This week on Tracking, a weekly series in which we discuss our favorite songs of the year, you can listen to additions from Major Lazer, Death Grips, Nicki Minaj, Alabama Shakes, Lotus Plaza and Screaming Females. (Click on the arrows to navigate through the songs.)
Major Lazer – “Get Free” f/ Amber of Dirty Projectors (1 of 6)
“Get Free” is likely Diplo and co.’s most slow-burning track to date, but that doesn’t mean their famously crazy beats have gone anywhere – in fact, thoughtful Major Lazer might have yielded one of their best offerings so far. On “Get Free,” an classic reggae bass pulse gets buried underwater and under cutting synth planes, arpeggiating keyboard riffs, and, most strikingly, Dirty Projector Amber Coffman’s cut up, layered, sometimes distorted, always sublime wail. Lazer and Amber are meant to work together – their mutual tastes for complex rhythms yield a really amazing, seamless collaboration.