Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dub

LargeUp Premiere: Major Lazer & Walshy Fire Present Suns of Dub


A group, record label and sound system based between Jamaica, Trinidad and New Jersey, Suns of Dub is led by Addis Pablo, son of the late great Augustus Pablo, and producer/label co-CEO, Ras Jammy. Over the last few years the unit, which also consists of artists Masia One (Canada), Jah Bami (Trinidad) and Zebulun (Trinidad) and drummer Tesfa Zion, has released a steady stream of innovative tracks blending and bridging the gap between traditional dub featuring—Addis has taken up the mantle for the melodica, the instrument his father legitimized on his landmark projects with King Tubby and his own Rockers International—and modern EDM.

As he did with Chronixx last year, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has stepped up to put things in perspective, gathering Suns of Dub’s key tracks, along with original remixes and unreleased tunes, for global consumption. Showcasing the crew’s diversity, the mix runs through Reggae, dub, dubstep, dancehall, trap, hip-hop, drum and bass and even some steelpan made in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with pannist Derron Ellies. Things start out with “Vybz Wa Yuh Feel,” a track featured in Part 2 of our Meditations video series featuring Addis Pablo and Jesse Royal (Watch Part One starring Ras Jammy and Jesse Royal here), which you can watch below (or get the full experience here).

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Fashion Fridays: Wackies Hoodies + Tees in the LargeUp Store

Words by Jesse Serwer—


When it comes to dub and reggae, Wackie’s holds a special place on our turntables. The first reggae specialist label of note in the U.S., the Bronx-based imprint founded by Jamaican transplant Lloyd “Bullwackies” Barnes is behind some of our favorite records, like The Love Joys “All I Can Say” and Junior Delahaye’s “Love.” While other reggae labels have signature sounds, there’s no mistaking Wackie’s era-capturing blend of lo-fi textures, eerie harmonies and behind-the-beat, head-nod swag.

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LargeUp Premiere: Watch Alborosie’s “Play Fool” Video (+ CD/Vinyl Giveaway)


Some artists visit Jamaica for inspiration. Others come, and never leave. Such is the case with Italian singjay Alborosie, who’s made Kingston his homebase for over a decade since relocating from Sicily. The artist’s adopted hometown has provided much inspiration over the years, so it’s no surprise to see it figure prominently in his latest video, the Ras Kassa-directed clip “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).” No beach scenes or intimidating nighttime gully shots here, though—just average ordinary Kingston scenery.

The Black Uhuru/Mykal Rose-influenced tune is the opening track on Alborosie’s latest album, Sound the System, which dropped last month via Greensleeves/VP Records. As a bonus for fans, VP is releasing an EP featuring dub versions from the album called (what else) Dub the System next week. To celebrate the latter’s release, they’ve given us two copies each of Sound the System (on CD) and Dub the System (on vinyl) to give away. To enter to win, follow @Largeupdotcom on Twitter and tweet the following:

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DOWNLOAD: Kat Dahlia “Gangsta” (Deejay Theory Remix + Dub)

Words by LargeUp Crew—


When he’s not bringing you our Mixtape Mondays column every week or jet setting pon tour, our boy Deejay Theory stays in the studio cranking out high-grade original remixes and bootlegs in multiple arenas. For this offering, he’s put his signature touch on newcomer Kat Dahlia‘s large new single “Gangsta“, and the result is a lush and soulful reggae remix built from the ground up. Via Theory: I was immediately drawn to Kat Dahlia after hearing “Gangsta” on SF radio and was inspired to take her vocals in a modern reggae and dub direction for the summer.

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Throwback Thursdays: Augustus Pablo at Japansplash 1986

Words by Kieran Meadows—


Friday marks what would have been the late Horace Swaby’s 59th birthday. Swaby — better known as Augustus Pablo – was the legendary Jamaican reggae keyboardist and dub producer whose name is practically synonymous with the instrument he popularized the use of in reggae music in the 1970s: the melodica.

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It A Go Dread: Equiknoxx introduces Masicka to King Tubby

Words by Deejay Theory —

artworks-000050335536-rw5yqz-originalWhat happens when you cut razor sharp new school flow over timeless dub versions? You get this wicked new combination from bussing young Portmore, JA artist Masicka and iconic dub producer and pioneer King Tubby. Any reggae collector has a King Tubby tape in their archives, and it’s refreshing to see a youth like Masicka paying tribute with this seven-track “old to the new” session produced by JA powerhouse Equiknoxx Music. It’s not all about guns and girls—sometimes you need to dig into the roots for inspiration…nicely done on all fronts. Stream four of the seven tracks below, download the full EP here. Pree the video from the sessions for full effect.

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