Major Lazer Just Completely Switched Up The Sound of an Ed Sheeran Classic
If the track is Major Lazer branded, chances are it’s worth a play, as confirmed by the trio’s most recent single with Nicki Minaj and PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Run Up,” and again affirmed by the group’s fresh new take on what is now an Ed Sheeran classic, “Shape Of You.”
Major Lazer’s reworking of the radio hit aligns itself among another remix of the popular song engineered by “No Money” producers, Galantis. The Galantis version of “Shape Of You,” as described in a previous article on our website, rests well within Galantis’s wheelhouse, rife with a noticeably bouncier beat characteristic of Galantis’s auditory aesthetic, whereas the Major Lazer spin on the original assumes the tropical sound for which the group is known.
The Lazer remix notably weaves the vocals of Nyla and Kranium into the track, vocals implemented for their distinct, edgy island elements, yet vocals that correspondingly contrast with the traditional melodic quality of Sheeran’s on the original. In a musical setting, opposites attract, where seemingly clashing vocal styles merge to form an approach to “Shape Of You” that is perhaps unexpectedly pleasing not merely on account of its vocal innovation, but on account of its bass elements, tastefully infused throughout the track.
As always, we love the “shape” of Major Lazer’s sound.