It is not everyday that nitrogen stamina surfaces in the form of two top-shelf DJ/Producers and a temptress with a spin history that arches M.I.A, Santigold, Thom Yorke, Afrojack, and Rusko (deep breath) in electro-reggae-fusion fashion. Unless you are Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz) and Switch (Anthony John Culverwell) under the the guise of Major Lazer and claim “Get Free” (Downtown Records), in which case the music domain has got your back.
Sample savant, Switch, couples with Dirty Projectors vamp, Amber Coffman, for the money track as vibrato underscores a subtle vengeance in a beat binge of electro-reggae. Righteous and streetwise, silky vocals compound a rasta tempo and weave in sophisticated tribal tones for a digital mix of harmonic cries.
Lyrically powerful, sound and immaculate on pitch (applauding Amber), “Get Free” drives us to the future of melodic art in its eccentric composition, while harkening back to the hubs of urban audio collectives. The on-and-off duo have been an artistic force with a youthful background in early one-hit wide spreads (FIFA, Coachella, MTV, Beyoncé), a digital rolodex of serious players, and tweet-worthy performances. Major Lazer is grounds for a major must-know especially in 2012 as they roll out tall from a playground of genres (orchestral dubstep, electronic reggae, new wave dance-hall, ska-hop) crashing sound waves with this latest release.