Major Lazer Shoots To Thrill
With the surf-guitar driven single "Hold The Line" (featuring Mr. Lexx & Santigold) setting the pace, the disc is incredibly diverse yet utterly Jamaican. "The thing about dancehall is that it's already a postmodern music," marvels Diplo. "They take African or Indian rhythms or a fiddle or a banjo and make riddims out of those things. There's a straight Black Flag loop [on 'Lazer Theme'], and they just rocked it!"
Diplo went with the flow of Tuff Gong studio in Kingston, where the album was mostly assembled. "People are running through all the time - you might have someone randomly show up, so that's who you do the song with," he says. Many non-album tracks were generated in two years of recording, and some of them, like the hilarious "Zumbie" (featuring Andy Milionakis) are already blowing up large. Add to that a galaxy-traversing tour and copious remixes, and this Lazer has the firepower to kill dance floors dead.
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