Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Major Lazer - Percumajor [VIDEO]

After their absolutely amazing debut album dropped earlier this year, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, Major Lazer (made up of DJs Diplo and Switch) have recently released "Percumajor". It's slightly more toned down than their bass-ridden album of dancehall-electronic mashup tracks that feature a whole array of guest artists. The animated video for "Percumajor" is incredible even on it's own. As well as their music, Major Lazer are known for their surreal animated artwork and videos, which are a heady fusion of 80s Miami Vice, comic book horror, action hero cartoons, and neon rave.

Apparently, Major Lazer is a fictional Jamaican cartoon character who fought as a commando who lost his forearm in a secret war in 1984 against zombies, and now has a laser machine gun to replace the lost part of his limb. He parties hard, obviously after a hard days work killing vampires and monsters, and owns an electric hoverboard that the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Marty McFly would squabble over...

Their video pays homage to many aspects that Generation X and Y would recognise, including one of the best 80s films: Back to the Future. Special appearances include Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Malcom X, Gizmo the Gremlin, Stephen Hawkin, Darth Vader and Obama... amongst others. 

In an industry saturated with carbon copies and repetitive styles, Major Lazer have most definitely carved themselves a hypnotising niche.

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