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Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye) Ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green

It’s impossible to listen to this and be cold. Which, for all you UK residents, is a blessing.

‘Watch Out For This (Bumaye)’ is a horn blast of a tune, a good times collaborative effort between Major Lazer, Flexican, FS Green and Busy Signal. It’s the new single off the upcoming ‘Free The Universe’ album (Secretly Canadian, April 15th) and it bodes well.

Download the first of ML’s teaser mixtapes here too, for more unseasonally tropical vibes.

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Major Lazer – Get Free (Adriatique’s Lazers Never Die Rework)

It is the time of year for pointless list-making. Every blog going spends this time mulling over the aural delights of the past twelve months and deciding on their highlights. As we have begun this process at HD, in preparation for our Best of 2012 playlist (coming this week), a few surprise contenders have emerged.

First up is this gem of a remix from Swiss duo, Adriatique. We were huge fans of the Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’ in its original form, and never felt that any of the remixes did it justice. This remedies that, and then some. We have to thank Alex from Flux Music for sticking it in our heads this weekend. It hasn’t left since.

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Major Lazer – Original Don

It’s been more than a year since Major Lazer have released any genuinely new music – with Switch and Diplo choosing to focus on taking their collaborative project on the road (including a barnstorming Red Bull party at Carnival this year).

Their new single is worth the wait. A rough version of ‘Original Don’ has been around for a few months, and now the final version is to be released on 1st November via the ML Facebook page (it’s available there now to stream).

‘Original Don’ is what we have come to expect from Major Lazer, which seems like a peculiar phrase to use about a record this loopy. All slowed-down bouncy bass drums, military snares and barked vocals initially, it kicks off into the usual dancefloor pandemonium, before returning to its original hypnotic brass and drums to finish.

Despite its faintly menacing, eerie tone, it is still essentially quite a silly record. It’s also a lot of fun, and fans of the duo’s artwork will be pleased to bits with the Don Draper Photoshop creation doing the rounds.

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LEAF 2013

Now, we don’t usually give the announcement of a new festy a quadruple take, but this one caught our eye.
LEAF is a London-based three-dayer celebrating the city’s electronic music heritage. It pushes all our buttons with talks from luminaries such as Giorgio Moroder and New Order right through to upstarts like Eats Everything and Happa. Major Lazer, Trentmoller and Omar Souleyman chip in with live sets, and we could go on but it’s becoming Buzzfeed-esque (“17 events you wish you could go to, but  can’t!”)
LEAF is helmed by veteran selector Rob da Bank, together with International Music Summit creator Ben Turner, and you can get your tickets and further info here.
Here are some tunes to whet your appetite, if you needed it whetting any more:
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SlothBoogie – Baby It’s You

Your man SlothBoogie has been mixingpromoting and writing about music for some time, so it’s only natural that he has now turned his hand to producing it. He says himself that it’s been a long time coming, but it’s very much worth the wait.

‘Baby It’s You’ is a slow-burning stomper that’s driven by a heavy kick drum and some distinctly dancehall riddims. A sassy vocal sample provides a nice backdrop, but the real earworm is the chord progression which lurks in the background until 3:43 when it’s unleashed on the (kind of) unsuspecting listener.

It’s the kind of warm sequence that has served the likes of Major Lazer and Rihanna splendidly and it sounds great in different surroundings here. This is a lazy, whimsical sunsetter of a tune, and even in the midst of January it constitutes six minutes of joyous escapism.

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Matt Corby – Brother (Lancelot Remix)

Yesterday we mentioned how an excellent DJ set last weekend opened our ears to what is now one of our favourite tracks of the year. The same set yielded another, in the form of this absolute beauty of a remix from Lancelot. Matt Corby is an Australian singer songwriter and ‘Brother’, while very nice, is not exactly the kind of thing we would post on these pages. Which makes this rework by Corby’s compatriot Lancelot all the more remarkable. It’s a majestic piece of slow-burning house music and we suggest you take seven minutes out from the family rows, turkey leftovers and Christmas specials, and give it a spin.

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Notting Hill Carnival 2012

It’s August Bank Holiday, and that means only one thing for most Londoners (and it’s not Creamfields, or Reading Festival). The behemoth that is Notting Hill Carnival rolls into west London on Sunday and, to celebrate this fact, we have decided to share some Carnival-themed tunes with you.

Firstly this from Italian duo NiCe7. ‘Back To 90’ is a slightly baffling tune, in that most of their other output (including the rest of their recent ‘Back to Basics’ EP) is pretty serious tech-house. This track, by contrast, is a lovely bit of 90s garage-y house – complete with wailing female vocals, Robin S chord progressions, and comedy crash cymbals. It’s genius.

Carnival also seems like a good excuse to post some dancehall, so here is a not-that-new-and-really-quite-random-but-frankly-amazing mix from Austrian (yes, Austrian) outfit, G Spot Sound. It’s awesome.

And finally, for those lucky enough to have tickets to Red Bull’s Carnival party on Monday (free food! free booze!), here is Major Lazer’s new video for ‘Get Free’. The original video was good but this one is great.

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Human Drizzle: The Playlist, April 2012

Right. It’s Monday, so we’re going to do this slightly differently. Conscious of the prevailing mindset at the start of the week, sympathetic to your lingering hangovers, and eager to provide you with the musical tools to get yourselves back on track, your monthly Human Drizzle playlist is here.

Whereas before we have launched straight into party tunes, this time things get off to a more restrained start – with Jai Paul and (uncharacteristically) Major Lazer providing the aural balm that you may just need first up. Man Like Me are somehow restrained until track seven, when things get a little rowdier – before a diverse second half which speaks of a fruitful April for new music. Long may it continue.

By the time of next month’s playlist, we will be residing in shiny new e-premises. More on that soon, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy this.

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Switch – I Still Love You

Switch, aka Dave Taylor, has turned his hand to many different genres since he burst to prominence with Wild West-themed house überbanger, ‘A Bit Patchy’, in 2006. He has produced records for MIA, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera – and of course teamed up with Diplo to form the mighty Major Lazer (themselves creators of one of the biggest dancefloor tunes of the past couple of years).

It is to his credit, then, that his new single (and his first solo single since A Bit Patchy) sounds so different to the majority of the above. Major Lazer’s dancehall and reggaeton influences can be detected in the insistent, shuffling beat – but the mood of ‘I Still Love You’ is completely different. The vocal from Andrea Martin (who co-wrote En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go’, amazingly) is stunning. Haunting, stark and full of soulful yearning, it gets in your head and won’t leave.

It’s released tomorrow and if it isn’t massive, Human Drizzle will eat its hat.

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