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Words by Jesse Serwer—
With his frenetic, nimble chatting style and addictive hits like “Tic Toc” and “Da Style Deh,” Busy Signal has held down a steady place at the front of the dancehall pack for most of the last decade. But the versatile deejay has taken a different path with his fourth full-length album. Reggae Music Again, out today through VP Records, sees “Hott Ed” voicing a full LP’s worth of reggae rhythms produced by longtime collaborator Shane Brown.
A LargeUp Exclusive Webisode – Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Photos and Video by Martei Korley.
Unless you been living under an internet-sized rock, you’re probably already aware of Wesley “Diplo” Pentz’s restless, jetsetting activities as a DJ, producer, label-head and laser-equipped cyborg. Since bussing out with his Philly-based party Hollertronix in the early 00s he has established himself as an unparalleled breaker of underground sounds, from Brazilian baile funk to UK grime. Likewise the list of inspiring new artists that he’s had a hand in discovering and exposing–from Baltimore club auteur Blaqstarr to South African rockers BLK JKS–is global in scope and alphabetical in length.
Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via CoolHunting
The masters of the coffee table universe over at Rizzoli books just gave new meaning to the term hard-cover with the publication of a thing called Keep on Running, a document in words and pictures of the history of the original independent label: Island Records. Mostly pictures, actually, which makes sense because a large part of the Island strategy to create a coherent brand around artists as diverse as Bob Marley, U2, Steve Winwood, Eric B & Rakim, Roxy Music, Grace Jones, Brian Eno, King Sunny Ade, PM Dawn, Robert Palmer and Third World can be summed up in the phrase visual culture. Not surprisingly, Island founder Chris Blackwell was instrumental in the movement to emphasize long-playing albums over singles and in the process helped elevate the humble LP cover into the realm of fine art. We have yet to get our hands on it but looks like a haffi-get for any Marley and/or reggae fan…my only criticism is that they seem to have gone for the same record-shelf shot as the recent Greensleeves retrospective. Don’t get it confused; we like records but when photographing you should try to get their good side:
Words by Eddie STATS Houghton
If you hang out with the cool kids you may have already heard about the new Greensleeves First 100 Covers book from Stussy and the T-Shirt line it inspired, both featuring classic images of Yellowman, Scientist, Eek-A-Mouse and other Jamaican giants. But you may or not know that Stussy was the original, original brand to merge streetwear fashion tropes with reggaematical inspiration going all the way back to their Jah Lion tee in 1980. That being the case, it seemed only appropriate that in addition to supporting the current project we go a mile or two deeper and talk to the bosses at Stussy about the history of the brand and it’s long-distance Jamaican love affair. Check the book and accompanying mixtape, enjoy these visual gems–but more importantly, look for the exclusive interview in the next week or two!