Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Donovan Germain

Come Back Again: Penthouse Records Revives the Poco Man Jam Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer—


One thing about reggae riddims, is the classic ones always come back ’round again. Steely & Clevie produced the original Poco Man Jam riddim for artist Gregory Peck’s tune of the same name in 1990, releasing the Poco In The East riddim compilation featuring Flourgon, Carl Meeks and others a year later. Other deejays who voiced the riddim at that time included Super Cat, Capleton and, most famously, Shabba Ranks on “Trailer Load A Girls.” (Check for a more complete list).

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Impressions: The Faces (and Food) of Rebel Salute

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by El Puru


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Toppa Top 10: Sean Paul’s Biggest Bashment Tunes

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Sean Paul

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LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Beres Hammond’s New Album ‘One Love, One Life’

Words by Jesse Serwer, Images by Martei Korley—

Beres Hammond One Love, One Life

Jamaica’s greatest living singer has a new album, and it is one of his strongest records in years.

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Check It Deeply: Overstanding Beres Hammond’s New Album

Words by Jesse Serwer—


If you don’t think Beres Hammond is Jamaica’s best-loved living singer, then… you’ve never been to Jamaica. The average yardie under the age of, say, 45 has grown up hearing Beres’ songs at birthdays, weddings and dances for the majority of their lives and, for many, his lyrics are as deeply ingrained as those of Bob Marley. His voice is the sound of tender moments. While the island’s most popular artists tend to be maligned as much as they are praised, you rarely hear a disparaging word about “the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock.” Probably, no artist is capable of drawing larger crowds in diaspora communities like Brooklyn and Fort Lauderdale. When Brooklyn’s brand-new arena, the Barclays Center, hosts its first Caribbean event on Dec. 12, Beres will headline.

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Garnet Silk Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer


This past Saturday, April 2, would have been the 45th birthday of one of reggae/dancehall’s golden voices: Garnet Silk. A supremely righteous, one-man antidote to the slackful ’90s, Garnet Damion Smith (“Silk” was a reference to his supernaturally smooth vocal tones) helped bring cultural consciousness and spiritual themes back into fashion in Jamaican music in the early 1990s. He was, many say, on his way to becoming his generation’s Bob Marley when he was killed in a house fire while attempting to rescue his mother in December, 1994, less than three years after the release of his breakthrough recordings. Today, Silk is regarded with reverence by the over-30 dancehall crowd but is little known outside of the Caribbean music world. Here’s a look at some of his quintessential recordings, all from his brief heyday between 1992 and 1994.

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