Apr 17, 2014
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Posts tagged: Chronixx

Rockers Redux: Watch Chronixx’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Chronixx released his Dread & Terrible project yesterday and, we thought, a video for the EP’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” was coming, too. That turned out to be something of an April Fools, as the video’s just showed up this morning…with an unexpected dose of comedy. Chronixx makes his acting debut in the Ras Kassa-directed video, which has more than a bit of Rockers about it, as a humble rasta man played by Chronixx (“Oh!…Dat yout deh, him gwaan good enuh!”) gets into something of a pickle when trying to fetch some peas down the road. Picking up some ganja along the way as payment for a debt, he attracts the attention of a pair of bumbling police officers and… adventure ensues. At a full 9 minutes, the clip is something of a mini movie, and definitely a new direction for Chronixx.

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LargeUp Premiere: Chronixx – “Here Comes Trouble” Dub

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Chronixx is getting everyone hyped for his Dread and Terrible EP, dropping April 1st—remember the the health-conscious track “Spirulina” from last week? Well, today he’s offering LargeUp readers the exclusive chance to listen to the dub version of last year’s big hit “Here Comes Trouble,” one of ten tracks—seven originals, and three dubs—on the EP. The track, which draws on Ini Kamoze’s classic Sly and Robbie collab “Wings With Me,”  is given the proper dub treatment by Rootsman riddim producer Winta James aka Overstand JA.

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Sound Supplement: Chronixx Goes Green with “Spirulina”

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Getting ready for swimsuit season? Detoxing after a long winter of Netflix and takeout? Well it looks like Jamaica’s Chronixx is on a health kick, too—the latest song from the artist’s upcoming Dread & Terrible EP is an eponymous ode to the “superfood” spirulina. The supplement, derived from an algae, is said to have uses from preventing allergies to promoting weight loss. For Chronixx, (at least according to the song) it’s what keeps him going during a long tour—he’ll even choose it over a Red Stripe!

“Spirulina” is just one in a long tradition of reggae songs about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In Horace Andy’s late 1970s tune “Ital is Vital,” for example, he extolls the virtues of a traditional Rastafarian diet; Early B kept the nutritional advice going in the 1980s with “Certain Food We Eat.” And no, they’re not metaphors for satiating another kind of appetite…

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Anguilla’s Moonsplash Festival: The World’s Best Beach Party?

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Anguilla is better known for its high-end resorts than its music culture. But for the last 24 years, one event has consistently brought major music acts from all over the world to the 11-mile-long island, while remaining one of the region’s best kept secrets: Bankie Banx‘s Moonsplash Festival. Held during full moon every spring at the local reggae legend’s beachfront restaurant/music venue, The Dune Preserve, at 24 years old the series is the longest running festival of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean.

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AUDIO: Protoje + Chronixx Ask “Who Knows”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Protoje‘s 8-Year Affair was one of our favorite Caribbean albums of 2013—maybe even our favorite, a mature sophomore release from an artist who had definitely found his sound. That sound being a contemporary, hip-hop-inflected spin on the militant, dubwise ’80s reggae of Black Uhuru, Aswad, etc.

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LargeUp TV: Chronixx Meets Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin at the Blue Note

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A few weeks ago, some of Jamaica’s most notable musicians came together at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York City, for a one-time-only series of performances sponsored by LargeUp. The “A History of Reggae + Jamaican Music” shows brought jazz pianist Monty Alexander and longtime collaborator/guitar great Ernest Ranglin —the two have played together for some 50 years—together with reggae’s brightest new star, Chronixx, performing as a representative of the music’s next generation.

Alexander, Ranglin and fellow musicians riffed on classics from the Jamaican songbook before being joined by Chronixx and his Zinc Fence Redemption band for renditions of their hits like “Odd Ras” and “They Don’t Know.”

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