What started out as a series of on-campus DJ gigs more than a decade ago has turned into a globe-trotting fantasy for Diplo (aka Thomas Wesley Pentz). During these treks, Pentz has made a habit of assimilating regional dance floor aesthetics into his sweaty, often shirtless, club exploits. Along the way, this strategy has earned him a number of detractors, though they remain outweighed by the careers he has helped launch through his Mad Decent imprint and production credits. After his excursions through baile funk, Miami bass, New Orleans bounce, moombahton, and trap, Pentz continues to return to, and subsequently tweak, the riddims of Jamaican dancehall. The featured artists on Major Lazer’s newest EP, Apocalypse Soon, might be able to push a few extra downloads, but the concept has changed little since Major Lazer was first unveiled in 2008.