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Diplo “Random White Dude Be Everywhere” – Album Review

Mad Decent (2014)

Named after a comment on one of his several provocative videos from a rather astute YouTube user, Random White Dude Be Everywhere sees super-producer Diplo serve up a mixed bag of twerk classics, brand new cuts and remixes in a bid to confirm that he’s still the master of organised chaos.

With Bieber, Britney and Usher just a few of the artists who’ve recently chosen to utilise the 35-year-old’s speaker-blasting brand of hyperactivity, the title of this 13-track collection couldn’t be more appropriate. But despite his ubiquitous presence, Diplo’s frantic touch is still perhaps best experienced in small doses.

Offering a similar whirlwind of EDM, dancehall and hip-hop as his work with Major Lazer, Random White Dude Be Everywhere certainly isn’t short of energy. Opener “Revolution” begins as a Sia-esque slice of skyscraping pop but quickly transforms into a twitchy trap anthem designed to send festival crowds into a frenzy. “Boy Oh Boy” may have been stripped of its Missy Elliott sample due to copyright issues, but its bouncy wall of sounds still provides its fair share of thrills. Elsewhere, Waka Flocka Flame collaboration “Techno” – which alongside the abrasive “6th Gear” was recorded especially for the compilation – lives up to its billing with its hard-hitting ravey synths and relentlessly pounding beats.

However, Diplo’s over-reliance on bass drops, firing lasers and booty-popping beats starts to become tiresome long before the meme-inspiring electro-house of “Express Yourself” draws to a close, and by the time the five similarly down and dirty remixes from the likes of Thugli, Tony Romera and Rickyxsan have added to all the pandemonium, even the most hardened of ravers are likely to be begging for some respite.

With Madonna the latest A-list name to sign up to his hedonistic vision, Diplo seems likely to inspire comments of Random White Dude Be Everywhere for quite some time. But while this party-starting hotchpotch collection undoubtedly serves as a handy overview of his last two years’ work, its repetitive nature doesn’t quite justify why he’s become so in demand.

2.5 / 5 stars     

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About the Author

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Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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