Thom Yorke remixing Major Lazer!? If this doesn’t elicit at least a twinge of arousal, you might need to rethink your musical orientation. This remix is a bit of a wet dream for me. And if Martin Luther King taught us anything about dreams, it’s that they should be shared.
So in proclamation of its awesomeness, and in preparation for Major Lazer’s upcoming album Free The Universe due to drop February of next year, as well as Amok, Thom Yorke’s new solo project (under the monicker Atom’s For Peace) slated for release around the same time, it seemed appropriate and topical to feature a Thom Yorke remix of a Major Lazer classic.
Major Lazer featured this remix on their 2010 EP Lazers Never Die. If you missed it the first time around, there’s no time like the present to dust off this track and strap on your daggering shoes. If you’re unfamiliar with daggering this instructional video should probably be on your required viewing list. (Trust me it’s important to your life. Watch it.)
From its crackling synth intro to its breathy, operatic, auto-tuned bassline, Thom York treats this track right, tricking out “Jump Up” with his own brand of electro-swagger. This remix strikes a lasciviously satisfying balance between the brooding glitchy drones we’ve come to expect from Radiohead’s prolific Thom Yorke, and the booty-poppin, quasi-intelligible, Jamaican dancehall dub that makes Major Lazer so damn fun to listen to. Brilliant in its execution, this remix deserves a listen for fans of either artist.