Imagine my surprise when one of my fellow interns told me this morning that Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors had collaborated with Major Lazer to release a track called “Get Free” (released April 16). You might be better equipped to imagine the aforementioned surprise if you also knew that my only prior exposure to Major Lazer was the alarmingly sexually aggressive music video for “Pon De Floor”. Are you imagining it? Pretty surprised, right?
The track is actually pretty damn good. Coffman’s vocals blend seamlessly into the sonic background of reggae-inspired electronica. It’s a fantastic summer jam.
Not only that, but these kinds of collaborations are good for the music industry. Easy as it might be to stick with what seems safe, going with more daring combinations and being willing to push the envelope tends to yield more interesting and unexpected results. It’s like genetics – the wider the gene pool is, the stronger future generations are likely to be.