Written by Charles Malek
Major Lazer has grown beyond a simple DJ collaboration with insane on-stage antics and acrobatics (Skerrit Bwoy alone was a phenomenon, but he’s gone now), into something much bigger. Not many other DJs can claim expanding their reach into action figures and a cartoon series, although the latter still has not seen an official launch. With these expansions and a constant evolution of the act and their live performances, Diplo and Switch have exceeded all expectations with Major Lazer and explored success that few other DJs can attest to. When they recently released their Carnival 2012 mix, hosted by Walshy Fire, I stopped everything, and gave the mix a good listen. With tracks from all different spectrums of music, the mix proved to be another eclectic masterpiece from the Major Lazer camp, pushing the boundaries of sound like they always be counted on to do with each release.
There’s something really special about seeing Major Lazer live. I have seen Diplo many times on his own, including Massive last November, and it just wasn’t the same as seeing a full, live Major Lazer performance. I love listening to Diplo on my computer. I love listening to Switch on my computer too, sometimes more than I like listening to Diplo. But together they mesh so well to create music that is truly groundbreaking, and more than worthy of all the success they’ve gained through the project.
If you liked Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, and the other Major Lazer mixes including their epic 2 hour set on BBC Radio One a few years back, then this mix is right up your grimy alley with the laundry air drying out on the terraces, overlooking garbage that has been neglected for months in the heat of a Caribbean sun.