Major Lazer may not have put out an album in over three years, but that doesn’t mean the dancehall supergroup haven’t been busy. In addition to touring all across Africa, Diplo and company will end the year with tour stops in Indonisia, Thailand, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. While playing gigs in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda, the group even made time to collaborate with a few African artists to get to the true essence of their Afropop sound.
Now they’ve teamed up with Swedish singer Tove Lo on a new dancehall number called “Blow That Smoke.” One part electro pop, one part raggaeton, and the rest tropical dance, the tune is destined to be a chart-topper. Tove Lo’s signature sultry vocals pairs perfectly with the track’s West African guitar riffs and upbeat island percussive patterns.
“This song has been long in the making,” Tove Lo says of track in a press statement. “It started with me and Diplo just sending ideas back and forth until I sent this vocal I was unsure what to do with, and they made magic with it! To me the song is about the sweet escape from your troubles or just mundane life by being a bit reckless and romantic.”
Now on the eve of their tenth anniversary as a group, Major Lazer has announced they will be parting ways with one more album, which Diplo says will feature all the stuff fans haven’t heard that they’ve been working on for the past ten years. Be on the lookout for tons of new material from the group next year.