I love reminding people of Major Lazer’s humble beginnings, if you can call them that, from the late 00s and early 10s. They used to make weird dance music that blogs ate up and was mostly powered by Diplo’s cult of personality. Now they’re the creators of some of the world’s biggest songs and racking up over a billion views on a single Youtube video. This song was definitely in the middle of their transition, embodying a traditional pop song but still keeping things a bit weird, like having Dirty Projectors’ singer Amber Coffman. I think it’s real charming.
This was one of my favorite songs of 2012 and was reminded of it this weekend at the Women’s March on Washington, where Amber Coffman performed it to half a million people. I remember putting it on one of the first mix CDs I made for my girlfriend. Really good feelings already associated with this song, really happy to have more with the march.