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  • Summary: Diplo and Switch return as Major Lazer with a six-track EP which includes a remix by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) of one track from their 2009 release Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do.
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Sound of Siren
Now, in comes di ting called Major Lazer Number one sound inna dancehall We stand tall, sound boy diss and fall That's all We ready fi di war I see... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. The remixed versions of the songs from Guns Don't Kill People all demonstrate an intuitive understanding of what worked about those songs in their original forms, while the new songs continue in Major Lazer's exploration of the sounds found on nearly every dance floor in the world's tropical climates.
  2. The remixes feel equally vital to the EP, because after all, the great appeal of Major Lazer is watching these dancehall concoctions transform, as elements of dub and hip-hop and reggae are also smashed into one freaky, juiced up mutant (kinda like the fictional Major Lazer himself).
  3. In the end, a necessary acquisition for fans or an easy way for newcomers to judge whether they are wacky enough to join the Major's cyberpunky reggae party.
  4. The dirtier and more obnoxious of the two tracks, "Sound Of Siren" utilizes special guest M.I.A.'s abilities to their fullest, making it infinitely danceable. In contrast, "Good Enough," with Collie Buddz and Lindi Ortega, sounds like No Doubt should have when they spent so much time recording in Jamaica.
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    Major Lazer have never been bashful about appropriating musical styles where ever they find them; every song they make seems to be trying to remix the entire global street culture all at once. On Lazers Never Die they manage to duct tape all their influences together into a fun, listenable package.
  6. Not everything on this EP is stellar material, but the five tracks together are greater than the sum of their parts, because they come across as a murkier, more varied rewrite of Guns Don't Kill People…Lazers Do. With any luck, this is a sign of things to come, and not simply an experimental lark.
  7. Recorded at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong studios, this EP twists dancehall and dubstep into kinky new directions.
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