Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: soca

Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave, Smutlee, Cocotaxi, Riddim Wise

Words by Deejay Theory —

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With January coming to a screeching halt after this week, we’re moving strictly forward with brand new music and vibes for 2014 at Mixtape Mondays. Fresh deliveries of reggae, dancehall, tropical, bass and more just shipped in from the UK, Australia, Sweden and Montreal. From gyrations to meditations we got you covered right here.

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Mixtape Mondays: Ward 21 x Federation Sound x DJ Autograph, Walshy Fire, Tribe of Kings x Mighty Mystic

Words by Deejay Theory —

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While our own Jesse Serwer jets back to NYC from Rebel Salute in JA (2014 wrap up in a few) and many of us have the day off to honor MLK, it’s business as usual here at Mixtape Mondays. All manners of vibes this week from deranged dubplates to festival forwards to high grade one drop. Dig in below.

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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 —

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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—

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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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