Aug 01, 2014
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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)

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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)

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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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EVENT: Celebrate International Reggae Day in NYC July 1

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LargeUp is teaming with BIG Magazine and Miss Lily’s to bring International Reggae Day to New York City this July 1. From 7 to 10 tomorrow night, we’ll be live inside Miss Lily’s Variety with surprise special guests for a three-hour program of live performances broadcasting worldwide on RadioLily.com. If you’re in NYC, stop by 132 W. Houston St. and come catch a vibe.

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Carnival Soundtrack: Skinny Fabulous + Kubiyashi’s Vincy Mas Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Vincy Mas might not have the same international prestige as Trinidad Carnival, Crop Over or Spice Mas, but St. Vincent’s annual festival, which kicks off today before climaxing July 8, has been the source of some of the biggest soca in recent years. Much of that has been on account of Skinny Fabulous, who has been holding the torch for Vincy soca with tracks like “Head Bad,” “Monster” and Machel Montano collaboration “Duracell Plus” and a tough, dancehall-influenced style not unlike Trinidad’s Bunji Garlin (Skinny studied at UWI, and has worked with Jamaican producers Daseca and Truckback).

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Summer Anthem Alert: Popcaan’s “Unruly Party”

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Sure, the first day of summer was officially last weekend, but the season has officially arrived this week with the release of Popcaan’s annual summertime anthem. “Unruly Party” is a classic ode to a night out filled with gyals in tight shorts, strong liquor, and, of course, some Instagramming. The song, on E5 Records’ Beach Life riddim, features production from E5′s Mini, and its upbeat vibe and lighthearted lyrics are sure to make it a must-play at this summer’s parties, much like “Party Shot,” and “Unruly Rave” in years before.

“Unruly Party” is one of Popcaan’s first releases since his debut full-length Where We Come From dropped about a month ago. While that album showcased the Unruly Boss’s more serious side, this playful track puts him squarely in the race for dancehall song of the summer. You can preview the rest of the Beach Life riddim here (it also features tracks from Chi Ching Ching and Denyque) ahead of its release on July 15.

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