Why go to Trinidad to shoot your video when your live set is already Bacchanalia in a can? As Roots Picnic 2012 attendees already knew Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire of Major Lazer get their tun up turnt all the way up when they play live, to the point that a simple selector’s-eye view of their appearance at London’s Notting Hill Carnival serves as a totally watchable video for their collabo with original dancehall singer Johnny Osbourne “Jah No Partial.” LargeUp has the story, read on and hit the link at bottom to watch.
When Major Lazer dropped “Jah No Partial” in October, featuring its sample of Johnny Osbourne‘s “Mr. Marshall,” we wondered how this would benefit one of our favorite artists of all time. Johnny has managed to stay current in more eras than almost any other reggae artist we can think of: Could he be headed for another reinvention in the dubstep era?
We’re glad to report that the just-released video for “Jah No Partial” begins, as it should, with a dubplate from Johnny, before launching into live footage from Major Lazer’s performances at various festivals over the last year, including Notting Hill Carnival. Amidst the flag waving, jumping and dancers wining, the video also gives us a close up look at the “hamster wheel” that Diplo and Walshy have been surfing crowds with this summer. Watch the clip below, and stay tuned for more on Johnny on LargeUp shortly.