Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire of Major Lazer recently made history by playing a free show for 500,000 fans in Havana, Cuba, and now the crew is back with a previously unreleased collaboration with Grandtheft. Titled "Number One," the new track comes "from the Lazer vault" and is available to stream and to download for free.
"Number One" is actually a remake of Johnny Osbourne's 1985 dancehall classic, "Budy Bye," This Song Is Sick reports. By fusing the old-school track's tropical take on reggae with elements of festival-ready bass-heavy trap, the collaborators make Osbourne's song their own. Give it a listen below.
The production outfit has recycled the Jamaican Godfather of Dancehall's work before. Back in 2012, the trio sampled Osbourne's vocals from "Mr. Marshall" on "Jah No Partial," the crew's collaboration with Flux Pavilion.
"Number One" follows the outfit's 2015 LP Peace Is the Mission which featured the huge hit "Lean On," as well as collaborations with Ariana Grande and Pusha T among others. There's no word when their next full-length will come, but the new track's surprise-release suggests they have entire "vaults" full of material just waiting for the right moment to be shared.
Earlier this month the trio shared a remix of With You's recent Vince Staples-featuring track, "Ghost." With You is Major Lazer co-founder Dave "Switch" Taylor's new project alongside Rick Trainor and Daouda Leonard.
The chemistry between the longtime collaborators is evident on the "Ghost" remix: the edit effortlessly transforms the G-house original into a dancehall-infused trap banger. The remix, which premiered on Lazer Sound, the group's Beats1 Radio show, will be available to purchase March 25 via Big Beat Records, Run The Trap reports. Listen to it below in advance.
With festival season right around the corner, the group have a ton of tour dates on deck, including stops at Coachella, Firefly Festival, Shaky Beats, Electric Forest, Panorama Festival, Bestival and Lollapalooza Berlin just to name a few.