Pharrell returns to seduce the international audience with another mind blowing collaboration, this time with Diploâ€™s Major Lazer.
Ahead of the curve, this lot.Â The art rockers met at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 before heading south. Their self-titled album released at the beginning of 2012 won countless plaudits and a Mercury nomination.Â Their sound has been celebrated for its urban fusion, a kind of future pop, while surf-influenced songs such as Life’s a Beach pack a lyrical punch.Â Then there’s the art in the rock â€“ the band’s shows are known for their close attention to visual detail, recruiting Kim Coleman for a recent European tour to create a near-psychedelic experience for gig goers.Â What’s striking, especially live, is the ease with which the group mixes different influences, many far-removed from rock. There’s funk, there’s electro, there’s blues.Â The band has now been invited by the NME to play in a UK tour that begins February 7 at Newcastle Academy and arrives in London at the Brixton Academy on 23. This will be on the heals of an Australian tour, with them heading state-side in June. Â