THE TWELVE DAYS OF DIPLO: Day 3

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With its plethora of re-rubs over the years, Samim’s “Heater” sounds the sweetest via its Diplo remix. The original track, a worldly production that samples Alberto Pacheco’s bonkers-beautiful “La Cumbia Cienaguera”, takes on a life of its own with the Diplo re-jolt, and was one of the first of his remixes to really capture my dance floor attention.

Released originally in 2007, Diplo’s take on “Heater” made the track super club friendly, Balearic as fuck, whilst still retaining everything that made the original so damn funky and unique. The night I heard “Heater” for the first time was in a dingy, local nightclub on a Thursday night – I remember hearing the sample slowly creep through and wanting to tear the fucking roof off  of the nightclub once that bass-line thumped through. I was filled with so much raw euphoria that a night of drug-free fun felt like I’d taken every party chemical in the world. As an Australian-born Bosnian with Turkish and Albanian ancestry, that sample spoke to me on a deep, spiritual, blood-line level – the kind of magical dance floor moment you never really forget no matter how many years have passed. 

Although reasonably different to the remixes you might hear from Diplo in 2015, this is as fresh now as it was in 2007 and has stood the ultimate test of time – still a corker, still goosebump-inducing, and still super euphoric.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the full Diplo Extended Edit online (which is DYNAMITE), however YouTube does boast a shorter edit of it which you can listen to below. The full Extended Edit can be found on the outstanding 2009 Diplo compilation Decent Work for Decent Pay, which I highly recommend grabbing a copy of.

The Twelve Days of Diplo continues tomorrow with Day 4. Diplo plays Australia’s Stereosonic Music Festival through the tail-end of November and the first week of December, kicking off in Sydney on Saturday November the 28th. Buy your tix online now, and while you’re at it, read the #12DaysofDiplo entries for Day 1 and Day 2!

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