Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: EDM

Powder “Fresh”: New Jillionaire Video Brings The Heat To Freezing NYC

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Jillionaire, of Major Lazer fame and an esteemed member of the LargeUp family, has been putting in work on some of his side projects recently. After two years on the road with Major Lazer, he’s just launched his new label Feel Up Records, which just dropped its first release (the new Grand Analog LP) yesterday.

Jillionaire’s first single for the new label “Fresh,” which Major Lazer started playing live late last year, is officially dropping today on BBC Radio 1Xtra, accompanied by a predictably fly video filmed entirely in NYC. Co-produced by Salvatore Ganacci and featuring the Mr. Lexx-esque vocal stylings of Sanjin (both of Sweden via the Balkans), the track features the irresistible blend of dancehall and EDM that’s made Major Lazer a club staple. I mean, it’s already got girls twerking in the snow…

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Audio: Bermudan Bass from Noise Cans

Words by Deejay Theory —

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It’s only appropriate we hip you to the latest development in the constantly growing and evolving Electro-Caribbean crossover domain, this time coming like a comet straight from Bermuda. It’s WMC season down in Miami and this one arrived on our doorstep just in time to ramp up the vibes and touch D electronic road. The debut project via Bad Manor from new group Noise Cans and the traditional Gombey masked artist COLLAS is heavy business, combining authentic spirit with modern day art, music, lights and straight up rebellion. We can definitely ride for that around here. Make sure you keep ears and eyes locked on this team and stream the mix below, download here

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Audio: Ape Drums Bring the Rave with “Bashment”

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Let’s take a hot second to get everyone up on the kid Ape Drums from Houston, one of the baddest young producers in the Electro-Caribbean crossover world right now. While still under the radar, dude self-released a handful of ace remixes that are staples in my sets, including flips of Gappy Ranks, Vybz Kartel, Suku and an official remix for Major Lazer. Recently picked up by the big man DJ Craze‘s Slow Roast Records his first offering for Slow Roast comes in the form of this big room tropical monster, ting call “Bashment.”

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Mixtape Mondays: Chairman Mao, Federation Sound, Ape Drums

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Love is still lingering in the air at Mixtape Mondays, but it’s always love around here. Wrap your arms around some excellent dusty reggae covers, a heartfelt collection of classic rewinds and some of the baddest new directions in dancehall below.

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LargeUp Premiere: De Tropix -”Beauty and the Beast” EP

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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De Tropix, a U.K.-based duo with roots in St. Vincent, has come together to drop another dancefloor-ready EP. Composed of DJ/producer/vocalist Damon Bowen (a/k/a Instinct) and vocalist/M.I.A. collaborator Cherry B, De Tropix always brings dancehall/EDM tracks that seamlessly combine the group’s U.K. house and Caribbean influences. This three-song release includes the soca-tinged “Lockdown,” party jam “Hustle & Grind,” and “Burning From the Inside,” a more contemplative track featuring Larry Love (who also happened to sing the theme to The Sopranos). LargeUp had the chance to speak with De Tropix following the release of their last EP — check out that interview to learn more about their creative process.

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LargeUp Premiere: Jah Banks – “Jah Makin Music” Mixtape

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Just looking at the cover of Jah Banks‘ new mixtape, you get a pretty good idea of what he’s about —vintage reggae and dancehall (see the tropical forest) combined with classic Brooklyn hip-hop (witness the Williamsburg bridge). Banks, a Jamaican raised in Brooklyn and frequent co-host on our radio show The LargeUp Sessions, has released some dope videos and tracks over the last year, getting us hyped for his new mixtape.

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