Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae

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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Mixtape Mondays: Green Lion Crew x King Mas, Federation Sound x Vybz Kartel, DJ Autograph

Words by Deejay Theory —

RASTA-ROAD-MIXTAPE-FRONTTouching down from a long week in Austin, Texas (peep the full recap from our first SXSW showcase here) we’re back at Mixtape Mondays with more vibes on deck. New roots and one drop meet an iconic dancehall mix from the vaults and some new shellings.

LargeUp Premiere: Green Lion Crew x King Mas, Rasta Road: The big new mix from the good folks at Green Lion Crew just arrived on our doorstep, laced with new unreleased productions, remixes and exclusives, hosted by and featuring the crisp vocals and conscious lyrics of the one King Mas. This is a natural collaboration between two strong camps in modern roots music, with Green Lion busy at the controls producing new riddims and Mas steadily earning supporters with each new tune. Undoubtedly both considered artists and producers to look out for this year, the two put it all together with the Rasta Road mixtape blasting off right here on Mixtape Mondays. Stream and download below, tracklist here

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Throwback Thursdays: Bankie Banx – “Down on the Corner”

Words by Ravi Lloyd

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Up-and-coming film director Ravi Lloyd is our man in Anguilla, consistently keeping us up with the runnings on his home island. For Ravi’s latest work, check Anguillan reggae singer Omari Banks’ “Jehovah Message” video, shot in locations all around AXA. With that clip having just seen release, and Moonsplash—the annual Anguilla music festival founded and run by Omari’s father, Bankie Banx—set to kick off, Ravi revisits Bankie’s “Down On The Corner” video, shot on Anguilla in 1984.

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Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu, DJ Craze, Captain Planet

Words by Deejay Theory —

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With last week’s Carnival madness officially wrapped up, it’s time to get right back to work this Monday. It’s almost time for our first SXSW Showcase this Wednesday in Austin, and of course we’re keeping the music and energy flowing  at Mixtape Mondays with some dancehall, tropical and bass directions on deck via Italy, Miami and Los Angeles. Run chune:

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