November 4, 2010

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Diplo, Blow Your Head- Diplo Presents: Dubstep
Downtown Records, Nov. 2

Not every UK trend turns into The Beatles. Most of you (i.e. those of you who make no effort whatsoever to trend-check your head, meaning 99 percent of New Hampshire, and that’s actually a good score in comparison to nearly all the states) noticed this guy on the Blackberry commercial and wondered who the hell he is. Short answer: a Philly-based remix-o-matic whose fame springs from his being one of those way-important “producer” guys who help major acts disappear further into their own fame, case in point M.I.A., with whom this guy had a falling out, possibly romantic-breakup-related, in the wake of his work on /\/\/\Y/\, an album that spent time as a piñata of critics, not that that means you have any reason to hate it. The biggest news about this flow-less glorified mixtape is the fact that Diplo has the temerity to lay claim in such a titular manner to the genre, which, along with its cousin, drum n bass, has been the Fight Club of music for a while now. Burial actually “owns it,” in my opinion, but this album will give you a good-enough idea about its current (tedious Justice/R&B-hop-oriented) state, from the Lil John nastiness of Diplo’s own “U Don’t Like Me” (if an NFL free safety could rap, this is what he’d say) to the Mario Brothers tech-glitch of Joker & Ginz’s “Re-Up.” Or just forget you even read this, it’s your nickel. B

— Eric W. Saeger