Listen: Diplo gets dancehall with No Doubt on ‘Push and Shove’
By now, Diplo’s list of collaborations is near-ridiculous in length. Between remixes for the Bloody Beetroots and Nero, producing for Usher, Azealia Banks, Pharrell and the newly spiritually-awakened Snoop Lion (nee Dogg) over the past year or so alone, you’d think his plate was pretty full. For anyone else, it might be – but when you’re Diplo, there’s always room for a little bit more. One of the Stereosonic-bound producer’s latest efforts was getting in the studio with 90s heroes No Doubt, who announced earlier this year they were at work on their first album in 11 years.
We found out a while ago that the collaboration between Gwen Stefani & co and the Mad Decent boss was to be titled Push and Shove, and a few months down the track the group have finally released said tune. As you’d expect of a Diplo production, Push and Shove is a colourful effort, shifting tempos throughout but keeping one foot in the Major Lazer-esque dancehall sound Diplo’s mastered. No Doubt’s Tony Kanal even went so far as to describe it as the band’s Bohemian Raphsody.
“We heard of Major Lazer, and we had heard of Diplo and Switch,” Kanal said in the band’s webisode earlier this month. “I reached out to them … I was like, ‘Do you have anything? Do you want to work on something together?’ We all got in the studio together and we worked on this track, and here we are now with this amazingly exciting idea.”
Push and Shove is the second single from No Doubt’s album of the same name. The first single, Settle Down was given the remix treatment by Diplo under his Major Lazer guise a few weeks back. So, do you rate Diplo’s latest?