Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Diplo

  • Florida [Big Dada, 2004] *
  • Express Yourself [Mad Decent, 2012] B+
  • Random White Dude Be Everywhere [Mad Decent, 2014] A-

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Florida [Big Dada, 2004]
Unlike true turntablism fans, I'm glad Shadow casts such a shadow ("Big Lost," "Sarah"). *

Express Yourself [Mad Decent, 2012]
It is a fate toward which all producers converge to be only as good as their frontpeople. So give it up to Sabi on "No Problem" and especially My Name Is Kay on the woozily provocative "Barely Standing"--both dubstep-identified, some would note, but I'm dubious--for lifting this six-song EP off its indubitably excellent beats. Of which the most self-sustaining are the moombahton "Butters Theme" and yet another in the long line of unclassifiable oddities that bear the title "Set It Off." B+

Random White Dude Be Everywhere [Mad Decent, 2014]
Seven proven bangers gussied up with five remixes--in short, the obvious shit his base long ago had enough of d/b/a music for normal people seeking a pick-me-up. I suppose we could do without the remixes, but hell, excess is why he's richer than he is famous, and they're certainly not painful. In fact, I'm glad I don't have to choose between the two versions of the objectively counter-revolutionary "Revolution" or the N.O. bouncy "Express Yourself." I'm also glad a prev unrel featuring the prev useless Waka Flocka Flame bears the fetching title "Techno." A-