Monday, August 16, 2010

Major Lazer & La Roux - Lazerproof

So let me tell you how I came to be listening to this. While Entourage hasn't been a very good show for a while, it's still mostly watchable, and it has a pretty good soundtrack. Last week's episode ended with a pretty awesome dubstep-sounding song with female vocals, so I did some digging and found out it was a remix by Skream of La Roux's song "In for the Kill". After a bit more browsing I found this, not exactly an album, but a free mixtape featuring a bunch more remixes, mostly of songs from La Roux's album. It's not the greatest, but it's pretty fun, and it's hard to complain about the price of free.

Luckily enough, "In for the Kill" is a big presence, with Skream's remix included in an altered form with a few extra bells and whistles (which ended up seeming unnecessary, the song works because it's simple and awesome), plus another song having the original backing track for it replaced with a rap by Candi Redd. "Bulletproof" is a pretty good opener for the project, with heavy use of piano and other unexpected elements. "Colourless Artibella" shows Major Lazer's diversity, being pretty much a reggae track. "Keep it Fascinating" is closer to what I expected, more of a simple drum and bass thing. "Tigerlily" is one of the cooler tracks, with a nice synth bit backing up Elly's vocals. "Hold Yah" is a long, multi-segmented closer, not actually based on a La Roux song but with some interesting singing by Gyptian. There's quite a lot of guests and different styles sprinkled through the mix, and it's fairly entertaining if you're at all into the scene.

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