Saturday, April 24, 2010

Major Lazer invades Sound Academy


A shared interest in M.I.A., Santogold and nutty alter-egos made the DJ pairing of Wes Pentz aka Diplo and Dave Taylor aka Switch seem almost inevitable. That the Miami bass-bent Baile Funk explorer behind the ever-expanding Mad Decent empire and the fidget house innovator who runs Dubsided would find common ground in Jamaica cutting gully dancehall disco joints at Tuff Gong wouldn't have been my first guess but their Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do (Downtown) debut was actually more entertaining than anticipated. And who is their mysterious cartoon accomplice Major Lazer who keeps making Zelig-like appearances in photos of popular personalities? Evidently he's a former Jamaican commando with a laser shooting prosthetic arm working for a rogue government while posing undercover as a dancehall nightclub owner from Trinidad. Naturally. 
It's certainly a novel concept but Diplo and Switch make for better club DJs and I much prefer the mixes that throw together as a duo and individually as can be heard on this dope Major Lazer podcast.
Better still, check out Diplo and Switch runnin' tings in person tonight (Saturday, April 24) when Major Lazer is joined by Drop The Lime and Sinden as part of the Digital party presented by Embrace at the Sound Academy (11 Polson) tonight (Saturday, April 24). Doors open at 10 pm.

LINKS
Major Lazer http://www.myspace.com/majorlazer
Mad Decent http://www.maddecent.com
Dubsided http://www.myspace.com/dubsided
Drop The Lime http://www.myspace.com/dropthelime
Sinden http://www.myspace.com/graemesinden
Embrace http://embracepresents.com

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