Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dub

LargeUp TV: Addis Pablo Meets The Roots in Brooklyn

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Sons of Dub brought the heartical vibes to Monday night’s Okayplayer Holiday Jam. Addis Pablo, son of Augustus Pablo, joined The Roots on stage during the LargeUp-produced “reggae” section of the annual jam session for a performance of Addis’ father Augustus Pablo’s classic “King Tubby’s Meets Rockers Uptown.” First released by the elder Pablo in 1976, the tune was the first dub track to gain popularity outside of Jamaica and to place on international charts. Onstage Monday night Addis was joined by Jah Bami, a colleague of his in the crew Suns of Dub, producing their own version of the mellowed track with James Poyser, Captain Kirk . Watch the performance here, and check out more coverage of the event here.

It was a busy week for Addis and Suns of Dub. In addition to their Holiday Jam performance, Suns of Dub also dropped a mixtape with Major Lazer/Walshy Fire and LargeUp featuring more than 30 tracks (download it here). We also launched his Meditations Pt. 2 video with Jesse Royal, shot in the hills outside of Kingston, Jamaica, by LargeUp/Raw Tings crew Tony Lowe and Taliesin Gilkes-Bower. Addis wrapped up things up with an appearance on the LargeUp Sessions where he added his melodica playing to an epic freestyle session by Bunji Garlin and Jah Bami, flatlining everyone inside Miss Lily’s. Look out for audio and photos from the session on LargeUp shortly. But first…”King Tubby’s Meets Rockers Uptown” live with the Roots!

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Impressions: Okayplayer x LargeUp Holiday Jam with the Roots

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Pallack

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Meditations, Part 2: Bloodlines with Addis Pablo, Jesse Royal + Tesfa Zion

Words by Tony Lowe, Video by Tony Lowe and Taliesin Gilkes-Bower—

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The second installment in our Meditations documentary series (check Part 1 here) features some peaceful vibes with Suns of Dub’s Addis Pablo. Addis, son of dub legend Augustus Pablo and heir to his father’s status as reggae’s foremost exponent of the melodica, sat with us in Earl “Chinna” Smith’s yard to share some insight about growing up surrounded with music, and how he carries on his father’s mystic tradition today.

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EVENT: Addis Pablo Mixtape Launch + Bunji Garlin on the LargeUp Sessions

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Massive! Thursday night we’re hosting a special, extra-long edition of The LargeUp Sessions featuring two of the most exciting presences in Caribbean music right now.

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

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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—

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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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