The last time we heard from Diplo, one-half of the musical muscle behind fantastical dancehall party crashers Major Lazer, he was backstage at this summer's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. "It's changing so rapidly, it's just crazy," the trend-conscious DJ/producer told SPIN as Skrillex's fist-pumping mix of dubstep bass-bomb and arena-rock bombast got American kids raving like it was 1997 again. On his T-shirt: "BABYLON IS FALLING."
Given Diplo's usual ear to the global street, you might expect his latest Major Lazer song with U.K. DJ/producer Switch to veer off from the Kingston-gone-club-rap hedonism of 2009's Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do and last year's Lazers Never Die EP, which revived a similar Gorillaz-style cartoon-beat futurism with bigger guest stars (M.I.A.! Thom Yorke!). And you'd be sort of right: The first track from the duo's upcoming digital EP is more of a straight, four-on-the-floor electro-house banger. But you'd also be sort of wrong, because despite featuring Dutch DJ duo the Partysquad — who've opened for Kanye West, 50 Cent, and the Pussycat Dolls — the track still has enough horn oompahs, daggering snares, and trigger-happy Hollywood sound effects to work out nicely the next time Beyoncé needs sample material.