Release Date: Feb 3, 2009
Record label: Big Dada
Decent Work for Decent Pay is a snapshot of what Diplo has been up to since his career-starter, 2004's Florida. He has been frighteningly prolific, pumping out remixes, touring the world, and even producing a few tracks of his own. A compilation of Diplo's mercurial output (or compensation, as "Work for Pay" implies) is de rigueur for such a prolific, genre-shifting artist.
The name “Diplo” is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s cute, easy to remember, and conjures the image of a massive, formidable stomper that’s hard to take down. On the other hand, it refers, quite literally, to a dinosaur, and makes for an easy metaphor if the man who adopts this name should ever lose his Midas touch. Decent Work for Decent Pay collects remixes, productions, and originals from the past four years, providing an overview of the DJ’s dizzying resume of activities.
Cast your mind back a few summers and the music scene was being energised with a world-beating sound. M.I.A. was setting the indie and club establishment ablaze with her devastatingly brash rhythms and rhymes; Bonde do Role were an affected but all the more effective C.S.S.; and Spank Rock were razing festival audiences with their bongo-bashing take on hardcore-rap, not to mention making killer Fabric mixes on the side.
Some remix compilations, such as Kruder & Dorfmeister's K&D Sessions or Ewan Pearson's Piecework, have such a strong unifying vision that they transcend their patchwork origins. This isn't one of them. Best known for coproducing MIA's albums, Philadelphia-based Wesley "Diplo" Pentz has an ad hoc junkyard sound, bolting together whatever beats come to hand: dancehall, baile funk, hip-hop, rave.