Major Lazer, IZA, and Ciara convene for simmering, multilingual single, ‘Evapora’

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Major Lazer, IZA, and Ciara convene for simmering, multilingual single, ‘Evapora’Untitled

Contrary to its title, Ciara, IZA, and Major Lazer‘s new collaboration, “Evapora,” is unlikely to evaporate from electronic charts once it makes its assured arrival. The star power-packed single positions Portuguese vocalist, IZA, alongside the “One, Two Step” hip-hop/dance-pop sensation, Ciara, for a multilingual effort that sees IZA sing in her native tongue.

Ciara’s verses, sung in English, provide linguistic contrast to IZA’s, though both songstresses show off the buttery smooth synergy of their vocal harmony later on, when Ciara joins IZA in her Portuguese delivery. Major Lazer add heat to the culturally infused cut with rolling beats that tempt a shake of the hips.

“Evapora” follows Major Lazer’s recent release of their fan-foregrounding music video for equally hot number, “Que Calor.”

Major Lazer and J Balvin tap fan talents in ‘Que Calor’ music video

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Major Lazer and J Balvin tap fan talents in ‘Que Calor’ music videoMajor Lazer Press Shot 1

When two hitmakers become one, the result is destined for radio wave domination. Such is the case with Major Lazer and J. Balvin, who teamed up with El Alfa for “Que Calor.” The Latin-infused production loosens up the dancefloor with titillating flute trills and fluid rhythms. Paired with spitfire verses from J Balvin and El Alfa, “Que Calor” becomes a song with global appeal.

The single already came alongside a vibrant video, but the frenzied response to it called for a new visual accompaniment. This time, Major Lazer, J Balvin, and El Alfa tapped their fans for the job, asking them to turn in videos of them dancing along with the song. A compilation of their movements has since materialized with a wide swath of talented dancers —including famous YouTuber Lele Pons—adding an even more personalized flair to the record.

Lunar Lunes: R3HAB reveals new CYB3RPVNK single, Madeaux releases ‘ME & U’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: R3HAB reveals new CYB3RPVNK single, Madeaux releases ‘ME & U’ + moreR3hab 4

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Tony Cottrell Photography

Major Lazer and Khalid collaborate for poignant new production, ‘Trigger’

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Major Lazer and Khalid collaborate for poignant new production, ‘Trigger’Major Lazer Press Shot 1

Major Lazer and Khalid have teamed up for a swooning feeler entitled “Trigger,” released on the soundtrack for the upcoming PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding: Timefall, due November 7.

Combining both artists’ strong points, the radio-rendered production lays a bed of lush synths for Khalid’s crooning vocals to rest upon and flourish. The soft chords caress the verse and lead into another keynote from the Diplo-led group: their combination of wind instruments and vocal melody that hook the listener after Khalid succeeds in seducing them with his emotive incandescence.

Aside from the musicality, the lyrics run deep, alluding to a gunshot as a metaphor for a breakup. The words arrive as reflective poetry.

Major Lazer have yet to announce the release of their impending and presumably final LP, Lazerism. So far this year, they’ve released three singles and were featured on Beyoncé’s Lion King album.

Death Stranding: Timefall Track List:

1. “Trigger” Major Lazer & Khalid               
2. “Ghost” Au/Ra & Alan Walker                      
3. “Death Stranding” Chvrches               
4. “Yellow Box” The Neighbourhood
5. “Meanwhile…In Genova” The S.L.P.       
6. “Ludens” Bring Me the Horizon
7. “Born In The Slumber” Flora Cash           
8. “Sing To Me” MISSIO

Major Lazer, Skepta, Jai Paul and more feature on new FIFA 2020 soundtrack [Stream]

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Major Lazer, Skepta, Jai Paul and more feature on new FIFA 2020 soundtrack [Stream]Unnamed 1 1

New FIFA is just around the corner, and with it comes another premier soundtrack to get hooked on whilst playing one invigorating match after another. Each year, FIFA takes pride in their curation, collecting a variety of genres from an assortment of cultures—perfect for the international spectacle of soccer. This year is no different.

With tracks from Major Lazer, J Balvin, ROSALÍA, BJ The Chicago Kid, Skepta, Sofi Tukker, Jai Paul, The Knocks, Cautious Clay, half•alive, GoldLink, and many more, this small portion of the 38-piece soundtrack only begins to explain its diversity in sound. Not only is there a heavy mix of styles, but FIFA also places importance on music discovery by highlighting up-and-coming artists with as little as 50,000 streams on Spotify to their names.

FIFA 20 is the 27th edition of the highly popular gaming series, and it’s set to drop September 27, 2019.

Major Lazer teams up with J Balvin and El Alfa for ‘Que Calor’

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Major Lazer teams up with J Balvin and El Alfa for ‘Que Calor’Unnamed 1 1

Major Lazer has teamed up with J Balvin and El Alfa for their newest single, “Que Calor.” Major Lazer has collaborated previously with both featured artists, and the track takes inspiration from each of their home countries. It samples Toto La Momposina’s traditional Colombian-cumbia classic “Curara” and Dominican dembow rhythms. The release is ultimately a feel-good song and the perfect trigger to get the listener dancing. To accompany the single’s release, the artists have also released an energetic music video.

The video starts with J Balvin surrounded by enthusiastic dancers. The setting is muted and dark, but the video then jumps to an ornate and brighter setting. Diplo rises out of fire to join J Balvin and El Alfa on a platform surrounded by flames and dancers, creating a dynamic visual accompaniment to the dance-worthy single.

Beyoncé recruits Major Lazer and Shatta Wale for ‘ALREADY’ on new ‘Lion King’ companion album

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Beyoncé recruits Major Lazer and Shatta Wale for ‘ALREADY’ on new ‘Lion King’ companion albumBeyonce Coachella Homecoming

Disney’s photorealistic reboot of The Lion King may be one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. In addition to all the buzz around the franchise’s 2019 reboot, the film’s star, Beyoncé has given everyone another reason to celebrate with her new companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, which features a host of supporting talent including Major Lazer on “ALREADY.”

This isn’t the first time Beyoncé and Diplo have joined forces, and based on the worldly sonic chemistry they clearly have, it likely won’t be the last. “ALREADY” finds Queen Bey vocalizing over a regal, percussive afrobeat backdrop broken up by spits from Ghanaian producer Shatta Wale. Major Lazer have long maintained how deeply African sounds influence their music—an inspiration they proudly get to showcase alongside Beyoncé on “ALREADY.”

Beyoncé reconnects with Diplo, enlists Major Lazer on ‘Lion King’ companion album

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Beyoncé reconnects with Diplo, enlists Major Lazer on ‘Lion King’ companion albumDiplo Major Lazer In Africa Lead

Beyoncé and Diplo last joined forces on 2016’s year defining Lemonade, which would go on to grab nine Grammy nominations. Before that, Queen Bey famously sampled Major Lazer’s breakout “Pon De Floor” on her anthemic 2011 hit, “Run The World.” Now, the pair are reuniting once again, this time on Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Lion King: The Gift companion album with “Already.”

The new track pairs the most in-demand pop star in the world with one of the most sought-after producers in the game, for a collaboration in conjuction with arguably the most anticipated cinema event of the year. “Already” also features Ghanaian-native dancehall artist Shatta Wale. Diplo recently alluded to the collaboration via social media, and now Major Lazer has officially substantiated the news. If Diplo and Beyoncé’s track record over the last decade has proven anything, we might have a new sweeping hit on our hands. Lion King: The Gift lands in full on July 19 to coincide with The Lion King remake’s theatrical debut.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival is cancelled

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The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival is cancelledDiplo

Just over a week before the upcoming installment of Mad Decent Block Party, the label/event brand took to Facebook to confirm the festival’s imminent cancellation.

The rather nebulous announcement attributes the decision to “circumstances beyond our control,” hindering organizers from throwing the festival “the way that it was envisioned.” The hallowed annual event has been a longtime vessel for Mad Decent to show off its illustrious label roster, as well as gather extraneous, up-to-date talent from across the electronic/hip-hop continuum.

This year’s July 20-21 Block Party, pegged to land in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was scheduled to see scene staple performances from the likes of REZZ, Major Lazer (which includes Mad Decent label boss, Diplo himself), RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Billie Eilish, and more across the weekend. Per the announcement, Mad Decent will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders on or before July 12.

Major Lazer and Anitta release colorful new video for ‘Make It Hot’

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Major Lazer and Anitta release colorful new video for ‘Make It Hot’Major Lazer Relief Is The Mission Rukes Artwork

Major Lazer has debuted the video for their new summer single “Make It Hot” featuring Brazilian superstar Anitta. The video is in partnership with BACARDI, with the famous rum brand making several appearances throughout the feature. The song unites Spanish vocals from Anitta with the group’s dancehall-inspired signature sound, with the viewer participating in the party from the video’s onset.

Anitta speaks about the video and working with Major Lazer, noting,

“It’s amazing when you work in synergy with someone who completes you artistically, Having the opportunity to write/compose another song with Major Lazer was really special. We have developed this energy that is similar to being around family and close friends when we work together. It’s good to be able to bounce ideas off each other and that’s something that happens naturally now. I think it’s difficult for anyone to listen to this song and remain still.”

Anitta steals the show, dancing through the feature with the members of Major Lazer making cameos throughout. The video is total sensory overload, making the visuals as colorful as the sonic elements of the track, and ultimately serves as a perfect compliment to the release.