Free The Universe (CD)


Major Lazer

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Amoeba Review

04/15/2013

Every once in a while we need an unabashed party record, and Major Lazer doesn’t disappoint on Free the Universe. Major Lazer is now a collaboration between Diplo and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire — formerly he collaborated with Switch on the great Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, but Diplo and co. retain the spirit of Major Lazer’s previous output. The record even starts out with a brazen dancehall jam with vocals from Santigold in the form of “You’re No Good” (as Guns began with the Santigold-fronted “Hold the Line”). But stylistic chameleon Diplo is never one to rest on laurels, and Free the Universe mines new territory out of the fusion of dancehall reggae and electronica. “Jet Blue Jet” reserves its dubstep drop for halfway through the song, peppering the song with digitally squeezed vocals and shoutouts that only work the listener up into a froth till the drop and the raps that come in near the song’s conclusion. “Get Free” thankfully isn’t a Vines cover; it’s a cool, laid-back reggae pop jam featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors’ aerobic vocals. Elsewhere Major Lazer fuse reggae and dubstep (“Jah No Partial,” featuring Flux Pavilion) and dip into that newfangled genre known as moombahton (“Wind Up”). While Major Lazer’s wholehearted embrace of emerging genres might scare off the less adventurous, they’re often classical at heart, writing and producing “Jessica” to sound like a Studio One lost gem, with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, drenched in sexy reverb, handling vocal duties. And for those looking for just a jam without the genre-pushing, there’s “Bubble Butt,” a surefire earworm with Bruno Mars dropping the crowd-pleasing shtick to get down and dirty with Tyga over a dumb, fun hip-hop track. Free the Universe doesn’t fold in all its seams neatly, but its genre-bursting tack has time really to only look forward.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
You're No Good [Feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin]
Major Lazer , Santigold , Vybz Kartel , Danielle Haim , Yasmin 04:03
2.
Jet Blue Jet [Feat. Leftside, GTA, Razz & Biggy]
Major Lazer , Leftside , GTA , Razz & Biggy 03:19
3.
Get Free [Feat. Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors]
Major Lazer , Amber Coffman 04:49
4.
Jah No Partial [Feat. Flux Pavilion]
Major Lazer , Flux Pavilion 04:12
5.
Wind Up [Feat. Elephant Man & Opal]
Major Lazer , Elephant Man , Opal 04:27
6.
Scare Me [Feat. Peaches & Timberlee]
Major Lazer , Peaches , Timberlee 03:00
7.
Jessica [Feat. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend]
Major Lazer , Ezra Koenig 04:13
8.
Bumaye (Watch Out for This) [Feat. Busy Signal & Flexican]
Major Lazer , Busy Signal , The Flexican 04:29
9.
Keep Cool [Feat. Shaggy & Wynter Gordon]
Major Lazer , Shaggy , Wynter Gordon 04:22
10.
Sweat [Feat. Laidback Luke & Ms. Dynamite]
Major Lazer , Laidback Luke , Ms. Dynamite 04:29
11.
Reach For The Stars [Feat. Wyclef Jean]
Major Lazer , Wyclef Jean 04:06
12.
Bubble Butt [Feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic]
Major Lazer , Bruno Mars , Tyga , Mystic 03:47
13.
Mashup The Dance [Feat. The Partysquad & Ward 21]
Major Lazer , The Partysquad , Ward 21 03:49
14.
Playground [Feat. Bugle & Arama]
Major Lazer , Bugle , Arama Brown 03:57

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