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Diplo: Dub Cutter, Goat Gutter • Boomshots
Eight Riddimentary Questions For The Evil Genius Behind Major Lazer Before last year’s Major Lazer movement rewrote the rules, the chances of hot-stepping into a Kingston nightclub like Fiction and hearing a set of “electronica” was pretty much zero. But since the runaway success of “Pon Di Floor,” Diplo packs them in at parties like Brand New Machine, mixing Ibiza-ready beats for outernationally-minded Jamaicans. That’s why the new anthology, Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves, comes as such a surprise: is this the same evil genius who made Jamaica safe for Yankee hipsters by replacing all those Chiney Ks with laser beams? Instead of pushing towards a futuristic fusion of surf rock and low-budget animation, Riddimentary finds Diplo rewinding it all the way back to the foundation with some tastefully chosen vintage dub and reggae cuts. It seemed like a good time to ask: what up with this dude? So we beamed eight questions up to Diplo’s fortress of solitude, and he spilled his guts—goat guts, that is. 1. What was the first reggae record that blew your mind—and why? “Memories” by Beenie Man… It’s just the energy and the lyrics and the attitude and power of that scene back then when I was …