Major Lazer release ‘Apocalypse Soon’ featuring Pharrell, Sean Paul, and more [EP Review]
Major Lazer have returned with their most notable collection of original material since last year’s Free The Universe. That full-length album brought forward a reggaeton-electro sound that’d eventually take festival stages by storm, and later Snoop Dogg’s Snoop Lion project.
Diplo’s production entity is now on to similar antics with their latest Apocalypse Soon EP. Similar, not identical. Offerings such as the Sean Paul assisted “Come On To Me” embody the Caribbean dance flavor, but are additionally influenced more so by trap drums than before. Lead single “Aerosol Can” featuring Pharrell Williams is most distant from such, but stripped down, raw Major Lazer at the core for the EP’s easiest and most versatile listen.
Moska and RDX hop on board for “Lose Yourself,” a track as frenetic as the Lazer whirl with electro elements doing that deed. “Sound Bang” returns to the strongest of reggae roots with sounds of Jamaica prevalent both in songmanship and percussion, and “Dale Asi” rounds off the five-track project in the same dancehall swing.