Oct 31, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: Rebel Layonn’s “Lanmou Djaye” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher L. Mitchell

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Reggae’s popularity in Haiti is growing, and one of the most visible and popular figures pushing the genre forward there is Rebel Layonn.

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Soca Hideaway: Black Chiney’s Willy Chin Blends Keisza + Kerwin DuBois

Words by Maj Johnson
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We’ve been hearing soca and pop music blending in all sorts of ways recently, and the occurrences are growing more frequent. In the latest example of soca meeting the mainstream, Willy Chin of Black Chiney has blended Kerwin Dubois’s Carnival 2014 contribution “Spoil Mehself” with Canadian singer Kiesza’s smash summer hit “Hideaway.” The mashup first appeared on the ridiculously good Black Chiney Soca/Carnival mixtape Uh Gosh! and, having turned a few ears, it’s now been upped to the Internet in its entirety.

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AUDIO + VIDEO: USVI Songstress Kenya Eugene’s St. Croix Soul

Words by Kaya.lah

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Amongst the crisp hip-hop, driving calypso, and irie roots reggae, there’s an interesting sense of class finely woven into the Virgin Islands’ musical tapestry. Ms. Kenya Eugene is a prime example: an effortless songstress and seasoned fashion model, she is now getting her art out en masse, giving us a great opportunity to showcase how diverse the Caribbean really is.

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LargeUp Premiere: Promise No Promises’ “Draw We Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Our good friend, long-time LargeUp contributor and Major Lazer frontman Walshy Fire just inboxed us with the video for “Draw We Out” from Antigua’s Promise No Promises, along with this note: “I think I am doing well with discovering dope shit out of the Caribbean.” Walshy being the dude that first put us on to Chronixx--and helped bring Jesse Royal and Suns of Dub to global attention–and just that dude in general, we just had to stop what we were doing, and take a look.

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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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