Jul 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehall’s Greatest Lady Deejays

Words by LargeUp Crew—lady-ann-sister-nancy-lady-p

The role of women in dancehall is extensive and varied. Most famously, there are the dancehall queens who have turned the seductive movements inspired by the music into a distinctive and worldwide artform of its own. Deejaying has always been a male-dominated sport but that’s not to say there haven’t been many worthy ladies in the ranks, too. We decided it was about time to spotlight women’s contributions to dancehall by highlighting all of the genre’s most crucial female voices, from relative newcomer Tifa to pioneers like Sister Nancy. Turns out we aren’t the only ones thinking this: this Saturday, May 24, Club Amazura in Queens, NYC is hosting a concert dubbed the Invasion of the Queens, featuring an all-female cast of dancehall greats, including a number of the lady deejays on this list.

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Throwback Thursdays: Wayne Wonder x Def Jamaica x Federation Sound

Words by Jesse Serwer—


The year was 2003, and dancehall was at its peak, attaining unprecedented infiltration of the U.S. and other global markets. Naturally, given the long-running connection and similarities between dancehall and rap, the hip-hop world wanted a piece of the action, and tracks featuring big-name rappers ‘longside  the day’s top dancehall deejays proliferated. One major result of this phenomenon was Def Jam’s Def Jamaica project, featuring the Meth and Red x Damian Marley collab “Lyrical. 44,” among other memorable tunes.

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Tarrus Tun Up: “Singy Singy” Meets Chi Ching Ching On “Tun Up The Music”

Words by Natalie Weiner—Tarrus Riley Radio Lily 2

Tarrus Riley is going from one-drop to the drop in his latest release “Tun Up The Music,” an EDM-influenced track with Chi Ching Ching from Chimney Records. The track is something of a departure for Riley, best known for his mellow, lilting lover’s rock—just listen to his most recent rocksteady-throwback album Love Situation. For Chi Ching Ching—recent guest on our own LargeUp Sessions and a featured performer at tomorrow night’s bashment with Federation Sound—the club-ready sound is less surprising. Ching’s been on top of the EDM trend for a minute, most recently with his remix of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” (apparently he’s equally adept at turning up and down).

The video starts off with Riley playing hide-and-seek in the forest (with a pretty gyal, naturally), which quickly turns into a very fluorescent forest party. Check it out below, and tell us what you think in the comments. And if you’re in Miami, don’t miss Ching alongside Wayne Wonder, Cham and the rest of the crew.

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Watch The Nuh Fraid Riddim Video Medley Feat. Mr Vegas

Words by Saxon Baird—


Four years since it originally appeared as “Duppy Nuh Frighten Vampire” on Spragga Benz‘s Shotta Culture LP, the throwback sound of producer Jah Snowcone‘s Nuh Fraid riddim has found forwards and a new life recently, with a new round of tunes.

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LargeUp Premiere: EchoSlim + Nicko Rebel feat. Kari Jess — Di Best


You might recognize the name EchoSlim from his wicked, LargeUp-approved hip-hop remix of The Wailers’ “Bus Dem Shut” and his super dope SuperCat tribute remix/video “Salute We,  as well as his work holding down DJ duties for Miami’s Black Violin. As he’s let us know before, Slim is also a highly experienced dancehall selector, with an ear towards the dancefloor, something he’s put to use for his latest release.

Slim and production partner Nicko Rebel recruited vocalist Kari Jess to drop some vocals on “Di Best,” but the emphasis here is on the riddim—the vocals are deployed sparingly enough you can still almost call it an instrumental. With its stampeding kick drums, 808 bass drop and bubbling synth melody, the track puts elements hip-hop/trap and EDM next to dancehall signifiers like the ubiquitous “hey” chant, placing it in a sweet spot of DJ friendliness. Expect to hear more voices pon di riddim soon but, in the meantime, download the track below, and tell us what you think.

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You Rate It: Blondie Gets Back To The Caribbean With Los Rakas

Words by Natalie Weiner—


In 1980, Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” (a cover of the Paragons’ 1967 original) arrived as part of a wave (no pun intended) of reggae-influenced punk and pop. The single was one of Blondie’s many genre-bending, but always danceable, hits—as Debbie Harry put it, “Being from New York, Blondie albums have always been a montage or collage of things that we’re into.”

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