Oct 26, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: Watch Gyptian’s “Stunta” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer

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As of yesterday, summer is officially done: All the more reason to keep rinsing Ricky Blaze‘s Uptown Julie riddim in hopes that it will bring about a miracle that restores the date back to June 21st. We say this not only because the riddim was the basis for Kes the Band‘s (prophetic, we hope) “Endless Summer,” but also ’cause it fit Summer 2014 like a glove in all of its various forms, including Ricky’s own “All I Need.”

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream Four Tracks From Mr. Vegas’ “Reggae Euphoria”

Words by LargeUp Crew

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She-la-la-la-la-boom-boom-boom-she-lay! Mr. Vegas has a new album out today. She-la-la-la-la-boom-boom-boom-she-lah

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The LargeUp Interview: “God Loves The Fighter” Director Damian Marcano


Interview by Jesse Serwer and Tishanna Williams

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Hanging with Leadpipe and Saddis… and Porgie and Murda


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Eddie Pearson

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You Rate It: MeLo-X Remixes Bunji Garlin’s “Carnival Tabanca”

Words by Natalie Weiner
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Suffering from a little Carnival Tabanca after this summer’s festivities? Well, DJ/rapper/producer/photographer/Beyoncé collaborator MeLo-X is bringing you the perfect soundtrack—a minimalist, electro-R&B rendering of Bunji Garlin‘s single of the same name. The track is a natural choice for MeLo, who also happens to be one half of DJ duo extraordinaire Electric Punnany, and Jamaican by way of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The original “Carnival Tabanca,” though mellow for a soca song, generally maintains the genre’s upbeat vibe. To change things up, MeLo frames Bunji’s vocals with a stripped down sound we’d expect to hear next to R&B artists like FKA Twigs and SZA, lending his ode to the carnival season a more melancholy, edgy sound. Eventually the irresistible piano groove returns though, bringing the track back to its festive roots. Listen to the remix below, and stream/download the entire Inside the Mind of MeLo 4 mixtape on Soundcloud.

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AUDIO: Stream Pressure Busspipe’s “Africa Redemption” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Pressure Busspipe is currently enjoying a Renaissance. Less than six months after he unleashed his enthusiastically received I-Grade Records LP, The Sound, he’s back with a second 2014 LP. For this project, entitled Africa Redemption, the St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands-based singer headed back to Jamaica, where he recorded the classic single “Love & Affection,” among other tracks, for producer Don Corleon in the mid 2000s.

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