Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Popcaan

High Fidelity: Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dre Skull and Mixpak Records have an excellent new riddim called Loudspeaker on the way May 22, and they’ve just released this clip hosted by our bredrin Walshy Fire as a preview of what’s in store. The ethereal riddim itself has nuff vibes, and the release has some of our favorite artists: Popcaan, Beenie Man, Machel Montano and our very own Punany Monologues columnist Natalie Storm. Feel like there’s a summer anthem in there somewhere but can’t quite call which it is yet. Which one do you think will buss?

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Moombah-Caan: Major Lazer Remixes Popcaan’s “Party Shot”

Words by DJ Theory—

Chaaa, this Monday just became extra large thanks to this brand new remix from the Major Lazer camp.  The “other raving king” Diplo has his paws on more than a few projects in the Caribbean department, and today that equaled lacing the world with a free remix like this Moombahton flip of arguably the biggest name in dancehall at the moment— Popcaan. With some big help and signature style from LA moombahton man ETC!ETC!, this is a welcome example of where the genre can open its horizons and incorporate more of its Caribbean roots. Popcaan’s “Party Shot” is a major tune, and, now that it’s got the Lazer treatment, will no doubt find it’s way into many hands that may not have been hip to, dare I say, the new world boss… Make sure you cop this one for summer, quick quick quick quick quick! Download and stream below:

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The Shoe Fits: Clarks To Spotlight Jamaican Culture with New Campaign

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Beth Lesser—

In the spring of 2010, with Vybz Kartel’s “Clarks” reaching peak rotation levels, I published a story in  The Guardian tracing the long-running connection between the iconic British footwear brand and Jamaican music. With reports of Clarks-driven robberies and rampant bootlegging coming in from Jamaica, the company’s spokespeople admitted to me that a surge in sales of Clarks Originals seen at the time might have had something to do with the popularity of Kartel’s tune. The next step seemed obvious. Clarks, which has been active in forging connections to other music scenes, sponsoring live events and other partnerships, would tap Vybz Kartel and Popcaan, and launch a big campaign around its base in Jamaica.

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Impressions: Sizzla “Unplugged and Acoustics” in Kingston, JA

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

LargeUp doesn’t ordinarily report on stage shows but the event billed as “Sizzla Unplugged and Acoustics” was the artist’s first show in Jamaica since his much publicized bike accident last year. The fact that he would be supported by the original Firehouse Crew and Sly and Robbie made it apparent—we had to be there. The event also served as a launch of the Sizzla Youth Foundation, an ambitious charitable undertaking by the man himself seeking to uplift youth worldwide. It may surprise you to know that the first donation for same came from no other than Popcaan to the tune of $50,000 Jamaican dollars. Kudos for that!

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Mixtape Mondays: Spyda the DJ, Stone Love, DJ Maya

Words by Jesse Serwer—

The man DJ Theory is sidelined with some symptoms of late winter-itis (look out for him to make a full recovery in time for his gigs at South by Southwest next week, though) this week but no worries—like the Postal Service, Mixtape Mondays delivers in rain, hail and snow.

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Zeen?: No Ice Cream Sound Issue #3

Words by Jesse Serwer

Susannah Webb is the DJ known as The Large (check her latest mix, Neva Soft) and the gyal behind T-shirt line/blog Shimmy Shimmy. She also produces the world’s first and only publication to share a name with a classic Johnny Osbourne soundbwoy killer. No Ice Cream Sound is in the tradition of hand-bound punk-rock fanzines but great illustrations and the distinctive artistic sensibilities apparent in everything Shimmy Shimmy color each issue, creating a unique piece d’art. The latest one is out this week and has features and/or interviews with Popcaan, Stylo G, Alric and Boyd (interviewed about house music by LargeUp’s own Erin MacLeod), Mungo’s Hi-Fi and India’s Reggae Rajahs. Cop it.

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