When Diplo launched his new house imprint over summer in Higher Ground, the Mad Decent boss already had enough on his plate. Still, the man known as Thomas Wesley Pentz has managed to pull out releases on both labels with high-profile appeal.
First came Higher Ground’s debut release from Walker & Royce, followed by a label showcase in Brooklyn, and a label-focused mix for one of Destructo‘s AMF-branded events. All of these showings worked together to propel a distinct sonic direction that the label was aiming for. Not surprising either considering how Diplo himself is a branding guru.
Now Diplo is lining up to bat on his very own imprint alongside Born Dirty. The Higher Ground boss has undoubtedly gone towards a house-focused aesthetic lately. His most recent releases have come in the form of an official deep house remix for Kaskade’s Redux 003 (Delux) EP and a gritty tech-house rendering of Kaskade and Felix Cartal’s “More.”
The Samba Sujo EP not only represents a new direction for Diplo’s house stamp, but also marks his debut on his very own imprint. With two tracks, “Samba Sujo” and “Ouro,” along with extended cuts of the same tracks, the two prolific producers have mustered up an afro-house aesthetic that draws on Major Lazer’s sound. Listen below.