Once again, Major Lazer announced they will delay the release of their sophomore album Free the Universe. The album was originally set for a November release, but last fall was postponed to February 26th. Now with the second release date quickly approaching, the trio confessed they are not ready to unveil their highly anticipated project just yet — taking to Facebook to apologize to fans.
Our fans are the most important part of what makes Major Lazer what it is. It is with that consideration that “FREE THE UNIVERSE” will not be released this month as previously scheduled. We never want to disappoint our supporters but circumstances out of our control have made us unable to keep the intended date. For anyone disappointed, we are truly apologetic and we promise that this hiccup has only made what we have planned for the album stronger. We tried extremely hard to keep the date but it was ultimately decided that rushing the album would have been unfair to you and everyone who worked so hard on it. An iTunes exclusive pre-order in the US will launch next Tuesday, 2/26 which will feature an instant grat download of “Watch Out for This (Bumaye).
Although they are not giving fans a new date to expect Free the Universe, the trio hope to ease the pain over another push back with a free mixtape series. The three track output that leads up to the LP release and the first set of tracks Lazers Strike Back Vol. 1 is out now. The group includes three remixes of previously heard Major Lazer tracks and an extended version of their “Look At Me Now” rework, but it is still doubtful this mixtape will tide anxious fans over for long.