Aug 30, 2014
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Wheel + Come Again: Watch Assassin’s 90s Bashment-Inspired “Sekkle an Cease” Video

Words by Saxon Baird

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Directed by Scorpio 21 of Kao Arts (whose work also includes the colorful “Tight Skirt” video from Samantha J), Assassin’s “Sekkle an Cease” is the latest in a wave of 2014 dancehall videos inspired by the look and feel of ’90s dancehall sound system party, and it might just be the most on-point one yet. There’s jerk chicken in the back, nuff Guinness, mesh marinas, high-top fades, backwards Kangols and whining gyals in pum-pum shorts (including one in a gold-lamé outfit styled after Dancehall Queen Carlene). Perhaps the most authentic touch of all is a scratchy video quality meant to simulate the experience of watching on a worn, dub-of-a-dub VHS tape—in other words, the way you would have seen a video like this back in the era it’s meant to resemble.

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Blacka’s World: We Chief “Gyals From Brooklyn” Video Premiere

Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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A few months ago, I made a step out of the standard dancehall scene (clubs, workshops, dance videos) and made my debut in the mainstream entertainment industry as a music video choreographer. I had the opportunity to choreograph Major Lazer’s “Lose Yourself” music video with Mela Murder, which already has over 2 million hits on YouTube. Now, I’m at it again! I’m proud to share with you that I choreographed my second music video, this time all by myself. “Gyals From Brooklyn” is my first solo project as a choreographer and little by little I’m working hard to bring authentic dancehall dancing into mainstream entertainment!

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Run The Track! Download a Massive Sound EFX Folder From Screechy Dan

Words by DJ Autograph

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As mentioned last week, the recording sessions for Screechy Dan‘s My Story mixtape produced by myself, Kenny Meez (Federation Sound) and DJ Shirkhan (Safari Sound) also yielded a bunch of sound effects all done by the man himself. The sum of them all is quite astounding, as Screechy offers interpretations of dogs, birds, horses, monkeys, ambulances, “elders” and even air, as well as 10 different variations on the airhorn! (Also, six different laser sounds).  There’s even a mini dubplate from “Jimmy Mountain” (Jimmy Cliff‘s”cousin”)  plus Screechy spins on staple phrases like “In come a ting called” and “Run the track,” and catchphrases from Kool DJ Red Alert (“Yeahhhhhhhhh”), Popcaan (“Yaoooowwww”), “Macho Man” Randy Savage (“Ooohhhh yeahhhh”) and the AFLAC duck (“AFLAC!”)

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AUDIO: Pressure + Chronixx Link Up for “Africa Redemption”

Words by Kieran Meadows

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Pressure Busspipe gives us the first taste of his upcoming album with producer (and King Jammy scion) Baby G. The LP, which also features guest appearances from Damian Marley and Tarrus Riley, is due out later this year on Baby G’s Yard Vybz label.

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LargeUp Premiere: Daniel Bambaata Marley’s “Maintain”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Right now reggae is witnessing a change of the guards. A torch is being based between generations, and many of the new artists who are carrying it are following in the footsteps of their own parents. Of the key players in the s0-called reggae revival, many, such as Chronixx (Chronicle), Protoje (Lorna Bennett) and Addis Pablo (Augustus Pablo), have parents with noted reggae careers. And there’s a new generation of Marleys establishing themselves, with the grandchildren of Bob and Rita Marley, such as Daniel Bambaata Marley (eldest son of Ziggy) and Jo Mersa, Stephen’s oldest son, embarking on carers.

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Behind the Scenes: Daniel Bambaata Marley’s “Maintain”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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This Monday, August 4th, LargeUp will premiere “Maintain,” the new single from Daniel Bambaata Marley, with production from Giark of Digital B. But first, Daniel and Giark are giving us a preview of their inaugural collaboration in the form of a series of behind-the-scenes videos. First, we see Giark and his father, Digital B founder and Shabba Ranks producer Bobby “Digital” Dixon in the studio, mixing the track; then it’s a look at the inspiration behind the single’s artwork via designer The I-Deal-Ist. Watch both below, stay tuned for the stream on LargeUp Aug. 4, and pre-order the tune here via iTunes.

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