Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

LargeUp Premiere: Third World + Capleton – “Good Hearted People (Dub)”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Third World may have just celebrated 40 years together as a band last year, but they certainly don’t seem like they’re approaching middle age. Continuing to release music and tour internationally even today, the legendary reggae ensemble is busy promoting the upcoming release of their 21st (!) studio album, Under The Magic Sun, out June 10. To mark the occasion, founding member Cat Coore will be paying us a visit on this Thursday’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions—and we have an exclusive dub remix to share (courtesy of the Dub Architect) of their single with Capleton, “Good Hearted People.”

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“Who Knows”: Behind The Scenes at Protoje + Chronixx’s New Video

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photos by Yannick Reid—
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AUDIO: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat The Drum”

Words by Saxon Baird— congo-beat-the-drum-kalbata-mixmonster Jamaican music continues to spread far beyond the island’s shores and pop up in surprising places. Take the unlikely Tel Aviv-based duo of Kalbata & Mixmonster, who usually specialize in 2-step, techno and funk. In 2011 they set out to make a 100% analog dub album in the spirit of King Tubby with a 16-track tape machine, a vintage mixing desk and a handful of musicians. After cutting the tracks, the duo set out to Jamaica to find some of their favorite DJs to lay original vocals, all to analog tape in the spirit of recording techniques used in the ‘70s and early ‘80s on the island.

Fast-forward more than three years later and the accumulation of their work, titled Congo Beat the Drum, has arrived, and it is easily one of best things we’ve heard this year. (LargeUp the bossman Walshy Fire for tipping us to this one). Released this week via the UK’s Freestyle Records, the project comes equipped with bass loads of throwback dub, steamy roots reggae and fiery dancehall with famed Jamaican deejays like Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and, in one of his very last recordings, the late Prince Jazzbo.

Congo Beat the Drum is not just strictly re-hashing vintage Jamaican styles, though. The album is also peppered with modern elements of the duo’s electronic backgrounds, injecting a refreshing vibe to the reggae, dub and dancehall they’ve cut to tape. It’s a nod towards the golden-era of Jamaican music the duo utilized as a blueprint, while simultaneously maintaining a refreshing and forward-thinking sound.

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Higher Level: Watch Kabaka Pyramid’s “Never Gonna Be a Slave” Video

Words by Saxon Baird—

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Kabaka Pyramid has dropped some spectacular new visuals for his tune “Never Gonna Be a Slave.” Directed by Norway’s Erik Christian King, the strikingly colorful video intersperses aerial shots of Kingston with clips of the roots artist dropping energetic verses on the streets and atop the iconic Office Centre Building, near the capital’s waterfront. Over the Cane River riddim from the prolific DJ Frass, the tune also spotlights the good things we’ve come to expect from the lyrically-gifted Pyramid, who chants down “Babylon” here with his silver-tongued flow.

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Wild Caribbean: The Caribbean’s Most Unusual Animals


Words by and Marcha M. Johnson, Jesse Serwer and Natalie Weiner—

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Yardie Offishall: Kardinal Offishall in Jamaica

Words by Tasha Brown, Photo via Rep JA

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If you are still wondering what makes Kardinal Offishall so official, watch his latest video, for the patois-laden, dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).” You can always count on the Toronto MC to give you a mix of authentic hip-hop and dancehall flavor, but this go round, Mr. Offishall produced and directed the video in Jamaica, delivering a positive message on and off film.

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