About four years after the release of their debut full-length album, Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, Major Lazer (a project from DJ and producer Diplo) released the sophomore album called Free the Universe. Although house DJ Switch worked on the previous album, he left in 2011, leaving Diplo in charge of the second album.
The album’s lead single, “Get Free,” features vocals from Amber Coffman of indie rock band Dirty Projectors. It is a laid-back track with influences from reggae, especially regarding its instrumentation. The following single, “Jah No Partial,” also takes cues from reggae influences, while picking up the pace from the previous single and adding EDM influences, notably house and dubstep with some trance-like synth chords added in. “Watch Out for This (Bumaye),” the third single from the album, cranks up the heat with some dancehall influences by infusing it with house and electro tinges.
In addition to the three singles, there are some other highlights that make this album worth listening to. “Scare Me” shows some influences from electro pop with Timberlee singing and Peaches rapping. “Jessica” is another reggae-influenced track with vocals from Ezra Koenig who you might recognize as the lead singer of indie pop band Vampire Weekend. “Mashup the Dance” is a house track that can keep the party going.
In conclusion, this album is worth checking out. If the aforementioned songs are satisfying enough upon listening to them, I recommend the entire album, thus making this my album pick for May 2013. That about wraps up my article for Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club, which, unfortunately, is going to be the last article for this feature. Until then, this is Aerrow Shapiro saying, “Let’s fly.”
Aerrow Shapiro is a KSSU.com DJ who hosts a weekly hour-long alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power, which currently airs on Wednesdays at 2 PM PT. The show’s run is expected to be finished at the end of the Spring 2013 semester. For more information you can check out the show on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HourOfPowerKSSU) and follow the DJ’s feed on Twitter (@KSSUShapiro).