is as dope as Florida; one could argue that your credentials for such a title are solid. I mean, he’s not some snotty journalist with a degree working for a “meta”-music site, he’s an actual DJ who’s tastes are club tested and crowd approved.
His remix of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes with Bun. B & Rich Boy is here as well as a Baile Funk(ed) out version of his own Way More: appropriately titled Way More Brazil. His remix of Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, which I’m luke-warm on is also included.
This album doesn’t officially drop until next month, but you can get it from the good people over at Hip Hop Bootleggers.
[edit: there must have been some complaints because it seems to be removed you should still check out the site though as it’s fucking great]
Hip Hop Bootleggers
Read press release here