Armed to the teeth with island swagger and airhorns in abundance, the dynamic duo of Diplo and Switch return as Major Lazer with a new EP, Lazers Never Die out July 20. Unsurprisingly, they're again joined by an army of A-list collaborators and remixers. The title is a testament; the EP, to be released by Mad Decent/Downtown/Interscope , succeeds in its intent to stoke the flames that were ignited with Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do, their much-lauded 2009 full-length debut.
The product of ceaseless global touring and countless hours at the infamous Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Lazers Never Die looks beyond the dancehall riddims of their debut and focuses on an authentic, instrument-driven dancehall approach. Chief-cosigner Collie Buddz is in attendance for the brand-new "Good Enough", while longtime collaborator M.I.A. does her thing on the appropriately-titled opening track, "Sound of Siren". Bangers from their first release are reinterpreted by a wide swathe of talent including international dance heroes Buraka Som Sistema as well as Thom Yorke, whose disparate, pseudo dub-step leanings add a welcome melancholy tinge to the spastic "Jump Up".
You've been warned - Major Lazer is coming for you! See below for upcoming Major Lazer shows across the globe. Not sure you've got the right moves for one of the greatest live spectacles you'll see all year? Check the world premiere of Major Lazer's Guide to Daggering starring Skerrit Bwoy.
WATCH MAJOR LAZER'S GUIDE TO DAGGERING STARRING SKERRIT BWOY ON THE FADER
MAJOR LAZER ON THE ROAD:
May 28, Primavera Sound, Barcelona
July 18, Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
August 7, HARD Summer, Los Angeles, CA
August 29, Creamfields, London
August 30, Carnival, Notting Hill
September 5, Electric Zoo, New York, NY