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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Dada
  • ASIN: B001KR4PSU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diplo - Newsflash (feat. Sandra Melody)
2. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Diplo Remix)
3. Spank Rock - Put That Pussy On Me (Diplo Tonite Remix)
4. Kano - Reload It
5. Diplo - 200
6. Bloc Party - Where Is Home? (Diplo Remix)
7. CSS - Lets Make Love..... (Diplo Remix)
8. Bonde Do Rolé - Solta O Frango
9. Samim - Heater (Diplo Extended Edit)
10. Hot Chip - Shake A Fist (Diplo Remix)
11. Diplo - Way More Brazil
12. Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo Remix)
13. Claude Vonstroke - The Whistlerz (Diplo Remix)
14. Diplo - Smash a Kangaroo
15. Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks (Diplo Youngest Folks Remix
16. Diplo "Percao" MP3, Diplo "Baby" MP3, Diplo "Diplo Rhythm" MP3, [Bonus]
17. Diplo "Way More" Johnny Blaze remix MP3, Diplo "Percao" mpeg video, [Bonus]
18. Spoon "Don't You Evah" (Diplo Mix)[Bonus]

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BBC Review

Decent Work For Decent Pay finds globe-trotting producer and sometime M.I.A beatmaker Wes Dipl' Pentz on a remix tip, adding his own bass-heavy, ghetto-pop fingerprints to tracks by everyone from booty-rappers Spank Rock to whistle-along Swedes Peter, Bjorn & John. The result is an album that's far from feeling like a complete statement, but at its best, there's still much here to suggest Diplo is one of the more flexible, inspired producers at work today.

This comp's at is best when Diplo's working on tracks that play to his strengths: namely, rowdy, slightly sleazy party-starters with room for a heavier undercarriage. Immediately lovable are refixes of Spank Rock's 'Put That Pussy On Me' and Bonde Do Role's Solta O Frango, keeping the upbeat spirit of the originals but adding dirty bass and other sly production flourishes. An unlikely highlight, meanwhile, is the mix of Black Lips Veni Vidi Vic, which homes in on the drawled Latino vibe of the original, replacing dusty guitar twang with a martial, Baile Funk-influenced snare step.

There's other times, though, where you feel Pentz's lack of affinity for the material results in tracks that don't quite work. A remix of Bloc Party's Where Is Home? falters somewhat, the original's claustrophobic angst a weird fit to pounding 4/4 beats and wobbly bass. Elsewhere, he just about gets away with it, but only by all but obliterating the original track: a take on Hot Chip's Shake A Fist sees Alexis Taylor's syrupy sing-song totally disassembled, while the mix of Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger dispenses with everything but vocoder chorus, rebuilding the track with bursts of junglist drums and snappy snare.

Ultimately, Decent Work For Decent Pay is no more or less than its title suggests - a collection of individual commissions, executed well but not meant to work as a whole, and first-timers looking for a document of Diplo in party mode might do better to look to his still-peerless 2005 Fabric Live mix. --Louis Pattison

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ali Cazalzabar on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I haven't stop playing this since I bought it. The mixes are characterised by their variety and frenetic noodling. You've got hip hop, souped up hip hop, pop, and some pop/techno/house tracks. I'm a big fan of noodling with music i.e. doing something new, twisting, turning, rearranging it, that's especially what remixes should be all about. The noodling in this is rhythmic, catchy and funny with a lot of the sounds used being almost harsh but most definitely melodic. Chances are if you've heard of Diplo you know his style so know what to expect. Paper Planes is a classic example of a song that noodles with samples and rhythym, using almost harsh sounds, but it is undeniabely catchy (of course this is also tahnks to MIA), here that gets a reworking which basicaly replaces MIA's rapping with a male rapper but the rest of the song is more or less the same. The CSS, Spank Rock, Samim and Claude Vanstroke mixes are standouts for me but they're all good.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.G.M.(X.) on 9 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I did not enjoy this this C.D. In fact, I gave it away. I thought the album was very weak and although it was recommended as a dance album there were hardly any real dance tracks on there. It's more of a Euro Remix album that they put on at private views in North London Galleries as 'right on' background music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Diplo Loves Him Some Nintendo! 17 Feb. 2009
By Heather Frazier - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of Diplo like me, then you were probably pretty happy when his new album came out earlier this month.

Diplo is DJ Wes Pentz who is originally from Philly (which I did not know). For his debut only being 5 years ago, Diplo is a pretty big influence in the remixing world. There aren't too many of his works that I don't like. That's why I was just a tad disappointed with his newest release Decent Work for Decent Play.

Coming in with 12 songs (good), the album is only about 41 minutes long (not good)! Usually we're used to having an average of 5 minute long tracks especially in this genre. But, some of them are just past the 2 minute mark. The first track off the album is Diplo's "Newsflash" featuring Sandra Melody. I really like the song; does anyone remember Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo? The very original? And the scenes where you had to go through the castle to find and defeat Koopa? That's what this song reminds me of. Good stuff.

Second, is a Spank Rock song. "Put that Pussy on me" is a decent song. I recognized it from Girl Talk using parts of it in one of his tracks on his newest album Feed the Animals.

I don't know for sure what it is about the third song, but I love it. It's all Diplo himself and the name of the song is "200". That's that.

Samim's "Heater" is one of those happy dance songs. I'd already heard it on my Sirius one day, and had it downloaded. So, it was nice to know that I already knew one of the tracks.

There's a couple I could go without hearing more than a few times, though. "Way More Brazil" starts out awesome, but loses it's shine. "Smash a Kangaroo" is another one I am not super into. Interesting title though, huh? I like that. Pretty much, when you listen to the album, the first half gets you going and loving it. Then, the second part kind of slows you down to where you're half moving, and staring at the speakers wondering, "What's going on?!"

I'd also like to add that "Baby" featuring Vybz Kartel has some more Nintendo sounds in it. This time, it sounds like Super Mario Bros. 3. Particularly when Mario is underwater. Am I imagining this? Am I subconsciously longing for my childhood days of playing old-school Nintendo for hours? I don't think so...but maybe Diplo is?!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not complete release . . . 3 Feb. 2009
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Note that this MP3 album doesn't contain all 17 tracks that appear on the full CD release; for whatever reason (probably licensing), the iTunes store doesn't have the full version either.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I usually love Diplo but... 12 Mar. 2013
By tracie thornton - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I didn't get a chance to listen to all of the songs before purchasing so i pretty much bought it for one song and i would have to say that was the best one. It's a really good song so for that it was worth it. I felt comfortable buying the cd based on other things that Diplo has put out that I've loved and I figured this would be no different...but you can't hit it out of the park every time I guess. Still don't regret my purchase.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Diplo - Decent Work For Decent Pay 17 Oct. 2011
By scoundrel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Diplo shows off his production skills for other artists on DECENT WORK FOR DECENT PAY, though he kicks it off with his own "Newsflash," a thick slab of digital-electro ragga. It wouldn't be a compilation without his biggest hit, M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," and she appears here in all its gunfire and cash register glory. On his own "200," he layers on the sounds, bringing a heavy, buzzing bass. His take on various indie rock staples (Bloc Party; Peter, Bjorn & John) are uniformly interesting, stripping out most of the vocals and inserting deep grooves instead, ranging from the frenetic (Hot Chip) to the grindy (Black Lips). He inserts some favela-flavored funk into Samim's "Heater" and bucking-bronco beats into Claude Vonstroke's "The Whistler." But even better is his work with various Brazilian groups: CSS's "Lets Make Love" is down and dirty, while Bonde Do Rolê's "Solta O Frango" has a spare party vibe that makes it, strangely, even more catchy. His own "Way More Brazil" has way less Brazil, and is almost minimal in its construction, and when he travels to Australia for the didgeridoo groove of "Smash a Kangaroo," it's silly and toe-tapping at the same time. Not all the tracks are as successful, though: Kano's "Reload It" seems rather lethargic, despite the quick beat, but there's plenty of decent work on this album to make up for it.
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