"[a] beach boys meets ty$ kinda vibe," @diplo Tweeted early Thursday afternoon, attempting to best describe his latest Soundcloud upload, "LONG WAY HOME;" a quasi-remix, or more so a loose cover, of Ty Dollar $ign's non-album single, "Stand For" re-recorded with Grizzly Bear/Vampire Weekend members Ed Droste & Rostam. "its about time that indie rock acts started to co-opt rap beats," Diplo lamented in the track's short-lived Soundcloud description, which Pitchfork points out, was imminently deleted. I was just telling my beautiful girlfriend, in terms of sheer line-blurring concept, "LONG WAY HOME" vaguely reminds me of Vampire Weekend's middle-of-the-road Indie Rock/Hip-Hop hybrid track, "Step (Wintertime Remix)" featuring appended verses from Danny Brown, Heems, and Despot.
"Stand For," the structural basis for "LONG WAY HOME," was actually co-produced by Diplo & DJ Dahi and is supposedly set to appear on Ty Dollar $ign's forthcoming Taylor Gang/Atlantic debut, Free TC; resident Stereogum Hip-Hop writer Tom Breihan recently described "Stand For"'s incredibly zonked out video as "a version of hardscrabble present-day LA reality, with the crucial distinction that everyone has living balloon versions of their own faces." Diplo, Ed Droste & Rostam's unexpected mega-collaboration just might allude to the fact that the world-renown super-producer may very well be contributing production work to Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear's respective long in-the-works fourth and fifth albums (fingers crossed). "LONG WAY HOME" is currently available for download from Diplo's goodie-filled Soundcloud page, alongside everything from Lorde to Mad Decent's holiday-themed comp. A Very Very Decent Christmas.