The slow burn that precedes Major Lazer‘s forthcoming fourth LP, Lazerism, smolders with precision on “Rave de Favela.” The unanticipated followup to January’s “Soca Storm,” the Anitta and MC Lan-enlisting effort arrived unannounced on February 15, marking the electronic trifecta’s third joint project with Anitta and their first with MC Lan.
The track touts all the trappings of a Major Lazer production: sonic flair derived from cultural influence and inspiration, a rolling beat, sumptuous vocals, and linguistically, an alternative to English. Whether “Rave de Favela” arrives as a one-off unassociated with Lazerism or will ultimately surface among the LP’s track listings remains to be seen, but no matter. With Major Lazer’s final studio album on the horizon, the cut is a welcome installment in the legacy-building endeavor that is slowly winding to a close.
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.
With Diplo’s signature Mad Decent Block Party just a month away, fresh material from the EDM goliath’s very own dancehall collective, Major Lazer, serves as a warm welcome to the impending festival season.
In what started as a project to repackage reggae and dancehall to the dance music masses, the Diplo-led trio—which also sports the talents of Walshy Fire and Ape Drums—has blossomed into an auditory melting pot of cultures, fusing musical and visual inspirations from around the globe. Major Lazer’s new single, “Make It Hot,” does just this, finding common ground among Eastern and Latin sound palettes all within a trudging moombahton beat.
Rio de Janeiro’s very own Anitta supplies vocals, which not only puts a much-needed sheen on the amalgamation of sounds present, but slathers the summer-ready beat with Major Lazer’s patented brand of grinding EDM swag.
Hosted at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on July 20 and 21, this year’s Mad Decent Block Party is headlined by Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, G-Eazy and Miguel. Tickets to the event can be found here.
Major Lazer has been going through some lineup changes as of late — longtime member Jillionaire recently quit the group and was replaced by Ape Drums — but the Diplo-led project has been chugging along with new songs. Their last full-length was 2015’s Peace Is The Mission and there’s been a couple false … More »
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After crushing 2017 with chart-topping, radio hits including “Let Me Go” featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line, and “Is That For Me” featuring Brazilian vocalist Anitta, Alesso is back again with new music. Making his 2018 debut, the famed Swedish DJ gives fans a taste of his renewed sound on “REMEDY” featuring English singer/songwriter Conor Maynard.
The new single is built on wide appeal, as Alesso incorporates a wide range of instrumentals and rhythms. He kicks it off with soothing piano riffs and a soca-inspired drum beat, all layered under captivating vocals from Maynard. The tune’s break is light, yet pleasing to the ear with melodic harmonies and echoing pitch changes, bringing together a warming, complementary collaboration for the pair on “REMEDY.”
This track is Alesso’s first release on Universal Music Group’s new imprint 10:22pm, and made its live debut on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s Central Park. He’ll stay in the US this fall, closing out the main stage with Tiësto at Electric Zoo‘s 10th anniversary prior to a headline set at Imagine Music Festival September 21.