Sep 20, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: The Parent Trap’s “Bumbaclot!”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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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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Hollie Cook Live!: US Tour Dates

Words by LargeUp Crew
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We’ve come to expect large things for Hollie Cook ever since we first caught her debut LP in 2011. The sweet-voiced songstress has been making noise at home in England and across Europe recently, thanks to her superb sophomore album, Twice, and now it’s America’s turn for a taste of Hollie Cookie (as she’s known on social media).

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Boat On D Sea: Win Tickets For the Carnival Gold Yacht Party with Bunji Garlin

Words by LargeUp Crew

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You already know Bunji Garlin has a Truck On D Road. When the Soca Viking arrives in NYC for next week’s Labor Day festivities, he’ll also have a Boat on D Sea (well, D River at least). Bunji will be hosting the Carnival Gold Yacht Party celebrating the release of VP Records’ 2014 Reggae Gold and Soca Gold compilations next Wednesday, August 27th. The ride, which sets sail from Pier 40, 353 West St. in Manhattan at 9pm (8pm boarding time), also includes performances from fellow Reggae Gold 2014 artists Gyptian and Spice, along with the Vi-Queen Fay-Ann Lyons.


Bird Call: Stream RVSSIAN’s Tweety Bird Riddim Feat. Vybz Kartel + Bugle

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you tuned into last week’s LargeUp Sessions, you already know “Tweety Bird (Turn Me On),” the latest single from the grown-up QQ. Now, the instrumental is the subject of a full riddim release from producer RVSSIAN and Head Concussion Records, with tunes from Vybz Kartel, J. Capri, Chan Dizzy, Kalado, Bugle, Christopher Martin and Hyah Slyce, among others. Listen to each below, and pre-order the full riddim release here.

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Carnival Cruisin’: Watch Bunji Garlin’s “Truck On D Road” Video

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Ever been to Trinidad Carnival? Well, the Soca Viking Bunji Garlin wants to make sure that, at the very least, you feel like you have. With his crossover tunes “Differentology,” “Carnival Tabanca,” and the Jus Now-helmed “Truck On D Road” (all included on his Differentology LP, which dropped Tuesday*), he’s been bringing the sounds of Carnival to an international audience (not to mention LargeUp’s Winter Music Massive in Miami back in March, pictured above). Now, with a new star-studded video for “On D Road,” he’s bringing the visuals of the road as well—just in time to inspire reverie at Notting Hill in London and NYC during Labor Day weekend.

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Throwback Thursdays: Stone Love with Ninjaman + Shabba at Biltmore Ballroom in 1989

Words by Saxon Baird

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One of the most interesting recent turns for Jamaican music has been the re-emergence of an ’80s and ’90s aesthetic both in music and fashion in the last year. Aidonia, Konshens, Iba MaHr and Mr. Vegas are just some of the Jamaican artists reaching deep into their closets and dusting off their mesh marinas, diamond sox, kangols and gold chains for their latest videos. Just yesterday, we featured yet another example of the on-going revival with Assassin aka Agent Sasco’s video for “Sekkle an Cease.” Featuring all of the key ingredients of a classic sound-system dance (jerk chicken vendors, Guinness, whining gyals), the video, down to it’s grainy VHS-quality, perfectly matches Sasco’s old-school voicing patterns over the throwback vibes of Jah Snowcone’s Nuh Fraid riddim.

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