Monday, June 15, 2009

diplo returns

The New York Times takes a look at Major Lazer, Diplo's new project with production partner Switch, which performed in the city over the weekend. The Times seemed disappointed:

Diplo and Switch wore dark gray three-piece suits with banker ties and mostly kept quiet during their hourlong set, which suggested a podcast masquerading as a concert, or at least something uncertain about whether it should be a concert or a D.J. set. For most of the time the crowd had little to look at: Diplo and Switch trading off on the turntables; uninspired cut-up visuals, including a throbbing Jamaican flag; a pair of dancers intermittently displaying energy; an intently focused conga drummer; and a hypeman, 77Klash, seemingly uninterested in hyping the crowd.

The duo's debut, Guns Don't Kill People ... Lazers Do, is due this week. The two are the studio whizzes behind M.I.A.'s last album, by the way. The Major Lazor sound is described as somewhat electronic-dancehall.

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