Back in 2015, Major Lazer took their visuals to the next level, developing an entire cartoon world around their animated freedom fighter mascot and bringing it to life. TheMajor Lazercartoon, which premiered on FXX in April of 2015, featured the group’s titular character it a futuristic post-apocalyptic Jamaica, protecting the people, fending off vampires, and smoking mad weed—you know, general freeing the universe stuff. Notable contributors to Major Lazer‘s first season include John Boyega, now of Star Wars fame, Ezra Koenig, Aziz Ansari, J.K. Simmons, and Lonely Island mastermind Andy Samberg. Unfortunately, the show, which took years to greenlight and produce, wound up being a short-lived venture, lasting only 11 episodes despite it being generally well received.
Now, Major Lazer could return for season two, with Diplo quietly alluding to the program’s return on social media. The Major Lazer frontman didn’t delve into detail, but Major Lazer is expected to return with new material this year, and possibly even disband thereafter. So more 80’s-inspired adult cartoon gold could sweeten the pot if this is in fact the last we see of Major Lazer.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada‘s “Face My Fears” has been met with warm critical reception since the track’s official release of January 18. Now, the Kingdom Hearts 3 theme is getting its own animated visual accompaniment, that perfectly narrates one of Skrillex’s most refreshing collaborations to date. The video splices clips of gameplay footage with nostalgic appearances from some of Disney’s most beloved characters with cameos from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Captain Jack Sparrow.
The new visual is set to the Japanese version of “Face My Fears,” though it keeps the echoing English hook intact. The track, which lives on Utada’s Face My Fears EP, recently entered the Billboard Hot 100. Speaking to the publication recently, Skrillex explained the collaboration’s personal significance,
“For me, there’s something [Kingdom Hearts] that I immediately connect with my younger self, back when I was experiencing it for the first time. When you turn it on, it feels like you’re in that world, and when it comes to being a creator, everything you do, in a way, is a synthesis of the things you love in life. My goal for ‘Face My Fears’ was to hopefully continue the legacy of that feeling.”
Tiësto‘s latest single “WOW” finally gets an official music video, and the concept is impressively creative. This production follows the video game theme in his previously released “Jackie Chan” video, yet this one employs a slightly darker touch.
Directed and animated by Bram Knol, we follow a young backpack-clad hero navigating through a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. In the “WOW” video, it’s clear that technology has taken over and flying drones are the enemy. Our protagonist runs, climbs, and rolls through burning buildings suspended in the air — pretty impressive for a kid that looks like he hasn’t even finished grade school.
Check out the video and catch Tiësto this Fall, with a string of tour dates in China followed by a residency at Hakkasan Vegas in late September.
REZZ has a new album on the way via Mau5trap, and since early this summer, the Canadian beat maker’s sophomore effort has been one of the most hotly anticipated projects of the year. Following recent singles from the record, “Witching Hour” and the 1788-L-assisted “H E X,” REZZ has come through with another new piece from her upcoming Certain Kind of Magic LP, offering “Flying Octopus,” and the track’s accompanying music video as her latest delivery.
“Flying Octopus” tells the story of a little animated octo-boi and a group of underwater pals plotting their ambitious escape from the depths. The cartoon critters find themselves jerry-rigging a submarine to fly them out of dodge, set to the score of REZZ’ tingling, syrupy techno cut. While the video is a step away from characteristically trippy REZZ visuals, the new feature heavily leans on a message of lighthearted camaraderie, which ultimately aligns perfectly with the Mass Manipulationproducer’s cult fan base. See the video for “Flying Octopus” here ahead of Certain Kind of Magic’s August 3 release.
Justice have shared the new music video for “Stop” from the duo’s lauded 2016 LP Woman. The new feature, animated by another French creative pairing, illustrators Mrzyk & Moricea, accents the dreamy, slow-burn disco cut with a synesthetic dose of neon that perfectly completes the song’s retro aesthetic. Scaling back the album’s psychedelic dance ballad to a leaner radio edit, the “Stop” video winds and weaves through a spacial landscape of shifting imagery, projecting some of Justice’s most iconic visual staples along with plenty of stimulating graphic symbolism.
The video comes in conjunction with more good news for Justice fans. The French electro visionaries are currently amid a packed international touring circuit in support of their most recent studio album, and they’ve just added a rare live stream event to their itinerary. Adding to their list of high-profile performances, Xavier and Gaspard have been announced as the musical headliners for this year’s Google I/O conference. The set will be live streamed on YouTube on May 9 from Shoreline Amphitheater, and will include opening support from Phantogram, as well as a live debut of the new “Stop” music video.