The highly-anticipated EP features collaborations with MØ, GoldLink, Santigold, DRAM, Desiigner, and more
American DJ/producer Diplo continues to push forward as one of the hardest working producers in the industry. This time, the Major Lazer co-mastermind and Mad Decent label head returns with his latest EP California — the prolific producer’s first solo project since the release of Revolution in 2013. In a post on Instagram, Diplo explains the EP is specifically inspired “by all the young sounds and rappers that have moved to LA” over the last year, and features collaborations with longtime friend MØ, DC-native GoldLink, DRAM, Lil’ Yachty, Santigold, Desiigner, Trippie Redd and Lil Xan.
After giving California a few listens, we’re most excited to hear the 2x Grammy winner contributing his kaleidoscopical musical prowess to the growing fusion of hip-hop and EDM. A fusion that is familiar to a handful of Diplo projects, but quickly growing in mainstream popularity. On each of the seven tracks, Diplo experiments with a spectrum of melodies, while expertly highlighting the unique sounds, vocals, and delivery of the artists featured. It makes for an exciting crossover that will have producers feeling left in the dust and scouring for their own rap-laden collaboration.
The release of California follows a year that was anything but quiet for Diplo. Aside from burning through pages of his passport, early 2017 was met with the Apple Music release of Major Lazer’s documentary and compilation album Give Me Future. The film, which received strong praise during it’s Sundance Festival premiere, chronicles the group’s historic 400,000-person concert in Havana, Cuba in 2016. Major Lazer also later released their dance-hall ready EP Know No Better which features Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Quavo, and has 450+ million Spotify streams.
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