Aug 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Toots And The Maytals

Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

Words by Natalie Weiner and Martei Korley, Photo by Martei Korley—

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NEW AUDIO: Rootz Underground x Toots Hibbert, “Kingston Town”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Fresh off a summer tour that saw them hit up every corner of the West Coast of the U.S.—including a stop at Burning Man, and a few European festivals in between— Jamaica’s Rootz Underground are gearing up to release their second album, Return of the Righteous Vol. 1, in February of 2014. Ahead of its release, the group has let loose a collaboration with the legendary Toots Hibbert, called “Kingston Town.” A Jamaicanized version of “The House of the Rising Sun,” this “Kingston Town” (not to be confused with the Lord Creator classic popularized internationally by UB40) pairs the bluesy riffs from the Animals’ classic version with some JA-specific lyrics for a Western movie soundtrack-type feel

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Ground Provisions: Cooking With Suzanne Couch


Words by Chenee Daley, Photos by Carlo Less—

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Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics


Words by Edward Seaga, Daddy Lion Chandell, Donald Clive Davidson and Roy Black—

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LargeUp TV: Mr. Vegas Unplugged, ‘Sweet and Dandy’

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Photo and Videos by Kevin Ornelas—

Mr. Vegas gets props (although not as much as he should) for being a great dancehall hitmaker but a lot of people don’t realize just how awesome and unique of a singer he is. As Vegas told us in our recent interview, his heroes are Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis and Tenor Saw, Jamaican tenors with unmistakeable vocal character. On the upcoming Sweet Jamaica LP (out Feb. 21), he makes a damn good case for being classified in the same league as them, with vintage-style originals and spot-on recreations of classics like Ellis’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and Hopeton Lewis’ “Take it Easy.”

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream Tunes From Mr. Vegas’ ‘Sweet Jamaica’ LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Mr. VegasSweet Jamaica isn’t out until Feb. 21 but it’s already shaping up to be one of the year’s most significant reggae albums. Trust us: the LP, which sees the dancehall hitmaker revisiting reggae music’s roots to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, is going to be the record that cements Vegas’ place among Jamaica’s all-time great artists—if he’s not in that echelon already. The album has a timeless, classic sound, thanks to roots-y originals recorded with the C-Sharp band and covers of classics like Alton Ellis’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and Toots and the Maytals’ “Sweet and Dandy” (and a version of the Beatles’ reggae-inspired “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”). And for those of you who prefer to hear Vegas in dancehall mode, he’s got you covered, too: the set also includes a second disc with recent hits like “I Am Blessed” and “Bruk it Down,” among some brand-new bashment tunes as well.

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