Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding + Tarrus Riley: "Powerful"



When I first started writing this post, it was about a different track from Diplo's side project, Major Lazer, and their new album, Peace is the Mission ("Be Together", featuring sibling duo Wild Belle - great tune). But, after letting the album roll on, I hit the brakes once I heard "Powerful" - Major Lazer's collab with Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley. It sounded awfully familiar...

That's because I wrote about a different - or less official - version of this song, minus one Goulding, and plus one Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend) over six months ago. Turns out the earlier, obviously unmastered cut of the song was used as part of Major Lazer's FXX cartoon show (on which Koenig voiced a character) and has gotten a refresh for the reggae-EDM trio's third album.

Needless to say, this polished Ellie Goulding-sung version is, well, powerful. A chugging, reggae-laced dance number, the track is sexied up by Goulding's vocal acrobatics and Riley's soulful, heavy chorus. Makes me think they should have sped up production on this tune, so that Goulding could have contributed this single to the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack as well.

All in all, the whole album is fire. Have a listen - I dare you not to groove in your seat.




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