Diplo's EDM crew are expected to release a new album next year
Major Lazer have shared a new song called ‘My Number’.
The song follows recent releases like their chart-topping collaboration with Justin Bieber and MØ, ‘Cold Water’, and ‘Believer’, which featured Showtek.
The track samples Toots And The Maytals’ ’54-46 That’s My Number’, as Pitchfork points out. Listen to it below.
The EDM group, which features producer Diplo, are expected to release the follow-up to their 2015 album ‘Peace Is The Mission’ next year. The record, which is titled ‘Music Is The Weapon’, could be released as early as January after Diplo told a fan on Twitter new music would be out then.
There has been no official confirmation, however, that he was referring to an album.
Earlier this year, Diplo responded to critics who accuse his band of cultural appropriation.
Some commentators objected to the use of Indian culture and imagery in the group’s video for breakthrough hit ‘Lean On’, while their music’s relationship with Caribbean genres like dancehall, reggae and soca has also been called into question.
Speaking in NME in September, Diplo says his group’s music simply reflects his upbringing in an ethnically diverse quarter of Miami, Florida.
“Haitians, Latinos, Cubans, white kids, Jewish kids and hood kids were all in the same neighbourhood and the same schools,” he explains. “Miami is the most diverse place for human beings I’ve ever been to.”
He also says that he was encouraged to develop a varied taste in music from a young age, saying: “When I grew up, no one told me what I was supposed to listen to. On the radio, Miami bass was always the thing for me, and heavy metal – that was big in Florida too. My parents listened to country. Rap was on the radio.”
“I grew up and I loved music,” he continues. “I didn’t think: ‘Oh, I’m white, I’ve got to play a guitar.’ I never had a guitar.”
Arguing, however, that his group might be viewed differently if he did play guitar, Diplo adds: “I really fucked that up. I only had turntables. I wish I got a guitar, then I wouldn’t have so much criticism. For me, the band that’s most influential to us is The Clash. Nobody said: ‘You’re culturally appropriating’ when they made ‘Rock The Casbah’.”