In mid-September, Major Lazer (you know, that animated fantasy inspired by the Jamaican reggae and dancehall imagery Diplo shares with Switch) posed a question on Facebook: Which artists should we work with on our next album? In just two weeks, this opinion poll gathered over 1,000 posts by fans suggesting all kinds of collaborators, from Lady Gaga to Busy Signal, Madlib and Daft Punk. Now, a month later, Diplo has announced the names of the first collaborators recruited for the album, the second by Major Lazer, which should see the light of day in mid-2011.
In a recent interview Pentz gave to Interview, he said “almost half” of the album has been completed. The recording is taking place—again—in Jamaica ( “ The best thing about Jamaica is simply the accessibility […] Right now there's mad underground as well in Jamaica, and there's something in the history and overall weirdness of the place that I can't seem to stay away from.” ) and, as we’d expected, Major Lazer has found help from “ a pretty random selection”, including dancehall artists like Vybz Kartel, Bugle and Timberlee, as well as pop-oriented artists like Vampire Weekend, Lykke Li and Santigold. “ Then we have some classic fellas like Lee Perry and Junior Murvin. It's like reggae is the vehicle, but we really live in this Major Lazer post-apocalypse world where all these artists don't seem strange together. " Read the rest of the interview (a conversation in which Diplo insists again on his interest in film) here.