Oct 01, 2014
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Hanging with Leadpipe and Saddis… and Porgie and Murda


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Eddie Pearson

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You Rate It: MeLo-X Remixes Bunji Garlin’s “Carnival Tabanca”

Words by Natalie Weiner
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Suffering from a little Carnival Tabanca after this summer’s festivities? Well, DJ/rapper/producer/photographer/Beyoncé collaborator MeLo-X is bringing you the perfect soundtrack—a minimalist, electro-R&B rendering of Bunji Garlin‘s single of the same name. The track is a natural choice for MeLo, who also happens to be one half of DJ duo extraordinaire Electric Punnany, and Jamaican by way of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The original “Carnival Tabanca,” though mellow for a soca song, generally maintains the genre’s upbeat vibe. To change things up, MeLo frames Bunji’s vocals with a stripped down sound we’d expect to hear next to R&B artists like FKA Twigs and SZA, lending his ode to the carnival season a more melancholy, edgy sound. Eventually the irresistible piano groove returns though, bringing the track back to its festive roots. Listen to the remix below, and stream/download the entire Inside the Mind of MeLo 4 mixtape on Soundcloud.

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AUDIO: Stream Pressure Busspipe’s “Africa Redemption” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Pressure Busspipe is currently enjoying a Renaissance. Less than six months after he unleashed his enthusiastically received I-Grade Records LP, The Sound, he’s back with a second 2014 LP. For this project, entitled Africa Redemption, the St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands-based singer headed back to Jamaica, where he recorded the classic single “Love & Affection,” among other tracks, for producer Don Corleon in the mid 2000s.

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Behind The Drum: A Q+A with The Makers of “Pan! Our Music Odyssey”


Words by Tishanna Williams

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Kingston 360: Watch Chronixx’s “Capture Land” Video

Words by Natalie Weiner
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We last heard from Chronixx in July, when he was bringing the reggae revival vibes to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and LargeUp’s own debut SummerStage concert in Central Park. After closing out the summer on the festival circuit Europe, he’s back in the Western Hemisphere with visuals for “Capture Land,” the third single off his Dread and Terrible EP. Appropriate for the anti-colonial anthem, the video shows the “capture land” of Kingston from all angles—from the scenic views looking down from the mountains to the neglected Downtown waterfront, all beautifully shot by Jerome D of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). The director, who also shot Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” videos, manages to capture both Kingston’s grit and its visual appeal, as the ever-charismatic Chronixx leads us through the real Kingston. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Another Feeling: Leadpipe & Saddis Meet I-Octane on “Girls Dem Follow”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Eddie Pearson
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Barbados’ Leadpipe and Saddis took over Crop Over this year with their “Tune of De Crop”winning “Ah Feeling.” If the voices sounded familiar but the names don’t that’s because you may know them as Porgie & Murda, stars of the popular Bajan comedy series by that name and the artists behind last year’s “Condense.”

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