Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)”

bruno mars - locked out of heaven (major lazer remix)

Let’s just be honest: as much as we may sometimes want to, it’s hard to hate on Mr. Bruno Mars, whether it’s because of his stage-sparking prowess as a live entertainer or his insane ability to craft singles that grow from just sounding okay on first listen to feeling like some of the best pop ever put to tape by the bazillionth re-spin, or the fact that dude’s just a charming cat.

Take his latest single (and current Hot 100-topper) “Locked Out of Heaven” for instance; sure, it’s Police-aping structure felt a bit too on-the-nose initially, but don’t act like its energetic bop, those infectious “eh, eh, eh…ugh”‘s and that arena-sized hook haven’t won you over by now.

Helping extend the record’s life as one of the more heavily replayed entries of our personal playlist comes this reggae washed-over remix of the tune from Major Lazer, who further amplify Mars’ killer pop-smarts as a songwriter and vocalist by drenching the singer’s ode of devotion in a lovely mid-tempo sway of island-vintage horns, organs and drums, the summery setting bringing to the forefront the golden melody work somewhat lost in the original “Heaven”‘s Sting & Co. distraction.

Stream the cut below, then check out the video for Major Lazer’s latest “Jah No Partial” featuring Flux Pavilion.