For his newest episode of “Diplo & Friends,” Diplo steps behind the decks himself to craft a two-hour mix, arranging an hour of older records mixed into an hour of new releases. From classic Diplo remixes of Daft Punk and Bingo Players, to current releases from Drake and Migos, this mix presents a sonic history of the Mad Decent label and its leader’s rise to power.

In the first hour, Diplo recalls tracks from his days as one half of Hollertronix in Baltimore, providing the foundations for his successful career in the dance music industry. For the second hour he delivers some of his favorite contemporary hip hop releases and remixes. In addition to providing a small commentary on his roots, Diplo also demonstrates the talent that helped propel him to where he’s at today.

Overall the mix comes together very well, and credit to Diplo for pulling it off. Inspired by dance music of Latin America and the Carribbean, Diplo’s eclectic tastes shine through in his periodic use of tribal drums, timbals, and other percussion. Notably, there’s a hidden gem for fans in this mix: an apparent unreleased remix of Twist and Shout by the Beatles, the skillful execution of which further demonstrates the veteran DJ’s ability to tastefully blend the old and new. Mercurial club breaks under John Lennon’s raspy wails gives the 1960s classic a modern vibrance.

This is not the first time Diplo has dabbled with records from days past. Six years ago, back in they day of the Mad Decent World Radio podcast, Diplo crafted a mix of psychedelic rock classics he dubbed “Chasing The Dragon.” Four years later, Diplo again dusted off old time-honored records to amass them in the matter-of-factly titled, “got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour.” Both of the aforementioned mixes were well-received as keen explorations into the genres of yesteryear, and Diplo’s newest is likely to match their acclaim.

Listen to the Hollertronix/Baltimore & Contemporary Hip Hop mix here:


Diplo – Coming To America (B More Edit)
M.I.A. – XR2
Diplo & The Beatles – Twist and Shout (Shake it up Baby)
Diplo – Da African Chant
B More & Baltimore Club – Bed Squeak
Diplo – Way More (Johnny Blaze Remix)
Mike Mumbles – Wut Wut pt.3
Tessela – Hackney Parrot
DJ Mad – Put Your Drinks Up (feat. David S)
Bingo Players – Get Up (Diplo Remix)
Lloyd – Get It Shawty (T-Wrecks Bmore Remix)
Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Diplo Remix)
Daft Punk – Digital Love (Red Foxx’s Bmore Surprise Mix)
The Cardigans – Lovefool (Tyler Fedchuk’s 1/2ALIVE Edit)
Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song (Day O)
Aly‐Us – Follow Me (Club Mix)
The Chordettes – Mr Sandman (DJ Mcfly Bmore Remix)
Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down (Eyes Everywhere Bootleg)
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (Alvaro & Punish Baltimore Club Edit)
Dave Chappelle – Grape Drink
Diplo – Will Roc Move It
Abe – Mr. PostMan (AMG Remix)
Carnage – WDYW (Crespo & Dujor Bmore Edit) (feat. A$AP Ferg, Rich the Kid & Lil Uzi Vert)
Chillaz – 2 Obsessed Free
DeJ Loaf – Try Me (Nick Catchdubs Jersey Gardens Mix)
GTA & Wuki & Daft Pernk – I Just Werk (GTA Editz)
2Deep & Reid Stefan – Hands On My Knees
Baauer – Harlem Shake (DJ Sliink Remix)
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Recognize (Promnite Remix)
N*E*R*D – Everybody Nose (SpydaT.E.K. ‘HundredDollaBill’ Remix)
Vince Staples – BagBak
Post Malone – No Option
Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Easy Go
Major Lazer – Run Up (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj)
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On (Artistic Raw Remix)
bassment – Tu Vas Danser (Major Lazer Custom Edit)
Jillionaire & Fuse ODG & Fatman Scoop – Sunrise
Walshy Fire & Ketchup – No Laziness (feat. Bunji Garlin)
Rihanna – Sex With Me (Salva Remix)
Epic – Eat My Dust
Gregor Salto & Roulsen – PULA (feat. Dudu Capoeira)
Astro – Flippin’
Designer – Outlet
Migos – T-Shirt
Gucci Mane & Drake – Both
Big Sean – Jumping Out the Window
MadeinTYO – Skateboard P (Remix) (feat. Big Sean)
Kodie Shane – Sad (feat. Lil Yachty)
Malarkey & ANDRSN – School
Travis Scott – Sweet Sweet
Keys N Krates & KRANE – Right Here
Drake – With You (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
DJ Snake & Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (DJ 4B & DJ TEEZ Remix)

H/T: In The Mix

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