It’s a new era for Major Lazer. As the group works toward the release of its fourth studio album, we see the return of its cartoon headmaster. In 2019, the one-armed Jamaican soldier known as Major Lazer has found enlightentment and given up his physical form. He persues his mission of world peace through music as a sort of deity, and in the official video for “Can’t Take It From Me,” we see vocalist Skip Marley and a host of island locals worshipping at his giant stone statue.
“Can’t Take It From Me” is a dance-pop tune that builds a soft, tropical mood into a vibrant horn hook while Marley sings a positive message of love and resilience. The video was directed by Irrum who says he was inspired by his garden in Walthamstow, London, and the mystic paintings of Cuban artist Alberto del Pozo. Irrum teamed with art poet Luis Luino on production design. The video was shot by Irrum’s friend and frequent collaborator Andres Arochi.
The dancehall and reggae-inspired project, spearheaded by Diplo, recently underwent a bit of a lineup change, too. Jillionaire is no longer in the group, and Ape Drums has joined the gang alongside longtime member Walshy Fire. No official comment about the lineup change has yet been made, though the new formation was spotted on stage at last weekend’s Governors Ball festival in New York City. Major Lazer’s fourth album is yet untitled but rumored for release later this year.
Watch the video for “Can’t Take It From Me” below.