Diplo releases ‘Europa’ EP, a celebration of hip-hop’s formidable talent from Europe
Is Diplo a robot? If working on Silk City, LSD, and Major Lazer isn’t enough, he’s out in studios all over the world doing A&R work for his label, Mad Decent by scouting premier undiscovered talent from areas with underrepresented artists. From the aforementioned endeavors, Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr is using his solo Diplo project. Today, he dropped his new Europa EP, a followup to 2018’s California, to celebrate collaborations with rappers from France, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, and Algeria.
In this album, Diplo takes a more backseat approach, allowing the fresh talent to take center stage. French-British rapper, Octavian, from London glides along lush synths on “New Shapes,” while Dutch rappers Bizzey—former member of Yellow Claw—and Ramiks bounce with sitars and a soca beat on “Dip Raar.” “Baui Coupé” showcases German rapper, Bausa, with a catchy hook, and Soolking from Algeria does sits back with floating trap vocals on “Oh Maria.” “Mira Mira” features Manchester up-and-coming urban-jazz artist IAMDDB while “Boom Bye Bye” featuring Niska received high praise at the project’s first release.