Risk breeds reward, and today’s audible accolade is a house groove from Diplo re-imagining Carnage‘s thoughtful single “Letting People Go.” The risk was taken years ago, when Carnage’s family left the violence of Nicaragua and crossed the Mexican border into the United States in search of a better life. His mother was an illegal immigrant, but she worked hard and did what she thought was best so her son could grow up to the internatioanl DJ and producer he is today.
In April, Carnage took his own risk, sharing a softer sound than the hardcore trap man had ever shown before, but he wanted to share his mother’s story and that of so many hundreds of thousands of immigrants, and “Letting People Go” is a beautifully-moving piece of music.
Diplo was one of those moved by its melodies, and he reached out to Carnage personally about a house remix.
“Letting People Go” stands as Carnage’s most introspective work to date. Trap chants and tropical rhythms show his roots while acoustic guitar melodies echo over subtle production, capturing both the hope and loneliness of immigrant refugees forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in the opinionately-divided United States.
Diplo, known for his international tastes, wraps the song in a warm blanket of soulful house familiarity. Four-on-the-floor makes the bittersweet melodies dance floor ready, but the passionate vocal wails and intimate sonics keep the original sentiment burning bright at the core.
Portions of the streaming profits and sales from both cuts of “Letting People Go” will be donated to RAICES, a non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost legal aid to immigrant families.
The Diplo remix is out now on Heavyweight and Empire Records. Listen to it below.