Just in time for summer, Major Lazer has dropped their brand new album – “Peace Is The Mission”. This marks the third album from the ‘reggae-influenced-with-a-pinch-of-electro-rachet’ producers (Diplo, Walshy Fire, Jilionaire).
The first track, sets the vibe for the entire album with a sultry beat and chilling vocals from Wild Belle (someone I had previously paid little attention to). The producer trio then fires off a series of uptempo dance tracks to get the masses moving (and undoubtedly will have quite a few ladies ‘expressing themselves’). While the overall arrangement of the album may seem inconsistent to some, the tracks are fiery hot and Major Lazer does a great job of building up the momentum with classics like “Roll The Bass”, and then switching the beat for a smoother, chiller (cocktails on a patio perhaps?) vibe – “All My Love”, “Powerful”, and the current global super hit – “Lean On”.
In true Major Lazer fashion the album includes tropical sounds, heavy bass lines, higher than average beats per second, and combines them with a solid mix of Caribbean and International musicians alike (think, Ellie Goulding, Machel Montana, Ariana Grande, Jovi Rockwell, Chronixx, 2Chainz, and PushaT to name a few). The featured musicians represent a wide variety of cultures and individual styles that undoubtedly makes the album not only likeable but extremely relatable to listeners (regardless of age, geographic location, and social standing). In fact, I believe that relatability is something that Major Lazer has become increasingly better at over the last few years, and this is perfectly represented by the song arrangement of the album – their music, quite simply, just makes people want to dance.