Between his seemingly interminable menagerie of other musical ventures, Diplo still somehow finds the time to continue his foray into the modern house music fortress. Narrowing in on a recent Arkade anthem: Kaskade and Felix Cartal‘s “More” from the former’s Redux 003 EP.
Stepping outside his new country alias, Thomas Wesley (his real name), Diplo’s ditched the ten-gallon hat and rhinestone Western shirt (for now) to bring some gritty, guttural low end to the formerly fluorescent “More.” The Mad Decent maestro nixes Jenn Blosil’s syrupy croons and frothy vocal chops for a grumbly, club-catering finished product. The rendition arrives like its predecessor’s malevolent twin, donning a mischievous smirk and enough clapping percussion to keep listeners alive and on the floor well after the remix fades out.
Showing four on the floor ardent fidelity in recent years alongside his sprawling sundry of sonic involvements, Diplo has recently gone as far to erect his own label, Higher Ground, in order to celebrate the long-winded development of the genre—propping up its most incisive contemporaries in the process. The Major Lazer patriarch tapped modern house sensations, Walker & Royce for the imprint’s inaugural release: Rave Grave.