There were many signs that Major Lazer would eventually foray into the Nigerian soundscape since front man DipLo dropped by Nigeria earlier in the year for GidiFest. Fast forward a few weeks later and the International DJ-ing group already worked with Ice Prince, Nasty C, Jidenna and Patoranking for “Particular” off an an extended playlist titled “Know No Better”.
Collaborator Mr Eazi may give everyone probable cause to have reservations about him but the singer is without question the most internationally marketable African artist of the moment. Following Beats 1 interviews, a documentary released through Apple Music, an appearance on the Late Late show with James Corden, all against the backdrop of an on-going Detty World tour.
Mr Eazi’s feature on British DJ Riton’s single “Money” featuring Kah-Lo and Davido is also not to be sidestepped on the list of Mr Eazi wins for the year. So it comes as no surprise that to cap off the moment he is having, the singer also ends up collaborating with the biggest sound curators of the electronic sound Afropop has increasingly incorporated over the past year.
On this remix of Mr Eazi’s Accra to Lagos lead single, “Leg Over”, rapper French Montana and neo-R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign are featured for guest verses that tinge the original with new R&B and Hip-Hop flirtations. Major Lazer’s work is evident on the quietly thrumming electronic bass that replaces where the sample of Wizkid’s back-up vocals used to be. The marriage of Mr Eazi’s laid-back style with Major Lazer’s penchant for frenetic energy bursts are both sustained by the expansion of the acoustic guitar driven baseline and melded together for a mid-tempo harmony.
Mr Eazi has promoted and released a handful of unnecessary remixes to keep his under-performing Accra to Lagos mixtape in conversations and in rotation. Safe to say, this Major Lazer remix is the only so far without the dredge-y air of desperation other alternate versions of tracks from the album have carried within.
Stream “Leg Over” remix here.