Get to know Diplo’s roots with the full stream of his debut album
On November 28, international mainstage superstar Diplo will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his 2004 breakout album Florida by re-releasing it through Big Dada – and to get fans prepped, he’s now dropped the whole thing to stream on SoundCloud.
The advance stream’s a good idea, since the revelation that Diplo wasn’t always about mainstage bangers has confused vast swathes of the internet who don’t remember back to the early Hollertronix days of 2003/04, when a Diplo DJ set would take in everything from Three Six Mafia to TV on the Radio and Kraftwerk.
Before the man born Wesley Pentz became the international representative of exotic genres like baile funk, Baltimore club, Miami bass and dancehall; before working with M.I.A.; before the international festival circuit; before Major Lazer and Jack U; and before the studio sessions with pop stars like Madonna and Beyoncé, Diplo was throwing wild underground parties in his native Philadelphia – and working on what would eventually be his first album release, Florida.
Stepped in hip hop beat-making culture (with a distinct nod to DJ Shadow and sampling odd-bods like Lemon Jelly) and a panoply of global influences – from reggaeton and bhangra to classical – Florida was acclaimed by all who heard it (in reviews now mostly lost off the dark edges of the internet).
“Making this record created an entirely new world for me,” Diplo wrote in a Facebook post earlier today. “Now that i think back it’s a very strange beginning and it’s crazy it’s been 10 years since its first release but really this record represents my first 23 years of life… What i had inside of me and where i came from, so i’m excited to revisit it…”
You can immerse yourself in Diplo’s 2004 world below; and below that, have a listen to Diplo and DJ Low Budget’s first ever Hollertronix mixtape, the party-starting Never Scared, which scored a place on the New York Times’s ‘top ten albums of 2003’ list. Diplo will be back on our shores to headline the immense Stereosonic festival this November and December.