Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free The Universe: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Can't Hold Us" (MAJOR LAZER REMIX)

Diplo has been a very busy man lately; a full-length with Snoop Lion, that new Major Lazer record, produced a track for Mac Miller, formed an audio-video channel with Skrillex & A-Trak, etc. Sometimes it's pretty easy to forget that Thomas Wesley "Diplo" Pentz is a former Philly teacher who just so happened to single-handedly pioneer Hip-Hop/Dancehall/Moombahton/Dubstep. Fully employing his Major Lazer alter-ego, Diplo's latest creation is a remix of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' recent mega-hit single, "Can't Hold Us." Diplo then recruited 1st Klase to re-work to Hip-Pop beat into an Island riddim, which Trinidad-based rapper Swappi 4D proceeds to lyrically shred to pieces! Essentially, all that remains from the original are that Microsoft Outlook piano lick and Ray Dalton's smooth "Can we go back, this is the moment. Tonight is the night" central hook. Macklemore's verses seem a little haphazardly spread across Major Lazer's Trap/Reggae-tinged re-work, maybe a little lost amongst all the Island clatter, and sounds slightly off beat. But don't get me wrong, overall, "Can't Hold Us" (Major Lazer Remix) is a very catchy, inventive, dance-ready remix just in time for all those summer beach parties! Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Major Lazer's latest albums, The Heist/Free The Universe, are now available @ your local record store; The latter features sprawling vocal assists from everyone from Bruno Mars to Peaches.

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