Jul 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae

Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu, New Vision x Bushman, Federation Sound

Words by Deejay Theory 

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Broadcasting live from the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, we’re back with another stacked edition of your weekly Caribbean mixtape fix. Dancehall and reggae lead the way this week to keep the summer vibes in motion. Wheel up below:

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Throwback Thursdays: Melodic Yoza on Lt. Stitchie’s “Natty Dread”

Words by Melodic Yoza


Born in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, raised in New York City, and now based in Toronto, Melodic Yoza specializes in a sound he calls “reggaesoulhop.” The artist, who recently debuted his new project The Parent Trap with us, via their track “Bad Up.” Here, he shares his love for dancehall great Lt. Stitchie, and his classic 1987 video for “Natty Dread.”

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Clean Cut: Wayne J Calls Out Foul Mouthed Deejays on “Slacky Mouth”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


There’s a lot of dancehall artists chatting bere slackness right now, and perhaps just as many cultural artists chanting them down. But the rebuke feels that much sharper and more needed coming from a ten-year-old. Mini-boss deejay Wayne J made it onto our 2014 Artists to Watch list earlier this year, following impressive performances at Sting (alongside Super Cat) and Rebel Salute (alongside Queen Ifrica), and now he’s using his position as dancehall’s youngest in charge to take his older peers to task for misleading the youth.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classic Songs with a Melodica

Words by LargeUp Crew—


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Toppa Top 10: Addis Pablo Selects 10 Classic Rockers

Words by Addis Pablo—

augustus pabloAugustus Pablo, who would have turned 70 this Saturday, was a pivotal figure for reggae, both as a producer known for his distinctive and often minor-key-dominated sounds, and as music’s first true melodica specialist. The late Pablo’s distinctive sound also carried over to his record label, Rockers International, which released numerous recordings from the ’70s through the ’90s. (Classic reissues from the label, back in press after years out of print, are available in the LargeUp store). Here, his son Addis Pablo, who is taking his father’s instrument of choise into the 21st century with his collective Suns of Dub, has collected some of his favorite tunes from the Rockers catalog, most featuring his father’s inimitable melodica playing.

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Throwback Thursdays: When Ruud Gullit Was “Captain Dread”

Words by Iscious—


The 2014 World Cup is off to an exciting and action-packed start in Brazil, and one of the biggest stories so far is surely the Netherlands 5-1 thrashing of the defending world champions Spain. Today we feature a fascinating piece of Dutch soccer history steeped in Caribbean roots, and an interesting reggae twist.

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