Major Lazer's latest album Free The Universe, as of right now, is my pick for album of the year. Need I say more? The electronic dancehall vibe that started as one of the many side projects of DJ/Producer Diplo, is now a full-fledged party starter that should not be missed.
Originally a duo with DJ/Producer Switch, the group released their debut album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, in 2009 to moderate success with their single Pon De Floor making some noise. With neither member contributing vocals, an all-star team was assembled including Santigold, Amanda Blank, Nina Sky and many more.
Where Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do felt like a spastic free-for-all, Free The Universe has more focus without losing a bit of energy. The songs are faster, the radio station vibe keeps it flowing and the guest get even bigger: Ezra Koenig, Wyclef Jean, Peaches, Bruno Mars.
In the summer of 2012 I managed to catch their set at New York's Governor's Ball Music Festival and all I can say is; what a fucking party. At any moment there can be as many people - more than likely half-naked girls - as the stage can support, various items thrown into the crowd and Diplo himself, doing his best Wayne Coyne impression, walking on the crowd in a clear ball.
A quick glance at their Instagram account should let you know what you're in for, this shot being a personal favorite. Yeah, that's Diplo dead center. I have no idea where the stage begins/ends.
Major Lazer will destroy Perry's Stage on Sunday at 7pm. Be there.