Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Pon De Floor

I just copped the Major Lazer album 'Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do'.

If you didn't know, Major Lazer is a fictional Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the Zombie War 1984. He now has a prosthetic lazer limb and poses as a nightclub owner to conceal his real occupation as soldier for an underground government operating in secrecy!!!

Well fuck all that, Major Lazer was conceived by Philly's Diplo and London's Switch (the producers behind M.I.A's Paper Planes) to front their debut dancehall project. If you have watched any of their music videos you will see that they are on a Gorillaz flex. The album dropped on Monday and got mixed reviews. NME described it as 'scrotum-tighteningly hip' and reckon it is a bit pedantic in it eclecticism, but that's the equivalent of online magazine DanchellUSA attempting to review The Klaxons! The Guardian on the other hand gave it a four star rating (out of five might I add) and embraced its mish mash medley of sounds as 'everything you always loved about reggae, and perhaps thought had disappeared.'

Personally, I think it's a real summer banger with an impressive list of collaborators (Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank and Mr Vegas to name a few). Some of you may have heard that bizzare ringtone of an auto-tuned baby cry... it's on THIS album lol! If you are partial to a bit of dancehall or need a pre-carnival warm up, give Major Lazer a go and let me know your thoughts.

You can catch Major Lazer at the Notting Hill Carnival in August and at Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September (maybe sold out though!).


1 comment:

misterlego said...

that whole back story is just fucked LMFAO
sounds like something i would write on facebook