Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Chicago

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

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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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 newest act on the Mixpak Records roster.

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Kingston Story: Watch Indie Rock Band Wild Belle’s Jamaica-Set “Keep You” Video

Words by Tasha Brown—

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Within a year, indie rock band Wild Belle has caught the attention of many – first with their track “Keep You,” then with “Take Me Away.” Eventually, Wild Belle’s Natalie and Elliot Bergman signed a three-album record deal with Columbia Records, and the rest is pretty much history. Life has happened fast for the band.

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Throwback Thursdays: Skratch Bastid on Beenie Man’s “Memories”

Words by DJ Skratch Bastid
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Something slightly different this week on Throwback Thursdays. Toronto turntablist DJ Skratch Bastid traces the roots of Beenie Man’s “Memories” back to soul man Jerry Butler and shows how the Chicago R&B scene of the ’60s and ’70s has had a profound influence on music in Jamaica, and how that same Chicago-inspired reggae has made its way back to the U.S. through some classic samples. 

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Now Things: Talking Global Caribbean Sounds with Chicago’s MC Zulu

Words by Erin MacLeod


Photo by Jessica Flavin

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Ring the Alarm: Stream MC Zulu’s “Call Red Alert”

Words By Nico Simino

Panamanian-born Chicago transplant MC Zulu has just released a new single, “Call Red Alert” from his upcoming LP, Electro Track Therapy. A leader in the global bass scene,  Zulu delivers a typically hard-hitting lyrical punch on “Call Red Alert,” over a pulsating, skittering beat that sits along the edge of dancehall, soca and something else. The track comes courtesy of Montreal electro-bass-soca-dancehall fusionist Poirier, who previously featured Zulu on his 2008 No Ground Under LP. Released last week on Perception 2020 Recordings, Zulu’s Electro Track Therapy features bass producers from across the globe including the Bumps, Mochipet, Mega Bo, Kush Arora, Chrissy Murderbot, Bionik,  and more. Preview more of ELT here, and check the commercial for Puma’s FAAS campaign (starring Usain Bolt) featuring Zulu’s “Higher Velocity” here.

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