Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: soca

Toppa Top 10: Ten Tunes You (Probably) Missed in 2013

Words by LargeUp Crew—
Jovi Rockwell

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Check It Deeply: Reggae Goes Soca

Words by Michellee Nelson—Mr-Vegas-Shock-Dem

There was a time not that long ago where reggae and soca artists were at odds with one another, instead of in harmony. Check out this video from Reggae Sunsplash ’91, where foundation deejay Charlie Chaplin goes in on calypso.

But in recent years, Jamaican artists known for making reggae and dancehall have put out soca records in growing numbers. Though Jamaicans like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires have made calypso for decades, you could say Beenie Man led the current wave with 1998′s “Jump and Whine”, among the first tunes from a reggae act to appear on a Soca Gold compilation. As Carnival has grown in popularity in Jamaica, soca’s influence on the island’s music has grown, with songs like “Jump” and “Daggerin” from RDX, Aidonia’s “Bruki,” and “Wet Fete” off Gyptian’s latest album, SLR, fusing dancehall with soca rhythms to produce some of the biggest Caribbean tunes of the past couple years.

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Mixtape Mondays: Balooba Sound x Da’Ville, Chronic Sound, Socaholic x Chris Vee

Words by Deejay Theory —

MM 31

Welcome back to another Mixtape Mondays, stacked with new music from throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Italy, JA, Spain and the UK combine to serve up reggae, dancehall, soca and more to jumpstart your week ahead. Pull up below:

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PHOTOS + AUDIO: Bunji Garlin + Suns of Dub on the LargeUp Sessions

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Anton Gold—


We’re back tonight with the first 2014 edition of the LargeUp Sessions with DJ Gravy (huge shouts to the one DJ Rampage for holding us down last week!) on RadioLily.com, with co-hosts Jesse Serwer and Jah Banks. But first, we’ve still got some old LargeUp Sessions business to share, from what was easily one of the livest editions of 2013.

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Mixtape Mondays: Ackeejuice Rockers, Remedy Sound, Jah Army Sound

Words by Deejay Theory —

MM 31

As we enter New Year’s Eve and the final Mixtape Mondays of 2013, we’re soundtracking the occasion with a trio of different mixes all made in Europe to assist with the pregame or daily operation. If you missed it make sure to grab our picks of the baddest mixtapes of 2013 and we’ll see you in ’14 with more music every Monday!

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AUDIO: Bunji Garlin, “Truck On D Road”

Words by Natalie Weiner–

2013 has been quite a year for Bunji Garlin – already an International Soca Monarch several times over, Garlin continued his reign (at least metaphorically) with international hit “Differentology.” The song won the Soul Train Award for Best International Performance, is currently in rotation on HOT 97, and was even featured on Grey’s Anatomy (!?). He even brought the tune to LargeUp, performing it for us at the Okayplayer Holiday Party with the Roots, and the LargeUp Sessions just a few weeks ago.

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