From Silk City to Major Lazer to LSD, Diplo certainly keeps himself busy as an integral part of superstar musical groups. LSD serves as the the initials of group members Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo, and the trio has a new track out on November 1. The group has been releasing “psychedelic pop music” since May, and this stream of releases is set to be continued with new song “Mountains.” Fans can preview the track via the producer’s Instagram.
“Mountains” is fresh on the heels of Diplo’s recent hit release as Silk City with Mark Ronson featuring Dua Lipa “Electricity.” Sia also has been active in the electronic music world, having recently released another track with previous collaborator David Guetta.
“Close To Me” is quite weighty, in that Goulding, while avid fans will remember her musing nostalgia over Kygo‘s semi-recent “First Time,” has not released a single of her own in years–three to be exact. Diplo, on the other hand, has been relentlessly doling out releases in and outside of the Major Lazer moniker, with his recent posthumous collaboration with XXXTENTACION and the ever-auspicious, Skrillex, receiving further support from the aforementioned Rae Sremmurd, in fact.
“Close To Me,” with its broody acoustic plucks and fusing of Goulding’s enrapturing entreats with Lee’s breezy rhymes, is technically Goulding and Diplo’s second collaboration to date. The UK singer-songwriter paired with Major Lazer in 2015 for the radio-ravaging and aptly-named “Powerful.” Whether this latest venture is simply a solitary effort, or a harbinger of a yet-to-be-named multi-work project, Goulding fans are surely smitten seeing her back in singing saddles.
Today, Major Lazer are considered one of the biggest sensations in modern EDM. The Diplo-led group, which moved to its current iteration in 2011, has put out some of the past decades hugest crossover anthems — and it only continues to grow. While they remain at the forefront of modernity and are constantly coming up with creative ways to play around with the status quo, it becomes difficult to fathom that Major Lazer just turned 10 years old.
In celebration of their milestone birthday, Major Lazer took to their Spotify account to post a nostalgia-laced “Essentials” playlist of all their greatest hits. It’s a wonderful cacaphony of bass, synthesis, and quirky vocals that make it impossible for any one listening to sit still. Naturally, productions like “Pon De Floor,” “Hold The Line, and “Powerful,” make it in, with a heavy emphasis on more contemporary numbers like their multi-platinum, “Lean On” and their newest “Blow That Smoke.”
The birthday is also a poignant reminder that the group will finished in the near-future. At the end of September, Diplo announced that their next album would be their last. Luckily, he also advised that “there’s a lot of new music” in the meantime.
Major Lazer and Tove Lo invite listeners to kick back and burn one, as they’ve materialized their latest track, “Blow That Smoke,” in what seems like record time after teasing a preview of the new track on Twitter earlier this week.
“Blow That Smoke” has been released at peak momentum for both parties, as each gears up for new forthcoming ventures. For Swedish pop singer Tove Lo, it’s her new film, Blue Lips, due Friday, October 19. For Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke” sees the trio take a break from their Afrobeat onslaught of releases to return to an infectious, dancehall-crossover design that has enough legs to hold its own alongside the super group’s historic “Lean On.” The single also serves as the latest single off their impending farewell album.
Paired with a lyric video in classical Rasta-style animation, “Blow That Smoke” poses to be an anthem in the dance-pop domain through 2018’s end and beyond.
Tove Lo recently teased her new feature single with Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke,” dropping October 17. With a sultry island beat, the Swedish singer/songwriter glides along a caressing acoustic guitar. The dancehall-inspired pop tease sounds like signature Major Lazer fashion.
She posted a snippet of the song on Twitter, hyping up fans with a sweet surprise. Tove Lo plans to release her new Blue Lips film on Friday, October 19.
Major Lazer has released four music videos in four weeks, celebrating their Afrobeat roots. The trio also recently announced their final album, set to be released next year.
Though the future of dance music dynasty, Major Lazer, may be tentative since the recent news of their imminent disbandment, the trio is still toiling away on the release radar. Their latest video for “Loyal,” sees the fierce faction join forces with Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, Kranium, and Nigerian vocalist, Kizz Daniel. The afrobeat/dancehall production is especially timely, as Diplo observed, given the fact that Nigeria just celebrated their independence day earlier this week (October 1).
The video (shot by serial Major Lazer director, Adriaan Louw of South Africa) is set at both dusk and midday along the vibrant streets and rushing oceanic coast of Senegal. It follows both Daniel and Kranium, who are joined by a sundry of dancers in technicolor, modern African attire. A comment from Major Lazer’s YouTube account proclaims, “Senegal is the lion country where the youth are fearless.”
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
Major Lazer have released the music video for their dance casual new track, “Tied Up” featuring English singer Raye and Nigerian vocalist Mr. Eazi. With an acoustic flare amidst confident drums, the song passes through a grounded bassline into a harmony between Raye and Mr. Eazi’s complimentary voices, eventually falling into swinging vocal chops that glide and groove along dancehall rhythms. Directed by South African director Adriaan Louw, the video was shot in Ghana, featuring the star vocalists against a backdrop of city streets and overcast skies.
This fall, expect to see Major Lazer team up with more African artists, releasing their African-inspired EP at a later date. Their six-date African tour is set to start September 29th in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Diplo recently stated 2019 will bring the last Major Lazer album. He mentioned the 10 years he’s been with the group, as well as a final culmination of international sounds rounding off their next spree of releases. The Mad Decent label boss mentioned focusing on his other projects, LSD and Silk City.
All good things must come to an end — it looks like Major Lazer may be creeping towards a finale.
In a recent interview with Complex, Diplo suggested that Major Lazer will be coming to an end in 2019 after one last album, eleven years after the group was initially founded by himself and his former counterpart Switch. Dishing on a range of exciting topics, the news of the dancehall trio’s disbandment comes when their frontman announces a forthcoming commemorative collection to mark the group’s ten year anniversary that features,
“A bunch of stuff you haven’ t heard like that we made the last ten years. Next year marks our last album, so we got a lot of stuff in between now and then.”
The reason for the split? Simply, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. Diplo’s side projects — the Mark Ronson-assisted Silk City and Labrinth and Sia‘s collaborative LSD — are starting to come into their own as full-fledged projects, and work with a whole new generation of rappers has Mad Decent‘s head honcho busier than ever. Moreover, sometimes it just comes down to knowing when to hang it up. After dominating the charts and cementing their names in the streaming records books, bridging the gaps between pop, electronic, and dancehall, and representing electronic music everywhere from Cuba to Africa to India, there’s not much more for Major Lazer to do.
For now, Diplo, Walshy, and Jillionaire have plenty on the way to look forward to, though it’ll all likely be capped with a deserved 21-gun salute for the Major in 2019.