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.