Boomkat Product Review:
Diplo (known to his mum as Wes Pentz ) made a big impact with his 2004 Big Dada LP Florida, and quickly achieved something akin to ubiquity, but without any of the negative, over-exposure baiting connotations that word might suggest. Much of Diplo's notoriety and all round hipness stems from his prolific work as a remixer, not just as a producer. Indeed, for many, his M.I.A. collaboration Piracy Funds Terrorism stole the thunder from the Arular album it was based upon. Decent Work For Decent Pay provides a summary of the work Diplo's undertaken over the past four years - and it's predominantly remixes that feature, with the likes of Bloc Party, CSS, Hot Chip, Peter, Bjorn & John, Black Lips and of course the aforementioned M.I.A., whose 'Paper Planes' makes an appearance, tweaked and reinforced with contributions from Bun B and Rich Boy. Elsewhere the track with Kano, 'Reload It' makes quite an impact, contracting a hectic, smashed up a beat with a casual, chromatic electric piano riff, while Bloc Party's earnest indie-electro material combines very nicely with a makeover from Diplo's excitable soundbanks. The Brazilian contingent is well represented: CSS's 'Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above' fares well under Pentz's direction, and Bonde Do Role's 'Solta O Frango' thrives in a big way - Diplo's own 'Way More Brazil' continues with the same line in baile funk beats, relying on addictive basslines and careful edits rather than the vocal hooks you'll find scattered elsewhere on the album. In addition to the already very strong tracklist the CD includes some 'enhanced' content: 'Diplo Rhythm', a remix of Spoon's ace 'Don't You Evah', the Johnny Blaze remix of 'Way More' and the video for 'Percao'.