Since its inception in 2009, the one-armed cartoon Jamaican renegade know as Major Lazer (fronted by Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Diplo) has become a cultural zeitgeist- from being sampled by Beyonce for her single "Run The World (Girls)", selling out shows and playing festivals across the world or leading the way in the current dancehall revival movement and producing the upcoming Snoop Dogg album, Major Lazer's world takeover since the release of GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE...LAZERS DO is undeniable. The highly anticipated second full length installment of the Major Lazer saga, FREE THE UNIVERSE, is set to be released November 5 2012 on Mad Decent / Downtown.
With one full length and two EPs under its belt, Major Lazer has already given a sneak peak of what's to come with this year's much lauded new single, "Get Free" featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. FREE THE UNIVERSE forges a new path for Major Lazer, now with Diplo as the sole executive producer for the project, and includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend, Dev and more.
In other news, producers Ariel Reichtshad and Dre Skull join Major Lazer for the upcoming Snoop Dogg album Snoop Lion "Reincarnated" as Major Lazer. Major Lazer will also be featured on the upcoming title track from No Doubt's highly anticipated album with famed dancehall artist Busy Signal. The official remix for Hot Chip "Look At Where We Are" is also available.
A limited edition "Get Free" 12" will drop on July 31st, featuring official remixes from drum & bass king Andy C, Brazilian trio Bonde do Role and new comers What So Not - the latter being found on-line as a bootleg.
On the live side, Major Lazer heads out on a string of end of summer European dates, kicking off August 15th in Otranto, Italy, before returning to the US for a limited run of dates on both coasts.