Jul 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: house

Mixtape Mondays: Jugglerz, Deejay Theory, Addis Pablo & Suns of Dub

Words by Deejay Theory 

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With summer officially at our doorstep it’s as good a time as any to continue digging into soundtracks from every corner. Warming things up this week with sessions from Germany, California, Switzerland and right back to Jamaica. Swing through below.

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AUDIO: Jah Banks – “Battle For Middle You (BKBashment Remix)”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Charlie Rubinjah-banks-charlie-rubin

Remember Jah Banks Jah Makin Music mixtape, which we premiered back in February? We loved the whole thing, but definite standout was the “Battle For Middle You (BK Bashment Remix)” featuring the Brooklyn-raised, Jamaican MC (and staple presence on our LargeUp Sessions radio show) spitting over Julio Bashmore’s highly regarded house tune by that name. The infectious flip made it hard not to disagree with Banks proclamation that “BK be comin’ in hot this year.”

DJ Select (of RadioLily) and Robzilla noticed, too, that Banks’ version has all the ingredients of a club banger. So, they decided to re-edit the track, priming it for the dancefloor just in time for summer. A little house, a little dancehall, a little hip-hop—an irresistable combination, almost like a 2014 Reel 2 Real (yeah, we went there). Download below, and don’t be surprised if you hear this one next time you’re drinking Red Stripe on a patio somewhere.

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Now Things: Tobago’s After Jazz Fringe Festival

Words by Tishanna Williams, Photo by Scott Homer—
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Picture yourself under the Tobago moonlight grooving to melodic guitar strums from some of the most creative bands in T&T, dancing yourself to a frenzy as the vibe switches up with each performance. This is a pretty good idea of what you will get at the After Jazz Fringe Festival happening in Tobago from April 25-27.

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Throwback Thursdays: Jillionaire on Machel Montano’s “Come Dig It”

Words by Jillionaire—

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Have you noticed how soca is sounding more and more like U.K. dance music these days? Well, the king of soca, Machel Montano, was about 18 years ahead of his time. A youthful Machel was scooped up by LA-based Delicious Vinyl (the label behind Tone Loc, Young MC and the Pharcyde) in the mid ’90s, resulting in the mostly forgotten ragga-house banger”Come Dig It.” Trini music scholar Jillionaire of Major Lazer remembers the phenomenon.

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Mixtape Mondays: Major Lazer, Smutlee, Safari Sound, Bud E Green

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Welcome to another edition of Mixtape Mondays. We’re back to add the necessary soundtrack to your week with vibes from a global roundup of deejays. From one drop to big room, and culture to cardio, we keep the ting versatile with something for everyone this week. Go in below.

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Raving Kings: Alric and Boyd + The Untold Story of Dance Music in Jamaica


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos and Flyers Courtesy of Alric and Boyd—

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