Nov 23, 2014
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Martei Korley

Empresses + Queens: Etana Speaks on Being a Woman in Reggae

Words by Etana/Photos by Martei Korley

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LargeUp Interview: Marlon James on “A Brief History of Seven Killings”


Words by Sherman Escoffery/Photos by Martei Korley

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

Words by Natalie Weiner and Martei Korley, Photo by Martei Korley—

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Impressions: Pressure Busspipe + Protoje on the LargeUp Sessions


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Boiling Point: Pressure Buss Pipe Unleashes “The Sound”

Words by Kaya.lah, Photo by Martei Korley— Pressure-Busspiple-Dub-Club

You know when an artist is catching his stride, you feel it. Over the last few years we have seen that culmination of development in reggae through names like Konshens, Romain Virgo and Tarrus Riley. A compatriot from a different region of the Caribbean is now settling into his proper stride, too. Today, St. Thomas’ Pressure Buss Pipe releases his fourth album, The Sound, worldwide, with production from Zion I Kings, the esteemed roots stable of Tippy from I-Grade Records; Jah D from Miami, Florida’s Zion High Productions; and Andrew Moon Bain from Brooklyn’s Lustre Kings.

The melodic ballad “Rain” on Zion I Kings’ Songbird riddim and the new VI anthem “Virgin Islands Nice” were among the five tracks to give audiences a taste of what to expect ahead of the album, along with “Serious About It” and “Run Away,” tracks with high-quality roots production showing Pressure’s lyrical ability in fine form. The latest, “Show Love,” is a timeless reggae track, emblematic of the musical and personal growth Pressure has endured since bursting on the scene with his huge hit “Love & Affection.” With smooth chords and a Pablo-esque melodica solo supplied by Tippy I-Grade himself, the track (recorded at South Beach Studio, Aqua Sound Studio, and Big Yard Studio in Jamaica) is sure to be an instant favorite, while reminiscent of nothing we’ve heard before from Pressure.

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Yo, Rvssian! An Interview with Vybz Kartel’s Favorite Producer


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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