Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

Back to Bass: Watch No Doubt’s Jamaican Street Dance-Inspired “Settle Down” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Ashley Andrea Beliveau—

Music video premieres rarely achieve event status anymore but the unveiling of a new No Doubt video—their first in 10 years—is definitely a big deal. Apparently, half-hour, Ryan Seacrest-hosted E Channel special big. For those of us more curious about how much Jamaican flavor the Lady Saw/Bounty Killer collaborators will squeeze onto their upcoming, Major Lazer-produced Push and Shove LP than what Gwen will be singing about, the dubby “Settle Down” definitely offers an idea, though not nearly as much as the street dance-inspired video they’ve just premiered. The clip sees each of the band’s members driving personalized big rigs (guitarist Tom Dumont’s boasts a massive mobile sound system setup) before convening in a sort of family reunion that quickly turns into a vaguely Passa Passa-esque street party. Authentic yard vibes? Hardly. But a worthy sequel to “Underneath it All”? Perhaps.

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LA’s Story: LA Lewis + Sani Showbizz Conquer the Conceptual Art World

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Jamaican deejay enigma LA Lewis recently re-emerged with a new website, a new sidekick manager in Prince Zimboo alter ego ’80s-style skat chatter/former Rolling Stones tourmate Sani Showbizz, and a new focus. He’s embracing the role of conceptual artist, becoming “Jamaica’s Damien Hirst,” we learn over a new video series documenting his evolution. “I been doing some research over the past few couple months,” he tells us while chiseling a sink fixture in one such clip, “and everything that LA Lewis have done, or touched, or have been said…is art!”

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Moombah-Caan: Major Lazer Remixes Popcaan’s “Party Shot”

Words by DJ Theory—

Chaaa, this Monday just became extra large thanks to this brand new remix from the Major Lazer camp.  The “other raving king” Diplo has his paws on more than a few projects in the Caribbean department, and today that equaled lacing the world with a free remix like this Moombahton flip of arguably the biggest name in dancehall at the moment— Popcaan. With some big help and signature style from LA moombahton man ETC!ETC!, this is a welcome example of where the genre can open its horizons and incorporate more of its Caribbean roots. Popcaan’s “Party Shot” is a major tune, and, now that it’s got the Lazer treatment, will no doubt find it’s way into many hands that may not have been hip to, dare I say, the new world boss… Make sure you cop this one for summer, quick quick quick quick quick! Download and stream below:

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Happy Days: South Rakkas Crew Return with the Chachi Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Mad Decent

With Major Lazer’s sophomore LP on the horizon, the Mad Decent collective seems to be getting back into island mode. The label just dropped the reggae-influenced Badman Rave EP from “Original Don” producers Party Squad last week, and now they’ve put us on to this brand-new release from a resurgent South Rakkas Crew (a/k/a D Rakkas), of Chinkuzi riddim fame.

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Back in Green: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Reincarnated’ Trailer

Words by Jesse Serwer—

By now, you’ve probably heard a little something about the album, Reincarnated, that Snoop Dogg has been working on in Jamaica (with Diplo/Major Lazer and other collaborators we’re not yet at liberty to name), for which Vice is also filming an accompanying documentary. While we were off on our own 4/20 mission Friday, it seems that the parties involved took the smokers’ holiday as an opportunity to release a little teaser for the project in the form of a “4/20 message” from Snoop. Though the visuals reinforce what we’ve been hearing about Snoop’s immersion into Jamaican culture (and his re-immersion into the plant he not too long ago vowed he quit), the sound of the project remains a mystery—the clip is soundtracked by “Satta Massagana.”

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Audio: Major Lazer + Amber Coffman “Get Free”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

After teasing it for weeks, Major Lazer today released the second single from its upcoming sophomore LP, the name of which we still don’t know. “Get Free” features Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors (maybe you heard her on “A Peace of Light” from The Roots’ How I Got Over album) on lead vocals, and is available for the price of your e-mail address at Major Lazer’s website. And if that price is too high, you can just check out the animated video for the song, which also appeared today, below. While Coffman’s vocals may take a little getting used to, the indie rock-meets-reggae vibes on the riddim are nice and easy—we see a lot of remixes in its future.

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