Title: Free the Universe
Label: Mad Decent
Release Date:March 12, 2013
We were actually surprised over here; February 19 came and gone and no one even mentioned that Free the Universe was pegged to drop that day. Quietly, Major Lazer's sophomore project was pushed back to March 12. We're not sure why; they have released a pair of strong singles already ("Get Free," "Jah No Partial"), and Diplo's attachment to ANYTHING is bound to at least get some eyes on the project, but the true promo push (aside from their world tour) hasn't really kicked in. Aside from Amber Coffman and Flux Pavilion, Free the Universe boasts a diverse cast of characters: Wyclef Jean, Bruno Mars, Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Yasmin, Chippy Nonstop, GTA, Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend), Shaggy, Tyga, Laidback Luke, and plenty more are all listed.
In speaking to Rolling Stone, Diplo had the following to say on the project:
"The album feels like a party. At the same time, it's a concept album about freeing the universe from mental slavery.
"I didn't put any giant pop records on there – it's a little more unique. Six of the songs are rootsy, six are clubby, and three are outer-space records that I don't know what they are."