Jul 31, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat the Drum” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Kalbata and Mixmonster’s Congo Beat the Drum LP was created in the fashion of an original, Tubby’s-era Jamaican dub recording, using a 16-track tape machine and a vintage mixing desk. After conceiving the project in their native Israel, the producers, known for their work in electronic music, traveled to Jamaica where they recorded famed Jamaican deejays Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and the late Prince Jazzbo.

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VIDEO: Burna Boy is Nigeria’s “Don Gorgon”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Nigeria’s Burna Boy never skimps on the visuals, and the brand new video for his tune “Don Gorgon” (yes, like that Don Gorgon) is no exception. The Naija deejay has showed off his love for dancehall on tunes like “Yawa Dey” and “Wombolombo and, on “Don Gorgon” he quotes from Shabba’s “Ting-a-Ling,” Johnny Osbourne’s “Budy Bye” and Super Cat and Heavy D’s “Dem No Worry We,”  paying homage to the genre’s greats throughout the single. Interestingly, the video follow a recent interview in which he professes that he’s “never had a liking for Shabba…people have told me of my similarities to him but personally, I don’t feel him,” stating his preference for Super Cat among ’80s/’90s dancehall greats (No word on his opinion of the Original Don Gorgon Ninjaman, though). 

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LargeUp Interview: Rolling with Martei Korley


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Jenny McLaughlin—

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LargeUp Premiere: Martei Korley’s “Couldn’t Be Wrong” Video

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LargeUp co-founder and creative director Martei Korley is the photographer behind countless classic reggae images, but he’s also a reggae artist himself. Today being International Reggae Day, he’s decided to share this other side of his creativity with the world in the form of his video for “Couldn’t Be Wrong,” shot between his two homes of Kingston, Jamaica and New York City.

“Couldn’t Be Wrong,” off Martei’s Kingston Konfidential EP (out July 22 and available for pre-order today) is “about a long-distance relationship, and, in some ways, also about my relationship with Jamaica,” Martei tells us. The clip, directed by Johnny Dollar and co-starring up and coming singer Sevana, illustrates this theme with travel footage taken at JFK Airport in NY and Norman Manley in Kingston, and high up in the sky above both cities on a 747. The result is a visually stimulating clip that will feel familiar to anyone who’s ever had miles between them and what they love. For more on Martei’s journey, read our interview with him here.

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EVENT: Dream Live! With Nardo Ranks at the Surf Lodge (7/6)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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It’s been an extra long road to summer this year. For those of us in cooler climates, winter couldn’t have ended any sooner, and it’s only just recently that temperatures have finally begun to reach levels truly befitting the season. So, now that summer is finally, officially, unequivocally here, LargeUp is going all out, with our biggest season of live music events yet. This week alone, we’re heading to Miss Lily’s in NYC for International Reggae Day (tomorrow!); Ron Jon Surf Shop in Florida for Saturday Soundsystem with Jesse Royal (Saturday, naturally); and, finally, the Surf Lodge in Montauk, Long Island on Sunday, for the year’s first edition of Dream Hotels ‘ Dream Live! series with Nardo Ranks.

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

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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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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