Diplo’s Major Lazer returns with a brand new track today. Featuring Skip Marley, “Can’t Take It From Me” sees the band returning to their Caribbean-influenced roots and marks the reappearance of the group’s iconic image of their namesake—listen here.
The legend of Major Lazer began in 2008 when the infamous Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War surfaced with an experimental lazer as a limb, under the cover of a dancehall nightclub owner from Trinidad. He enlisted the help of long-time allies Diplo and Switch, to produce his first LP – a collection of futuristic dancehall bangers that would protect the world from the dark forces of evil that live just under the surface of a civilized society. In 2009 Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do was released and Major Lazer was successful in his mission to set the world free of the malicious forces harboring around us.
In 2013, Switch departed the group to work on solo endeavors, while Major Lazer and Diplo, joined by compadres MC Walshy Fire and Trinidadian Jillionaire, continued to carry out the mission of world peace, this time via their 2nd studio album Free the Universe. Along the way Major Lazer battled several enemies including General Rubbish, Blockhead, Spooky Dookie and Zombies from near and far. Ultimately Major Lazer defeated the adversaries and was successful in his goal to free the universe through music.
But his work was still not done. In 2015, destruction was upon us again and Major Lazer returned with Peace Is The Mission. For the third studio album, Major Lazer enlisted friends from across the globe in an effort to achieve his goal of making the world smaller by making the party bigger. The collective continued to spread his message and reached billions through their global touring. By bringing their music and dance to every corner of the world, they were able to unite the masses and achieve Major Lazer’s mission of peace.
Their global smash hit “Lean On” with DJ Snake and MØ is one of the most successful songs of all time. “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber and MØ recently became their second track to cross one billion streams, while “Light it Up” continues to be a mainstay on dance floors across the world.
“Can’t Take It From Me”, which features Skip Marley, marks the reappearance of the Major Lazer character from the beyond (designed by Ferry Guow). Major Lazer has found enlightenment and has given up his physical body.
At Major Lazer’s helm is global superstar Diplo. As one of pop’s most in-demand producers, Diplo has worked with Beyonce, Madonna, Robyn, M.I.A. and many more. He recently unveiled a new country project, Thomas Wesley, and its first track, “So Long” featuring Nashville superstar Cam, followed by a performance at Stagecoach. Further recent releases include the deep house Higher Ground EP, the debut of a brand new show at his Coachella headline set and the Europa EP for which Diplo hand selected a cast of rising European artists. Diplo also finds himself exercising his collaborative spirit with the psychedelic supergroup LSD with Sia and Labrinth, streamed more than one billion times to date, and the Grammy winning house project Silk City with Mark Ronson. With three albums under their belt, Major Lazer continues to tour the world over, making the world smaller by making the party bigger.