Diplo is one of the most authentic and versatile DJs in the world. He really works a lot and is always involved in parallel projects with very different identities. Some of them are Major Lazer, Silk City and LSD (with Labrinth e Sia). Meanwhile, he continues to release solo projects. The latest is “Boom Bye Bye” featuring the vocals of the french rapper Niska, which will be released this Friday. We had the first listen!
The choice of bringing in Niska reinforces that Diplo has no boundaries for his music and he isn’t too attached to English artists or worldwide famous singers – just remember “Sua Cara”, an Anitta and Pabllo Vittar collaboration with Major Lazer entirely in Portuguese.
“Boom Bye Bye” is very successful when it comes to maintaining characteristic of both artists. At first, the piano notes give a mysterious tone of what will come in the next few minutes; something that quickly builds up and reveals itself to the listener.
Overlapping the piano, rap beats come up with electronic vibes, which becomes more evident throughout the track. Niska’s vocals, unlike many hip-hop tracks, is kept to its fullest natural sound, without auto-tune. There is no strangeness in this mix of the two styles, after all this is somethng that Diplo has already done, masterfully.
Even those who are not familiar with francophone music and do not speak the French language will like this. The song can easily be played on pop radios. The chorus repeating the title, “Boom Bye Bye,” is universal, sticking to anyone’s head – a trick widely used by artists who sing in other languages. Anitta, for example, put a ‘ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ra-ta-ta-ra-ra’ in her single “Medicine”. Everyone can sing along. The effect is similar.
Comparing to the latest Diplo releases, it’s possible to see a certain similarity with “Worry No More” (with Lil Yachty and Santigold). After watching “Welcome to the Party” (with French Montana, Lil Pump and Zhavia Ward) we can say that the soundtrack of “Deadpool 2” has more hip hop traits than “Boom Bye Bye”, even though it has the same mix. In the new single, Diplo was able to create a song with different layers of styles, valuing the roots of both genres.