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Hot Chip – “Look At Where We Are” (Major Lazer Remix)

On their remix of Hot Chip’s “Look At Where We Are,” Major Lazer take the sensitive, starry-eyed synthpop of the original and inject it with both lilting summertime one-drop reggae and cheesed-out populist bass-fuzz EDM, which is quite a trick. Your mileage may vary, but I’d say the song comes out all the better for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Movement Electronic Music Festival 2012 In Photos

Over the long weekend Detroit hosted the Movement Electronic Music Festival, an event that featured people like Public Enemy, Major Lazer, SBTRKT, Araabmuzik and many more in the city’s Hart Plaza. Chris Atto was there to document. This gallery’s a little more scenery-heavy than usual, which is because some of the images make the fest… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 30, 2012 - 9:24 am

Watch No Doubt Prep New Major Lazer-Assisted Track “Push & Shove”

Last summer we posted a photo from Major Lazer’s visit to No Doubt laboratories, where Diplo and Switch made nice with Gwen Stefani’s crew and, according to @NoDoubt’s tweet that day, worked on a collabo track called “Push And Shove.” That demo has survived every subsequent production, label, and band meeting to the point that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 10, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Major Lazer – “Get Free” (Feat. Amber Coffman)

Last month Major Lazer previewed “Get Free,” a track for which Diplo recruited Dirty Projectors siren Amber Coffman. Well now, it’s out today, and downloadable at for the price of an email. It’s good! There’s a video, too, featuring Major Lazer’s cartoon dancehall commando sitting on a pile of dinosaur bones and staring off… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Hear A Preview Of A New Major Lazer Song Featuring Amber Coffman

Major Lazer dropped a tour teaser today that premiered a snippet of a the new “Get Free,” a track that features Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman. It’s out officially 4/16, but scope the trailer in the meantime and check out some tour dates below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 22, 2012 - 3:49 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The real best music video of this week wasn’t an actual video; it was a tantalizing glimpse of one. Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming clip for “Good Intentions Paving Company” looks to be a whimsy-dazed force of nature, and the minute or so that we got to watch was enough to pop eyeballs. In the absence of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Major Lazer – “Original Don” Video

The video for Major Lazer’s “Original Don” takes place in an unassuming suburban house in which the only people who don’t perform elaborately choreographed dances with bladed weapons are Diplo and the grandma. The grandma, it bears mentioning, is the best-dressed person in the entire video. The Partysquad directs, pulling the whole thing from thisMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2011 - 11:11 am

The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a to… More »

By: Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am

Major Lazer – “Original Don”

Major Lazer has been dormant since (kind of?) collaborating with Beyoncé for “Girls (Run The World)“, but that wasn’t bound to last. Head over to 107.7 The End to hear new jam “Original Don” and two other new Major Lazer demos. Photo credit to Zane Lowe’s BBC blog. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 12, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Beyoncé & Major Lazer Team Up On “Girls (Who Run The World)”

It’s no surprise that Diplo has Beyoncé in his Blackberry considering there was that bit about how they were in the studio with Derek from Sleigh Bells for a few minutes last year. But instead of it being the guitarist Miller, it is the producer Switch who rounds out this collaboration to make it a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 19, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Major Lazer – “Percumajor” Video

Major Lazer did a dancehall take on Cajmere’s 1992 club hit “Coffee Pot (It’s Time for the Percolator).” The track doesn’t have much on the original, but the animated video has a lot of great cameos from Stephen Hawking, Michael Jackson, Gizmo, and Michael Jordan. It’s directed by Konee Rok. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / October 5, 2010 - 10:24 am

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – “The Bike Song” (Major Lazer Remix)

In its original form “The Bike Song” is a breezy ode to Peter Panism. Major Lazer’s remix focuses on Spank Rock’s verse, so it’s a lot less cute, a lot more sexual. Of course. Have a listen:… More »

By: jessica / September 23, 2010 - 3:53 pm

Øyafestivalen 2010 In Photos

Beyond taking place in beautiful Oslo, Norway one of Øya Festival’s strongest points is its eclecticism: When I attended in 2006 (and met Amrit), I was excited by Enslaved, the Knife, and Morrissey performing in the same space (though not on the same stage at the same time, unfortunately). As you’ll see via Clint Heyer’… More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2010 - 10:05 am

Major Lazer – “Jump Up” (Thom Yorke Remix)

Skerrit Bwoy’s swagger and dagger has a lot to do with why Diplo and Switch’s dancehall party gets off the ground (literally) live, but on record, it’s those two DJs’ studious studio effort, work ethic, savvy. And if that’s your criteria for a remixer, getting Thom Yorke to follow one of “Jump Up” is a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2010 - 6:04 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2010: Sunday Recap

The final day of 2010’s Pitchfork Festival was just as hot as Saturday, with stages that needed quick shots of energy to pull the audience out of its languor. Girls were pretty but wispy — though they sounded stronger as I walked over to Washed Out, who had the audience clapping along to his set. More »

By: jessica / July 19, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Major Lazer and La Roux Lazerproof Mixtape

Major Lazer (AKA DJs Switch and Diplo) and La Roux’s Elly Jackson teamed up in Jamaica for the Lazerproof mixtape, available as a free download from Mad Decent today. The name comes from Major Lazer plus the name of La Roux’s biggest hit to date, “Bullet Proof,” (so you can expect a mix of Lazer’… More »

By: jessica / May 26, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Coachella 2010: Die Antwoord, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus

On Friday, James Murphy dedicated “Losing My Edge” to Gil Scott-Heron. For the rest of the weekend, everyone should be covering “Communication Breakdown” and dedicating it to AT&T. Not being able to meet up with your friends because of long delayed texts does cultivate a certain independent spirit, though, and partying with strangers wasn’t a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 18, 2010 - 6:01 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

Major Lazer – “Sound Of Siren” (Feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)

This track surfaced yesterday, initially reported as a Busy Signal track featuring M.I.A. from the dancehall dude’s Hott Ed Turf!!! mixtape, a credit later clarified by Diplo as “actually part of the major lazer EP thats out in APril.” Major Lazer EP out in April! Skerrit Bwoy is already daggering a bottle of peroxide i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Sleigh Bells Tour With Major Lazer, Yeasayer

Brooklyn duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller aka Sleigh Bells quickly went from the kids down the hall with the homespun, beat-distorted serrated-pop CD-R to a Band To Watch and the toast of CMJ ’09 and, still without an album to their name, their 2010 is set to be even higher profile: They’ll be playing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2010 - 2:24 pm