Jul 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Lover’s Rock

LargeUp Premiere: Stream Martei Korley’s “Kingston Konfidential” EP

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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If you’ve followed reggae music for the last 15 years, you’ve seen the work of Martei Korley. As a photographer, he has snapped cover images for albums by Beres Hammond, Busy Signal and I-Wayne, to name a few, as well as countless editorial features for magazines including As LargeUp’s co-founder, creative director and chief photographer, he’s also responsible for the look of this site, taking many of the memorable images that have distinguished us as the web’s top destination for Caribbean music and culture.

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Throwback Thursdays: Maxi Priest On His Classic Shabba Collaboration “Housecall”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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You could probably learn a thing or two about sexual relations from listening to Maxi Priest and Shabba Ranks’ “House Call” in 1991. However, getting it on, or getting it in, was the furthest thing from my mind when I first heard their collaboration at age 10. My father—a Jamaican DJ from New York, newly transplanted to Los Angeles—made me a mixtape with some of Shabba’s reigning hits like “Housecall” and “Mr. Loverman,” along with a bunch of tunes over the Telephone Love riddim. I was smitten by his seamless transition of the original “Housecall” into its 12” remix and the various versions of “Mr Loverman,” such as the David Morales Ragga Hop Mix. I might have been too young to remember “Housecall” gaining mass appeal in NY: it was Shabba’s core dancehall releases resonated deeper in my Caribbean neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Hollie Cook’s “Twice” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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It was LargeUp creative director Martei Korley who first turned me, along with the rest of the LargeUp braintrust, onto Hollie Cook about three years back. Martei being our resident authority on all things lovers rock, I was inclined to take his recommendation regarding a young English singer he suggested was bringing a fresh but faithful approach to that vintage reggae style. We were instantly hooked by Hollie’s self-titled debut, naming it our album of the year for 2011 and declaring Hollie our favorite new artist.

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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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AUDIO: No-Maddz Meet Sly & Robbie on “Romance”

Words by Deejay Theory —

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The “World’s Fastest Band” take a moment to slow things down with the legendary Taxi gang Sly & Robbie at the boards lacing their signature sweet chops on the track. A melodic and singy number from the group, any lovers rock reggae fan will be immediately drawn to this one for the summertime slow wines at hand. Even though they cool down the pace here No-Maddz show no signs of slowing down — check our full webisode with the crew here. Recruiting our top ranking drummer + the mighty Robbie Shakespeare on bass never hurts the momentum.

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Second Coming: Hollie Cook Returns with “Twice”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Lovers rock revolutionary and LargeUp favorite Hollie Cook is back and ready to take 2014 by storm with her dubby reggae sound. The British singer is preparing to release her second full-length album in May, and, frankly, we can’t wait. Entitled Twice, the LP continues Cook’s exploration of what she describes as “tropical pop”—basically, a whole slew of different influences from around the world (jazz, ska, pop, etc.) combined with classic-sounding, yet totally-fresh deep dub grooves. With the assistance of Prince Fatty, who produced Cook’s debut, our pick for 2011′s album of the year, she’s built on that sound while taking it in a whole new direction.

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