Aug 30, 2014
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R.I.P: Percussionist Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, 78

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley


Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, the Jamaican percussionist whose career spanned from the ska era through to recent work with Ziggy and Stephen Marley, has succumbed to illness at age 78.

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EVENT: Machel Montano on The LargeUp Sessions (8/28)

Words by LargeUp Crew


This one doesn’t need much introduction: Machel Montano. The LargeUp Sessions. This Thursday. The Happiest Man Alive will be in the building at Miss Lily’s Variety for a meet-and-greet and M Store pop-up shop. He’ll be sitting down with LargeUp’s DJ Gravy, Jam Central and Jesse Serwer to talk soca, Trinidad, the Parkway, the future—everything— live on We’ll also be debuting tunes and running through his new album, Happiest Man Alive. New York massive: Space is sure to fill up quick so make sure to come early. Everyone else: Tune in from 6 to 8pm EST on RadioLily!

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LargeUp Premiere: Ricky Blaze’s “N3xt Lin3″

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley


As a producer, Ricky Blaze has crafted tunes by artists from Vybz Kartel and Kes the Band to Santigold. As an artist, he was blending dancehall and EDM before most anyone else had a thought to do so, and has dabbled in hip-hop as well. But our favorite tunes from the Brooklyn quadruple threat (Ricky got his start as a dancer and DJ) tend to be his minimalist forays into reggae.

Soca in Scandinavia: A Carnival Blossoms In Oslo

Words by Deejay Theory

Caribbean culture and music are widely celebrated in dozens of European outlets, but one unlikely region is making an extra large amount of noise this Carnival season. Earlier this month, 32 years after the first effort to start a Carnival in Oslo, Caribbean culture returned to the streets of Norway’s capital in a big way. Among the guests who traveled to the city for this year’s celebration was none other than the Soca Viking Bunji Garlin, who has remarked that the celebration was a career highlight.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave, Tribe of Kings x Bramma, Dubbel Dutch

Words by Deejay Theory

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It’s Bank Holiday weekend in London which can only mean one thingnonstop wining in the streets for this years Notting Hill Carnival. With bare madness ensuing on every corner, we mix it up with a few different vibes at #MixtapeMondays to catch a feeling regardless of your coordinates. Press play below

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LargeUp Premiere: The Parent Trap’s “Bumbaclot!”

Words by Jesse Serwer


Earlier this summer, we introduced you to The Parent Trap, the new project from Toronto-via-Jamaica’s Melodic Yoza and T-Dot producers YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, via a premiere of their debut single “Bad Up.”

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