Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher Mitchell
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LargeUp is pleased to bring you a premiere not only of a song, but of an artist. Sevana is a vocalist who’s got people in Jamaica talking thanks to her appearances on Kingston’s live music circuit, but up until now she hasn’t released any original music. (You may, however, have caught a glimpse of her natural beauty in our own Martei Korley’s “Couldn’t Be Wrong” video—she played his love interest).
Produced by Winta James and Protoje, “Bit Too Shy” offers a strong introduction to Sevana’s soulful reggae style, complete with an intro from Diggy himself. Of course, one song isn’t much to go on, but we’re hearing “Jamaican Jazmine Sullivan.” In any case, fans of Philly soul, neo-soul or just soulful music in general should find plenty to enjoy in “Bit Too Shy.” We just hope Sevana isn’t too shy to keep more dropping gems like this.
Words by Jesse Serwer
LargeUp contributor and producer/DJ Echo Slim gave us a preview of his “unorthodox sound crew” Yaga Sounds on Mixtape Mondays a few weeks back. Now the Miami-based squad—part sound system and part live band, it also includes Joshua “Gappo” Manning (keyboardist for Beres Hammond, and son of The Abyssinians’ Donald Manning) and engineer Flexx—have dropped off their debut single “D.B.M.,” featuring none other than Sizzla, over a driving, uptempo dancehall riddim.
Jah!… Rastafari! Words you’ve surely heard countless times before but words you would hardly expect to hear at the start of an album by one of ’80s TV’s preeminent pretty boys. Yet these are the very first things uttered on “Living The Book of My Life,” the first track on Philip Michael Thomas’ debut solo LP by the same name.
Words by LargeUp Crew
Globally-respected Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash makes its Bay Area debut this Wednesday, October 1st and two of our very own will be competing as part of the Tormenta Tropical battalion. DJ Gravy just reached SF to join Deejay Theory, Oro11 and more extra large surprise guests to take on local SF staples Dirtybird, Triple Threat and Dub Mission in soundsystem war, modeled after a Jamaican soundclash. Definitely a rare event for the Bay Area massive and sure to be a memorable and epic event.