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Diplo & Switch don't quite pull it off
on 20 December 2009
Major Lazer is a collaboration project from Diplo and Switch. If you know Diplo or Switch you'll know that this album will be full of squelchy heavy beats, acid noises, unexpected jumps and arse-wobbling bass. That's true, but it's mixed with big doses of reggae and dancehall rhythms. The whole thing was recorded in Jamaica and you can hear it.
So on paper it's a pretty exciting project, especially looking at the amazing list of guest vocalists and the fact Afrojack and Crookers help out. But in practice it never quite takes off. "Pon De Floor" is a highlight but apart from that the whole thing feels very 'samey'. Some terribly uninspired and sexist lyrics are disappointing.
The whole 'Major Lazer' concept is fun, but wasted. It feels like a parody of the Gorillaz idea (fictional characters front the 'band') but it ends up basically not being funny, it falls flat.
Solid grooves and some very slick production, but sadly not a great end product.