Jul 22, 2014
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EVENT: LargeUp/House of Marley/Ron Jon Present Saturday Soundsystem with Jesse Royal (6/5)

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We’ve said it here before, and we’ll say it again: Jesse Royal is the future of reggae. Following Jesse’s appearances at our epic South by Southwest and Winter Music Conference showcases this past March, we’re teaming with our 2014 Artist to Watch once more, along with House of Marley, for a live performance at the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida, this Saturday, July 5th. LargeUp’s DJ Gravy will be manning the decks at the event, part of Ron Jon’s Saturday Soundsystem series, from 1-6.

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EVENT: Celebrate International Reggae Day in NYC July 1

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LargeUp is teaming with BIG Magazine and Miss Lily’s to bring International Reggae Day to New York City this July 1. From 7 to 10 tomorrow night, we’ll be live inside Miss Lily’s Variety with surprise special guests for a three-hour program of live performances broadcasting worldwide on RadioLily.com. If you’re in NYC, stop by 132 W. Houston St. and come catch a vibe.

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Carnival Soundtrack: Skinny Fabulous + Kubiyashi’s Vincy Mas Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Vincy Mas might not have the same international prestige as Trinidad Carnival, Crop Over or Spice Mas, but St. Vincent’s annual festival, which kicks off today before climaxing July 8, has been the source of some of the biggest soca in recent years. Much of that has been on account of Skinny Fabulous, who has been holding the torch for Vincy soca with tracks like “Head Bad,” “Monster” and Machel Montano collaboration “Duracell Plus” and a tough, dancehall-influenced style not unlike Trinidad’s Bunji Garlin (Skinny studied at UWI, and has worked with Jamaican producers Daseca and Truckback).

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Summer Anthem Alert: Popcaan’s “Unruly Party”

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Sure, the first day of summer was officially last weekend, but the season has officially arrived this week with the release of Popcaan’s annual summertime anthem. “Unruly Party” is a classic ode to a night out filled with gyals in tight shorts, strong liquor, and, of course, some Instagramming. The song, on E5 Records’ Beach Life riddim, features production from E5′s Mini, and its upbeat vibe and lighthearted lyrics are sure to make it a must-play at this summer’s parties, much like “Party Shot,” and “Unruly Rave” in years before.

“Unruly Party” is one of Popcaan’s first releases since his debut full-length Where We Come From dropped about a month ago. While that album showcased the Unruly Boss’s more serious side, this playful track puts him squarely in the race for dancehall song of the summer. You can preview the rest of the Beach Life riddim here (it also features tracks from Chi Ching Ching and Denyque) ahead of its release on July 15.

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Clean Cut: Wayne J Calls Out Foul Mouthed Deejays on “Slacky Mouth”

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There’s a lot of dancehall artists chatting bere slackness right now, and perhaps just as many cultural artists chanting them down. But the rebuke feels that much sharper and more needed coming from a ten-year-old. Mini-boss deejay Wayne J made it onto our 2014 Artists to Watch list earlier this year, following impressive performances at Sting (alongside Super Cat) and Rebel Salute (alongside Queen Ifrica), and now he’s using his position as dancehall’s youngest in charge to take his older peers to task for misleading the youth.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classic Songs with a Melodica


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