Jul 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

LargeUp Premiere: Stream DJ Prince’s “Test My Sound” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Coming out of NYC’s Duck Down camp, DJ Prince makes hip-hop with a reggae- and dancehall-influenced point of view. Think “Sound Bwoy Bureill” by Smif N Wessun mixed with Busta Rhymes’ forays into patois-inflected rap, and you’ll have something of an idea of the flavor on the triple-threat MC/producer/DJ’s debut LP, Test My Sound.

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Bam Bam! Miranda Kerr Gets Naked to Sister Nancy’s Classic in New Reebok Commercial

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” is a song with a uniquely charmed life. Not a particularly big hit in Jamaica upon its release (“One, Two,” released around the same time in 1982, was far bigger), it found its way to cult classic status in New York, where it became a Caribbean party staple and eventually caught the hip-hop world’s attention. In the early ’90s, it was sampled by Main Source for “Just Hanging Out,” Too Short for “Blowjob Betty” and remixed by DJs including Stretch Armstrong.

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AUDIO: Popcaan — “Love Yuh Bad”

Words by Natalie Weiner—Popcaan LargeUp

Another day, another new tune from dancehall crooner Popcaan, who’s steady promoting his forthcoming project Where We Come From, out June 10th. “Love Yuh Bad,” the album’s second single, is something of a return to form for the unruly boss—a “love”/lust-themed, party-ready anthem, though the stripped down production (courtesy of Mixpak’s Dre Skull) is actually pretty in line with that of the first single, “Everything Nice.” Both tracks share a fresh, modern aesthetic that, at least according to Miss Info (and she should know, right?), “could impact top 40 stations if worked properly.” At the very least, with these big tunes he’s definitely living up to his title as one of 2014′s most important dancehall acts.

The lyrics video is an interesting touch—if you’re not from the Caribbean, and the nuances of your favorite dancehall singer’s patois sometimes evade you, prepare yourself for an education. Popcaan is definitely not mincing words on this one, going from the club, to the bedroom, to the alter, and back again in his “inimitably hyper-sexual style.”

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AUDIO: Popcaan Keeps it Clean on “V.S.O.P”

Words by Deejay Theory —


Another smooth tune from our chargie Popcaan, one that’s best enjoyed neat in a snifter for sipping rather than shots in a party cup. The song mirrors a similar feeling to that of his still-bubbling anthem “Everything Nice” — which recently saw a large remix featuring Mavado — keeping the melancholic vibes at the front with no need to rush the ting. Already receiving forwards in Jamaica, this will no doubt become another big summertime single from the unruly boss, a key player in our recent roundup of reasons why dancehall nuh dead. Very special indeed…

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Mixtape Mondays: Faction Sound Crew, Kalibandulu, Broken Silence Sound

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Mixtape Mondays returns this week with an assortment of goods from the tropics. A global affair as always combining dancehall, reggae and much more from some top sounds. Dig in below.

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AUDIO: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat The Drum”

Words by Saxon Baird— congo-beat-the-drum-kalbata-mixmonster Jamaican music continues to spread far beyond the island’s shores and pop up in surprising places. Take the unlikely Tel Aviv-based duo of Kalbata & Mixmonster, who usually specialize in 2-step, techno and funk. In 2011 they set out to make a 100% analog dub album in the spirit of King Tubby with a 16-track tape machine, a vintage mixing desk and a handful of musicians. After cutting the tracks, the duo set out to Jamaica to find some of their favorite DJs to lay original vocals, all to analog tape in the spirit of recording techniques used in the ‘70s and early ‘80s on the island.

Fast-forward more than three years later and the accumulation of their work, titled Congo Beat the Drum, has arrived, and it is easily one of best things we’ve heard this year. (LargeUp the bossman Walshy Fire for tipping us to this one). Released this week via the UK’s Freestyle Records, the project comes equipped with bass loads of throwback dub, steamy roots reggae and fiery dancehall with famed Jamaican deejays like Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and, in one of his very last recordings, the late Prince Jazzbo.

Congo Beat the Drum is not just strictly re-hashing vintage Jamaican styles, though. The album is also peppered with modern elements of the duo’s electronic backgrounds, injecting a refreshing vibe to the reggae, dub and dancehall they’ve cut to tape. It’s a nod towards the golden-era of Jamaican music the duo utilized as a blueprint, while simultaneously maintaining a refreshing and forward-thinking sound.

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