Free the Universe

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All Music Guide
Free the Universe is the second studio album by the Diplo-fronted musical project Major Lazer. Following the departure of Switch, who contributed to first album Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, Diplo enlisted the help of producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire to create a lively record. Having a diverse range of guest collaborators Ezra Koenig, Shaggy, Bruno Mars, and many more gives the album a fresh and party feel. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
His co-conspirator Switch may have moved on, but with producer Diplo's bag of tricks and his hipper-than-hip selection of guests including major help from producers Jillionaire and Walshy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Free the Universe is the second studio album by the Diplo-fronted musical project Major Lazer. Following the departure of Switch, who contributed to first album Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, Diplo enlisted the help of producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire to create a lively record. Having a diverse range of guest collaborators Ezra Koenig, Shaggy, Bruno Mars, and many more gives the album a fresh and party feel. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
His co-conspirator Switch may have moved on, but with producer Diplo's bag of tricks and his hipper-than-hip selection of guests including major help from producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, the Major Lazer mythos -- he's a DJ by night and a Jamaican zombie killer by other nights -- is alive and twitching on this sophomore release. This welcome return begins deceptively with the slow-burning kiss-off "You're No Good" starting the show, but the combination of marquee vocalists Santigold and Vybz Kartel couldn't illustrate the left-field-dance-meets-Jamaican-dancehall style of the project any better. Once the credits roll on the cinematic track, it's straight-up bonkers time with "Jet Blue Jet," a bleeping, furious, trap music cut where dancehall don Leftside leads the pack and offers a Baauer-challenging version of the "Kingston Shake." Since naughty ragga lady Lady Saw didn't show up, Peaches and Timberlee face off on "Scare Me," a punany power meets synth pop cut with some amazing video game chase scene music providing the bridge. Power puncher "Wind Up" is raw enough to be a hit back home for Elephant Man, the great "Watch Out for This Bumaye" finds Busy Signal macking over moombahton beats with a fantastic air horn and disco break in the middle, and fat track "Bubble Butt" is like Bruno Mars, Tyga, and Mystic formed the Ying Yang Triplets just to prove that crunk ain't dead. Those who blew their minds and/or speakers pumping the project's 2009 debut will find it familiar ground, but how Free the Universe arguably tops Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do is with the meatier, more subdued cuts, as Dirty Projectors vocalist Amber Coffman explores the connections between King Tubby and Alicia Keys with the elegant R&B dub of "Get Free." Later it's the imagining of Vampire Weekend holding a session at Kingston's classic Studio One as VW's Ezra Koenig's croons over the scratchy reggae groove of "Jessica," and while the Flux Pavilion feature "Jah No Partial" has the bass drops to get the mall kids rolling, it's still a weighty, soul-filling number that could have easily fallen off a Damian Marley album. All that, and there are still great performances from Wyclef, Shaggy, and Laidback Luke to go, so think of Free the Universe as Major Lazer's second great modern ragga meltdown.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605029221
  • Catalog Number: 50292
  • Sales rank: 24,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're No Good - Danielle Haim (4:03)
  2. 2 Jet Blue Jet - Biggy (3:19)
  3. 3 Get Free (4:49)
  4. 4 Jah No Partial - Flux Pavilion (4:12)
  5. 5 Wind Up (4:27)
  6. 6 Scare Me (3:00)
  7. 7 Jessica (4:13)
  8. 8 Watch Out For This (Bumaye) - FS Green (4:29)
  9. 9 Keep Cool - Wynter Gordon (4:22)
  10. 10 Sweat (4:29)
  11. 11 Reach For the Stars (4:06)
  12. 12 Bubble Butt - Mystic (3:47)
  13. 13 Mashup the Dance (3:49)
  14. 14 Playground - Arama (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Major Lazer Primary Artist
Chippy Nonstop Vocals
Jarina De Marco Vocals
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
S. White Composer
Laidback Luke Producer
Ariel Rechtshaid Producer
The Partysquad Producer
Timberlee Composer
Major Lazer Producer
Schlachthofbronx Additional Production
GTA Composer, Producer
Donato Paternostro Engineer
J. Steele Composer
The Flexican Producer
FS Green Producer
Willy Joy Additional Production
Flux Pavilion Producer
Mystic Composer
Gianni Marino Additional Production
Valentino Khan Producer
Dan Gerbarg Mastering
T. Goethals Composer
T. Pentz Composer
Raff Riley Additional Production
Mahesa Utara Additional Production
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