By Keir Bristol
What happens when a Jamaican amputee who fought in a secret zombie war nearly 25 years ago meets a redheaded androgynous British synthpop singer? They make a summer mixtape worth dancing to.
Major Lazer, made up of Diplo and Switch, has been known to put a different twist on reggae, dubstep and hip-hop music. When the two meet La Roux, the stage name of the aforementioned red-head Elly Jackson (who is actually part of a duo, along with Ben Langmaid), they stay true to their reputation by adding some throbbing drum and bass lines, some Jamaican swagger, and their signature laser sounds that serve as transitions from track to track.
The “Lazerproof” mixtape appropriately opens with one of La Roux’s successful singles of 2009, “Bulletproof.” It cites lesser-known artists, like Candi Redd, Amanda Blank, and Opal to better known ones like Drake, Gyptian, and Gucci Mane. Although “Lazerproof” features some slower songs (“Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)”, “Houstatlantavegas Pains”), most of the mixtape is made of more upbeat dance tracks (“Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend)”, “Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)”). Regardless, the mixtape definitely has a fluidity to it. All of the songs mesh well together and evoke a certain mood in the listener: a lets-have-a-block-party-BBQ-and-dance-our-asses-off kind of mood.
The mixtape is certainly rated R, as some of the songs are sexually and lyrically explicit. Nevertheless, it is certainly a summer treat worth downloading. Even the mixtape art is catching. Download the mixtape for free here: http://sub.maddecent.com/lazerproof/.