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From M.I.A's brand new LP Matangi, this big slab of banging dancehall is a current favourite. An unlikely source of inspiration from Shampoo’s throw-away hit Trouble, it explodes from dub beats to jackhammer thumper, produced by The Partysquad. The majority of the album is produced by long-time collaborator Switch of course and hints back at the first Major Lazer LP when Switch was still on board with Diplo. Probably Maya Arulpragasam's most accessible and accomplished LP to date, named Matangi, her birth name, and the name of Hindu goddess of music.
Major Lazer's latest offering Free the Universe is a bit of mixed bag and distinctly average compared with the ground-breaking rip-roaring debut. A tough LP to follow then, it was looking good when they leaked the Get Free single as a free download, that track is and will be one the best tracks they will ever put out.
Free the Universe is a tad patchy but there are a few gems on it nether the less. There's no Pon de Floors on this follow-up but opening track You're No Good is a good start, featuring: Danielle Haim, Santigold, Vybz Kartel & Yasmin Produced By: Ariel Rechtshaid & Major Lazer, impressive line up that delivers a marching groover with a superb chorus from the lovely Santigold. Watch Out For This (Bumaye) [feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green] is another highlight, an earth storming dancehall banger that you'd expect from Diplo and his crew. Sadly there's to many poorer efforts to make it another classic, Bubble Butt and Mashup the Dance sound like Jive Bunny dance hall - just terrible. Maybe Diplo should've waited longer as this all feel a bit to much to soon, more quality less quantity next time please Major.
Snoop Dogg has been renamed Snoop Lion for his debut reggae album. This is first tune to materialise today from forthcoming LP Reincarnation. La La La produced by Major Lazer and features guest vocals by Jovi Rockwell. Snoop and Diplo borrow heavily from old school rock steady tune Artie Bella, from Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole’s circa 1960′s version. Last heard on Major Lazer's Lazerproof the mash-up of La Roux's debut LP. Snoop's no Ken booth, but with Diplo's dancehall posse Major Lazer behind him it's defo a winner.
A Major Force
Major Lazer played Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire this week, it was a mental gig, Toddla T got the crowd nicely warmed-up with a few special guest including the delightful Shola Ama who stole the set. You might need somebody, Taboo and Take it back all sounding good with Toddla's beats. Major Lazor take the stage and dancehall mayhem erupts for the next hour and half. Hold the Line was a special moment, Diplo mixed up the unique Major Lazer sound with classic reggae and calypso, the highlight for me was Harry Belafonte's Day-O mashed with the epic Pon de Floor, the whole of the empire went absolutely mental.
Also out this week is a new tune from Major Lazers forthcoming album due in 2 months time. Given away as a free download in exchange for your email here. Get Free features the lush vocals of Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors and sounds amazing, I've been playing it on repeat for the last few days. LOVE IT!
Look out for Major Lazer's forthcoming Dancehall album with Snoop Dogg too!