Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Mad Decent

Selector’s Choice: Deejay Theory

Words by Deejay Theory


Wha gwaan world, Deejay Theory here checking in from San Francisco to christen the inaugural edition of our latest music column, ting call “Selector’s Choice”. I’m looking forward to this column as a way to give the people an inside look at what some badd deejay’s are holding in their record bags and hard drives these days in the reggae/dancehall/soca/tropical/bass world. Here’s a few picks I’ve been running at Tormenta Tropical, a monthly party I host in SF w/ partner Oro11. You can always expect the unexpected at Tormenta so let’s go with a mixed bag of vibes to start the show.

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You Rate It: Elliphant ft. Bunji Garlin and Diplo – “All Or Nothing”

Words by Natalie Weiner—


Bunji Garlin is, once again, taking soca from T&T to the international pop scene—this time, on a new track with recent Mad Decent-signee Elliphant. Since the release of his crossover hit “Differentology” last year, the Soca Viking’s been making serious moves that have kept his name on everyone’s lips.

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Badman Rave: Stream The Partysquad’s “The Lion”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

The Partysquad - The Lion

“Original Don” is the track that kickstarted Major Lazer 2.0, the crew’s first single following their debut album and the start of what we’ll call their badman rave era, wherein they put a reggae/dancehall spin on current EDM trends (i.e. the brostep of “Jah No Partial.”) We’re using the term badman rave partly because that’s the name of a 2012 EP by The Partysquad, the Dutch crew which collaborated with the Major Lazer on “Original Don,” but it’s also a pretty apt description of both outfits’ recent output.

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Seen: Diplo Sports the LargeUp x RockersNYC T-Shirt

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by DJ Gravy—

Check out the man called Diplo in his LargeUp x Rockers NYC t-shirt at a Notting Hill Carnival afterparty in London. Have you seen our LargeUp TV episode with the mind behind Major Lazer shot in Kingston, Jamaica?


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Happy Days: South Rakkas Crew Return with the Chachi Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Mad Decent

With Major Lazer’s sophomore LP on the horizon, the Mad Decent collective seems to be getting back into island mode. The label just dropped the reggae-influenced Badman Rave EP from “Original Don” producers Party Squad last week, and now they’ve put us on to this brand-new release from a resurgent South Rakkas Crew (a/k/a D Rakkas), of Chinkuzi riddim fame.

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Under Mi Usher: Jr. Blender’s “Climax” Remix

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Jr. Blender is pretty much the boss when it comes to turning contemporary pop hits into reggae songs. The German remix specialist has had Bruno Mars, T-Pain and Britney Spears sounding as right on roots riddims as Luciano or Gyptian (OK, maybe not that right, but dig our point). The latest tune to emerge from Blender’s blender, his remix of Usher’s “Climax” reframes the Diplo-produced, sexually-charged single in a light that will have it fitting right into your culture sets. (And which also just arrived in our inbox from Diplo’s own camp, for what it’s worth). Stream below, and download here.

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