Apr 19, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae

LargeUp Premiere: Chronixx – “Here Comes Trouble” Dub

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Chronixx is getting everyone hyped for his Dread and Terrible EP, dropping April 1st—remember the the health-conscious track “Spirulina” from last week? Well, today he’s offering LargeUp readers the exclusive chance to listen to the dub version of last year’s big hit “Here Comes Trouble,” one of ten tracks—seven originals, and three dubs—on the EP. The track, which draws on Ini Kamoze’s classic Sly and Robbie collab “Wings With Me,”  is given the proper dub treatment by Rootsman riddim producer Winta James aka Overstand JA.

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Three the Hard Way: Stephen Marley x Sizzla x Capleton – “Rock Stone”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Fresh off his appearance at LargeUp’s Winter Music Massive party Saturday night, Stephen Marley has issued the second leak from his upcoming album, Revelation Part 2: The Fruit Of Life. (Stream “Thorn or Rose” featuring The Roots’ Black Thought here).

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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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Mixtape Mondays: Jillionaire, So Shifty, Dancehall Yogi

Words by Deejay Theory  —

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With Winter Music Conference in full swing—look out for a recap from our Winter Music Massive in a few—it’s all about the Miami vibrations on #MixtapeMondays today. We have a wicked array of tropical bass and dancehall vibes on deck. Madness from Trini Chris, mixed bag of badness from Hamburg and uncut dancehall from Oakland. Heading straight to the beach today…

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Audio: Punky Donch “Balang Beng” (Fellow remix)

Words by Deejay Theory —

Fellow-Press3Some badd Arubian bass right here to help welcome the warmer climates on deck. Roots/rock reggae group Punky Donch get the trap and bass treatment from a silent killer in the global bass domain, the one they call Fellow. I’ve been a fan of Fellow’s tunes for a minute — originally hipped by that dude Jillionaire — for always flipping tropical sounds in new ways armed and ready for the club or festival. Cutting no shorts on this official remix he takes the original laid back island vibe of “Balang Beng” and transforms it into this 808 stomper flown in on a PJ straight from Aruba. Highly recommend copping that download below while it’s still hot.

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Sound Supplement: Chronixx Goes Green with “Spirulina”

Words by Natalie Weiner—spirulina-jesse-royal

Getting ready for swimsuit season? Detoxing after a long winter of Netflix and takeout? Well it looks like Jamaica’s Chronixx is on a health kick, too—the latest song from the artist’s upcoming Dread & Terrible EP is an eponymous ode to the “superfood” spirulina. The supplement, derived from an algae, is said to have uses from preventing allergies to promoting weight loss. For Chronixx, (at least according to the song) it’s what keeps him going during a long tour—he’ll even choose it over a Red Stripe!

“Spirulina” is just one in a long tradition of reggae songs about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In Horace Andy’s late 1970s tune “Ital is Vital,” for example, he extolls the virtues of a traditional Rastafarian diet; Early B kept the nutritional advice going in the 1980s with “Certain Food We Eat.” And no, they’re not metaphors for satiating another kind of appetite…

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