After weeks of buildup and a pile of new material, including music videos, cartoon shows, and a mini-documentary, Peace Is The Mission, Major Lazer’s third studio album, is finally here.
Featuring a hodge-podge of big-name collaborators, including Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, DJ Snake, and 2 Chainz, among others, the album is an eclectic blend of various influences and sounds, ranging from pop and electronic, to R&B, hip hop, and dancehall. Summer anthem and DJ Snake collab Lean On is the biggest hit on the album, but Ellie’s Powerful pop ballad and Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and company’s gritty hip hop number Night Riders are certainly no slouches, either.
With such a broad list of featured artists, the group’s sound is no longer primarily reggaeton/dancehall, but island-influenced tracks like Too Original, Light It Up, and Blaze It Up (sensing a trend?) keep the upbeat, sun-soaked vibes flowing. While the trio doesn’t reinvent the wheel, there is enough going on on the album to make it one of the year’s more solid mainstream dance music entries.
You can stream the entire album in full on SoundCloud here. Click here to purchase it on Beatport.