Major Lazer’s sophomore album, Free The Universe, was last scheduled to release this past Tuesday (Feb. 19) — even after numerous setbacks already — and today brings another unfortunate delay to the project. A new release date hasn’t been announced, but Diplo and co. offer more-than-acceptable compensation by gifting us a bundle of four free tracks in Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1. It’s the first of three mini-mixtapes which will arrive before the album. To sweeten the deal, the EDM collective will be making Free The Universe available to pre-order on iTunes this Tuesday (Feb. 26), and with it, a free download of the LP single, “Watch Out for This (Bumaye).” Suddenly, we’re not so pissed anymore.

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.

Download Major Lazer’s Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1 after the jump…

Major Lazer – Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1 (Tracklist):

1. Major Lazer & Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (Jack Beats Remix)
2. Major Lazer – Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (Yellow Claw Get Free Money Remix)
3. Major Lazer – Original Don feat. The Partysquad (DGRC Remix)
4. Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Extended Remix)

DOWNLOAD: Major Lazer – Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1 (Direct)

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New Video: Diplo feat. Gent & Jawns “Butter’s Theme”
New Video: Major Lazer feat. Flux Pavilion “Jah No Partial”
New Music: J. Cole & Major Lazer “Get Free ColeWorld”