Diplo - Revolution ft. Kai, Faustix, & Imanos | Track Review | By Volume

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Diplo ft. Kai, Faustix & Imanos

Revolution

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Author: on September 19, 2013

Recently I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s posthumous outtake “Boot Hill”, in which a wronged man asks his wayward lover to fetch his rifle off the wall so that he can shoot her with it. Named after the locale that he earnestly asks his soon-to-be-late lady to call her mother long distance to pick up her body, Vaughan’s dripping sincerity justifies all sorts of noodly slide guitar and Texan shouts. Shorter than your average festival drop in today’s music, a throwback to the attention span of early American Blues radio-listeners, it delivers with that electric authenticity of a six-stringed wonderland where you never knew when your old lady was going to throw lye in your face because she didn’t like one of your text messages.

Though not to harp on the slain 80s blues icons — this is actually concerning Diplo’s latest single “Revolution”. If I have to tag this as twerk, a de facto category with a concrete, utilitarian stench reminiscent of the equally-uncouth headbanger genre, I’m probably going to end up in a bluesy mood myself.  Though at first glance, the single will have one thinking otherwise — the album art is instantly exciting, but we’re here for the music. That’s unfortunate for Diplo, whose latest twerk anthem in “Revolution”, reaches its high point at the instantly-iconic cover art, a beautiful and reverent image that puts that fascist Obama poster to shame. The caliber of design would make Werner Herzog proud; it depicts a puke green array of dancers, squatting invertedly, clad in thong and burnt-orange matching heels, integrating en masse into a stylized solidarity fist. Artistically, it’s already a triumph, but the track itself is still just ordinary dance music and doesn’t live up to its subversive name.

Featuring Kai on noncontroversial vocals (“it’s never too late to change your life”, she assure us!), its incongruent messaging, which concerns having rather ordinary feelings about love, that will somehow result in a revolution, is cringeworthy. The track actually stars guest producers Faustix and Imanos, whose trappy wisdom has guided EDM since the release of Trap Nation earlier this year, but they play it safe with Baauer-esque synths held tight by a cadre of snares arranged in a predictable pattern. The eponymous album drops October 8, and I’ll probably end up eating some of my words because of Diplo’s crowd-pleasing production and obnoxious coolness. Still, don’t expect it to unseat Assad or anything, it’s just a floor-filler.

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