Apr 20, 2014
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Now Things: Jillionaire Launches Feel Up Records

Words by Jesse Serwer— jillionaire-man_square

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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Vegas Improv: Mr. Vegas + Cipha Sounds at Upright Citizens Brigade

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Unlike most dancehall artists, Mr. Vegas lets it all hang out when it comes to his personal life. For better or worse, the singjay behind “Bruk it Down,” “Heads High” and other hits has been known to give some of the most personal, hilarious, sad and occasionally uncomfortable interviews, making him a popular guest on all variety of radio shows.

One of his most memorable interviews occurred on New York hip-hop station Hot 97′s morning show with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg in 2012, when Vegas broke down in tears discussing being cheated on by his wife. Since then, he’s been something of a regular guest on that show.

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The LargeUp Sessions (4/3) with Omari Banks

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Omari Banks is Anguilla’s best-known athlete and the son of its best known musician, the “Anguillian Bob Dylan,” Bankie Banx. After a 10-year cricket career in which he played regionally for the Leeward Islands; in international competitions for the West Indies; and for the Somerset Country Club team in the U.K., Banks hung up his wicket to focus on music a few years back.

2012 saw the release of his debut single “Move On,” with production by legendary engineer Steven Stanley and drums by Sly Dunbar, followed by an EP of the same name. Banks, whose latest video for “Jehovah Message” was shot in locations across Anguilla by LargeUp’s own Ravi Lloyd, will be our guest tonight’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions on RadioLily.com from 6-8 p.m.

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Beg Yuh Build a Box: Watch Gappy Ranks’ “Carpenter” Video

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The U.K.’s Gappy Ranks had a big year in 2013, returning to a more roots-y sound with his LP Shining Hope after focusing on dancehall for much of the last few years. Carpenter” was one of the big singles off of that album, featuring Ranks’ authoritative flow over a tough, dubwise riddim —in fact, we had it as one of the year’s Top 10 reggae tracks.

Produced by King I-vier, the force behind tracks like Protoje and Chronixx’s “Who Knows” and “Selassie Souljahz,” (with the latter also featuring Kabaka Pyramid and Sizzla), “Carpenter” has been picking up momentum since its release last fall, thanks in part to an abundance of strong remixes from the likes of Deejay Theory and Suns of Dub.

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Visual Vibration: Bob Marley Images from Shephard Fairey + Dennis Morris

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Bob Marley’s image has become almost as important a part of his legacy as his music—both are ubiquitous worldwide, and accordingly represent many people’s first exposure to Jamaican music and culture. Now, Bob Marley: Giant, an exhibit currently at the Known Gallery in L.A., aims to shed new light on the face that’s inspired so much more than just countless red, yellow, and green t-shirts.

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Rockers Redux: Watch Chronixx’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Chronixx released his Dread & Terrible project yesterday and, we thought, a video for the EP’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” was coming, too. That turned out to be something of an April Fools, as the video’s just showed up this morning…with an unexpected dose of comedy. Chronixx makes his acting debut in the Ras Kassa-directed video, which has more than a bit of Rockers about it, as a humble rasta man played by Chronixx (“Oh!…Dat yout deh, him gwaan good enuh!”) gets into something of a pickle when trying to fetch some peas down the road. Picking up some ganja along the way as payment for a debt, he attracts the attention of a pair of bumbling police officers and… adventure ensues. At a full 9 minutes, the clip is something of a mini movie, and definitely a new direction for Chronixx.

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