Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae

Throwback Thursdays: Maxi Priest On His Classic Shabba Collaboration “Housecall”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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You could probably learn a thing or two about sexual relations from listening to Maxi Priest and Shabba Ranks’ “House Call” in 1991. However, getting it on, or getting it in, was the furthest thing from my mind when I first heard their collaboration at age 10. My father—a Jamaican DJ from New York, newly transplanted to Los Angeles—made me a mixtape with some of Shabba’s reigning hits like “Housecall” and “Mr. Loverman,” along with a bunch of tunes over the Telephone Love riddim. I was smitten by his seamless transition of the original “Housecall” into its 12” remix and the various versions of “Mr Loverman,” such as the David Morales Ragga Hop Mix. I might have been too young to remember “Housecall” gaining mass appeal in NY: it was Shabba’s core dancehall releases resonated deeper in my Caribbean neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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EVENT: Tifa + Corey Chase on the LargeUp Sessions (7/10)

Words by LargeUp Crew—
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LargeUp is proud to announce that dancehall’s certified diva Tifa, as well as DJ Corey Chase, are joining us for this Thursday’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions radio show.

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Two Ships at Sea: Watch Midnite’s “Same Boat We” Video

Words by Kaya.Lah—

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The reggae monolith Midnite don’t often make music videos, but when they do, they have been memorable. (In fact, it was right here in 2011 that Midnite pemiered their very first video, for “Mongst I & I”).  Such is the case with the group’s first visuals from their recent Zion I Kings produced album Beauty for Ashes, for the single “Same Boat We,” with the Ancient Child seen on Midnite’s album covers brought to life by Midnite frontman Vaughn Benjamin’s eldest son, Senuah Benjamin.

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LargeUp Premiere: King Mas’ “Reflection” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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King I-Vier and Jah Yzer’s California-based label Royal Order Music produced some of our favorite reggae tunes in 2013, specifically Gappy Ranks’ “Carpenter” and the reggae revival posse cut “Selassie Souljahz,” and they’ve continued the vibes this year with “Reflection,” the recent single from culture crooner King Mas. Boston-based Mas (also known as MasSicker) debuted his Rasta Road mixtape with Green Lion Crew here in March (and also hosted Tribe of Kings’ Next Generation Liberation, another LargeUp premiere), and now he’s back with a video for “Reflectionn.”

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LargeUp Premiere: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat the Drum” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Kalbata and Mixmonster’s Congo Beat the Drum LP was created in the fashion of an original, Tubby’s-era Jamaican dub recording, using a 16-track tape machine and a vintage mixing desk. After conceiving the project in their native Israel, the producers, known for their work in electronic music, traveled to Jamaica where they recorded famed Jamaican deejays Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and the late Prince Jazzbo.

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Mixtape Mondays: Wildlife!, African Storm, Jemere Morgan x Platinum Kids

Words by Deejay Theory

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Following some holiday weekend settings in the States, we’re back to work this Monday with new music and vibes. Brand new dancehall meets conscious classics and new takes on old versions in this week’s mixtape roundup. Press play below:

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