Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: England

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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Audio: Becoming Real feat. Lady Chann, “Work Me”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via the Fader

One net result of Major Lazer’s rise is that producers from other genres with little or no connection to dancehall seem to be a lot more comfortable experimenting with it. According to the Fader, the beatmaker known as Becoming Real normally makes “murky electronic music.” We’ll have to take their word for it, as we’d never even heard of Mr. Real before, but his “Work Me,” featuring London deejay Lady Chann, is summer-y and bashment-ready, at least if your idea of bashment is a genre-hopping London rave. In any case, we can imagine that there are some remixers ready to take it all the way to yard.

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Interview: Diplo On The Politics of Outsider Dancehall

Words by Jesse Serwer, Interview by Eddie STATS Houghton—

Okayplayer head honcho Eddie STATS Houghton recently sat down with Diplo and Chief Boima of Dutty Artz and Ghetto Bassquake fame for a wide-ranging conversation themed around the politics of the emerging music phenomenon known as tropical bass. The concept was inspired in part by a long-running, Twitter-fueled debate between Boima and Diplo regarding the current globalization of underground music, and set out as its aim bringing that conversation to some sort of resolution. Among too many other topics to name, the conversation touched on the politics behind Major Lazer and Diplo’s interaction with the dancehall. Read below to see how that particular segment of the conversation played out. And if you never have, catch our LargeUp TV episode with Diplo in Jamaica for more on his interaction and background with dancehall culture.

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Now Things: Talking Grime and Bashment with Wiley

Words by Marvin Sparks

Wiley is often called the Godfather of the UK’s vibrant grime scene. Having burst on the scene as a member of garage crew Pay As U Go Cartel, the prolific MC has been considered among the best UK wordsmiths for over ten years. He’s been involved in countless pivotal moments in underground music history, discovered and nurtured more artists than your average A&R, sparked the recent wave of grime MC’s scoring hits with electro-pop fused singles, and is generally an all-around legend. That said, Evolve or Be Extinct is an apt title for his eighth full-length release. The Bow E3, London-raised MC explores various styles, fusing grime, electro, hip hop, dancehall and just general Wiley productions you can’t call anything (is the Wiley-coined term “Eski” still available?).

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