When Diplo and then-collaborator Switch released Major Lazer‘s debut album in 2009, the project already came with an extensive backstory. Involving a “Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984,” the cartoonish scenario was unnecessarily elaborate for the deliriously vivid, dancehall-themed eclecticism of Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do. That commando’s story still shows up in the cover art from Major Lazer’s sophomore album, last year’s Free the Universe, and now our zombie-fighting friend is finally about to get the animated series for which he was always perhaps best suited.
As Billboard reports, the third Major Lazer album will coincide with a Major Lazer cartoon next year on Fox about a “Rasta superhero.” Cat Power and Riff Raff are slated for “collaborations” on the show’s soundtrack. As Pitchfork points out, a Major Lazer cartoon was previously in the works for Adult Swim. Presumably, the one-armed commando is ready for his close-up.
Diplo also discussed his work with Madonna and Ariel Rechtshaid, telling Billboard three of their collaborations are “smashes” and a fourth is “super weird.” Possible guests on Major Lazer’s follow-up to Free the Universe reportedly include Ty Dolla $ign and Lorde. Diplo has also been teaming up with Usher and Skrillex. According to Billboard, Diplo’s 2004 album Florida will receive a 10th-anniversary reissue this fall via Ninja Tune. And no, to the best of my knowledge, no one has seen the Major Lazer soldier and Captain Murphy in the same room together.