We already knew Diplo could do pretty much anything. He’s produced hip-hop and pop chart-toppers, formed mega-groups like Major Lazer, Jack Ü, and LSD, and he’s helped shine a light on music from all over the globe. Not to mention he’s a dad and part of Calvin Klein’s underwear line. Earlier this year, he also assumed two new identities: a deep house DJ and a country-pop producer.
In March, Diplo released two tracks and announced that they’d be part of a larger house music project called Higher Ground. As the year progressed, he added two more house collaborations enlisting Kah-Lo and Tove Lo as features, spun Carnage’s “Letting People Go” into a house track, and unveiled a new house label, also called Higher Ground. If all of that doesn’t show you one EDM’s most illustrious figures is doubling-down on house, this week Diplo shared a house remix of Kaskade & Felix Cartel’s “More” off Redux 003. While the original track has more of an upbeat vibe for something off of a Redux EP, Diplo takes this rework deep into the underground with a fat bassline, echoing vocals, and a classic house beat.
To say the world (or at least I) was absolutely flabbergasted about this second new identity as a country-pop producer is a total understatement. I feel like one day, Diplo must’ve thought to himself ‘What’s the one genre I haven’t done and no one would ever expect?’ and ran with it. Next thing we know, he’s appearing at Stagecoach, posting photos in rhinestone-studded cowboy outfits, and releasing country-pop songs.
Today, we have the third installment of Diplo’s nth persona, a heavily teased collaboration with the Jonas Brothers called “Lonely.” Ahead of the release, Diplo “hacked” the trio’s instagram, changing their name to “Calvin Harris Wasn’t Available,” and uploading tons of embarrassing content.
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The latest video was tied to the release and shows the brothers ignoring the DJ’s relentless texts and calls, even after he apologized for live-streaming Joe and Sophie Turner’s Vegas wedding. I think I’m still getting used to this side project, but it’s a catchy track with good vocals and some solid strings.
While a lot of us may be scratching our heads a bit still, it’s important to take a step back and look at Mr. Pentz’s recent accolades. No one else in the world could release a house remix of Kaskade and a record with the Jonas Brothers in the same week. No one. Diplo has truly transcended the barriers of genres and showed us there’s nothing he can’t do. The world is his playground and who knows where we’ll find him next….Enjoy!