Diplo’s dancehall-inspired Major Lazor project has announced a new album, Free The Universe.
Originally the work of Diplo and Switch (who contributes to the project but is not an official Major Lazer member – we only found this out yesterday, too), Frees the Universe marks Lazer’s second album, following 2009′s Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do. As you might expect from a man with one of the biggest Blackberry phonebooks in music, Free the Universe seriously ups the ante in terms of guest appearances: Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, who recently appeared on Diplo’s Radio 1 show, appears, as does Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffmann, Cash Money’s Tyga, Bruno Mars (!), Wynter Gordon, Dev, Shaggy, Flux Pavillion and more.
Interestingly, the press release for the record states that although Diplo is the “sole executive producer’ for Major Lazer, for the project’s work on Snoop
Dogg Lion’s new album Reincarnated he’s joined by Ariel Rechtshaid and Vybz Kartel collaborator Dre Skull under the Major Lazer name [via Pitchfork]. Read about Snoop’s Reincarnation here and stream ‘Get Free’, by Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffmann, below.
On top of the album, Major Lazer have announced a new tour, with the yearly Red Bull Music Academy Notting Hill Carnival event looking like a particular highlight. Those dates follow the video. Oh, and don’t forget about all those block parties.
Major Lazer tour dates:
Aug 15 Otranto, Italy – Parco Torcito
Aug 16 Calvia, Spain – Mallorca Rocks Hotel
Aug 17 Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Aug 18 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 22 Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
Aug 23 Aarhus, Denmark – Train
Aug 24 Stockholm, Sweden – Popaganda Festival
Aug 25 Daresbury, England – Creamfields Festival
Aug 27 London, England – Notting Hill Carnival
Sep 07 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
Sep 08 Isle of Wight, England – Big Top
Oct 18 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Oct 19 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
Oct 20 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct 25 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Oct 26 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 27 New York, NY – Terminal 5