Apr 18, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dub

LargeUp Premiere: Easy Star All-Stars Version MJ’s “Human Nature”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

A couple weeks back, we featured the Easy Star All-Stars version of “Billie Jean” with lead vocals by Luciano, the scorching first single off their upcoming Michael Jackson reggae covers album, Thrillah. Now we have the second leak from that project, a version of “Human Nature” with Texas-based singer Cas Haley on vocals, set to appear on the Billie Jean EP dropping tomorrow (June 10). Check out a LargeUp exclusive stream of “Human Nature” below, and look out for the full Thrillah LP (now available for pre-order here), with guest appearances from Mykal Rose, Spragga Benz and more, out Aug 28.

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Rink and Feisty: Watch Hollie Cook’s “And the Beat Goes On” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Hollie Cook and Prince Fatty’s entire Hollie Cook In Dub LP is excellent but if there’s one track that really makes our mouths go agape, it’s Hollie’s cover of the Whispers’ 1980 electro-soul classic “And The Beat Goes On.” The Whispers’ version (produced by Leon Sylvers of the Sylvers’ fame) is one of those timeless R&B songs that we grew up listening to on Sunday afternoons, and Hollie and Fatty’s version takes it in a whole new, yet equally ethereal direction. The video was shot in a rink full of dayglo-ed rollerskaters, evoking the colorful haze through which our own early ’80s memories are filtered.

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Contest: Win “Hollie Cook In Dub” LPs + 45s

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We were so enamored with the Lovers Rock revival vibes of Hollie Cook’s self-titled debut we named it our top album for 2011 and bequeathed her with “Rookie of the Year” status. Hardly skipping a beat, Hollie and her creative partner/producer Prince Fatty have already given us one of our favorite albums of this year in Hollie Cook In Dub. Revelatory dub versions of songs from Hollie’s debut predominate, but there’s also dubs of a few tunes that weren’t on that album, like Hollie’s cover of “And The Beat Goes On” by Philly soul greats the Whispers, and “For Me You Are.” The good people at Hollie’s label Mr. Bongo have given us a pair of Hollie Cook In Dub LPs to give away, along with a pair of bonus 45 singles of “And The Beat Goes On” and “For Me You Are” (featuring originals on the A-side and dubs on the B) for each winner.

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Mikey Dread: Easy Star All-Stars Unveil “Thrillah” LP + Luciano’s “Billie Jean” Cover

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Easy Star All-Stars, the musical crew behind the much-celebrated 2003 Pink Floyd reggae tribute Dub Side of the Moon and the Radiohead covers album Radiodread, have been building hype for their upcoming LP over the last few weeks by keeping it’s exact identity a secret, encouraging fans to pick which classic album they thought they were set to tackle. After checking possibilities like Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and U2′s The Joshua Tree off the list, today they’ve removed the curtain and unveiled Thrillah, a reggae tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller due out Aug. 28

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Giveaway: Draw Lee “Scratch” Perry, Win A “Blackboard Jungle Dub” Box Set

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Blackboard Jungle Dub, Lee “Scratch” Perry’s landmark 1973 LP with King Tubby at the controls, was recently reissued as a box set by Get On Down Records, with the original full-length album spread across three pieces of red, yellow and green 10″ vinyl. Only 2,000 copies of the limited edition package, which comes with a giant 30” x 30” poster of the album’s cover art, and is housed in full color hinged box secured with a magnetic clasp, were produced, and were only made available for sale at brick-and-mortar record stores, as part of April’s Record Store Day promotion. Often cited as the first dub LP, Blackboard Jungle Dub was fully remastered just for the box set, and has never sounded better.

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Natural Teng: Iris Ation x Tropical Fantasy’s “Hello Operator” Video

Words by Erin MacLeod—

From jungle to dubstep, from Jamaica to Germany to Japan and all places in between, it’s apparent that reggae and dancehall morph and move in some of the most interesting ways. Here’s a particularly pleasant example. Dub Dilinja and Megman are Rahtid! Sound, and their blend of dub and dancehall meets the ethereal vocals of Iris Ation and the Cham-esque deejay styles of Tropical Fantasy, on “Hello Operator.” Surrounded by layers of echo, glitch and drums, you can hear King Jammy’s Sleng Teng–the three-note bassline that shook Jamaica and ushered in the digital dancehall era. Though some roots reggae folk may look down on the digital as inorganic, the Bronx-based boys at Rahtid Sound demonstrate that digital can indeed sound absolutely natural. Take their advice and listen through headphones.

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