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Major Lazer in Vancouver, BC
Friday, June 26, 2009

From the moment I first heard about the artistic collaboration between Diplo and Switch dubbed Major Lazer, I have to say, I was more than excited. Essentially a dancehall / electrofunk mash-up experiment fronted by a fictional character named Major Lazer, the duo have recently released the album Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do. Recorded on the island of Jamaica at the legendary Tuff Gong studios, the album features a who's who list of todays rising reggae stars. But don't get it twisted, Major Lazer's soundtrack to the frontline sonic assault on the waves of zombie vampire legions is anything but roots music. As proven last night at their sensory shattering show at the legendary Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Major Lazer is utilizing the newest and heaviest hitting production techniques melded with some stellar jump-up lyricism to shock and awe crowds. The show started early due to it being on a Wednesday night, however by the time I got inside around 10pm, the opening DJ was in full-effect, churning out the duttiest dancehall set I've heard in this city in a hot second. The heads in attendance were obviously saving their energy for Major Lazer to hit the stage cuz the floor was pretty much empty until the lights dimmed and the audio explosions began to emanate from the front of the room. It didn't take more than ten seconds for a flood of humanity to fill the area beneath the decks and as the two fly-ass, scantily clad hype girls began to wind, the realness began. It almost feels wrong to say it, but what I witnessed during this show seemed like the birth of a new type of music. Some peeps in attendance were obviously not ready for the groundbreaking beats and red-hot samples being fired at their faces, sitting stunned on the sidelines like wounded warriors. The selections included most of the hard hitting tracks from their album and inspired mass daggering throughout the venue. The Beach Boys sample had me swag surfin' my ass off and I think I mighta spilt most of my last Heineken getting buck to the AC/DC riff that came out of nowhere fast and furious. I likely lost a good eight pounds of sensi sweat by the time the lights came on. All I know is, Major Lazer is one bad mamma-jamma.

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