Aug 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Remix

You Rate It: Jus Now Remix Blaxx’s “Leh Go”

Words by Marcha M. Johnson


With the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season getting off to a start, British-Trini production duo (and regularly featured LargeUp staples) Jus Now have dug into the 2013 Soca archives to put their own twist on Blaxx’s bacchanal instigator ‘Leh Go.’ For their version of his hit, they’ve coupled the artist’s commanding vocals with a raw rhythm section instrumental, managing to preserve the lightheartedness of the original tune while masterfully interpolating the sounds of a steel pan orchestra.

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AUDIO: Jah Banks – “Battle For Middle You (BKBashment Remix)”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Charlie Rubinjah-banks-charlie-rubin

Remember Jah Banks Jah Makin Music mixtape, which we premiered back in February? We loved the whole thing, but definite standout was the “Battle For Middle You (BK Bashment Remix)” featuring the Brooklyn-raised, Jamaican MC (and staple presence on our LargeUp Sessions radio show) spitting over Julio Bashmore’s highly regarded house tune by that name. The infectious flip made it hard not to disagree with Banks proclamation that “BK be comin’ in hot this year.”

DJ Select (of RadioLily) and Robzilla noticed, too, that Banks’ version has all the ingredients of a club banger. So, they decided to re-edit the track, priming it for the dancefloor just in time for summer. A little house, a little dancehall, a little hip-hop—an irresistable combination, almost like a 2014 Reel 2 Real (yeah, we went there). Download below, and don’t be surprised if you hear this one next time you’re drinking Red Stripe on a patio somewhere.

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Mixtape Mondays: Chairman Mao, Federation Sound, Ape Drums

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Love is still lingering in the air at Mixtape Mondays, but it’s always love around here. Wrap your arms around some excellent dusty reggae covers, a heartfelt collection of classic rewinds and some of the baddest new directions in dancehall below.

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LargeUp Premiere: Thornato ft. Jahdan “Ka Kong” (Captain Planet remix)

Words by Deejay Theory —


Get ready for some crazy new works from the depths of the tropical forest via Thornato featuring our bredrin Jahdan Blakkamoore in the booth. The remix treatment is served up by muilt-talented DJ/producer Captain Planet, who’s diversity comes through even further with this tune flipping the original into a reggae/dubstep/trap meteor ready to drop on dancefloors and soundbwoys worldwide. Jahdan kinda sounds good on everything, but particularly shines on beats like these, Captain Planet knocked it out the jungle. The original and remix are brought to you by NYC’s Cumba Mela Records, and are available as of today right here. Peep the remix below and find a co-worker to whine upon.

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Busta-ology: Busta Rhymes Spits On Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

bunji-garlin-busta-rhymes-differentology-remixBunji Garlin isn’t about to let you sleep on “Differentology” for even a minute. What began as the reigning tune at Trinidad’s 2013 carnival has, over the course of the year, become an international hit. It’s blowing up mainstream radio, network television - even music ID app Shazam. Since its release last November, it’s already gotten the remix treatment from Major Lazer and Jamaican producer Noah Issa, among others. Now Brooklyn and Jamaica’s own Busta Rhymes is stepping in with a few verses, to make “Differentology” his first-ever soca collaboration.

Busta has made no secret of his West Indian heritage, both biological and musical. Especially in recent years, he’s spent almost as much time collaborating with the biggest names in dancehall as he has working on more traditional hip-hop. Even songs like “#Twerkit” and “Thank You” that technically qualify as hip-hop have included references to Busta’s Jamaican background. If what you know about Busta begins and ends with “Look At Me Now,” check out our countdown of the best Bussa Bus bashment tunes, including jams from artists like Shabba, Vybz, and Sean Paul.

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NEW AUDIO: Download Gyptian’s “Wine Slow” (Kush Arora China White Remix)

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Dutty ConquuerorsIt’s hard to resist a Gyptian track – you know it, we know it, probably even your mom knows it (maybe don’t think about that one too hard). That’s why we’ve linked with Brooklyn label Dutty Artz to give you (yes, for free) a sick “Wine Slow” remix from beatmaker Kush Arora. In these “China White” remixes, Kush takes dancehall tunes like the simmering “Wine Slow” (see also his collaboration with Mega Banton, “Shake Sitten“) and turns them into mellow, heavily electronic nu-disco jams. This one, with its lush synths and fragmented vocals, takes Gyptian from the beach to the rave.

GYPTIAN_CHEVY_MTVIGGY_008 The track is part of a four-track EP called Dutty Conquerors, one of a series of EPs Dutty Artz is releasing to commemorate its six-year anniversary. Each EP has a different geographical theme, since the label has artists and DJs that specialize in music from all over the world (if you live in New York, you’ve probably come across their epic Que Bajo parties at some point).

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