Jul 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Major Lazer

LargeUp Premiere: Fuego Campo + Jahdan Blakkamoore, “Don’t Violate”

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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We never know where Jahdan Blakkamoore will turn up next. A small sampling of the eclectic singjay’s recent catalog includes a reunion with Smif N Wessun (on whose classic “Soundbwoy Bureill” remix he appeared on back in the day), a riveting unplugged performance with Brooklyn Shanti and a tribute to the “Queen of the Forest” with Chicago’s Illuminati Congo. And that’s not even mentioning his songwriting credits for Major Lazer and Snoop Lion—whose “Lighters Up” featured more vocals from an uncredited Blakkamoore than it did Snoop himself.

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Fete Forward: Bunji Garlin, Major Lazer + Kubiyashi Get Carnival Started Early

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Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” is that rare soca track that’s still gaining steam nearly a year after the Carnival it was released for. Radio DJs in the States are just now warming up to the track that’s been running the Caribbean throughout 2013 (not to mention getting major EDM burn via its Major Lazer remix). New York’s Hot 97 just added it, a surefire sign it won’t be fading anytime soon.

It’s time for a new season’s onslaught of carnival tunes, though, and Bunji is jumping out the gate with another big one: “It’s a Carnival” produced by Major Lazer and Vincentian producer Kubiyashi (And, yeah, that’s Kubiyashi with a ‘U,’ not Kobayashi the hot dog guy). The track brings a similar soca-meets-EDM energy as “Differentology” so it’s sure to catch on, but throw in the weight of no less of an international powerhouse than Major Lazer, and it’s going to be hard to ignore this one come Carnival time in Port of Spain—or anywhere else for that matter.

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Double Kotch: Major Lazer + Deejay Theory Take On QQ’s “One Drop”

Words by LargeUp Crew —

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Double dose of pure winery here from two formidable camps in the taking-dancehall-to-the-next-level department. On the right you have those guys Major Lazer who you’ve possibly heard about, and on the left our own Deejay Theory, who’s been on an absolute tear lately. They’ve both taken arguably the biggest party song in Jamaica right now, and juiced it up in all different directions to make the dance get buckwild. The original from QQ ft. Venomus is a little ironic in itself, considering QQ first buss on the scene as a likkle youth during the one-drop revival era with a nyabhingi single called “Poverty” on the Serious Times riddim. Fast-forward some years and have the same voice—all grown up now—charting a massive dance tune called “One Drop” that’s a far cry from traditional one-drop reggae. Nevertheless the tune is madd, and a surefire reaction getter at any dance right now.

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Throwback Thursdays: DJ Autograph on Lt. Stitchie’s “The Prescription”

Words by DJ Autograph—

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Earlier this year, Major Lazer released Free The Universe featuring the dancehall inspired hit “Watch Out Fi Dis (Bumaye)” featuring Busy Signal. The single’s release was accompanied by a video that was shot in Jamaica in a ’90s dancehall style. It immediately gave me flashbacks to the days when Jamaica’s TVJ (back when it was JBC television) used to show music videos as fillers between programs.

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How I Spent My Summer: Walshy Fire


Words by Walshy Fire—
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Toppa Top 8: Beyonce’s Most Dancehall Moments


Words by Emily Shapiro—

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