Apr 23, 2014
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AUDIO: Download Grand Analog’s “Lion Head”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Toronto hip-hop/soul/? group Grand Analog is getting ready to drop their third full-length, through Jillionaire‘s brand-spankin’-new Feel Up Records (It’s the label’s first release). Entitled Modern Thunder, the album showcases the ensemble’s proclivity for combining genres, from classic boom-bap to rock to Afrobeat, while focusing on live sounds (as opposed to electronic ones).

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Forward!: Notis + Iba Mahr Connect on “Diamond Sox”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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At the top of the year, we told you how Notice, the production duo of Wayne “Unga Barunga” Thompson and Jason Welsch, were stepping out from behind the scenes and positioning themselves as a producer/group a la Major Lazer.

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LargeUp Sessions (4/10) with Assassin, Tanisha Scott and EchoSlim

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This Thursday’s edition of The LargeUp Sessions is shaping up to be action packed. Fresh off his collaborations with Kanye West and Raekwon, dancehall star Assassin (a/k/a Agent Sasco) will be stopping by, along with dancer/choreographer Tanisha Scott. If you don’t know her resume, check her reel here. Or we can just summarize by saying she’s behind the moves of pretty much every music video that’s mattered in the last decade, from Elephant Man’s “Pon De River, Pon De Bank” to Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”

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Double Agent: Download Assassin’s “Day In Day Out”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Jamaican dancehall artist Assassin isn’t exactly known for sunny reggae tunes—he’s built his reputation going in hard on tracks like “Idiot Thing That,” “Anywhere We Go,” and helped bring the edge to Kanye’s dark Yeezus track, “I’m In It.” After all, they didn’t start calling him Assassin for nothing.

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Frass in France: Blacka Di Danca at Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference

Words By LargeUp Crew—

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It’s been a busy year for our dance ambassador and columnist Blacka Di Danca. His fourth European tour has brought him to workshops and events in 32 cities and 18 countries. For the final stop on this particular journey, he returns to France this Saturday, April 12, to teach a class at the first annual Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference at Equinoxe in Paris.

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Now Things: Jillionaire Launches Feel Up Records

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Long before he became an official member of Major Lazer, we already knew Jillionaire as a musical renaissance man who was connecting the dots between the Caribbean and various worldwide electronic music scenes with his remixes, eclectic DJ sets—and the occasional LargeUp listicle. Now, the man we’ve long known as “Trini Chris” is branching back out on his own with the launch of an eclectic new label, Feel Up Records.

The Brooklyn-based imprint officially launches April 22, with the release of Modern Thunder, the debut full-length from Toronto’s Grand Analog. Our partners over at Okayplayer recently premiered “Howl Like Wolves,” a catchy introduction to the kitchen-sink hip-hop sound of Guyanese-Canadian brothers Odario and Ofield Wiliams.

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