Jul 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: T.O.K.

LargeUp Premiere: Equiknoxx Music’s Frenz List Riddim

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Equiknoxx Music’s Frenz List riddim features Busy Signal, T.O.K., Masicka, Christopher Martin, Navino and new artist ReoSoul over a spare, wine-inducing dancehall instrumental from Equiknoxx’s Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair.

Zip FM’s ZJ Johnny Kool premiered the riddim (which gets an official iTunes release March 14)  via radio, and now Equiknoxx, one of our favorite dancehall production outfits of the moment, have given us a mix previewing the first four tracks on the riddim (from Busy, T.O.K., Masicka and ReoSoul). For good measure, they’ve also shared a stream of lead single “Frenz” by ReoSoul to help you get familiar.

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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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Toppa Top 10: Jillionaire’s Top 10 Electro-Caribbean Crossover Tunes

Selections by Jillionaire, Photo by Damion “LoOkYah” Baddy

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Toppa Top 10: The Top Dancehall Riddims of 2011


Words by DJ Autograph and Hanna Herbertson—

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Afro-Caribbean: Marleys / Makossa / East Africa Famine Relief

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

We hold the iron-clad connections between Africa and the Caribbean to be more or less self-evident at LargeUp, but in the past week or two it seems like one thing after the other keeps popping up to remind us just how current the exchange of ideas back and forth are between the beautiful isles and the bright continent. For one thing, tomorrow is the birthday of Jamaica’s favorite son Marcus Garvey, founder of the Black Star Line and inventor of Pan-African  philosophy, making it a particularly auspicious moment to chronicle these other small moments of motherland-and-child reunion which have caught our eye lately.

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