It’s hard to make the case that anyone has a more firm grip on music’s pulse than Diplo. Wesley Pentz seems perpetually ahead of the curve with what the next trending wave is going to be, and between Mad Decent’s catalog of releases this year, his own releases, and his side projects’ movements, its safe to say Diplo maintained his status as pop music’s foremost trendsetter in 2016.
To sum up an exciting year at the intersection of dance, hip-hop, and pop, Diplo took on the final Diplo & Friends mix of 2016 to plug a handful of the year’s most notable releases. Spanning a full two hours, the Major Lazer frontman nods to some of his favorite tunes of the year, patching together a colorful mix that covers tracks from Beyoncé to Dillon Francis and everything in between.
Noteworthy electronic acts such as Anna Lunoe, Oshi, GTA and R3hab are featured in the mix, sprinkled between year-defining tracks from The Chainsmokers, A Tribe Called Quest, Rae Sremmurd, Drake, and Calvin Harris. Grammy-nominated hits from Skrillex and Flume also land in the tracklist, balanced by dance floor gems from Donald Bucks and Benzi.