Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: reggae reggae

LargeUp Interview: Q+A with Walshy Fire

Words by Jesse Serwer—

A good friend of the LargeUp family and a behind-the-scenes contributor as well, Kingston-born Leighton Paul Walsh, A/K/A Walshy Fire, has been holding down South Florida for a decade as a selector and MC on the world famous Black Chiney Sound System. An avid sound system historian with an astounding knowledge of dancehall music, Walshy is also something of an ambassador for Caribbean culture in Miami, bringing a little Jamaican flavor to institutions like the Miami New World Symphony. It’s those qualities that made him the perfect choice for his latest role: as the new MC for Major Lazer, bringing some authentic soundman flavor to Diplo’s over-the-top dancehall project. Here, Walshy speaks for the first time on his new gig and his history in Miami’s dancehall scene.

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Mixtape Mondays: Exclusive Premier of DJ Child & Selah Intl’s “The Link Up” + Selah Giveaway

Words by DJ Theory—

This week on Mixtape Mondays, we’re privileged to feature another world premier from Project Groundation’s DJ Child, a dude who can’t seem to sit still for even a second. This one is a new combination mix series with Selah Intl clothing, a conscious lifestyle brand who’s signature throwback football and basketball jerseys can be seen on some of the biggest artists in reggae, and host, longtime collaborator and LargeUp bredrin Jahdan Blakkamoore. In addition to blessing you with this mixtape, we’ll also be giving away one of these limited edition Selah jerseys.

To no surprise The Linkup is another boomshot, featuring strictly quality new roots singles and riddims paired with PGM remixes, exclusives, and a bagga specials from Jahdan. When you blend affiliates Jahdan and Child with an old friend and supporter Marv from Selah, this project is a family affair that’s been a long time coming. A no-brainer for folks looking to add a new roots mixtape to their life, and thanks to Selah maybe a fly new jersey to match as well.

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Roots Inspiration: Visual Artist Phil Frost On Bob Marley

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Hypebeast

As part of the promotion for director Kevin MacDonald’s long-awaited Bob Marley biopic, Marley, set for a nationwide release in the US on 4/20 (watch the trailer here), artist Phil Frost gave a rare—and truly bizarre—interview on how Marley has influenced and inspired his work. The reclusive artist also lets cameras showcase his extensive reggae record collection, discussing the role music plays in his creative process: “I find myself spending thousands of hours with only myself, so in listening to reggae music, I find the comfort of a friend.” On Marley, he says, “I find a harmony in the rhythm of Bob Marley’s music, which brings my mind to clarity.”

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LargeUp Interview: Chatting Nirvana with Little Roy

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Steve Gullick—

Little Roy has a soothing manner of speaking that makes one feel as if you’ve been sitting on his porch reasoning all night—even when you’re speaking with him by phone from across the Atlantic for a few minutes in the morning. A pioneering reggae artist who cut his first single at Studio One with Jackie Mittoo at the age of 12, Roy is perhaps best known for “Bongo Nyah,” the first reggae hit to introduce the soon-to-be-ubiquitous themes of Rastafarianism. More than four decades later, Roy is enjoying a new wave of attention and recognition thanks to Battle for Seattle, a 2011 album of Nirvana covers produced by Prince Fatty (known for his work with Mutant Hi-Fi and Hollie Cook).

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Mixtape Mondays: Federation Sound, The Large, Kalibandulu

Words by DJ Theory—

This week I find myself in Austin, TX for the SXSW festival. Having a more than decent time already down here, I’m looking forward to DJing a healthy amount of parties, connecting with that dude Jesse Serwer, and eating my weight in tacos, which I’m well on my way to doing already. As always Mixtape Mondays can’t stop, won’t stop, and this week we got some new dancehall bizness from Italy, some funky, bashy vibez from London, and pure and excessive dublate murderation from the dons of stateside dancehall, Federation Sound. Let these three mixes work their magic and get your mind, iPod and week right…

Federation Sound, Dub Box Vol 2: HAUL AND PULL UP. Our NYC/Philly/JA fam and dancehall rulers Federation just laced the world with another free peek into their highly destructive crates of acetates and exclusives. The first volume of this CD was on steady repeat when I got it maybe five years ago, and I’m sure this one will have the same effect. This is definitely a unique mixtape, taking soundkilling dubs from the clash setting to the studio-mixed CD format (and of course blended in fine style from the man like Kenny Meez.) If you’re a reggae enthusiast you would only be shortchanging yourself not to download this right now and play it loudly. Idiot soundbwoys beware, this one might build yuh casket… Direct download the single track here, tracked mp3’s here

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Lunch Money, “Jah Army Remix” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Rapper Lunch Money has been a known presence in Miami for years, working with people like Ace Hood and doing much ghostwriting behind the scenes, and recently he’s started to gain some national attention as well. Back in November, the son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis hopped on Stephen Marley’s “Jah Army,” lapsing into patois, licking off shots and toasting to Buju and Mr. Isaacs. If his uber-laidback flow doesn’t have you on board with his upcoming F.O.O.D. mixtape, absorb the evocative video, with its “Bam Bam”-soundtracked visit to the patty shop. In the meantime, download his Munchies mixtape from 2010 over at The 305.

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