Major Lazer announce new album ‘Free The Universe’

In 2009, Diplo and Switch’s dancehall project Major Lazer busted onto the scene with the massive single Pon de Floor from debut album Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do. Now three-odd years later, Major Lazer has announced that album number two is finally on its way. Titled Free The Universe, we can expect the release come November 5 – in time, we might add, for Major Lazer’s appearance at Stereosonic.

But while the first album had Diplo and Switch working side by side, word is that as of late 2011 Switch is no longer involved. That leaves Diplo holding the reins and unsurprisingly, he’s roped in a bevy of big names to collaborate on the LP. According to Clash Music, Free The Universe will feature the likes of bass fiend Flux Pavilion, Dirty Talk singer Wynter Gordon, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, It Wasn’t Me visionary Shaggy and even Top 40 favourite Bruno Mars. It might sound like an odd rollcall, but as his Usher hook-up Climax served to remind, Diplo’s got a solid track record of taking unexpected collabs to great heights.

Earlier this year, Major Lazer dropped the single Get Free, a mellow reggae-infused turn away from the pounding Pon de Floor days. Time will tell whether Get Free is indicative of a new direction on the second album, but whatever happens we’ll never forget the daggering craze the project’s debut unleashed.