Oct 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dub

VIDEO: Hollie Cook Is “Looking For Real Love”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Way back in March, we previewed Hollie Cook‘s upcoming sophomore full-length, Twice—the album drops next week, and you’ll be able to listen exclusively at LargeUp starting Monday. In the mean time, catch up with Cook in her most recent video, “Looking For Real Love.” The song showcases the British singer’s trademark lover’s rock/2014 dub aesthetic, with 70′s-style strings layered over a deep reggae groove courtesy of producer Prince Fatty. Cook has been killing it from the start, with a stellar debut that was LargeUp’s favorite album of 2011—her diverse influences made for a truly unique addition to the world of contemporary British reggae.

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LargeUp Premiere: Third World + Capleton – “Good Hearted People (Dub)”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Third World may have just celebrated 40 years together as a band last year, but they certainly don’t seem like they’re approaching middle age. Continuing to release music and tour internationally even today, the legendary reggae ensemble is busy promoting the upcoming release of their 21st (!) studio album, Under The Magic Sun, out June 10. To mark the occasion, founding member Cat Coore will be paying us a visit on this Thursday’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions—and we have an exclusive dub remix to share (courtesy of the Dub Architect) of their single with Capleton, “Good Hearted People.”

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Visual Culture: Taj Francis’ TENFOLD: Opus Series

Words by Saxon Baird—

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Taj Francis, who was featured in our Toppa Ten Jamaican Artists You Should Know spotlight last year, has been catching our eyes for a minute now with his psychedelic, reggae-meets-anime style. The Jamaican music world has taken note as well. His work graced the cover of Protoje’s album The 8-Year Affair last year and, in 2012, Francis was a winner in the inaugural International Reggae Poster Contest.

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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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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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Second Coming: Hollie Cook Returns with “Twice”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Lovers rock revolutionary and LargeUp favorite Hollie Cook is back and ready to take 2014 by storm with her dubby reggae sound. The British singer is preparing to release her second full-length album in May, and, frankly, we can’t wait. Entitled Twice, the LP continues Cook’s exploration of what she describes as “tropical pop”—basically, a whole slew of different influences from around the world (jazz, ska, pop, etc.) combined with classic-sounding, yet totally-fresh deep dub grooves. With the assistance of Prince Fatty, who produced Cook’s debut, our pick for 2011′s album of the year, she’s built on that sound while taking it in a whole new direction.

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