Apr 21, 2014
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Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna


Words by Jesse Serwer— Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its […] Read more

AUDIO: Tasonia x Peckings — “Bill”


Words by Saxon Baird— Fresh off the hangover of tax collection day here in the U.S., we offer you this gem with production courtesy of U.K.’s Peckings Records. The rocksteady tune called “Bill” is something all of us on this side of the Atlantic can relate to right now: a ballad to one of the […] Read more

AUDIO: Soca Meets Techno on Mr. One Hundred’s “Palm Tree Destruction”


Words by Marcha M. Johnson— With soca steadily gaining momentum on the international music scene, and its following growing steadily, sub-genres and other interpretations of the culture are inevitably emerging from the most unexpected places. One such place is in the music of St. Louis, Missouri native Mr. One Hundred (a/k/a Paul B Davis), the […] Read more

Boiling Point: Pressure Buss Pipe Unleashes “The Sound”


Words by Kaya.lah, Photo by Martei Korley— You know when an artist is catching his stride, you feel it. Over the last few years we have seen that culmination of development in reggae through names like Konshens, Romain Virgo and Tarrus Riley. A compatriot from a different region of the Caribbean is now settling into […] Read more

Vintage Vibes: Mr.Vegas + Joe Lickshot’s “Real Don”


Words by Jesse Serwer— It seems like everyone in reggae and dancehall is going back to basics. You could say Mr. Vegas helped kick off this trend back in early 2012 when he released Sweet Jamaica, an album inspired by vintage rocksteady and Jamaican festival tunes. Vegas of course went right back to the future, […] Read more

In the LargeUp Store: Ninjaman Prints by Lord Blakely


Words by Jesse Serwer— Drawing from his love of dancehall music, early animation, European history, Saturday morning cartoons and the collision of cultures, Portland, Oregon-based Blakely Dadson, a/k/a Lord Blakely, creates realistic, often fantastical, scenes that somehow incorporate all those diverse interests. The three-part “Phenomenon” series of prints by Lord Blakely come from his most […] Read more