Major Lazer aka Diplo & Switch made a mixtape for La Roux while they were in Jamaica, and because they’re so nice, released it as a free download that you can get here. The tape features the usual Jamaican inspired rhythms and vocals synonymous with the Major along with some very cool mash ups and blends along the way, most notably their version of the chart crawling tune by Gyptian called Hold Yuh. This song has been slowly rising up the charts in NYC but because it’s only piano, bass, a snare drums and vocals it’s club knocking abilities have been limited to say the least but this summer in the early 90’s sounding remix might be exactly what it needs to hit the top. This is like Day N’ Night De Ja Vu all over again, the original is somewhat slow but has great vocals so the Crookers come in, speed it up and the dance version makes it to the clubs, then Midnight Club Los Angeles and it blows the f$*k up.
There’s so much complaining left and right about the modern state of music and how the internet sucks. Yet, someone makes a song and thanks to the internet millions of people can hear it within hours, some of those people are music producers who get inspired to write a remix and next thing you know there are a 10 new versions of the songs for everyone to enjoy. In the end, the original artist wins because his song is spreading like wildfire, the remixer wins because his name is known and the fans win because they have great music to listen to. The false barriers and control over talent has literally been eliminated, it truly is a beautiful thing. I tell you, anyone who complains about what the internet has done to music is a cynic with limited perspective. Besides, what the internet has done to music hasn’t even begun, the future’s open wide, enjoy.