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Diplo | California | Album Review

Record Label: Mad Decent
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Diplo’s new six-track EP California, released on March 23, features artists such as Lil Yachty, Desiigner, and Trippie Redd. Still, the songs remain uniquely his own, as the beats guide listeners through the album.

The atmospherics and echoing vocals compliment the content that’s established in the first song, “Worry No More” feat. Lil Yachty and Santigold. The song imagines what it would be like to feel secure in a “big house like Gatsby,” glorifying fame and riches. This track draws a line in the sand for the rest of the album.

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Different songs speak on a multitude of perspectives from completely pessimistic, such as in “Suicidal,” to an infectious optimism that busts through the piano backing the final song, “Get It Right.” The music turns away from the trap influence that pervades the rest of the songs—a nod to Diplo’s electronic roots, with an upbeat drop and vocals where artist proclaims, “they can try to hold me down but I am / I’m gonna get it right.”

The collection’s only weakness is Trippie Redd’s unbearable appearance in “Wish.” Trying to kick his lyrics into high gear, Redd produces something more like a drunken holler that drowns out most of the beat and anything that would’ve made the song enjoyable otherwise.

California makes use of what space it has to communicate a message about the ups and downs along the road to success. Between auto-tuned laments in “Suicidal” and the forward-facing lyrics and driving drums in “Look Back,” Diplo’s new EP reaches out, unraveling life’s complexities.

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