REVIEW: Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission



Thomas Wesley Pentz, AKA major DJ/Producer Diplo and his moombahton dancehall mega project Major Lazer dropped Peace Is The Mission, their third album just before embarking on their massive Mad Decent Block Party tour taking place this summer. Featuring names such as DJ Snake, 2 Chainz, Mø, Ariana Grande, Chronixx and Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer successfully put together an intricate and progressive slew of tracks that range from your typical four-on-the-floor EDM to very detailed, traditionally written songs that journey through quirky yet smooth melodies and breakdowns. While tracks like “Roll The Bass” and “Blaze Up The Fire (ft. Chronixx)” are complete nutso bangers that will get their worthy rinsings this festival season, the trio collaborated with magnificent singers such as Ellie Goulding & Ariana Grande, producing softer, more laid back melodies that get deep under your skin. With Peace Is The Mission, Diplo & Co. stayed to true to their dancehall roots while taking a clear turn away from the mainstream electronic sound, even going as far as producing a straight up rap song featuring 2 Chainz, Travi$ Scott, Pusha T and Mad Cobra, with Major Lazer on the beat. Peace Is The Mission offers incontrovertible proof that, in the hands of a true artist, electronic music can stretch far past repetitive tunes to mindlessly bounce up and down to, and succeeds in bringing together artists from realms of hip-hop, reggae and pop to create a set of soothing, chill and altogether irresistible tracks. Resistance is futile. — DYLAN LONG