Best known for being one half of Major Lazer — his latest collaboration project with hipper-than-thou DJ Diplo — Switch is also one of the brains behind M.I.A.’s last two albums and the latest Missy Elliott record.
His Major Lazer project is a delicious combination of Switch’s fidgety Baltimore beats and Diplo’s Brazilian Baile Funk. Their music love child was born of the two, and it came out coated in ’80s digital Jamaican dancehall.
According to Pop Matters, the cartoon incarnation of Major Lazer — a Jamaican commando character invented by Switch and Diplo — lost his arms in the “secret Zombie War of 1984″ before being fitted with prosthetic laser arms from the U.S. military.
Why they’ve created this ridiculous back story is unknown, but it is known that this Major Lazer character is keen to get you dancing — like ri’ now.
If you’ve read my archives, you’ll know I selected Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do as one of my top ten albums of the year, so I was pretty stoked to get down — way down to this affair.
And I how I danced! I danced low. I danced high. I danced left, right, sideways and back. It is entirely possible that I may have danced backwards.
But the gyration station aside, I was left wanting more.
“More dancehall please!” I said.
Switch played lots of his fidgety, broken blips with heavy bongo-ish beats, which was awesome, but his tracks lacked a hooking, vocal melody. I like melodies.
And he only played ONE Major Lazer track: Bruk Out. (Admittedly, I had to leave at 2 am and the party was still going, so perhaps I should amend my request to say, “More dancehall earlier, please!”)
Also, there was this distracting chick dancing on stage next to Switch all night for no reason. She kept pointing at us all. It was annoying.
Until I went outside and felt my ears rigging and plugging up, I didn’t realize how loud it was in there. It was crazy! I have had ringing ears for two days since. I’ve been to tonnes of shows in my lifetime and I haven’t experienced ringing like this in a decade or more.
(And I wasn’t the only one complaining, btw. My friends all said the same thing.)
In short: the DJ set was great; the venue (Pop Opera) was too slick and cheesy for my taste; I wanted to be the dancing girl on stage; and I wanted MORE DANCEHALL!
To rectify, you should check out Cash Flow, my fave track off Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do.
Also, check Switch’s remix of Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart:
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