Major Lazer Cranks Up The Summer Heat With J Balvin & El Alfa In ‘Que Calor’

El Alfa, J Balvin, Ape Drums, and Diplo star in their new video for ″Que Calor.″

El Alfa, J Balvin, Ape Drums, and Diplo star in their new video for "Que Calor."

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Since the release of Major Lazer’s smash album Peace Is the Mission in 2015, all eyes have been on the international electronic group to follow up the LP with even better music. Collabs with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Travis Scott came and went, with little mention or concrete timeframe for the release of their final album, Music Is the Weapon. Coupled with the departure of original group member Jillionaire earlier this year (and his subsequent replacement with dancehall producer Ape Drums), it’s often seemed like Major Lazer’s grand finale may never see the light of day.

The group is putting those doubts to rest with “Que Calor,” the latest single from Music Is the Weapon, released today with an accompanying video. Diplo, and Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums are joined by Colombian pop star J Balvin and Dominican dembow king El Alfa on the club-ready track, and unsurprisingly complement Major Lazer’s Caribbean-tinged sounds quite well.

“We've collaborated with Latin artists from the very beginning of Major Lazer; I think many Americans forget how much of the Caribbean is Spanish-speaking, and that's a huge part of our influences,” the group told Billboard. “There's so much energy in Latin music right now, and we love helping bring it back home.”

This is J Balvin’s second Major Lazer collab after 2017’s “Buscando Huellas,” and El Alfa’s first with the group. It’s a surprise that Major Lazer hasn’t dabbled more in dembow in the past considering how well the rhythms and drums of the Caribbean genre meld with the sounds that the group usually explores: EDM, dancehall, and reggaeton, to name a few. The video is characteristically Major Lazer, with the male stars dancing around a dark club-like atmosphere surrounded by scantily clad female dancers.

Though Music Is the Weapon still lacks a solidified release date, the consistent string of new songs from the album are a good sign for those hoping to see it by year’s end. Successful single releases with Skip Marley and Anitta earlier this summer—now combined with the steamy “Que Calor”—signal that the group might be going heavier on Latin and pan-Caribbean influences in lieu of the electronic dancehall that put Major Lazer on the map over a decade ago.

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Since the release of Major Lazer’s smash album Peace Is the Mission in 2015, all eyes have been on the international electronic group to follow up the LP with even better music. Collabs with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Travis Scott came and went, with little mention or concrete timeframe for the release of their final album, Music Is the Weapon. Coupled with the departure of original group member Jillionaire earlier this year (and his subsequent replacement with dancehall producer Ape Drums), it’s often seemed like Major Lazer’s grand finale may never see the light of day.

The group is putting those doubts to rest with “Que Calor,” the latest single from Music Is the Weapon, released today with an accompanying video. Diplo, and Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums are joined by Colombian pop star J Balvin and Dominican dembow king El Alfa on the club-ready track, and unsurprisingly complement Major Lazer’s Caribbean-tinged sounds quite well.

“We've collaborated with Latin artists from the very beginning of Major Lazer; I think many Americans forget how much of the Caribbean is Spanish-speaking, and that's a huge part of our influences,” the group told Billboard. “There's so much energy in Latin music right now, and we love helping bring it back home.”

This is J Balvin’s second Major Lazer collab after 2017’s “Buscando Huellas,” and El Alfa’s first with the group. It’s a surprise that Major Lazer hasn’t dabbled more in dembow in the past considering how well the rhythms and drums of the Caribbean genre meld with the sounds that the group usually explores: EDM, dancehall, and reggaeton, to name a few. The video is characteristically Major Lazer, with the male stars dancing around a dark club-like atmosphere surrounded by scantily clad female dancers.

Though Music Is the Weapon still lacks a solidified release date, the consistent string of new songs from the album are a good sign for those hoping to see it by year’s end. Successful single releases with Skip Marley and Anitta earlier this summer—now combined with the steamy “Que Calor”—signal that the group might be going heavier on Latin and pan-Caribbean influences in lieu of the electronic dancehall that put Major Lazer on the map over a decade ago.

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