Zachary Cole Smith has overcome a multitude of problems to make this intensely powerful album
Diplo - 'Express Yourself EP'
Diplo finally gets some me-time, and cuts loose big style
But he’s not always doing crazy shit. Sometimes he’s injecting Nicola Roberts with cred on ‘Beat Of My Drum’, or giving Usher a sleek makeover on ‘Climax’, or allowing Beyoncé the use of the Major Lazer track ‘Pon De Floor’ on ‘Run The World (Girls)’. In short, reinventing all of pop music in his own image. Even less crackers was recent Major Lazer song ‘Get Free’ which, though gorgeous, was a few degrees of separation from dinner party music.
So the question is: can he stay mad, even with all that other stuff going on? The answer can be found on ‘Express Yourself’, his first actual solo output since 2004’s ‘Florida’, and is: fuck, yes.
The EP could be called ‘Around The World In 80 VWOOOORPS’ – its six tracks see its creator pluck music from across the globe and mash it into that juddery Diplo ‘sound’. The title track sees him venture into New Orleans bounce flanked by rapper Nicky Da B, while ‘Barely Standing’ pulls in Canadian dubstep dude Datsik to put some wobble in its rear and American vocalist Sabi to slither seductively across it. ‘Move Around’, meanwhile, goes on further adventures in dancehall, before being blended into Diplo mania. It’s great. Now, someone get him on a record with Madonna immediately.
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