Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: the reggae

Island Exchange: Mr. Vegas Soca Remixes from St. Lucia

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dancehall artists doing soca is such a mixed bag. Sure, Beenie Man and Busy Signal seem to kill every soca rhythm they touch but there’s only a handful of other Jamaican deejays who’ve had any success with the style in recent years. Put Mr. Vegas in that category—if not for his straight up soca tunes (though this one is kind of dope) than the brilliant dancehall meets soca vibes of “Tek Weh Yuself.” Now, 758 out of St. Lucia have taken two of Vegas’ latest dancehall tunes,“Bruk it Down” and “Beautiful Life,” bruk them down and given them beautiful new, Groovy-tempo life. Stream them both below.

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Boom Wa Dis: Burro Banton Returns

Words by Jesse Serwer—

One of the most underrated deejays of the ’80s and ’90s and even 2000s, Burro Banton hasn’t made too many music videos but you can count on the ones he does make to be quite memorable. His latest collaborative effort with his longtime label home/producers Massive B, “Gangster Paradise” is no exception, equally solid both musically and visually. Perhaps the most notable feature of the gritty clip is the sight of the typically stoic Burro—maybe aggravated is a better way to describe his presence—getting loose with his feet. According to the Massive B YouTube page, “Gangster Paradise” will be on a Burro Banton Greatest Hits disc due out this month. Boom wa dis!

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European Union: Alborosie Remixes Amy Winehouse

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Salaam Remi

“Halftime” was a favorite on Lioness, the posthumous, Amy Winehouse odds-and-ends album that turned up late last year. (Not to take anything away from her great reggae version of “Our Day Will Come” or anything). Produced by longtime collaborator Salaam Remi, “Halftime” had more of a ’70s soul feel than we’d ever heard from the typically ’60s-oriented Amy, and it worked. There’s always room for improvement, or at least another take on things, though. So it is that Italian reggae artist Alborosie has gone ahead and put yet another spin on “Halftime,” reworking the tune in a reggae style. Salaam approves, and so do we. Stream and download below.

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Mixtape Mondays: Spyda the DJ, Stone Love, DJ Maya

Words by Jesse Serwer—

The man DJ Theory is sidelined with some symptoms of late winter-itis (look out for him to make a full recovery in time for his gigs at South by Southwest next week, though) this week but no worries—like the Postal Service, Mixtape Mondays delivers in rain, hail and snow.

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Impressions: Rasta Queens x Rita Marley x Snoop Dogg

Words by Martei Korley, Photos by BenGee—

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Mixtape Mondays: Exclusive Premiere of DJ Child & PGM’s “Politrikkks”

Words by DJ Theory—

This week for Mixtape Mondays we reconnect with Oakland’s DJ Child for another LargeUp exclusive premiere. Child and his Project Groundation Massive brand have been recognized the world over for their unique and proudly uncensored mixtapes, and his newest creation Politrikkks makes another great addition to his Return To The Classics series of throwback mixes.

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