Nov 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad

EVENT: Machel Montano on The LargeUp Sessions (8/28)

Words by LargeUp Crew

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This one doesn’t need much introduction: Machel Montano. The LargeUp Sessions. This Thursday. The Happiest Man Alive will be in the building at Miss Lily’s Variety for a meet-and-greet and M Store pop-up shop. He’ll be sitting down with LargeUp’s DJ Gravy, Jam Central and Jesse Serwer to talk soca, Trinidad, the Parkway, the future—everything— live on RadioLily.com. We’ll also be debuting tunes and running through his new album, Happiest Man Alive. New York massive: Space is sure to fill up quick so make sure to come early. Everyone else: Tune in from 6 to 8pm EST on RadioLily!

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Carnival Cruisin': Watch Bunji Garlin’s “Truck On D Road” Video

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Ever been to Trinidad Carnival? Well, the Soca Viking Bunji Garlin wants to make sure that, at the very least, you feel like you have. With his crossover tunes “Differentology,” “Carnival Tabanca,” and the Jus Now-helmed “Truck On D Road” (all included on his Differentology LP, which dropped Tuesday*), he’s been bringing the sounds of Carnival to an international audience (not to mention LargeUp’s Winter Music Massive in Miami back in March, pictured above). Now, with a new star-studded video for “On D Road,” he’s bringing the visuals of the road as well—just in time to inspire reverie at Notting Hill in London and NYC during Labor Day weekend.

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You Rate It: Jus Now Remix Blaxx’s “Leh Go”

Words by Marcha M. Johnson

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With the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season getting off to a start, British-Trini production duo (and regularly featured LargeUp staples) Jus Now have dug into the 2013 Soca archives to put their own twist on Blaxx’s bacchanal instigator ‘Leh Go.’ For their version of his hit, they’ve coupled the artist’s commanding vocals with a raw rhythm section instrumental, managing to preserve the lightheartedness of the original tune while masterfully interpolating the sounds of a steel pan orchestra.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Soca Songs That Crossed Over

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Fashion Fridays: An Interview with Rebels to Dons’ Joshua Joseph


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley

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AUDIO: Dub Legend Scientist Remixes Afrolicious’ Caribbean Disco

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Dub pioneer Scientist is bringing his trademark sound to a slightly unexpected collaboration—a remix of Bay Area dance collective Afrolicious‘s disco tune “Crazy.” A disco track with a distinct Caribbean flavor, the track features bouncy guitars, catchy horn licks, a melodica and the vocal stylings of Trinidad & Tobago’s Freshislife, who actually inspired the remix. The now Los Angeles-based Scientist heard the original at an Afrolicious show, and according to the band’s leader Pleasuremaker, “wanted to know who the vocalist was on our song ‘Crazy.’ He told me it reminded him of the late Jamaican vocalist Junior Delgado who was one of his frequent collaborators. He offered to do a remix on the spot…”

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