Nov 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: England

VIDEO: Christopher Ellis’ “Roller Coaster”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Christopher Ellis is rocksteady royalty. But the son of the great Alton Ellis has been making a name for himself recently, with a soulful sound that sits somewhere between reggae and the retro R&B vibes of an Aloe Blacc. If you were at last year’s Okayplayer Holiday Jam you might have seen Chris jamming with the Roots on a cover of his pops’ classic “I’m Still in Love With You.”

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Ten Caribbean Footballers At This Year’s World Cup

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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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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Visual Culture: The Photographs of Pogus Caesar


Words and Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Pogus Caesar—
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LargeUp Premiere: Stream De Tropix’s “The Skyward” EP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

De Tropix, a collaborative project between DJ/producer/vocalist Damon Bowen (a/k/a Instinct) and vocalist Cherry B (hype chick/backup singer/choreographer for M.I.A.) caught our attention three years ago with their scorching, dancehall-inflected U.K. club banger “Adeyhey.” While the duo dropped a few more brap-worthy tunes we loved just as much, as quickly as they had seduced our ears, the Anglo-Vincy duo (Cherry B hails from St. Vincent, while Damon is a U.K. native of Vincy extraction) disappeared back into the ether.

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Right “Pon Time”: Orange Hill Productions Meet Vybz Kartel and Sneakbo

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We’ve been running Orange Hill ProductionsElectro Bashy: Welcome to Our Sound mix non stop since it made its debut on Mixtape Mondays a few weeks back. As the title of their mix indicates, the duo of Ras Kwame (of BBC1xtra fame) and Jnr. Tubby (King Tubby’s nephew) are pushing forth a brand-new hybrid electro-meets-dancehall sound, one perhaps best exemplified by their Vybz Kartel feature “Pon Time.” While other producers are coming out with recycled verses and seemingly unfinished mixes under the guise of “new Kartel,” “Pon Time” is one of the freshest Kartel tunes we’ve heard since last year’s Kingston Story, with the Werl’ Boss dropping a brand-new flows over a punk-y, guitar-driven dancehall riddim.

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