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Posts tagged: Major Lazer
Words by Jesse Serwer—
You might take our friend Walshy Fire for a party-all-the-time kinda guy but the Major Lazer frontman, sound killer and occasional LargeUp contributor likes nothing more than to unwind and challenge his mind with some PBS. We know FOR A FACT his favorite TV show is Que Pasa, USA. (Hola, Miami.) So we know he was gassed when PBS’ online series Beat Making Lab tapped him to play judge and jury for its latest contest, encouraging folks to make a dancehall riddim from a sample of a kora, a traditional, 21-string harp from West Africa commonly used in Senegalese music.
Words by Jillionaire—
Have you noticed how soca is sounding more and more like U.K. dance music these days? Well, the king of soca, Machel Montano, was about 18 years ahead of his time. A youthful Machel was scooped up by LA-based Delicious Vinyl (the label behind Tone Loc, Young MC and the Pharcyde) in the mid ’90s, resulting in the mostly forgotten ragga-house banger”Come Dig It.” Trini music scholar Jillionaire of Major Lazer remembers the phenomenon.
Words by Deejay Theory —
It was only a matter of time before Major Lazer’s massive carnival anthem “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” saw the official remix treatment. The original mix (which features The Flexican & FS Green) is one of my top personal picks of 2013, combining straight dancehall bizness from Busy Signal with salsa-flavored moombahton, all targeted straight for the waist. For the remix pack, what stood out first was “Desorden” from our Panabaynian homies Los Rakas, who of course sound right at home over the dembow-style production, blessing it with their trademark Spanish flow. As with all of Los Rakas’ joints, you don’t have to speak the language to just vibe out and get busy. There’s also killer takes from T.O.K and Shurwayne Winchester on the original riddim, plus five big-room and uptempo flips. (I’ll likely be sticking with the remixes over the OG version.) Login via Twitter to download the full pack here, or just stream “Desorden” below.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Craig “Leftside” Parkes (better known as Mr. Evil to some) has always been a little left of center with his music. Hence the name Leftside. Duh. Structurally, his new tune “Monkey Biznizz” is more of a trap/hip-hop track with an island accent than a dancehall tune. But, as usual, the deejay/producer/comedian does it his own way, building the track around the sampled sounds of a monkey. Wild.